Testing

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Diagnosis is not always cut & dry. Some people test negative on a celiac panel, but are still sensitive to gluten. Others test negative at one point in their lives, but go on to develop gluten sensitivity or celiac disease later.


Mainstream medicine is often slow to change and doesn't offer alternative testing methods. I would like to provide information on food intolerance, food sensitivity and allergy testing using both mainstream and alternative testing methods.

1 in 100 people have celiac disease — MOST DON'T KNOW it. No one knows how many people have gluten sensitivity, but estimates are that it may be as high as 50 percent, or even 70 percent, of the population.


Food sensitivities can show up in the strangest ways.

"One man's food is another man's poison" is a familiar and centuries old saying which simply states that different people can have very different reactions to exactly the same food.

To learn the difference between IgE, IgG, IgM AND IgA "allergy" please click here Ige,IgG,IgM,IgA

Testing

Celiac panel

The blood test for celiac disease is looking for the following :
AGA (antigliadin)
IgAAGA (antigliadin)
IgGEMA (antiendomysial)
tTG (anti-tissue transglutaminase)
Total serum IgA

Genetics testing
Genetic testing can help determine your risk as well as your children’s risk for celiac disease.
Celiac genetic tests are readily available and can be done on blood or on a sample from a mouth swab.
Make sure the test includes both the alpha and beta subunits of HLA DQ or just beta typing. Also, make sure they test for “gluten sensitive gene”markers as well.

Stool

The stool test is a specific test for gluten sensitivity. Because the antibodies are produced in the intestine, these tests are also extremely sensitive in detecting certain antibodies. These tests can be ordered by phone or Internet and done at home (you then mail the sample to the lab), it’s simple and non-invasive. The stool test can also be used to determine the presence of a genetic predisposition for celiac disease.

Saliva
Most saliva tests do not look for the specific celiac disease antibodies
(EMA and tTG), but do look at AGA (IgA and IgG).
They are therefore most helpful
in determining gluten sensitivity/intolerance, and not celiac disease.

ALCAT
The ALCAT Test differs from other food allergy or intolerance tests as it accurately and objectively measures leukocyte cellular reactivity in whole blood, which is a final common pathway of all mechanisms. The test utilizes electronic, state of the art, hematological instrumentation. ALCAT offer different test panels most include “gluten” testing.
They also offer a “20 Food Finger-Stick Screen ” a simple non invasive testing method.

RAST

A RAST test (short for radioallergosorbent test) is a blood test used to determine to what substances a person is allergic. A RAST test, using a person’s extracted blood, detects the amount of Ige that reacts specifically with suspected or known allergens.

Skin Test
An allergy skin test is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy symptoms. It is often performed by applying an extract of an allergen to your skin, scratching or pricking the skin to allow exposure, and then evaluating the skin’s reaction. It may also be done by injecting the allergen under the skin, or by applying it to a patch that is worn on the skin for a specified period of time.

Applied kinesiology

Applied kinesiology (AK) is a technique used to diagnose illness or choose treatment by testing muscles for strength and weakness. It’s sometimes used to try and find out if a particular food or other substance weakens or makes the person stronger.

Elimination Diet
Elimination Diet is a tool for finding out which foods cause your symptoms.

ELISA IgG Blood Test
If you have an intolerance of a certain food, your body’s natural reaction may be to produce what is known as an IgG antibody against it.

Where to get Testing

EnteroLab has developed a unique screening test for gluten sensitivity
https://www.enterolab.com

Celiac Profile Test
http://www.nutritionallyyours.net

Prometheus- you can learn more about celiac disease and how it is diagnosed and treated.
http://www.prometheusceliactest.com

Gluten Syndrome Laboratory Test Panels
http://glutensensitivity.net/labcharts.htm

Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance testing
http://www.yorkallergyusa.com/

ALCAT
http://www.alcat.com/


1 comment:

MannMom3 said...

Hi April!!

Thanks for joining up with Mama M and I..It's gonna be sweet!!

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