Most mainstream doctors don’t consider food sensitivities testing as part of their standard practice and are inexperienced in dealing with them. This results in many people suffering with undiagnosed food sensitivities -- sometimes for decades.
And, when doctors do test for food sensitivities, they often use only an IgE (type-1) test. Unfortunately, this test can only determine the most extreme types of food sensitivities -- the kinds that cause an immediate and potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. However, far more people have food sensitivities that cannot be measured via type-1 testing, as their reactions to certain foods are not immediate and acute, but delayed and chronic.
In fact, their symptoms can show up anywhere from 15 minutes to three days after ingesting the food to which they are sensitive. Because of this delayed response, it's often difficult to recognize the connection between food you ate on Monday and the reaction you had on Wednesday. Also, the symptoms you experience may be so nonspecific, or have spread into so many places in your body, that you might not think they are related to food at all.
Dr. Scanlan offers a five-month natural treatment program for people who are suffering with food sensitivities or food allergies, or who suspect they may be sensitive or intolerant to certain foods.
Because most people's food sensitivities and food allergies create delayed reactions, Dr. Scanlan uses an IgG food sensitivities test, which is specially designed to measure delayed food sensitivities.
Also, as a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Scanlan is highly aware of the wide range of symptoms that suggest food sensitivities and allergies.
While clear symptoms of a food intolerance include stomach pain, vomiting, heartburn, and anaphylactic shock, other symptoms may be more subtle. Many symptoms that you might not associate with food are also actually due to an intolerance or allergy. These include:
If you experience these symptoms chronically, and without explanation, it’s worth checking into possible food-related causes.
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