Allergy Testing and what you need to know
Are you worried about you or a member of your family being allergic to something?
Are you, your child or another member of your family affected by something, but can’t understand what is causing the discomfort or suffering?
Are you occasionally or forever suffering from recurring symptoms? Perhaps your body’s ability to cope with something that it has recently been exposed to is causing an allergic reaction, or that you don’t feel well after eating something, and recently you have become more concerned as your symptoms have worsened?
Do you worry about eating in restaurants, going to a friend’s house for dinner or taking a vacation? Or do you feel anxious about the health of your child and now go to great lengths to ensure your child avoids certain foods?
True food allergies are estimated to affect less than two percent of adults and four to eight percent of young children and infants.
What this means is that you are probably avoiding some foods that you could safely be eating and that you may well be missing out on vital nutrients. Conversely, symptoms that you think are linked to food may be due to another underlying condition that is going undiagnosed and therefore untreated. So expert diagnosis and advice are essential.
Children are more prone to nutritional problems when foods are excluded from the diet so it’s even more critical that they receive a correct diagnosis.
What is an allergy?
You can become affected by any substance at any time. Contributing causes to the rise of allergic reactions are stress, and over exposure to the many artificial, synthetic or hazardous substances around us today, as well as the increase of electromagnetic radiation.
The term “allergy” as used by Allergy Link is interchangeable with allergy-like reactions, intolerances, sensitivities or energy toxins. It further refers to the generic term used by the general public describing any form of adverse or negative reaction.
Any substance can become an allergen and trigger a reaction. Allergic reactions involve a response by the immune system: immediate responses involve IgE antibodies and occur within minutes of eating or even touching the substance you’re allergic to (the allergen). Allergies can be a minor or the primary contributing factor of ill health.
A delayed response (4-28 hours) is called non-IgE mediated allergy. Allergic symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening anaphylaxis.
The medical classification however requires an IgE-mediated response to be involved in a “true allergy” (IgE being measurable immunoglobulins circulating in the blood). Though the distinction of a ‘true’ allergy in medical terms based on measuring IgE is generally unknown.
Definition of Allergy: ‘An allergy is an adverse physical, physiological, and/or psychological response of an individual towards one or more substances also known as allergens. However, these substances may be harmless, well tolerated or even useful for most people.‘ Dr. Devi Nambudripad
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of allergies vary widely. Common symptoms you might experience or have witnessed in your family could include:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that might manifest itself in feeling bloating, suffering from wind and or diarrhea and constipation. You may feel sick, get stomach pains or even vomit.
- Respiratory issues might include having a runny nose, swollen eyes, hay fever, asthma, catarrh, chest tightness, coughing, and sinusitis, (an inflammation of the sinuses). Common signs and symptoms of sinusitis include thick nasal mucus, a plugged nose, and pain in the face. Other signs and symptoms may include fever, headaches, poor sense of smell, sore throat, and cough, often worse at night.
- Skin issues like itchy skin, swollen lips, tongue and face, eczema, dermatitis, psoriases – a long lasting autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal skin typically red, itchy and scaly which might be small to complete body coverage.
True food allergies are based on exposure to a specific protein component of a food. The immune system incorrectly perceives the protein as a threat and produces antibodies in response. With repeated exposure, cells release histamine and other biochemicals in response to the allergenic food. It is these chemicals that cause the allergy symptoms.
What is anaphylaxis?
Anaphylaxis is an extreme and severe allergic reaction affecting the whole body. It usually starts within minutes of exposure; this can be caused by nuts, peanuts, sesame, eggs and shellfish, while drugs such as penicillin, wasp and bee stings and latex are also dangerous for some people.
What’s the difference between a food allergy and intolerance?
Intolerances are different to food allergies – they are not caused by the immune system and are not life threatening. Intolerances usually affect adults, (rarely infants), who already have an allergy. The most common symptoms are gastrointestinal – bloating, wind or loose stools. Other symptoms may be rashes, joint pains and headaches. Most people are more likely to be affected by intolerances or hyper sensitivities than true allergies. Mike link to intolerance and hyper sensitivities once written
What should you do?
Being concerned about how your body might be affected by something, can place significant constraints on your life. For peace of mind, you should establish which food or substance that is or isn’t affecting you, allowing you to take control of your health and well-being.
When and how do you find out what food or substances you are allergic to, if any?
It is really simple; I offer a non-invasive testing, all done by post that takes no more than 18 days from start to finish and could take as little as 10 days from receipt of your hair sample and completed form.
The allergy tests safely and effectively establish which specific foods, non-foods or substances that may be affecting you, what causes the reaction or puts your body under stress.
How does the allergy test work and what do the results show?
The test works through a biofeedback method called Radiesthesa where your hair-sample, which contains your individual energetic imprint or signature is analysed. From receipt of your form and hair sample, the allergy test results are typically returned within seven to ten working days, but please allow up to 18 days.
Your personalised allergy report shows a colour-coded table indicating the severity of your sensitivity. Along with information about the test, allergens and reactions. In our experience the accuracy of the allergy and intolerance test is as high as 85 to 99.9 percent.
You can opt to receive the report as a printed copy or it can be sent directly to you as an email attachment.
What does the Allergy Tests cover?
Test choices range from 75 items to over 500 and includes:
- Food and food additives
- Yeasts and moulds
- Animal fur, feathers and house dust
- Household substances and chemicals
- Pollen which includes tree pollen and grass pollen
- Vitamin and mineral insufficiencies.
How do you order a test for you or a member of your family?
This is a simple three step process, all from the comfort of your own home:
Getting an allergy test?
It is important to find out what you are allergic to. The test is suitable for adults, children and babies. For your peace of mind, it is important that you choose a test that meets your needs:
- This basic test is designed specifically with children in mind
- This is a standard test, which tests for some 150 items
- If you or a family member are being affected by something, but can’t understand what is causing the discomfort or suffering – food, a pet or a chemical? This is a comprehensive test. It tests for 250 different items ranging from food, to household products, environmental factors, some parasites as well for vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- If your aim is to find out what is causing issues such as constant bloating, wind, acid reflux the Digestive Test is purely food related but also tests for some, but not all of the vitamin and minerals deficiencies
- This is our most advanced and comprehensive allergy test and tests for most food proteins, artificial, synthetic or hazardous substances around us today
- With the basic (B75) and standard (S150) tests why not include a vitamin and mineral deficiency test, this can be particularly important for women?
- A Family test. A really popular test for up to four members of your family, please ask for a personal quote.
How do I find out more about Allergies?
Because yours and your family’s heath really does matter to me, follow me on Facebook where I post advice and tips for coping with allergies and living with the challenge day-to-day. Ring or email to book an appointment to come into The Centre for Wellbeing.
Shaping Wellness and Allergy Links, the test provider, would like to point out that the allergy analysis/ test is intended for information only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice and is not to be used as a diagnosis. For the treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition, AllergyLinks strongly recommend consultation with your medical doctor, a qualified nutritionist* or another health care professional. The allergy or intolerance testing services take no responsibility for any adverse effects or any results that may occur from the usage of the information contained in the allergy test report or advice notes and shall not be held responsible for any claims made about this test by the clinic using the service.
*Please note I am a qualified nutritionist – please see my biography