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I just ordered a gluten-sensitivity test from EnteroLabs (I'm excited!)

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So! I'm excited! I just ordered off the for the gluten-sensitivity stool sample test from EnteroLab. Apparently, doctors say it is much more sensitive than the blood tests and even the biopsies offered for determining gluten-sensitivity and Celiac Disease.

I've already had a blood test and allergy tests done; they were all negative. I would have done the gluten-sensitivity stool test earlier if I had known about it. It is $99.

They'll send me a kit and I'll send my stool sample back to them.

How it works: IgA is in its largest quantities in the stool. IgA only enters the bloodstream after years of intolerance to a certain food and only in trace amounts. I did read reviews about this new method of determining gluten-sensitivity and they were all positive. So I'm hopeful. :dance:

They also offer testing for other intolerance including milk, eggs, yeast and soy.


Edited by Dotty1

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Is this one of the ones that detects antibodies? If so have you been gluten-free for awhile? Cuz they won't detect the antibodies if their not their from recent gluten consumption, but im sure youve done the research so sorry to butt in :silenced: . Either way gluten is bad even for those who are not sensitive so it would be good to avoid anyways...

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Although the antibodies will be in greater amounts while on a gluten diet, they said that they can detect antibodies up to 24 months after being gluten-free. :dance:

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I found an explanation on how Gluten causes acne:

Gluten contributes to acne in two ways. First, it causes damage to the small

intestine, which could lead to nutritional deficiencies and an

increased toxic body load through leaky gut syndrome and undigested protein molecules leaking from the digestive track into the bloodstream.

The second link between gluten and acne is inflammation. People with gluten

sensitivity cannot digest gluten effectively. As a result they absorb

incompletely digested protein molecules. The immune system treats these

as invaders. As it attacks these invaders the white cells release

histamine, which increases inflammation. Inflammation increases insulin

resistance in the nearby cells.

Insulin resistance leads to blood sugar problems, which is linked to acne.

As this happens once in a while, the body can deal with it. But most

people are exposed to gluten 3 or more times a day. This, coupled with

other inflammatory agents, spreads inflammation all over the body.

Suddenly cells all over the body start becoming insulin resistant."

Source: http://eglskincare.com/?p=13

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Is not only that Dotty, there are many factors involved, although you do mention 2 key ones. The book "The Dietary Cure for Acne" has a really good explanation on different factors, I would recommend you read it if you want to learn more about it. For example:

Common dietary lectins from

whole wheat (WGA), peanuts (PNA) and soybeans (SBA) impair the action of

one of the glycosidase enzymes, known as zinc alpha (2) glycoprotein or ZAG.

This enzyme normally acts to dissolve three of the remaining proteins in

corneocyte desmosomes: Dsg1, Dsc1 and corneodesmosin. However, when

you eat lots of whole wheat, peanuts, soy based food products and other

legumes, their respective lectins (WGA, PNA and SBA) get into keratinocytes

and corneocyte lamellar bodies and bind zinc alpha (2) glycoprotein and prevent

it from getting its job done. When ZAG can’t get its job done and fails to

completely dissolve Dsg1, Dsc1 and corneodesmosin, the corneocyte

desmosomes remain partially intact, causing the corneocytes to adhere to one

another. These overly cohesive and scaly corneocytes ultimately block the pore

and represent one of the first steps in acne.

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I emailed EnteroLab asking how accurate was their stool sample test for gluten intolerance. I knew it was more accurate than the blood tests and biopsies offered at medical clinics, but I wanted to know how accurate:

"Dear EnteroLab Patient, Please note that our tests are accurate with a 5% margin of error to account for the small percentage of the population that is IgA deficient. In this case, a person who's body cannot produce sufficient amounts of IgA will result negative with our lab tests whether he/she is gluten sensitive or not simply because our tests measure elevated IgA levels to detect a food sensitivity. If a body can not produce IgA, our test will not read an elevated level of IgA & the patient could receive a false-negative result. For further questions, please contact us once more. "

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I am wondering if there is a way to know if I am IgA deficient. I already had an allergy scratch test and when they pricked me with the control chemical, a large whelp formed on my arm. Does anyone know if that means I have IgA?

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Hmm, after researching IgA deficiency, I learned:

It is found in approximately 1 in 700 individuals of European origin. It is less common in people of other ethnicity.

I won't worry about it.

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