There are many aspects related to detoxification, one of which is your HLA haplotype.
If your DNA is flawed in certain genes, you may be less able to detoxify and more susceptible to certain triggers, such as mold and Lyme bacteria and confections. If you’re curious, you can test for these genes, but a better first step might be supporting your body nutritionally, implementing some basic binders to remove toxins and testing for which foods cause your body to become inflamed (elimination diet) or other underlying causes. Then, if you are still stumped as to what is causing your symptoms, an HLA Haplotype test might be helpful.
What are HLA Haplotypes?
- HLA stands for Human Leukocyte Antigen.
- A haplotype is a set of genes on the chromosomes in DNA.
- HLA haplotypes code for proteins on the outer portion of immune cells, namely those involved in antibody formation. (Antibodies help a body differentiate between “self” and “non-self”.)
- Normally, when a body sees something that is “non-self”, like a toxin or bacterium, it launches an attack. (See an immune cell chase and attack a bacterium in this amazing video)
- But, in some bodies, the coding in one or more HLA haplotypes are flawed. This makes it harder for an immune cell to recognize toxins as foreign invaders and launch an attack.
Associated Lab Tests
- Blood test for HLA genotype = Test #167120 from LabCorp
- HLA types tested: DRB1, DRB3, DRB4, DRB5, HLA DQ
- Cost varies lab to lab, but may be around $300
- Order through your doctor or dietitian, or by yourself from: HealthOneLabs.com, HealthTestingCenters.com or DirectLabs.com
- If you need assistance from LabCorp, call the HLA Department at (800)533-1037.
- Nutrient Deficiency Test from SpectraCell Labs
- Reveals your functional nutrient deficiencies by challenging your cells.
- No matter your DNA, your body can’t heal or fight if it doesn’t have the nutrients it needs.
- Reference the HLA Rosetta Stone created by Ritchie Shoemaker of SurvivingMold.com.
- Google HLA and “Mold Warriors” for a number of forums to which fellow HLA testers have posted requests and offers of help.
- Call (800)533-1037 for Doctor Uve Heine, LabCorp’s resident expert on interpretation of HLA.
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