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Does Skin Testing for Food Allergies Work?

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For several decades skin testing has been the standard way to test for allergies. The potential allergen is injected under or scratched into the skin, and any resulting inflammation (also known as wheal) is measured. The size of the wheal supposedly determines whether or not an allergy is diagnosed. This technique leaves a lot to […]

Quick Facts About Food Allergy Testing

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The Standard Food Allergy Profile test takes the guesswork out of treating your condition and saves you a great deal of time, effort, and discomfort. If by chance your test happens to be negative, you can quickly move on to other potential causes of your problem without spending valuable time on an unsuccessful elimination diet […]

5 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Detect Your Own Food Allergy

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  REASON #1 One very common obstacle to figuring out which foods are problematic is that even on an elimination diet you may not have truly eliminated all of your allergenic foods. Assumptions are often made about which foods are allergenic and which foods are not. These assumptions are often wrong. Even on an elimination […]

5 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Detect Your Own Food Allergy

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Reason #1 One major obstacle to figuring out which foods are problematic is that, even on an elimination diet, you may not have truly eliminated all of your allergenic foods. Assumptions are often made about which foods are allergenic and which foods are not. These assumptions are often wrong. Even on an elimination diet you […]

The Importance of Food Allergy Testing

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Food allergy testing is a highly specialized procedure performed only by doctors trained in recognizing and treating non-anaphylactic food allergies, and only in laboratories especially equipped to handle the sophisticated testing required. In order to give you an accurate result, this test must be a blood test, and must include both IgE and IgG antibodies. […]

Does Skin Testing for Food Allergies Work?

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For decades, skin testing has been the standard way to test for allergies. The potential allergen is injected under or scratched into the skin, and any resulting inflammation (also known as wheal) is measured. The size of the wheal supposedly determines whether or not an allergy is diagnosed. This technique leaves a lot to be […]

Food Testing: Sample Results

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Food allergy testing is a highly specialized procedure performed only by doctors trained in recognizing and treating non-anaphylactic food allergies, and only in laboratories especially equipped to handle the sophisticated testing required. In order to give you an accurate result, this test must be a blood test, and must include IgE, IgA and IgG antibodies. […]

Food Allergy Testing: Muscle Testing aka Muscle Energy Testing (or Applied Kinesiology)

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Muscle testing is the act of holding a substance (a food) and then having a practitioner pull down on your outstretched arm to determine your ability to resist their pressure. The theory is that your strength will weaken if the substance does not mesh with your energy field. This technique was developed by practitioners who […]

Food Allergy Testing Explained: ELISA Antibody Testing

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Please note: ELISA/ACT testing (previous post), and ELISA testing (described here) are not the same thing. ELISA (enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay) testing is a well-established method for detecting antibodies in your blood. Antibodies are produced by your immune system. ELISA testing is used throughout the medical field in a variety of applications and is highly reproducible […]

Food Allergy Testing: ALCAT and Signet/LEAP/MRT aka LRA or ELISA/ACT

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Food allergies and food allergy testing are some of the most misunderstood issues in medicine. Many people seem to have an opinion about allergies and allergy testing, yet most people don’t understand how different one test is from the next. We have summarized the key strengths and weaknesses of each test so that you can […]

Food Allergy Testing: Skin Testing

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Food allergies and food allergy testing are some of the most misunderstood issues in medicine. Many people seem to have an opinion about allergies and allergy testing, yet most people don’t understand how different one test is from the next. We have summarized the key strengths and weaknesses of each test so that you can […]

Understanding Food Allergies: IgE and IgG

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The immune system functions like a sentinel standing guard against foreign invaders. In the case of an allergy, the invaders are called allergens. The primary weapon that it uses against invaders is the production of antibodies. The antibodies cause reactions that result in the offending allergens being removed from the body. In many people, foods […]

Testing for Food Allergies

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The Standard Food Allergy Profile test takes the guesswork out of treating your condition and saves you a great deal of time, effort, and discomfort. And if by chance your test happens to be negative, you can quickly move on to other potential causes of your problem without spending valuable time on an unsuccessful elimination […]

Get Your Lab Results!

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Have you ever been to the doctor and had blood taken for laboratory tests? Do you always get your lab results? Do you even hear back at all from the doctor? All too often in medicine people have lab tests run and then never learn the outcome of those tests. It’s tempting to assume that […]

What Foods are Included in Proper Allergy Testing?

