Food Intolerance Testing in Ottawa
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. The symptoms of a food intolerance may impact many areas of your health and will affect you wherever your genetic weaknesses are. For example one person may have a headache while another may have digestive symptoms.
Highlight: Food Intolerances
Functional Screen of: Food reactions that are not allergies
Indicated for: Children from birth on an annual basis and adults bi annually
- Food Intolerance Testing (FIT)
- What is the difference between allergies & sensitivities?
- The method of Intolerance Testing:
- Once I am tested for allergies or intolerances do I just need to avoid these things to feel better?
- Will I always react to these items?
- What is the difference between Allergy IgE and IgG Testing and Food Intolerances?
- How is the Revivelife life allergy testing different than what is done by a traditional allergist MD?
What is the difference between allergies & sensitivities?
Allergies follow the Immunoglobulin E (IgE) or G ( IgG) 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 may be a medical emergency in anaphylaxis cases.
This is in comparison to intolerance symptoms which tend to impact your health wherever your genetic weaknesses are so are more generalized .
Intolerance symptoms as above may include: bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation, headaches, skin symptoms, pain, mood changes and decreased focus or memory to name a few.
In general the weaker the digestive system and immune system the more the number of allergies or intolerances that are present. Leaky Gut 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 method of Intolerance Testing:
The Vega Test is an EAV acupuncture technique testing device. The electroacupunture 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 practitioner 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 intolerance. 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 the food and environmental testing. The procedure is non invasive , thus it is not painful and is ideal for children.
At Revivelife Clinic we uses the Vega Test as a supportive technique (not a diagnostic or treatment device) in conjunction with an individual’s history, physical findings and/or laboratory tests. The information gathered is used in conjunction with the traditional elimination challenge technique to determine a person’s food intolerances. The Vega Test along with a patient’s history will facilitate food intolerance 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 sensitivities that are determined.
Once I am tested for allergies or intolerances 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 intolerance 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 intolerance 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 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. At Revivelife Clinic 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 sensitivities maybe varied and tend to impact an individual where their genetic weaknesses are. For example one person intolerant to tomatoes may get a headache while another may have arthritic pain. Intolerance Testing at Revivelife Clinic 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 is that you will have information about the most severe allergic reactions. The disadvantages is that the less severe allergic reactions or intolerances may be missed.
The most comprehensive approach to food & environmental reactions would be to overlap intolerance results with allergy results.
We recommend a New Patient Visit for the most comprehensive approach to your health or a Pre-Lab Visit for a quick snapshot prior to lab testing and a Post-Lab consult to review your results.
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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 like 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 Intolerant 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 maybe 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
1. Avoid the use of lotions or creams on the hands or feet the day of the Vega test
2. Please remove all jewelry and watches for the test (done at the time of the test)
3. Please remove all telephone, pager, and other electronic devices
4. Please notify your Naturopath if you have a pacemaker or similar device
5. Avoid stimulants with caffeine, i.e. coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate 24 hours before the test
6. Take any normal medications that you use on an ongoing basis. Note that high doses of alcohol, amphetamines, sedatives, tranquilizers, corticosteroids, and immune suppressives may make testing more difficult; thus if not a part of your normal medical plan of management, avoid 24 hours before the test.
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