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Our article archive is available to practitioners and patients looking for educational information on some of the symptoms, conditions, and exposures our testing services help practitioners to address. It covers topics of interest in integrative, functional, and traditional medicine, and is written by independent experts in these fields. Please note that the content contained in each article reflects the view of the author and is not necessarily endorsed by US BioTek Laboratories.

Testing for Environmental Pollutants During Weight Loss

With the advent of every New Year, many patients become resolute to shed unwanted pounds. As practitioners, we have pledged to do no harm in pursuit of helping patients achieve their wellness goals, so how do we safeguard them from themselves, at very least from the toxins sequestered in their...

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Clearing the Confusion about Cross-Reactions in Allergy Testing

There are times when patients test positive for allergenspecific IgE antibodies against a certain food or pollen but show no symptoms when encountering the identified allergen. When these false positives occur, the clinician should be aware of a cross-reaction that occurs between allergen-specific...

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Phthalates: Detoxifying This Modern-Day Threat to Health

Phthalates are a group of chemical plasticizers found in many personal care and consumer products. Exposure to phthalates occurs through ingestion, inhalation, contact through the skin, and parenteral exposure from medical devices containing phthalates. The fact that so many people are encountering...

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The Microbiota's Intriguing Role in Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is characterized by a hereditary response to gliadin, which is a protein fraction of the larger gluten fraction found in wheat. Similar protein fractions are present in rye, barley, triticale, spelt and certain other grains. This response elicits an immune reaction in the gut,...

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Neurological Implications of Environmental Pollutants Testing

Environmental pollutants are burdening every cell in our body, including the 100 billion neurons that comprise our brain. Toxins are associated with neurological disorders such as autism, ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease: 3 A’s linked to environmental pollutants.

Parabens, phthalates, toluene, and...

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Pervasive Parabens

In the modern world, the health-optimizing regimens we develop for our patients may be ineffective when implemented in an environment of pervasive, endocrine-disrupting chemicals. While patients are continually exposed to an alarming number of these toxic environmental agents, this article will...

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Leaky Gut and Allergy Catch 22

Leaky gut is associated with a surprising number of health concerns including seasonal allergies, autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, depression, and Alzheimer’s, among others. Athletes and postmenopausal women are also susceptible to impaired intestinal permeability. All...

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Are ADHD and Autism Allergic Diseases

Symptom aggravation in ADHD and autism can occur for seemingly unknown reasons. This presentation explores how food and environmental allergies and sensitivities may offer a possible explanation for both the pathogenesis of these disorders and their exacerbations. Testing for allergies and food...

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