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Two kinds of tests are recommended for nearly all IBS patients – food allergy testing, which is a blood test; and testing for bacteria, yeast, and parasites, which is done by stool testing. Problems in any of these areas can alone cause IBS, but it is very common to have a combination of both a […]

5 Reasons It’s Hard to Detect Your Own Food Allergies

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Reason #1 One major obstacle to figuring out which foods are problematic is that, even on an elimination diet, you may not have truly eliminated all of your allergenic foods. Assumptions are often made about which foods are allergenic and which foods are not. These assumptions are often wrong. Even on an elimination diet you […]

Study Explores Food Patch Testing for IBS

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Food patch testing for irritable bowel syndrome.Authors: Stierstorfer MB, Sha CT, Sasson M. SourceEast Penn Dermatology PC, North Wales, Pennsylvania; – BACKGROUND:The traditional classification of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a functional disorder has been challenged in recent years by evidence of ongoing low-grade gastrointestinal tract inflammation. Inflammation may alter gastrointestinal motility and thus be […]

Spice Allergies and Food Allergy Testing

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has been conventionally defined not by what it is, but by what it is not. Successfully discovering the cause of IBS has been impossible, because the cause was thought to be unknown. It’s really been nothing more than a guessing game, and you get to be the guinea pig. Fortunately that […]

Testing for Spice Allergies

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This article from HealthDay.com brings attention to spice allergies and their prevalence in foods and consumer products. However it also claims that there aren’t reliable tests for spice allergies and this is false.  There is a test for 48 herbs and spices that measures blood antibodies of types IgE, IgG, and IgA.  We have used […]

Exploring the Connection Between Acne and Food Allergies

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Acne may be one of the most common conditions known to humans. It can be embarrassing, frustrating, and downright unfair. Fortunately, most of the time, it is also avoidable. 

 The Traditional View of Acne and Its Treatment 
 Most people assume that getting acne is a normal part of life. But why do some people get […]

Study: Food Patch Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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This study was done by dermatologists.  Allergy docs still don’t pay attention to symptoms outside their realm.  But this study shows that even patch testing can reveal some of the allergies that can cause IBS symptoms. Study from National Institutes of Health. Food patch testing for irritable bowel syndromeStierstorfer MB, Sha CT, Sasson M. -Abstract- […]

Are Children Misdiagnosed with Blood Testing for Food Allergies?

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A recent news article titled, “When it comes to allergies, newer blood tests show that many children are misdiagnosed” explores the accuracy of allergy testing and especially, desensitization. This is predicated on an understanding of allergies as only those reactions that produce the classic allergy symptoms.  While it is important and valuable to enable those […]

Food Allergy Testing: Standard Food Allergy Profile

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Food allergy testing is a highly specialized procedure performed only by doctors trained in recognizing and treating non-anaphylactic food allergies, and only in laboratories especially equipped to handle the sophisticated testing required. In order to give you an accurate result, this test must be a blood test, and must include both IgE and IgG antibodies. […]

Study Explores Significance of IgG and IgE Food Allergies in Children

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Definitions to understand for this study: Antibody – also known as an immunoglobulin (Ig), is a large Y-shaped protein produced by B-cells that is used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign objects such as bacteria and viruses. Immunoglobulin G (IgG) and Immunoglobulin E (IgE) are both antibody isotypes. ____ The opinion (unsupported by […]

Why Skin Testing For Food Allergies Generally Isn’t Effective

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For several decades skin testing has been the standard way to test for allergies. The potential allergen is injected under or scratched into the skin, and any resulting inflammation (also known as wheal) is measured. The size of the wheal supposedly determines whether or not an allergy is diagnosed. This technique leaves a lot to […]

Food Allergy Testing: Standard Food Allergy Profile

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The Standard Food Allergy Profile test takes the guesswork out of treating your condition and saves you a great deal of time, effort, and discomfort. And if by chance your test happens to be negative, you can quickly move on to other potential causes of your problem without spending valuable time on an unsuccessful elimination […]

Foods Included in the Standard Food Allergy Panel

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The Standard Food Allergy Profile test takes the guesswork out of treating your IBS and saves you a great deal of time, effort, and discomfort. And if by chance your test happens to be negative, you can quickly move on to other potential causes of your problem without spending valuable time on an unsuccessful elimination […]

Reader Question: Medical Procedures That You DO and DO NOT Need

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I received this email recently from a patient, prior to his visit to our clinic. In it, he references an AARP bulletin that warns of “medical procedures that you don’t need”. We always appreciate these emails from patients (and potential patients) and I wanted to share it with our readers. Please feel free to comment! […]

Get Your Lab Results!

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All too often in medicine people have lab tests run and then never learn the outcome of those tests. It’s tempting to assume that no news is good news and therefore everything is normal, but we all know what can happen when you assume things. You may be surprised to learn that it is quite […]

What Foods Are Included in Allergy Testing?

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Foods Included in the Standard Food Allergy Panel – 96 foods Dairy: Cow’s milk, whey, casein, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, goat’s milk. Meat and Poultry: beef, chicken, lamb, pork, chicken, eggs white (chicken), egg yolk (chicken), whole egg (duck), turkey. Grains: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, corn, gliadin (wheat), gluten (wheat), oat, rice (white), […]