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What’s the difference between food allergy and sensitivity (intolerance)?

The simple blood test is a highly sensitive, objective test for assessing which foods you may be intolerant or sensitive to. Our bodies react to foods and chemicals in many different ways. One such way is in the form of an immediate allergic reaction. The simple blood test does not specifically test for this type of classic or “true” food allergy. Therefore, if you already know that you have a Type 1 or IgE medicated allergy, then you must continue to avoid those items.

If you are in any doubt, or have any questions regarding IgE/classic food allergies, please consult with your physician who can assist in identifying these types of “true” food allergies. It is rare that foods cause this type of classic allergy, typically less than 5% of the population. The simple blood test identifies food and chemical sensitivities where the symptom onset is longer (several hours to days) and varied (typical in chronic conditions). These types of sensitivities or intolerances affect nearly everyone.

About what percentage of people are affected by food sensitivities or intolerances?

Food sensitivities or intolerances affect over 80% of the population, while less than 5% of us actually have an IgE or “true” food allergy…

What is the “foods to avoid list”?

The simple blood test determines your food sensitivities using a pure extract of each item tested. Most foods, however, are not pure and come in prepared dishes and can be found in foods you wouldn’t expect. It is important to study the ingredients labels carefully as recipes change and foods can be listed under several different names. The “foods to avoid list” can guide you when choosing what foo

What are some possible side effects of the detoxification program?

Each person will react differently to the new eating regime. The main goal for the first eight weeks of the program is to achieve detoxification and healing of the body. It is possible that the first few days you may not feel well. You may feel as though you are going through a withdrawal process. Symptoms may include a dull headache, joint pain, and sinus discomfort or even back pain. Some doctors speculate that this is due to temporary excess of antibodies while antigens are being withdrawn, thus creating something resembling “serum sickness” or the body’s tissues are dumping toxins which temporarily induce lethargy, aches, etc.

These withdrawal symptoms may start as little as 2 hours after stopping the foods (particularly coffee or tea) but will rarely last longer than 4 to 5 days. In extreme cases, they can last up to 7 to 10 days. If any (or all) of these symptoms affects you, we recommend that you increase your fluid intake: in severe cases an anti-inflammatory agent should alleviate those flu-like symptoms.

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