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Testing for food allergies

I recently did one of the most advanced blood tests that you can get to test for inflammatory responses to food and food chemicals.  The rest is known as the Mediator Release Test which is patented by Oxford Biomedical Technologies.  The white blood cells release cytokines, histamine and the tests that they do measure the changes in circulating white cells and diets based on the results of an MRT test dramatically reduce inflammation and symptoms.

Without going into it in much detail, when we are sensitive to food it causes inflammation within our bodies and Covid-19 has been a very good example of how bad inflammation can be because it is a disease that largely kills by inflammation.  What surprised me were the things that I was most allergic to – if I singled out the worst food that I should avoid at all costs one of them is something I drank my entire life, namely cow’s milk and the other three are spinach, soybean and corn.  So those are four things I am never meant to have at all and luckily I phased milk out of my life over recent years and have been using almond milk, although the test now indicates that I am sensitive to almond milk as well.  The thing I am the most sensitive to is soybean and of course there is milk alternatives made out of soya as well.  I have a mild sensitivity to green peas, eggplant, kale, cashews, oranges, melon and even carrot, but across all the tests the thing I was least sensitive to appears to be crab! 

Black pepper, which I love, also has a very low sensitivity for me, but I am just naming some of those so that you understand how detailed the tests are.  They even test whether you are sensitive to the egg yolk or the egg white and from a South African point of view, whether you are sensitive to tea or rooibos tea.  Neither of them affects me really, but rooibos tea affects me less. They recommend though that you completely avoid any foods that you test reactive to.  None of them are going to kill me, but you don’t need inflammation, excess mucus and gut issues by eating foods that you are not suited to.  They help aggravate things like depression, migraine, asthma, arthritis and even epilepsy.  I guess I will have to pay more attention in future, when shopping, to certainly make sure I don’t get anything that involves soybean or cow’s milk.

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Melandre'  said:
on Friday 19-Jun-20 10:33 AM
I would most definitely want to try this test out! I believe we would live a much healthier life if we knew exactly which foods agree and don't agree with our constitution.

Roxanne  said:
on Thursday 04-Jun-20 03:17 PM
I would love to take that test for me and my family to help us rule out what keeps making us sick.

Cornelie  said:
on Thursday 04-Jun-20 10:33 AM
I would love to go for this test, a person does not actually know what you are allergic to until you show symptoms.

Thabitha  said:
on Tuesday 02-Jun-20 07:24 AM
Amazing test now you know what to eat and it makes your life easier, it is not nice to eat and feel sick after

Victoria  said:
on Monday 01-Jun-20 09:14 AM
This would be very interesting to have this test done, to know what type of foods not to eat to much off.

Helen  said:
on Friday 29-May-20 03:40 PM
I would agree that this is very interesting blog to read and also all the comments to it.
I would like to do this test myself to find out my food enemies, but with all said this test has to be done every few years, we all can over grow the allergy or develop new one. Allergies can develop at any point in a person’s life. One factor that increases our chance is our family history. If one parent is allergic there is a 30-50% chance of their offspring developing allergies. This jumps to 60-80% if both parents are allergic.

Zindy  said:
on Thursday 28-May-20 08:57 AM
This would be a great test to take every few years as things can always change one day you are able to eat something and the next you cant, i have heard it from numerous people.

Kayla  said:
on Thursday 28-May-20 08:36 AM
I only underwent these allergy tests as a little girl with my asthma that they found. At that time i could not have any cows milk, bananas, any preservatives would close my chest up so quickly. The worst killer for me was guavas... Most of these food allergens i have grown out of. But there is some I can still feel that affect my chest quite badly and change of seasons and the cold doesn't really help me either.

fikile  said:
on Wednesday 27-May-20 10:38 AM
It is always important to know the food that is good for you and that is not good for you because then you can be able to buy the products that are good for your immune system so that they can be healthy and well enough to fight any infections.

sandra  said:
on Tuesday 26-May-20 04:37 PM
I would also like to take that test to see which foods work exactly with my body and which dont. Eating wheat products or too much milk gives me a skin rash, so obviously too much of a good thing can be bad

brumilde  said:
on Tuesday 26-May-20 09:32 AM
That sounds very awesome, it wold be great if you have young children to test so that you dont get into a situation where they child ate some peanut butter and you have to rush him/her to the emergency. I am sure more people would like to use this test for allot of other reasons.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Monday 25-May-20 01:07 PM
I underwent these allergy tests myself recently and the results seem to always be a surprise to the person. When you have allergies you get so used to the feelings of shortness of breath, blocked nose, etc. that you don't notice the small changes that occur when you eat or come into contact with something that you are allergic to. Knowing what you are allergic to is always best as it helps you not only to avoid it, but treat it better when it does happen again.

Chante  said:
on Monday 25-May-20 11:54 AM
This is quite interesting and it's fascinating how in detailed those test results are. It would be quite interesting to have these test done and see what the results are. It is always a good thing to know what your body can and cannot handle.

Henrietta  said:
on Monday 25-May-20 09:55 AM
This was quite an interesting read and I would not mind having the test done myself. I sometimes feel that your body has a way of letting you know that you have to stay away from certain foods but I tend to ignore it. for eg any dairy product makes my stomach ache for days and make me feel blotted same as raw onions and lots of garlic. I think I’m lactose intolerant but because I never done test I'm just going on what I think. When my son was born he often woke with purple lines under his eyes, we tough it could be from not sleeping well, we took him to the doctor and she done an allergy test with his blood. it came back that he was allergic to rice. what a weird allergy but you’ll be surprise how many baby product contains rice. He once ate a fish cake from Ocean Basket and unbeknown to us it had rice in, when I saw it I immediately took it away from him and gave him Allergex but surprisingly the next day it look like he had measles, that’s how bad he reacted to 2 bites of fish cake with rice in.

Angelique  said:
on Thursday 21-May-20 08:26 AM
What a fascinating test! So strange that commons foods allergies are cows milk, soybean, fish, egg and peanuts. All of which I really (mostly) enjoy. I am sure testing like that must be quite pricey. I find though that throughout the years you may no longer have an allergy and may pick up a new one so it may be something you have to go for more than once.

Shristi  said:
on Wednesday 20-May-20 05:00 PM
This was definitely an interesting read, wow! Its amazing what technology can do! I would most definitely want to try this test out!

Prishani  said:
on Monday 18-May-20 05:00 PM
How amazing! I would really like to go for a test like this! I will maybe feel less guilty about not eating the things I hate! I wonder how many people are actually disciplined enough to change their diet after getting the results!

Mathilda Du Preez  said:
on Monday 18-May-20 12:55 PM
I will love to go for this test, very interesting.
I went for a few tests a year or so ago because I was suffering from inflammation and to my surprise found out that I can't eat any sort of red meat and can only eat white meat (chicken/Fish) and I'm partially lactose intolerant.
The Human body is so interesting and I think it's very important to know your body so that you can ensure you take good care of it.

Daniella  said:
on Monday 18-May-20 12:54 PM
That is very interesting! I would actually love to get this test done to ensure that I am putting all the right things into my body!

Sinead  said:
on Monday 18-May-20 10:55 AM
This is so interesting! I wonder how accurate it is vs eating for your blood type.
Similar to this test, my boyfriend has this one friend who recently saw a Nutritional Therapist. He was told about his iron and testosterone levels all through his body frequency! He hurt his shoulder earlier in the week and she was able to pick it up without him mentioning it. No blood tests, no needles.
Amazing to see how advanced these tests are getting.

Sujata  said:
on Monday 18-May-20 10:18 AM
It is amazing what technology can do from food allergy to DNA sequencing. Certainly very interesting indeed.

Claudia B  said:
on Monday 18-May-20 08:49 AM
I would definitely like to do the test, I think it would be interesting to know what the results will be like.

Ashleigh  said:
on Monday 18-May-20 08:18 AM
I would like to do the test and I already know I'm meant to be eating gluten free products and avoid diary products but how to do this the inexpensive way is another thing. I think many people also know what their bodies do not agree with but are in a position to choose what they eat. We also know that many foods have changed over the years with additives being added to our foods which could be the very things we are actually allergic to.

Tamaryn  said:
on Sunday 17-May-20 03:41 PM
I find these tests fascinating and embrace science in this regard. I did a similar test a few years ago, although probably not as sensitive a test and it testes strands of your hair and saliva. To my surprise, my two biggest food intolerances are triggered by barley and rye. At some stage some foodie somewhere punted rye bread instead of wheat, not realising that my intolerance to rye is so severe it causes me to faint and seize. The thing is I never liked rye, and I think your body has a way of telling you which foods you should avoid.

Joyce  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 07:47 PM
Mediator Release Test I think it is a great tool with great job to a good health. I would also like to get one so I know and avoid poisonous food.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Friday 15-May-20 05:04 PM
I would love to get one of these tests just to see what the results would be, not that I have ever had a bad reaction to anything that I can think of.

Dasanya  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 04:32 PM
This was a very interesting read. I have heard of such tests and would consider doing one. I haven't experienced any food allergies however it would be interesting to note what sorts of foods I am sensitive to.

