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The Food Sensitivity and Food Allergy Testing Article, is truly a great place to start your research with the several types of testing available.  It includes a brief yet thorough description as to the differences between Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity Tests including, your body’s responses to them.

There are many various disorders and symptoms associated with either Food Sensitivity or Food Allergies. To start on your path of healing or at least figuring out your symptoms you should begin by finding a doctor or alternative health care specialist who is very familiar with these tests and can guide you along the way.

When I was starting out, I went to an Allergy Specialist and came up empty handed, I only showed a slight response to a few different molds and one weed.  No food allergies at all.  The allergy specialist sent me on my way.  Years later with my symptoms worsening, I went to a N.M.D., she was familiar with Food Sensitivities and had me take an IgG test. The results were surprising!  I had many food sensitivities. Some I had an inclination of and quite a few I had no idea about whatsoever!   Like lobster, which I rarely enjoy, mustard and asparagus. For some reason there are foods that most people like myself, tend to think are untouchable as to the possibility of having a reaction. When you realize, simple everyday things like Dairy milk, Soy (goodbye asian food….I cry for you), eggs and more, could be the culprit to your symptoms, hopefully the urgency to get tested comes into play sooner rather than later.

Joy

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Food Sensitivity Testing

Food Sensitivity Testing from EZine

By Dr. Daniel P. Hillis, D.C.   Taken From a Health Talk Given Recently

“I’ve been practicing alternative health care over the last twenty-five plus years and we do a lot of functional health care testing in our office to help people get well from chronic conditions that they have been suffering from. In a variety of conditions, we will rely on information from food sensitivity and food allergy testing as part of our protocol for helping these individuals get well. These difficulties with food sensitivities can be found in the most obvious situations such as reflux disorders, digestive disorders, colitis and irritable bowel as well as in other less obvious situations where people may have hidden allergies that they are really not aware of, and these may be undermining their immune system and their energy levels such as in adrenal fatigue syndromes and in other chronic health problems where people are worn down over a long period of time and progress to more degenerative processes that spiral-down their health.”

 

 

Food Allergy Testing

There are three major ways of looking at food allergy outside of skin testing that I would like to address. Many people familiar with skin testing where many items are tested at once.   This is a valid form of allergy testing and, in my opinion, should be reserved for those who have medically threatening conditions related to allergic responses where they may be at risk for anaphylaxis or closing up of the throat and disorders leading to compromise of the kidney and other grave medical conditions. Those are the kinds of patients that belong with a medical allergist.

On the other hand, the vast majority of people with food sensitivities and food allergies that are hidden from their awareness would likely be best served from the evaluation by a simple blood test, where your blood is drawn in the usual fashion and then reacted with, let’s say, a hundred different foods, to see whether or not certain reactions occur to the blood indicating that there is a problem with that food.

So, in the area of food antibody testing, there is the classic IgE antibody assessment and the blood will be reacted with a number of foods and the laboratory will measure whether or not your blood has developed an antibody to the particular food substance and then measure how severe the antibody response is. The IgE food allergy assessment and IgE assessments in general, such as for other environmental elements like molds and trees, etc., that type of allergic response is more of an immediate response. Sometimes we call it an atopic response. An example would be the classic strawberry and hives reaction where you eat strawberries and some minutes later, you notice that you are developing hives. So these are the types of allergies that very often people would be well aware of and indeed, some authorities state that when somebody has an IgE allergy, that they are generally always aware of it. My experience has been different. There are actually many people who do have IgE allergies to foods and other inhalants and environmentals that are not aware of it, and so that is an important point to keep this in mind.

 

Food Sensitivity Testing (the hidden allergy)

We do have testing for what we called “hidden allergies” and that would be IgG food allergies where a different type of antibody is produced by the food and this type of response can take anywhere from 72 hours up to a whole week to develop and so the impact on the body is delayed by the timing of the reaction in such a way that it is very hard to track. One cannot usually tell that the sweet potatoes that they were allergic to, that they had at dinner four days ago, is what is impacting their health and perhaps dragging down their energy levels at this point in time. So the finding of hidden food allergies can be a gold mine of value to the person who is suffering chronic health disorders in enabling them to get a hold of a list of foods that is pulling down their health quotient that they did not even know about, and that with that list, they are then equipped to eliminate those foods and avoid that “drag” on their physiology and help open up a new avenue towards healing and improved health.

