Testing

Testing:

In the Dallas-Ft.Worth area, and most of Texas I can order the Wellness Profile Blood Test for my clients. If my usual laboratory company is not available, in or outside Texas, I can make arrangements for you to have blood work done. The regular blood labs (CPL) won’t draw for tests they don’t process themselves. For other “alternative” tests including plasma amino acids, plasma hormones, etc., that need to have blood drawn, I make special arrangements. I have set it up to where you will be able to go and have the blood drawn for these tests, without having to become a doctor’s patient (which saves you money).

Many times your Doctor may run the tests for you, but rarely will he run the whole Wellness Profile Blood Test – maybe half or less of it: and insurance only pays for tests that confirm your diagnosis. Insurance does not pay for Wellness Screenings. Heaven forbid that you find something, and they have to pay for to help you correct your health.

My clients generally know something is not right. Many have gone to several doctors but are still not satisfied. They have been plagued by certain problems for years, and been dismissed by: “That is normal, everybody has that”, “Everything is within the ‘normal’ range”, or the best one: “What do you expect for your age?” We then have to go further to look for clues; that is where the alternative tests come in. They are not really alternative tests, they are commonly used in research settings, but they just haven’t made it to the mainstream public. I always like a copy of any previous test results, including blood work, which you had done by other health providers, to look at the trends in your biochemistry.

Many tests require a urine, saliva, stool, blood spot, or hair sample. They come with excellent instructions and prepaid mailers. It does take some extra paperwork on my part, and I charge for my time.


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Tests:

Hair Mineral Testing

Organic Acid Testing

DIET THERAPY – eat food to get your particular nutrients

Neurotransmitter Testing

Vitamin, Mineral and Anti-Oxidant Level Testing

Adrenal Stress Index Test

Thyroid Testing (serum, real simple, and more detail)

Iodine, Fluoride and Bromide Testing

Essential Fatty Acids Testing

Amino Acid Testing

Carotenoid Testing

Bone Turnover Testing

Estronextm (cancer risk testing)

Stool or Gastrointestinal Health Testing

Food Allergy Testing

Gluten Sensitivity Testing

Testing for Opiate-like Peptides from Wheat and Milk

Intestinal Permeability Test for “Leaky Gut”

Mold Toxins Testing

The Female Hormone Panels™

The Male Hormone Panel

ION Panel

Cardiac Risk Factors (serum)

Lipo Protein Particle by Spectracell (serious cholesterol testing)

Hydration Test

Water Analysis

Personal Genetic Testing for Diet, Nutrition and Exercise

Internet Links in detail

Hair Mineral Testing

This inexpensive test gives lots of good clues about your diet, digestion, mineral status (inc. mercury), and the balance between the various minerals. Look at: http://www.traceelements.com/ Click “Laboratory Services”, click “Sample reports”, and click on any of the 3 pictures for more detail.

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Organic Acid Testing

The Organixtm is one of my favorite tests after the Wellness profile. This test gives the most complete picture of what is happening in your cells. It is a functional test, meaning, rather than looking at amount of the different vitamins, minerals, etc., it looks at the products that your cells produce they have enough or not enough of the different nutrients. This first morning urine sample gives you information about: deficient energy production (to see if you are properly burning your fats, protein and carbs for energy rather than storing them as fat), bacterial/fungal overgrowth, neurotransmitter deficiencies, detox problems, anti-oxidant status, and more. Click on this link: Organixtm

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DIET THERAPY – eat food to get your particular nutrients

The Food Pharmacy® Software recommends which foods to eat, limit and avoid related to your diseases, allergies, blood type, and other factors, based on published scientific studies, including Dr. Power’s research, which is licensed to Food Pharmacy.

FoodPharmacy® software provides:

  • Provide proven dietary strategies for over 250 acute and chronic medical conditions.*
  • Treat multiple conditions without cross interference.
  • Increase or decrease any nutrient in seconds.
  • Adjust the ratios of protein, carbohydrate and fat as required.
  • Eliminate allergens, toxins, junk food items, and harmful foods.
  • Address a patient’s blood type, body type, metabolic type, Ayurvedic type and more.
  • Create clear, color-coded food lists proven to increase patient compliance.
  • Print the results in 26 different languages.
  • Access cooking instructions, eating & shopping guidelines, and easy-to-do worksheets for patients.

