New Genetic Comprehensive Test Listed

I’ve finally found a genetic overview test which I think offers real, practical, useable information that you can translate into real-world changes likely to make a difference, so I have listed it on the shop for you today in a new Genetic Tests section.

Here’s the blurb for you:

Genetic Tests

I have been searching for ages for a really good gene test which actually gives valuable, practical information for people. Many of the gene tests available give you shed-loads of SNiPs and leave you wondering what the heck they all mean.

I don’t go heavy on genetic testing because I am of the firm belief that just because we have the genes or SniPs does not mean that we will develop the problem in the vast majority of cases. That said, sometimes knowing you have a possible weakness in an area can explain why you can’t get better using normal interventions – and means you can take steps to prevent future illness.

We know that genes are not set in stone and that environmental and diet changes in the very least can influence how those genes are expressed, or switched on or off. So, it can be a very good idea to see if something is affecting your weight control, sleep patterns, adrenal efficiency, methylation, detox or nutrient pathways, for example.

So, I have listed the myDNA Comprehensive panel because I think it gives a really good overview and a fantastic report which makes sense of the results in the most key areas for you. You can then talk to one of us or your practitioner if you need more help. You can see a general leaflet about the myDNA Comprehensive here which will show you what is covered, and see a sample report here – all 47 pages of it!

Once you order, you will be sent a questionnaire from the lab who will also take payment from you, then analyse your results in context with your answers. They will then send me a report which I will forward on with any thoughts or comments I have for you, plus ideas on what to do next if appropriate.

I’ve also linked to some of the other gene tests in the various sections for you, including:

The Thyroid T3 D102 test which helps identify if you have a problem using T3 in the brain – for example, those people who don’t do well on thyroxine only.

The gluten gene test for non-coeliac gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease – do you have the right pattern for either problem? Mainstream only checks DQ2 and maybe DQ8 if you’re lucky, but many people have DQ1 or DQ3 which can cause skin, neurological and gut problems with gluten too. I introduced this test to the UK and it comes in very useful if you have stopped eating gluten but still want to see if there’s a possible NCGS problem.

The DD Methylation pathways gene test will give you the gene pattern for methylation issues – although the myDNA panel will give you indicators on this too.

Same for the LR DetoxGen – it will give you detox pathways information, but you do get some analysis of this in the myDNA one too.

Hope that helps. You can see the Genetic Tests section here.

 

New Mycotoxins Mould/Mold Toxins Test

Aflatoxins

At last, I have managed to get my hands on the RealTime Labs Mycotoxins test for you and have listed it on the shop. Not cheap by any means but, since inhaled mould toxins have been linked to quite a few chronic diseases in recent years, it might be money worth spent to check it out of your illness is not resolving and you suspect it.

Here’s the blurb on the shop section for you and you can get the test here.

Mycotoxins (Mould/Mold toxins) Test

In recent times, quite a few studies have been suggesting that chronic diseases including lupus, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia can be triggered or exacerbated by toxins released and inhaled from indoor moulds (molds).

I have now managed to list the RealTime Lab’s urinary Mycotoxins Test, which looks for the top 15 mould toxins. You can see a sample report here. Do also read the lab FAQ on it here too which has some really useful info about sample collection and other stuff. Not cheap but could provide some really important answers for you. This is done via a UK lab so no need to send to the US.

Next, here is some useful info on the test and the various moulds and toxins they release for you:

What are Mycotoxins?
There are estimated to be over 50,000 different species of mold, but only about 200 present serious health risks to humans or animals. These harmful species are referred to as toxic mold and are potentially hazardous because they can produce toxins known as mycotoxins. 

The mycotoxins discussed here are the Trichothecenes, Aflatoxins, Ochratoxins, Gliotoxin, Chaetoglobosins and Sterigmatocystin. Where conditions are right, fungi proliferate into colonies and mycotoxin levels become high. Toxins vary greatly in their severity: some fungi produce severe toxins only at specific levels of moisture, temperature or oxygen in the air; some toxins are lethal; some cause identifiable diseases or health problems; some weaken the immune system without producing symptoms specific to that toxin; some act as allergens or irritants, and some have no known effect on humans. 

