Food Allergy &
DO YOU SUFFER OR EXPERIENCE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING?
MIGRAINES / HEADACHES
SKIN COMPLAINTS - rashes, eczema, atopic dermatitis
DIGESTIVE COMPLAINTS - Irritable bowel syndrome,
bloating, gastroenteritis, reflux
RESPIRATORY COMPLAINTS - Asthma
HAYFEVER - Seasonal allergies and chronic rhinitis, sneezing,
MUSCLE & JOINT PAIN
If you answered to one or more of the above you may be
experiencing a food hypersensitivity response to a food or food group.
WHAT IS A FOOD ALLERGY
A food allergy is an immune reaction to food proteins where our immune system creates an immunoglobulin (antibodies) in response to a food protein identifying it as an allergen, these antibodies will then mediate an inflammatory process as part of the body’s natural defence mechanisms.
There are several types of food allergies including IgE a Type 1 (immediate), Type IgG III (Delayed response), it is suggested in the literature that between 25-45% will experience the latter - Type III delayed hypersensitivity food response, whereas approximately 2.5% of the population experience severe life-threatening immediate type 1 response.
Many factors can contribute to allergies and sensitivities including an unbalanced diet, stress, genetic predisposition, infections (Such as parasites or food poisoning) and environmental pollutants potentially contribute to the development of allergies and sensitivity.
When IgG antibodies are present they are classed as a delayed food-hypersensitivity and can take several hours or days to occur and in some literature, it is suggested that they are present in 25-45% of the population.
Constant exposure to the allergen can result in a build-up of antibodies resulting in chronic systemic inflammation with systems ranging from skin complaints to obesity.
Naturally for you Health and Wellness have been using ELISA food allergy testing for over 4 years now to help patients identify possible food items that are causing a response resulting in a variety of different ways.
We can offer a variety of testing options including IgG, IgA & IgE, however, in most cases we would be suggesting an IgE and sometimes with the inclusion of an IgA panel. These panels include a variety of 96 foods including Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Legumes and Fish
Testing packages available
Level 1 - Food intolerance package
Includes - IgG panel and 2 x 30-minute consultations with a qualified naturopath
Level 2 - Food intolerance package
Includes - IgG & IgA panel and
2 x 30-minute consultations with a qualified naturopath
To book your testing package CLICK THE BOOK ONLINE BUTTON or contact Lauren Stark
M 0403 772 806
WHY SHOULD I DO A TEST?
Due to the delayed response of this type of reaction which can be anywhere between 3 - 36 hours after food consumption, it makes it very difficult to identify which food is causing the response and can often mistakenly be identified as the last food consumed.
Elimination diets can be both difficult due to strict dietary restrictions, timely as the foods need to be eliminated for 3 weeks or more and then will require a challenge period after.
A simple finger prick blood sample is required and the results are then analysed by an international clinical laboratory using an ELISA method to identify if any of the 96 foods challenged are contributing to your symptoms and only takes a quick blood prick test to conduct.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I RECEIVE MY RESULTS
N4UH+W will review your test results and advise an appropriate treatment and nutrition plan based on these and your presenting conditions.
LIST OF FOODS TESTED ON IgG and IgA panels
DAIRY – Casein, Cheddar cheese, Cottage cheese, Mozzarella cheese, Milk, Goats milk, Whey, Yoghurt
MEAT/POULTRY – Beef, chicken, Egg white – chicken & duck, Egg yolk – chicken, Lamb, Pork & Turkey
FISH/CRUSTACEA/MOLLUSK – Clam, Cod, Crab, Halibut, Lobster, Red snapper, Salmon, Scallop, Shrimp, Sole, Tuna
GRAINS/LEGUMES/NUTS – Almond, amaranth, barley, Beans – Kidney, Lima, Pinto, Soy & String, Buckwheat, coconut, corn, Wheat – Whole, Gluten & Gliadan, Hazelnut, lentil, oat, Green Pea, Peanut, Pecan, Rice, Rye, Sesame Seed, Spelt, Sunflower seed, English walnut
11 year old boy presenting with a constant red rash around mouth, infrequent loose stools and/or constipation. Erratic mood. Elimination diets attempted with excluding gluten, dairy, However, due to compliance issues by child, symptoms would decrease slightly however flare up again with no notable triggers
Following IgG testing - foods identified were dairy, eggs and gluten. A strict restriction diet of these groups for 14 days, after 7 days rash subsided and by day 14 completely gone, some dietary advice and gut repair nutrients were given during this time including a specific strain of probiotics. Eggs and dairy have been intermittently returned to diet with no notable flare up, however, if wheat consumed over consecutive days rash returns and mood becomes erratic, it was important to note that this child had serum celiac testing done that test negative