Here is the best review: “Food Pharmacy Software brilliantly incorporates a multitude of nutritional factors and creates a one of a kind customized diet plan. It clearly answers the patient’s question ‘So what can I eat?'” by Jonathan V. Wright, MD, Author, World Renowned Physician and Teacher. Click:Food Pharmacy

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Neurotransmitter Testing

This urine test can show imbalances among: Serotonin, Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, Dopamine, GABA, Glutamate, and other neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters can play a role in: depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADD/ADHD, focus, appetite, compulsive behaviors, chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, and other issues. Go to: www.neurorelief.com . From the bar select “Testing@, then click on “Neurotransmitter” in the “Categories” then click on “Neuroscreen basis #9023” which is almost the same as the #9031 ANeuroSelect Profile@, my preferred test. Check out the rest of web site and see what you can learn.

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Vitamin, Mineral and Anti-Oxidant Level Testing

The MNT™ Comprehensive Nutritional Panel by Spectracell measures the relative amount of the various nutrients present in lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). Micronutrient testing is more than a snapshot; it gives a 4-6 month nutritional history since it specifically preformed on cells that have a long lifespan. If you worry about taking too much or taking too little, then this is the test for you. It tests for Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K2,Calcium,Asparagine,Coenzyme Q10,Lipoic Acid,Vitamin B1,Magnesium,Carnitine,Glutathione,Oleic Acid,Vitamin B2,Selenium,Glutamine,Cysteine,Choline,Vitamin B3,Zinc,Serine,Spectrox™ (Total Antioxidant Function), Inositol,Vitamin B6,Fructose Intolerance,Vitamin B12,Glucose/Insulin Metabolism,Biotin,Folic Acid,Pantothenate,Vitamin D,Vitamin E. More info at: www.spectracell.com/ and click on “learn more in the “FIA” box.

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Adrenal Stress Index Test

The human adrenal gland secretes its steroid hormones in a 24-hour cycle (circadian rhythm) with the highest value in the morning and the lowest value at night. An abnormal adrenal rhythm can influence many functions of the body: energy production, the immune system, sleep quality, thyroid function, and more. This test can be helpful for individuals with: chronic stress or stress maladaptation, lack of vitality and energy, hypoglycemia, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, sleep disturbances, poor memory, low sex drive, low body temperature, and other complaints. More info at: www.diagnostechs.com Look under: ”Tests and Panels”.

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Thyroid Testing (serum)

If your thyroid tests always come back “normal” and you still feel tired and continue to gain weight, constipated, foggy thinking, elevated cholesterol, hair loss, bad skin and more, consider better testing. Normal is defined as a TSH that is within the “normal” range. But that is seldom the whole story. A higher TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) means more stimulation of the Thyroid (by the pituitary) to make more Thyroid hormone (T4) because there is not enough T4 circulating. First option: an inexpensive screening: T3 uptake (total triiodo-thyronine), T4 (total thyroxine) and TSH (Thyroid Stimulation Hormone).

A better option is to test the levels of Free T3 and Free T4. Free means bioavailable hormone. T3 is 3-5 times as active as T4, which is why some people do better on Armour thyroid (which contains both) than Synthroid (only T4). Are T4 and T3 low? Then consider testing for Thyroid antibodies: Thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase antibodies, which can reduce the synthesis of T4 and T3. Still unhappy? Consider this test: Reverse T3, which blocks “regular” T3 from doing its job. The medical standard of care is to test for TSH only or possibly add Free T4. Now you know why the doctors say: “You are just fine, there is nothing wrong with your thyroid”. FYI: More info at Genova

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Thyroid Testing (real simple)

Most Doctor’s (99.9%) disregard this simple test as invalid and consider the result not pertinent, hocus pocus etc. The standard of care is to do a serum TSH and maybe a T4. The standard of care has nothing to do with helping you the patient, all it means that if the Doctor does this the does done due diligence, satisfies the medical board and the insurance companies. So you have to screen your Doctors.

Take your auxiliary (armpit) temperature when you wake in the morning, don’t get up, don’t move too much. To learn more read the classic book
“Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness” by Broda O. Barnes, MD, written way back in 1976. Personally, I prefer to take my first urine morning urine temp, it is much more convenient. Find out the average temperature of your first morning urine to see how well your thyroid is working. The normal core body temperature of a healthy, resting adult human being is stated to be at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.0 degrees Celsius.

This is what I would like you to do. Collect your first morning urine, when you arise for the day, in an insulated cup and put a thermometer in it. Read and record. Take your temperature 3 or more times a week for the next couple of weeks. For ladies who still have a cycle determine your month’s average. The reason for this is because your temperature can rise and fall with the fluctuations of your hormones (FSH, LH, estrogen, etc.). If you end up with a low temperature average then is time to go to work.

