Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Food Sensitivity Testing Available Through Enterolab

I first learned of Enterolab's gluten sensitivity test through my son's doctor, who described it as more sensitive than traditional blood testing.   The lab's director, Dr. Kenneth Fine, recently notified friends and clients of an expansion in laboratory tests, including expanded food antigen testing based on stool samples.  Here is the relevant text from his announcement:

At the time I began prescribing gluten-free diets for non-celiac colitis patients with gluten sensitivity in 1998, I went gluten-free myself, to help myself empathize with my prescribed dietary treatment for others. Since then, my own personal diet-induced health recovery (from lumbosacral arthritis), combined with my 20 years of medical research and experience as a lab director, has led me to the understanding that there are many foods additional to gluten that cause immunologic sensitivity-induced illness. Research since the 1960’s has shown the same to be true, which is why since 2000, has offered tests for immunologic sensitivities to milk, eggs , and yeast, adding soy a few years later. Over the past 10 years, we have been researching how to best expand this line of stool testing to more antigenic foods, in a way that yielded results that would be clinically meaningful, while being affordable for you (because dealing with stool is a time consuming, laborious process). Although many labs offer similar tests of blood and saliva for food sensitivity, research for 20 years (including but not exclusively our own) has shown testing of intra-intestinal contents to be far more sensitive and accurate compared with blood or saliva (O'Mahony S,et al.  Dissociation between systemic and mucosal humoral immune responses in coeliac disease. Gut. 1991;32(1):29-35.) .

Thus, a goal of establishing a broader repertoire of food antigen testing in stool seemed worthy indeed. Over the past 3-4 years we at EnteroLab have invested in new analytical machines, technology, employees, and research to help make this a reality. The launch of this expanded food antigen panel and other new tests for parasites and pancreatic function ( with pancreatic elastase) come at a perfect time during our anniversary celebration year. We are also offering discounts on these new food sensitivity panels at, as part of this anniversary celebration, my way of showing our appreciation to you for your past patronage and support.

For more information about Enterolab's new testing options and prices, please visit their website.


  1. As usual, thank you for spreading useful information!

    I used the full antigen (IgA) and DNA testing via enterolab some years back for both my daughters. I did see that there is the slight (1 in 500) chance of what might be called a "false negative." My daughters (see It's Not Mental interview about them on this site were positive for several food antigens, and gluten/celiac genes. One of them (and I) went on to do the IgG blood testing as well.

    Because of that slight chance of "false" negative results, if there are problems involving brain function, one may choose to do more than one type of food allergy testing including the GPL gluten-casein peptide test (list), which brings up the number of test types I know about to 4 (the IgE, IgA, IgG and gluten-casein peptide test).


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