Frequently asked Questions
Q. Could I really have food allergies and never know it?
The list of symptoms now being shown to be linked to diet is astounding
(see list of symptoms given earlier). Doctors do not get any training
in the subject, so they are resistant to the very idea. In medicine it
often takes many decades before a new idea is accepted; one example is
the connection between scurvy and vitamin C. It took the medical profession
over half a century to accept the advice!
Q. How could such an obvious connection between food and symptoms be
overlooked for so long?
A. Because it is absolutely anything but obvious! Many people actually feel better after eating a meal which can be responsible for their illhealth Ė initially Ė and that can throw them off the scent. It is only when the food is removed from the patientís diet that the connection can be truly made; the symptoms will often magically disappear!
Q. I put it to my doctor that there might be a dietary reason for my
long-standing illness but he just pooh-poohs it saying that thereís no
A Yes, it can be frustrating. The growing band of open-minded doctors who do look into the subject of food allergies do find ample proof. Many of those doctors then go into private practice, risking being ostracised by their orthodox colleagues. The results they then get in private practice soon make the change more than worthwhile. In the testimonials on page 7, see Dr. W. from Franceís statement Ė he wished he had learned of the diet connection to illness when he first started out, not now that he has retired!
Q. Donít hospitals have allergy departments that can carry out allergy
testing? And canít I insist that my doctor sends me there?
A. Yes and no. Yes, they have allergy departments, but the allergies they are looking for are the supposed "classical" allergies. The food allergies about which we are talking Ė the ones that bring on any number of common symptoms Ė are masked food allergies which are virtually impossible to detect using the methods available in hospital allergy departments. You could probably insist your doctor sends you to the allergy clinic, but it would be of little, if any, help.
Q. What about blood tests? I see adverts for laboratory blood tests for
A. There are many firms offering blood tests for masked food allergies. These firms are the first to admit that their tests are not entirely accurate. If they test you for 100 foods, they simply cannot tell you with total accuracy which foods are definitely safe to eat, or which foods are definitely linked to your symptoms.
Indeed, more and more people are questioning the part these blood tests play in accurately identifying the foods that can bring on symptoms of masked food allergy. These blood tests, despite their questionable accuracy, are highly expensive, often costing in the region of £200-£300, and that is for each test.
Q. I have been told that to test for food allergies, it's just a question
of eating a food and waiting for symptoms to appear, is that the case?
A. If only it were that easy! If it was that simple it wouldnít have taken so long for the discovery to be made. No, simply eating a food and looking out for symptoms is not the answer as there are several factors that have to be taken into account.
American doctors seem to know more about the subject than British doctors,
is that correct?
A. It only appears that way. American medical doctors, like the British, do not get any training in the subject. Both sets of doctors are trained to diagnose and prescribe drugs to alleviate symptoms. The actual phenomenon of food allergies being linked to everyday health problems is more widely known in America however.
|Q. Re the Discovery!ô test kit itself, just how accurate is
it and can it be used over and over again? Also how does the cost compare
with other tests?
A. There is NO method more accurate than Discovery!ô. It is effectively the same as eating the food, only the food being tested is delivered into the system by the buccal sulcus (or sub-lingual) method, meaning that the test food is placed under the tongue for swift absorption into the blood stream.
Some practitioners use impressive looking machines in order to diagnose food allergies. These machines can only ever produce a yes or no result. And whilst they are first-class at producing yes and no results, the ACCURACY of such results is entirely another matter! The patient will leave the clinic convinced that the information they have been given is accurate.
The unfortunate fact is that very often the information is anything but accurate! Such misinformation can be responsible for setting patients back many years in their search for the cause of their ill health. An example of the diagnostic mayhem that surrounds food allergy or intolerance testing came with a recent BBC Television investigation. Their reporter went to three clinics that claimed to be able to diagnose food allergies. The results below indicate just how effective these testing methods were!
Despite the glaring inaccuracies that surround typical food allergy testing, most tests are very costly. Furthermore, the high costs are for each person tested. You can however test as many people as you will ever want with Discovery!ô. The value for money our test kit represents is astonishing Ė the full kit costs less than the average practitioner charges for a 1-hour consultation!
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