Most doctors dismiss food intolerance as a condition not worthy of their time and try to convince their patients that the only way to diagnose it is food trials, eliminations and challenges.
It is true that food intolerance is not a life threatening condition and, unlike some allergies, does not cause anaphylaxis but it does have a great negative impact on the life of the sufferer and in some cases can cause long term illnesses.
Some of the main medical conditions caused by food intolerance are:
Gastro-Intestinal e.g. IBS, Bloating etc
Respiratory e.g. Asthma, Breathing Difficulties, Rhinitis
Neurological e.g. Migraine, Headaches
Dermatological e.g. Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis
Musculo-Skeletal e.g. Arthritis, Rheumatism
Psychological e.g. Depression, ADHD, Panic Attacks
Others e.g. Lethargy, General Feeling of Malaise
If you suffer from one or more of the above symptoms, it is likely that you suffer from Food Intolerance.
A lot of people get confused between Food Allergy and Food Intolerance and some think you can only be tested for an allergy but not for intolerance.
Allergy is the immune system reaction to a substance that is inhaled, touched or eaten. The body’s immune system consists of different immunoglobulins, one of them is called immunoglobulin E (IgE) is referred to as a food allergy. In most cases, food allergies happen almost immediate and reactions can range from mild to life threatening anaphylaxis.
On the other hand, reactions caused by immunoglobulin G (IgG) refers to food intolerance where a reaction in most cases is delayed from few hours to few days thus tracking down the cause become more difficult. Some food intolerance can also be caused by a brain reaction rather than an immune one such as in cases where the trigger causes migraine.
Visiting your doctor for any of the above conditions, is more likely to result in a series of medications that does not help solving the problem but instead masking the symptoms, which in the long run can make matters worse or even create other problems.
Food intolerance is on the increase and many patients do not realise that the true cause of their illness can be tracked down to intolerance. Also, following their doctors’ advice, usually patients go down the unreliable route of eliminating certain products from their diet in their mission to find the cause of their suffering. For many years people thought that you can only be tested for food allergy and there was no point in being tested for intolerance apart from following an elimination diet.
In some cases you can have a proof that a certain food is the cause of your problem and you reach to that proof by removing the suspected food item for a certain period of time. If you notice improvement, then you know the cause and you can re-enforce your suspicion by re-introducing that food again in your diet and see if the symptoms appear again. This method is very long winded, time consuming, not reliable and does not always give you decisive results, especially when there are more than one food items under suspicion. Also elimination diet can put your health at risk of losing essential nutrients and trying to re-introduce the suspected food can be traumatising at times, with symptoms increasing. Why put yourself and your loved ones through the misery and agony of trialling and eliminating when you can have clear results and guidance by just a simple and very reliable test?
Contrary to the common belief, there is a highly accurate and reliable analysis that is based on a variety of tests called Enzyme-Linked Immuno Sorbent Assay (ELISA). This technology based tests gives a clear IgG sensitivity clinical evidence based on research and it is the best test for IBS conditions as well as food intolerances.
York Test Laboratories was set up in 1982 and has designed, developed and manufactured their food - specific IgG enzyme linked immuno Sorbent assay (ELISA) test since 1998. Unlike other test centres who claim they can provide you with results very cheaply, York Test Laboratories results and test methods are overseen by a Medical Director. Your blood sample is tested in a real laboratory by real specialist not just results put in a computer system and a report automatically generated nor it is a DIY home kit that gives a general idea but nothing specific, it is a real test based on a blood sample you provide. The thorough method of testing means you get accurate results and a tailored report just for you.
As a practitioner for York Test Laboratories, market leaders for over 30 years, I can provide you with a very simple test that can confirm your intolerances. Please contact me for further details.
First of all a few drops of blood are taken using a simple finger prick blood collection wick system which is very easy to use, the sample is then sent back to York Test Laboratory where it will be tested and analysed for IgG antibody reactions to a maximum of 150 food and drink ingredients.
Clear colour coded test results and support pack are then prepared to explain your food and drink intolerances with detailed recommended dietary and nutritional changes - a fast track to an elimination diet that optimises health and well-being.
There are four different IgG tests to choose from all at very reasonable prices starting from only £100 testing 50 food items including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, dairy, grains, spices, etc.
The test is a genuine blood test developed and performed by York Test Laboratories.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information and advice.