HealthLinks Charleston May/June 2022

www. Char l es tonPhys i c i ans . com | www.Hea l thL i nksChar l es ton . com | 77 Pick any health concern related to DNA, bloodwork, drugs and alcohol. For the past 18 years, nationally recognized ARCpoint Labs has been eliminating the guesswork with a full array of diagnostic testing. And now, with its newest location in Charleston and a staff comprising more than 100 years of combined industry experience, ARCpoint Labs is a premier consulting source for individuals, companies and both legal and health care professionals. “We like to think of ourselves as providing health and wellness solutions for individuals and companies alike,” said Lisa Leland, co-owner and sales and marketing manager of ARCpoint Labs in Charleston. “Our comprehensive suite of services allows us to serve consumers, businesses, the legal/judicial community and local physicians.” ARCpoint’s screening and testing services include: • Complete blood count – checks for anemia, infection and other diseases; • Comprehensive metabolic panel – 14 tests that provide information about kidney function, liver function, electrolyte acid/base balance, blood sugar and blood proteins; • Lipid panel with low-density lipoprotein - comprises most of the body’s cholesterol; • Thyroid panel with thyroid-stimulating hormone; • Weight loss and fitness screens; • Food intolerance and sensitivity - including celiac and gluten screens; • For men - testosterone and a prostate-specific antigen blood test to screen for prostate cancer. Other services include a wide array of drug, alcohol and DNA testing. “Our testing is not only accurate, reliable and confidential but offered without the need for a physician’s order,” Leland said. For example, suppose you took an aspirin to relieve a headache or a tablet of ibuprofen to reduce muscle inflammation or got a shot of penicillin to eliminate a life-threatening infection. Would these medicines help you as designed or harm you in some way? Because many medicines react differently to each person’s DNA, the answer could be one way for you, another for a friend and yet another way for someone else. This variation in drug metabolism is known as pharmacogenetics – and it is not only one of ARCpoint’s latest offerings, but it is also a timely one. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, headquartered in Atlanta, estimated that adverse drug events cause approximately 1.3 million emergency department visits each year. “For instance, we can tell you whether a drug will be broken down too quickly, resulting in not enough medication in the body to experience symptom relief,” Leland said. Since starting out in Greenville, ARCpoint Labs has not only expanded its health-related testing services but has now grown to more than 30 states and over 100 locations, including six in South Carolina. It is nationally affiliated with both the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association and the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association. “Every person’s body and DNA is different,” Leland said. “And as more individuals are looking to take control of their health and wellness, our extensive list of testing options can let you know ahead of time whether a drug is likely to benefit you and be safe for you to take.” PAVING THE WAY FOR BETTER WELLNESS For more information, visit By L. C. Leach III SPONSORED MEDICAL CONTENT