by Dr. Cheryl Burdette, ND President and
Director of Education of Dunwoody Labs, Inc.
The birth of Dunwoody Labs, formerly NutraTest labs, came out of a clinical need for certain styles of profiles that were not currently on the market. As a practitioner I work in a well-established integrative clinic, Progressive Medical that embraces functional medicine as a cornerstone of providing optimal wellness. However, there were parts that we felt were missing and ways that we felt we could improve the clinical picture. It is well known that many tests exist in academia or in a research setting but will lag in commercial availability. Our goal was to move the research into clinical practice to capitalize on the rich world of highly predictive biomarkers.
As much of health care today is directed at defining a disease process and blocking it, we saw the need to evaluate systems in the body, detect chinks in the armor and provide the knowledge to practitioners to reinforce them. We recognize that the health of the overall system is the context in which a disease is expressed. Health is not only about blocking a disease, but also about strengthening our overall health so the system is more resistant to progression or initiation of a condition.
We have been providing diagnostic tests just for the past three years, but the analytes and profiles that we bring to the market come with 1000s of published papers. This is because we have contracted with those who had developed the methodology so that we could quickly bring published markers to physicians. An example is a marker known as oxidized LDL, said by the Journal of Circulation to be one of the most predictive biomarkers for heart disease. We collaborated with a company in Sweden who had been running the marker for over a decade. We chose it because of the over 200 studies done on this specific methodology. It is through strategic structuring we are able to lift from the research and bring it to a clinical practice.
As clinicians it was not any particular condition that led us to develop the services we offer, but the recognition that standard of care medicine was only mapping one part of the process. The model was to find and measure one pathway that relates to one condition. In order to bolster a system you need testing that reflects the context or landscape of the person. Profiles directed at measuring the health of a person, rather than the disease process in the system was necessary. These are profiles that were designed to assess the function of the body, but also the context of toxicity from chemicals, infections, imbalanced immune response or oxidative stress.
For example, it is well recognized that oxidative stress or free radical production plays a role in many disease processes. Oxidative stress is a player in heart disease, diabetes and cancer. However, an assessment of oxidative stress rarely happens in standard care. Other tests we offer include our style of food sensitivity testing. This profile measures IgG subtype responses to food, but also measures c3d, an immune component that triggers reactivity in alternative complement cascade. This can trigger some of the most inflammatory of reactions which are most clinically relevant. It has been exciting to take what I have seen in the world of patient care and find well-referenced biomarkers that we can apply improve our medicine. It is thought provoking to scour the research for meaningful markers and then bring them into clinical play.
If we can improve our ability to identify a root cause in prevention and disease management, we can speed the path to recovery and augment prevention. Our latest profile is the “Gut Triad” and I believe it focuses us on some of the major reasons for disease. The Gut Triad combines the three major reasons for dysbiosis into one profile. The gut is either irritated from bugs, foods or an inability to clear histamine. This profile combines stool culture, food sensitivity c3d/IgG testing as well as diamine oxidases, the enzyme that degrades histamine and Zonulin, a marker specific to gut permeability.
Zonulin is the gate keeper of tight junctions between gut mucosal cells. When Zonulin levels are high, tight junctions are eroded, and the phenomenon of leaky gut is initiated and perpetuated. We can measure Zonulin, and as it comes down we know that we have restored gut health which is pivotal in helping all conditions driven by inflammation. The research, as we might expect, talks about Zonulin, a marker of gut permeability, going up before the onset of pathologies such as allergies, auto-immune conditions and even diabetes. This is clinically a very complete tool in gut assessment that guides clinical design making in a meaningful way. This test was designed out of years of practice of integrative practitioners who recognize we can improve health by improving the gut through diet and other interventions.
What to expect
All tests include interpretation and a nutrition consultation, based on test results.
Once you place your testing order, you will receive an email requesting additional information, which is necessary to place your Dunwoody Labs testing order (e.g., your date of birth). You will also receive a link to download and complete my Lifestyle Assessment Form with general health information. Once we have received your information, we will order ship your test kit. Your test kit and requisition document will arrive approximately 12 business days after you have completed and submitted all necessary information.
Why Choose the Dunwoody Labs Test?
This is a BLOOD TEST:
The Dunwoody Labs Dietary Antigen and Environmental Allergen Exposure Profiles are the only test on the market that measures both IgG and immune complexes containing the complement fragment complement (C3d), for multiple food antigens and actually reports it. Random serum samples were measured for dietary allergen specific immunoglobulin using the Dietary Antigen and Environmental Allergen Exposure Profiles.
Dietary Antigen and Environmental Allergen Exposure Profiles are optimized for the for the semi-quantitative measurement of human immunoglobulins IgA, IgE, IgG, IgG4 and IgM in serum samples using an indirect ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). The system also is capable of detecting immune complexes that contain the complement markers C3D or C1q. Removing allergenic foods based on these results dramatically decreased those food reactions in 30 subjects and was confirmed in follow-up tests.
See sample report here. Dietary Antigen Testing Sample Report
Dietary Antigen Complete 588E & 588G Panel (Serum): $525.00
This blood test includes:
588G Dietary Antigen-Specific IgG with Complement (Serum)
A panel of 88 dietary antigens are probed for specific IgG molecules and a complement marker. 588E Dietary Antigen-Specific IgE/IgG4 (Serum)
A panel of 88 dietary antigens are probed for specific IgE and IgG4 molecules.
I do not participate or accept any private insurance. I do not provide super bills
and cannot assist with claim resolution for laboratory tests or consultations.
Testing Refund and Cancellation Policy
We take testing seriously and we want to help you with your testing success.
Please be certain that you are ready to follow through with testing. It is a wise and informative investment.
There is a USD $75 processing fee for all cancelled tests.
Shipping fees will not be refunded.
You must cancel within 30 days of placing your order.
Sorry, no refund after 30 days.
You must cancel prior to the specimen collection.
Dunwoody Labs Food Panel List of 88 Foods and Additives Measured by the AIMS Food Allergy Profile:
In addition to common allergens, our other profiles will also measure molds and other environmental allergens.
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