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Cyrex Labs Array 6, 7 and 8 Available in September 2012 August 17, 2012

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Autoimmunity.
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For those of you who are not familiar with Cyrex Labs, they specialize in lab testing related to gluten sensitivities and how gluten influences the intestinal tract and immune system.

Cyrex Labs’ most recent test panel is the array 5. This test is a screen for what is called “predictive auto-antibodies”. These antibodies tend to be elevated years before any symptoms of autoimmunity (immune self-attack) ever develop. They also seem to be higher in those who have been previously diagnosed with an autoimmune condition.

The Cyrex array 5 is extremely useful when screening for an auto-immune process in multiple areas of the body like the pancreas, joint, brain, etc. It is important to have follow-up testing completed, however, it can become costly running the array 5 for every follow-up.

In response to physician feedback, Cyrex Labs has created 3 new test panels that focus on auto-antibodies to three different areas. These tests can be used as initial tests or as a follow-up to the array #5.

Cyrex Array 6: Diabetes Autoimmune Reactivity Screen 

Cyrex Array 7: Neurological Autoimmune Reactivity Screen 

Cyrex Array 8: Joint Autoimmune Reactivity Screen 

Cyrex Labs plans to release these new test panels in September 2012. They can be ordered through TrueHealthLabs.com and AdvancedGlutenTesting.com, however, you should consult your healthcare practitioner for a full clinical work up.

Sign-up to be notified the day when the Cyrex arrays 6, 7 and 8 are available to the public.

Cyrex Labs Array #5. What We Do and Don’t Know April 11, 2012

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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 body’s immune system attacks normal healthy tissue.

The Purpose of the Array #5

It is well-known that gluten not only can trigger autoimmunity but can fuel the “autoimmune fire”. Studies show that those many who test positive for one autoimmune condition also tests positive to others. Furthermore, it is well published in the literature (however not widely known in the clinical world) that these autoantibodies can be raised for many years, even decades before symptoms occur.

Cyrex Labs has taken this information and created an autoimmune screening test panel that looks at autoantibodies to multiple areas of the body. Cyrex Labs Array #5 is extremely important for those with a known gluten sensitivity, and in my clinical experience, ANY known food sensitivity. Why? Gluten, along with other foods, can produce long-term inflammation in those with food sensitivities. This long-standing inflammation is ultimately what “confuses” the immune system and promotes the attack on healthy tissues.

What We Know About Cyrex’s Array #5

What we do know about the Cyrex array #5 is that it isn’t available yet. According to Cyrex’s communication with us, the array #5 will be available “soon”. You can sign up to be notified the day they release it.
We also know what antibodies will be in the new autoimmune screen. Here is the list of the different body systems that will be included in the test:

  • Gut
  • Thyroid
  • Adrenal Glands
  • Cardiovascular
  • Endocrine
  • Reproductive
  • Joint
  • Bone
  • Liver
  • Neuronal
  • Detail List

What We Don’t Know About the Array #5

The main detail that we do not know is if it will be possible to order each marker separately or be required to order the entire panel. UPDATE: The panel must be ordered as a whole.

Second, is the price. When we spoke to Cyrex Labs, we were told that the price has not been set. If we had to guess, we would assume it to be in the price range of $700-$900. We will update this blog as soon as we get word. UPDATE: The cost of the Cyrex array #5 is $729.

Order the Array #5 Online

If you would like to be notified when Cyrex’s array #5 will be available to purchase at True Health Labs, sign-up here for an email notification or check here to see if it is available now. UPDATE: The Cyrex’s array #5 is now available.

Keep in mind that when you order lab tests through True Health Labs,  you receive a free one-on-one results review.

If you have a question about the Cyrex array #5 or would like to share your autoimmune story, leave a comment and make sure you subscribe.

Terror Plot Lurks at the Bottom of the Food Pyrimid October 30, 2009

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Food.
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Where’s the Terrorist?!

If there were ever were to be a terror plot to effect all of society, it would be the recommended 6-11 servings of processed carbohydrates recommended on the USA’s Food Pyramid. If you asked a room full of doctors that were nutrition experts if they would recommend the food pyramid to their patients, you will most likely see zero hands go up. Here are a few reasons why:

pyramid

  • Process grains are stripped of their husk, the shell that contains most of the nutrients. This is one of the reasons why the FDA recommended fortifying breads with vitamins and minerals.
  • The husk breaks down quickly at room temperature. This means bad news for grain company’s profits and even worse news for you…
  • The husk is dense which allows slow digestion of the carbohydrate center. Since almost all bread companies have removed the husk, the carbohydrates break down very fast. This fast break down causes blood sugar to spike upward. ‘So what’? you ask?. As blood sugar levels rise, insulin is released from the pancreas to shove that sugar into your cells for energy. The higher the sugar level, the higher the insulin levels. Like any hormone, when too much gets produced the body becomes resistant to it as a self-protective measure.
  • High insulin levels can lead to:
    • Diabetes
    • Metabolic Syndrome
    • Increase testosterone in women–> Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)–> greater insulin resistance–> increased testosterone… see the cycle (see blood tests for PCOS)?
    • In men- Increased conversion of testosterone into estrogen–>Erectile dysfunction, low libido, sperm mutation (infertility), depression, cardiovascular issues, insulin resistance, diabetes, prostate cancer (see the 10 most important blood tests for men)
    • Increased cholesterol production by the liver. If the cholesterol becomes oxidized (which it will for those on the SAD diet (Standard American Diet)) it will increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and can create hormone problems (most hormones are made from cholesterol…see the new VAP cholesterol test).
    • Increased cortisol production. Prolonged cortisol exposure can shut down the immune system, further promote insulin resistance, break down muscle tissue, and promote cortical atrophy (death of brain cells, especially in the area of memory).
  • Most processed grains contain a protein called gluten. Gluten makes dough sticky if you will. Outside of breads, gluten is found in many other products like ketchup, ice-cream, salad dressing, toothpaste, and instant coffee (see entire list).
  • Since most people are constantly bombarded with gluten, their immune system may start to sift to an abnormal state and begin to overreact. Gluten is a major factor in Celiac Disease, Autism, autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and many other conditions (see related tests for autoimmunity).

The good news is that not everyone is gluten sensitive. Since most food sensitivities and allergies are delayed reactions (e.g. if you ate the offending food on Monday, you may not show any signs/symptoms until Wednesday), it makes it hard to pinpoint the problem. IgG food allergy testing is used to identity these foods which then allows you to change your dietary habits and thus greatly lessen the massive burden of  food sensitivities. IgG food allergy testing is avaliable through out website. You may also contact our office for more information.

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Dr. Brady Hurst
Clinic Director for:
True Health Center for Functional Medicine
TrueHelathLabs.com (Lab Tests Online)

Health Tip of the Day- Dr. Brady Hurst on Checking Vitamin D Levels November 5, 2008

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