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Thyroid Testing (more detail)

It is one thing to know what your thyroid values are. It is an entirely different approach to test. What can be contributing to you are making too much or to little T4 and T3, and to much RT3?

For that we need to determine if you are getting sufficient quantities of the thyroid supporting nutrients: B vitamins, vitamin D, tyrosine, iodine,
selenium, zinc, iron, copper, proper balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids. Or are you getting to many anti-nutrients (bromide, fluoride, mercury and other heavy metals, mold toxins, chemicals. Or does your diet contain too many goitrogenic foods, too many Omega-6 fatty acids. Have you been putting out to much cortisol for too long because your stress level is so high? Are you gluten / gliadin sensitive? All these factors need to be considered if you want to improve your health without going on medication.

You can see why thyroid related problems are so common. First test to consider is the Hair Mineral Analysis (above), then the Adrenal stress Index test (above), the Iodine status (below), the Fatty acid status (below), Enterolab for gluten sensitivity (below), it all depends on what is discovered during your consultation.

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Iodine, Fluoride and Bromide Testing

Iodine status and metabolism is affected not only by iodine intake, which has decreased significantly, but also by intake and retention of goitrogenic halides (bromide and fluoride). Bromide and fluoride are non-essential, toxic halides that avidly compete with iodide for the sodium/iodide symporter.

Excessive intake of the antagonistic halides can accumulate in tissues, displace iodine and compromise the production of thyroid hormones and the integrity of the thyroid and mammary glands. Antagonistic bromide is abundant in commercially produced baked goods, soft drinks, pesticides, brominated chemicals and some medications. Primary sources of fluoride include fluoridated water, beverages, toothpaste, mouthwashes and some medications. This Urine Halides test provides comprehensive assessment of iodine sufficiency and retention of antagonistic halides in a single test that you can do at home and send in. More info at: www.doctorsdata.com

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Essential Fatty Acids Testing

This test looks at the balance of polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 (the fish oils), omega-6 (most plant oils)), mono unsaturated fats (omega-9, plant oils), saturated fats and hydrogenated fats in either the blood plasma or in the red blood cell membranes (RBC). The balance of the different fats can determine the proportion of the different cell messengers that are made. Prostaglandins, thromboxanes, prostacyclins and leukotrienes are hormone-like compounds having great biological influence. They control or influence many body processes, including blood clotting, blood pressure, blood sugar, circulation, fertility, gastrointestinal secretion (digestion), immunity, inflammation, (poor) memory, menstrual cramps, pain and reproduction. These functions are involved in arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, eczema, glaucoma, (migraine) headaches, heart disease, irritable bowel, and other disorders. RBC fatty acid testing generally reflects the fatty acid makeup of the brain. Plasma fatty acid testing reflects more your recent fat consumption. Info at this link: Blood Spot Fatty Acid Testing.

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Amino Acid Testing

To see if protein intake is adequate, or if digestion is functioning properly, you can measure the amino acids in the blood. Amino acids are used to make Red blood cells, white blood cells, anti-bodies, hair skin, nails, bone, muscle, digestive and metabolic enzymes, hormones (thyroid, insulin),
neurotransmitters, and more. The Amino Acid Finger Stick Test can be done at home. Other options: A plasma 40 amino acid test, or a urine 40 amino acid test.

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Carotenoid Testing

How to do a quick evaluation: First get direct sunlight or bright white light. Then make a tight fist, with the palm facing you. Open your fist quickly and look at the color of your palm. If it is white you are low on carotenoids, if it is yellow you have a good amount of carotenoid. Rationale: Carotenoids are the fat soluble plants pigments that have antioxidant properties. They are stored in the subcutaneous fat layer under your skin. So we use your palms because they don’t suntan, there is no pigment to cover up the carotenoids. Next we make a tight fist to squeeze the blood (red) out of the palm area. Now we open the fist fast, to look at the color of the subcutaneous fat in the palm, before the blood rushes back in. Note: calloused hands have a yellow color as well.

The more exact way is to send a blood sample to Kronos Science Laboratories, Inc. This test evaluates your intake fruits, vegetables and whole grains by measuring the fat-soluble antioxidants (Carotenoids, CoQ10, and Vitamin E) that are present in your blood. More info at http://www.kronoslaboratory.com/ Test for: Total Carotenoids (Carotene (Alpha), Carotene (Beta),
Cryptoxanthin (Beta), Lutein, Lycopene), Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Zeaxanthin, Total Tocopherols (Alpha, Delta, Gamma) found in your blood.

