The following is an invitation from Dr. Kenneth Fine of EnteroLab:
Real quick, here is some information on Dr. Kenneth Fine and EnteroLab, in case you have not heard of him and the lab yet. I will cut and paste some excerpts from EnteroLab’s website and also include the links to the pages:
EnteroLab is a registered and fully accredited* clinical laboratory specializing in the analysis of intestinal specimens for food sensitivities (reactions by the immune system to common proteins in the diet) that cause a variety of symptoms and diseases. One particular area of our focus relates to intestinal conditions caused by immune reactivity to a protein called gluten which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Recent research in our laboratory indicates that immune sensitivity to gluten is exceedingly common, present in 30-40% of all Americans. Although these reactions can cause malnutrition, growth failure in children, osteoporosis, many autoimmune diseases (including colitis, diabetes, arthritis, and many others), most of the affected individuals are unaware they have it because there have been no sensitive tests capable of diagnosis. Similar sensitivity to yeast in the diet has been linked to the development of an inflammatory intestinal disease called Crohn’s disease. EnteroLab has developed a unique screening test for gluten sensitivity as well as for dietary yeast, cow’s milk, chicken egg, and soy sensitivity that is more sensitive and specific than tests in current use (U.S. and European patents issued). Our method utilizes stool rather than blood as the testing substrate; the rationale of using stool rather than blood for testing for food sensitivity is that immunologic reactions to proteins in the diet that cause these reactions are centered within the intestinal tract and not in the blood. We believe that our new tests can improve the health of millions of people worldwide. For more on the rationale and superiority of our method over pre-existing tests, please read an essay about this on this website (click on next link).
- All analyses performed by a Ph.D. of more than 30 years, ensuring test precision and accuracy
- More sensitive than blood and saliva tests, or biopsies
- No need to reintroduce gluten into the diet if already gluten-free
- Accuracy proven in children and adults
- Simple non-invasive collection methods
- No needles for any tests
- Performed from the privacy of your home
- No doctors order or prescription necessary
- Free professional email guidance provided
- Paid phone consultation for more detailed test interpretation available upon request
- Results/personalized interpretation sent to you directly
- Costs of tests commonly reimbursed by insurance
The following is an excerpt from the FAQ Result Interpretation Section:
Why are gene results so complicated, and which genes predispose to gluten sensitivity/celiac sprue?
Gene tests for gluten sensitivity, and other immune reactions are HLA (human leukocyte antigen), specifically HLA-DQ, and even more specifically, HLA-DQB1. The nomenclature for reporting HLA gene results has evolved over the last two decades as technology has advanced. Even though the latest technology (and the one we employ at EnteroLab for gene testing) involves sophisticated molecular analysis of the DNA itself, the commonly used terminology for these genes in the celiac literature (lay and medical) reflects past, less specific, blood cell-based (serologic) antigenic methodology. Thus, we report this older “serologic” type (represented by the numbers 1-4, e.g., DQ1, DQ2, DQ3, or DQ4), in addition to the integeric subtypes of these oldest integeric types (DQ5 or DQ6 as subtypes of DQ1; and DQ7, DQ8, and DQ9 as subtypes of DQ3). The molecular nomenclature employs 4 or more integers accounting together for a molecular allele indicated by the formula 0yxx, where y is 2 for DQ2, 3 for any subtype of DQ3, 4 for DQ4, 5 for DQ5, or 6 for DQ6. The x’s (which commonly are indicated by 2 more numbers but can be subtyped further with more sophisticated DNA employed methods) are other numbers indicating the more specific sub-subtypes of DQ2, DQ3 (beyond 7, 8, and 9), DQ4, DQ5, and DQ6. It should be noted that although the older serologic nomenclature is less specific in the sense of defining fewer different types, in some ways it is the best expression of these genes because it is the protein structure on the cells (as determined by the serologic typing) that determines the gene’s biologic action such that genes with the same serologic type function biologically almost identically. Thus, HLA-DQ3 subtype 8 (one of the main celiac genes) acts almost identically in the body as HLA-DQ3 subtype 7, 9, or other DQ3 sub-subtypes. Having said all this, it should be reiterated that gluten sensitivity underlies the development of celiac sprue. In this regard, it seems that in having DQ2 or DQ3 subtype 8 (or simply DQ8) are the two main HLA-DQ genes that account for the villous atrophy accompanying gluten sensitivity (in America, 90% of celiacs have DQ2 [a more Northern European Caucasian gene], and 9% have DQ8 [a more southern European/Mediterranean Caucasian gene], with only 1% or less usually having DQ1 or DQ3). However, it seems for gluten sensitivity to result in celiac sprue (i.e., result in villous atrophy of small intestine), it requires at least 2 other genes also. Thus, not everyone with DQ2 or DQ8 get the villous atrophy of celiac disease. However, my hypothesis is that everyone with these genes will present gluten to the immune system for reaction, i.e., will be gluten sensitive. My and other published research has shown that DQ1 and DQ3 also predispose to gluten sensitivity, and certain gluten-related diseases (microscopic colitis for DQ1,3 in my research and gluten ataxia for DQ1 by another researcher). And according to my more recent research, when DQ1,1 or DQ3,3 are present together, the reactions are even stronger than having one of these genes alone (like DQ2,2, DQ2,8, or DQ8,8 can portend a more severe form of celiac disease).
How common are the gluten sensitivity and celiac genes?
