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Vibrant Method is now a Provider of Alcat Worldwide Food + Chemical Sensitivity + Gluten Testing + Stress Hormone Testing + Anti-Aging Markers

“One man’s food can be another man’s poison” – that is why one type of diet does not work for everyone. People who have food allergies know their triggers as a result of a trip to an emergency room and then start carrying an EpiPen to protect themselves from Anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction to trigger foods, biting or stinging insects, medications and latex.

However, 70-80% of us have unknown food sensitivities (ranging from intolerances to full allergic reactions) that affect our digestion, physical health and even mental health. It could be as simple as having a inflammatory-gut sensitivities to healthy foods such as tomatoes, grapefruit, barley, or turkey. The symptoms aren’t strong enough to send us to the E.R. but they do weaken the immune system over time as well as present a variable host of full-body and mental symptoms.

How do you know if you’re one of the 80%? Do you commonly experience pain and discomfort after eating a meal – nausea, sudden fatigue, stomach pain, intestinal swelling, diarrhea, chronic constipation, gas, cramps, or bloating, fat gain, muscle loss, lack of energy regardless of decent amount of sleep, headaches, migraines, irritability or nervousness. These are all typical signs of these kinds of reactions…and you don’t have to continue to suffer from them.

Vibrant Method clients can now be tested by their Health Coach using Alcat Worldwide – the “gold standard” laboratory method for identification of non-IgE mediated reactions to over 400 different foods, chemicals, and other categories of substances. Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies and is medically characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause – not actually fixing the underlying problem. The Alcat Test is now considered the most comprehensive and accurate method for identification of non-IgE mediated reactions to foods, chemicals, and other substances. Most Allergist will only do a scratch-test with the 8 most common food allergies. This isn’t enough. In order to create the best dietary plan for you, we must have a clear visual landscape of what nourishes you versus the foods you unknowlingly react to.

Once you’ve started your Vibrant Method 6-month program, and we have started the process of identifying certain digestive disorders, we will help you select from the following comprehensive food/chemical sensitivity categories to be tested (via blood and saliva test). The test is conducted by a certified Phlebotomist (health care person trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing) either in your home or a local blood draw lab. The blood and saliva samples are sent to Alcat within 48 hours and tested via the “Coulter” Method. Results are quickly delivered to your Vibrant Method Health Coach and we move forward with your digestive healing. From there, we discuss your results in detail and create a 4-day food rotation plan based on your non-reactive foods along with quick, delicious recipes for you to prepare at home.

230+ Food Items (Various Panels Offered)

