Membership Continues to Grow!
The Membership Section has been live for only two weeks and we have dozens taking advantage of membership privileges. Thank you to all of our new members!!! We are especially appreciative of all of the well thought out questions that have been submitted to date. Dr. Shoemaker has systematically answered questions presented with excellent feedback from our Members. We continue to strive to distribute the latest factual data available on the subject and invite you to participate in this never before offered program.
Here are some sample questions and answers.
10. Am I worse off if both my HLA haplotypes are mold susceptible?
This is an excellent question. The answer that what we have seen to date is that there is no worsening clinical status for a double susceptible haplotype compared to a single susceptible haplotype. As we go further in the research into the actual structure of the molecules coded for by the HLA DR the answers with become forthcoming as to exactly what is going on with HLA in susceptibility. To date, only the 4‐3‐53 haplotype has been well studied showing seven consecutive amino acids in the middle of the HLA cleft are associated with absence of antibody production to particular proteins (called (epitopes).
13. Does passing the VCS mean that I could not have a biotoxin illness?
No. We typically see visual contrast sensitivity defects in affected patients in 92% of all our cases. That means that 8% of cases do not have a positive VCS. This interesting finding is usually seen in younger patients, especially young woman, as well as people who have an “eye” for a given job. For example, we often see a normal VCS despite illness in photographers, interior designers, artists as well as some professional athletes like baseball players and tennis players who need to “see” the ball well in their sport. If you are not ill, we expect a normal VCS. False positives are quite unusual, understanding that the computer test is a screening device.
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