Since we know that gluten is one of the only known factors linked to pretty much every auto-immune disease – including diabetes, thyroid, adrenal, lack of stomach acid and B12, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia (see the gluten illnesses list for many more) – it makes sense to be able to find out as early as possible if the process has gone as far as attacking organs or self-tissues.
Check the gluten process post out and you will see the second consequence of gluten sensitivity after it gets through to the blood stream through a leaky gut is auto-immunity, and ANY organ can be involved. (The first consequence is systemic inflammation and I am just working on the Inflammation Tests, in case you were wondering). This auto-immune involvement (of which coeliac disease where gluten causes villi attack is just one example) is the reason why many experts claim gluten sensitivity is a multi-system, multi-organ disease.
A comprehensive look at auto-immunity is not often done in my experience so I asked The Doctors Laboratory to help me put a test together for us to do it. Happily, they agreed.
Here, then, is the AutoImmunity Basic Test, which will look for two indicators of general auto-immunity processes going on in the body and the AutoImmunity Organs Test, which looks for the main organs involved including thyroid, adrenal, stomach, pancreas, liver etc. I hope you find them useful. If we know a damaging process is going on, it pays to look for evidence so we can repair and redress as soon as possible. Auto-immune diseases take years to develop – unseen most often – and I, for one, wanted to know what the consequences of my gluten sensitivity might have been so I can do something about it, pronto. And that’s why I created these tests, which will now give us all that opportunity.
AutoImmunity Basic Test (£80)
This basic test will look for two major indicators that an auto-immune reaction is going on.
Anti-Nuclear Antibody (ANA)
These two analytes will show an obvious auto-immune reactivity in tissues and cells. ANA is a particularly good early indicator marker.
AutoImmunity Organs Test (£170)
This will look for auto-immune antibodies in several organs including thyroid, adrenals, stomach, pancreas, liver etc. This is a unique test, created just for us.
Sometimes, it is wise to look for auto-immune signs in various organs, especially if you are gluten sensitive, since we know that gluten is involved in causing auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid and adrenal disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes type 1 and many more. Such comprehensive testing is not done very often, though, but in this case fore-warned is most definitely fore-armed as steps can be taken to prevent further damage and redress damage already done.
- Thyroid Peroxidase – thyroid
- Thyroglobulin Antibodies – thyroid
- Antinuclear Antibodies – general, early sign
- Mitochondrial – biliary/liver
- Smooth Muscle – liver
- Gastric Parietal – stomach (acid and intrinsic factor for B12)
- Reticulin – coeliac/dermatitis herpetiformis
- LKM – liver/kidneys
- Islet Cell – pancreas