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1. Acorn Squash
2. Adzuki Beans
3. Almond
4. Amaranth
5. Anchovy
6. Apple
7. Apricot
8. Arugula
9. Arrow Root
10. Artichoke
11. Asparagus
12. Avocado
13. Baker’s Yeast
14. Banana
15. Barley
16. Basil
17. Bay Leaf
18. Beef
19. Bell Pepper Mix
20. Black Beans
21. Black Currant
22. Black Pepper
23. Black-Eyed Pea
24. Blackberry
25. Blueberry
26. Bok Choy
27. Boston Bib Lettuce
28. Brazil Nut
29. Brewer’s Yeast
30. Broccoli
31. Brussels Sprout
32. Buckwheat
33. Buffalo
34. Butternut Squash
35. Cabbage
36. Cane Sugar
37. Cannellini Beans
38. Canola Oil
39. Cantaloupe
40. Capers
41. Caraway
42. Cardamom
43. Carob
44. Carrot
45. Casein
46. Cashew
47. Catfish
48. Cauliflower
49. Cayenne Pepper
50. Celery
51. Chamomile
52. Cherry
53. Chia
54. Chicken
55. Chicken Liver
56. Chickpea
57. Chicory
58. Chili Pepper
59. Chives
60. Cilantro
61. Cinnamon
62. Clam
63. Clove
64. Cocoa
65. Coconut
66. Codfish
67. Coffee
68. Collard Greens
69. Coriander
70. Corn
71. Cottonseed
72. Cow’s Milk
73. Crab
74. Cranberry
75. Cucumber
76. Cumin
77. Curry
78. Dandelion
79. Date
80. Dill
81. Duck
82. Egg White
83. Egg Yolk
84. Eggplant
85. Endive
86. Escarole
87. Fava Bean
88. Fennel
89. Fig
90. Flaxseed
91. Flounder
92. Fructose
93. Garlic
94. Ginger
95. Goat’s Milk
96. Grape
97. Grapefruit
98. Green Pea
99. Guava
100. Haddock
101. Halibut
102. Hazelnut
103. Hemp
104. Honey
105. Honeydew Melon
106. Hops
107. Horseradish
108. Iceberg Lettuce
109. Jalapeño Pepper
110. Kale
111. Kelp
112. Kidney Bean
113. Kiwi
114. Lactose
115. Lamb
116. Leaf Lettuce
117. Leek
118. Lemon
119. Lentil Bean
120. Licorice
121. Lima Bean
122. Lime
123. Lobster
124. Lychees
125. Macadamia Nut
126. Mackerel
127. Mahi Mahi
128. Malt
129. Mango
130. Maple Sugar
131. Millet
132. Molasses
133. Mung Bean
134. Mushroom
135. Mushroom
136. Mussel
137. Mustard Greens
138. Mustard Seed
139. Navy Bean
140. Nectarine
141. Nutmeg
142. Nutritional Yeast
143. Oat
144. Okra
145. Olive
146. Onion
147. Orange
148. Oregano
149. Oyster
150. Papaya
151. Paprika
152. Parsley
153. Parsnip
154. Peach
155. Peanut
156. Pear
157. Pecan
158. Peppermint
159. Persimmon
160. Pine Nut
161. Pineapple
162. Pinto Bean
163. Pistachio
164. Plum
165. Pomegranate
166. Pork
167. Portobello
168. Psyllium
169. Pumpkin
170. Quinoa
171. Radish
172. Raspberry
173. Red Beet/Beet
174. Rhubarb
175. Rice (Brown/White)
176. Romaine Lettuce
177. Rosemary
178. Rye
179. Safflower
180. Saffron
181. Sage
182. Salmon
183. Sardine/Herring
184. Scallions
185. Scallop
186. Sea Bass
187. Seaweed Wakame
188. Sesame
189. Shallots
190. Sheep’s Milk
191. Shitake Mushroom
192. Shrimp
193. Snapper
194. Sole
195. Sorghum
196. Soybean
197. Spaghetti Squash
198. Spearmint
199. Spelt
200. Spinach
201. Squid
202. Star Fruit
203. Strawberry
204. String Bean
205. Sugar
206. Sunflower
207. Sweet Potato
208. Swiss Chard
209. Swordfish
210. Tangerine
211. Tapioca
212. Taro
213. Tarragon
214. Teff
215. Thyme
216. Tilapia
217. Tomato
218. Trout
219. Tuna
220. Turkey
221. Turmeric
222. Turnip
223. Vanilla
224. Veal
225. Venison
226. Walnut
227. Water Chestnut
228. Watercress
229. Wheat
230. White Potato
231. Wild Rice
232. Yam
233. Zucchini

50 Functional Foods + Medicinal Herbs

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1. Açai Berry
2. Agave
3. Aloe
4. Ashwagandha
5. Astragalus
6. Barley Grass
7. Bee Pollen
8. Bilberry
9. Black Walnut
10. Cascara
11. Chlorella
12. Chondroitin Sulfate
13. Dandelion
14. Echinacea
15. Angustifolia Elderberry
16. Essiac
17. Feverfew
18. Ginkgo Biloba
19. Glucosamine
20. Goji Berry
21. Goldenseal
22. Grape Seed
23. Guarana Seed
24. Gymnema Sylvestre
25. Hawthorn Berry
26. Huperzine
27. Kava Kava
28. Lo Han
29. Lutein
30. Maitake Mushroom
31. Milk Thistle
32. Mullein Leaf
33. Noni Berry
34. Pau d’Arco Bark
35. Pine Bark
36. Red Yeast Rice
37. Reishi Mushroom
38. Resveratrol
39. Rhodiola
40. Rooibos Tea
41. Schizandra Berry
42. Senna
43. Spirulina
44. St John’s Wort
45. Stevia Leaf
46. Valerian
47. Vinpocetine
48. Wheatgrass
49. Wormwood
50. Yellow Dock

