There are two kinds of
allergic reactions, immediate and delayed. We don’t usually test for immediate
reactions, because you know what they are by your immediate reaction. Testing
for this can be done with skin testing and with a blood test called RAST (radioallergosorbent test).
The RAST is the test done by most traditional Allergists. It looks for
IgE(immunoglobulin E) antibodies and immediate, permanent allergic reactions.
It is the delayed
sensitivities that can react up to four days after eating a food that cause the
greatest difficulty. These reactions can be tested by a method called ELISA
(enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) which
looks for IgG(immunoglobulin G)
antibodies. The symptoms associated with delayed sensitivities are
usually very subtle. They include
increased nasal and bronchial mucus, fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, brain
fog, skin reactions, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea (Irritable bowel
syndrome, IBS), inflamed bladder (interstitial cystitis, IC), and much more. It
is important to know that IgG sensitivities will gradually disappear with
avoidance of the offending food. The ELISA testing for delayed food
sensitivities can be arranged by contacting The Healing Center at email@example.com.
When the allergy “bucket”
is full, you will have symptoms. It is filled with both environmental and food
allergens. It is easier to control what you eat than what you breathe, so
taking offending foods out of the diet will definitely reduce the effects of
the environmental allergens. I have a patient, allergic to cats and dairy
products, who can sleep with the cat if his diet is free of dairy. However, one
piece of pizza causes the cat reaction to be more intense. Delayed food allergens will definitely make
the effects of environmental allergens worse.
There is a way to test
yourself for delayed food sensitivity.
We call it “Eliminate, Challenge, and Observe.” To do this, you simply eliminate a food group
for two full weeks. Then challenge your
system by eating foods in that group for one day. Then observe for four days without eating
additional food in that group. Watch for
a difference in symptoms, comparing the day before the challenge to the days
during the observation period. These
symptoms may be subtle or dramatic. They
may be immediate or delayed up to four days.
A method to test yourself
for subtle immediate food sensitivities is called the “Pulse Test”. Begin by eliminating the food group that you
wish to test for 48 hours. Then sit at
rest for 10 minutes while reading or watching a movie. Then check your pulse and write it down. Then eat the test food and check your pulse
again at five minutes and 10 minutes after eating the test food. If there is an increase in pulse of more than
10 points, then there is a reaction. This would be considered a subtle
immediate reaction. You should then go on to the elimination testing to see
what other symptoms emerge.
The five most common food
allergens causing delayed reactions are: dairy
products, wheat and gluten grains, corn, eggs, and yeast, mold, fungus
containing foods (any foods that are raised, aged, fermented, and
mushrooms). Self-testing does take a
while, but is inexpensive and effective. Be patient and keep a food journal
during this process.
ELISA Food Sensitivity Testing can be arranged through the Healing Center. Testing for 96 food is $150 or 184 foods for $250. Results are ready in about three weeks. It is not covered by insurances, but some HSA and Flexible Sending Account plans will cover the cost of the testing. You call with credit card information, we send you a test kit, you take that to local lab to have blood drawn, send it to test lab (Fed Ex shipper provided), in three weeks we get results and contact you for phone or office consultation to discuss result. Follow up consulation fee is $59 for phone consultation and office consults can be billed to some insurances.
Call for an office or phone consultation if this is of interest to you or your Family. 989-352-6500
For quick, accurate ELISA blood testing contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Sensitivity Testing and Autism, ADD, ADHD
April is National Autism Month, a public awareness campaign intended to draw attention to the signs and symptoms of autism, as well as what can be done to manage and prevent the disease.
It is also a great time to consider other developmental and learning issues that face both children and adults, such as ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder, Brain Fog, and Chronic Fatigue. Many of the common treatments for these diseases include prescription medication, but more and more medical professionals, patients, and parents of children with autism, ADD, and ADHD are beginning to recognize a link between nutrition and symptoms. Though these diseases may not be caused by lack of nutrients or exposure to a certain chemical, many are finding these factors affect the severity and the manageability of the diseases. Just as food can affect a person’s ability to focus and cause headaches and migraines, it can also worsen symptoms in those suffering from autism, ADD, and ADHD.
A Food Sensitivity Test reads the effect certain foods have on a body. Foods affect the chemical balance of the body and, in many cases, cause toxicity. Research has found that 95% of patients are suffering from food toxicity, but many do not realize it. These reactions occur on a cellular level, so until they build up and have a massive impact on your life, you might not realize what is happening. In some cases, the toxic crisis is caused by foods that are believed to be healthy. The Food Sensitivity Test helps you determine which foods are sending your cells into crisis.
The Food Sensitivity Test that we offer is designed for children and adults and tests for toxicity to 96 foods, including cow and goat’s milk, beef, potatoes, yeast, fish, rice, a variety of fruits and vegetables. This is the great place to start ityou eat a varied diet and truly have no idea what is triggering your symptoms or causing your toxicity. The foods in the Food Sensitivity Tests are not unhealthy and many people who are trying to design a healthy switch to the “healthier” foods instead of junk food, foods high in saturated fats, and sugary food. The trouble is, if your body has a toxic response to basic foods, then a conscious eater may be doing more harm than good.
Another common question asked by those with food toxicity is whether variations of a specific food will trigger toxicity. For instance, someone with a problem with eggs might be able to eat only the egg white or only the yolk. Someone with milk sensitivity can sometimes eat whey protein or curd without a problem. The milk and egg sub fraction tests help patients determine if toxicity is caused by the food as a whole or if it is possible to digest parts of a food without problems. This is especially helpful to those trying to build a healthy nutrition program and avoid eliminating certain foods completely
Though no medical professional would suggest food is the only cause of a health condition, there is an increasing awareness of the link between food and health. Avoiding food toxicity is a powerful tool for managing brain fog and difficulty focusing, and it may eliminate many of the symptoms associated with ADD, ADHD, and autism. Most importantly, food is a good place to begin symptom management. Even in instances when other treatment is needed to manage symptoms, food choices can reduce the intensity of other treatments. Dietary changes might lead to a natural reduction in symptoms, and therefore, a reduction in medication. Understanding the effects of food on your body or the body of your child is an important part of creating a complete and effective treatment plan.
Put Your Health in Your Own Hands.
-Edited and reprint from an article original written by ImmunoLab
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