Today I want to cover my frustrations with the state of gluten sensitivity testing in the United States. If you have been tested for gluten sensitivity and told you were negative then consider taking action to get retested. I’ll give you the lab to use below.
Doctors tend to consider gluten sensitivity as diagnosis only after ruling out all sorts of gastrointestinal conditions. In other words testing for celiac and gluten sensitivity comes after the fact.
Sadly, gluten sensitivity test is also put into a nice neat little compartment…Celiac Disease. If it’s not Celiac Disease then you probably have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). That is a bunch of bunk.
Here is why. Typical testing involves the following markers: Alpha-Giadin IgA / IgG and Transglutaminase IgA / IgG. If these are positive then an intestinal biopsy is generally performed to confirm intestinal damage and the presence of Celiac Disease. The issue is, these tests can be falsely negative leading to the assumption that gluten is not the problem.
Fortunately, there is a newer lab, Cyrex that has taken gluten sensitivity testing to another level. They incorporate 24 markers versus the 4 standard markers when evaluating for gluten sensitivity.
Imagine there is a 5-year-old girl lost in the woods. Would you rather have 4 people or 24 people looking for her? Of course, your odds of success are so much greater with almost 6 times the people.
Do not get me wrong more markers doesn’t mean you create a problem that isn’t there or look for issues so miniscule they don’t really matter. Better testing means better chance of being accurate.
You can go to www.cyrexlabs.com to learn more.