How to improve your antioxidant status: Go visit http://www.carotenoidcomplex.com/ and read about
Carotenoid Complex (Click on the various boxes and pictures to find all the hidden links). This supplement is used to maximize your immune system. Add more colors to your diet. This supplement is a must for those, who are not eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day! Call 800 749-2503 to order at a discount.

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Bone Turnover Testing

Osteoporosis occurs when the rate of bone breakdown (osteoclasts) outpaces bone rebuilding (osteoblasts). This urine test is used to see how fast bone tissue turns over by measure a bone specific compound in your urine. The higher the bone turnover, the higher the requirement for bone building nutrients will be (the higher your risk for osteoporosis). For more information: Bone Resorption.

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Estronextm (cancer risk testing)

Consider the “Estronextm test to look at your estrogen metabolites. Certain metabolites are associated with a higher risk of breast, prostate, head and neck cancers. Others are more protective. For more information click on: Estronextm For details and background info read the
article by Lord RS, Bongiovanni B, and Bralley JA, Altern Med Rev. 2002. 7(2): p. 112-29. Since then many more articles have been published. Click on the article name to read it: “Estrogen metabolism and the diet-cancer connection: rationale for assessing the ratio of urinary hydroxylated estrogen metabolites

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Stool or Gastrointestinal Health Testing

The gastrointestinal tract is essentially an external part of the body. This is the reason we do not have to sterilize our food, but only be sure it is clean and wholesome. With the overuse of anti-biotics, including anti-bacterial soap, anti-fungals, and anti-acid medications, we are getting more
unwelcome inhabitants in our gut then ever before. In addition, the risk of being infected or infested by pathogenic organisms through food and water is also increasing. This is due to several reasons: immigration; frequent overseas travel; importation of vegetables and fruits; lack of a public health policy to screen food handlers for transmissible pathogens; outdoor and wilderness excursions; alternate life-styles; agricultural pollution; pets at home, etc.

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Testing for Digestive, Intestinal, and Other Gut Issues

All of these tests overlap. The all have a digestive component, an inflammation component, a bacterial component and some an optional yeast and parasite component. I have had people who had to do 2, 3, or even all 6 tests to find out what might be causing or contributing to their intestinal and digestive problems. Here are my observations.

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Gut Related Tests:

GI-fx test by Metametrix
: Best overall screening for bacteria (that live in the presence or absence of oxygen), yeast species and human parasites in the distal colon.

CDSA /3p by Genova
: Best overall test for digestive capabilities.

CDSA 2.0 by Genova
: Best overall test suspected gut inflammatory issues (IBS, IBD, etc.).

GI-02 by Diagnos-techs: Best for overall screening for wide range of potential issues (bacteria, Fungi, parasites, pancreatic output, intestinal inflammation markers, Gliadin (gluten), milk, soy, and egg reactions, and more).

Organix acids by Metametrix: Best and most economical overall nutrition screening and it also screens for bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine and is also the best test for
suspected clostridium difficile problems.

Enterolab: Best for suspected gluten / gliadin sensitivities. They test your DNA (genetic make-up) to see if you have the celiac genes or gluten sensitivity genes! Regular MD’s only test to see if you are celiac!

EHC-D Stool, throat or sinus culture: Best for chemically sensitive patients. An autogenous vaccine is made up for you from the abnormal occurring organisms found in your specimen, it is specific for you. You need an appointment with a doctor.

Why so many different tests?

That is a difficult question to answer because there are so many reasons. Here are some of them:

1. The diagnoses may be wrong (it may have nothing to do with your gut). But you don’t know until you have exhausted all your options.

2. Stool sampling is the best thing going, and is a very “difficult” test. Generally when you find something, it is there! But is it meaningful?

a. You can have sampling errors, if you take the wrong part of the stool, you will find nothing. False negative!

b. The technician may be inexperienced. False positive or false negative!

c. The medium on which the lab tries to culture the stool specimens may no match your gut close enough or be at the wrong temperature and you will have no growth. False negative! The Gi-fx solves this problem.

d. Some test measure antibodies to the organisms. The anti-bodies generally stay around longer than the organism. False positive!

e. The antibodies (serum, stool, or saliva), may indicate a negative result, but this may be because your body due to one reason or another doesn’t produce enough antibodies. False negative!

f. The organism waxes and wanes (like flowers in a yard); the quantity may be to low to detect, even though it is there at too high of a concentration at times. False negative!

g. Maybe due to diarrhea, the organism is flushed out before it reached meaningful concentration for testing and detection, even though there is enough to aggravate the lining of the intestine. False negative! For this I, prefer diagnosis by organic acids, but is no panacea either. It will tell you something is there, but will not specifically identify it.

h. A fast growing bacteria (the can divide every 20 min.) can overgrow other more harmful bacteria and yeasts during the time between when you collect your sample and when it arrives at the lab. The Gi-fx solves this problem.

i. There may be no abnormal bacteria, maybe a change in diet, or travel, affected the gut flora.

