I'm looking for somewhere to get a food allergy or food intolerance test (not even sure are they the same thing). Any recommendation around dublin? Also what would they normally cost? 50/60 euro?
Go to your GP who will refer you to a specialist who is qualified in this area. It has been years since I got one done. Good luck.
I had one done a couple of years ago in the Blackrock clinic (blood test), was was over €250 IIRC
That needed a referral by my GP thugh.
Waste of time, apparently I'm allergic to pretty much everything except milk, some things more than others. Doctor told me they didnt know what to advise me to eat but to avoid pork and potatoes.
Funny thing is apparently it didnt show me overly allergic to fish or peanuts that, even if I inhale the smell of, makes my throat start to close over and my breaths become laboured.
Allergy testing imho isnt very accurate at all.
Be careful of the con artists who take a bit of of your hair and sample it. It's nonsense. As far as I know, you'll be asked to exclude groups like dairy & wheat from your diet and keep track of your symptoms.
Hey.... I had a food intolerence test done there back in April- was really good.
The guy took a sample of blood from me, sent it off to be tested( for around 250 foods or so), I got the results in about 2 weeks.
Then he went through the results, gave the level of intolerence for whatever food I was intolerent to (Milk and Eggs)- and he went through alternatives.
Felt great anyway when I stayed away from the food he mentioned. He emphasised staying well away from the food when I was under any sort of pressure or stress as the digestive system is more sensitive to these foods at those times.
The test was around 200Euro. It was an IGg test (IGg tests for intolerences and IGe is for allergies as far as I remember).
He's based in Rialto and he has a book on the basics of food intolerences, if you're interested?
I am trying to find a place that doesn't use blood samples and isn't as expensive. These tests usually cost around 60 euro i'm told. Holland and Barretts (Nature's Way) do them but they are booked out for a few weeks, wondering is there may other places?
Ok i got one done on saturday. It's a place called "Down to Earth" on George's St. 40 Euro. Intolerant to a few things, i'll give it a go for a few weeks and see how i feel. For future reference some of the Nature's Way stores do the test but u would have to book a few weeks in advance, 65 euro with a 20 euro deposit. La Sante in Dun Laoghaire do them too for 40 euro (10 Euro deposit). From wat i gather they all seem a similar test, no blood, no needles.
Has anyone ever had one of these tests done i.e. the ones that don't involve blood or hair samples?
Are they any good or how accurate are they?
Any opinions / experiences etc??
There's a difference between a food intolerance and a genuine allergy, and so there is a difference between the tests done for both. Specifically, different antibodies are involved, and tests geared to pick up one won't pick up the other.
OP - I can heartily recommend YorkTest (www.yorktext.ie), but be warned you will pay for it. It's €349 or something, but it's a proper, genuine, scientific-based food intolerance test (and as a medical scientist I can confirm that that's not just marketing), not one of these quack rubbish things about ribs of hair, or muscle tone or what have you.
They test 113 foodstuffs or mixes and the test picked up my known intolerance (diagnosed dairy intolerant at 3yrs) and confirmed one that I was 99% sure I had, but hoped I didn't (yeast) and a couple of more surprising ones (soya and eggs). I also have a few "borderline" foods, that I should limit my intake in.
Ok, strictly speaking I can't vouch for them to much because I haven't actually taken the steps and made the changes I should have, so I don't know how good removing these from my diet will be, but I suspect very, based on symptoms and, as I said, my knowledge that dairy and yeast have a bad affect on me anyway.
If you're not 100% certain you have a food intolerance at all, you can get a mini-test done which costs about €29, which basically gives you a yes or no answer. If you test positive for intolerance, you can upgrade to a full test without having to send in a new sample, and they just charge you the remainder. If you test negative, well, you've saved €300
If you think it might be a true allergy rather than an intolerance, they have a specific allergy test you can get instead.
I really do recommend checking them out. A good, proper test like that is going to cost money. The ones for €60 aren't going to be worth it at all, IMO. But it's your health and well-being that's in consideration here, and a few hundred quid to change you life right around (provided you make the necessary changes) is, I think, worth it.
Edited to add: Oooh! Just saw I Like Eggs' reply - yes, that's pretty much exactly what YORKtest do, but that's significantly cheaper. I'd go for that one definitely
Oops! Hadn't realised how old a thread this was. Feel stupid now
My mother (RIP) was a Kinesiologist. She used muscle testing to check intolerance to different foods. I was slightly overweight and was almost crippled following a back injury, so I got tested by her and gave up the foods I was found to be intolerant to (wheat, sugar, white potato, tomatoes). She said they were causing weakness of muscles which stopped me recovering from the back injury (having 2 small kids didn't help either!). 2 days after starting my exclusion diet my back pain vanished, and I lost all my baby weight in a few weeks. I have great faith in it, and it doesn't involve needles or body samples. I don't know how much is charged nowadays, but I don't think it's as expensive as the prices quoted above - my mother only charged e35.
There's more information here about it.
I'm interested. Can you give me his contact details?
I've just had a test done for our 2 and half year old who was suffering from severe exzema. Our Naturopath suggested
who do the same test as York but at nearly half the price.
He turns out to have intolerance of some really basic stuff (milk, wheat, soya). As we're on a low income any advice out there on how to source cheap alternatives would be very welcome.
I think the one that I like eggs mentions can be this one...
Which is somehow connected to the clinic in Fitzwilliam Sq, or so it seems
People need to be careful about this.
There is a lot of evidence to suggest the IgG Antibody testing (used by YorkTest amoung others) cannot actually show food intolerance's.
The UK Advertising Watchdog took YorkTest to take in 2007 for the claims they were making.
The Australian Authority also cast doubt
An inquiry of the House of Lords in England also concluded there was no scientific basis to the tests.
I found some good blogs on this too:
Myth: You Can Diagnose Food Intolerance or Allergy with an IgG Blood Test
IgG Tests Are A Waste of Money: House of Lords Committee Hears Evidence, Let's Hope That They Listen
Its probably a good idea to read through the evidence that currently exists before deciding to spend €250+ on a test.