Trichothecenes are evaluated by using Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbant Assay (ELISA).  The test at RTL has been validated as a qualitative test.  Thus, RTL reports whether tricothecenes are PRESENT or NOT PRESENT. 

Aflatoxins are evaluated using ImmunoSorbant Columns containing antibodies to the group of aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, and G2).  Results are reported as PRESENT or NOT PRESENT.

Ochratoxin A is evaluated using immunoSorbant Columns containing antibodies to the Ochratoxin A.  Results are reported as PRESENT or NOT PRESENT.

Health Problems Associated With Molds and Mycotoxins
Mycotoxins are well documented for their toxic effects on the human cell, causing a number of problems in normal cell function and association with a wide variety of clinical symptoms and diseases:

  • Kidney Toxicity
  • Immune Suppression
  • Autism
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Depression
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Acute Pulmonary Haemorrhage
  • Aplastic Anaemia
  • Birth Defects

Who Should Be Tested?
In light of the above, if you believe someone’s health may be compromised by exposure to mold, it may be worth having the person tested using the RealTime Lab Mycotoxin Panel.

How Are They Tested?
The Mycotoxin Panel is a urinary sample, but sputum, nasal washes and tissues biopsy specimens have also been validated. Patients must be referred for the RealTime Labs by a physician or healthcare professional. If mold or mycotoxins are found to be present, the ordering healthcare professional is notified by our Medical Director.

Testing is done using competitive ELISA, a very sensitive detection method using antibodies prepared against mycotoxins. RealTime Labs has been granted a U.S. patent for its macrocyclic trichothecene test. All mycotoxin testing results are displayed in an easy-to-understand numeric format, showing detection levels in ppb as standardized by the FDA, WHO, CDC and Food Industry for clinical use. Results also tell if the test was positive, negative or equivocal, along with ranges of detection for each.

 

 
 
 
Aspergillus flavus

Aspergillus flavus
Mycotoxin; A. flavus produces aflatoxins, the most toxic and potent hepato-carcinogenic natural compounds ever characterized. There are four major Aflatoxins: B1, B2, G1, G2. Aflatoxin B1 is the most potent carcinogen and is the major mycotoxin produced by A. flavus.

Aspergillus ochraceus

Aspergillus ochraceus
Ochratoxin A has been shown to interfere with cellular physiology in multiple ways. It inhibits synthesis of phenylalanine t-RNA complex, inhibits mitochondrial ATP production, and stimulates lipid peroxidation.

Aspergillus niger

Aspergilus niger
Aspergillus nigeras has also been associated with urinary tract infections and bladder cancers. Ochratoxin has been detected in blood and other animal tissues and in milk, including human milk.

 
Penicillium verrucosum

Penicillium verrucosum
Penicillium verrucosum has also been associated with urinary tract infections and bladder cancers. Ochratoxin has been detected in blood and other animal tissues and in milk, including human milk.

Stachybotrys chartarum

Stachybotrys chartarum
Stachybotrys chartarum is the well-known “black mold” seen in many water damaged buildings. It produces a number of highly toxic macrocyclic trichothecenes.

Aspergillus fumigatus

Aspergillus fumigatus
A. fumigatus is frequently found in homes and buildings. It is considered to be an opportunistic pathogen, meaning it rarely infects healthy individuals, but is the leading cause of invasive aspergillosis (IA) in immunocompromised individuals such as cancer, HIV or transplant patients. A. fumigatus produces Gliotoxin, an immunosuppressive mycotoxin.

 
Chaetomium globosum

Chaetomium globosum
C. globosum is a common indoor fungal contaminant of water damaged homes or buildings. It is found on wet drywall, wall-paper, carpets, window frames and baseboards. Like Stachybotrys, C. globosum spores are relatively large and due to their mode of release are not as easily airborne as other molds. Mycotoxins produced by C. globosum include chaetoglobosin A & C.

