Why Test for Food Sensitivities?
The immune system is your body’s way of letting you know that you may be intolerant or sensitive to certain foods. A reaction to food is an abnormal response in the gastrointestinal tract that can occur for different reasons. Sometimes there may not be enough of a particular enzyme to digest a certain food correctly. Other times, the immune system creates antibodies to proteins in specific foods. When the immune system reacts to a food in this way, it can lead to inflammation and irritation of the intestine when eaten. Food allergies or sensitivity can result in life-threatening reactions or milder symptoms such as diarrhea, gas or bloating.
Allergic reactions are classified into four types. Our food allergy profile detects Type II/III responses, which are associated with a delayed allergic response that is mediated by an IgG response and immune complexes. Within this immune complex, the complement component 3 (C3) is converted into C3d, which is an activator of the complement cascade. Our food allergy test is unique in that the test detects all classes of IgG and IgG-C3d immune complexes for a higher sensitivity.
What Does the Test Tell Me?
Your doctor may use the Food Sensitivities Profile to report on the degree of immune sensitivity severity to each specific food, preservative or additive. Our test has been developed by one of the original immunologists who worked on the polio vaccination. He is an expert in complement, and he noted that complement amplified is even necessary to trigger an allergic reaction, or more specifically a histaminergic reaction.
If you have food sensitivity symptoms such as diarrhea, gas, bloating, fatigue, constipation, or hives, then your doctor is looking to pinpoint which specific foods, preservatives, or additives may be causing them by running the Food Sensitivities Profile. The food, preservatives, or additives measured are: Wheat, Dairy, Soy, Egg, MSG, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Polysorbate 80, Red#2, Red #3, Red #40, Yellow #6, Aspartame, Saccharin.
￼Food, Preservative and Additive Analytes Measured:
• Red#2, #3, #40
• Yellow #6
What Makes this Test Different?
Our profile was recently awarded a patent, and is published in medical literature in a number of trials. These are factors that determine clinical utility, but also medical necessity. Medical necessity is something that is important for insurance reimbursement. Live blood cell analysis, a common food allergy test, was not able to demonstrate medical necessity, which means insurance companies are no longer being reimbursed.
Our test is more sensitive, because it not only measures IgG subtypes (all four) but also C3d, a complement antigen that activates alternative complement cascade which is one more way people can react to foods. This is also billed differently because of the complement anti-gen. It is reimbursed at a much higher rate than a standard IgG.
￼Symptoms associated with food sensitivities:
• Gas or bloating
• Poor absorption of valuable vitamins and minerals
• Gastro esophageal reflux
• Joint pain and inflammation
• Headache or migraine
• Decreased immune function
• Fatigue/Poor sleep
Bottom Line: Find Out Which Foods to Avoid and You Will Feel Better!
With food sensitivity testing from Progressive Medical Centers, we will be able to clearly identify which foods give you trouble, and in turn, restore your quality of life by helping you to avoid these foods.
Give us a call today, or contact us at our location nearest you to schedule your food sensitivity testing appointment!