For those with a confirmed autoimmune condition, the Th1 Th2 test is possibly the most important test. The test points out imbalances in the immune system by looking at cytokines, proteins that the immune system relies on to communicate.
Bad communication results in complications for those with autoimmune conditions. The information this test provides can help your doctor develop a strong and effective treatment plan for you, especially when seeking alternative medicine support.
The Th1 Th2 test is also highly recommended by Dr. Datis Kharrazian in his book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? In the book, Dr. Kharrazian shows how one can use lab tests to understand the true cause of hypothyroidism.
The immune system works like a seesaw. On one side you have Th1 cytokines that initiate the first line of defense. On the other side you have Th2 cytokines which help product antibodies to protect you from future invasions. However, when one side goes up, the other side goes down. This can contribute to a weak immune system and potentially promote autoimmune conditions.
Running this test will help figure out where the imbalance is. Because certain botanicals used in natural medicine can boost Th1 cytokines and Th2 cytokines, this test can help you and your doctor develop an effective plan to help balance a weak immune system and turn the volume down on autoimmune attacks.
For those with autoimmune concerns, it is suggested to run the CD4 CD8 ratio test along with this Th1/Th2 test.
The Th17 cytokine may become active in autoimmune states. Understanding Th17 levels can help with individualized treatment.
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Posted by A. Higgins on 15th Jan 2013
Living in a remote area can have its drawbacks for healthcare. My physician is in another state 300 miles away. When she suggested the Cytokine Analysis, the local lab did not even know what I was talking about. My general physician in town knew of the test, but realized I would have to go 140 miles to another town. Researching online I found TrueHealth Labs which had enough information for me to check again locally and yet they did not have the correct protocol or tubes to perform the labs. Having been misdiagnosed for the past 4 years - and to get so close to getting the "right" test - I opted to purchase the test through TrueHealth Labs. The kit was very self-explanatory not only to me, but to the local lab. In a few weeks the results were emailed securely to me, so I could review with my MD. I also opted for the consult with Dr. Brady, and he broke down the results very quickly and complete.
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