Can you test for spike protein in your body or blood? The short answer: it’s complicated. The better question: should you?

Can you test for spike protein in the body?

Most of our followers will know “the spike protein” as the now infamous culprit behind much of the harm caused to long COVID and long vax sufferers. If you’ve found yourself wondering how much of that nasty stuff you might have in your system, you are not alone.

Given the current spotlight on the spike protein, it’s no wonder it’s on everyone’s mind:

  • Increased Awareness: With the wealth of new studies and discussions, public awareness about the spike protein’s role has surged.
  • Shedding Phenomenon: Recent insights into how the spike protein can be shared among individuals have heightened concerns.
  • Constant Discussion: Our weekly webinars frequently address the spike protein, fueling ongoing interest and speculation.

As a result, more than a few people wonder if you can test for the spike protein. In this post, we’ll set the record straight. Stay with us!

Can You Test For Spike Proteins?

If you asked, “Is there a blood test for spike protein?” the short answer would be: it’s complicated.

Here are some quick points to be aware of:

  • There is no test for the spike protein, only “spike protein antibodies”.
  • The correlation between circulating spike levels and anti-spike antibodies is currently not well understood.
  • There are very few research papers on the science of spike protein testing as a concept as of Q1, 2024.

To be clear: there isn’t a widely used direct blood test for detecting spike proteins themselves as part of a routine diagnostic process.

Instead, tests commonly look for antibodies against the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These antibodies are part of the body’s immune response to the presence of the spike protein (be it from a COVID infection or the COVID shot).

So, the tests are looking for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, which means they could be used to “infer” previous exposure to the spike. The idea that some practitioners have is that a higher antibody response could mean a higher level of floating spike in the blood.

Should You Test for Your Spike Antibody Level?

Maybe a better question to ask is, “Should you test for your spike antibody?”

With all the talk about the spike, it’s natural to want to test yourself. Even if you aren’t sick, that creeping “what if?” feeling is hard to ignore.

Before we go further, it bears mentioning that we have covered testing as it relates to long vax treatment in our I-Recover guide:

Post-vaccine patients are often subjected to an extensive battery of diagnostic tests. These tests are rarely helpful, usually confusing the situation and leading to inappropriate therapeutic interventions. Patients frequently undergo diagnostic tests that are “experimental,” unvalidated, and clinically meaningless; patients should avoid getting such tests. 

Remember the dictum: Only do a test if the result will change your treatment plan.

Should you test for spike antibodies then? The best idea is to talk it over with your doctor. If you have no symptoms of long COVID or long vax, there’s not much of a reason to test. Keep in mind: The spike protein is only one of several potential causes of inflammation and illness (don’t forget about Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Histamine, Mold, gut issues, etc.).

And, you might be surprised to hear there are more strong arguments against the need for COVID-19 antibody testing:

  1. Healthcare Should Aim to Control Costs
  2. Before COVID, Testing for Viral Particles Was Rarely Standard Practice
  3. Many Spike Protein Treatments Have Other Health Benefits
  4. Immune System Response Varies Widely Among Individuals
  5. Focus on Overall Health and Prevention
Why test for spike proteins?

1. Healthcare Should Aim to Control Costs

In healthcare, the aim is always to provide the best possible care at the best possible price. But let’s be honest, our current healthcare system has strayed from this path quite a bit. That’s a big issue on its own.

Even so, keeping healthcare costs low is something we must strive for. Lab tests, in general, are expensive—and that is no different for the spike protein antibody test. Tests are especially expensive for people without insurance. Since a spike antibody test often won’t drive patient care, it may not be as important to overall health outcomes.

A provider tailors patient care per patient and based on the patient’s needs. Often, care is directed based on response to treatment intervention and not on testing alone. This principle should guide us in considering spike protein antibody testing. If you’re showing symptoms associated with spike protein, the focus should be on addressing those symptoms directly, rather than fixating on test results.

After all, a positive test result won’t necessarily alter the course of your treatment. Why incur the additional expense? Prioritizing symptom management ensures that resources are used w