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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 […]

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 […]

Testing for IBS: Measuring Intestinal Bacteria, Yeast (Candida), and Parasites

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If you suffer from IBS and other digestive problems then it is very possible that you have a microbial imbalance in your digestive tract. The IBS Treatment Center is proud to be one of the few clinics in the country where you can now get DNA testing to measure the presence of the bacteria, yeast […]

Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has been conventionally defined not by what it is, but by what it is not, therefore successfully discovering its cause 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 has […]

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 […]

Getting Tested for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Since 2005 the IBS Treatment Center has successfully treated thousands of patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. We understand the discomfort, frustration and embarrassment you have experienced, and we are here to help you. The cause of IBS varies from person to person, which is what makes it so difficult for most doctors […]

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 is an Elimination Diet?

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Ideally, to create an optimal IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) diet, all you’d have to do is avoid a certain food or food group to discover whether it was triggering your IBS. Unfortunately this is usually easier said than done. It takes a great deal of time, persistence, and education to properly construct a diet that […]

Skin Testing for Allergies: Does it 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 […]

Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other digestive problems, then it’s very possible that you have a microbial imbalance in your digestive tract. We (at the IBS Treatment Center) are proud to be one of the few clinics in the country where you can now get DNA testing to measure the presence […]

Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Food Allergies & Bacteria

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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 […]

Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

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Because IBS has been conventionally defined not by what it is, but by what it is not, successfully discovering its cause 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 has now all changed. […]

Is Genetic Testing for Celiac Disease Necessary?

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We recently came across an article titled, “The Celiac Confusion” that seeks to clear up the “confusion about terminologies and medical implications” and we have to take issue with several of the points made. The purpose of doing this is not to tear down the author, but to help you – the patient – be […]

Former “Junk” DNA Now Thought to Have Enormous Implications for Human Health

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Researchers used to think that most of our DNA was not actually doing much. Now they realize that this hugely complex, incredibly vast set of DNA information is actually doing very important work.  If we learn to better understand evolution, we’ll understand that everything means something important. For example, our appendix is an important organ, […]

What is SIBO Testing?

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SIBO stands for “small intestine bacterial overgrowth.” It is currently popular in some parts of the IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) medical community to view SIBO as the primary cause of irritable bowel syndrome, and to use special testing and special antibiotics to treat SIBO. This article will explore the facts and science behind this approach […]

What Exactly is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is a bowel disorder characterized by diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and chronic abdominal pain. It is fairly common and makes up 20-50% of visits to gastroenterologists. Although formal diagnosis depends on a very specific set of symptoms, the range of symptoms that occur in patients diagnosed with IBS […]

Testing for Food Allergies: What’s Included?

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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), […]

Testing for Food Allergies: Standard Food Allergy Profile

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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 […]

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 […]

DNA Microbial Profile: Measuring Intestinal Bacteria, Yeast (Candida), and Parasites

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If you suffer from IBS and other digestive problems then it is very possible that you have a microbial imbalance in your digestive tract. The IBS Treatment Center is proud to be one of the few clinics in the country where you can now get DNA testing to measure the presence of the bacteria, yeast […]

IBS Testing: The Standard Food Allergy Profile

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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 […]