I want a food allergy test. What do I ask for at the Dr's Office? - Mothering Forums

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I have Celiac, been GF for 3-4 years and I felt lots better going gluten free, as well as lactose/dairy free, but it has since plateaued and I'm not happy about it.

I'm tired and cranky so much and my bowels are never right....

I keep hearing of people distantly connected to my circle that have had a blood test for food allergies or sensitivities that indicates how severe the reaction is for something like 100 foods and how much better they feel knowing what is causing their general dis-ease in life.

So what do I ask for when I go to the dr? I almost never go in, and I've only seen this particular doc once before so I like to go in knowing what I'm talking about so I don't get talked in to something I don't want/need.



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I am Celiac as well, diagnosed 7 years ago.  I had a biopsy of my lower intestine done to determine that. 


I would recommend the ALCAT test. 


I follow a holistic health practitioner that sends a newsletter and this was her latest.  Just a coincidence that she wrote about it.  I have had one done in the past year just to see if I was missing something else since my body has changed so much. 


Holistic Help - Is ALCAT Right for You?
I received the following question last week from a site visitor
regarding the ALCAT test. I get these types of questions quite
frequently, so I decided to post it online, so I can guide people
to the answers quickly when it comes up again and in case any of
you are wondering the same. Here is what the visitor had to say...
I am interested in taking the ALCAT test. I would like to use your
site because your prices are cheaper.  But, I don't trust that I
may be getting the same test that is on the actual ALCAT website. 
Also, I am skeptical that the ALCAT may not even help with my
issues.  If I do order, I think I will order the 100 foods test and
maybe the food additives and chemicals one also.  I am really not
for sure which ones to order at a minimum because I need results,
but they are so expensive. I struggle with: anxiety , depression,
overweight, fatigue and muscle and joint pain and low energy.
Please convince me. ~Marvin
Hi Marvin,
Yes, I understand the ALCAT is somewhat of an investment, so a
little skepticism is certainly healthy. I will try and provide you
with all the information you need to make an informed decision. 
There is only one ALCAT testing center and it is located in
Florida, so it isn't possible to get an ALCAT test from anyone but
ALCAT. Many health care professionals are and can be distributors
or sellers for the ALCAT test kits, but the testing is always done
at the ALCAT testing center in Florida.
So that means that when you buy an ALCAT kit from me, I am just
working as a middle man, so to speak. The kit itself is prepared by
the ALCAT center in Florida and when you send it back to the lab,
it will be addressed to the ALCAT testing center in Florida. You
will be able to see this is true when you look at the label. The
kit comes with a pre-addressed and pre-paid Fedex envelope for
mailing back. 
Additionally, if you would like to verify with ALCAT that I am
indeed a reputable seller for the ALCAT test kits, you can give
them a call and ask them. There number is (800) (872-5228) You can
tell them you just want to verify that Cynthia Perkins is an
approved health care provider to sell their kits. 
Although, you didn't specifically ask me why my prices are cheaper
than other providers, many people do, and you may be wondering this
as well. So here's a little explanation on that matter...
One of my goals at Holistic Help is to try and make products and
services that are effective to be more affordable for those who
need them. I know what it's like to be sick. I know what it's like
to not have enough money for health care. I know what its like to
be disappointed with an ineffective treatment. I wouldn't promote
something unless I honestly believe it is effective and worth the
I can sell the ALCAT for a lower rate because I'm willing to accept
a smaller profit than other practitioners so I can offer it at a
more affordable price. 
There are three prices involved in the selling of any retail
product. The wholesale price, the list price and the retail price. 
ALCAT themselves sell the test kit for the list price on their
ALCAT sells the test kit to practitioners at the wholesale price.
The practitioner can then sell the kit for whatever price they
desire, which is the retail price. Most practitioners mark up the
price significantly higher than the list price.
I offer the test at below list price - which means I don't mark it
up as high from the wholesale price as other practitioners. This
allows me to still make a profit, but offer a lower price for the
You're still getting the exact same test kit and it is sent
directly to the ALCAT lab for testing. 
Now in regard to whether it will help your issues or not. The types
of symptoms you are experiencing have many different causes. Some
common causes of each of the symptoms you are experiencing may
include food sensitivities, chemical and mold sensitivities,
candida overgrowth, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, nutritional
deficiencies, environmental toxins, neurotransmitter disruption,
adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances and insulin resistance to name
a few. I encourage you to read the pages I have written about these
issues to learn all the contributing factors. 
So as you can see, food sensitivities, food additives and
preservatives, molds and chemicals that the ALCAT tests for, are
only one piece of the puzzle. They can sometimes be the only
contributing factor, but most often they are accompanied by one or
more of the other conditions listed above.
However, with all that being said, food sensitivities, chemical or
mold sensitivities, food additives and preservatives are one of the
most common causes of these types of symptoms and making changes in
the diet in response to the results one gets in an ALCAT test
usually always produces significant reduction in symptoms. Clients
always report to me that they are pleased with the progress they
are able to make with changes in diet. Sometimes it is miraculous.
The types of symptoms you are experiencing are ones that respond
the most.
In my own personal life, I have found diet to be the major
contributing factor for all the symptoms you are experiencing. I
overcame anxiety attacks by removing sugar from diet. If I eat
wheat on a regular basis I gain 20 pounds and I'm so tired I can't
stand up. If I eat tomatoes on a regular basis I have aching in my
joints and muscles. The removal of each of those items as well as
food additives, preservatives and other refined foods alleviated
clinical depression. Additionally, we overcame hyperactivity in my
son with the same changes in his diet. However, food additives,
preservatives, chemicals and mold were also major offenders for
both of us as well. I hear similar stories from clients on a
regular basis. 
As far as what tests I recommend. If one has the financial
resources, then I always recommend the Comprehensive Kit #1. 200
foods is really needed, because many people only test 100 or 150
foods and then when they get results and they have a long list of
offending foods that need to be removed and they are left with only
a handful of foods they can eat. When offending foods are removed,
then you need to bring other foods into the diet that you may not
have tested for. Therefore you would be guessing whether they are
safe or not. 
However, foods are only part of the part picture, food additives
and preservatives are very important and so are chemicals and
molds. With the Comp Kit #1 you cover all the basis. It's not
uncommon for a client to purchase the 100 foods and then be so
impressed with their results that they come back and order more
tests. Its much more affordable to get them all in one package.
If resources are tight, then I recommend the 200 foods plus food
additives and preservatives at a minimum. Although you get optimal
improvement by addressing all possible offenders, significant
improvement can be made by addressing food only. 
The Platinum kit is necessary only when the client uses a lot of
antibiotics and other prescription or over the counter drugs.
I have written about other aspects of the ALCAT test and answered
questions a couple of different times, so I encourage you to read
these pages as well for more information that may help you make a
decision, at the following links:
Is ALCAT Testing Really Effective
Why the ALCAT Test?
Additionally, if you'd like to learn more about the ALCAT, you
can visit the following page:
So in summary, I feel the ALCAT is a very effective tool for
relieving anxiety, depression, weight gain, fatigue, joint and
muscle pain, however, depending on the individual, other issues may
need addressed as well. On the other hand, regardless if their are
other conditions to contend with, improvement with changes in diet
alone can often be dramatic, which makes it well worth the money
and effort. 
Need More Info on the ALCAT or Improving Your Health?
Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed. is an author, holistic health counselor and
sobriety coach. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, a
master's degree in counseling and has researched the role of diet,
nutrition and environmental toxins on our physical and mental
health for more than two decades. 
Talk with Cynthia One-on-One
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