Introduction to GPL Blog

Welcome to the Great Plains Laboratory’s new blog!  First, I would like to introduce myself.  I am Matt Pratt-Hyatt, Associate Laboratory Director at The Great Plains Laboratory.  I am excited to announce this new venue for sharing some of the information that GPL staff have gathered over the years during research and development.  Right here, every Monday, I will be writing and posting a weekly blog, however, we also plan to have guest bloggers contribute.  To supplement our weekly blogs, we will also provide additional content about twice a week, which may include relevant articles and multimedia.   

The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. was founded by William Shaw, PhD back in 1996, building on the skills and knowledge that he acquired during his time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City.  In the subsequent years, we have helped over 400,000 patients address root causes of a variety of chronic health disorders, from autism and depression, to fibromyalgia and irritable bowel disease.    

I am looking forward to this opportunity to interact with you – our community of integrative health practitioners.  After working in academic research for 17 years, it has been a great experience joining the GPL team, which I have been a part of for about two years now.  As director of Research & Development, I am thrilled that our team has brought you new, cutting-edge tests like our Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) Test, GPL-TOX (our Toxic Organic Chemical Profile), Glyphosate, and GPL-SNP1000, our Next-Generation DNA Sequencing Profile.  I also enjoy talking with our clients by phone and at conferences, learning more about how you practice and how we can continue giving you even better diagnostic tools to improve the health of your patients. 

Through our interactions with both practitioners and patients, we have been able to further refine our test interpretations to explain how various biological markers reveal many different disease conditions.  We also share what we have learned about the best courses of treatment to recommend.  Through our one-on-one consultations, we have helped thousands achieve better health, but we have been seeking a better way to disseminate this information to an even larger audience ─hence our new blog.  

In addition, I will use this space to discuss the new tests that we will be launching in the future (and trust me, we have some important new tests coming out this year).  I look forward to your feedback on what you’d like to see from this blog.  What are your interests when it comes to integrative medicine? What kind of information would you find most valuable?  How have we helped to improve your life or a patient’s life?  Let us know.  I am happy to be working with you as we embark on this next part of our journey.  Our primary goal in all we do is to find more ways to help you and your patients achieve enhanced wellness.