40 Medicinal Herbs Commonly Used By Men

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1. Alfalfa Leaf
2. American Ginseng
3. Arnica
4. Burdock
5. Butcher’s Broom Root
6. Calendula
7. Cat’s Claw
8. Catuba
9. Chaparral Root
10. Cnidium Monnier
11. Damiana
12. Dong Quai
13. Fo-Ti Root
14. Gotu Kola
15. Horny Goat Weed
16. Irish Moss
17. Juniper Berry
18. Korean Ginseng
19. Lobelia
20. Lycopene
21. Maca Root
22. Mistletoe
23. Mucuna Pruriens
24. Muira Puama
25. Myrrh
26. Nettle Leaf
27. Pumpkin Seed
28. Pygeum Bark
29. Rehmannia Root
30. Sarsaparilla
31. Saw Palmetto
32. Siberian Ginseng
33. Skull Cap
34. Stinging Nettle Root
35. Tribulus Terrestris
36. Uva Ursi
37. Velvet Deer Antler
38. Yarrow
39. Yerba Maté
40. Yohimbe Bark

50 Medicinal Herbs Commonly Used By Women

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1. Alfalfa Leaf
2. Arnica
3. Black Cohosh
4. Blessed Thistle
5. Blue Cohosh
6. Bupleurum Root
7. Boswellia
8. Buchu Leaf
9. Burdock
10. Butcher’s Broom
11. Calendula
12. Cat’s Claw
13. Chaparral Root
14. Chasteberry
15. Cramp Bark
16. Damiana
17. Dong Quai
18. Evening Primrose
19. False Unicorn
20. Fo-Ti Root
21. Gotu Kola
22. Horse Chestnut
23. Horsetail
24. Irish Moss
25. Juniper Berry
26. Korean Ginseng
27. Lavender
28. Lemon Balm
29. Lobelia
30. Maca Root
31. Marshmallow Root
32. Mistletoe
33. Motherwort
34. Myrrh
35. Nettle Leaf
36. Pennyroyal
37. Peony Root
38. Red Clover Flower
39. Red Raspberry Leaf
40. Rehmannia Root
41. Sarsaparilla
42. Siberian Ginseng
43. Skull Cap
44. Slippery Elm Bark
45. Squaw Vine
46. Uva Ursi
47. White Willow Bark
48. Wild Yam
49. Yarrow
50. Yerba Maté

20 Chemical Food Additives

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1. Aspartame
2. Benzoic Acid
3. Blue #1
4. Blue #2
5. Butylated Hydroxy Anisole (BHA)
6. Butylated Hydroxy Toluene (BHT)
7. Citric Acid
8. Erythritol
9. Green #3
10. MSG
11. Polysorbate 80
12. Potassium Nitrite
13. Red #40
14. Saccharine
15. Sodium Sulfite
16. Sorbic Acid
17. Sucralose
18. Yellow #5
19. Yellow #6
20. Xylitol

21 Common Molds

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1. Alternaria Alternata
2. Aspergillus Fumigatus
3. Botrytis Cinerea
4. Candida Albicans
5. Cephalosporium
6. Cladosporium Herbarum
7. Curvularia
8. Epicoccum Nigrum
9. Fusarium Oxysporum
10. Geotrichum Candidum
11. Helminthosporium
12. Hormodendrum
13. Monilia Sitophila
14. Mucor Racemosus
15. Penicillium Notatum
16. Phoma Destructiva
17. Pullularia
18. Rhizopus Stolonifer
19. Rhodotorula Rubra
20. Spondylocladium
21. Trichoderma

