My doctor has said this test has helped a lot of people, so I thought, why not go for it even though I had to pay for it all out of pocket. The test alone cost me $295! Not cool that even my slick PPO insurance doesn't cover it, but I was so intrigued, I had to spring for it.
It shows your reactions to more than a hundred foods and chemicals in green, yellow, or red, depending how your blood reacts to the trigger. Here are some of my results for an example. This is just for fun, because everyone's reactions will be vastly different, so my results will not be anything like yours if you had the test.
|This was the only test out there that shows chemical sensitivities, which I wasn't really worried about, but now I know that I have probably issues with some artificial colors.|
|Although coconut is on there and not considered really reactive as far as these mediators (even though if I eat or touch it I will have a textbook allergic reaction), maybe I should start worrying about sesame!|
|Here the section that shows my nemesis, wheat. The only other things I was in the red zone for were peanut and tapioca. I didn't realize I was having trouble with tapioca, since it's in all my gluten free bread. Darn!|
In any case, this test is mostly marketed to people with IBS or migraines, but it supposedly can help people with autoimmune issues, autism, ADHD, chronic congestion, etc. So, I guess I have a few more foods to watch out for.
The program intends for you to work with a nutritionist to plan your meals and do an elimination/ reintroduction diet. That would cost me an extra $100 and the booklet explains how to do this, so I am going to set out to do it myself. The real benefit to this is that the booklet has already included which foods for me to introduce when, so they already did most of the work.