Do you suffer from unexplained fatigue or brain fog?
Food and chemical sensitivities you may not even know you have can cause fatigue, brain fog, chronic inflammation and related health conditions, such as gastrointestinal, respiratory, and joint issues as well as migraine, dermatitis, and metabolic disorders.
We offer ALCAT testing to help you identify food, additives, chemicals, molds and other sensitivities that are keeping your immune system overworked and stressed.
Why come to All In family Medicine for an ALCAT test? For the same price, or less than you would pay for just the test results from a lab, our provider will review your results with you and make sure your issues are not something more serious.
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“What is food to one man may be bitter poison to others.” Lucretius, Roman poet & philosopher
Sensitivity vs. Allergy
Classic food allergy reactions usually causes immediate and dramatic symptom onset. These reactions can, in extreme circumstances, even be life threatening.
Food sensitivity symptoms, on the other hand, are usually delayed and less acute. However, they can also lead to chronic inflammatory health issues, impacting almost any part of the body.
The different symptom presentation, different biological underpinnings, and overall different character of true food allergy versus food sensitivity, mean that different diagnostic approaches need to be applied. The ALCAT Test is efficacious for food sensitivities, but not "true" food allergies.The different symptom presentation, different biological underpinnings, and overall different character of true food allergy versus food sensitivity, mean that different diagnostic approaches need to be applied. The ALCAT Test is efficacious for food sensitivities, but not "true" food allergies.
The immune system can be a double-edged sword. It should react appropriately and protect against infection when confronted with harmful invaders or “infectious agents” like viruses or bacteria. Unfortunately for some, exposure to common foods, chemicals, molds, and herbs may trigger chronic activation of the immune system.
Common everyday problems like migraines, aching joints, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, hyperactivity, ADD, ADHD, asthma, and even obesity have been linked to food sensitivity and chronic activation of the immune system.
Inadequate nutrient status is associated with inflammation and chronic disease. Overt micronutrient deficiencies appear to be unusual in our patients, but “insufficiencies” or “subclinical deficiencies” are not. As part of a comprehensive assessment, testing micronutrient status inside cells, where metabolism occurs, can help us piece together patterns, identify root causes to the patient’s health issues, and focus our efforts appropriately to provide targeted nutrition therapy. It is our job to identify what is contributing to these nutrient insufficiencies…why are the nutrients are being used at a higher rate?
Inadequate nutrient intake? Stress? Surgery? Immune function? Exercise? Medications that interfere with nutrient status? Poor digestion and absorption? Low HCl? Genetic variants? Combination of the above?
Although only an estimated 1% of the US population has celiac disease, millions more, 11% of US households, eat gluten free. Celiac is an autoimmune disease whereby the immune cells attack the lining of the small intestine, resulting in malabsorption and greater risk of diabetes and other autoimmune disorders. Strict avoidance of gluten is mandatory for people with celiac disease.
But, millions of people believe they suffer from gluten sensitivity, also known as Non-celiac gluten sensitivity; or NCGS. Until recently, the diagnostic criterion for NCGS was if you felt better avoiding gluten then you had NCGS. Physicians and scientists working in the field became concerned that this simple criterion was prone to subjective evaluation and conditioning; i.e., the placebo effect, and could cause many people to unnecessarily avoid an otherwise nutritious food staple.
More than 50% of your patients are affected by genetic variations in the methylation pathway.1 Standard MTHFR genotyping only evaluates folic acid metabolism. The MethylDetox Profile makes it easy to understand the complicated methylation process by giving comprehensive insights into the functional status of the methylation pathway.
Genetic variations in this pathway are associated with elevated homocysteine levels, impaired methylation processes, and limited detoxification capacity. 1, 3 As a result, these SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) may contribute to accelerated aging, certain chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative disorders, impaired gene-regulation, poor drug clearance, and impaired neurotransmitter metabolism.
Telomeres become shortened over time as a cell divides and replicates. They can be prematurely shortened due to oxidation, inflammation, and stress. These conditions reduce the protective effect of telomeres, damage DNA, and contribute to early cell death.1-6 Telomeres may be the key to the root cause and prevention of age-related conditions.Learn more about ALCAT Tests from Cell Science Systems