At Your Holistic Doc, we know that not all labs are the same. For this reason, Dr. Cometa has used Specialty Laboratories when necessary to get her patients the best evaluation for treatment available. The laboratories and their tests used by Dr. Cometa are very carefully selected for their efficacy and reliability and have been in her practice for over 20 years.
Dr. Cometa is now offering one time virtual consultations through ZOOM for an additional fee. Whether you are in Oregon or around the corner from Your Holistic Doc, LLC, you can schedule a Wellness Labs consultation to review your labs. Click here to schedule consultation with Dr. Cometa.
Test results are sent directly to you from Cometa Wellness Center. These will include Dr. Cometa’s preliminary feedback suggesting whether or not you should consider scheduling a follow-up consulting appointment with Dr. Cometa to get a full interpretation of the results.
Intestinal Permeability (i.e. “Leaky Gut”) is a condition where the integrity of the intestinal cell barrier is compromised/broken down. Normally, our intestinal cell network forms a very important barrier between our digestive tract (outside environment) and our blood stream (inside environment). With Intestinal Permeability, the barrier is broken down and intestinal contents can enter the blood stream.
When the intestinal lining is compromised and it is considered Permeable or “Leaky”, it is the tight junctions of our intestinal epithelial cells (bowel lining) that have been broken down. When this occurs and the main barrier between our digestive tract and our blood stream has been damaged, we can have a variety of symptoms.
A short list of some of the more common Symptoms of Leaky Gut:
Why do we get Intestinal Permeability or Leaky Gut? Critical to understanding Leaky Gut is to realize that there are many factors involved, from the:
1) breakdown of immune regulation managed by the intestinal lining
2) loss of immune tolerance with resulting hypersensitivity and immune mediated reactivity to foods we eat
3) degradation/breakdown of the intestinal mucosa (bowel lining)
4) loss of gut microbial diversity (bacteria in the gut become imbalanced) with associated Dysbiosis (i.e. imbalanced bacteria in the gut)
Food sensitivity testing detects reactivity to whole protein-based antigens found in foods, while Food Zoomer testing measures peptide-level sensitivities. In other words, Food Sensitivity only tests sensitivity to undigested food proteins and Food Zoomers tests sensitivity to the whole proteins but is also to test every peptide within the protein (thousands of possible reactions). Why is this difference between the two types of Food Reaction testing so critically important?
Protein moieties are found in all food. These proteins are broken down into smaller constituents called Peptides through digestion, so they can be absorbed as amino acids back into the blood stream.
It is at this point in the process of digestion with the unfolding of the protein moieties into the breakdown peptides that the immune system which resides within our gut can react to these “foreign” proteins. Once considered foreign, antibodies to these breakdown Peptides can cause intestinal mucosa barrier permeability and result in Leaky Gut.
Rarely will a person’s immune system be exposed only to the whole protein form of foods because once food reaches the small intestine it has been broken down in the stomach by hydrochloric acid and enzymes. Yet, information about antibodies formed in the body to the whole protein gleamed from Food Sensitivity testing (aka Food Allergy testing) , are often helpful because they can be an indicator that a patient lacks sufficient digestive capacity (HCl and enzymes) when these whole protein sensitivities detecting whole protein antibody immune reaction in the person.
Antibodies to whole proteins will not bind to peptides, and vice versa. SO, why limit food sensitivity testing to the whole protein antibody testing?
FOOD ZOOMERS measure the whole protein reactivity AS WELL AS the proteins breakdown products, called polypeptides and peptides. When measured, the reactivity to the food protein breakdown peptides proves to provide the most accurate measurement of the body’s reactivity to a food under realistic conditions when the proteins are broken down into peptides in the GI Tract.
The Vibrant Food Zoomers provide the most in depth and accurate look at true food sensitivities because they can measure thousands of peptides in one whole protein for a full spectrum of reactivity. This highly accurate and reproducible testing looks at the immune responses to peptides within these antigenic ( aka allergic) foods as compared to all other food sensitivity tests which measure antibodies to whole proteins, which is not a complete assessment because they are not actually not what our immune system is exposed to in real life during digestion.
