Food allergy & Food Sensitivity testing in Edmonton and area
TruMed Clinic offers Edmonton both Sensitivity & Allergy Testing.
Our naturopath clinic has a special focus in Food Allergy & Sensitivity and we offer comprehensive panels to detect if you’re allergic or sensitive to hundreds of foods.
Testing samples collected at the clinic are sent for analysis with results in just a few weeks.
Curious about food allergy?
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We proudly offer Edmonton comprehensive food allergy testing with full clinical support
We can test for reactivity to 50, 100 or 200 foods
You have the option of booking an entire hour with one of our Naturopaths at TruMed combining Food Allergy or Sensitivity testing with a full 1 hour consultation to address non-allergy related concerns.
This would allow appropriate time for testing other areas such as hormonal and thyroid function, and for naturopathic clinical recommendations for conditions not related to food allergies.
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Food Allergy FAQ
Your Food Allergy or Food sensitivity test includes a brief consultation with one of our Naturopaths before testing and another brief consultation one month later to review test results.
What's the difference between Food Allergy Testing and Food sensitivity testing?
The difference lies in what the test is measuring. For Allergy testing your Naturopath at TruMed will test for a combined IgG4/IgE antibodies or seperate IgG4 & IgE antibody test.
For Food Sensitivity Testing, we tend to do a Total IgG (subsets 1-4) test.
How do I decide whether I need Food Sensitivity Testing or Food Allergy Testing?
Don't sweat it! Your TruMed Naturopath will help you decide on the best test for your particular situation as well as the right amount of foods to test. Our clinic offers Edmonton 3 separate testing methodologies.
Does insurance cover the cost of testing?
That of course depends on your particular insurance benefit plan but we've seen many patients over the years get partial and sometimes full coverage for their allergy & sensitivity tests - typically under "naturopath" or "testing" or both. TruMed Naturopath clinic also offers Edmonton direct billing so many of our patients leave the clinic paying nothing!
What sort of benefits do patients get from testing?
Luckily, our Naturopaths have run thousands of sensitivity and allergy tests in the Edmonton area. We've seen many patients benefit with regards to: digestion (IBS, Gas & Bloating), breathing (Asthma, Sinusitis, Cough), skin issues (rashes, eczema, psoriasis) and often times we've seen energy increase and weight decrease once patients are put on a diet based off their food allergy or sensitivity test results.
How often is food allergy or sensitivity testing done?
For most of our patients our Naturopaths don't recommend re-doing allergy or sensitivity testing more often than every 5 years.
Where is the allergy or sensitivity testing done?
It depends on which test your Naturopath runs. Food Allergy Testing is sent to Washington state or Vancouver for analysis. Whereas most of our Food Sensitivity Testing is sent to Calgary for analysis
How long does it take to get the test results?
It depends on which test is run. On average we have to wait 2-4 weeks for final test results
Traditionally, "hidden" food allergies can usually be unmasked by means of an elimination diet, followed by individual food challenges: for many years this was considered the "Naturopathic gold standard."
After a patient has been on a Naturopath prescribed allergen elimination diet for usually 4 weeks, chronic symptoms often disappear as the quantity of antibodies in the blood reduces over time (the half life of IgG antibodies is 3 weeks so sometimes it takes up to 3 weeks to see substantial change for this reason).
The diet is usually structured by avoiding the top allergens: dairy, egg, gluten, corn, caffiene, red meat, soy, night shades, peanut, banana, strawberries, citrus fruit and often times, any food that a patient consumes more than three times weekly. Your Naturopath will assess your diet diary and make recommendations on what is a likely contributor. The most extreme hypoallergenic diet our Naturopaths work with is the Carnivore diet.
After 4 weeks, assuming the patient is feeling substantially better, foods are re-introduced every 3-4 days in a systematic fashion to figure out which of the removed foods were the offenders.
This method is cost effective (no test costs involved) and can be executed quickly but patient compliance is low. Our Naturopaths tend to recommend running comprehensive testing and simultaneously removing the top 3 suspected allergens while we await test results.
One factor that we see come up frequently is individual reactivity to non traditional allergens. Rice is a good example that comes up frequently on sensitivity testing but is not considered a common allergen and would be missed on a typical hypoallergenic diet. Detection of idiosyncratic reactions through testing is one reason our Naturopaths tend to run allergy & sensitivity testing frequently.
Our Naturopathic doctors find that the follow through on removals is dramatically better once patients have their test results in hand. Seeing the "hard copy" results seems to be a strong motivating factor for a lot of patients to take the foods out and keep them out for long periods of time.
Our most popular reasons for testing:
Dr. Muradov has a special interest in food sensitivity.
Our Clinic is a general naturopathic medical practice, however, we often see issues related to the consumption of foods that can cause a wide range of symptoms around the body.
Our clinic focuses heavily on advanced testing including: hormone and thyroid testing, nutritional and digestive testing as well as Food sensitivity testing.
Food sensitivity FAQ
Food Sensitivity Background
Food allergy is well recognized in standard allopathic medicine as a cause of acute attacks of asthma, hives, anaphylaxis and angioedema. These types of rapid sometimes life threatening allergic reactions are called immediate or type 1 hypersensitivity reactions.
Another type of food reaction, often referred to as delayed food allergy or food sensitivity. Many alternative practitioners, including naturopaths, have observed that food sensitivities are a common cause of a wide range of physical and mental disorders. According to one estimate, as much as 60% of the population suffers from undetected food allergies.
What health issues are related to food sensitivity?
Cardiovascular: Angina, Arrhythmias, & Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Pulmonary: Asthma, COPD, Cough, Phlegm.
What do you test for to detect food sensitivity?
Our clinic focuses on three methods to determine food sensitivity and allergy.
With regards to blood food sensitivity testing we may use one of two methods: combined IgG4/IgE method or total IgG. These refer to the antibodies measured in the blood in response to the foods you are eating.
How do IgG antibodies cause health issues?
The antibodies attach themselves to the food antigen that's inappropriately entered the blood to create a complex. These complexes are normally removed by other parts of the immune system. However, if they are present in large numbers , the food antigen-antibody complexes accumulate, travel through the blood and are deposited in body tissues. Once in tissue, they may play a role in numerous diseases and conditions.
What does a food sensitivity test involve?
We send the blood away and get results in 2-4 weeks.
How much does a food sensitivity test cost?
Prices differ depending on the quantity of foods tested.
100 food testing $465
200 food testing $665
How accurate are the allergy and sensitivity tests?
At TruMed Clinic our Allergy testing is run through three different accredited laboratories. Our clinical experience with these tests suggests a high level of accuracy especially in regards to digestive concerns in particular. We've run thousands of these tests.
What are the top reactive foods?
According to Dixon (2000) top reactive foods were: milk, garlic, mustard, egg yolk, tea, chocolate, banana, black pepper, wheat, orange, turkey, oat, white potato, carrot, green bean, cabbage, baker's yeast, cane sugar, peanut, onion, apple, pork, rice, corn, chicken, coffee and beef.
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