Last week I wrote a post about a laboratory test for infections and auto-immunity that I like by a lab called Cyrex. This week I’m going to highlight another one of their tests – the Mucosal Immune Reactivity Screen. It helps to evaluate what stressors are at work in the body culminating in triggering of immune reactivity in the gut lining and the mucosal barrier. [Read more…]
I’m always on the look-out for novel and interesting labs that are doing cutting-edge testing – especially in the light of working with chronic illnesses such as Lyme disease, autism-spectrum disorders, and autoimmune issues including PANS and PANDAS. Cyrex Labs have been around for a good while, but I’ve recently been learning more about their panels, and I’m liking their offerings. Lab testing for infections and autoimmunity is always a bit of a grey area especially when some infections suppress immune function and are hard to find.
Flower essences have been around for ages and play a valuable role in health. Perhaps the best known of all is Rescue Remedy, a blend of Bach flower essences. Rescue Remedy helps with stress and anxiousness and has a lovely, calming effect. [Read more…]
For those of you who follow my blog for general health and nutrition tips, then I apologize in advance for today’s post. Today I am posting about a very specifically Lyme-related topic, and one about medications at that! But it’s important information to write about, given so many people are struggling to get adequate and appropriate treatment for a very debilitating, chronic condition. I’ve been doing some looking into IM Rocephin as an alternative to Bicillin and have got some encouraging information so far.
The ketogenic diet is gaining in popularity; people are finding themselves with more energy, a clearer head and less excess weight when they switch to it; but it can be hard to know what to eat on a ketogenic diet to stay in that optimal fat burning, energy-producing zone. Today I welcome guest blogger Amelia Johnson. Amelia is a writer/editor with an endless passion for bringing a lot of useful and trustworthy information to the community. She founded stayhealthyways.com, a blog dedicated to sharing quality articles related to health, nutrition, fitness, and beauty. [Read more…]
Last week I talked about the evil chemical glyphosate, and how detrimental it can be to our health. We talked about ways to test for it to evaluate our load in the body. Today I’m going to give you two ways to detoxify glyphosate from the body. To recap, glyphosate is the chemical found in the herbicide Round-Up, as well as being in over 700 products ranging from herbicides to household products. It can have many adverse effects on the health of one’s body, and may be a contributor to chronic health concerns including autism-spectrum disorders. [Read more…]
You might know glyphosate better as the chemical in the product RoundUp. Glyphosate is the world’s most widely produced herbicide – it was introduced in the 1970’s to kill weeds and has been widely used since then. In fact, glyphosate has been so widely used that many weeds and crops became resistant to it. Guess what Monsanto did then? They produced a genetically-modified glyphosate-resistant crops such as soy and corn that can grow even in the presence of the toxic chemical – what a smart business move for them. Glyphosate is now found in more than 700 different products, ranging from herbicides to household products. But what about the connection between glyphosate toxin and your health? Glyphosate is pretty evil all around; and in chronic health conditions where toxic load plays a significant role (which is about all of them) it might be worth investigating.
It’s been several months now since we introduced 10-pass ozone therapy at my practice, RestorMedicine, so I thought I’d post a 10-pass ozone update here too. So far we’ve been incredibly happy with the results we’ve seen. Patients are experiencing better energy, clearer cognition, reductions in pain and an acceleration in healing and recovery. While of course there is no one therapy that will work beautifully for everyone, I have been very encouraged and happy with the degree of benefit that I’m seeing with 10-pass ozone. [Read more…]
I posted an article in The Naturopathic Mama Community Facebook group the other day about Breast Implant Illness (BII), and I realized that I wanted to share some information here as well for all to see. Breast implant illness is one of those things that relatively few women are aware of – and yet millions of women worldwide have breast implants. A dear friend of mine was impacted by breast implant illness, to the degree that her implants caused horrible symptoms of chronic illness. She was ridiculed by two plastic surgeons before finding a specialist who understood the connection; she had her implants removed, and it still took a full year after that to fully detoxify her body and regain her health, but regain it she did. Could breast implants be making you sick? Read on for the personal experience of my friend. We’ll call her Ms. H. for privacy’s sake.
I believe that people are becoming increasingly aware that gluten is not the best food ingredient for us – it can be very difficult to digest, and can promote significant inflammation both in the gut and in the body as a whole, resulting in chronic pain, fatigue, brain fog, skin irritation, mood imbalances and more. There are a variety of labs that offer testing for gluten intolerance- in fact, all the big commercial labs offer the tests. I have found, however, that sometimes those blood tests are not as sensitive as some others. In my view, the best test for gluten intolerance is a stool test offered by a lab called Enterolab.
The markers that are tested for gluten intolerance are anti-gliadin antibodies and anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies. Both are looking for auto-immune reactions in the body that are caused by the ingestion of gluten. These are the markers that are assessed in blood testing too.
Enterolab uses a stool sample to look for those markers. I have found this to be a more sensitive test than standard blood tests (one of the ways I know this is that a rep from one of those big labs offered 10 of my patients free testing with their lab to be able to compare the results with Enterolabs results (samples taken on the same day). In several of those cases, the bloodwork showed negative where the stool results showed positive. Can we rule out false positives 100%? No, we can’t, but I can say that the results were reflective of the health issues of those patients, and all those patients felt better when adopting a gluten-free diet.
One can be gluten intolerant without having Celiac disease. Celiac is the most severe form of gluten intolerance, where damage is at the extent of causing erosion of the villi of the small intestine. Celiac is typically diagnosed by a biopsy. Gluten intolerance can be much subtler in its presentation, but can also be insidious and cause many quite serious health issues.
I also think the stool test is ideal for kids – sparing them a blood draw. I’m getting ready to do the test on my daughter, because while I am gluten free, and we are gluten free at home, I don’t restrict her outside of the house. Recently, however, we’ve been noticing that when she eats wheat, she gets these anger outbursts that happen 10 minutes or so after ingestion, and only last a few minutes. It’s so out of character for her that I started observing what was happening around the time they occurred, and sure enough, eating wheat seemed to be the trigger. I talked with her about it and she can actually see the connection too. Even at age 4, kids know when something makes them feel bad and how uncomfortable it can be.
Getting the sample isn’t so hard either – an adult can simply put a clean container in the toilet bowl. I have found that that can be off putting for kids, so I advise parents to put saran wrap inside the bowl, allowing some length so that the sample call “fall in”, so to speak. It secures quite well around the rim of the toilet, then when you put the seat down it’s barely visible.
Enterolab is a lab that does not even require a doctor’s order – you could feasibly order a kit yourself, they ship it to you, you take the collection and send it in.
They also offer cheek swab testing for the genetic markers that predispose to gluten intolerance – that’s pretty cool too, especially for people who are going to have children to get an indication of whether their kids will have that gene too and subsequently be predisposed to gluten intolerance.
You want to have eaten gluten fairly recently to see an accurate result. If you’ve been gluten free for months or years, it may not show up. I took this task very seriously when I was testing myself – I was on holiday in Sydney at Easter time, and I ate Hot Cross Bun after Hot Cross Bun – at least one every day for a week! I felt pretty sick by the end of it mind you!
The panel I recommend with Enterolab is B1: Gluten Sensitivity Stool Panel. If you’re interested in the genetic test, you would also order the Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test, which is a molecular HLA-DQB1 analysis). They also offer more extensive panels to include other food intolerances, but the ones I’ve listed as the specific gluten ones.
I have rarely come across a person who didn’t feel better on a gluten-free diet. But some of us need to see the results of a lab test to motivate us to make dietary changes. If that’s you, then this test would be ideal.