Allergic reactions to food are divided into two major categories. The first is immediate food reaction. This type of reaction is IgE mediated. The second type and one often overlooked is the delayed food reaction. These can appear up to three days after the food is eaten! Here the individual may feel ill, or have symptoms that they are unable to relate to a food and will suffer unnecessarily. This is an IgG response. (Immunoglobin G) Often IgG testing for allergies and sensitivities are ignored in traditional medical assessment and treatment. Assessing and treating these can be nothing short of miraculous! It is definitely worth taking a look.
The first step in treatment is to identify the substances that are causing your delayed sensitivities to foods. We use ALLETESS laboratory blood tests to determine the exact amount of your allergen-specific IgG antibodies in your blood, which tests delayed reaction to foods thereby making it easier for the patient to actually pinpoint what it is that they are reacting to. Based on the test results, a food sensitivity elimination diet is recommended for the patient with guidance from the practitioners at the NHIC to help you understand and implement your progam.
Also available at our office through ALLETESS laboratory are IgE antibody blood tests (immediate allergy testing) for foods and environmental allergens. In addition, both IgG and IgE tests are available for molds. Based on these tests, sublingual drops can be ordered for the individual to desensitize them to the effects of the foods, molds and environmental items that may be contributing to hives, itching, watery eyes and nose, headaches and foggy thinking. These are similar to the results from weekly allergy shots and are given over a 2-3 year period. Because the mouth does not have the same types of receptors for these allergens, there has never been a report of an anaphylactic reaction from a patient. Nonetheless, we still monitor the patient for 15-30 minutes with their first dose of sublingual drops and prescribe an epi-pen just to be safe. The sublingual drops are a less expensive and safer alternative than desensitization with injections.
At the Natural Health Improvement Center, we have many different programs for allergy sufferers. From food rotation diets, to supplements, to sublingual drops, to the Natural Allergy Elimination Technique*, there are many ways to address your symptoms. Sometimes, our allergy responses are too small to be picked up just in the blood. At our practice we have Dr. Flynn OMD, L.Ac. using Oriental Medicine and natural techniques to more finitely locate and help eradicate your symptoms.
*If you want more information on NAET, please visit http://www.naet.com/Patients/patientshome.aspx