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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.

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Statins and Diabetes: Yet Another Strike Against Statins March 12, 2012

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in Diabetes, Heart Health / Cardiovascular Disease.
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The FDA is now requiring drug companies to add an additional WARNING to their cholesterol lowering statins (or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors). New studies have shown that statins greatly increase the risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.

Statins Increase HbA1C

Hemoglobin A1C, (HbA1C) is a great test. It allows us to see how blood sugar is effecting our red blood cells (therefore our entire body). High blood sugar forms a “crust” on our red bloods cells. The higher the blood sugar the more crust. The HbA1C test accurately determines how much crusting in going on.

Like most drugs, statins are designed to create the illusion of health by shutting off the liver’s ability to create cholesterol. Since your body works together as a whole and not in separate parts (shh…don’t tell your doctor this), it’s not surprising that statins are causing issues in other parts of the body, in this case: the promotion of insulin resistance and diabetes.

Do We Even Need Statins?

In my clinical experience, the answer to this question is an a resounding NO!

If your doctor is still using the outdated “total cholesterol” test, he/she is missing the boat. It is the environment surrounding the cholesterol that determines if it will stick or not. This is why more than 50% of those hospitalized for heart attack and stroke have NORMAL cholesterol levels.

The best way to truly answer this question is by running a comprehensive cholesterol test with cardiogenomics. This test looks at multiple factors that influence cholesterol’s behavior and looks into the DNA to decide what TYPE of diet one should have.

The results can help doctors and patients decide if statins (pharmaceutical or natural red rice yeast extract) are necessary. In almost all cases they are not, and when they are, use is only needed temporally.

What Else Does Statins Mess Up?

Statins act like a off-switch to your liver. Most of our cholesterol is CREATED in the liver. If you want cholesterol levels to look good on a blood test, all you need to do is…keep the liver from creating cholesterol.

When our body creates anything, in this case cholesterol, it also creates one or more bi-products that our body needs to stay healthy. Since statins turn off the cholesterol creation pathway, it also shuts off the creation of those bi-products. In this case it’s CoQ10 and prenylated proteins.

CoQ10 and Statins

CoQ10 is a vitamin-like substance that keeps every cell clear of damaging energy by-products. Think of turning smoke from a power plant back in to harmless water. That’s the function of CoQ10. Statins deplete CoQ10 levels that lead to cell damage.

You can check your levels with a simple CoQ10 blood test. Based on the results, your doctor can figure the right supplementation dose for you.

Prenylated Proteins and Statins

To put is simply, prenylated proteins are proteins that are “active” and are necessary for a cell to work correctly. Since they are a by-product of cholesterol production, they are also depleted by statins.

The bottom line is if you want to avoid the downward spiral of medications, you must take responsibility of your own health, and not leave it completely to our mainstream health system.

Because I am committed to help you in the education process, I will personally help customers of True Health Labs understand their test results at no charge.

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Dr. Brady Hurst (DC, CCCN)

Low Vitamin D Levels August 16, 2008

Posted by Dr. Brady Hurst in breast cancer, Candida (yeast) Infections, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Hypothyroidism, Lab Testing, thyroid, Vitamin D.
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  • Low Vitamin D levels are very common in the United States because of diminished nutrition in our food supply, the overuse of sunscreen, and the overall lack of outdoor activity in the summer and in winter.
  • AT LEAST 15 minutes (30 minutes for African Americans) of direct sunlight or 30 minutes to 1 hour of shade time is required for adequate Vitamin D production. We have not yet evolved enough to produce more Vitamin D with less sunlight. Our prehistoric ancestors lived near the equator receiving direct UV rays and therefore receiving adequate amounts of Vitamin D…and sadly enough, their food supply was also more nutritious than ours today.
  • Low Vitamin D levels substantially increase the risk of a variety of diseases including several cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, infections (such as Candida), multiple sclerosis, and is linked to an increase of death FROM ALL CAUSES.
  • Low Vitamin D levels in children are linked to a higher risk of death from the H1N1 Swine Flu virus. Have your children’s vitamin d levels tested now.
  • Optimal levels of Vitamin D should read around 50-90 ng/ml. About 90% of my patients show less than 20 ng/ml which is considered an EXTREME DEFICIENCY.
  • Adults and children should be tested once each season. Our office can easily run this test.
  • The majority of us are Vitamin D deficient and should supplement. Vitamin D should be taking in a cod or flax based formula. Vitamin D works best when taken with its co-factors and synergist.

Our goal here at True Health is to identify the spider web of metabolic dysfunctions that occur in the chronically ill and those of us who are healthy and want to prevent chronic illnesses. We find these dysfunctions through objective laboratory tests. Your personalized plan includes lifestyle, environmental, and dietary changes with an individualized supplement plan.

Because our office has accounts with international laboratories, we are not only able to care for loved ones in-house but now across the world through our unique TeleHealth Service. Finding a good doctor is now made easy.

Dr. Brady Hurst
True Health Center for Advanced Alternative Medicine and Chiropractic.