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July’s Featured Lab: ALCAT Testing from Cell Sciences

Thursday Jul 02, 2015 by Essential Health and Wellness in

Today, the term “allergy” describes the overreaction of the body’s immune system to otherwise harmless antigens. Food intolerance, on the other hand, is much more common than food allergies, and 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 does not detect “true” allergy, but rather, intolerance or sensitivity to our natural immune system rather than the specific branch of the immune system. Many people are unaware that they suffer from food intolerance because their symptoms may vary widely and often appear hours, or even days, after the causative agent is consumed. These reactions are more subtle, and symptom onset is delayed and usually more chronic than acute. Despite the frequent use of the word “allergy” to describe a broad range of symptoms, the prevalence of true allergies in the population is relatively small: only about 2.5%. However, intolerances or sensitivities, which are detected by the ALCAT Test, are quite common.

For almost 25 years, The ALCAT Test has provided physicians and their patients with a tool to overcome a wide variety of conditions resulting from food and chemical intolerances successfully. The ALCAT Test accurately measures immune reactions to over 357 foods, additives, and environmental chemicals using just a small quantity of blood. The ALCAT Test does not detect food allergy.

Food sensitivity is not always a straightforward “yes” or “no,” and there can be different degrees of sensitivity. These sensitivities can be altered through change of eating habits, stress levels, medical conditions, nutritional status, hormone levels, medications, change of season, and other factors that affect the body’s immune system. Your test results will list foods in four categories: Red (severe reaction), Orange (moderate reaction), Yellow (mild reaction), and Green (No reaction). This is helpful in the elimination of any foods and ingredients from your diet which the ALCAT Test has identified as causing a sensitivity, which will begin the process of improving your health. The results will come with a four-day food rotation plan and a complimentary nutrition consult from ALCAT.

July’s Featured Lab: ALCAT Testing from Cell Sciences was last modified: July 8th, 2015 by Essential Health and Wellness