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Discover which foods are making you sick!

In our clinic we have a saying…”We Don’t Guess…We FOOD TEST!” The Proof is in the Report!

Before we dive too deep, there is an important thing you MUST understand! You must understand the difference between Food Allergy & Food Sensitivity.
Food Allergy:
A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response triggered by eggs, peanuts, milk, or some other specific food.
Food Sensitivity / Intolerance:
Food intolerance or non-allergic food hypersensitivity is a term used widely for varied physiological responses associated with a particular food, or compound found in a range of foods.
It’s important to recognize the difference. We test for the DELAYED sensitivity response…not the immediate response. With the immediate allergic response, these patients generally carry an EpiPen. This is NOT what we’re testing. We’re testing the 10-12 hour…sometimes up to 72 hour immune response that patients cannot figure out on their own!
What Is A Food Sensitivity? 
A food sensitivity or a food intolerance is caused by an inability to digest a food and occurs in the digestive tract and not the bloodstream, like a food allergy. Symptoms are “delayed onset”, where symptoms do not appear for hours or even days. Food sensitivities are not fixed, and can come and go during the course of one’s life.

Strangely, people often crave foods to which they are sensitive to. Some researchers suggest that our bodies can become addicted to the chemical messengers, such as histamine or cortisol, which are secreted by immune cells in response to allergens in the body. The body may experience a soothing response from the presence of the chemical messengers, increasing the desire to eat more of that food.
Note that food sensitivities and allergies can change every year. Just because you’re diagnosed with a food sensitivity or allergy one year does not mean it will hold true for the rest of your life. This is why we encourage our patients to get tested at least once a year.
What are some of the symptoms of a food sensitivity? 
  • Headaches
  •  Migraines
  •  Fatigue
  •  Gas / Bloating
  •  Weight Loss Resistance
  •  Thyroid Dysfunction
  •  Chronic Pain / Inflammation
  •  Stomach ache
  •  Acid Reflux/GERD
  •  Diarrhea
  •  Constipation
  •  Blood in the stool
  •  Chronic pain/Arthritis
  •  Dark circles under the eyes
  •  Anxiety / Depression
  •  ADHD
  •  Nausea/Vomiting
  •  Eczema/Psoriasis/Rashes/Hives
  •  Sinus problems
Too much of one food. You can become sensitive to any food you eat too often. Many people eat a relatively small number of foods several times a day. For example, wheat, a common food sensitivity, is found in breakfast cereals, the bread used to make a sandwich at lunchtime, and the spaghetti eaten at dinnertime.

Leaky gut syndrome. The digestive tract plays a vital role in preventing illness and disease by providing an impenetrable barrier. When the lining of the gut is inflamed from a food sensitivity, small openings develop between the tightly woven cells making up the gut walls. This is called “leaky gut syndrome”. With leaky gut syndrome, partially digested dietary protein can cross the intestinal barrier into the bloodstream. These large protein molecules can cause an allergic response, producing symptoms directly in the intestines or throughout the body. Additionally, hundreds of yeast and bacteria are released from the gut into the bloodstream where they set up infection anywhere, including muscles, joints, bones, teeth roots, coronary arteries, or even the brain. The early introduction of solid foods to infants before six months of age contributes to leaky gut syndrome and subsequent food allergies and sensitivities.

Deficiency of Probiotics. One of the causes of leaky gut is an absence of probiotics or ‘friendly’ bacteria in the intestines. The friendly bacteria help maintain the health of the intestines by producing fuel for intestinal cells and killing bad bacteria. Parasitic infections, treatment with antibiotics and other toxic pharmaceuticals, stress, poor diet (sugar and flour), smoking, alcohol, excessive hygiene, candida overgrowth and bottle-feeding your baby can disrupt the proper balance of friendly bacteria to bad bacteria.

Over-worked immune system. Constant stress, exposure to air and water pollution, and pesticides and chemicals in our food puts a strain on our immune system, making it less able to respond appropriately to the antigens in food.

Genetics. Food allergies and intolerances seem to be hereditary. Research indicates that if both parents have allergies, their children have a sixty-seven percent chance of developing food allergies. When only one parent is allergic, the child has a 33% chance of developing food allergies. Specifically, a person may inherit a deficiency of an enzyme like lactase, the enzyme that digests dairy. With nightshade sensitivities, there are ten genetic variants for susceptibility, not all individuals are affected equally or at all. A similar case can be made for other food sensitivities. Genetic variations predict the severity of your sensitivity.
Here is a  PDF of what you can expect to see when we check for food sensitivities Sample_Intolerance_

Here is a PDF of what you can expect to see when you check for  Nutrient Deficiencies. Sample_Nutrient

Here is a PDF of what you can expect to see when you check for Heavy Metal Toxicity.Sample_Metals