Lab Notes

Research on the Alcat Test

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Symptoms and Conditions

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News, Guides, & Articles

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Methyl Detox Profile

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Celiac, IBS, Crohn's Array (CICA)

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Telomere Length Test

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Food Sensitivities & Disease

Food sensitivities induce inflammation and the excessive generation of toxic free radicals and immune chemical. This increases the occurrence of metabolic, chronic, and degenerative diseases.

In contrast with a "true” allergy, whereby a few molecules of peanut may, for example, induce anaphylaxis, the sheer magnitude of exposures to intoleragenic foods, despite its less dramatic flare (pun intended), causes greater morbidity and mortality.

Allergy vs. Sensitivity

The etiology of true allergy became known in 1967. It was soon determined that allergens (allergy generators) were taken up by antigen presenting cells and presented to T lymphocytes in a similar fashion as peptide products of pathogenic microorganisms.

What are telomeres?

by Patricia Shelton, MD

A telomere is a cap on the end of a chromosome.  The discovery of telomeres was so important to science and medicine that the 2009 Nobel Prize was awarded to three scientists who made the initial discoveries in the field1.  To understand why telomeres are critical, it helps to have a little background in genetics.


What does a telomere test measure?

by Patricia Shelton, MD

The telomere test is a blood test.  While most of your blood cells don’t contain DNA, your white blood cells, or leukocytes, do contain DNA.  These are the cells that are used to measure your telomere length1.  The measurement you receive is called your leukocyte telomere length, or LTL.  The LTL is an average of the length of the telomeres in the cells from your blood sample; it’s been shown in studies to be highly correlated with the length of telomeres measured in other tissues of the body2.