All of the information below refers to the test formulated by Dr. Donald Dennis with ALCAT Worldwide.
When you have Candida, it quite often causes food sensitivities (as opposed to food allergies) that, if left undetected, can create further problems with gut inflammation. Reactions to these foods can cause damage that gets progressively worse.
While treating patients with fungal-related sinusitis, Dr. Dennis became aware of another common battle for these mold-sensitive individuals: They were also suffering from apparent food sensitivities that had not been clinically identified. These patients needed some sort of specific testing that could provide them with concrete results and a list of safe and unsafe foods. Then and only then could those patients finally get their diets on track to stop and heal the Candida and gut inflammation. Thus, Dr. Dennis contacted ALCAT and together they developed this food sensitivity panel, specifically designed for those who are mold sensitive and are following a Candida/Yeast diet already (or are about to begin one).
ALCAT is generally recognized as the leading source for food sensitivity testing. With this particular test, you are, in effect, getting two ALCAT panel tests for the price of one! By testing for 150 foods ALLOWED by a Candida Diet, you will ascertain if any those supposedly safe foods will cause further issues. This test is not available on the ALCAT website and can only be found in our affiliated store, Micro Balance Health Products.
The test requires that you have blood drawn and sent to ALCAT for testing. Once you go to the MicroBalance website and purchase the test, an ALCAT representative will contact you and assist you in finding a nearby affiliated medical facility to have blood drawn. In turn, you will receive a comprehensive report detailing your reaction to each of the foods on the test. View ALCAT Sample Report.
There is a difference between “Food Allergies” and “Food Sensitivity” Tests.
ALCAT tests measure food sensitivity by measuring white blood cells using the electronic principle of particle counting and sizing (measuring changes in electrical resistance produced by a blood cell suspended in a conductive liquid traversing a small aperture). This method is also referred to as the “Coulter” method, which is used in routine hematological evaluations. Food intolerance is much more common than food allergies and is characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. It has been stated that upwards of 70-80% of the US population have a food intolerance.
In addition, food allergies are detected by an IgE Antibody Test that measures the amount of allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) in the blood, in order to detect an allergy to a particular substance. IgE is a protein associated with allergic reactions; it is normally found in very small amounts in the blood. IgE is an antibody that functions as part of the body’s immune system, part of its defense against “intruders.” When someone with a predisposition to allergies is exposed to a potential allergen, such as food, grass, or animal dander for the first time, they become sensitized. Their body perceives the potential allergen as a foreign substance and produces a specific IgE antibody that binds to specialized mast cells in the skin, respiratory system, and gastrointestinal tract, and to basophils in the blood stream. With the next exposure, these attached IgE antibodies recognize the allergen and cause the mast and basophil cells to release histamine and other chemicals, resulting in an allergic reaction that begins at the exposure site.
It is important to recognize that the ALCAT Test is not intended for Allergic reactions, nor do they claim to be able to detect an IgE allergy to a specific food.
The ALCAT Test results are presented in an easy to understand, color-coded format. They highlight each patient’s incompatible foods and the level of each reaction (severe, moderate or mild). The ALCAT Test results also clearly identify the foods which are non-reactive or “safe” foods by putting them in the green section of the results and organizing them by food groups. VIEW SAMPLE REPORT.
We believe Hippocrates was right over 2,500 years ago when he said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”
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