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Old July 23rd, 2012, 07:56 AM
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Food intolerance test

Has anyone ever done a food intolerance test?

I have found this online but it's soo expensive http://www.imupro.com.au/take-the-te...and-prices-alt

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Old July 23rd, 2012, 11:32 PM
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Has anyone ever done a food intolerance test?

I have found this online but it's soo expensive http://www.imupro.com.au/take-the-te...and-prices-alt

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what are you trying to find out?

doing an elimination diet may work just as well if not better.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:05 AM
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1) if im gluten intolerant. Lots of people are without knowing

2) my gf gets strong abdominal cramps from eating certain seeds (e.g. Flax and buckwheat) but she s totally ok with others ( cashews, almonds, peacans, pistachios)
She wants to understand what specific seeds she has to avoid without having to suffer abdominal cramps to find out and without having to make unnecessary eliminations (e.g. She's scared of trying chia seeds because she fears she could get the cramps which are strong and last a whole day)
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Old July 25th, 2012, 06:17 PM
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Old August 4th, 2012, 01:25 PM
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I am a naturopathic doctor in Canada and I use this testing a lot for very similar issues with my patients. I find it can simplify the food eliminations - sometimes with just an elimination diet you may still be consuming foods that are aggravating your system because they are not the most common irritants.

The lab I use is RMA and they utilize US Biotek. I know it is also offered very Great plains labs and Metametrix. Do you know any naturopathic doctors? Sometimes the lab pricing is less through them (but you have to take into account the visit fees).

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Old August 4th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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I like the MC's elimination diet idea. Most people fail to eliminate strictly enough or for long enough to see improvements. "I went gf (or dairy free, etc.) for two weeks and I didn't notice anything" is frustrating to hear.

Also, many people don't "feel" the negatives of the foods that might be the underlying causes (gluten, for instance) once they reintroduce them, even when they might be at the root of the issue.

I heard this on Chris Kresser's podcast recently.

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As far as food intolerance testing goes, we’ve either talked about it on the show or I’ve written about it or both, but I don’t consider food intolerance testing to be very useful for a couple different reasons. Number one, and I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this on the show, there have been some kind of blinded trials done anecdotally by clinicians, where they’ve drawn their own blood and put it two vials, you know, on the same day, same blood draw, and labeled the two vials with different names and sent them into the same lab and come back with completely different results for the two different vials of blood that came from the same person on the same day. So that’s a little suspect. And then number two, even if the test was completely reliable, the question is still what’s causing those food intolerances? I mean, food intolerance is a symptom; it’s not a disease. There’s an underlying disease or pathology that’s causing those food intolerances, and that would usually be SIBO or intestinal permeability or a parasite or a fungal infection or some other gut problem, maybe a gut-brain axis issue or maybe gluten exposure, undiagnosed gluten intolerance. Those are mechanisms. Those are problems that lead to symptoms. So if you just remove the foods that the food intolerance testing shows that you’re sensitive to, certainly that will help with the symptoms, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but assuming you want to be able to eat some of those foods again, addressing the underlying problem is a much better approach. So I don’t put a lot of stock into food intolerance testing for those reasons.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 05:53 PM
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sorry don't want to sound like like a negative nancy but those IgG tests are next to WORTHLESS. There is NO evidence behind them and you would be better off using an elimination diet. I wish they worked better
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sorry don't want to sound like like a negative nancy but those IgG tests are next to WORTHLESS. There is NO evidence behind them and you would be better off using an elimination diet. I wish they worked better
Thank you

The elimination diet may take a little while to do but it's pretty clear, low financial cost.
As a coach providing support to get onto the diet progressively can be a good win too

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Old August 10th, 2012, 12:27 AM
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Wouldn't testing for specificaly needed enzymes and hormones do the trick? I mean, if you need enzyme X for food 1, but not for food 2, and you don't have enough of that enzyme - food intolerance, right?
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Old August 10th, 2012, 12:32 AM
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Sorry guys, it's getting a bit confusing.

How can my gf understand what specific nuts/seeds she's intolerant to, without having to make unnecessary elimination or getting stomach cramping?

So if the IgG are useless, isn't the gluten intolerance test an IgG test too? I have read JB say that you can be tested for gluten intilerance , was he referring maybe to a different test (not IgG)?
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