As an author, researcher, and gluten-free and celiac advocate, I’m always on the lookout for cutting-edge tools and technology. What’s caught my attention is the gluten-intolerance home testing kit which makes use one-hundred percent accurate genetic testing for its simple positive-or-negative result.
One in every 100 Americans suffers from celiac disease, the cause of countless painful physical and mental symptoms, but once it’s diagnosed, it can be easily treated with a change in diet—the elimination of gluten—without even the administration of drugs. Unfortunately, it’s as difficult to diagnose as it is easy to treat. How come? Doctors don’t know very much about it, so they don’t even think to test for it. What’s more, conventional testing methods can often be inaccurate. With genetic testing, however, you can bypass doctors and test yourself for the disease yourself with one-hundred-percent accurate DNA testing in the privacy of your own home.
Celiac disease (also spelled coeliac) is an autoimmune reaction to gluten, a protein that’s found in wheat, barley, and rye. It’s the only autoimmune disease not funded in its research and by the U.S. government, even though an estimated 3 million Americans have it and only three percent have been correctly diagnosed. Left untreated, the disease can cause severe health conditions and complications such as anemia, osteoporosis, miscarriage, and even cancer.
Doctors have been using intestinal biopsies and blood antibody tests, but gluten sensitivity and celiac disease can both be tested for using genetic testing. Not only may this be more convenient, but it can be more accurate, as the conventional test can often have incorrect results.
Genetic tests determine how a fraction of a person’s immune system reacts to gluten. On the other hand, in conventional blood tests, only the gluten found in wheat (gliadin) is measured and gluten-sensitive and celiac people react variously to gluten with a variety of symptoms, such as intestinal difficulties, migraines, mental problems, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, and psoriasis, just to name a few. DNA testing is the only way to test for gluten intolerance with results that are one-hundred-percent accurate.
A test kit is mailed to one’s home. Needles or drawing blood aren’t required, only cheek swabs. There is also the advantage of maintaining confidentiality between a person and his insurance company. The results are also quickly returned with a simple positive or negative result, along with a helpful video available for download in the case that one’s results are positive. Families receive a discount when they purchase 2 or more kits.
Who should get tested? Anyone who has intestinal troubles, chronic fatigue, chronic anemia, skin disorders like eczema, psychological problems, child mental disorders like ADD or autism, diabetes, or any autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis.
In my gluten-free advocacy work, I know that as awareness about gluten intolerance increases in the United States, more and more groups, companies, and individuals are committing themselves to serving the celiac community. The DNA home testing kit is one example of the groundbreaking innovation that’s possible with increased awareness; it will surely lead to more diagnoses and less suffering among celiacs.
For more information, visit http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/genetic-testing-for-gluten-sensitivity .
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From our home to yours, Miranda Jade.