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Celiac.com 07/15/2011 - Doctors have successfully treated patients with both gastrointestinal and skin disorders by testing for food sensitivities and avoiding foods that provoke those sensitivities. This, according to a team from the University Teaching Hospital in Pavia, Italy, which reported their results at the annual meeting of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, in Istanbul, Turkey.
More and more, researchers, clinicians and other health care providers see food sensitivity testing and dietary modification is as a viable treatment method for a number of chronic health problems.
To measure food and chemical sensitivity, the research team used the ALCAT Test, which is included in the hospital’s official registry of services.
A number of chronic inflammatory and degenerative conditions improve when certain food sensitivities or intolerances are identified, and those offending foods are avoided.
Conditions that respond favorably include skin problems like eczema and psoriasis, IBS, Crohn’s, celiac disease, and a number of auto-immune diseases.
Two such studies conducted at the University of Pavia teaching hospital showed positive results using the ALCAT Test.
For the first study on 35 patients, M. De Amici, L. Berardi, et al, showed that an elimination diet based on ALCAT Test results improved symptoms in 97% of patients, with 66% of those experiencing important improvements.
For the second study on 48 patients, the researchers found that 98% of patients improved on an elimination diet based on ALCAT results. In particular, patients with higher symptom scores prior to treatment showed the greatest improvement.
These results echo findings by Dr. Alessio Fasano that recently provided the first scientific evidence that gluten sensitivity differs from celiac disease at both a molecular level and in the response it triggers in the immune system.
Continuing research from Dr. Fasano and the team of the Center for Celiac Research identify three factors underlying auto-immune diseases: A hyper-permeable, or, “leaky” gut; genetic pre-disposition; sensitivity to a food, which triggers an adverse reaction.
The ALCAT test identifies these foods and other factors that act as triggers. The University of Pavia studies reinforce the need for accurate food sensitivity testing in general medicine.
Source: Cell Science Systems, Corp.
Note: Cell Science Systems, Corp. (CSS), located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, is a life sciences company and the worldwide market leader in food sensitivity testing as the manufacturer of the ALCAT Test. CSS operates a State of Florida and US government (CLIA) licensed laboratory; as well as an FDA registered, ISO certified, cGMP, medical device manufacturing facility. It is the sole owner of ALCAT Europe, GmbH, near Berlin, Germany, a European Union supported clinical and research facility of ALCAT testing services in the European Community. The ALCAT test identifies cellular reactions to over 350 foods, chemicals and herbs. These inflammatory reactions are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes, as well as skin, heart, joint, and digestive disorders.