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Just Got My A.l.c.a.t. Test Results Back And I'm Not Happy


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#1 emcmaster

 
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 07:40 AM

Hey everyone -

I did the A.L.C.A.T. Comprehensive V test. Here's what came back (I promise, this is going to be LONG)...

Red foods - severe reaction:

broccoli
cane sugar
corn
date
flaxseed
garlic
green pepper
honeydew melon
lemon
lime
lobster
olive

orange foods - moderate reaction:

avocado
basil
beef
buckwheat
cantaloupe
eggplant
fig
herring
hops
lamb
lettuce
mung bean
onion
orange
paprika
salmon
sesame

yellow foods - light reaction:

apricot
asparagus
blackberry
black-eyed pea
blueberry
brussel sprouts
carrot
celery
cherry
chicken
coffee
crab
cucumber
fructose
lentil bean
lima bean
malt
oyster
papaya
pear
pecan
pinto bean
raspberry
red pepper
safflower
string bean
sunflower
tea
vanilla
veal


GOOD GRIEF! I have to say I'm most upset about the corn, cane sugar and garlic. I think this is a leaky gut thing - most of what showed up are things I've been eating a lot of lately (although that just could be coincidence and would then explain why I've felt pretty badly...)

Gluten didn't show up at all, unless you count malt and hops. I had no reaction to wheat, rye, barley or oats... but after talking to the nutritionist, she said that because it's been almost a year since I've consistently eaten them, they might not have shown up but still be a problem. I *know* they are a problem, but I'm questioning it now because they didn't show up...

I guess my big question is... what the heck am I going to eat? I can live very happily on veggies, fruits and proteins... but my veggies and proteins are severely limited.

Also, does anyone know of any good resources for corn-free info? Are people as sensitive to corn, or is there a CC issue with corn?

Thanks for your help!
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:34 AM

It's only my opinion, but I've heard a LOT of negative things about that particular test, LOTS of false positives and test reactions to foods that are not reacted to. I think your best bet is an elimination diet to see if you TRULY react to any of these foods.

Lots of luck to you!
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#3 emcmaster

 
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:36 AM

Thanks for your thoughts. I am definitely planning on doing an elimination diet. I figure if I cut them all out and actually feel better, I'll know that at least one of them is making me sick and can add things back one at a time. I guess I figure that at least this gives me a place to start from and know what to cut out...
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 08:41 AM

Hi Elizabeth,

I'm sorry the test didn't give you more specific, concrete information. :(

I remember my allergist telling me that these tests result in many positives because when we eat a food, our bodies make antibodies to it. People usually end up doing an elinination diet anyway to weed out the false positives.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 09:22 AM

Thanks, Patti. I hope I didn't completely waste $500. :blink:
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 03:33 PM

Thanks for your thoughts. I am definitely planning on doing an elimination diet. I figure if I cut them all out and actually feel better, I'll know that at least one of them is making me sick and can add things back one at a time. I guess I figure that at least this gives me a place to start from and know what to cut out...


I am so sorry that you are frusterated! I do know how you feel though! I eliminated everything they told me to (well, all of the red and orange foods, but not the yellows, just watched out for those), for a month, and then started re-introducing them.

That is actually how I found out about my Celiac Disease, because when I added wheat back in, my intestines shut down and I ended up in the hospital! But I had been eating wheat up to the time of the test, and you have not, so maybe that is why it didn't show up with your test.

I do know that they said that you have to watch what you tend to eat everyday. Like you said about corn, you eat a lot of it. It might do you good to have a more balanced diet, not having the same foods everyday.

I think the elimination diet is pretty much what you will be doing at this point, but at least you have a starting point now! You know what foods to watch when you re-introduce them. I am sorry that you list is so long...do you eat those "red" foods a lot? My list was much shorter. My red foods were only 3 foods. Cantaloupe, caulifour, and sweet potatoes.

PM me if there is anything I can do to help.
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 09:58 AM

Yes, almost all of the red, orange and yellow foods are foods I eat all the time, especially in the last few weeks. That makes me think it's a leaky gut thing, so I'm going to do some research on trying to repair that while I cut these foods out. Thanks for the support!
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