20 Antibiotics + Anti-Inflammatory Agents

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1. Advil/Motrin
2. Amoxicillin
3. Ampicillin Sodium
4. Aspirin
5. Cephalosporin
6. Clinoril
7. Diflunisal
8. Gentamicin Sulfate
9. Indocin
10. Naproxen Sodium
11. Neomycin Sulfate
12. Nystatin
13. Penicillamine Hcl
14. Penicillin
15. Piroxicam
16. Streptomycin Sulfate
17. Sulfmethoxazole
18. Tetracycline Hcl
19. Tylenol
20. Voltaren

Celiac + Gluten + Gut Health Profile

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The new Gut Health Profile is the most comprehensive Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity screening tool available as it combines 3 tests: Genetic, Antibody and Cellular analysis into one convenient analysis.

  1. Genetic
    1. HLA Typing for Celiac Disease
  2. Total Serum IgA
    1. Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody (tTG) – IgA & IgG
    2. Deamidated Gliadin Peptide (DGP) Antibody – IgA & IgG
    3. Anti-Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Antibody (ASCA)
  3. Cellular
    1. ALCAT Food Sensitivity/Intolerance
      1. Gluten Containing Grains: Gluten/Gliadin, Barley, Malt, Spelt, Rye & Wheat
      2. Non-Gluten Containing Grains: Amaranth, Quinoa, Oat, Sorghum, Rice, Corn, Millet, Buckwheat & Wild Rice

Telomere Length + Aging Test

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“I’ve heard about Telomeres and premature aging.  What are they, and do you test for that?”

What are Telomeres?
Telomeres are repeating non-coding sequences of DNA found at the ends of our chromosomes. They allow our cells to divide without dropping genes essential for life. In this way, they are prime indicators of aging. They have been compared to the aglets or plastic tips found at the ends of shoelaces or the wire nuts used to protect and hold spliced electrical wires together. These DNA sequences are responsible for what has been termed the Hayflick Limit; the top number of divisions a human cell can have before it stops replicating, becoming senescent or apoptotic. This process actually protects us from unrestrained cellular division and, potentially, from cancer.

Telomere Shortening:
Telomeres become shorter over time with recurring replication as well as from oxidative stress and can only be replenished via telomerase enzyme adding back these telomeric repeats to the ends of the chromosome. Lack of this enzyme allows inordinate telomeric shortening associated with rapid aging and aging related health challenges. They act as a biomarker of aging, sort of a cellular clock.

Shorter telomeres have also been linked to cardiovascular disease, some cancers, osteoporosis, dementia, diabetes, and other chronic degenerative diseases of aging conditions.

Who Should Consider Telomere Testing?
The test is designed for anyone interested in optimal health, age management and in knowing their telomere length as it relates to being within or outside the normal reference range for their chronological age.

Clinical Application:
A shortened telomere length may be indicative of some chronic degenerative medical issue occurring and possibly accelerated aging. Telomere shortening is a dynamic process. Since telomeres respond positively to improved dietary and lifestyle choices as well as decreased oxidative stress knowing where their telomere sits in regards to reference range will allow those with shorter telomeres for their age to have the potential to change their lives, retard the hastened rate of their telomeres shortening and potentially extend their lifespan.

Vitamin D Levels

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Vitamin D is a collection of fat soluble steroids which have a primary role in boosting intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate. It is essential to human health and is actually a hormone produced in the body. Cholecalciferol (D3) and ergocalciferol (D2) are two of the compounds which are available by de novo synthesis via exposure to the sun, in the diet or by supplementation.

Why should I test for Vitamin D levels?
Research reflects the need for optimal levels to control or improve outcomes in many chronic conditions. Conditions include: bone health, certain cancers, cardiovascular disease (including stroke prevention), immune system strengthening, multiple sclerosis, asthma, diverticulitis and benign prostatic hypertrophy as well as other extraskeletal benefits including mortality, mood and cognition in geriatrics.

Who Should Be Tested?
With more than 75% of adolescents and adults insufficient in Vitamin D, testing is for everyone; especially for people who don’t eat sufficient organic green vegetables or fortified foods and who have limited sun exposure. Most physicians use the test to check for insufficiency or outright deficiency of the vitamin, reflecting their patients’ level of need for supplementation.

