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ALLERGY TESTING

Orthodox medicine uses the skin to reflect the possibility of allergies more so than it does the use of blood tests. These prick or scratch tests seem to be sensitive to allergens found in the air but are generally less sensitive than blood tests for food allergy.

It is important to distinguish between an intolerance and an allergy .

I also recommend that, before food allergy testing is undergone, a physician with knowledge of the leaky gut syndrome is consulted because allergies may alter rapidly due to this condition, making some of these expensive tests irrelevant within a month of eliminating the foods .

Self-testing

Select the five foods you most enjoy, the five foods you most crave, the five foods you eat most and the five foods that you eat through convenience rather than through enjoyment. These foods may overlap and you may have a list of 10 or so that are the most likely to be culprits if you suspect food allergy or have persisting ailments.

I am often confronted with quizzical looks when I bring forward this paradox that the foods you most desire are those that are liable to cause problems. It is important to remember that a body, when it is not well, will encourage reactions because reactions are usually curative. The body, not being a perfect machine, when it realizes it is unwell will ingest foods that create either a bodily reaction or a psychological sense of well-being in order to encourage a reaction or suppress psychological angst. This is why we eat foods that are not good for us and we tend to move towards alcohol and drugs to escape our awareness of illnesses.

Eliminate these foods for one month and note the changes. If improvement is forthcoming then reintroduce each food one at a time over a week and see which foods are more aggressive towards your well-being. Over a period of time you may be able to assess that you can eat certain foods if you take them only on a weekly basis, whereas others will create a reaction immediately and persistently.

Self-testing through exclusion diet regime

There are certain hypoallergenic diets based on foods that are rarely the cause of allergies/intolerances. In my experience of having tested hundreds of individuals, I do not agree with this principle. One popular hypoallergenic diet enforces patients to eat only lamb, rice, watery vegetables, apples, virgin olive oil, goat’s products and honey. I have come across many patients who have had allergies to these foods and, as you can see, the diet is extremely restrictive.

I prefer people to experiment and find regimes such as the Hay diet , stone age diet or any specific diet picked off the shelf. Find one that suits you and makes you feel better, stay on it for 4-6 weeks and then reintroduce suspected culprits one by one each week; the reactions will occur much more quickly and be noticed within a few days.

Food allergy tests

Applied kinesiology or pulse testing

These techniques are reliant upon the sensitivity of a practitioner. In principle, a food compound is placed in the patient’s mouth or on the body and a muscle group such as the shoulder muscles are tested for strength. A food that disagrees with the patient will momentarily create a weakness, which can be assessed by the practitioner. A similar response is noted in the pulse, which will either speed up or slow down in response to the compound.

These tests have been well substantiated in trials but one has to bear in mind the skill and sensitivity of the individual practitioner. At its extreme, practitioners have suggested that if a patient simply reads the name of a compound the muscles or pulse may alter. This has not been proven through any trials that I have come across, but I know practitioners and popular healers who are very successful with these techniques.

Hair analysis

A sample of hair is taken and tested against preprepared antibodies. In principle, the body will eliminate foods that it does not like and the hair has been established as containing unwanted molecules of foods. The antibodies will react with these foods and can be measured.

I am not particularly convinced by the accuracy of this test because certain molecules may not find their way into the hair particles as the skin is only a secondary mechanism for toxin removal and the hair is merely an adjunct to that. Chemicals in shampoos may also alter the structure of the food molecules or even remove them, thereby leading to false results.

Be wary of hair analysis being performed by some energetic or dowsing technique. Whilst the use of energetic measurement and the pendulum is well established, the patient is once again dependent upon the skill of a practitioner and not any scientific reasoning.

Blood analysis

Food allergy cellular test . This is the development of a simple hypothesis. Most tests for food allergy are done on immunoglobulins, specifically IgG4 and IgE. These are made by specific types of white cell and can alter in the bloodstream depending upon the hydration of the person and when they last ate the food. However, the bloodstream carries memory cells, which are white cells specifically geared to remembering past infections. These do not vary to the same degree and may recognize a food allergen years after it has been eaten. Therefore, FACT is more sensitive than other food allergy tests.

