Do you suffer from bloating, irritable bowel, migraines/headaches, body pains, allergies, eczema, or other chronic problems?
Find out if food sensitivity testing is right for you!
Food sensitivities can play a huge role in these types of conditions. Why? Because when you ingest a food or chemical that you react to, your immune cells release a variety of substances which help the body to rid itself of the “invaders”.
Unfortunately, these same substances cause inflammation, vascular changes, tissue damage, and other effects that lead to symptoms. Continuous exposure to the foods and chemicals you react to can lead to inflammatory conditions, chronic pain, headaches, hormonal changes, abdominal distress, and other serious health problems.
How can you avoid this?
Find out what you react to and avoid those substances! The best way to do this is with MRT (the most reliable food sensitivity test on the market).
By doing this, you calm the inflammation in your system, allowing your gut and the rest of your body to heal. Clients typically notice a drastic reduction in symptoms within 1 WEEK!
After 3 – 6 months of avoiding your reactive foods and healing your gut, you can then re-introduce those foods to see if you have regained tolerance. Many clients regain tolerance to their reactive foods!
Here are some common Questions and Answers about food sensitivity testing to get you started:
What is MRT?
MRT stands for Mediator Release Test. It is a blood test which measures your immune reaction to the most common 150 different foods and chemicals. It is currently the most accurate test for identifying food sensitivities. When the immune system reacts to something you ingest, your white blood cells release substances called mediators. These mediators enable inflammation, tissue damage, vascular changes, etc, which then lead to symptoms like irritable bowel, abdominal pain, joint pain, skin conditions, hormone fluctuations, chronic sinus congestion, headaches/migraines, and more. MRT measures the release of these mediators that lead to your symptoms. It has shown the highest accuracy and reliability in scientific research.
What symptoms and conditions may indicate a need for testing?
The most common symptoms of a reactive immune system include: migraines and headaches, bloating and digestive issues, frequent diarrhea or constipation, heartburn and GERD, fibromyalgia, arthritis, joint and muscle pains, weight imbalances, chronic fatigue, chronic sinus congestion, insomnia, skin conditions, eczema, autism, and ADHD. Because the release of mediators can affect almost every organ and system in your body, the possible side effects are endless. If you think you may be reacting to your diet, most likely you are.
Can MRT identify food allergies?
No. A true food allergy, or type 1 hypersenstivity, involves IgE antibodies and occurs in only about 1-2% of the population. MRT tests for non-IgE mediated food sensitivity reactions, which are much more common. The LEAP diet protocol, however, WILL help to identify ALL food reactions, regardless of type.
What is LEAP?
LEAP stands for Lifestyle Eating and Performance. It is a tested diet protocol which is designed to identify and eliminate reactive foods from you diet, based on your MRT results. If done correctly, it will also identify other foods and chemicals (not identifiable via MRT) that may be causing you issues. The protocol involves removal of your reactive foods for a short period of time, which will allow your system to heal. Foods are then reintroduced to reassess tolerance. It is the best way to get full benefit from your investment.
How much does MRT cost?
The stand-alone price for this test is $595, which includes the test kit, shipping, and results. It is highly recommended however to couple your results with professional support and follow-up (see why below). Most clients choose a package which includes the initial consult, test kit with shipping and results, one follow-up consultation and unlimited email support for $795. I also offer a complete 8-week Transformational Healing program, which includes testing, online video trainings, additional resources, support, and so much more! Please contact me if you are unsure what option would be best for you!
Is dietary counselling required to get the test?
Dietary counselling is not required to get the test, however it is highly recommended. Meal planning may be difficult at first so it is nice to have support during this transition period. Also, there are food intolerances that you may have that do not involve the immune system, and thus would not be identified through MRT. If you continue to experience symptoms after starting your program, we will need to investigate further and make some modifications. And finally, we work together to heal your gut so that you can avoid future sensitivities and hopefully regain tolerance to your reactive foods. Dietary counselling with MRT really helps you get the best value for your investment. Alternatively you can choose my online program.
Do I need to be on an “eating everything diet” before the test?
No, you don’t need to be on any kind of diet (or lack of diet) before the test. It measures how certain foods and chemicals affect your immune system, regardless of whether or not you regularly consume them. That being said, your immune system can lose “memory” if you have not consumed a certain food for longer than 6 months. In this case, you may want to consume that food before taking the test. (Caution: DO NOT expose yourself to a food you have a known allergy to)
Where would I have to go for the blood draw and counselling?
Blood can be drawn at your local hospital or CLSC (Quebec) free of charge, or at one of many private clinics for a small fee. Consults may be done by phone or at my office in Montreal. Anyone in Canada and the US can order the test and receive follow-up by phone.
Why not just do an elimination, GAPS, or FODMAP diet?
An elimination diet is a great place to start, but typically this will only single out the most common food allergens. You could be reacting to multiple foods and chemicals, all of which would likely not be identified in a typical elimination diet. GAPS and FODMAP only remove certain elements from your diet as well, which may or may not be the foods you are actually reacting to. The LEAP program is designed to catch ALL food sensitivities and intolerances, even those which do not elicit an immune response and thus would not be identified with MRT (such as intolerances caused by poor digestion, localized irritation, etc).
How does MRT differ from other tests?
Food allergies are IgE mediated and therefore identified using tests which measure IgE levels in the blood (such as the IgE ELISA and RAST tests), histamine levels (BHRT test), or by provoking a direct reaction on the skin (skin prick and scratch tests). These reactions are classified as type 1 hypersensitivities and are relatively rare. They take a specific pathway involving IgE antibodies.
Food sensitivities are classified as type 3 and 4 hypersensitivities, and occur in 20-30% of the population! The tests mentioned above will not detect these reactions. IgG antibody testing has become extremely popular, but the scientific literature concludes that these antibodies are in fact markers of exposure, not intolerance. The best way to test for food sensitivities is to test for the end result: mediator release. There are 2 tests that perform this function: ALCAT and MRT. MRT is performed using newer technology and has been shown to be more accurate and reliable than ALCAT.
Can I get an insurance receipt for the test and counselling services?
Yes. Check with your insurance provider to ensure coverage for blood testing and ANQ (the Association of Naturotherapists of Quebec). It is also wise to ask if they have any requirements for coverage, such as a note from your doctor. If this is required, have your doctor write a prescription for “MRT testing and follow up”.
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