Gluten, Celiac Disease, Leaky Gut & Autoimmune Tests
The majority of Gluten Sensitivity testing done today only screens for one component of wheat, Alpha-Gliadin. After years of analyzing research and testing data, we believe testing for reactivity to gluten needs to go beyond simply measuring Gliadin IgA antibodies. It can be more straightforward to test for Celica Disease because of its genetic nature, but unfortunately the standard blood tests for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity have a less than 30% accuracy rate. We are concerned that the level of inaccuracy and under-testing currently being conducted today does not provide our clients with a high enough confidence level.
Our preferred testing facility for gluten and autoimmune related health issues is Cyrex Laboratories. They are a clinical immunology laboratory specializing in Functional Immunology and Autoimmunity and they offer multi-tissue antibody testing for the early detection and monitoring of today’s complex autoimmune conditions. Their testing arrays are designed to assist us in the evaluation of complex gluten, gut-associated and immune-related disorders. Their research and education in the area of immunology acknowledges them as one of the best in their field. We are proud to offer this exceptional benefit to our clients and members.
Just Announced!. We will now be offering special tests from Vibrant Wellness. These tests include Wheat Zoomer and GUT-PAC, both of which offer more advanced analysis for those with suspected gut and food sensitivity issues. The Wheat Zoomer test uses new microchip technology, which increases the sensitivity and specificity and the GUT-PAC test is like taking a bacterial "selfie".
All tests can be ordered through your Advesta Health practitioner and many of our wellness programs include the test right in the cost. Most tests require a blood draw, which can be done at one of the convenient and reputable in-network facilities near your work or residence. Further detailed instructions regarding testing will be provided after you purchase one of our wellness programs.
Advesta Health always recommends that its clients and members share test results and health recommendations with their primary care physician and consult with them before starting any health program or nutritional therapy. We believe that health care is always collaboration between practitioners and individuals, each taking responsibility for health promoting choices.
Recommended Tests from Cyrex Labs:
Test Array 3 – for the most accurate Gluten Sensitivity test (blood serum)
Test Array 2 & 3 – for suspected early Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease and Leaky Gut Syndrome and Autoimmune Conditions because of their association with a variety of local and systemic inflammatory conditions
Test Array 3 & 4 – for advanced Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease and testing for advanced symptoms
Test Array 5 – for those who suspect Autoimmune conditions in other areas of the body related to Gluten Sensitivity
Test Arrays 10 & 10-90 – for those with chronic and advanced symptoms in order to cover a wider spectrum of foods to ensure there is no reactivity and to validate their diet protocol
Test Arrays 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, & 20 - for those with chronic autoimmune symptoms and other conditions who may wish to explore in-depth the health of specific tissues and body systems
Array 2: Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen (Leaky Gut)
Both Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease have root cause factors relating to gluten. Knowing that gluten in these cases causes inflammation in the gut, often what is referred to as “leaky gut” (intestinal permeability) needs to be addressed. This test shows biomarkers identifying where there is breakdown of the healthy intestinal barrier. Clients suffering from long-standing Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease and related gut issues find that this test provides a baseline so that they can begin a specific nutritional and dietary protocol in order to break this cyclic disorder and target optimal gut repair.
Array 3: Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity & Autoimmunity
This test is the most comprehensive and accurate for Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity. The majority of Gluten Sensitivity testing done today only screens for only 1 component of wheat, alpha-Gliadin. Testing for Gluten Sensitivity needs to go beyond testing just for Gliadin IgA antibodies. There are over 100 different components of wheat that could cause gluten-intolerance. This test greatly increases the chances of identifying clients who may have fallen through the cracks in the system because they were tested before and were “negative” to alpha-Gliadin only, but are “positive” to another component of wheat. Also a unique and very important part of this test is its test for whether gluten has a drug-like opiate effect on an individual. This test screens for antibodies to the opioids, which signals their presence in the brain which could explain why gluten plays a role in so many cases of ADD/ADHD, autism, or behavioral problems in children; or brain fog, depression, anxiety, and migraines in adults.
Array 4: Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods and Foods Sensitivity
This test is perfect for those still suffering symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease and where a gluten-free diet has failed to have any effect. If adherence to the gluten-free diet has been 100% in the strictest manner, then research shows that continued symptoms might be due to what is called food “cross-reactivity”. This is where a person’s body mistakes another food for gluten and reacts accordingly. This test looks at the 24 most cross-reactive foods that may be causing cross-reactivity. The most reactive foods being dairy, other non-gluten grains, oats, coffee, lectins, yeast, etc.
