Effective Tests That Accurately Detect Gluten Sensitivity

Last week, we talked about the good chance that your Gluten Sensitivity test may be inaccurate as it does not test for all potential sensitivities. Gluten is a very complicated substance, especially during digestion. Because it is broken down a number of times, into many different compounds, in order for all potential sensitivities to be detected, the test must be able to pick up on them. The typical Celiac Panel test that is done at a traditional laboratory is not able to do so.

The traditional Celiac Panel test requires the patient to be on a Gluten Diet in order to be re-tested. And even the second test provides a false-negative quite often.

So, how does one accurately detect Gluten sensitivity?

 

Gluten/Antigenic Food Sensitivity and Gene Panel Stool Test

There is a Stool Gluten Analysis that accurately detects specific excrement that the body is releasing and not absorbing. One of the tests that we offer here at New Autism is the DNA Stool Analysis test. This Stool Gluten Analysis test is included in this test.

Anyway, here is one test?

This panel is the best value for the money and really, the overall best panel to order. We are offering four stool tests and a gene test for the price many labs charge for the gene test alone. Gluten, cow’s milk, chicken eggs, and soy are the most immune-stimulating (antigenic) foods consumed in large quantities. Food sensitivity is now a very common entity because heightened activity of our immune systems [caused by a) immune-stimulating hormones and toxins in food, water, and, air, b) genetic modification of our main foodstuffs (extensive hybridization of wheat, laboratory genetic modification of soy beans, corn, and other foods), c) altered intestinal flora from extensive use of antibiotics by humans, in agriculture, and chlorine in water, d) overuse of drugs inhibiting secretion of digestive acid in the stomach, and e) for the past 50-100 years, overly sanitized conditions when infants and children are developing proper immune tolerances] has rendered most of our main protein-rich foodstuffs highly antigenic. Stool testing is the most sensitive measure of these types of reactions (much more accurate than blood, skin, or saliva testing).”

Why identify the genes controlling gluten/food sensitivity? Adding a gene test helps in the assessment of the genetic predisposition of these immune reactions, that not only can help gauge severity in the individual being tested (having two such genes rather than one, rather than none), but also the probability of these reactions being present in parents, siblings, and children. Also, the probability of having celiac disease vs. non-celiac gluten sensitivity in each of these three generations can also be determined, and the absence of a celiac gene all but rules out having celiac disease in the individual tested.

Doctor Wong offers this test for $759 / €759 and along with the test, Dr. Wong also includes courier, shipping and handling fees, complete interpretation and analysis, and a follow up consultation fee where Dr. Wong will give you the steps you need to begin repairing the body.

This test is available both in the USA as well as internationally.

Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity & Autoimmunity test (Cyrex Array 3)

This test detects over 20 Proteomins that are indicators of Gluten sensitivity. This test package costs $715 and includes not only the test but Dr. Wong’s complete analysis, Shipping and Handling, and a followup consultation.  Last week, I discussed about the different components of gluten breakdown which this test can be useful for.

This test is only available in the USA 

ELISA IgG Test

Tests for immunologic reaction to the four primary individual food antigens and four additional antigenic food categories including and upto 184 allergens: Gluten, Milk, Egg, Soy, Other Grains (corn, rice, oats), Meats (beef, chicken, pork, tuna), Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), and Nightshades (eg. white potato).

Dr. Wong offers this test package for $590 / €590 and as with all of his test packages, it includes the test, courier, shipping and handling, personal analysis, and followup consultation with Dr. Wong.

 

If you are interested in any of these tests to accurately test your child for Gluten Sensitivity, please leave a comment below and we’ll get you all of the information you need.

Something to look forward to: We’re updating our store to make it even easier to get all of the tools you need! Stay tuned!

How Accurate Is Your Gluten Sensitivity Test?

We’ve all been there. We suspect something is wrong, we go for a test, and it comes back negative. While it’s a relief that the problem that we thought existed doesn’t, it still leaves the problem itself. But what is it?

Many children with Autism end up testing positive for Gluten sensitivity. Even more children have the symptoms of Gluten sensitivity. Sometimes, when they are given a standard Gluten Sensitivity test the test comes back negative. What could cause this?

This is not saying that your test is wrong so much as it is saying that it is not testing all potential molecules. In order to understand this more, let’s take a look at Gluten and how it is broken down in the body.

Traditionally when the body breaks down and digests food, the undigested particles are passed out of the body through fecal matter. However, if the digestive system is weakened, and the body doesn’t pass the undigested food, this food can make it into the blood stream. Foreign matter in the blood stream will cause an immune response. It’s how our bodies are wired in order to protect us.

Also, the lining in the intestine, which serves as a protection to our bodies too, gets attacked when there is a Gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Gluten can literally ‘tear’ the intestinal lining. When this lining breaks down, this is when Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs.

Gluten itself is a difficult protein for the body to digest because more often we lacked the enzymes to process it.

Here’s how Gluten is broken down:

Wheat is broken into Proteins and Lectins.
Lectins are broken down into Agglutinin.
Proteins of wheat are broken down into Gluten.
Gluten is broken down further into Gliadin (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Omega), Glutenin, and Gluteomorphin.
Giladin and Glutenin are broken into Transglutaminase.
Transglutaminase is broken down into deamidated Gliadin 15, 17, and 33 particles.

The majority of Gluten Sensitivity tests only for the Alpha Gliadin. Alpha is only one of over 60 potentially problematic indicators.  If the test isn’t testing for other proteins, then it isn’t an accurate reading of the body’s potential sensitivity. So, if your test comes back negative for Gluten Sensitivity, there still are other markers that should be tested for in order to get an accurate reading.

The most common test ordered by doctors is the Celiac Panel. In a recent article, Dr. Tom O’Brien, a Gluten Intolerance expert, says that this test reports a false negative 7 out of 10 times due to a combination of how the Doctor reads the test and the patient’s condition at the time of testing. For example, a physician may declare the test “negative” for intestinal tissue damage, even if the blood test indicates a positive immune reaction. The only time that the intestinal test will come back positive is if there is severe damage to the intestinal wall – as in the type of damage caused by Celiac Disease. If there is only partial to moderate damage, the accuracy of the test goes down about 28%.

Additionally, the Celiac Panel does not account for those with IgA deficiency. People with an IgA deficiency will lack IgA antibodies, so the test will come back negative.

Since Gluten intolerance can range from acute to severe, with a lot of in-between levels, not everyone’s sensitivity is being detected in the tests that are given. So even though your child’s Celiac Panel comes back negative, and you believe that they do not have  Gluten Sensitivity, this could be incorrect.

There are other ways to test for Gluten Sensitivity, and we’ll take a look at the benefits of those next week.