Food Intolerance Testing
Using the BER machine to test for Food Intolerances
Allergy or Intolerance?
There is often confusion about food allergy and food intolerance. Both may give similar symptoms.
An Allergy generates the IGE immune response which is where the body mistakes the food as a harmful virus or bacteria and attacks it. This can be genetic, often appearing in childhood. An Allergy triggers instant response and can kill you (e.g. a peanut allergy/shellfish allergy). Often only a small amount of food can trigger an alllergic reaction. A blood test or patch test is usually the way an allergy is detected.
A Food Intolerance is a digestive system response rather than an immune system response. It may affect the body over a few days and may manifest through making you feel constantly unwell after eating. A blood test is unlikely to detect a food intolerance.
What are the causes of food intolerance?
Food intolerance occurs when the body is unable to deal with a certain type of foodstuff. This is usually because the body doesn't produce enough of the particular chemical or enzyme that's needed for digestion of that food. Often people consume higher quantities of the same foods daily without knowing it and the body builds up an intolerance to that food.
What are the symptoms of food intolerance?
Food intolerances are rarely harmful but may cause unpleasant symptoms, including nausea, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fatigue, headaches, catarrh, thrush.
The most commonly found intolerant foods are wheat, cow's milk (and milk products), yeast and sugar; citrus fruit, tomatoes and potatoes also cause problems for many people. .
Some people also have adverse reactions to chemical preservatives and additives in food such as sulphites, benzoates, salicylates, monosodium glutamate, caffeine, aspartame and tartrazine.
Symptoms seldom occur immediately after eating and sometimes it will be hours or even days before symptoms become evident. Usually a reasonable amount of food is needed to cause an intolerance but some people are very sensitive to some foods and a small amount can therefore lead to a reaction.
It is thought that we can actually be addicted to the foods to which we are intolerant. The adrenalin rush (the classic "fight or flight" response) experienced after eating these foods is the 'hook' that keeps us coming back.
However, while sufferers feel good for a while, the 'high' soon passes and they go back to feeling drained and listless
Food intolerance testing.
Margaret conducts a thorough consultation, and food intolerance testing with the Dietx Electro-Dermal Screening (EDS) Bioenergetics Resonance (BER) machine, to assess possible food intolerances. The BER machine has an accuracy rate of 75-80% and gives immediate results - no sending away and waiting for answers, no needles or blood samples,
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies go hand in hand with food intolerance, due to an impaired digestive system. The BER test provides you with a guide of vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
The test may reveal multiple food sensitivities - by eliminating these suspect foods from the diet for a period of one month, followed by their sensible reintroduction, it is possible that they may be tolerated. There are two main ways of doing this. The first involves removing all offending foods together for one month then reintroducing them one at a time. Where there are multiple sensitivities, it may be better to cut out 2 or 3 offending foods each week, ensuring each food is removed for a minimum of one month. Margaret will advise on this. Margaret will also advise on alternative food ideas.
A Food Intolerance may disrupt the metabolism, triggering weight gain or weight loss. Where there is fluid retention, this is an indication that the body is not dealing well with a specific food which may result in excess weight..
Food intolerances put a strain on the digestive system, and they can affect the liver, gall bladder, pancreas etc. Margaret is able to offer herbal support to the digestive organs during the elimination/reintroduction process. If the test indicates there are vitamin or mineral deficiencies, Margaret will advise on the appropriate supplements which may be helpful.
COST: The Food Intolerance test using the BER machine costs £50.00 and takes up to 90 minutes.
If during consultation or treatment using another therapy eg Herbal Treatment or Hypnotherapy, a food intolerance or vitamin/mineral deficiency is suspected, then a BER test will cost £25.00.
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Margaret Silander Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Medical Herbalist in Ashford, Kent