Cost: $195 Adults
$75 for Children under 10
$150 for follow ups
What are allergies?
The word allergy comes from a Greek word meaning altered energy. When we experience an unusual reaction to substances in our environment such as foods, fabrics, chemicals, metals, medications, plant or animal substances, we call these reactions to allergies or sensitivities. When a reaction is particularly strong, it is recognized as an allergy.
When the body’s immune system overreacts in this way, uncomfortable symptoms can result. Allergies or sensitivities can show up as any of these symptoms:
Food cravings, Eczema, Mood swings, Fatigue, Diarrhea, Gas, Insomnia, Bloating, Ear infections, Itching, Mental confusion, Muscle spasms, Dizziness, Respiratory infections, Obsessive behaviour, Weight gain or loss, Hives, Headaches, Addictions, Cough, Cramps, Fainting spells, Eating disorders, Bed wetting, Irritability, Sore throat, Yeast infections, Unexplained pain, Urinary tract disorders…
As you can see, many common health conditions can merely be symptoms of underlying allergies or sensitivities. Once discovered and treated, many symptoms may disappear.
Food and environmental allergies are known to cause
the following illnesses:
|Autism||Diabetes||Headaches||Irritable Bowel Syndrome|
|Candidiasis||Ear Infections||Hyperactivity||Leaky Gut|
WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN ALLERGIC REACTION?
When a person with a hyper-alert immune system is exposed to an allergen, a series of events takes place:
- The body starts to produce a specific type of antibody, called IgE, to fight the allergen
The antibodies attach to a form of blood cell called a mast cell. Mast cells are plentiful in the airways and in the GI tract where allergens tend to enter the body
The mast cells explode releasing a variety of chemicals including histamine, which causes most of the symptoms of an allergy, including itchiness or a runny nose
- If the allergen is in the air, the allergic reaction will likely occur in the eyes, nose, and lungs. If the allergen is ingested, the allergic reaction often occurs in the mouth, stomach, and intestines. Sometimes enough chemicals are released from the mast cells to cause a reaction throughout the body, such as hives, decreased blood pressure, shock, or loss of consciousness
ALLERGY TESTING – METHODS COMPARISON QXCI – Biofeedback – approximately 60-minute test done through a computer program will instantly give the 10 top allergies like wheat, gluten, pork, milk, corn and dairy. It also tests for 9400 different substances which includes environmental, food and chemical allergens that you might present. This is a very simple test that can even be performed on babies with great success. The QX can also perform desensitizations.
Another Method that we can utilize is the elimination diet and food challenge test can be used to identify food allergies. This elimination diet is much more difficult because patients have a difficult time being compliant.
The elimination diet involves removing specific foods or ingredients from your diet that you and your health care practitioner suspect may be causing your allergy symptoms. (Common allergy-causing foods include milk, eggs, nuts, citrus, wheat, and soy.) Your health care practitioner will supervise this diet over a few weeks.
- You will need to carefully record any symptoms that occur when you eat each of these foods. If your symptoms return after eating the food, the diagnosis can usually be confirmed. You will be asked once again to eliminate the foods that have been identified as causing symptoms to see if the symptoms clear up.
You will also need to keep a food diary to record the foods you are eating.
If you remove a certain food and the symptoms go away while following this diet, your health care practitioner can usually identify that food as the cause of your problems. After following the elimination diet, your health care practitioner will ask you to gradually reintroduce the foods you were avoiding into your diet, one at a time. This process helps link symptoms to specific foods.
- This is not a foolproof method. Psychological and physical factors can affect the diet’s results. For example, if you think you’re sensitive to a food, a response could occur that may not be a true allergic one.
- Before making significant changes in your diet, always seek the advice of your health care practitioner. If you randomly remove foods from your diet, you may not have a balanced diet — and a lack of some nutrients can cause other health problems. You may also become frustrated because it may seem that everything you eat is causing a reaction. If you’ve had a severe (anaphylactic) reaction to certain foods, this method can’t be used.
- Our staff is trained to assist in planning nutritional needs for several different types of dietary needs.