New Study Points to Blood Testing for Food Intolerance as Important Tool in Obesity Fight

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Report Supports Value of Food Intolerance Testing

Gemoscan Canada Inc. welcomes a new study published in the Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy that points to food sensitivity as a key culprit in obesity. The study, led by John E. Lewis, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director of the Medical Wellness Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and co-authored by Judi M. Woolger, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Janet Konefal, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Dean for Complementary and Integrative Medicine assessed the impact of a food sensitivity test "in combination with a food elimination diet - on weight, body mass index, and quality of life in people who wanted to lose weight and/or were overweight," according to published reports.

Significantly, the study suggests that a person's food intolerances can be identified by a simple blood test.

The HEMOCODE Food Intolerance System, available at Rexall and Pharma Plus stores across Canada, as well as online and via medical professionals, is a comprehensive naturopathic nutrition program to help Canadians identify and manage food sensitivities.

The process begins with a simple non-invasive finger stick test.  Using a drop of blood, the system scans the blood for immuno-based reactions to common foods and additives.

"According to the study from the University of Miami, subjects lost approximately one pound per week after eliminating foods that they reacted to," said Dr. Mubina Jiwa, Assistant Professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. "In my practice, I find that patients with identified food intolerances via a system such as HEMOCODE not only lose weight, but can manage a series of health issues ranging from migraines to digestive discomfort. There is no question that certain foods cause immuno-based responses in a large percentage of the population."

The HEMOCODE Food Intolerance System is more than a test; it delivers a personalized program to insure food sensitivity results are not simply left to the individual for interpretation and implementation. Pharmacists and health care practitioners, under supervision of licensed Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine, will explain and guide each person through the various elements of the HEMOCODE system. Following the laboratory blood evaluation, personalized reports detailing potentially offending foods and suggestions for their elimination and substitution are returned to the pharmacist or practitioner within seven to 10 business days, for review and discussion with each individual. Personalized recipes, as well as specific vitamin and supplement recommendations form part of HEMOCODE's unique, comprehensive and balanced approach to diet and food sensitivity management.

Understanding the cause and effect of food intolerances and making the necessary dietary adjustments, can make it easier to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

The Miller School study tested 115 foods on 120 subjects aged 18 and over.
Study subjects who were administered a blood test to determine potential food intolerances were then asked to eliminate the offending foods from their diets for varying periods of time over the course of three months.

The study found that in addition to "positive changes associated with body composition, participants noted substantial subjective improvements in both physical and mental quality of life."

Dr. Jiwa added, "These findings are consistent with what I've seen in my practice, and thousands of people who use food intolerance analysis as a way to manage overall wellness. Often, people can re-introduce the foods that they are intolerant to after the body has a chance to recover. I'm pleased that there are more studies being done to promote this important wellness tool."

Nearly 30 percent of the population suffers from food intolerances and sensitivities. Dr. Jiwa warns that "self-diagnosis" can often lead to the removal of important nutrients from a diet and suggests seeing your health care practitioner on a regular basis.

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