DQ2 is present in 31% of the general American population. DQ8 (without DQ2) is present in another 12%. Thus, the main celiac genes are present in 43% of Americans. Include DQ1 (without DQ2 or DQ8), which is present in another 38%, yields the fact that at least 81% of America is genetically predisposed to gluten sensitivity. (Of those with at least one DQ1 allele, 46% have DQ1,7, 42% have DQ1,1, 11% have DQ1,4, and 1% have DQ1,9.) Of the remaining 19%, most have DQ7,7 (an allele almost identical in structure to DQ2,2, the most celiac-predisposing of genetic combinations) which in our laboratory experience is associated with strikingly high antigliadin antibody titers in many such people. Thus, it is really only those with DQ4,4 that have never been shown to have a genetic predisposition to gluten sensitivity, and this gene combination is very rare in America (but not necessarily as rare in Sub-Saharan Africa or Asia where the majority of the inhabitants are not only racially different from Caucasians, but they rarely eat gluten-containing grains, and hence, gluten-induced disease is rare). Thus, based on these data, almost all Americans, especially those descending from Europe (including Mexico and other Latin states because of the Spanish influence), the Middle East, the Near East (including India), and Russia, are genetically predisposed to gluten sensitivity. (That is why we are here doing what we do!) But be aware that if a person of any race has a gluten sensitive gene, and eats gluten, they can become gluten sensitive.
Lastly, I called the lab today to ask permission to put the following invitation on my blog. I also asked the cost of the gene test…$149.00 (this does not include the stool test, click here for all the tests they offer and pricing). WOW!! I have looked into the Kimball Genetics test which is $375.00. I have also looked into My Celiac ID which is $329.00. I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has used any of these labs and how your experience was!
It would be my sincere pleasure to have you meet me in Dallas the weekend of December 4-5, 2009 for two “first-ever” events:
1) December 4th – A private catered open house and health lecture update at our newly expanded and renovated EnteroLab Facility.
2) December 5th – A CD release party-concert featuring me (Kenny Davin Fine) and my band at the Lakewood Theatre in Dallas celebrating the release of my new music CD “All is One” and the re-mastered, re-released “For Want of Higher Ground” (both produced and recorded in Southern California with some of the greatest musicians of the LA classic rock era). There will be a pre-concert paid dinner, free admission to the concert, and free after-concert holiday party. Complimentary tickets for the concert must be ordered in advance by calling (804) 247-1655. Seats are limited.
Directions and further details will be provided at the time of registration.
EnteroLab is located at 10875 Plano Rd., Suite 120 in the back of the building (located off the side street called Boomer in the back of the 10875 Plano Rd. Building).
Lakewood Theatre is located in the heart of Lakewood in Dallas, at 1825 Abrams Parkway.
December 4th: 5:30 – 7:00 PM EnteroLab Open House with Gluten-Free Heavy Hors d’oeuvres provided
7:00 – 8:00 PM Update of Research, Publication Submission, and “The Higher Truth of Health”
December 5th: 6:30 – 7:00 PM Cocktails & Dr. Blueberry (health drink available) – cash bar
7:00 – 8:00 PM VIP Gluten-Free Healthy Organic Dinner – $25 for one plate includes 1 CD gift; $40 for a couple with 2 CD gift. Advanced reservations required.
8:00 – 10:00 PM Concert featuring me, Kenny Davin Fine and my band with dancing
10:00 – 11:30 PM After party – cash bar
Please call (804) 247-1655 to make your reservation for these affairs. It would be an honor to meet you, and to have the opportunity to Entertain, Educate, and Enlighten you with new music and new medicine!
I also have some very exciting new services and products to briefly mention:
- www.kennydavinfine.com – A new music website
- http://shop.kennydavinfine.com – New website for music CD’s and health DVD’s available for purchase, including the DVD set of our most recent health conference “The Higher Truth of Health” and the “Get on a Mission of Nutrition” children’s musical health program materials.
- www.theorganicalternative.com – A new website (fully operational 1/2010) featuring premium organic food and the following blueberry products at discount prices; professional nutritional phone consultation with a nutritional Ph.D. also available soon.
- Dr. Blueberry – Dr. Muscaberry Juice – Antioxidant-anti-aging fresh squeezed organic blueberry or a mixture of organic blueberry-organic muscadine grape juice bottled in a 10 oz. glass bottle. Available at Whole Foods and Market Place Stores in Texas, and Whole Foods in Georgia and nearby states; coming soon to the Southwest/Rocky Mountain region, and hopefully the Northwest! Available for case distribution from www.theorganicalternative.com. In addition to being anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, a recent study has shown fermented blueberry juice to be preventative and therapeutic of obesity and diabetes in rodents (Vuong T et al. Int J Obesity. Aug, 2009).
- Dr. Blueberry – Dr. Muscaberry Fiber Supplement: Highly antioxidant-anti-aging fiber supplement made from the skins, pulp, and seeds of organic blueberries or from mixture of organic blueberries-organic muscadine grapes. Available exclusively at www.theorganicalternative.com. This product has been shown in my preliminary research and a study of rodents by others (Hakansson, et al. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2009;1-13.) to prevent and possibly help treat colitis.
- Glastec – Unbreakable glass baby bottles, toddler bottles, and adult drinking bottles allowing safe drinking from glass without the concern of glass breakage, plastic toxins, or metal contamination of water/beverages (coming soon).
- Expansion of tests offered at EnteroLab – including tests for pancreatic insufficiency (fecal Elastase), test for IgA dificiency (Fecal total SIgA) and an expanded panel of food sensitivity tests (other grains, meats, nuts, legumes, and nightshades) – coming very soon.
Thank you for your continued patronage and I hope you will come help us celebrate the Holidays and the release of all these new services and products December 4-5!
If we don’t get to see you, may the Lord continue to bless you in this coming Holiday Season and coming New Year!
Thank you once again.
Very sincerely yours,
Dr. Kenneth Fine aka Kenny Davin Fine
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