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Enterolab testing - worth it with low immunoglobulin levels?

 
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Food Intolerances : Chickpeas, Soy, Eggs, Beef, Oysters, Octopus, Rice, Gluten, Fish, Nitrates, Sulphites
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:10 pm    Post subject: Enterolab testing - worth it with low immunoglobulin levels? Reply with quote

Hello fellow MCers,

I'm heading off to the US in a month for a holiday to visit family. I live in Australia and we don't have Enterolab testing here so thought I'd take advantage of having access to it when I'm in the US. I plan on doing the A1, C1 panel testing.

However, there may be a potential issue that may prevent me from getting accurate results. I have borderline low immunoglobulin levels and I am not sure if its going to be a worth my while/money doing the Enterolab testing since, I believe, it is based on the presence of IgAs. I am borderline low on both IgA, IgE. IgM levels seems to be fine.
Recent results were:-

IgA - 7.0g/L (7.0-16.0)
IgE - 1.0g/L (1.0-4.0)

Just interested in anyone's thoughts on this.

Thanks, Elissa.
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Elissa,

The EnteroLab tests are much more sensitive than blood tests, so with your IgA level still barely within the normal range, I'm confident that the stool tests would work reliably. However, please be aware that if you should take budesonide for more than a couple of months the tests might not be 100 % reliable with your relatively low IgA level. Any other medications should not interfere with the test results.

However, just to be on the safe side, if you're going to be taking a bile acid sequestrant, you might want to check with the lab to see if you need to skip that med for a day or 2 before collecting the test sample (or you could just skip taking it before collecting the sample). I don't believe that it would bind antibodies, but bile acid sequestrants bind a lot more than just bile acids, (including certain toxins), so there might be a possibility that it could interfere. The lab could give you a definite answer, though.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks Tex,

That is such a relief to know...I've been wanting to get these tests done for years. I will double check with the labs just to be on the safe side.
Good to know about the medications affecting test results...I'll hold off on starting any meds leading up to it so there are no doubts.

I'm very appreciative of the advice.

Thanks again, Elissa.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lucky you to be going to the US! where abouts will you be going?

being able to do the enterolab tests is awesome...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Us Aussies should stick together...so we should all head to the US butterfly 67
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Food Intolerances : Chickpeas, Soy, Eggs, Beef, Oysters, Octopus, Rice, Gluten, Fish, Nitrates, Sulphites
Location: Sunshine Coast, Australia

PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm off to Seattle with a little trip planned to Vancouver while I'm there. My sister and her family live in Seattle.
I'm a little bit excited to finally have some definitive answers on the food sensitivity front.

Linda - I agree!! And maybe Enterolab can do a group discount for us Aussies :) Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Group discount would be great mate

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