Leukocyte Sensitivity Testing

The third area of food testing that I would like to talk about is leukocyte sensitivity testing and that is where we react your blood samples with the various foods that we are testing and we look to see what happens with the white blood cells. The white blood cells, the leukocytes swell in size, and they are rated as to a level of sensitivity; if they burst open they are considered severe reactions and these are rated for you. This is another form of testing in which we can detect foods that are offensive to your system, damaging your white blood cells which would signal alarm reactions in your body as it does in any form of allergic insult.

 

Food Sensitivities and Food Allergies can lead to many Conditions

This alarm mechanism is then distressing to the rest of your system and your body has to deal with this. If you are compromised in one area and you are fighting this hidden allergy at the same time, you are left with less reserve. Solving food sensitivities and food allergies can follow a process to recovery in a variety of chronic health conditions especially fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic digestive problems, and often chronic headaches. There are many conditions in which this can be a very valuable tool.

You may contact the author at his office:
Pain Relief Center, P.A. Dr. Daniel P. Hillis, D.C. 239-597-3929

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/2279708

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I hope you learned a thing or two from this article on Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity Testing.  It is especially hard to pinpoint your own allergies when there can be a delayed response of up to a week to see symptoms.  I also know this to be true from experience and doing a food journal. I have seen many numbers from “specialists” who estimate the population of Food Sensitive people in America, everything from 2% to 20%. I wonder if the numbers are actually much higher, considering the lack of knowledge in this area. It is unnerving to think that many everyday symptoms that individuals cannot find answers to, could possibly be from what they are consuming, and instead they are assumed to be making up their symptoms or incorrectly treated altogether.

 

Below is an article written by a Ph.D. that briefly explained the difference between a Food Allergy and a Food Intolerance also known as a Food Sensitivity.  The article below gives a very basic understanding between the two different physical reactions.

Joy

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 What’s the Difference between a Food Allergy and a

 Food Intolerance?

By Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D., About.com Guide  Updated February 07, 2012

About.com Health’s Disease and Condition content is reviewed by Medical Review Board

If you find that you get sick after eating a particular food, you may wonder if you have a food allergy or food intolerance. Understanding the difference between the two can help you to see if you truly have a problem. Read on to learn how food allergies and food intolerance differ, and how they relate to IBS.

Food Allergies

Food allergies are diagnosed when a person’s immune system responds after they eat a certain food. The response involves IgE antibodies that stimulate the release of certain chemicals, including histamines, that cause physical symptoms. In addition to the symptoms that are typically associated with an allergic response — such as tongue and throat swelling, difficulty breathing and skin hives — food allergies can also cause gastrointestinal symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. Symptoms usually show up immediately or within the first two hours after eating the problematic food. Although it is estimated that 6 to 8% of children suffer from food allergies, food allergies in adulthood are relatively rare, affecting less than 3% of the population. If you think you have a food allergy, it is recommended that you see an allergist for specialized testing.

Signs and Symptoms of Food Allergies

  • A.D.A.M. Food Allergy
  • IBS

Food Intolerance

A food intolerance differs from an allergy in that there is no immune system response to the offending food. When a food intolerance exists, the problem is at the level of the digestive system – the GI system’s inability to digest the food causes uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms. In contrast to a food allergy, a person with afood intolerance can typically eat small amounts of the identified food without experiencing symptoms.

Lactose Intolerance

  • Fructose Intolerance and IBS
  • IBS and Sugar Intolerance

 

Food Sensitivity

Sometimes a particular food may bother a person without there being any medical reason for this to be the case.

Celiac Disease

Sometimes referred to as a gluten intolerance, celiac disease is an autoimmune response to the consumption of foods containing the protein, gluten. Gluten is most commonly found in products containing wheat, rye or barley. When a person with celiac disease eats a food that contains gluten, the immune system’s response damages the lining of the small intestine, causing a wide variety of potential symptoms. This damage can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb important nutrients. Current medical guidelines recommend that IBS patients be screened for the presence of celiac disease.

If you are concerned that you have a food allergy or intolerance, you should discuss this with your doctor. What you should not do is to begin to arbitrarily restrict your diet, which could lead to nutritional deficits. Food allergies and intolerances are fairly rare and your symptoms could be caused by a number of other factors, e.g. stress, hormonal changes, or a different digestive disease.  Your doctor is in the best position to help you to narrow down the problem.  To do this, your doctor may recommend the use of a food diary and/or an elimination diet.

Sources:

A.D.A.M. Illustrated Health Encyclopedia “Food Allergy or Food Intolerance”.

Lack, G. “Food Allergy” New England Journal of Medicine 2008 359:1252-1260.

Whorwell, P. “ Dietary Aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)” Digestive Health Matters 2007 16:6-7.

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