At-Home Allergy Kit Identifies Culprit Foods
Millions of Americans are burdened with illnesses, which for many are caused by food intolerance. In fact, The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, US Department of Health & Human Services has reported that "food intolerances affect nearly everyone at some point.”
Additional research indicates that at least 70 percent of the population suffering from chronic ill-health conditions, who have not responded to conventional therapies, are likely the victims of hidden food allergy.
According to Better Control of Health, "One of the biggest problems with food intolerance is that it can not be easily self-identified. Conventional skin (scratch) tests are only capable of identifying classic (immediate) food allergy, which, and unlike food intolerance, only occurs in a very small percentage of the population. A test specifically designed to detect food intolerance is the only accurate and reliable means to identify the reactive foods behind the chronic ill-health of millions of Americans."
When it comes to allergic reactions to foods, there are two types:
Immediate Food Allergy (Classic, Immediate-Onset, IgE-Mediated): This allergic reaction to foods involves the Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody and also involves MAST cells. It is the most understood, but least occurring immune response to foods. It only occurs in less than two to three percent of adults and less than five percent of children. The reaction time occurs anywhere from seconds to up to 2 hours and typically affects the skin, airways or the digestive system. The most commonly known response is anaphylaxis, which can result in death. This type of food allergy is typically tested in a doctor's office by means of a skin "scratch" test. Additionally, it only takes a single food to cause a reaction and it is typically a food that is rarely eaten.
Hidden Food Allergy (Food Intolerance, Delayed-Onset, IgG-Mediated): This allergic reaction to foods involves the Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody and does not involve MAST cells. It is the lesser understood, but most common immune response to foods. It occurs in anywhere from 45-60 percent of the general population and affects children and adults equally. The reaction time occurs anywhere from a couple of hours up to two or three days after consumption of the food. Any system, tissue and organ in the body can be affected and there are over 118 medical conditions/symptoms that are caused and/or provoked by this type of allergic response to foods including, but not limited to, arthritis, weight gain, fatigue, high blood pressure, Celiac Disease, sinus conditions, asthma and various digestive disorders. Conventional skin "scratch" testing is incapable of detecting this type of food allergy. Even more intriguing is that both a single food and a combination of foods can cause a reaction and it is usually with foods that are regularly eaten.
Better Control of Health is the provider of an at-home "finger-stick" IgG ELISA food intolerance test kit. One study reported that patients who followed the recommendations of an IgG ELISA food intolerance test did significantly better than patients who followed a placebo diet.
Over 118 ill-health conditions have been associated to food intolerance. These include: ADHD, asthma, autism, chronic fatigue, depression, migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), celiac disease, diabetes, sinusitis, middle-ear infection, weight gain and eczema.
For further information about food intolerance and its relationship with chronic ill-health, visit bettercontrolofhealth.com.