Completely agreed, a lot of us can have sensitivities that don't show up on these tests at all, never mind the inconvenience of a false-positive result. These kinds of blood tests are notoriously inaccurate. Testing of antibodies in stool is more accurate but still not without problems. It'd be wonderful just to get a blood test and know exactly what foods you should personally avoid, but the science is just not there yet.
Vaga Food Allergy Testing in the Old Bawn Clinic in Tallaght. Run by Alan and Phil Kelly. It's predominantly a sports injury clinic.
I had no life for 3 years, constantly in and out of hospitals and they were clueless. Went to this place not expecting anything. She hooked me up to the circuit, diagnosed me as wheat intolerant and whatayuno, 3 weeks later, all my physical symptoms were gone.
I'm going back to her tomorrow as I'm back on wheat and feeling disgusting - I didn't realise feelings of anxiety, depression and brain fog and other mental symptoms can also be symptoms of food intolerance.
Only 70 euro and no needles
Maev Creaven from the Galway Nutrition Centre in Galway tests for food intolerances. www.nutritioncentre.ie There are no needles used.
Accurate information on the subject of testing for food intolerances and allergies can be read here;
I see there are comments for and against these tests but can I ask if anyone has tried this one through Sam McCauley Chemists
Thanks in advance
I don't know about other intolerances, but I'm lactose intolerant, don't know how it happened as I wasn't as a kid, also managed to develop hay fever the same time. I went to my doctor, he told me about the test he could do, but that just keeping a food diary and looking at the results myself is enough. I'd recommend that if you suspect dairy anyway.
hi just wondering di d you think the test was accurate?
Hi i went to the Down to Earth shop yesterday to get an allergy test.
They said i am allergic to Dairy products and Sugar.
Did many come up that you were allergic to im not sure whether i believe its true as ive been eating this stuff all my life and ive never had any problems. if you could reply to me that would be great.
I've never gone for one of these tests but I saw a pretty believable documentary about the ones done in health food shops (even reputable places like Holland and Barrett) being false and unreliable. This does make sense seeing as if you go through your GP it should be around 200euro. There must be a reason that the one a doctor would trust is about 5 times the cost of some of the health shop ones. There's not much harm in cutting dairy and sugar for a few weeks and seeing if it makes a difference, but these are important food groups and if they've never given you trouble before, I wouldn't trust the test enough to cut them out of your life.
Anyone know anywhere in Cork that does the intolerance tests?
Rang The Melbourne Clinic, and they're not doing it anymore.
Saw this crowd that do a 200+ food test for £285, which I'd stretch for. But when you go to buy it, it tells you to contact this crowd in Dublin, who charge €255 for a 93 food test.
Sounds like a rip-off to me!
The UK allergy association and the British Dietetic Association give some sound advice about the accuracy of commercial allergy tests.
very very little of all this testing is going to show you or tell you anything that you would not figure out yourself on a simple food elmination diet.
Cut out all gluten - wow you feel better, drop weight and joints feel less achy!! Did i need a test for that, no. People just love the lab coat effect and the fact that its written on a piece of paper.
i used to get many of my clients tested for food intolerence and stopped when I sent in two blood samples from myself (same time) and they came back with two different results!
Now i just get everyone off gluten, exercise more, cut out processed foods, eat more veg, some fruit and plenty of good fats and protein and whatttay know they drop weight, feel better and degenerative conditions clear up significantly.
Its money you could be spending buying some god healthy food and a big tub of fish oils IMO
Heard discussed on Mid west Radio a test called Nutron, do anyone of you know anything about it.
I've done the test at bodysmart; they just took a blood sample (very easy and painless) and sent the results to some Food Institute for analysis. result came after a two weeks. I've done the test for 40 food items, there is an option for some 93 foods which is a bit more expensive. some info on this page: