I URGE people to get the ALCAT Test done to determine what specific food intolerances they may have. The impact to one’s health from being exposed to such triggers can be significant! I am not talking about food allergy, which is an IgE immune system response that is rapid (seconds to hours) and is typically characterized by hives, shortness of breath, upset stomach and anaphylaxis in some cases. The most common food allergies are to nuts, shellfish, wheat and dairy. Interestingly enough, only about 4% of the United States population has a food allergy. The ALCAT Test does not detect food allergy, but it tests food INTOLERANCE which is far more widespread and insidious.
Food intolerance is characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. It has been stated that upwards of 70-80% of the US population has food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause. The ALCAT Test is now considered the, “gold standard” laboratory method for identification of non-IgE mediated reactions to foods, chemicals, and other substances.
Some insurance plans will cover part or all of the expense of the testing…We at Urban Med recommend the Comprehensive Wellness Panels 1, 2, and 3, which include testing of 150 to 200 Foods, plus Food Additives/Colorings, Environmental Chemicals and Molds. These panels run from $675 to $850. Here’s the thing: though the testing is pricey, it is very specific. In addition, you get a detailed rotation diet for reintroduction of the foods which you have intolerance to after you have eliminated them for the recommended period (3 months for moderate intolerant foods, 6 months for severe intolerant foods). This information can be invaluable if you are suffering from unexplainable conditions or conditions which are resistant to medications or other interventions.
I finally got mine done in January for the first time despite the fact that I have counseled and tested patients using this technology for over three years. I had suspected that I had some intolerance to certain foods which the ALCAT test confirmed, but I was astonished by some of the other results.
These panels are extensive and specific, and only require a blood draw. You can explore your options for obtaining testing here: https://www.alcat.com/alcattesting.php
The different panels which are offered by ALCAT are listed here: