You have probably heard of someone suffering from a gluten sensitivity or a dairy intolerance, but in actuality, there are over 450 substances that can cause the many negative side effects associated with food and chemical sensitivity.
These effects include:
Gut (IBS, diarrhea/constipation/Bloating, gastritis, reflux, Crohn's etc.)
Metabolism (obesity, diabetes, healthy weight loss, thyroid illness)
Skin (eczema, psoriasis, rashes, urticaria etc.)
Joints (rheumatoid arthritis, muscle pains)
Respiratory (chronic cough, asthma, sinusitis)
Neurological (migraine, chronic fatigue, ADD etc.)
These are often inflammatory conditions caused when the body’s cells react to a substance it thinks is harmful. The cells swell and burst, releasing a pro-inflammatory substance in an attempt to neutralize the “harmful” substance. This results is inflammation, which is useful for the defense against infection or injury, but through the regular intake of substances the body sees as harmful, chronic inflammation can develop, resulting in the above mentioned health problems. Additionally, increased levels of free radicals caused by oxidative stress, can have harmful effects on the body.
In the past, trying to determine what was causing these symptoms was often referred to as the “guessing game,” as the body’s response to the food or chemical was often delayed for hours.
There is a new option for the many people who suffer from an undiagnosed food or chemical sensitivity that will take the “guessing” out of diagnosing their problems. The ALCAT test is a simple blood test that screens for 237 foods, over 120 medicinal herbs and 100 chemical substances (like colorings, additives, environmental chemicals, pharmaceutical substances). Dr. Reece is pleased to offer this testing in his office and will send off the blood sample to the lab for the screening to take place. He and his staff can help you understand your body, allowing you to make decisions that will help you prevent these negative conditions.