Frequently Asked Questions
- Why are delayed food sensitivities so important?
- What is the difference between immediate food allergies and delayed food sensitivities?
- Why do some people have delayed food sensitivities and other do not?
- Why does my doctor say I do not have food allergies?
- So why are IgE type reactions the only reaction accepted in traditional medicine?
- How does this test differ from RAST test or skin testing?
- I had another lab test for IgG and Ig4, why didn't I get any better?
- Why is the Complement Antigen Test better?
- How exactly does your test work?
- What should I do after I have been tested for delayed food sensitivities?
- How do you I know that I am allergic to foods or have food sensitivities?
- If your test says "I'm sensitive" to certain foods, how do I know what I can eat?
- Where can I get to the Complement Antigen Test?
- How much blood needs to be drawn and where do I get a drawn?
- Do I have to fast or do anything special before I have my blood drawn?
- Do you test the whole blood or serum?
- Do you have a license to do your test? Who inspects your laboratory?
- Is your test covered by insurance?
- What do you test for?
- How long does it take to get my results?
- Will I lose weight when I stop eating foods I am sensitivite too?
Why are delayed food sensitivities so important?
Delayed food sensitivities are now being associated with chronic diseases such as Irritable bowel (IBS), Crohn's, migraines, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The list of associated diseases are growing every day. To view a complete list see our section on related diseases.
What is the difference between immediate food allergies and delayed food sensitivities?
Immediate allergic reactions (IgE) occur within a few moments to up to two hours, so it is easy to identify a correlation. Whereas delayed sensitivities happened from two to 72 hours after eating, sometimes even longer. This is why it is difficult to logically connect the symptoms with food just eaten. The reason for this is protein takes 3 to 4 days to enzymatically digest, so foods you eat today are added to the foods you have eaten over the last three days. There is a very high correlation between delayed food sensitivity and the amount and frequency of the food consumed.
Why do some people have delayed food sensitivities and other do not?
The red cell is the answer. Immune complexes are being formed all the time, but they adhere to red blood cells that are carried to the spleen and liver where they are cleared. Those individuals who have fewer immune complex receptors on the red blood cell are the ones who suffer from chronic food sensitivities.
Why does my doctor say I do not have food allergies?
Allergists and general practitioners are taught that there is no response other than IgE. If tests for IgE are negative you may be told you have a non-allergic, allergic reactions. This is obviously an oxymoron. What the doctor means is you appear to have allergic symptoms, but your skin or RAST tests are negative. Most food reaction do not involve IgE. Therefore, you may still have food allergies. He just may not know how to diagnose them.
So why are IgE type reactions the only reaction accepted in traditional medicine?
Allergists and physicians are only trained in the diagnosis of IgE mediated reactions, measured by skin testing or RAST testing. New research has shown that there are 3 other pathways for immune sensitization. These are the Gell-Coombs pathways. Most delayed food sensitivities involve these other pathways, and not IgE.
How does this test differ from RAST test or skin testing?
The RAST and skin testing methods only measure IgE mediated reactions. Experience has shown that an IgE allergy to food is immediate and obvious. By simply taking a good history these foods can be identified.
I had another lab test for IgG and Ig4, why didn't I get any better?
The reason you are not getting any better is because the food allergy reaction causing your symptom was not just an IgG or Ig4 reaction, but an immune complex reaction. If you had an immune complex reaction, the other test would not have uncovered the food causing your symptom.
Why is the Complement Antigen Test better?
Research has shown that the key to delayed food sensitivity testing is the identification of immune complexes. Extensive research on IgE and IgA in the literature have documented that these immunoglobulins do not fix complement. IgM and IgG fix complement, but the rise and fall of IgM is within 3 to 6 months of initial symptoms, therefore it is very seldom associated with any chronic medical problems. 40 years of experience has shown the key to delayed food sensitivity in chronic medical problems is IgG AND immune complex. Most researchers agree that immune complex is the key to chronic inflammation in diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. I have developed a patented test that identifies which immune complexes are related to your diet.
How exactly does your test work?
My testing methodology uses an ELISA platform. It is run using serum and identifies IgG and immune complex reactions. The test utilizes an indirect method of measuring mediator releases and the effects of other pathogenic mechanisms of allergic and delayed hypersensitivity. This is a unique and patented process.
What should I do after I have been tested for delayed food sensitivities?
Your doctor will instruct you to eliminate all of your reactive foods for a minimum of six weeks. This all will be spelled out with a booklet provided to you with your test results. You can also refer back to this website for some hints on how to do this.
How do you I know that I am allergic to foods or have food sensitivities?
If you have any symptoms or diseases listed in the section on chronic conditions then you probably do. The more symptoms you identify with the stronger the possibility of delayed food sensitivities. My test will be able to specifically identify those foods causing your chronic symptoms. Everybody's chemistry is unique. The same food may cause migraines in one person and IBS in another.
If your test says "I'm sensitive" to certain foods, how do I know what I can eat?
We provide, through your doctor, an elimination rotation diet program that excludes all positive reaction to antigens.
Where can I get the Complement Antigen Test?
Any doctor can order this test, simply call my office at 1-877-491-9511. I will do a short consult with you and send you a kit to have your blood drawn at a local lab.
How much blood needs to be drawn and where do I get a drawn?
We will provide you with a draw specimen kit so that your doctor or laboratory can draw one 10ml (red top) or two 5ml (red tops) tubes of blood.
Do I have to fast or do anything special before I have my blood drawn?
Fasting is not required in order to do our test, but we ask that if you do not fast, then eat light/lowfat meals prior to testing. You cannot take steroids or antihistamines for three days prior to blood draw. If you are taking daily steriods, consult your health care professional before stopping them.
Do you test the whole blood or serum?
We test using serum. Testing serum verses whole blood gives us the advantage maintaining the specimen for a longer period of time, and gives more accurate results.
Do you have a license to do your test? Who inspects your laboratory?
We are licensed by CLIA, the regulatory department of the federal government. The State of Florida also inspects every two years. We always pass with no corrective measures needed.
Is your test covered by insurance?
The test is not covered by insurance. Please contact us to find out pricing and payment options.
What do you test for?
We have 3 different panels of 44 foods, food additives, and dyes. A list of all these items can be found in Test and Program.
How long does it take to get results back?
Typically, results are returned to your doctor's office in 7 to 10 days after your blood was sent to the lab. Please call to schedule an office visit to review your test results.
Will I lose weight when I stop eating foods I am sensitive too?
As an added benefit, when the reative foods are eliminated, many people find they are able to meet their weight goals. This is because your body is now correctly metabolizing a new diet which is exactly suited for your genetic background.