Array 5: Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
For the majority of Gluten Sensitive individuals, gluten damages the brain, the heart, the skin, the respiratory tract, or the joints. This test measures “predictive antibodies”, some of which can appear up to ten years before the clinical onset of disease. This test will target specific parts of the body that is the site of inflammation and degeneration caused by gluten intolerance. This test is used most often with chronic increased intestinal permeability, which is the gateway for environmentally-induced autoimmune disorders.
- Stomach & Intestinal Immune Screen
- Bone & Joint Immune Screen
- Diabetes Immune Screen
- Chemical Immune Screen
- Thyroid Immune Screen
- Adrenal Immune Screen
- Heart Immune Screen
- Endocrine Immune Screen
- Brain Immune Screen
Array 6: Diabetes Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
This test assists in the early detection of autoimmune processes of Type 1 Diabetes and impaired blood sugar metabolism. It is recommended for individuals who have Type 1 Diabetes or severe/atypical manifestations of Type 2 Diabetes or who have a family history of Type 1 Diabetes or Metabolic Syndrome. This screen may be used as a follow-up to the Test 5 Autoimmune Reactivity Screen or be used as an initial screening for Diabetes and related symptoms.
Array 7: Neurological Autoimmune Reactivity Screen & Array 7X: expanded
These tests assist in the early detection of neuro-autoimmunity. It is recommended for individuals who have Gluten-Reactivity and/or Dairy-Sensitivity contributing to neurological dysfunction or show decline in brain function with accompanying fatigue or Fibromyalgia. This screen may be used as a follow-up to the Test 5 Autoimmune Reactivity Screen or be used as an initial screening for neuro-autoimmunity and related symptoms.
Array 8: Joint Autoimmune Reactivity Screen
This test assists in the early detection of mixed connective tissue disorders. It is recommended for individuals who have Osteoarthritis or Arthritis symptoms or joint infl¬ammation following
exposure to environmental triggers. This screen may be used as a follow-up to the Test 5 Autoimmune Reactivity Screen or be used as an initial screening for autoimmune reactivity associated with joints.
Array 10: Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen
Reactivity to foods has been rapidly increasing over the recent years. It is thought that environmental variables can disturb the balance in the microbiome (gut microbial) causing certain immune reactivity to develop. This test is especially important in screening for IgG and IgA immune reactions to food proteins and the chemicals in foods that may be risk factors for chronic and degenerative diseases. This test is important to: 1) evaluate immune reactions to foods, raw and/or modified, food enzymes, lectins and artificial food additives, including meat glue, colorings and gums; 2) early detection of dietary-related triggers of autoimmune reactivity; and 3) monitor specific dietary plans.
Array 11: Chemical Immune Reactivity Screen
This test assists in identifying the loss of immune tolerance associated with Xenobiotic exposure i.e., chemical compound (drug, pesticide, or carcinogen) that is foreign to a living organism, which may lead to autoimmune reactivity. It is recommended for individuals who have a loss of immune tolerance and/or abnormal immune function, family history of autoimmune disease, or suffer from an increased sensitivity to chemicals.
Array 12: Pathogen-Associated Immune Reactivity Screen
This test assists in assessing immune reactivity to pathogens that can exacerbate inflammation and autoimmune symptoms including oral pathogens, gastrointestinal pathogens and parasites, bacterial and stealth pathogens, environmental molds, viral pathogens and tick-borne pathogens.
Array 20: Blood Brain Barrier Permeability
This test assists in the evaluation of a breach of the Blood-Brain Barrier by stress, trauma or environmental triggers, even in the absence of apparent concussion or brain injury. It is recommended for individuals who have intestinal permeability with abnormal elevation in LPS and/or
Occludin/Zonulin antibodies. This test may also be considered for investigation and management of contact sports-related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and if motility issues are noted for gut-related issues.
Intestinal Health Tests from Vibrant Wellness:
Provides an opportunity to better understand your gut microbiome, and contributing to advancements in research that may have tremendous benefit for the future of human health and well-being.
Using new microchip technology, this test looks for reactivity to more wheat peptides and is designed to test and classify a larger cohort of wheat sensitive individuals.
We suggest you read the following information about our Polices before you order any tests.
If you would like more information about testing and what may be appropriate for you, speak to your Advesta Heath Practitioner or consult your primary physician.