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paleogal
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I'm going to ask my sometimes helpful PCP for "complete" food intolerance testing, hoping she'll at least spring for some level of food allergy/intolerance testing.

Things are more likely to be covered by my insurance when my PCP orders them, so I'm looking for advice for what I should ask for. What will give me the best idea what I can't tolerate? What labs are the best at this?

Thank you. I'm in the process of cutting out gluten, but I would like to have more data before getting on too restrictive a diet.

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Tincup
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I can't get the link to open right now. But, here is one used often by LLMD's.

Genova Diagnostics
Asheville, NC

Phone 800-522-4762

FYI- If you have a lot of inflammation you may want to wait till that is reduced. Otherwise a lot of things may pop up as an allergy when it really isn't.

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Here is the link. Maybe you can try it later and it will work.

https://www.gdx.net

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Thanks, Tincup.

Well a recent stool test revealed low secretory IgA, and my LLMD recommended a low-inflammation diet.

Can you tell me more about when to test to make sure it's accurate? And how to get inflammation down in the mean time? I actually feel decent lately, so maybe inflammation has gone down since the stool test ~6 weeks ago...

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GEEZE! When I got done reading your post the 1st thing that came to mind was this... ???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIYjz5ne7R4

And I have absolutely, absolutely, absolutely no clue why! It's not like I've been thinking about this song, not for years now, so where did it come from?

Anyhow...

If you want to follow an anti-inflamation diet it is really simple. I'm on one now. Love it. Saves me lots of money on groceries, tons of time in the kitchen and you don't have dishes to do either!

The Rule Is, and it is very simple...

Anything that looks good, tastes good or you think you can't live without...

You can't have it.

I figure there is no sense buying any food if you can only buy what you don't want to eat, RIGHT?

So your inflammation disappears, you lose weight and you save $$ too! Great diet!

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Actually, Pale, I've used the following supplements to cut down inflammation. Then I'll be doing the allergy tests again.

I found they worked, like the doc said they would many moons ago when I was losing my eyesight, and several other times since.

Back on them now and they work again like a charm.

Vitamin C
Wobenzyme
Vitamin E
Bromelain
Quercetin

I take as low dose as I can of all of them simply because I don't do well on lots of stuff. (Others may need higher doses, but not real high.)

BUT, I can handle this combo above and the dose is just fine for me.

As for the diet, when I add so many pills to my daily routine, which take me all day to swallow, I don't feel hungry anymore!

Actually, there are anti-inflammatory diets out there. I was given printed sheets of paper that I couldn't see, so not much help to you there. SORRY!

I mostly eat proteins- meat and beans, salads not fit for a nasty rabbit, and more blah blah veggies, which I already ate tons of anyhow.

Sitting here now trying to make an artichoke heart taste like Breyer's chocolate ice cream.

And ya know what? My imagination is quite good, but not good enough to be able to make artichokes taste like ice cream!!

Once I feel the inflammation is down enough- no way really to tell except many of my symptoms are fading now and I'll probably level out- then I'lll do the food allergy tests again.

BTW- As for doing the elimination diet and then adding foods back in for a challenge one at a time. That's not me.

You can eat something today and not have a reaction till tomorrow. I was writing down everything I ate (for months on end) and couldn't for the life of me figure out what was triggering my symptoms.

Finally I told doc no more! Tired of guessing!!

So I will get tested soon. Hope you get some good answers from others! Sorry I couldn't help much!

Hugs,

TC

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Hi Paleogal,

I took the Genova test. One of the problems with this test, I learned, is that if you've not eaten any of the offending foods in a long time, the intolerances are unlikely to show up.

This is one of my biggest problems, food intolerances. I have been down to less than a handful of tolerated foods for about 12 years. But when I took the test, almost nothing showed up, just a few minor reactions. Afterwards, the doc and I scoured the fine print, and sure enough it said that if you have not eaten the offending foods the testing may not work.

Oddly, the only thing that came up with crazy high numbers was malt. And I can't remember eating anything with malt in years. Though a box of malted-milk balls sounds pretty good about now! Some beer and soy sauce, too.

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