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February 7, 2018
Join Labrix clinical staff and special guests on the first Wednesday of every month at 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM PST. This free, live webinar series will cover a variety of neuroendocrine topics that will enhance your knowledge, with clinically applicable testing and treatment considerations.
Portland, OR: January 26-28, 2018
Labrix Staff Physician Dr. Lylen Ferris will be speaking at the IWHIM conference in Portland, OR this weekend. Come visit the Labrix booth at the conference and learn more about Labrix hormone and neurotransmitter testing.
New York, NY: February 22-24, 2018
Labrix will be in New York for the IHS conference next month. Come chat with our booth representative and learn more about testing with Labrix.
Labrix is now offering secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) testing. This is a valuable tool that allows providers to more deeply assess the stress body’s response. In this newsletter we dive into the value of sIgA and its clinical relevance.
Every mucosal membrane surface represents a large portal of entry for pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and yeasts. The predominant antibody at these mucosal membranes is sIgA, the body’s first line of defense against toxins. IgA accounts for approximately 15 – 20% of serum immunoglobulin, but is the most abundant immunoglobulin in secretions: saliva, tears, colostrum, bronchial, intestinal, and G.I secretions.
SIgA measured in the saliva primarily provides insight into the body’s stress response, but SIgA production is also driven in response to pathogens and their virulence factors, and also in response to intestinal microbes or commensal microflora. Factors affecting sIgA levels include stress, nutrient levels, interactions with other commensal flora or pathogens, and inflammation. An imbalanced sIgA level may provide a link between mucosal imbalances and systemic illness.
SIgA is not IgA, a related antibody that is commonly tested in the blood along with IgE and IgG in immunity and allergy problems. Secretory IgA is independent of blood IgA levels; they may not correlate with one another.
Deficiency of sIgA is a common finding. Decreased levels of sIgA are commonly seen in individuals with low immune system functioning, and are a sign of chronic, ongoing psychological and/or physical stress (HPA axis dysfunction) to the body which has depleted sIgA reserves.
SIgA declines with age, and can be seen with some chronic gastrointestinal disorders such as Celiac and IBD, asthma, autoimmune conditions, candidiasis, and chronic dermatological conditions. Lower levels have been associated with increased risk for periodontal disease and caries as well as increased sensitivity to foods. Certain medications, including NSAIDS, can lower levels.
Elevated levels of sIgA may be reflective of acute psychological and/or physical stressors, and can be associated with an upregulated, active immune or inflammatory response. High levels are often found in patients with chronic infections (CMV, EBV, HIV and infections of the GI tract).
Lifestyle improvements, stress management and improved nutritional status may all lead to optimal sIgA levels.
Consider testing diurnal cortisol levels to assess for HPA axis dysfunction. If HPA axis dysfunction is found, see Labrix document “Adrenal Dysfunction Stages and Considerations” for treatment options.
Choline, essential fatty acids, glutathione, glycine, glutamine, phosphatidylcholine, vitamin C and zinc are all required in the production of sIgA. Probiotic strains shown to increase sIgA levels are: Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacteruium infantis and Saccharomyces boulardii.
This may be immune support directed against a certain pathogen or support of the immune system in a general sense, including a whole-food diet and exercise. Though a non-exhaustive list, Echinacea, elderberry, vitamin D, and ginger have all been shown to provide immune enhancing properties.
SIgA is tested in saliva, and can be added to any salivary hormone panel, but is especially helpful when paired with salivary cortisol for an in-depth assessment of the body’s stress response.
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Choose from two LIVE Online Training Webinars with world-class hormone and neurotransmitter expert Gregory Zengo, MD. These full-day courses include up to 9 hours of CME credit and up to 6 months of private consultations with Dr. Zengo.
Live Online Simulcast: Saliva/BHRT
February 24, 2018
Dr. Zengo will teach you how to optimize your patients' sex hormones and adrenals in this Bio-identical Hormone Training Course.
In this comprehensive course, you'll learn how to:
- Use salivary hormone testing and BHRT to support patients with adrenal fatigue, menopause, PMS, and andropause.
- Prescribe and use bio-identical hormones to achieve successful patient outcomes.
- Implement BHRT service into your practice. The course includes customizable office forms and advertising materials.
- Includes 1 Comprehensive Plus Hormone Profile from Labrix, plus two panels at 50% off. Course approved for up to 8 CME Credit Hours.
Live Online Simulcast: Neurotransmitter/GI
February 25, 2018
Learn from the best. Dr. Zengo's PracticalCME has the world’s only CME-accredited Neurotransmitter and GI Training Course.
In this comprehensive course, you'll be empowered with the skills to:
- Use urinary neurotransmitter testing to enhance your patients' neurotransmitter balance. Support patients with anxiety, depression, insomnia, cravings, and addiction.
- Use GI stool testing to support patients' gut health. Learn how to address issues like leaky gut, dysbiosis, yeast, maldigestion, and weight loss.
- Provide your BHRT patients with additional tools to manage symptoms and improve overall health.
- Includes 1 NeuroBasic Profile from Labrix, plus two panels at 50% off. Course approved for up to 9 CME Credit Hours.