That is why all of theses tests (pardon my expression) are a “crap shoot”. There are no better choices! You keep your eyes wide open, and you keep trying to solve the problem.

Most results can be helped with digestive support, probiotics and herbals. Certain stool results require prescription medication to eradicate parasites and worms; herbals are simply not as effective. At that point we will need to find a Medical Doctor to assist with a prescription. (
The average doctor will only accept the “Gold Standard”, the physical observance of the offending organism in a stool sample. It just isn’t that
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Food Allergy Testing

The Bloodspot 30 foods allergy test is a quick way to see if food allergies are contributing to your fatigue, allergies, drainage, depression, food
addiction, inability to lose weight and more. This inexpensive, easy finger stick test can be done at home and then send in. It test for 30 foods: almond, Aspergillus mix, beef, cashew, chicken, corn, crab, egg (whole), garlic, lobster, milk, mustard seed, oat, orange, peas (green), peanut, pinto bean, salmon, shrimp, soy, strawberry, sunflower, tomato, tuna, turkey, walnut, and wheat sensitivity. Other tests are also available. Click on Bloodspot Food Allergy Testing for more information.

The Allergix IgG4 Food Antibodies to 90 foods – Serum testing by Metametrix. IgG4 antibodies are associated with non-atopic or “delayed” food reactions that can worsen or contribute to many different health problems. These reactions are considered the most common form of immunologically mediated food intolerance. For this blood test you will receive a kit in the mail and directions to a laboratory in your neighborhood.

More extensive testing (very extensive) is provided by ALCAT www.alcat.com. They provide sensitivity testing for food (50, 100, 150 or 200 foods), food additives (including aspartame), food colorings (including Red #40), environmental chemicals (including chlorine) and molds (including Aspergillus). You can also test for sensitivity to several antibiotics (including Penicillin), anti-inflammatory agents (including Tylenol) and pharmacoactive agents (including nicotine).

There are many more ways for the body to react to an offending substance than by producing antibodies. The ALCAT test uses whole blood, as opposed to serum. Rather than only checking for IgG and IgE antibodies formed in response to particular food proteins, it actually analyzes cellular changes that occur to the white blood cells when they are exposed to challenge substances like foods and chemicals. This methodology can detect responses that occur on any potential pathway (i.e.: IgG, IgA, IgM, complement, pharmacologic, toxic, lectin, etc.). Go to their website and click on “ALCAT Testing” and then select “Test panels” to see all the items they test for. We can arrange for you to have these tests done from coast to coast.

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Gluten Sensitivity Testing A,B,C’s

a. Gluten Sensitivity is not the same as celiac disease! There is celiac disease and there is non-celiac gluten-sensitivity. Both are underdiagnosed. Your average doctor will do a bloodtest for Gliadin (deaminated) antibodies IgA and IgG and also for Tissue Transglutaminase antibodies IgA and IgG. And if the is thorough he will also test for total SIgA. If the results are positive you are considered Celiac and might be scheduled for a biopsy to look for villous atrophy. If the results are negative you may very well be a non-celiac gluten sensitive person. Mixed results and more testing will help. Why this difference? Because the antibodies used in most tests are against a minor component of wheat protein called alpha-gliadin (33-mer). So the test misses any antibody reactions to many other components of wheat that can also elicit an immune response such as: alpha-gliadin (33-mer and 17-mer), gamma-gliadin (15-mer), omega-gliadin, glutenin, gluteomorphin, prodynorphin, and agglutinins. Don’t be too quick to rule out wheat as the cause of your health problems.

b. Consider Enterolab testing to see if you are at risk for celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Call 972-686-6869 or www.enterolab.com. The genetic testing is done by a cheek swab, which you can do at home Order the “Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test (Molecular HLA-DQB1 analysis)” for $149 and if you wish add “Panel E: Gluten Sensitivity Stool Panel” for $279 to confirm that you are reacting to gluten. This testing will also confirm if your offspring is at risk. They currently don’t test your total serum IgA output, which would tell you if you could mount a good response and validate the Panel E results. About 10% of the population has a hereditary low SIgA, which can result in a false negative result. You don’t have to consume gluten in the 3-6 months prior to your tests.

c. Consider better testing to make sure you are not gluten sensitive or are still getting gluten in your diet or are in contact with it (and therefore your healing progress is slowed down). Look at www.cyrexlabs.com

· Array 1 – Mucosal Gluten Reactivity Screen. It is a saliva screen to assess the mucosal immune function and to look for gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. It can predict gluten sensitivity and celiac disease before they fully manifest themselves.