Fusarium sp.

Fusarium sp.
More than 50 species of Fusarium have been identified. Most are plant pathogens and can infect crops such as wheat, barley, oats and other feedstuff, where they can produce simple trichothecene mycotoxins such as T-2 and DON.

A. versicolor

Aspergillus versicolor
A. versicolor is one of the most frequently found molds in water damaged buildings. Spores of A. Versicolor are detected and quantified in the ERMI (Environmental Relative Moldiness Index) test by Real Time PCR. A. versicolor is known to produce a mycotoxin called sterigmatocystin.

 Ooer. Have a look in the Specific Conditions Tests section here.

New Cheaper AutoImmune Test

test iconMany of you have been asking how to test for autoimmunity processes going on in your body lately. I direct you usually to your doctor for an overall screen, where they might do ANA (antinuclear antibodies) usually to see if there is a general sign of autoimmune disease such as lupus, RA or hepatitis there.

Or I direct you to Cyrex 5, the really super-duper disease-specific autoimmune test which is beyond many of you at well over £500. Very useful if you need those specific markers, of course, and can be life-saving in fact.

But, what if you need something in-between: a more comprehensive ‘general’ look and a few common specific autoimmune disease markers such as adrenal, stomach acid, intestinal, liver etc?

Well, before Cyrex launched their tests, I invented my own to approximate them as they took so long in coming! One of those was a general autoimmune screen called MR1 and today I have reinstated it as I think it is still needed. I got the lab to dust the info off, give me an up to date price and voila, it is now on the shop for you.

See here on the Gluten, Cyrex & Autoimmunity Tests section.

Here’s the blurb I’ve written for the Autoimmunity bit:

Autoimmunity

We know that gluten is the only common denominator found so far in autoimmune disorders, which is really exciting info! Coeliac disease is an autoimmunity attack on the absorptive villi in the gut, hence the problems that come with CD illness. But that is what we know and have studied. Other people have autoimmune thyroid or adrenal issues, ovarian attack (infertility is common in GRDs), skin diseases, reactive arthritis, psoriasis etc etc. The list goes on.

First, check if autoimmune disease markers are present: I have invented my own ‘general marker’s autoimmunity screen, much cheaper than some of the Cyrex ones to start you off. This is a general ‘can we find evidence easily of autoimmune disease going on?’ test with some specific autoimmune disease types I see a lot included.

Use MR1 Autoimmune Screen if it covers what you need. It includes Thyroid Peroxidase, Thyroglobulin Antibodies, Antinuclear Antibodies, Mitochondrial Abs, Smooth Muscle, Gastric Parietal (stomach eg. for acid and intrinsic factor/B12), Reticulin, LKM, Islet Cell (pancreas), Adrenal, Ovarian and Testicular. Not bad, huh!

Use Cyrex 5 for a really comprehensive autoimmune screen, Cyrex 6 for diabetes, Cyrex 7 or 7X for the neurological autoimmunity screen, Cyrex 8 for joint autoimmunity and Cyrex 20 for blood-brain.

Next, consider if pathogens are causing your issues. Cyrex 12 assesses IgG immune reactivity to pathogens that are documented triggers or exacerbators of autoimmunity and chronic disease. The test looks for IgG antibodies to various pathogens including oral pathogens, gastrointestinal parasites, bacterial and stealth pathogens, environmental moulds (molds), viral pathogens and tick-borne pathogens – you can see all of them here. If an IgG antibody is present, it doesn’t show a current infection, but it suggests there is a hidden or latent pathogenic problem that may well be causing you problems or acting as a trigger.

It can also be a good idea to consider levels of known toxic chemicals in your system. Could you have a high levels of something like glyphosate (Round Up) in your system that is triggering cross-reactivity to organs and tissues maybe or messing about with your gut flora, hormones etc? To check that, see the Glyphosate and GPLTOX tests here and maybe also check Cyrex 11 for any clues that you are immunologically reacting to any of the most common ones. In other words, you can now check for presence and immune reaction to them.

