There are three types of testing that are involved in uncovering food allergies or sensitivities as a possible cause for underlying disease or dysfunction. Each test involves evaluating the blood for various reactions within the immune system.
Genetic testing can be done to identify the two markers for developing the auto-immune disease known as Celiac Disease, which are HLA-DQ2 and HLA- DQ8. Research tells us that more than 95% of patients with celiac disease have one of these genetic markers.
Another immune response in celiac disease and many other food allergies involves the production of antibodies. IgG or IgA antibodies may cause a delayed immune reaction that can occur anywhere from one to 72 hours after a food is ingested. The symptoms may include digestive upset, migraines, asthma, psoriasis, eczema, anxiety, depression, joint or muscle pain, sinus congestion and many, many other symptoms.
The third type of testing is done exclusively through ALCAT Laboratories. It is a blood test that is used to reveal a cellular immune response to the ingestion of many common foods, as well as medicinal herbs, environmental chemicals, food additives/colorings, molds, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents. We are excited to offer this type of testing at Namaste Health Center because it allows us to recognize offending foods and chemicals that would not be evident on other types of allergy testing. For more information see alcat.com