ALCAT Food Allergy Test Available at CMLA
Diet plays a critical role in preventing a wide range of degenerative diseases and premature aging. The immune system should react appropriately to protect us against any harmful infectious agents, but unfortunately, sometimes those infectious agents are the common foods we eat, causing food sensitivities or allergies.
The inability to tolerate foods and environmental factors, also known as sensitivity or intolerance, induces chronic activation of the innate immune system and gives rise to inflammatory processes. Such inflammation has been linked to countless chronic conditions, including: digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, ADD, aching joints, skin disorders, arthritis and many more.
Food allergies refer to foods that trigger the immune system to acutely produce massive amounts of the chemical histamine that leads to anaphylaxis. This potentially fatal condition causes the throat and esophagus to swell, cutting off air from the lungs, or may simply cause hives, skin rashes, and other non-life-threatening reactions.
Administered at Concierge Medicine LA, the ALCAT test is the most effective and comprehensive sensitivity/intolerance test available. Just a simple blood test identifies reactions to over 350 foods, chemicals and other substances associated with inflammation that are linked to chronic health problems like migraines, aching joints, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, hyperactivity/ADD, asthma and even obesity. The ALCAT test results will also clearly identify the foods and/or food groups which are non-reactive or “safe” for you.
If you feel you may have food sensitivities or allergies, or just simply want to know which foods are best for you, contact our office at (310) 826-2555 to schedule the ALCAT test with your personal concierge physician.
CMLA Goes Green
A thick cloud of smog has taken over our once beautiful mountain views, fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources are becoming endangered, and glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate. Let’s face it; our planet is in need of some tender loving care. At Concierge Medicine LA, we are doing our best to reduce our carbon footprint by employing the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
It’s easy to lose sight of just how much we waste. We have made a pledge to our patients, and planet earth, to reduce the amount of paper used in the office by doing our best to go paperless with patient/physician communication. You can do the same by downloading any intake forms on our website, and emailing them to your patient coordinator. In addition, we only purchase recycled and partially recycled plastics and materials for office use. And in turn, we have recycling bins throughout the office to discard of any waste. We recently installed water filters on all of our faucets, and replaced our lights bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, which are four times more efficient than incandescent light bulbs, lasting up to 10 times longer, and, keep a half-ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere over the life of the bulb.
Additionally, every visit to Concierge Medicine LA is a philanthropic one. CMLA donates 5% of its net proceeds to a charity of its patients’ choosing, determined annually by poll.
Obama Motorcade Passes By Concierge Medicine/LA
Healthcare fit for a President? Absolutely! This morning was very exciting for Angelenos. As we grinned through the traffic, a few of us were rewarded with a magical site. President Obama’s motorcade passed through Brentwood en route to LAX where he boarded Air Force One. We were able to capture the motorcade on video as it passed by Concierge Medicine/LA. For those who weren’t rewarded with witnessing this, please enjoy our video.
DNA-Analyzer 23andMe for $0 Today!
23 and Me is a genetic test useful to:
- Gain insight into your traits, from baldness to muscle performance.
- Discover risk factors for many diseases.
- Know your predicted response to drugs, from blood thinners to coffee.
- Uncover your ancestral origins.
It is also a test that helps you reconnect (or connect for the first time) with family members based on your genetic makeup as well as which countries your ancestors may have lived in.
We have provided this test to many of our Concierge Medicine/LA clients and they have been overwhelmingly satisfied with the results and information they obtained regarding their ancestry and gained insight to their predisposition to diseases and health risks.
23 and Me is offering this test for $0 for today only (usually $199) and it requires a 1-year commitment to their Personal Genome Service® at $9/mo.
Calcium Supplements and Heart Disease
Can taking calcium supplements increase your risk of a heart attack?
One study has shown that calcium supplementation increases the risk for developing a heart attack by 30%. What does this mean for you? This study did not take into account the supplementation of Vitamin D and does not apply to calcium rich foods, so for the time being it may be best to increase your calcium rich foods and put aside the supplements. Talk to your doctor about the most effective ways to incorporate calcium into your diet. Remember, calcium helps prevent fractures and maintain overall bone health.
