ALCAT - Food Allergy Testing
There are a several chronic diseases, illnesses or poor health conditions for which exact etiology and therefore, treatment, are somewhat obscure. For instance, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often diagnosed only after every other possibility is ruled out. Once diagnosed, the patient is usually advised on the use of laxatives to relieve constipation, medicines for acute diarrhea and also advised to keep a food journal to find out what foods may exacerbate their IBS. The exact cause of IBS is unknown.
There are other examples such as chronic skin irritations like psoriasis and eczema, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other health conditions that do not have an exact cause or pinpointed treatment. Patients often become frustrated with the ups and downs they experience as one medication works and then ceases to help.
Here’s an emerging field of thought when it comes to many of these all too common illnesses. It could be what you are eating that is the root cause. Should you be tested for food allergies?
Yes and no. Traditional allergy testing tests for the Ig-E antibody that is associated with acute allergic reactions to food. This is the most familiar test and involves pricking spots on the back and applying the allergen to the irritated skin. If the skin welts, this is considered an allergic reaction to whatever the substance.
The problem with this type of test when it comes to food allergies and intolerances is that it only detects acute or immediate allergic reactions. If you have this type of food allergy, you would notice symptoms shortly after eating the food. You may have an itchy throat, mouth, tongue or lips. You may have a reaction such as hives. Or, you may have a serious reaction like anaphylactic shock, often associated with shellfish and some peanut allergies.
When you have a chronic illness that may be caused by food allergies or intolerances, the reaction has built up over time as you continued to consume the foods that did not produce an immediate reaction. Rather, the delayed allergic reaction and slow, subtle effects occurring in the body as a result have manifested in what is often a myriad of vague to specific symptoms.
Migraine headaches, sudden bouts of diarrhea, chronic constipation not relieved by adjusting diet (increasing fiber and water), skin irritations, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, weight gain, irritability, difficulty remembering or focusing and insomnia are just some of the symptoms those with chronic illness experience.
The right type of testing for delayed food allergies or food intolerances measures antibodies and other components that can detect foods that your body is not tolerating well. Once you have the testing done, you can eliminate these foods from your diet, give it a little time and you may just find relief and peace for the first time in years!
For more information or to schedule an appointment for evaluation of your chronic illness, please call Ruof Chiropractic today to find out how ALCAT testing may uncover hidden causes of chronic disease.