For much more on this whole complex field, do read the TGF site in Resources above, and download the Gluten Plan for full testing and treatment protocols. You can read much more about the Gluten Plan here.

Note: I am just about also to list the new RealTime Labs Mycotoxins Test which measures the 15 most common toxins coming from indoor moulds (molds). It’s not cheap but at least we can get it now if you need it as some of you have been asking. Watch this space.

Hope it helps.

New Glyphosate (RoundUp) and Chemicals Tests Listed

I have just listed the GPL Glyphosate and 168-chemical GPLTOX tests for you as many of you have been requesting them.

I’ve popped them on the Specific Health Conditions tests section of the shop – which is getting rather large now and may need splitting soon, eek! So far, it covers

Cardiovascular, Osteoporosis, Detox & Methylation, Infections, Immunology and Oxidative Stress. And now Chemical Exposure.

You can see that section here:

Specific Health Condition Tests  Specific Health Condition Tests

Here’s the blurb on the new chemical tests for you:

Chemical Exposure Tests

Exposure to – and sensitivity to – many toxic chemicals can cause or exacerbate many conditions. One of the major culprits currently suspected is Round Up (glyphosate), the most widely used herbicide in the world, which WHO classifies as a carcinogen, and which studies show affect the microbiome in the gut and much more. 

As such, I have listed the glyphosate and GPLTOX tests from Great Plains Labs (GPL) for you. The latter tests an impressive 168 chemicals and you can add on, or do singly, the glyphosate. Both simple urine tests but very important ones. 

I would then also be tempted to look at the Cyrex 11 to check if you are producing antibodies to any of the most common ones. That way, you have checked exposure and levels in the system and if you are immunologically reacting to any of them, if you see what I mean. You could then be cross-reacting ie. the body sees a chemical and cross-reacts to tissues and organs known to be linked with that chemical. It’s an evolving science in autoimmune world.

Hope it helps

DUTCH Adrenal and Hormone Tests

I spent a whole day this week assessing the new DUTCH adrenal and hormone tests for us, so thought it might be useful for you if I put down my thoughts about them.

DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones and I’ve had them on the shop for quite a while for you – because you asked – but I always like to immerse myself in new tests to make sure we have the most up to date, valid and treatment-practical offering there for you. And so I can understand and help you with them, of course.

Anyway, my thoughts in case they are useful..this was the question I was really trying to answer for us:

If you want to test your adrenals or hormones, is it now better to use the DUTCH tests?

Well, yes and no.

In short, I think there is real value in the extra adrenal info you get (more of why below), but the hormone elements included in the DUTCH Complete, Sex & Metabolites and Cycle Mapping are pretty comparable to the ones we already do with Genova: the Complete Hormones and Rhythm respectively.

However, the DUTCH is much cheaper (when they do the combination tests), is dried urine so a bit more convenient than collecting 24 hours’ worth of urine and has a lot more guidance for people who are on meds and supplements like HRT to test effectively, and for those with irregular cycles – the bane of my life with the Rhythm!

On the down side, the reports are really complicated and even scared me until I ‘got’ them.

To clarify, there are several DUTCH tests:

The DUTCH Adrenal – which gives you the free cortisol in 4 measurements and total, the same as the Genova Adrenal Stress Test, but it also gives you the adrenal metabolites which can give you a much deeper picture if you need it.

DUTCH Sex & Metabolites – which gives you info on the sex hormones: oestrogen, progesterone and androgens (inc DHEAs and testosterone metabolites).

The DUTCH Complete – which gives you all of the adrenal and hormones as above. Sort of the new DUTCH Adrenal plus Genova’s Complete Hormones – much cheaper and the best all-round test for men and post menopause.

The DUTCH Cycle Mapping – this is the monthly cycle look at the hormones, much like the Genova Rhythm test we know and love.

The Dutch Complete with Cycle Mapping – all of the above! The most useful test in my view especially for women still having period cycles. And, of course, the most pricey – but far cheaper than the equivalent separate tests from Genova (which would be the Adrenal test, Complete Hormones and a Rhythm).