· Array 2 – Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen. It is currently the best intestinal permeability testing available. This new test looks for bacterial antigens in the bloodstream, proof that bacteria made it into the bloodstream (very bad). It also test for antibodies to the proteins that hold the tight junctions together, signifying breakdown of the tissue. Intestinal permeability can contribute to inflammation, food allergies.

· Array 3 – Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity & Autoimmunity. This is the best test to look wheat & gluten sensitivity. It has 24 tests, IgA and IgG combined, that test for 14 factors that can indicate gluten sensitivity as opposed to the 2 sometime 3 tests that traditional medicine tests uses to determine if your are gluten sensitive. It is an excellent test to see if any other wheat derivates, not just gliadin are still getting in your body and affecting your health. If you don’t get much better on your gluten-free diet, then Array 4 or Array 2 are the follow-up tests.

· Array 4 – Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods and Foods Sensitivity. It tests for 28 food(components). It looks at foods that can cross react with gluten antibodies, dairy sensitivity. It also tests for sensitivity to new foods introduced in the gluten-free diet (amaranth) and foods that are
over-consumed on the gluten-free diet (rice, corn, potato)0 and to egg and soy.

· Array 5 – Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity Screen. This panel tests for antibodies to common auto-immunity diseases found with celiac disease. Celiac patients are more prone to autoimmune disease compared to the general population. These are predictive auto antibodies which can show up as early as 10 years before the onset clinical manifestations of the disease. Knowing the presence of these antibodies can motivate you to make lifestyle choices to delay or avoid the onset of the autoimmune disease.

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Testing for Opiate-like Peptides from Wheat and Milk

Those peptides are named Casomorphins found in dairy products, Gliadorphins or gluteomorphin in found gluten containing grains, and most recently
Soymorphins in soy products. Gliadorphin is a peptide derived from the wheat protein gluten. Other related grains such as rye, barley and oats also contain the sequence of amino acids found in gluten. Gliadorphin is very similar to casomorphin. Soy products also contain some casomorphins and gliadorphins.

These compounds can be addictive for certain people, and cause severe behavioral and physical reactions. This occurs when people have poor digestion of specific proteins plus intestinal permeability. This allows small opioid peptides to bind to opioid receptors in the gut and the brain, slowing gut
motility and mimicking the addictive and debilitating effects of opiate drugs like heroin and morphine. This is often seen in children with developmental delays. For example: Gliadorphin has been verified by mass spectrometry techniques to be present in urine samples of children withautism. They opioid can be identified by a simple urine test. More information at Great Plains Laboratory

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Intestinal Permeability Test for “Leaky Gut”

We use Array 2 by Cyrex labs. This new test looks for bacterial antigens in the bloodstream, proof that bacteria made it into the bloodstream (very bad). It also test for antibodies to the proteins that hold the tight junctions together, signifying breakdown of the tissue.

For years we used Lactulose and mannitol recoveries to reflect permeability both between and through the intestinal epithelial cells. This new test looks for bacterial antigens in the bloodstream, proof that bacteria made it into the bloodstream (very bad). It also test for antibodies to the proteins that make hold the tight junctions together.

The lactulose reflects increased paracellular permeability (between the cells), which when elevated can result in macromolecules, toxins and antigens crossing the intestinal barrier into the lymph and circulatory systems, a condition termed “leaky gut”. These particles increase the load on the body’s detoxification system and may stimulate immune reactivity. Increased lactulose recovery has been associated with food allergy, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

Mannitol reflects increased transcellular permeability (through the cells), When elevated may reflect the passage of small antigens across the mucosal barrier, thereby triggering an immune response. This is a home test. More info is found at Genova Diagnostics

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Mold Toxins Testing

We can now test for the mold Mycotoxins (trichothecenes,Aflatoxin, ochratoxins) in human tissue, human fluids or even in the dust bunnies under the refrigerator using >RealTime Laboratories http://www.realtimelab.com

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The Female Hormone Panels™

Go to www.diagnostechs.com click on “Tests and Panels” then look at the Female Hormonal and the Post Menopausal
Hormone panels. For more insight in female hormones and PMS go to http://www.johnleemd.com/

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The Male Hormone Panel

Go to www.diagnostechs.com click on “Tests and Panels” then look at the Male Hormone Panel and read the
information on Testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone, DHEA, Androstenedione, and more. Blood tests are also available for these male hormones (and precursors). Top

ION Panel

The most comprehensive nutritional testing program available – measures over 100 components of your patient’s biochemistry. The ION™ Profile includes:

The Organixtm (see above) Functional Deficiency Markers for all the B Vitamins and much more.

