I received an exciting email yesterday, from Cyrex Labs, about new improvements to the already outstanding testing for gluten intolerance and autoummunity testing. Cyrex Laboratories has done it again!
Starting March 7th of 2012, Cyrex is optimizing their Array #3 and Array #4. If, you've been reading my blog for a while, you already know that standard medical tests for gluten intolerance are grossly innacurate. You can learn why by downloading the whitepaper on Why The Tests Are Wrong with just a click on the big orange button below:
So you might be wondering why I am so excited about the changes in store. I can tell you that the tests will be even be MORE useful in helping me help those with autoimmune illness receive the help they need to recover. Too many patients are running from doctor to doctor, only to either be told their tests are normal, or to receive dangerous drugs that just deal with their symptoms, while the underlying cause(s) are left to create even more trouble. Plus the medications ALWAYS have side effects and those side effects exponentially increase with the more drugs you are prescibed.
The common conditions I keep seeing in my office that have an autoimmune cause and that are often triggered by gluten sensitivity or other triggers are:
- migraine headaches
- balance disorders
- peripheral neuropathy
- autoimmune thyroid disorders (Hashimoto's and Graves Disease)
- psoriasis and eczema
- elevated liver enzymes with unknown cause
- kidney disease
- celiac disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- anxiety and depression
- Sjögren's syndrome
- lichen plano polaris
The latest numbers indicate that as many as one in every 5 people
(yes, that's right) have some form of gluten-sensitivity.
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Cyrex Array #3 Changes
Due to cross-reactivity among tissue transglutaminases (tTGs), it is clinically important to assess multiple tTGs. The common tTG assessed in Celiac disease is tTG2, which is expressed in epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal tract. However, there are several neurological and skin disorders associated with Celiac disease and non-Celiac disease gluten-reactivity. Thus, Cyrex is adding tTG3 (dermis) and tTG6 (neuronal) to Array 3. To make room for the new antigens, the opioid peptides Gluteomorphin and Prodynorphin have been combined, and GAD65 has been better suited to a new array 5 launching by summer 2012. All Array 3 panels ordered starting on March 7, 2012 will be assessed for IgG and IgA to the following antigens: Wheat, Wheat Germ Agglutinin, Native + Deamidated Alpha-Gliadin-33-mer, Alpha-Gliadin-17-mer, Gamma-Gliadin-15-mer, Omega-Gliadin-17-mer, Glutenin-21-mer, Gluteomorphin+Prodynorphin, Gliadin-Transglutaminase Complex, Transglutaminase-2, Transglutaminase-3, Transglutaminase-6.
Cyrex Array #4 Changes
The following foods have been added to the Array 4 panel: Whey Protein, Teff, Soy, and Egg. The gluten containing grains have been combined into a single well, and American Cheese has been removed. All Array 4 panels ordered starting on March 7 will be assessed for IgG + IgA combined to the following antigens: Rye + Barley + Spelt + Polish Wheat, Cow's Milk, Alpha-Casein & Beta-Casein, Casomorphin, Milk Butyrophilin, Whey Protein, Chocolate (Milk), Oats, Yeast, Coffee, Sesame, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Millet, Hemp, Amaranth, Quinoa, Tapioca, Teff, Soy, Egg, Corn, Rice, Potato.
Since many people with autoimmune disorders are intolerant to gluten, and have a leaky gut, they cross react to foods that do not have gluten in them. If they do not know this and continue consuming the foods that their immune system views as the enemy, they don't get well, or continue to worsen. This cross reactivity problem is one of the main reasons why Cyrex Array #4 is SO important to me, clinically, in helping the patients who seek my care.
If you would like to receive a thorough case review to see if we can help you with your chronic health challenge, give my office a call at 586-731-8840 or click on the big orange button below:
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