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Gluten Testing. Out With the Old, In with New.

Eating a gluten free diet has gained so much publicity recently that TIME Magazine labeled the gluten-free movement #2 on its top 10 list of food trends. In fact, Time stated that now 29% of Americans are trying to avoid eating gluten. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, has been shown to trigger and promote celiac disease, an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. Interestingly enough,...

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Autoimmune Disease and Salt- Watch Out!

Healthcare professionals have been encouraging us to reduce our salt intake to decrease the risk of heart attack or stroke. Now we may have another reason to avoid this harmful taste booster. A study published in Nature suggests that a type of white blood cell called Th17 play a critical role in autoimmunity (immune attack on healthy cells). Even though TH17 cells are known to encourage autoimmunity, they are also important in defending us...

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Cyrex Labs Array 6, 7 and 8

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Cyrex Labs Array #5. What We Do and Don’t Know

Cyrex Labs has revolutionized the world of gluten intolerant testing. Their arrays 1-4 use advanced technology to find gluten intolerance, leaky gut syndrome, gluten cross-reactive foods, and the potential for autoimmune celiac disease.  However, they haven’t stopped there. Cyrex Labs has now developed a new test that will screen for one of the major issues associated with gluten, autoimmunity. Autoimmunity is a process where the...

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Statins and Diabetes: Yet Another Strike Against Statins

The FDA is now requiring drug companies to add an additional WARNING to their cholesterol lowering statins (or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors). New studies have shown that statins greatly increase the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes. Statins Increase HbA1C Hemoglobin A1C, (HbA1C) is a great test. It allows us to see how blood sugar is effecting our red blood cells (therefore our entire body). High blood sugar forms a...

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What Recommended Dietary Allowance Really Means

Optimal nutrition is key to slowing biological aging and preventing disease. This is exactly why you may want to ignore the Recommended Dietary Allowance or RDA. You may not know this: the majority of public health education comes from the marketing departments of Fortune 500 companies. You see a 3-second commercial for a nutritional supplement indicating it has 100% of the RDA. The consumer says, “Great! I can get everything I need...

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How to Prevent Heart Disease with Genetic Testing

Go Beyond Cholesterol Testing and Into Genetics Is Cholesterol Testing A Thing of the Past? In the past few decades, standard health care had used basic cholesterol testing as the cornerstone for the treatment of heart disease. However, more than 50 percent of those with “normal” values end up hospitalized due to a stroke or heart attack1 . We now know cholesterol isn’t the sole problem.  What must be considered are...

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