Just as food allergies can cause a variety of physical and mental conditions, some of them rather severe, food sensitivities can have serious effects on one’s health as well. I was diagnosed with celiac disease, which is an auto-immune disease not an allergy many years ago, and as an author, researcher, and humanitarian, I have studied gluten allergies and gluten intolerance, to find that it is not uncommon that those who are sensitive or allergic to gluten often have additional sensitivities or allergies as well. I’m pleased to find there’s a test out there—the ALCAT—which accurately determines one’s sensitivities to various chemicals and other foods. There are other good and reputable tests as well.
The ALCAT (Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test) is a type of blood test that dates back almost 25 years and is used by individuals and healthcare professionals to determine one’s food and chemical sensitivities and their degree of sensitivity – extreme or mild. While 1 in every 100 Americans has celiac disease, there are many who are not have and won’t test positive for the disease, but they do, in fact, have a reaction on some level to gluten. This means that the millions of Americans who suffer from mental and physical discomfort from ingesting gluten can be helped.
What is the difference between an allergy and a sensitivity? ALCAT Worldwide says that the “inability to tolerate foods and environmental factors, also known as sensitivity or intolerance, induces chronic activation of the innate immune system and gives rise to inflammatory processes.” It is this inflammation that leads to health problems such as digestive difficulties, migraines, skin disorders, arthritis, and obesity, just to name a few. In other words, even if you just have a “sensitivity,” and not a full-blown allergy, it is important to your health and quality of life that you address this.
It is not uncommon to find that celiacs have allergies or sensitivities to additional foods, such as casein or soy. I personally am not able to tolerate dairy, and I have run into many celiacs with this same intolerance. If you’ve tested positive for celiac disease and have changed to a gluten-free diet, but you still don’t feel your best, there may be other sensitivities that need to be addressed. The ALCAT is highly useful for celiacs who fall in this group.
So what is the ALCAT? It is a blood test that identifies one’s type of reaction (extreme, mild, or no reaction) to over 300 foods, chemicals, and other substances by measuring cellular reactivity in whole blood, using “state-of-the-art” electronic technology. The results are presented in a simple, color-coded, easy-to-follow chart.
If you’re celiac, and you’ve already made the change to a gluten-free diet, you have taken a critical step in protecting yourself from a wide range of health problems and diseases. If you suspect you may have other sensitivities, or if you’d like to go the extra mile in safeguarding your health, the ALCAT Test may be the answer you’re looking for.
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From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.