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Food Allergies.....testing???

Posted by Kimberly on May 08, 2001 at 10:26:22:

I have several food & chemical allergies, so my Naturapath is going to do some testing through Great Smokies Lab, which test would be the best test to start with? I already know what I'm allergic too, so I don't need to have that one done. Also, I have one symptom when I'm exposed to things that bother me (adrenaline). When I eat a piece of toast, I feel more like I drank a pot of coffee instead (I don't even drink coffee). Is this a very common allergic reaction, it seems like a weird one too me? When I think of allergies, I think of asthma, sneezing, headaches, ect.
THANKS!!!



Re: Food Allergies.....testing???

Posted by Tester on May 08, 2001 at 12:23:10:

In Reply to: Food Allergies.....testing??? posted by Kimberly on May 08, 2001 at 10:26:22:

If you had your food allergy test performed at Great Smokies, you may as well get that one done again. The results will likely be less than 50% accurate. IMMUNO LABS consistantly produces a 93% or better result in food allergy testing. When I had my test done at GS, it showed 87 reactive foods. With Immuno labs, it went down to 29. This is because GS doesn't test all the major subclasses like IgA, IgM and Ig1,2,3,4. It may just be one of those. Also, GS does not have split sampling results of 95% as part of their routine. This means, if you send your blood into their lab under two diffeent names. More than 95% of the time the results will be identical. GS comes out at something like 48%. Just thought you would want that information.

If you are not planning on doing the allergy test again, I would get the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis. This gives a lot of info for just one test.

I personally think you are still having those reactions because all of your sensitivites were not uncovered with the GS allergy test.



Re: Food Allergies.....testing???

Posted by Kimberly on May 08, 2001 at 12:32:36:

In Reply to: Re: Food Allergies.....testing??? posted by Tester on May 08, 2001 at 12:23:10:

The only allergy testing that I've had done were in the allergist office, and that didn't show much. I already know what I'm allergic too, because of the strong reaction I have. Does the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis test show LGS? Also, does Immuno Labs have a web site, so that I can find a practitioner in my area, that uses them.
Thanks for the info!
PS: Do you know what this test cost?



Re: Food Allergies.....testing???

Posted by tester on May 08, 2001 at 15:34:03:

In Reply to: Re: Food Allergies.....testing??? posted by Kimberly on May 08, 2001 at 12:32:36:

1) The CDSA CAN show LGS if the dr. can intereperet it correctly
2) GO to www.betterhealthUSA.com for info on Immuno labs
3) The test you had in the allergists office was probably a skin test. Regardless, if he didn't take your blood and tell you he was testing for IgG reactions, he only did IgE reactions which are immeidate and can be life threatening. IgG reactions are often delayed and have been recently been recognized as the most widely undiagnosed complication in chronic unresolved illness. It would be worth getting this test for 115 foods. The test can run between $350-500.

-Tester

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Re: Food Allergies.....testing???

Posted by Vince F on May 08, 2001 at 18:44:42:

In Reply to: Food Allergies.....testing??? posted by Kimberly on May 08, 2001 at 10:26:22:

I don't know or think that toast should cause a normal
reation that is opposite to coffee but we can react just
the opposite of the norm like I used to get sleepy when
drinking coffee and cold meds that normally make you drowsy
were keeping me up and ones that are supposed to raise BP
and heart rate were making me fall asleep. Now I was severly
injured but a supposed helthy friend told me he once took
Sominex to sleep and was wired for 3 days. I have seen
rare side effects listed for drugs that were the opposite
of the normal ones.

VF

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Re: Food Allergies.....testing??? (Archive in allergy.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 10, 2001 at 08:38:41:

In Reply to: Food Allergies.....testing??? posted by Kimberly on May 08, 2001 at 10:26:22:

Hi, Kimberly.

Im MY opinion, the elimination/provocation protocol is STILL the most accurate test for the easiest things to control: foods.

For the rest of the things in the environment, the only thing I can say for sure is that skin tests are nearly worthless. The plethora of tests for "cellular immunity" have far outstripped MY ability to keep up--seeing as I am retired from active practice.

Anything shown up with testing needs to be removed and reintroduced for confirmation just like foods are done, BEFORE I would put a lot of effort into totally avoiding the offending chemicals.

Still the most productive way to deal with hypersensitivities, in the long run, is to practice serious wellness and let your systems heal (6-12 months) before exposing yourself to whatever you had had problems with in the first place.

Hope this helps.

Walt



Re: Food Allergies.....testing??? (Archive in allergy.)

Posted by Tester on May 10, 2001 at 19:49:37:

In Reply to: Re: Food Allergies.....testing??? (Archive in allergy.) posted by Walt Stoll on May 10, 2001 at 08:38:41:

I agree with this whole-heartedly. However, even though elimination/provocation may be the best way, it is still the most difficult and time-consuming way to identify sensitivities. I think that people end up sitting around waiting for a reaction to happen and may, in that way, actually "create" a reaction or mistake a minor symptom for a reaction when indeed none exisits. Automatically, one has to consider the psycological element and placebo effect involved. Human error is something that one has to contend with during the process. Another example is with a food diary. I find that people have many more symptoms when they pay attention than they do when they just live their life and go with it. I would never deter someone from doing this challange. A lot of people find reactions, some do not. I would never choose a test that produced inconsistant results (like most food allergy testin does). Even most conventional ELISA tests have about a 70% accuracy rate but the ELISA testing coming from IMMUNO LABS is in a class of its own. They consistantly produce 94% accuracy or better on their testing. It is the most reliable in the field and if one is not familar with the results from this lab, one would think that there are no other accurate options. This lab is the only lab to offer a 100% 90 day money back guarantee on their food allergy testing. They promise more than a 65% reduction in symptoms by eliminating the foods they found. If not, you get a 100% refund of the test. No other lab makes this claim. This is the only reason I like it better than the food challange. Not to mention, how to you know which foods to eliminate? One can be allergic to any food not just the most common. Just an opionion. Hope it helps.



Re: Food Allergies.....testing??? (Archive in allergy.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 12, 2001 at 10:54:05:

In Reply to: Re: Food Allergies.....testing??? (Archive in allergy.) posted by Tester on May 10, 2001 at 19:49:37:

Thanks, Tester.

I agree that tests are getting better. However, a test can show a problem when actually testing with the body itself shows it not to be affecting the person's symptoms. The best use of the blood tests, in MY opinion, is to give some indication which elimination/provocation tests to run.

Eventually, it would be nice to do it easier but, for now, this is still the most accurate way.

Walt


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