Ziyanda  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 03:40 PM
I don't think I have any food allergies since I don't get a bad reaction to anything that I have ever eaten.

Alexis  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 02:44 PM
I read a book recently where a Doctor was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and wha tshe did in order to combat it. It is incurable, but manageable to say the least. Now this book does not only assist with people whom have this disease, but with a lot more issues that people suffer with on a daily basis. It is all about feeding you mitochondria so that your body is able to work at the optimum level. Another thing is that too much of something can lead to an allergic reaction, regardless of how good it is for you and all food sources have their own trace of protection within them, so best to always change it up everyday. Inflammation is not something to take lightly and can cause more damage than you would think to your system.

Melissa  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 02:41 PM
This is very interesting, I would love to see the results of my food allergy test. Technology keeps on improving everyday

Courtney  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 01:18 PM
I would also love to do that, when I eat or drink certain foods and drinks my stomach burns very bad then.
I need one of those testing things.

Nicolene  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 11:37 AM
Wow, this is so interesting and I never knew that these tests are so detailed! I would love to have a test done myself. I see you can buy some food allergy tests online, but a blood test will be more accurate of course.

Danielle  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 11:11 AM
This sounds like something really good to do as I am also suffering of inflammation. It will be very interesting to find out what is the cause.

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Friday 15-May-20 10:09 AM
What an interesting read. I've been so careful with my 8 month old daughter when starting to introduce solid foods. I know one isn't suppose to give children under the age of 1 honey and nuts. I've been a bit weary of giving her anything containing egg as well as one would not know how she would react. I don't want to take chances with anything in these times.

Megan  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 10:03 AM
Wow that is such a great test! I'd love to do that in order to figure out what I need to avoid... I feel as though mine is cow's milks as well (from an early age already) and most acidic foods but it would be great to understand and not assume what my body needs vs what I think it wants!

Bianca Taljaard   said:
on Friday 15-May-20 09:46 AM
This is very interesting, I would do a test like this. I would be interesting to see the results.

Kendall  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 09:27 AM
This is very interesting to note. I was unaware that these tests are so detailed. I wouldn't mind having one of these tests done myself. It is crazy to think that the human body can be so sensitive to foods that we think are natural, healthy and can do no harm, like fruits and vegetables.

Natasha  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 09:20 AM
That is very Interesting,I would love to do a test like that to be able to know what you are allowed to eat and what not. I'm Allergic to AVO i didn't like it when i was younger and when i was in GR 12 I just had a bite of it and i couldn't breath. Haven't eaten it since, but last year I had a sandwich and i didn't know there was Avo in Bianca Niemann Experienced my allergy close up in personal, I always have allergex with me because i'm also allergic to environmental things such as dust ,grass basically everything outside. So thanks to that I was fine when i had my allergic reaction. I would really love to know what else i'm allergic to

patrick  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 09:00 AM
This is quite an interesting system and as I have said in many articles before technology continues to rule the world. Very soon will have a system which tells us when are we likely to die.

Bronwyn  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 08:45 AM
This is really interesting,I will definitely read up on it as I would not mind doing a test similar to this as I also suffer a lot with inflammation.

Nikita  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 08:38 AM
Living with inflammatory issues myself due to such allergies I know all to well the difficulty of walking into a shop and trying to buy things that don't react with you. It is such a tiresome process because you need to read the labels of every product. The worst of them being the spices you use on your food. I must admit though I do have weak moments and I do buy things I shouldn't here and there. I never feel good afterwards though you can immediately feel when you have eaten something that doesn't sit well with you.

Clare  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 08:30 AM
I like milk and i like eggs i don't have any issues with these foods, Only issue i have is with dust and that kills and my nose. But i want to do a gluten free life change so maybe it would do me and my family a big change..

Karien  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 08:29 AM
It is amazing how detailed this test is. I've never heard of it and I will surely read up on it. I think that it is very important to know how ones body reacts to foods. Sometimes, eating healthy is not enough since your body can react negatively to even healthy foods.

Lourien  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 08:26 AM
We all need to know what causes inflammation and what will improve inflammation. I knew a lady that had very bad arthritis especially in her hands and for those that doesn't know its very painful. We started juicing carrots with a little bit of turmeric which she drank about once or twice a week.

I actually cant believe that the swelling which is actually also due to inflammation went down to such an extent that she could use her hands again. She has been on pills for arthritis but it never worked to the same extent as the carrots and turmeric.

david  said:
on Friday 15-May-20 07:17 AM
do you not think maybe that cow's milk is fine, but the chemicals they put into the cows is the real problem?


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