Autoimmune Disease Part 2: 3 Lab Tests that Identify the Cause

As a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP), I discover what is causing the immune system to attack the body and then treat it. By identifying the underlying trigger(s) to the immune system and removing them (usually it’s more than one trigger), you can calm the overburdened system down, reducing (or eliminating) symptoms of autoimmune disease. In some cases, the remarkable body can heal the damage caused by the attack of the immune system.

To identify what is stressing the immune system lab test are utilized. Here are 3 common lab tests I use to help people overcome their autoimmune disease. Could they help you too?

  1. Organix Comprehensive Profile

Treat your biochemistry.                                                                                                                                                                Heal your cells.

This profile uses a urine sample to identify problems with biochemistry pathways happening every minute inside your body without you even knowing it. Remember back in high school biology you learned about the Krebs Cycle? Well the Krebs Cycle is responsible for producing energy for every cell in your body. That energy is in the form of ATP. Imagine how your body would function at a cellular level if cells had the energy they needed to complete their duties?

Along with the Krebs Cycle, this profile includes a breakdown of other biochemistry pathways:

  • How efficient is your body at using the fats, carbs, and proteins you are ingesting? Where are the problems located and how to fix them?
  • Do you have enough B vitamins for all biochemistry pathways? They are required in just about everything.
  • How efficient are you at methylating those B vitamins? Methylation is the process by which consumed nutrients are turned into a bio-available form. Again, biochemistry.
  • It’s one thing to have balanced neurotransmitters. It’s another for your body to use them effectively. This test determines if you can utilize serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, etc.

Once your biochemistry has been fixed and your cells are receiving sufficient quantities of energy needed to complete their tasks, now you can HEAL THE CELL. But what’s causing the damage in the first place? This lab identifies it:

  • Oxidative damage
  • Toxins or heavy metals causing damage
  • Gut Health – markers for microbials in the small and large intestine like candida overgrowth, clostridia, etc.
  1. Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)

The small and large intestine (aka the gut) is considered our “Second Brain.” These two organs run without any nerve supply from the brain. The microflora inside the two organs plays an insurmountable role in overall health of the body as they regulate systems. The immune system gets out of control in the cause of Autoimmune Diseases. By understanding the details of the microbial balance inside the small and large intestine, you can heal the microbiome restoring its ability to help regulate the immune system.

  1. Intestinal Permeability Assessment

We put the outside world into our G.I. tract. Because of this we must maintain tight junctions between the cells in our gut lining. Unfortunately damage happens, as we can only control so many things living in 21st century America. Damage causes these tight junctions to slip creating gaps between cells. The dilemma arises when these gaps allow substances to escape our G.I. tract. Instead of remaining in the G.I. tract being eliminated, they enter our blood system. The immune system is then triggered, as these substances should not be in systemic circulation. Because of these holes in the gut lining, the immune system is activated. When this become a chronic and consistent occurrence, the immune system becomes a bit confused about what is “good” and what is “bad.” Autoimmune diseases are a result.

This test identifies the health of your G.I. tract. – are there gaps between your cells allowing substances to enter your systemic circulation?

As a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, I always recommend testing. Don’t guess. Test.                                Also read part 1 of our Autoimmune series here.

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