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What is the most comprehensive test i can take to determine food sensitivity?

What is the most comprehensive test i can take to determine food sensitivity?

Skin test: The best way to determine if you have an allergy to a food or other substance is by having a skin test through your allergist. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Allergies usually mean there is a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when that food is eaten. Other allergies can be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, eczema, rashes, constipation, etc. Best answer- if concerned about a particular food eliminate it from your diet and see how you respond. You can ...Read more


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Can a food sensitivity cause a change in hormones and mood?

Can a food sensitivity cause a change in hormones and mood?

Food allergy: There are many types of food allergy and if the blood cells in the body are the main source of allergy, such as seen with a type of wheat allergy called celiac or gluten-sensitivity, then the chemical mediators released by blood cells could be responsible for all types of symptoms. ...Read more

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Thoughts on the alcat food sensitivity test? Only if you have experience with it please.

Alcat: Alcat test identifies cellular reactions to over 350 foods, chemicals and herbs. These inflammatory reactions are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes, as well as skin, heart, joint, and digestive disorders. Tha's the claim. The alcat test is not reproducible or reliable in my experience. The immuno labs test is. I hope this helps you. ...Read more

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Can a food sensitivity cause a slight dizziness or "swaying" sensation? If not, what can?

Can a food sensitivity cause a slight dizziness or "swaying" sensation? If not, what can?

not likely: Food allergies are uncommon and cause typical allergic reactions [rash, shortness of breath, hives etc]. Food sensitivities usually cause gastrointestinal disturbances. Dizziness is caused from dehydration, inner ear problems, anxiety just to name a few things. ...Read more

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What is the best food allergy, sensitivity or intolerance test?

What is the best food allergy, sensitivity or intolerance test?

Avoidance &challenge: Every test out there is imperfect. This is because there are many different mechanisms of food sensitivities- some mediated by igg, e, a & m antibodies, some by lymphocytes, some by inability to digest (lactose), some by inability to metabolize (nightshades) and there aren't tests for all of these. Avoiding suspect foods for 5 days to 1 month & challenging to see if you react is still the best test! ...Read more

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Is a food sensitivity test done through blood accurate? (done by a natural md, not covered by insurance)

Is a food sensitivity test done through blood accurate? (done by a natural md, not covered by insurance)

Highly doubtful: First- any test result must be interpreted with the history. No single test can provide a definite diagnosis else you would not need doctors. 2nd-i suspect the tests you had were igg to foods. A positive test only means that you have been exposed to that food, nothing more. 3rd- a challenge test is the best way to assess food allergy. ...Read more

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Can a food sensitivity cause adenoid hypertrophy (in infants)?

Can a food sensitivity cause adenoid hypertrophy (in infants)?

Possibly: Food sensitivity can increase the likelihood of reflux or a reflux-like condition that can irritate the back of the throat and nose (where the adenoids are located). So not directly but indirectly. ...Read more

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Some foods, which i try to avoid, cause *extreme* fatigue, then diarrhea. Is this more than just a food sensitivity i need to worry about?

Some foods, which i try to avoid, cause *extreme* fatigue, then diarrhea. Is this more than just a food sensitivity i need to worry about?

Foods cause fatigue: You may actually have a food allergy which could become dangerous. Good idea to see an allergist about your problem. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more