Frequently asked questions

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    Q: How do I know if my condition can be improved through the gut repair protocol?
    A: If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with a digestive issue, told that you have "IBS," or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition or autism, repairing the integrity of your intestinal lining is key to your recovery.
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    Q: How does repairing the gut improve conditions such as autism and autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis and MS?
    A: When foods that provoke an immune reaction are consumed, the spaces between the cell walls in the lining of the small intesting become larger, causing a "leaky gut." Intact proteins from partially digested foods are then able to enter the bloodstream, and when the body recognized these invaders as foreign, it launches an immune response. Many of the antibodies produced to these proteins cross react with body tissues, which are similar molecularly to the food antigens they were initially attacking. This is termed an autoimmune condition, and can attack any tissue in the body, including the brain. For more info, check out our gut science tab.
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    Q: What lab tests are likely to be ordered?
    A: Common tests ordered include a cutting edge technology that measures IGA antibodies in the stool to common antigens such as gluten, oats, dairy, corn, soy, yeast, eggs, legumes and nuts. In addition, IGG blood testing for delayed food reactions may be necessary, as well as additional stool tests to check for candida, bacteria, and parasites. If SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) is suspected, a breath test to verify a diagnosis can be ordered. Choice of testing is individualized on a case by case basis.
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    Q: Are the lab tests covered by insurance?
    A: Some of the tests may be covered by your insurance, while others will require out of pocket payments. At your initial consultation, you will be provided with all testing options as well as information on insurance reimbursement of testing if available. Tamar will try to choose lab tests that are covered by your insurance as much as is feasible.
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    Q: If testing comes up with positive reactivity to any of the foods listed above, will I need to exclude those foods from my diet forever?
    A: Once leaky gut is resolved and the balance of gut bacteria is improved, immune reactions to certain foods can eventually disappear. Other foods, such as gluten for example, may need to be removed from the diet indefinitely.
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