Food Intolerence & Allergy Testing
Food Intolerance Testing (FIT)
Food Intolerance Testing is an assessment of foods that may impact your health on a regular basis and may or may not be true allergies. Food Intolerances do not affect the allergy immunoglobulin E (IgE) pathway and the symptoms tend to impact your health wherever your genetic weaknesses are, so are more generalized. For example, one person may have a headache while another may have digestive symptoms. The symptoms of intolerances include: bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, headaches, skin symptoms, pain, mood changes, and decreased focus or memory to name a few. Food intolerance testing may be done by blood or using an electrodermal device.
Food Allergy & Intolerance Testing (FAIT)
Food Allergy Testing is an assessment of foods that may impact your health on a regular basis that are allergies. Food Allergies follow the Immunoglobulin E (IgE) (immediate response) or G ( IgG) (delayed response) pathways causing the mast cells in the immune system to release histamine to produce traditional allergy symptoms. The symptoms of allergies include darkness under the eyes, sinus congestion, moodiness, hives, swelling and maybe a medical emergency in anaphylaxis cases. Food allergy testing may be done by traditional scratch testing by an allergist or by blood.
In general, the weaker the digestive system and immune system the more the number of allergies or intolerances that are present. Leaky Bowel Syndrome may be a related underlying factor. If you have many reactions it is important to have a health restoration program which includes adrenal, digestive & immune balancing features designed for you. For a complete review, it is recommended to have a new patient visit with any test methods.
The Following Food Tests Are Available
Food Intolerance Test (FIT)
- Electrodermal (100 items (including food combinations))
- IgG Blood Test (120 items)
- IgG Blood Test (200 items)
Food Allergies & Intolerance Test (FAIT)
- IgG and IgE Blood Test (200 items)
Food Additives & Preservative Intolerance Test (FAPT)
- Electrodermal Food Additive & Preservative Test ( FAPT)
Environmental Intolerance Test (EIT)
- Electrodermal Environmental Test (EIT)
- IgG Blood Test (120 items)
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What is a Food Intolerance Test? And what conditions can it help?
A Food Intolerance Test helps to determine if there are any foods that you are eating that are acting as a stress to the body and thus are not being digested and absorbed and potentially contributing to your health concerns. It is different than a food allergy in that it does not follow the immunoglobulin E pathway as an allergy, yet does impact the body generally in the area of genetic predisposition.
Common Intolerance Symptoms Include:
- Reduced Focus & Concentration
- Colic in Infants
- Digestive Upset
- Behavior Concerns-ADD
- Skin Conditions-Eczema, Rashes, Psoriasis
- Fertility Concerns
- PMS, Menopause
- Darkness Under the Eyes
- And Many More….
- Your foods may be affecting how you feel…. Food and Environmental Testing can make a difference!
Common Changes Include:
- Increased Energy
- Better Sleep
- Improved Digestion
- Optimum Weight
- Reduced Pain
- Better Focus and Concentration
What is used to test food intolerances?
Food intolerances may be evaluated by a blood test or using the Vega test method. The Vega Test is an EAV acupuncture technique testing device. The electroacupuncture diagnostic method utilizes a galvanometer designed to measure the skin’s electrical activity at designated acupuncture points. The patient holds a negative electrode in one and hand and the doctor holds the positive electrode probe to press selected acupuncture points. When a suspected food or environmental is placed on an aluminum tray which is connected into the circuit (or when the Vegamedi, which encases the food or environmental samples, is used), certain galvanometer reading changes, indicating sensitivity. This method is also used for Food Additive Testing, which is most indicated for children with ADD/ADHD, and adults or children with learning disabilities. This takes 10 minutes as well and can be done alone or in combination with food and environmental testing. The procedure is non-invasive, thus it is not painful and is ideal for children.
Revivelife™ Lab uses the Vega Test as a supportive technique (not a diagnostic or treatment device) in conjunction with an individuals history, physical findings and/or laboratory tests. The information gathered is used in conjunction with the traditional elimination challenge technique to determine a persons food intolerances. The Vega Test along with a patients history will facilitate food intolerances assessment which is to be noted as different than food allergy detection. If a person has other allergies it is important for them to overlap these results with any food intolerances that are determined.
Once I am tested for allergies or sensitivities do I just need to avoid these things to feel better?
Working with allergies or intolerances is two-tiered; one detection and two healing. Allergy or sensitivity testing is step one in your path to wellness. Once the food or environmental reactions are determined it is important to have a health plan to understand the source of why these reactions developed and an approach to healing those mechanisms.
When one is under stress either consciously or unconsciously the body reacts by overproducing stress hormones from the sympathetic nervous system, while under-producing digestive enzymes from the parasympathetic nervous system. This leads to irritation at the bowel lining, a reduction of good bacteria and potentially many digestive concerns including leaky bowel syndrome, which amplifies many secondary health concerns including: increasing the total number of items a person is allergic or sensitive to, fibromyalgia, attention deficit, fatigue, headaches, and hormone imbalances leading to increased weight.
Will I always react to these items?
When phase two is introduced as the healing portion of your plan after a new patient visit, many food or environmental reactions are reduced or eliminated.
What is the difference between Allergy IgE and IgG Testing and Food Sensitivities or Intolerances?
Allergies can follow two pathways either an Immunoglobulin E (IgE) response which is an immediate reaction or an Immunoglobulin G (IgG) response which is a delayed response. In an allergic reaction, the mast cells in the immune system then release histamine to produce traditional allergy symptoms. The traditional allergy symptoms include hives, swelling, itchy eyes, runny nose, headaches, sinus symptoms which may be life-threatening. Revivelife™ Allergy Testing is done via blood and tests for both IgE and IgG reactions and is suited for those with allergy type symptoms.
Intolerances do not follow the histamine pathway yet impact the body in a negative way. The symptoms of intolerances may be varied and tend to impact an individual where their genetic weaknesses are. For example, one person sensitive to tomatoes may get a headache while another may have arthritic pain. Intolerance Testing at Revivelife™ is indicated for those with generalized health concerns.
How is the Revivelife™ life allergy testing different than what is done by a traditional allergist MD?
Your Medical Doctor may refer you to an allergist to assess potential allergens. He/she will use one of the skin testing methods to determine allergic responses. The advantages are that you will have information about the most severe allergic reactions. The disadvantages are that the less severe allergic reactions or sensitivities may be missed.
The most comprehensive approach to food & environmental reactions would be to overlap sensitivity results with allergy results.
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- Avoid the use of lotions or creams on the hands or feet the day of the Vega test
- Please remove all jewelry and watches for the test (done at the time of the test)
- Please remove all telephone, pager, and other electronic devices
- Please notify your Naturopath if you have a pacemaker or similar device
- Avoid stimulants with caffeine, i.e., coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate 24 hours before the test
- Take any regular medications that you use on an ongoing basis. Note: high doses of alcohol, amphetamines, sedatives, tranquilizers, corticosteroids, and immune-suppressive medications may make testing more difficult. For best results, if at all possible, avoid them 24 hours before the screening but receive clearance by your prescribing physician.