Accurately determining food allergies/reactions is not always an easy task and there is no perfect test. However, we offer a number of ways to gather the information needed to make the best nutritional choices.
A food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by your body’s immune system. An allergy can present as a variety of symptoms from mild to severe and with different expressions including, but not limited to:
- digestive symptoms
- chronic ear infections
- joint pain
- concentration and behavioural problems
- skin problems
- anxiety, depression
When considering whether you have a food reaction it is necessary to understand that there are immediate and delayed reactions. If you have been tested by skin prick testing by your doctor you have likely been tested for immediate reactions only. A negative result does not preclude delayed immune reactions or food intolerances. Through our testing and interpretation we take a deeper look.
Reactions to food are not always a result of IgE mediated allergies. These types of reactions, immune mediated or not, are referred to as food sensitivities or food intolerance’s. These reactions can produce symptoms that may mimic those of a food allergy, however are non life threatening.
Types of testing we offer:
Elimination/Challenge Diet: This is considered the gold standard in determining food reactions. It involves following a restricted diet for a minimum of 23 days and then reintroducing foods in a systematic way to determine the offending foods. We often use the results of electrodermal screening test to help guide the initial starting point of the restricted diet.
Electrodermal testing: This is a screening test using the Biomeridian MSAS machine that utilizes the principles of acupuncture and meridian pathways. By measuring the bioelectrical impulse at the site of an acupuncture point on the hand, foods are evaluated to see if the flow of Qi or energy that passes through the meridian is weakened or enhanced. It has proven to be a valuable clinical tool that can identify problem foods. Research, from a Western perspective, has yet to provide a scientific explanation for this tool, however, the BioMeridian device is FDA approved as a galvanic skin response, Class II medical device.
ELISA testing: This method of testing measures antibody-antigen complexes to
individual foods and is offered in a panel of 96 foods to test for both IgE and IgG reactions. IgG reactions are elevated with delayed responses to foods. See RMA labs for further information.