Recent estimates suggest that about 10% of the population exhibit clinical symptoms attributable directly to food hypersensitivity and food intolerance. Many more suffer from other allergies or ill defined medical problems which may be aggravated by their diets.
Food allergies are divided
into two major categories:
Permanent or fixed allergies: Approximately 5% of food allergies are fixed allergies in which a patient already knows the offending foods which disagree with him. In such cases the relationship between food and symptoms is obvious.
Concealed or masked allergies: Approximately 95% of food allergies fall into this category in which a patient is not aware of the foods that disagree with him. These allergies therefore require special diagnostic testing with follow-up counseling and education. Masked allergies are associated with the foods that a susceptible individual eats frequently.
Food Intolerance Test:
In the food intolerance test a food allergen and patient blood, rich in white cells and platelets, are mixed together, incubated and observed under a phase contrast microscope. In the presence of allergenic foods, the red cells, white cells and platelets show toxic effects during which the white cells (neutrophils) become immobile and die and/or the platelets aggregate. In sharp contrast the red cells, white cells and platelets remain healthy with nonallergenic foods.
The food intolerance test diagnoses fixed as well as masked allergies. Reports in the literature indicate a 70% success rate in patients who underwent the food intolerance test and dietary manipulations. The skin test, on the other hand, has been reported, at best, to have a 20% accuracy in diagnosing food allergies1.
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Common Symptoms of a
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Allergy Management: Diagnosis of food allergy is only the first step in allergy management. Using a detailed dietary list and a rotary diversified diet2 may help patients eliminate the causes of current and future symptoms of food reactions.
Appointments: If you are interested in having this test done, please call us at 847-640-1377 to schedule an appointment. Or, contact us with your physician information (name and address) so that we can mail a blood drawing kit to them. In turn you will make an appointment with your doctor to have your blood drawn. Note - a prescription from a licensed physician is required for this test.
1Updegraff, T.R.: Ear, Nose and Throat Journal 56, 48-64, 1977.
2Since many food allergens are only mildly toxic and most food allergens will produce a toxic reaction if consumed in excess, it is desirable to diversify the foods and food groups consumed. A Rotary Diversified Diet provides a varied menu in which foods from the same family are consumed not more frequently than every fourth day.
Biotrition, Inc. is a clinical laboratory with a CLIA license. It offers food intolerance testing only by referral from licensed physicians. It offers dietary counsel based upon the results of the food intolerance testing, but counsel is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment for any person suffering from an ailment, disease or illness.
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