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Food Allergy Testing

One reason for an imbalanced digestive system is eating foods to which you are allergic. An allergy implies that there are antibodies in your system that act against a specific food, causing inflammation and symptoms. A food sensitivity does not necessarily have to have antibodies as the mediator of the reaction to the food. For you and me, the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity is mostly academic. The reactions and symptoms can be indistinguishable, disabling, and systemic.

The treatment for any food allergy/sensitivity is avoidance of the particular food or food additive. There have been various methodologies for testing for reactivity to foods: measuring antibody levels, scratch tests, kinesiology, and elimination diets. The most reliable, yet most difficult, is the food avoidance method. All of the other methods have their pros and cons, and all are designed to give the weary person some idea of what foods to avoid.

We have had great success with a new approach that quantifies the reaction of live WBC’s (white blood cells) to exposure to a purified food extract. When a WBC is exposed to a bacterium, it can immediately sense that this is an undesirable entity. It will then communicate with its fellow WBC’s by excreting molecules that sound an alarm, which calls its fellow WBC’s to the area. This precipitates an inflammatory reaction to kill the invader.

A food is a little different but also similar. The WBC senses whether or not it has a problem with a particular food. The method of recognition is not important for this test, making it more broad in its ability to diagnose accurately. If the WBC does not “like” the food for whatever reason, it will still secrete the modulating molecules and call its brethren to the site to protect the body.

The test involves 150 separate foods, additives, and preservatives. The results are color coded. A book accompanies the results which explains where the offending foods/additives are found. We have found the test to be fabulous for those people with the discipline and desire to change their lives according to reliable data.

Author: Dr. David Luce

W. David Luce, M.D., P.C. is a Board Certified Internist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He is recognized as a innovator and thought leader in the integration of Western medicine with complimentary therapies.

Dr. David Luce | MD

W. David Luce, M.D., P.C. is a Board Certified Internist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. He is recognized as a medical innovator, educator, public health advocate, and a leader in the integration of evidence-based Western medicine with complimentary therapies. Educated at Dartmouth, Harvard and Yale, Dr. Luce has over 20 years experience designing and implementing innovative treatment programs that restore health and wellness to his ...

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