Is your food making you sick?
Food and chemical sensitivities can result in an immune system reaction causing symptoms of IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, Ulcerative Colitis, GERD, Arthritis, Autism Spectrum Disorders and more.
Individuals with food and chemical sensitivities benefit from avoiding these items that trigger pain, fatigue and inflammation. It is very hard to detect which foods are making you sick from a food diary because the onset of symptoms may occur up to 3 days after eating. Furthermore, because there are so many chemicals used in food production, it is almost impossible to narrow down the culprits from a simple food diary. Therefore, the easiest way to identify foods and chemicals that are making you sick is the Mediator Release Test.
Mediator Release Test
The Mediator Release Test is a blood test that identifies your immune systems response to 150 foods and chemicals. It identifies and measures mediator release that causes pain and inflammation. The results of the blood test are then used to create an individualized healthy eating plan, the LEAP diet, to reduce or eliminate the debilitating symptoms. Click here to view an animation highlighting the MRT test.
LEAP Therapy and MRT Testing Includes:
Initial Consultation and Medical History review
- Free overnight shipping of your blood specimen for testing
- Mediator-Release testing:
- Highest degree of accuracy: 94.5% sensitivity, 97.1% specificity, 90% split-sample reproducibility
- Fast Results to you: 65 page instruction book, laminated wallet card, personalized and easy to understand diet instructions
- Expert Medical Nutrition Therapy: 1 hour initial counseling session, three follow-up counseling sessions to ensure success.
- Recipe Development and Meal Planning based on individual test results.
Contact DK, Alexandra Caspero MA, RD, CLT for more information.
Is Food Making You Sick?
W. Ted Kniker, MD
Past Chairman, Adverse Food Reactions Committee
American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
Adverse reactions to foodstuffs can occur in 20-25% of people, yet many of them are unaware that such is the case. The minority have “allergic” reactions in which
special IgE antibodies react with ingested food antigens causing a reaction within minutes. If one eats fresh fruits, vegetables or nuts, one may get lip/tongue swelling, itchy mouth or even throat breathing obstruction (the oral allergy syndrome). Any foodstuff can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and outside the gut, a generalized reaction such as itchy hives (urticaria). If low blood pressure or breathing obstruction is also present, this “anaphylactic reaction” should lead to an immediate visit to a medical facility for emergency care!
In the majority of cases, your symptoms after eating or drinking foods are delayed at least an hour or longer. This is not “allergy” but a sensitivity or intolerance of the food caused by different mechanisms. Acid reflux from the stomach is associated with heartburn, burping, belching and tasting acid. Belly pain, gas, bloating and constipation suggest irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Severe lower belly pain, diarrhea and bloody stools are associated with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
Foods can cause symptoms in many parts of the body. In the skin, there may be chronic itchy hives (urticaria) or chronic eczema-like rash. In the respiratory system, there may be nasal/sinus symptoms or worsened asthma. In the nervous system, migraine headaches, ADD, ADHA, emotional shifts, tiredness and epileptic seizures may occur. Even joint pains (arthralgia) and worsening of fibromyalgia can occur.
To deal with these problems, it is necessary to know which foodstuffs are causative. The most accurate test is for the affected person to be a “detective” and to recognize that ingesting a particular foodstuff predictably causes certain symptoms. Allergy specialists certainly can help by taking detailed histories and using appropriate laboratory tests. Experienced dieticians can assist with diagnostic food challenges and to help the individual eliminate troublesome foodstuffs so that the affected person may live a life free of food related problems.