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Where do you go to get food sensitivities tested?

I am sure if this topic has been asked before, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Where does one get tested for food allergies, a regular doctor or a naturopath, and what's generally the price range for those who got tested?

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I am not sure of the price range because mine was covered by my dad's insurance. I went to an allergy doctor, I got the referral from my GP (General Practitioner). I would say go to your regular doctor and ask for a referral.

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I am not sure of the price range because mine was covered by my dad's insurance. I went to an allergy doctor, I got the referral from my GP (General Practitioner). I would say go to your regular doctor and ask for a referral.

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I have been lactose intolerant for a long time, I had milk tested and I was not allergic to it, but that was not real suprising. I tested positive for tons of airborne allergens, too many to post. For food allergies I am allergic to wheat, corn, peanuts, and some tree nuts. This was tested through skin tests and blood tests all from a doctor that specializes in allergies. I am not sure where you live, but if you happen to live in Wisconsin P.M. me and I'll send you his contact info.

I don't know if "sensitivity" necessarily means "allergy". The only place I have heard "sensitivity" used when relating to food is when I went to a quack holistic doctor. I think that they just use that term to mean that it is causing you problems so when a patient sues they don't have to prove anything.

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Here they have a big clinic just for allergies the test I'm taking at the end of the month takes 3 hours, however. You might have one in your city, ask google ;)

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I have been lactose intolerant for a long time, I had milk tested and I was not allergic to it, but that was not real suprising. I tested positive for tons of airborne allergens, too many to post. For food allergies I am allergic to wheat, corn, peanuts, and some tree nuts. This was tested through skin tests and blood tests all from a doctor that specializes in allergies. I am not sure where you live, but if you happen to live in Wisconsin P.M. me and I'll send you his contact info.

I don't know if "sensitivity" necessarily means "allergy". The only place I have heard "sensitivity" used when relating to food is when I went to a quack holistic doctor. I think that they just use that term to mean that it is causing you problems so when a patient sues they don't have to prove anything.

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Right now I am eating the Paleo diet. I am following it pretty much completely. I just found out today that the bacon I had been eating contained raw table sugar...that sucks, I was having bacon almost everyday.

As for carbs I get all of my carbs from fruits and vegetables. Your body actually does not ever really need carbs, it can turn fat into glucose. You should eat some carbs though and less saturated fat. Before I went paleo I ate lots of potatoes and rice for carbs. After eating so much fewer carbs though, I would recommend a paleo-like diet because if you are avoiding this much why not take it one step further and feel way more energized. After I found out what I was allergic to it was not really hard for me to start avoiding them because when I ate a lot of them anyway it made me feel terrible and get terrible stomach pains and nausea and diarrhea. Within a few days of avoiding the foods I was allergic to I could not believe how great I felt compared to before. I went from feeling nauscious after every meal to feeling full so it was a big relief.

For finding out what foods you are allergic to just avoiding foods one by one is going to be very difficult. If you want to go about it without going to a doctor I would recommend an "elimination diet". You only eat very hypoallergenic foods for a few weeks then slowly add one food back at a time to see if it makes a difference. Because if you are just avoiding one food at a time it could be impossible to tell if you are allergic to it or not. The quickest and easiest way to find out is to just go to an allergy doctor if you can.

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I don't know if "sensitivity" necessarily means "allergy". The only place I have heard "sensitivity" used when relating to food is when I went to a quack holistic doctor. I think that they just use that term to mean that it is causing you problems so when a patient sues they don't have to prove anything.

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Right now I am eating the Paleo diet. I am following it pretty much completely. I just found out today that the bacon I had been eating contained raw table sugar...that sucks, I was having bacon almost everyday.

As for carbs I get all of my carbs from fruits and vegetables. Your body actually does not ever really need carbs, it can turn fat into glucose. You should eat some carbs though and less saturated fat. Before I went paleo I ate lots of potatoes and rice for carbs. After eating so much fewer carbs though, I would recommend a paleo-like diet because if you are avoiding this much why not take it one step further and feel way more energized. After I found out what I was allergic to it was not really hard for me to start avoiding them because when I ate a lot of them anyway it made me feel terrible and get terrible stomach pains and nausea and diarrhea. Within a few days of avoiding the foods I was allergic to I could not believe how great I felt compared to before. I went from feeling nauscious after every meal to feeling full so it was a big relief.

For finding out what foods you are allergic to just avoiding foods one by one is going to be very difficult. If you want to go about it without going to a doctor I would recommend an "elimination diet". You only eat very hypoallergenic foods for a few weeks then slowly add one food back at a time to see if it makes a difference. Because if you are just avoiding one food at a time it could be impossible to tell if you are allergic to it or not. The quickest and easiest way to find out is to just go to an allergy doctor if you can.

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How do they test food allergies anyways? Do they prick your skin.. or are there other kinds of tests that are done?

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Well there is the skin prick test that is done on your arm or back, they basically stick you with a pen that has a bit of the allergen on the tip and see if you react to it, if its positive itll turn into a red spot. Its done in a grid shape to see what your allergic to. Food allergies however arent that easily tested using skin prick test so they may have to draw some blood and test for antibodies. Its done using an ELISA test, which is done in a test tube and the more antibodies you have in your blood for a certain food allergen the darker the color will be. The skin prick test is not very sensitive for food allergies but the ELISA test may need to be done several times and can give bad results sometimes

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Yes I have done alot of research into this.

YORKTEST do true Intolerances and hidden allergies that relate to the immune responce such as IgG.

ALCAT Do sensetivities to the lymphocytes or any changes in cell form.

IgE or RAST do true allergies(this test is kinda pointless as they are easy to tell and cause sever allergic responses.

than their is other im not sure how they work such as Vega testing which I had done.

Im sure their is other types such as cytotxic but not sure if they are similar.

Wheat, Dairy(cassein), Gluten, Soy, Eggs, Corn, Sugar are the worst offenders.

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Yes I have done alot of research into this.

YORKTEST do true Intolerances and hidden allergies that relate to the immune responce such as IgG.

ALCAT Do sensetivities to the lymphocytes or any changes in cell form.

IgE or RAST do true allergies(this test is kinda pointless as they are easy to tell and cause sever allergic responses.

than their is other im not sure how they work such as Vega testing which I had done.

Im sure their is other types such as cytotxic but not sure if they are similar.

Wheat, Dairy(cassein), Gluten, Soy, Eggs, Corn, Sugar are the worst offenders.

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i am getting an ELISA test done tomorrow at a speciality clinic. i should get the results about a week afterwards. will post results then!

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i am getting an ELISA test done tomorrow at a speciality clinic. i should get the results about a week afterwards. will post results then!

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You don't have to go to a specialist clinic. You can go to the York Test website and order a kit and, prick your figure, draw a tiny bit of blood and send the kit back. They will then send you the results. The only thing my nutritionist added (who I took the test through) is to suggest other tests I could take as well as how to handle the results. You don't necessarily need to hire a person to do that.

You could try an elimination diet, BUT the problem with food insensitivities is that the reaction is delayed and its hard to spot the adverse consequences. In addition, I tested as sensitive to about 50 different foods. There was NO WAY I could have figured that out on my own (or, if I did, it would probably have taken me about 20 years).

Good luck!

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