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Food Allergies and Sensitivities

Older man blowing dandelions

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Allergy, Sensitivity and all-cause Dementia

Busy clinicians need an accurate, cost-effective screen for early dementia and strategies to decrease dementia risk in their patient populations. An...

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The importance of follow-up testing: New clues on repeat Organic Acids

When a patient reports a significant improvement, it can be tempting for clinicians to ignore follow-up testing. Testing is expensive and may require...

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Finger Stick Collection for Pediatric Ig Testing

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Top 3 Considerations During Pediatric Ig Antibody Testing

While the pitter-patter of little feet in the office can be a joy, clinicians must remember that pediatric patients may differ from adult patients in...

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Dandelion Floating in the Breeze

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Oral Allergy Syndrome: Unraveling IgE Allergy Cross-Reactivity

Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS), also called pollen-food allergy syndrome (PFAS), is an odd phenomenon. OAS patients present with local IgE-mediated...

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Nourishing and Fueling a Happy Heart

The risk of dying from a broken heart is real. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (broken heart syndrome) presents with the weakening of the left ventricle...

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Likely reasons for unlikely low IgG results

There are many different reasons for unexpected IgG results. Pre-analytical errors, which are outside of laboratory control, are responsible for the...

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Field of Wheat

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The difference between Celiac disease & non-Celiac gluten sensitivity

The scientific community is finally documenting what Naturopathic physicians and functional medicine practitioners have known for years: there are...

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Cross-Reactivity: More Than Foods are Causing Your Patients’ Suffering

Up to 60 percent of all food reactions occur because of cross-reactions between food and pollen. A great example is birch pollen cross-reacts with...

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Hearts and flowers in February: Where does total IgE fit in?

February is American Heart Month and is the perfect opportunity to consider our cardiovascular health. One measure of cardiovascular risk is total...

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Thanks giving food array

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Hidden foods & chronic symptoms – what’s hiding in your holiday treat?

‘Tis the season for dietary indiscretion. Between Halloween leftovers, Mom’s famous Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole, and traditional December...

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World Map made up of foods from the regions they belong to

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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...

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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...

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Weights and healthy foods

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How Food Intolerance and Environmental Pollutants Affect Athletes

Intestinal barrier function is regulated by tight junctions, which play an important role in the passage of ions, water, and molecules through the...

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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...

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Turkey Dinner

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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....

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leaky gut, how and why it occurs

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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...

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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...

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Test Vials

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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...

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Wheat Field in Sun

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Allergies, Intolerances, and ADHD

Children with ADHD are more likely to suffer from allergic diseases. In one study of 100 children with ADHD compared with 60 healthy controls, 35% of...

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