Clinical Application:
Supplemental vitamin D significantly reduces all cause mortality. This emphasizes the need for promptly diagnosing and adequately treating this common vitamin deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is implicated in many of the chronic diseases of the modern world. Vitamin D has as many mechanisms of action as the over 200 genes it targets. Vitamin D receptors are found in the widespread variety of tissues. One of the most important genes unregulated by vitamin D is the gene for cathelicidin. Cathelicidin is a broad spectrum naturally occurring antibiotic. In general, vitamin D deficient patients with serious illness should receive treatment with vitamin D at levels somewhat higher than normal.

MTHFR Genetic Mutation

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What is MTHFR?
The MTHFR nomenclature (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) stands for both the enzyme and the gene. If the gene has no mutation (wild type), the body can produce sufficient levels of functioning MTHFR enzyme to convert inactive folic acid to active folate (5-MTHF) to be used for the many biochemical processes and pathways in the body it is critical for in maintaining good health.

Since enzyme activity largely depends on shape, the mutated gene will produce a distorted and hence dysfunctional enzyme leading to some loss of enzymatic activity and subsequent downstream health issues. The most common MTHFR gene mutations are at the 677C>T and 1298A>C.

Who Should Be Tested?
Anyone experiencing the following symptoms: heart attack, stroke and blood clots, peripheral neuropathy, miscarriages, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Dementia, OCD, Bipolar, and Schizophrenia. Anyone can be and should be tested for these most common and far reaching SNPs with many negative effects on health. This includes especially pre-natal couples with history of miscarriage and those with elevated homocysteine levels or a family history of cardiovascular disease, depression and other psychiatric illness.

Clinical Application:
Identifying which mutation, if any is present, will help guide the clinician in which direction to best treat their patient. The mutations we identify are below and point to specific areas of need.

Mutation 677 C>T –This mutation is most commonly associated with: Cardiovascular disease including heart attack, stroke and blood clots; as well as peripheral neuropathy, miscarriages, neural tube defects (spina bifida) and other congenital birth defects. 

Mutation 1298 A>C – This mutation is most commonly associated with: chronic disease, e.g. depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Dementia, OCD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and more.

Stress + Adrenal Testing

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“I know I’m under a lot of stress.  How can I tell if that is starting to affect my body, mind, and sleep?”

What is the Salivary Adrenal Stress Profile?
The salivary Adrenal Stress Profile monitors the impact chronic stress has on the functioning of the adrenal glands’ cyclical release of cortisol and DHEA.  It measures only the free circulating portion of both cortisol and DHEA and as per the (National Institutes of Health) NIH and (World Health Organization) WHO is a highly accurate  and validated test easily taken via saliva in multiple samplings throughout the day and night if need be.

Why Should I test the Adrenal Glands functioning?
Since stress and the inflammation it can cause are major underlying factors in so many chronic diseases, checking the circadian deviation from the normal amounts rhythmically secreted can be a window into how well the body is managing this critical component of chronic illness. Both Cortisol and DHEA affect carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism , DHEA also serves as the steroidogenic metabolic intermediate in the formation of the sex hormones from progesterone to testosterone and estradiol. As well, since the adrenals help modulate the conversion of inactive T4 to active T3 thyroid hormone, their dysfunction can be reflected in not only lower energy levels, loss of libido, and weight gain, but increasing emotional liability and resistance to disease.

Who Should Be Tested?
Any patient who has been struggling with a chronic medical condition is a candidate for adrenal testing. More specifically, anyone complaining of the above chronic issues should be considered appropriate to be tested. It is not just for those patients whose complaints are referable to a chronic fatigue syndrome or repeatedly: “ coming down with something” multiple times a year.

Clinical Application:
Healthy adrenal gland functioning is critical for the body’s myriad interconnected biological systems and of primary importance to help prevent and treat chronic disease. The salivary profile is the easiest most accurate method to view the real time ability of your patients’ adrenal glands to meet the stress needs of their daily life.