Serum: Vitamin A, E, B-Carotene and also Coenzyme Q10 and Homocysteine.

Nutritional and Toxic Heavy metals – (RBC/Whole Blood).

Amino Acids tests for 20 fasting plasma amino acids or you can order 40 plasma amino acids.

Lipid Peroxides (TBARS) a measurement of oxidation of the fats in your cell membranes.

Essential Fatty Acids. The ION™ comes with the plasma Fatty Acids measurement, which reflects your recent diet. You can order it (for the same money) with
the Erythrocyte (RBC) Fatty Acids instead, which is a better measure of the make up of the fats in your brain. More information on this panel at MetaMetrix. You can also upgrade
to the Cardio ION™ for measurement of additional cardiovascular markers (a, b, c, d mentioned in the next paragraph).

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Cardiac Risk Factors (serum)

You can add these tests to your “Wellness Profile” or order them individually. They are included in the Cardio ION™ and the LPP+ Profile. These heart
disease risk factors are independent of cholesterol levels. Elevated levels are associated with a higher risk of heart disease, even if you have
perfect cholesterol levels. Question: “Why do most doctors put you on cholesterol medication without considering these factors?” Order these tests if you
have a family history of heart disease, eat poorly, or lead a high stress life style

  1. Homocysteine – a potent cause of arterial damage that may be responsible for as many as 20 percent of all cases of arterial disease and damage, second
    only to oxidized cholesterol as a cause of this #1 public health problem.
  2. High Sensitive C‑Reactive Protein (hsCRP) – elevated levels of c‑reactive protein have been shown to correlate with arterial disease in healthy men and
    women. Anti‑inflammatory medication may be indicated to help in decreasing arterial disease.
  3. Fibrinogen – one of the clotting factors. High levels are associated with cardiovascular risk and Thrombosis.
  4. Lp(a) – a rarely tested protein that is one of the most potent risk factors for arterial disease. Its importance has been validated in numerous
    scientific studies, yet it is infrequently measured and often explains why people with otherwise normal cholesterol panels develop arterial disease,
    accounting for up to 30 percent of all known cases.
  5. Lipo Protein Particle Testing: Patients with a normal cholesterol value, but abnormal particle size or density and numbers, can be at
    serious risk for cardiovascular disease.
    1. Berkley Heart Lab www.bhlinc.com particle size and number. Offers the most extensive range of
      tests
    2. Spectracell www.spectracell.com particle size and number. The LPP+ includes
      Homocysteine, hsCRP and Lp(a) (Not fibrinogen). They give the most nutrition intervention options.
    3. NMR Lipoprofile www.liposcience.com particle size and number.
    4. VAP by Atherotech www.thevaptest.com particle size only.
  6. Lp-PLA2 – lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2. The newest independent risk factor. Relatively new, so still very pricy. For people with rupture
    prone plaque.
  7. If you suspect your had a heart attack you should go see a physician. He will probably order creatine kinase, Troponin I and Troponin T, if it is
    within 2 weeks of the suspected occurrence.
  8. Near future available test: “Oxidized cholesterol”. Oxidized cholesterol is the real culprit that starts the cardiovascular disease ball rolling.

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Lipo Protein
Particle by Spectracell (serious cholesterol testing)

In recent years the medical and scientific community has discovered that, beyond “standard” cholesterol tests, an important independent factor for heart
disease can be determined by measuring the density and number of lipoprotein particles, which contain cholesterol. Patients with a normal cholesterol
value, but abnormal particle size or density and numbers, can be at serious risk for cardiovascular disease. The LPP+ profile measures the NCEP emerging
risk factors in addition to the lipid traits of Metabolic Syndrome as part of those results!Statistics indicate that 50% of heart attack victims showed ‘normal’ cholesterol levels! Go to http://www.spectracell.com/lpp/ for an excellent explanation. Now you know why the “CALCULATED LDL” on your
lab report can give you a false sense of security or alarm. Most importantly this is not sufficient information to prescribe a Statin drug. Convenient yes,
prudent no!

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Hydration Test

Do you know the hydration test? Where you pinch the skin on the back off your hand? If the skin stands up or slowly recedes you are considered dehydrated
and in need of fluids. It the skin retracts quickly your hydration (and skin tone) are good. So rate yourself and use that as a guide of how much water you
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Water Analysis

A significant source of many toxic elements to which individuals are exposed may be in drinking water. There are serious health problems associated with
naturally elevated arsenic levels in drinking water in different parts of the world.

