Food Sensitivity Testing

Is it a food allergy or sensitivity?

 

The word “allergy” is confusing because many people use it as a fully encompassing generic term for true allergic reactions and nonallergic adverse reactions, also called sensitivities or intolerances.

Immune reactions can result from the different types of food allergies or food sensitivities you may possess. The most common foods causing allergic reactions are peanuts, soy, wheat, shellfish, fish, milk, eggs and tree nuts. Once identified, we recommend eliminating those problematic foods from your diet.

Food allergies are divided into two major categories: immediate and delayed.

When immediate food reaction occurs, sufferers experience symptoms within hours of having ingested the food. Symptom onset is rapid and may include tingling of extremities, wheezing, coughing, tightening of the throat, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Sometimes in cases where nuts, shellfish, fish, and peanuts have been eaten anaphylaxis can occur. 

Immediate food reaction is a fixed food allergy. The food to which you are allergic will almost always provoke an immune reaction when ingested. In immediate reactions the body over produces what is called Immunoglobulin E antibodies, (IgE). IgE binds to allergens and and triggers an allergic response to any substance it sees foreign. Often, the reaction isn’t severe the first time, rather it is the second time of exposure that the acute reaction can occur.

A food sensitivity, as opposed to a food allergy, happens gradually and isn’t life threatening. Symptoms of a delayed food allergy can take up to 72 hours to appear. This type of immune response is mediated by the IgG antibody, which is the largest circulating antibody in our immune system and can cross the placenta from mother to child. IgG antibodies are the most common form of immunologic mediated food responses. It can be difficult to identify the offending food since we eat so many foods that go through different processes and have many ingredients. It is estimated that 20% of the population have an adverse reaction to a certain food.

Food sensitivities may be caused by many factors such as stress, infections, overeating, artificial preservatives, additives, molds, pesticides, antibiotics, and environmental pollutants. Unidentified food sensitivities can then contribute to many chronic health conditions: including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, autism, ADD/ADHD, eczema, chronic ear infections, gut malabsorption, insomnia and many others.

Transform Your Health

Improve  your health by avoiding foods that cause inflammation in your body. Each person has a different make up and can have sensitivities to specific foods, which can affect the level of health. Below is a list of symptoms that can be caused by food sensitivities.

  • Respiratory
    Coughing & Wheezing
    Rhinitis
    Asthma
    Bronchitis
    Otitis Media
    Sinusitis

  • Dermatologic
    Acne
    Canker Sores
    Eczema
    Itching
    Urticaria (Hives)
    Angioedema
    Dermatitis

  • Musculoskeletal
    Joint Pain
    Low Back Pain
    Auto – Immune
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Systemic Lupus
    Multiple Sclerosis

  • Neurological
    Headache
    Fatigue
    Insomnia
    Irritability
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Migraine

  • Gastrointestinal
    Vomiting
    Diarrhea
    Bloating
    Infantile Colic
    Abdominal Pain
    Loss Of Appetite
    Constipation
    Malabsorption
    Gastritis
    Ulcerative Colitis
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Celiac Disease
    Weight Gain

  • Genitourinary
    Bedwetting
    Chronic Bladder Infections

  • Autoimmune
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Systemic Lupus
    Multple Sclerosis

 

Hair Analysis Testing

 

 

 

What are the advantages of hair analysis testing?

Hair analysis reveals heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium. These metals which can displace many of the lighter, essential elements, can interfere with the way vitamins and minerals are used in the body. The use of hair mineral analysis has been accepted as an effective tissue for the biological monitoring of toxic heavy metals by the U.S.EPA. and as such has gained acceptance worldwide.

The fundamental differences between other types of testing are urine testing measures the amount of metal that is excreted, not what is being ABSORBED by the body while blood testing measures the amount being ABSORBED and TEMPORARILY in circulation before excreted or stored.

  • Hair testing offers several advantages in determining mineral
    status.