Radioallergosorbent test/procedure . This is a specific blood test to check for IgG4 or IgE antibodies in the bloodstream and has been surpassed by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay .

The test for IgG4 or IgE must, in my opinion, be combined: IgE is a fairly short-lived response but IgG4 tends to last in the bloodstream for a few weeks. A small study done by myself compared very accurate IgE testing with IgG4 and the results were quite different. I do not wish to get bogged down in the science but it is important to have both immunoglobulins tested and as these tests are quite expensive do not waste your funds on an assay that only covers one.

There is no doubt that this test will pick up an allergic response in the bloodstream but there is no guarantee that the allergy is relevant to an individual’s illness. Being strongly allergic to eggs may simply make the patient sneeze once a day and may not be the underlying cause of their chronic fatigue syndrome. Conversely, a mild allergic response may be the cause of a cancer. It is important, therefore, to have these tests reviewed by a complementary practitioner who has a strong understanding and overview of the patient’s case.

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay . This is a common enough term in medical circles. It is a method by which blood is mixed with specific chemicals that bind in a particular way with certain blood components, especially immunoglobulins , which can then be detected by a sensitive, computerized machine. The RAST is still available in some laboratories but has been surpassed by the more sensitive ELISA test. This is the best technique for assessing food allergy.

Having selected your choice of food allergy testing, do not hesitate to sit with a complementary practitioner for an overview.

Do not place total emphasis on a food allergy result because a healthy body may well be able to deal with any food allergy given an underlying level of good health.

Electromagnetic testing

The Voll and Vega machines have been surpassed in recent years by American/German computers that pass electromagnetic frequencies through the body, and in many cases through the acupuncture meridians, and measure frequency fluctuations when the body is confronted by food and other compounds. These machines do not test for allergy but are, in my opinion, profoundly efficient in testing for intolerance, which may also cover allergy.

A patient sits with the practitioner who will connect him/her to the computer and a painless electromagnetic impulse is passed through the system. Different compounds are applied to the patient or the computer and the energy flow will diminish or enhance depending on the beneficial or adverse effect of the food. This is a simple and relatively inexpensive technique which I think is highly accurate in the right hands.

Bioresonance

A scientist in the 1930s by the unusual name of Royal Rife created a device that was capable of passing energy waves through a body. He noted that this created changes that were beneficial to health. Over the last six decades scientists and technological research companies with an interest in his original work have developed more and more sophisticated transmitters associated with complex computers. Research and studies have been done into the concept of disease having a particular energy wavelength or resonance, and this fact has been well established for many bacteria, viruses and conditions such as cancer.

It has been shown that passing a wavelength’ that antagonizes or blocks the natural wavelength of a condition can kill the organism or diseased cell. Much of Royal Rife’s work was destroyed by a fearful medical fraternity and since then there have been several stories of practitioners having their records confiscated and doors are closed with regard to the availability of finance for research purposes. Other techniques such as Vega and Voll tests have supported the theory.

Machines, nowadays, are capable of diagnosis by comparing wavelengths picked up from a body being compared to wavelengths stored in the memory of the computer. If an individual resonance matches, say, tuberculosis then a diagnosis of a tubercular-like condition can be made. At this juncture, firm diagnosis is difficult but the process can be used to support an orthodox finding or help to steer a practitioner in the right direction.

The computer has a set treatment programme for particular diseases that have individual resonances and this is correlated with the body’s own natural wavelengths, computed and passed back into the patient.

The two systems that appear most advanced and which work both diagnostically and as a treatment technique are the BiCom and the Quantum CI computers. Their availability is becoming much more widespread and, in the right hands, are of great benefit to diagnoses and healing.

Vega and Voll tests

Two machines named after their inventors, the Vega and Voll, were the basic forerunners to more sophisticated bioresonance computers. The same pririciple is used, whereby a small electric current is passed through a patient and an electricity-sensitive machine. A sensitive gauge measures the flow and different compounds are put into the machine to see if the electricity is hampered or enhanced. Many practitioners still use these machines with great accuracy but the process is much slower than the computers available nowadays.

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