Lead is another potentially serious drinking water problem as lead can be introduced into drinking water by old pipes in homes or by old plumbing systems
bringing water to houses. Additional metals regulated by the EPA include aluminum, antimony, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, manganese,
mercury, nickel, selenium, thallium, uranium and zinc. Fluoride is a controversial element which can adversely affect health at relatively low
concentrations. pH is an important parameter to check because acidic water may cause corrosion in water pipes and leach metals such as lead and copper into
the water you drink.

To assure safe drinking water, you should test your water for these elements. Info from: Doctor’s Data Inc.

Personal Genetic Testing for Diet, Nutrition and Exercise

Understand how your genes influence your body’s response to diet, nutrition and exercise. The Pathway Fit ® report provides personalized information and recommendations based on your genetics to assist you in achieving the following goals: Understand your metabolism and dietary traits.
Optimize the effects of physical activity and exercise. Enhance the nutritional balance of your diet. Here is general information: Pathway Fit

To see what you‘ll learn, read my personal report. I had 73 genetic markers tested to determine what diet to follow, 7 markers for special nutritional needs, 11 markers to help with exercise choices, and 63 markers for metabolic health. Now I know that I need a diet lower in fat instead of a low carbohydrate, Mediterranean or other diet, and my genetics are associated with an enhanced benefit from endurance exercises, such as mid-long distance walking, jogging and bicycling. Weight resistance exercises may be less beneficial. Dr. Ron’s report.

Internet Links in detail

(For if you need to cut and paste, because the embedded links don’t work with your browser)

Hair Mineral Testing

http://www.traceelements.com/samplereports.html

Organic Acid Testing

http://www.metametrix.com/content/DirectoryOfServices/0091OrganixComprehensive-Urine

DIET THERAPY – eat food to get your particular nutrients

http://www.foodpharmacy.com/Software.aspx

Neurotransmitter testing

https://www.neurorelief.com/

Vitamin, Mineral and Anti-Oxidant Level Testing

http://www.spectracell.com/

Adrenal Stress Index Test

http://www.diagnostechs.com/main.htm

Thyroid Testing (serum)

http://www.gdx.net/home/assessments/thyroid/index.html

Iodine, Fluoride and Bromide Testing

http://doctorsdata.com/test_info.asp?id=123

Essential Fatty Acids testing

http://www.metametrix.com/content/DirectoryOfServices/0241FattyAcids-BloodSpot

Amino Acid Testing

http://www.metametrix.com/content/DirectoryOfServices/0113AminoAcids20-BloodSpot

Carotenoid Testing

http://www.kronoslaboratory.com/Laboratory/home.aspx

Bone Turnover Testing

http://www.metametrix.com/content/DirectoryOfServices/0018BoneResorptionDeoxypyridinoline-Urine

Estronextm (cancer risk testing)

http://www.metametrix.com/content/DirectoryOfServices/Estronex216OHRatio

Stool or Gastrointestinal Health Testing

http://www.metametrix.com/content/DirectoryOfServices/2100GIEffectsStool

http://www.diagnostechs.com/main.htm

http://www.gdx.net/home/assessments/findsystems/gastro.html

Food Allergy Testing

http://www.metametrix.com/content/DirectoryOfServices/0076IgGFoodAntibodies-Bloodspot30

http://www.metametrix.com/test-menu/profiles/immune-function/allergix-igg4-food-antibodies-90

http://www.alcat.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1

Gluten Sensitivity testing

https://www.enterolab.com/Home.htm

Testing for Opiate-like Peptides from Wheat and Milk

http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/peptide.asp

Intestinal Permeability Test for “Leaky Gut”

http://www.cyrexlabs.com/PatientHome/tabid/129/Default.aspx

http://www.genovadiagnostics.com/index.php?option=com_gpanel&Itemid=2&task=view&nav=test&id=18&print=true

Mold Toxins testing

http://www.realtimelab.com/

The Female Hormone Panels™

http://www.diagnostechs.com/main.htm

The Male Hormone Panel

www.diagnostechs.com

ION Profile

http://www.metametrix.com/content/DirectoryOfServices/0090IONIndividualOptimalNutritionProfiles-BloodUrine

Lipo Protein Particle by Spectracell (serious cholesterol testing)

http://www.spectracell.com/lpp/

Water Analysis

http://doctorsdata.com/water_test.asp

Personal Genetic Testing for Diet, Nutrition and Exercise

https://www.pathway.com/dna-reports/pathway-fit

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