Will this test tell me if I am also reacting to corn starch and/or corn syrup?
Yes, the Corn Zoomer has an exclusive antibody panel which includes 13 major corn protein families and Cry Proteins used in genetically modified (GM) corn at the peptide level. The identification of peptides instead of proteins reduces the possibility of cross-reactivity with similar species. The peptide-based microarray technique eliminates the requirement of testing different forms of corn (raw vs. cooked) and removes the false positives caused by cross-reaction with pollens often seen in raw extracts. Also, since the test is at a peptide level, it will show every part of the corn plant (starch, syrup, etc) that has contact with the corn protein.
What type of corn is the Corn Zoomer testing?
The Corn Zoomer tests peptide-level antibodies to 13 different corn proteins. One protein, in particular, the corn CRY protein, is found specifically in genetically modified (GM) corn.
What type of patients would most benefit from the Corn Zoomer?
The Corn Zoomer is the only test on the market that offers peptide level antibody sensitivity to the entire corn proteome, including proteins specific for GMO corn. The Corn Zoomer can really be used for any patient that suspects corn sensitivity. Because of the structural homology between some corn proteins and gluten (alpha gliadin), this test may be particularly suitable for patients with refractory celiac or who have already eliminated gluten from the diet but are not seeing relief in symptoms.
What can I do if I test positive for antibodies on the Corn Zoomer?
Depending on your symptoms, history, and the severity of your results, you will likely be advised to follow a corn-free diet. This can be a difficult and frustrating process, but not impossible.