ALCAT Food Allergy/Hormone/Gluten Sensitivity Testing

New Studies Affirm Role of Food Sensitivity in Skin and GI Disorders

Gut Health Profile
The new Gut Health Profile (GHP) from Cell Science Systems is the most comprehensive Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity screening tool available as it combines genetic, antibody and cellular analysis into one convenient blood test.

Salivary Hormone Testing
Salivary hormone testing measures unbound, or free, hormone levels in the body, unlike serum based hormone testing. Salivary hormone testing accurately reflects the active and unbound hormones which are biologically available to their receptors in target tissues. Since its development, salivary hormone testing has been gaining popularity as a testing methodology in large part due to its simplicity and non-invasive method of collection. Further, the ease of sample collection allows for accurate timing to obtain samples at critical intervals throughout the day, yielding more accurate results than blood or serum testing. Since hormone levels may vary during the day or during the month, multiple saliva specimens can be collected, conveniently offering precise measurement. The inherent stability of salivary hormones also allows latitude in collection and shipment.

Common Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Hormonal Imbalance:
• Cardiovascular disease
• Depression & irritability
• Low sex drive, libido
• Fatigue
• Weight gain and decreased muscle tone
• Memory loss, foggy thinking & Alzheimer’s disease
• Insomnia & sleep disturbances
• Hair thinning and loss
• Osteopenia and Osteoporosis
• Cancer
• Acne

What is food sensitivity?

The inability to tolerate foods and environmental factors, also known as sensitivity or intolerance, induces chronic activation of the innate immune system and gives rise to inflammatory processes, which includes excess production of reactive oxygen species and the release of preformed and newly synthesized mediators of inflammation.

This inflammation has been linked to countless chronic conditions, including:  digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, ADD, aching joints, skin disorders, arthritis and many more.

How does food sensitivity differ from classic food allergies?

True food allergies refer to foods that trigger the immune system to acutely produce massive amounts of the chemical histamine that leads to anaphylaxis.  This potentially fatal condition causes the throat and esophagus to swell, cutting off air from the lungs, or may simply cause hives, skin rashes, and other non-life-threatening reactions.

This type of reaction is called a type I hypersensitivity reaction, caused by the degranulation of mast cells or basophils that is mediated by Immunoglobulin E (IgE).

The Procedure is Simple

There are a variety of allergy panels available.  Once a panel is decided upon, a test kit is simply taken to a local lab for the blood draw or a mobile lab can come to you.  The lab takes over from there and results are typically emailed back to practitioner within 5 business days.  Please visit ALCAT for more information or call the office with questions.