  • Hair is fairly slow growing tissue, so there are no fluctuations in mineral levels in the body. Diet for instance can substantially impact a blood test on the day it is taken. Hair analysis reflects an average created over a longer period of time, which is a better indicator of long-term dietary habits and exposures.

Hair analysis accurately reflects the storage levels of minerals in the body, rather than the current level being transported in the blood. This correct information enables correct factors either contributing or creating the conditions and symptoms being experienced. This, in turn helps create a roadmap for reclaiming your health and vitality.

Criticism of hair analysis is based on methods that were used 20 years ago. Today’s techniques are greatly refined and improved. Now all reputable laboratories are licensed and certified by state and federal regulatory agencies. The validity of hair analysis testing has continued to grow with organizations such as the EPA and both allopathic and neuropathic health professionals embracing hair analysis testing as an aid to reaching their patients’ health objectives.

 

Salivary Hormone Testing

 

 

 

Salivary hormone testing measures unbound, or free, hormone levels in the body. Unlike serum-based hormone testing salivary hormone testing accurately reflects the active and unbound hormones, which are biologically available to their receptors in target tissues. Since its development, salivary hormone testing has been gaining popularity due to its simplicity and non-invasive method of collection. The ease of sample collection allows for accurate timing to obtain samples at critical intervals throughout the day, yielding more accurate results than blood or serum testing. Since hormone levels may vary during the day or the month, multiple saliva specimens can be collected conveniently offering precise measurements. The inherent stability of salivary hormones also allows latitude in collections and shipment. 

Importance of Hormone Testing

Hormonal imbalances have been linked to a broad spectrum of health conditions and clinical symptoms in both men and women. Science has shown that hormones decline and change as we age. Identifying and managing such changes is critical in the prevention of many chronic diseases. Measuring critical hormone levels and interpreting the results can help explain symptoms and accurately recommend proper treatment. This makes hormone testing an essential element of every annual checkup and disease-prevention program.

Common Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Hormonal Imbalance

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Depression & irritability

  • Low sex drive, libido

  • Fatigue

  • Weight gain and decreased muscle tone

  • Memory loss, foggy thinking & Alzheimer’s disease

  • Insomnia & sleep disturbances

  • Hair thinning and loss

  • Osteopenia and Osteoporosis

  • Cancer

  • Acne

Advantages of Salivary Hormone Testing

  • Less expensive than serum testing

  • Non-invasive

  • Easy sample collection and convenient

  • No special shipping or handling

  • Painless collection

  • Multiple specimen collections which is important for testing circadian rhythm or menstrual rhythms

  • More representative than serum of total bio-available steroid hormone levels

  • Detects unbound and free hormones

 

GI Stool Testing

Gastrointestinal (GI) function including balancing the beneficial microbial flora in the intestine, is important for general health. GI health is key in digestion, nutrient usage and ridding the body of waste and pathogens. Poor digestion and malabsorption can lead to immune dysfunction, nutritional insufficiencies and various disease states. Poor GI function can also lead to food allergies and other toxicities.

The intestinal tract contains significant amounts of bacteria, some beneficial, some neutral and some that can be harmful. It is essential to know the microbial balance of your GI tract, especially if you have chronic health problems.

A GI stool tests for:

  • Inflammation

  • Immune function and gluten sensitivity

  • Yeast

  • Parasites

  • Bacteria

  • Pathogens

  • Pharmaceutical and botanical sensitivities

  • Cancer-preventative short chain fatty acids

  • Pancreatic function

GI symptoms associated with digestion and absorption disorders:

  • Abdominal Pain

  • Arthritis/joint pain

  • Headaches/migraines

  • Diarrhea or constipation

  • Noticeable change in stool

  • Bloating/gas

  • Unexplained weight loss/gain

  • Blood, mucus or pus in stool

  • Hives/skin rash/eczema

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Swollen tongue/lips

  • Acid reflux/heartburn

  • Chills/fever

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Cramping