An allergy is an excessive reaction between an antigen(allergen) and an antibody. This may produce an immediate or delayed reaction. Some reaction are immediate and very severe producing a histamine respone in the body. Most reaction are delayed and appear after some time--hours, days, weeks after coming into contact with the food or substance. These delayed reaction are often called a "masked allergy" and associated with long-term problem e.g. skin and sinus problems.
This Analysis provides you with a current picture of specific foods and environment substances that are causing a reaction. The colour coded rating will help you understand how strongly the foods or substances affect you. These effects are different for each person.The results indicate that the food or substance poses some form of stress to body. For some people a low or medium rating may be quite severe.
An allergy can develop at any age and every person experiences different symptoms. Most are delayed and can take days, weeks or even months to show symptoms such as Irritable bowl, Skin problems, Respiratory problems, Arthritis, Tiredness and Lethargy. These reaction may be permanent or temporary depending on the severity of the reaction. In some cases the intolerance or allergy can be corrected if the body is able to heal itself.
Eliminating or avoiding the foods/substances marked is suggested for a period of time. Some sighs of improvement may be noticed after 1-3 months but it may take 1 year or longer. This is very difficult to predict as everyone's reactions different. The best way is to observe any physical and emotional changes you notice when you have avoid the foods/substances.
If you are already avoiding any foods or substances they may not show up in the analysis. Keep avoiding these if you have felt any improvement in your condition. If you do re-introduce them observe any changes that happen.
There are also some foods that do not combine very well. They may be fine eaten on their own but may cause a reaction if eaten together. This may not show up in the testing but you may be aware of them. Bananas and melons are best eaten on their own and not eaten with any other food. Also milk in tea or coffee may not be tolerated very well.
We provide an Allergy Testing service for our patients. All we need is a strand of your hair and we send it off for analysis. This Analysis provides you with a current picture of specific foods and environmental substances that are causing a reaction. A colour coded rating system on the test results sheet will also help you understand how strongly some foods or substances affect you. This Analysis also tells you if you have some mineral /vitamin & water deficiency, and fungal overgrowth in your body and so on.
The most common allergy
This is a sticky protein found in wheat, oats, barley, and rye. It is difficult to digest and it encourages the growth of unfriendly bacteria, which are responsible for producing toxic substances and gas. It can cause problems like sinusitis, glue ear, fatigue, weight loss, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, Crohn's disease and diverticulitis.
Alternatives: gluten free bread and flour mix
Wheat is one of the most common foods that people can become intolerant to. It can cause a wide variety of symptoms from problems, arthritis, migraines & gastro-intestinal problems. Apart from the obvious things like bread, pasta and cake, wheat may also be found in other foods e.g. gravy powder and soy sauce. Spelt is an ancient wheat that some people may be able to tolerate.
Alternatives: Spelt flour, gluten free flour, rice flour, used for bread and baking, rice cakes, corn cakes, cornflakes.
Milk protein, casein&whey
This is usually a reaction to the protein in milk. It can cause eczema, asthma and allergic rhinitis, irritable bowl and headache.
This occurs because the body does not have any or enough of an enzyme called lactase, whick helps to break down lactose. Symptoms can include bloating, stomach pains and diarrhea.
Read food labels carefully as many foods contain milk in many forms-lactose, milk sugar, whey, casein, caseinate,ghee and lactalbumin.
Alternatives: Goats milk may be tolerated instead of cow's milk. Soya and rice products in the form of milk, cream, yoghurt, cheese&ice cream. Safe products are labelled Dairy free or suitable for vegans.
All yeasts belong to the fungi family ranging from mushrooms, bakers yeast to antibiotics. They can also be found in the air, in damp houses and outdoors. They may grow on foods past their sell-by date e.g. bread and vegetables. Other foods have been processed using yeast-fermented foods, beer, red wine, cheese, Quorn soy sauce and stock cubes. Yeast can cause toxic reactions within the body and may affect the persons energy system. Symptoms include lethargy, weight gain, skin problems and M.E. Some vitamins and minerals are made availble through the use of yeast cultures e.g. B vitamins and Selenium. Products labelled Yeast Free are safe. Anything that has been "malted" may also have been processed using yeast.
Alternatives: soda bread, scones, rice and corn crackers.
Other food facts
The most common reactions are to bananas, grapes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit and melon. This may be due to chemicals on the fruit. The fruit may be tolerated if it is cooked.