But remember, that in reality, patients with digestive problems and inflammatory conditions/symptoms commonly have hypochlorhydria and deficiencies of enzymes and/or bile acids, so whole protein testing has its place, because they are often an indicator that a patient lacks sufficient digestive capacity (HCl and enzymes) when these whole protein sensitivities are detected." >
What is Intestinal Permeability? Intestinal Permeability (i.e. “Leaky Gut”) is a condition where the integrity of the intestinal cell barrier is compromised/broken down. Normally, our intestinal cell network forms a very important barrier between our digestive tract (outside environment) and our blood stream (inside environment). With Intestinal Permeability, the barrier is...
Mold Mycotoxins are poorly understood and are tiny tiny lipophilic nanoparticles which the body rapidly absorbs. Interestingly, these Mycotoxins are what cause the smell of mold (or mildew).
Because Mold Spores are what are often tested in patients, the highly mold reactive person is often not correctly tested when the testing is limited Mold Spore testing.
Mold Mycotoxins testing with Vibrant Mycotoxin urine screening offers an entirely new avenue to evaluate a person for Mold Toxicity:
Mold Mycotoxins complicate human health in a number of ways and are often overlooked as an underlying ROOT CAUSE for many chronic conditions. Because their presence in the human body can interfere with your health, addressing Mycotoxins in your body will facilitate other programs you follow to address your health. Please...
Dr. Cometa has used USBIOTEK Laboratory since 1999 and done Food Allergy testing since 1989. This is an excellent and well-priced lab that does very accurate work. What is the Food Allergy Test, and why is it done? Food sensitivities are recognized to be correlated with many chronic health conditions;. To name...
The Candida Antibodies and Antigen panel analyzes Candida antigen and IgG, IgA, and IgM antibodies specific to Candida to help identify an overgrowth of the fungus, suspected to be the underlying cause of a number of symptoms ranging from High levels of specific IgG antibodies against Candida may be indicative...
What It Is The Mediator Release Test (MRT) is a blood test that measures your immune reaction to 120 foods and 30 chemicals. The results are sent to you by Dr. Cometa. Consultation with Dr. Cometa is also an option for a separate cost, to review the results and what...
Test results are sent directly to you from Cometa Wellness Center. These will include Dr. Cometa’s preliminary feedback suggesting whether or not you should consider scheduling a follow-up consulting appointment with Dr. Cometa to get a full interpretation of the results." >
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Methylation status testing with Histamine Whole blood: Whole Blood histamine levels are used as a marker for methylation status. Histamine, in its whole blood form, is utilized as an accurate marker for under methylation or over methylation. Elevated whole blood histamine levels indicate under-methylation. Review of symptoms and medical history...
Genova Diagnostics' Comprehensive Melatonin Profile offers many distinct clinical advantages. This hormone test:
Once hormonal imbalances have been identified, results can be used to design and implement successful therapeutic programs, including timed application of bright light, removal of interfering factors, and melatonin administration.
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Test Type: Saliva Test
The Comprehensive Melatonin Profile is a convenient, non-invasive salivary hormone test that analyzes the circadian secretion patterns of melatonin. Using a complete light-dark cycle, this hormone test reveals abnormal levels of melatonin that relates to various physical and psychological symptoms as well as premature acceleration of the body's aging process....
Pyroluria is characterized by elevated urine kryptopyrrole levels, which result in a dramatic deficiency of zinc and vitamin B6 as well as biotin and GLA (essential fatty acid). DHA Laboratory performs an accurate pyrrole result urine test. You purchase your kit here. Please do not expect to have every symptom...
Aeroallergens from trees, grasses, mold, dust, and others can produce symptoms that range from minor to severe in affected individuals. Our 50 Inhalant IgE Panel assesses antibody response to 50 airborne allergens, providing helpful information for effective allergy management. USBIOTEKs IgE panels on a sophisticated FDA-approved immunoassay analyzer that utilizes...