Food Allergy and Intolerance Testing

Food Allergy and Intolerance Testing 

 
• GENOTYPING 

There is compelling evidence that genetic factors may play a role in food allergy. A chemical reaction occurs between your blood and the foods you eat. This reaction is part of your genetic inheritance. It is amazing but true that today, in the twenty first century, your immune and digestive systems still maintain favoritism for foods that your blood type ancestors ate.

We know this because of a factor called lectins. Lectins, abundant and diverse proteins found in foods, have agglutinating properties that affect your blood and the lining of your digestive tract. Lectins are a powerful way for organisms in nature to attach themselves to other organisms in nature. Lots of germs, and even our own immune systems, use this super glue to their benefit. For example, cells in our liver’s bile ducts have lectins on their surfaces to help snatch up bacteria and parasites. Bacteria and other microbes have lectins on their surfaces as well, which work rather like suction cups, so that they can attach to the slippery mucosal linings of the body. Often the lectins used by viruses or bacteria can be blood type specific, making them a stickier pest for people of that blood type.

So, too, with the lectins in food. Simply put, when you eat a food containing protein lectins that are incompatible with your blood type antigen, the lectins can target many organs and cause inflammation. This can lead to many symptoms and disease processes. 

• FOOD ALLERGY TESTING- IgG, IgA AND IgE 

Food allergies result from the immune system actually making an antibody against a food protein. This can be either an immediate/anaphylactic response (lgE) or a delayed response (lgG). Usually IgE reactions are obvious. They cause symptoms such as, but not limited to: rashes, hives, lip swelling, throat swelling and anaphylaxsis. The best example of this type of food allergy reaction is a peanut allergy. IgG food allerfy reactions can take up to 4-5 days to manifest. They can cause symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, joint pain, digestive symptoms, acne, eczema; to name just a few.

Of the five major antibodies circulating in the bloodstream, IgA is produced in the greatest quantity in a day.  IgA antibodies are the first line of defense against suspected disease causing agents like viruses and bacteria.  IgA antibodies to specific foods may form when the lining of the intestinal tract, the mucous membrane, becomes inflamed or damaged due to stress, alcohol, medications or other inflammation-causing conditions. Elevated IgA to specific foods is widely believed to be a sign of damage to the mucous membranes in the gut.

• NAET 

NAET (Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique) is an effective treatment to help a person overcome allergies and sensitivities. NAET is a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution for alleviating allergies of all types and intensities. It uses a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine. One allergen is treated at a time but if you are not severely immune deficient, you may only need one treatment. A person with mild to moderate amounts of allergies may take 15-20 treatments to become desensitized to an allergen. Allergies to nutrients, foods, chemicals, environmental allergens, vaccinations, etc. can all be assessed and treated.