Common reactions are to green peppers (red&yellow may be tolerated), onions, tomatoes and members of the cabbage family. Onions and tomatoes may be tolerated if cooked.
Shellfish are the main triggers for allergy and intolerance. Eating oily fish e.g. salmon, mackerel and sardines ie beneficial because they contain Essential Fatty Acids(EFA) containing Omega 3.
Best fats to eat more of are polyunsaturated fats rich in Omega 3&6 found in oily fish, linseeds(flax), pumpkin & sunflower seeds. These are Essential Fatty Acids and can have a beneficial effect on many functions of the body.
Too much salt can upset the delicate balance of the body. Try to avoid using it in cooking or adding it on your plate.
Food Additives (E Numbers)
These may be natural or artificial chemicals found in packaged, processes and Take-away foods. These include Anti-caking agents, Antioxidants, Artificial sweeteners, Bleaching agents, Colours, Emulsifiers, Flour treatments, Flavour enhancer, Preservatives, Propellants&Thickeners. These additives can often be another toxic substance the body has to deal with. MSG Monosodium glutamate is a flavour enhancer that can cause a wide variety of symptoms and is often added te ready meals, Artificial colours can cause hyperactivity in children.
The bags may be bleached. Another reason may be that the tea leaves are put in crates that are lined with aluminium. The larger leaves used in loose tea sit in the middle of the crate and the smaller leaves used in tea bags are on the edges and may pick up traces of aluminium which may affect anyone who is sensitive to it. This may be why loose tea is fine but tea bags are not.
Vitamins & minerals
A deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals can cause physical as well as emotional imbalances. Common deficiencies are iron, zinc, B vitamins and Essential Fatty Acids. Yeast free supplements are available for Vitamin B, Selenium and Iron.
Many people suffer from dehydration. This can put our mind and body under stress. Our body consists of over 70% water and it helps to flush out toxins and waste products that are produces naturally. It also helps to cool and lubricate the skin, keep organs running smoothly and prevents constipation. We need a sufficient amount for our body to function properly, This should be about 2 litres daily, sipped slowly, and can include tap, filter and bottled water but not fizzy water. Tea and coffee dehydrate the body so if you are already dehydrated try to cut these down or cut out for a short while to help the body recover. Symtoms of dehydration include thirst, apathy, headaches, dry skin and loss of alertness. Long-term dehydration can aggravate conditions such as asthma, back pain, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Further possible influences
Candida Albicans is a yeast present in our intestines that is normally controlled by the body. If the body is under stress or antibiotics are taken then the natural balance is affected and Candida can get out of control. Antibiotics kill all bacteria good and bad. Symptoms include skin problems, cystitis, thrush, fatigue, PMS, headaches, cravings for sweet foods. It may also cause depression and anxiety. See your doctor at the clinic for treatment if this shows up.
These can cause a variety of problems including bloating, nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue and skin problems. These may cause other problems like allergies and irritable bowel syndrome. If this shows up see your GP or doctor at the clinic for treatment.
This indicates that electrical appliances around you may be causing health problems.Electromagnetic stress lowers our immune system and our ability to fight off bacteria and viruses. Common symptoms include feeling run down and exhausted, depression, allergies, restless sleep and tingling in arm and legs. Try to keep electrical items away from your bed and out of the bedroom if possible.
House dust mite
The house dust mite or their droppings are the main cause of respiratory related allergies. They live on flakes of skin shed by us each day. They thrive in old sofas, armchairs, matresses and carpets. Some people may find a difference by changing bedding regularly, airing the bed, having washable pillows, quilts and cushions and removing carpets.
When damp conditions are present, mould is able to grow on cloth, carpets, wood and food. They reproduce by recleasing spores into the air and thrive in damp, moist or wet surroundings. They produce myco-toxins that can weaken the immune system and cause problems to the respiratory and skin systems. Allergies are the most common reation and can be very mild and temporary to acute chronic illness.
We are exposed to synthetic chemicals through the skin, inhaling through nose and lungs, and ingestion by mouth. Reactions may be to one product or a combination of products. Some people can develop a mutiple chemical sensitivity.Try to avoid products like air fresheners, chemical cleaning products and toiletries and use unperfumed products if this shows up in your results.
When this is out of balance the body can become over acidic. This can cause muscle aches, pains, arthritis conditions, headaches, problems with sleeping, poor mental function, exhaustion and stomach acid. Try to cut down on meat, wheat products and cows milk. Make sure that you are drinking enough water.
Allergy and Inrolerance Analysis