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Does Smog = Sensitivity? Pollens, Pollution, and Aeroallergen Reactivity

Polluted air irritates lung tissue and disrupts the lung mucosal barrier. Much of the Pacific coast of the United States is currently impacted by the smoke and destruction of wildfires, and that smoke will eventually circle the earth. While the effects...

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Testing for Food Sensitivities in a Culturally Diverse World

As the world becomes increasingly connected through the internet, travel, and immigration, traditional cuisines from across the globe have become more and more available to us all.

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Summer Allergies in a Changing Climate

Anyone with seasonal pollen allergies to grasses greets the summer season with sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and other symptoms. Some may develop asthma exacerbations or seasonal gastrointestinal symptoms due to inhaled and swallowed pollens in the...

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How Food Allergies and the Environment Collide

When the allergy season arrives, many patients are focused on avoiding pollen from trees and grasses. Yet, they're not always aware of an important fact—if they're reacting to tree and grass pollen, they are also are likely reacting to specific foods as...

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4 Things Clinicians Need to Know About Candida Immunoglobulin (Ig) Screening

In September 2019 US Biotek Laboratories added an Ig Candida screen to all IgG, IgG4, and IgA food sensitivity testing. The Candida screen was added to provide additional clinical utility to our food sensitivity testing, because the presence of Candida...

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Viral Exposures and Asthma Exacerbation

As the COVID-19 Coronavirus continues to spread, the CDC has identified certain groups that are at a higher risk for severe illness. Patients with moderate to severe asthma are one of the high-risk groups, and these individuals are encouraged to take...

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COVID-19 Testing in the Medical Office: What Clinicians Need to Know

In the effort to get all those who need COVID-19 testing done, many laboratories, including US BioTek, are stepping up to provide in-office testing for clinicians and their patients. There are two different types of testing available: RT-PCR and serum...

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US BioTek Laboratories to Provide COVID-19 Testing Lab Services

SHORELINE, Wash. – April 9, 2020 – US BioTek Laboratories, a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) accredited laboratory, announces that it will begin performing COVID-19 tests. Located north of Seattle in Shoreline, WA, the specialty...

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How Common Health and Immune-Booster Nutrients Promote Viral Resistance

Every year we run the risk of viral upper respiratory infection by RNA viruses including influenza and common colds (Rhinoviruses, Coronaviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses). Sometimes we are at risk for more virulent upper respiratory viruses such as...

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Oxidative Stress, Viral Infection, and Mitochondrial Function—Are Your Mitochondria “Tough Enough?"

Every year we run the risk of viral upper respiratory infection by RNA viruses including influenza and common colds (Rhinoviruses, Coronaviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses). Sometimes we are at risk for more virulent upper respiratory viruses such as...

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How Vitamin D Protects Against Respiratory Viruses

There is presently a great deal of concern regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) into the general population. While we are all concerned about infection, elderly individuals, those with lung disease or respiratory disorders, those with atopic...

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How Food Intolerance and Environmental Pollutants Affect Athletes with Impaired Intestinal Permeability

Intestinal barrier function is regulated by tight junctions, which play an important role in the passage of ions, water, and molecules through the intestinal walls. However, when intestinal epithelial barrier function becomes impaired—otherwise known as...

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3 Ways to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D is a critical for good health—specifically bone health. Appropriate levels of vitamin D can have impacts on a variety of medical conditions including7:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Rickets

Yet...

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3 Medical Tests Critical for Weight Loss Success and Safety

Prior to starting my patients on any weight loss regimen, there are three tests I always employ. These tests are extremely important to ensure the success of immediate weight loss as well as sustained weight loss over time. They also are necessary to...

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Food Sensitivities and Thanksgiving: 6 Delicious Swaps

If you have food sensitivities, the Thanksgiving meal can seem like a minefield to be navigated rather than a joyous celebration. But don't despair. If you have food sensitivities, take sensible precautions like checking for the most common allergens in...

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Leaky Gut: How and Why It Occurs

When the intestinal epithelial lining barrier is compromised, it leads to a leaky gut. The foundation of this barrier consists of only a single layer of specialized epithelial cells joined by tight junction proteins. However, other factors are involved...

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Autoimmune Diseases and Food Sensitivities

A leaky gut can lead to the initiation and progression of autoimmune disease, especially in people who are genetically predisposed. Autoimmune diseases associated with increased intestinal permeability include

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Celiac disease
  • ...
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Neurological Impact of Persistent Organic Pollutants

Parabens, phthalates, toluene, and benzene are toxins implicated in neurological disorders. Parabens are antifungal and antibacterial chemicals widely found in personal care products such as soap, shampoo, cosmetics, and perfume. These chemicals are...

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The Clinical Utility of IgG4 Testing

Immunoglobulin G (IgG) testing has long been an important means of identifying delayed hypersensitivity reactions to food and other environmental irritants. One of the most prolific proteins in circulation, IgG comprises approximately 10% to 20% of the...

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