Phew. I am now going to be recommending the DUTCH Complete with or without Cycle Mapping because it gives you loads of the same and more info for less money than combined the Genova tests. And, I am recommending the DUTCH Adrenal test as a more complex look at those.

What’s the benefit of the adrenal metabolites?

The normal 4 sample saliva adrenal test is great at showing you the daily pattern of free cortisol – and you could only do that with saliva until DUTCH. Then, they discovered you could get comparable results from a dried urine sample too – although there hasn’t been anywhere near as much research to prove that and there has been a LOT of studies backing up the standard salivary test up to now, so both are probably valid.

The free cortisol and daily pattern gives you a good indication of what might be going wrong somewhere with your adrenals and, having done it for over a decade, I have found it very reliable. However, we have to acknowledge that free cortisol is a very small amount of what is actually available in the body so, in some cases, there might be something hidden going on.

In the DUTCH Adrenal, you also get the adrenal metabolites and an idea of inactive cortisone. Why is that important?

Well, say you had someone who looked on the normal adrenal test like their cortisol was low, you would think they had low production of cortisol. However, if you looked at the metabolised cortisol levels and they were high, that might suggest instead that their free cortisol – what’s measured in the normal adrenal test – was low but their overall total cortisol production was high. That could be important as someone might be actually making too much, or they might be not clearing it from the body well.

Of course the body doesn’t know the difference and high cortisol is high cortisol. High cortisol means inflammation, belly fat, stress etc.

Or, say someone was making a lot of the inactive cortisone. It might be that their free cortisol looks low but downstream their metabolites suggest the production looks OK in total. Then you see they are converting a lot of it to cortisone so that person is making enough cortisol itself but needs to stop converting so much of it.

I told you it was complicated!

Anyway, the upshot is that I think the extra metabolites info you get on DUTCH could prove very useful. It seems to me from reading what other US based practitioners are doing (it’s not quite so used in the UK yet – our Victoria is getting really good at it and was an early-adopter of it, I am pleased to say ) that they are using it for when people don’t respond to the normal adrenal protocols to dig a bit deeper. I think that is right, although I can see the usefulness of getting the extra info at the start too.

So, conclusion overall is that I will continue to offer the usual Genova salivary adrenal test which I think can give you a good snapshot – and all the protocols I’ve used in-clinic successfully for over a decade are in the corresponding Adrenal Plan for you – but offer the DUTCH for those who want a deeper look either at the beginning or later on.

There is, of course, quite a large difference in price too: £82 versus £179 (the DUTCH has just come down happily from £199).

With the sex hormones though, I will swap to DUTCH as you get the same info for much less money. Reports aren’t quite as good or useful but as long as we can interpret them, that’s fine!

As such, I’ve updated the shop pages. See here for Adrenal Tests and here for Hormone Tests.

My head hurts – hormones always do that to me, in more ways than one since I had flat adrenals, insulin resistance and PCOS 😉

4 Steps To Proper Gene Testing

23andMe DNA Test KitOver the last year or so, I have studiously buried my head in the sand and avoided genetic testing like 23andme like the plague!

If anyone asked me for help, I sent them straight over to Anne Pemberton, the UK’s foremost Nutrigenomics practitioner (more on her joining our team below, oh yes..) and left them to it!

I did introduce proper gluten gene testing to the UK in 2011, I thank you, and do some thyroid, methylation and detox gene testing, but in general I have stayed clear of the kind of ‘overview tests’ like 23andme which gives such a lot of info I don’t have the expertise to pick through for you. Hence the need for Anne!

And, to be quite honest, I always wait and see what will happen with something when a ‘trend’ calms down. I am not an early-adopter of such things as I’ve seen too many ‘wonder’ tests, supplements, meds etc etc prove not to be so wonderful at all in the end.

I’ve learned to let things settle before I jump on the bandwagon! It loses me money as I could make a fortune servicing people’s requests, but I hope you know by now Purehealth is here for the long haul (17 years so far..) and I don’t jump on any bandwagons – unless I am creating or driving them like TrulyGlutenFree and now ACE Disorders!