Medical Insurance while Travelling
Travel Guard has a great medical insurance available for when you are traveling. It includes medical expense coverage, medical evacuation coverage, baggage coverage, and cancellation coverage. Checkout travelguard.com if you are interested.
What You Should Know About Lowering Cholesterol Through Diet
a. The Myth of Good and Bad Cholesterol
Most people view cholesterol as a bad thing, but the truth is there are actually two types of it. There is good cholesterol (HDL) and there is bad cholesterol (LDL). You’ll know you have too much LDL if you end up with plaques in your arteries. This results in a blood flow block in your arteries as the opening gets smaller. Your high blood cholesterol is not the result of taking in dietary cholesterol. The presence of saturated fat and Tran’s fat is the reason for the high cholesterol. Exercising often and taking in fibrous and unsaturated foods will keep your cholesterol down.
b. What do the Cholesterol Numbers mean?
On an average, adults will usually need to have cholesterol checks every five years. Each time you get a cholesterol check it will yield four results – total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and Triglycerides. You will probably need more exercise and dietary change if you go above or below the healthy levels.
Total Cholesterol – less than 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L)
LDL Cholesterol – less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L)
HDL Cholesterol – greater than 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L)
Triglycerides – less than 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)
c. Heart Protection and Vitamin E
Getting your Vitamin E is best done through eating nuts, leafy vegetables and a lot of vegetable oils. This helps reduce your risk of getting a heart disease but does not prevent attacks.
d. Five Great Foods to Lower Your Cholesterol
1. Oatmeal and Oat Bran: These contain a high amount of soluble fiber, which can lower LDL.
2. Fish: Fish is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which lowers LDL and raises HDL.
3. Nuts: Not only are nuts high in fiber, but they contain the healthy fats you need to keep LDL in check.
4. Plant Sterols: This is found in foods like margarine, salad dressing, orange juice, and functional cookies. 2 grams per day will lower your LDL by 10-15%.
5. Soy: This popular meat replacement can lower LDL by up to 3%.
e. Plant Sterols and its Healthy Benefits
Plant sterols can be found in foods such as Benecol Spread, granola bars, VitaTops Muffin Tops and fat free milk. To help your heart, you should eat a lot of plant sterols-packed food and stop eating foods with saturated fat. You should know that this does not balance out a diet rich in saturated fats. To be in control of your cholesterol, you should still eat healthy and exercise often.
- Deborah H. Land
About the Author – Deborah H. Land writes for the cholesterol and high blood pressure diet blog, her personal hobby website she uses to help people eat healthy to lower bad cholesterol levels.
Making the most of your flexible spending account (FSA)
Concierge Medicine/LA’s guide on how to use a flexible spending account (FSA) before it expires
A flexible spending account (FSA) is a benefit that many employers offer, allowing you to set aside pre-tax dollars to use during a calendar year. This is a nice perk; however, they do expire at the end of the year. Concierge Medicine/LA offers a few suggestions on how to maximize your flexible spending account before its expiration at the end of the year. In other words, we tell you how to get the most out of your flexible spending account (FSA) for not only this year but for next year as well.
- Presidential Physicals. Invest in your future health and lock in this year’s rate for a Presidential Physical.
- Annual Memberships. 24/7 medical attention for a year after your purchase. Buy now and receive specialized medical attention for next year.
- Telomere Testing (Biological Age Test). Know how how the length of your telomeres is associated with metabolic abnormalities, obesity and several degenerative diseases including cancer, dementia and cardiovascular disease.
These are our top picks for items that will help you reap the benefits of this year’s flexible spending account benefits throughout next year. For more ideas, please click here.
Stay tuned for our entry on “How to use a health savings account (HSA)”. We will discuss how you can save money and maximize the benefits of your health savings account (HSA). Coming soon…