Conflicting and confusing information

Anyway, as it stands today, I get asked about gene test results very often still. There is a lot of expertise about, but much of it is confusing and leading people down wrong treatment paths or causing unnecessary worry to my mind – so I feel the time is right to give a bit more guidance.

Genetic testing, it seems, is here to stay, so Christine and I have pooled our knowledge and come up with the best way forward for people wanting to test properly.

To clarify: when I say ‘properly’ I mean knowing if the SNiPs that turn up are actually having any impact on a functional level (ie. on your actual health) and need to be considered in treatment or not. Most often, it is not or, more accurately, not maybe in the ways you might have thought from the obvious headlines in your results. Ooh controversial..!

Between us, we actually have quite a bit of knowledge on the team – well, Christine and half me anyway 😉 – so I am really pleased about that.

Welcome Anne Pemberton

That said, I’m pleased to say that our knowledge will be backed up by the much stronger expertise of Anne, who has agreed to join us on our clinical team. She couldn’t really not after I wailed , moaned and stamped my feet until she agreed…:)

OK, to start: here’s my 4 steps to proper gene testing for you then. I just made that up as I realised there are in fact 4 key steps in my new Purehealth Gene Tests factsheet:

Genetic Tests & What To Do With Your Gene Results

As you’ll see that guides you through

  • how to do a 23andme test
  • which online software service to run the results through
  • points you to good resources to start learning what they may mean and
  • recommends you talk to Anne on the team, or someone like her (she’s training people up as fast as she can, bless her!).

Here is Anne’s page on the shop, where you can book a free initial chat with her and take it forward if you need to.

Anne Pemberton, Functional Medicine and Genetics Anne Pemberton

My biggest piece of advice on gene testing, which comes from the zillions of ‘panicked’ or simply confused callers asking me what this or that genetic problem means and what to do about it – is that it is all in the interpretation.

The golden rule is:

If a gene is ‘expressing’, you have the problem but just seeing SNPs on a list does not mean you have an issue and should go off and treat it.

OK, I hope that all helps get you through the maze of SNP testing! And welcome to Anne from all of us. Maybe I’ll test my own now then and see what mine say, eek!

New Thyroid TRAb, DI02 Gene and Iodine Symporter Tests

Fatigue icon  Hot on the heels of the new DUTCH adrenal test I listed a week or so ago, today I have added a couple of new thyroid tests for you, updated the Adrenal & Thyroid Tests Overview and added some info on Iodine Symporter Transport issues (ooer…).

Hyperthyroid Antibody TRAb Test

First comes the new Advanced Thyroid Test. This is very similar to the Thyroid Plus I have rated as the best for years for the sheer amount of info it gives you for the money. The Thyroid Plus includes all the same markers as this new one but the most common autoimmune antibodies for mainly hypothyroid disease. This new Advanced has three autoimmune antibodies, including the most common hyperthyroid (Graves) autoimmune antibody TRAb, which could be really useful.

It measures: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Total T4, Thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO Ab), Thyroglobulin Antibody, Reverse T3 and T3 Uptake, plus the advanced TSH Receptor (TRAb) for hyperthyroid.

You can read much more about the different thyroid antibodies here if you need that.

Simply put: if you suspect underactive thyroid, do Thyroid Plus. If you suspect overactive thyroid, do Advanced Thyroid. If you’re not sure and it’s all over the place, do the Advanced Thyroid.

Thyroid T3 Gene Test

Next, I have also listed the new DI02 Deiodinase 2 Thyroid Gene Test. Some people have a fault on the gene that controls T3 delivery to the brain even though results show levels in the body are fine. These are often people who don’t do well on normal thyroxine treatment and who would do much better having that in combination with T3.

I can now check for this gene issue to help you determine effective treatment. You can read much more about it here: DI02 Deiodinase 2 Gene Test.

Symporter Iodine Transport Testing

I got asked about this the other day and Christine & I looked it up (mostly Christine!).

I do quite a lot of iodine loading tests especially when the Thyroid Plus suggests there may be a problem going on with the production or conversion of active thyroid hormone in the body, which needs iodine to work. You can look for standard iodine levels, but I have found over time that an iodine  loading test gives better results and you can then correct it and retest after about 3 months. It can make a huge difference for something s easily found and correctable.

But, you can also have an iodine transport problem apparently. You can find out much more about it here: factsheet on Symporter transport testing and treatment. One of the key issues with this transport system is the presence of the other halides: bromide and fluoride, which compete and bind to the same receptors. I’ve offered the Halides Loading test too for years and now it seems it is a useful one for checking this Symporter issue too.

This is what I’ve put on the Nutrient Tests Overview anyway in the Q&A.

I have heard that I could have a Symporter transport problem with iodine. Can you test for that?

We don’t do an actual Symporter test as it is very unwieldy to do and hard to get done in the UK. However, we do know that one of the main causes of a symporter issue is high halides, so do the Halides Loading test first and, if those are high, you have your answer. If the halides are low, you’ve ruled that cause out, but there are others including genetic defects, goitrogens, some pesticides and oxidative stress, to name a few. 

You can do the Iodine Loading or Halides Loading Tests here.

Phew – that should help a bit with your thyroid issues! I’ve also updated the full Thyroid Factsheet here so do check that out too.

New DUTCH Adrenal and Hormone Tests

New DUTCH Adrenal and Hormone Tests now added to the shop by popular demand. Samples returned to UK and drop-shipped to US for you. Read more here: DUTCH Tests

New Cyrex 10-90 Food Tests

New Cyrex 10-90 food tests now on the shop for you as promised in a new section: Gluten, Cyrex and Autoimmune Tests http://ow.ly/r7g23006hyU

9 Signs You Might Have A Gluten Related Disorder

How many of these can you count, then?

I got six originally and nowadays have one – the pounding headaches/migraines. This is often one of the most difficult symptoms to get rid of, I’ve found, and others I talk to say the same. Not nice at all, I can tell you. I could actually say I have a half too – the skin thing. I am definitely more susceptible to itching, sore skin and, interestingly, this is much worse around my cycle so I am convinced there is a hormone link there too.

People are often surprised by the fact that most people don’t have gut symptoms and, in fact, many experts now believe that the presence of brain fog should trigger an investigation for a gluten illness; they think it’s the top tell-tale signal. I do see it an awful lot, and I agree. Nowadays, it’s one of the first questions I ask and  then look for other confirmatory clues as I go along.

The other is: ‘Have you come off traditional gluten for 2 weeks or more and felt better?’

Most will answer: ‘yes, but my symptoms didn’t all go so I went back on it.’

I then go through the chat and invariably people have gone on to feel even worse over the ensuing months or years, but have not made the connection that the reintroduction of gluten after a break will often make the situation worse over time, giving them new symptoms to deal with. Often those will be mood and neurological in some way I’m finding, as if it’s gone to a deeper system somehow or something.

And, they often won’t have thought that the continued ingestion of either gliadin (as in a traditional GF diet) often hidden in foods, toiletries etc and/or the ingestion of other gluten peptides, not just gliadin, may have been why not all their symptoms went on their exclusion diet in the first place.

This then makes me consider either a ‘proper’ trial of trad GF, or a TGF approach, or I’ll suggest testing, depending on if they’re still on gluten or not and whether I think we need to find something on paper for them and their doctors to see if we can.

Fascinating, isn’t it? It’s often blindingly obvious when I see it as I see it all day, every day in cases. When you point it out, people are often surprised they didn’t make the connections either. It seem simple but nothing about food ever is, is it?!

Anyway, I digress, as per! Back to the article I saw here.

9 Surprising Signs You May Have A Gluten Allergy

And, of course, I don’t agree that there is no way to test for gluten related disorders. There is. Not perfect yet, of course, but we are further on than this suggests, see the Gluten Tests page here.