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A couple of months ago I did the YORK panel. They've redone the panels and have included casein in the the "Standard 96-Food IgG ELISA Panel." They have also started testing for Yogurt, Goat Milk, Cheddar Chesse, Cottage Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, and Whey. I was suprised to find I didn't test positive. I geuss my problem must be lactose.

I wish they would have broken down as these indv. items when my dd was test this summer but at that time that just tested for cows milk as a whole. We will probably have her retested sometime next year.

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I had the ELISA testing with US BioTek labs. The dairy section tested me for the following allergies (individually): Casein, Cheddar Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, Whey, Milk, Goat Milk and Yogurt.

I was off the chart on all of 'em! (Talk about an overachiever ;))

They can guide you to a doctor in your area that uses this laboratory if you go to their website. Good luck!

- Michelle :wub:

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Great plains also has casein and several forms of dairy on its intolerance tests as well. I was off the charts :)

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here is Great Plains Lab: http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home.htm

here is list of tests, you can get descriptions of what each tests: http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/testkits.html

i choose great plains b/c i could bill my insurance for it and it didn't cost me much at all. they have an allergy specialist/biochemist you can talk to on the phone also about results etc.

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here is Great Plains Lab: http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home.htm

here is list of tests, you can get descriptions of what each tests: http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/testkits.html

i choose great plains b/c i could bill my insurance for it and it didn't cost me much at all. they have an allergy specialist/biochemist you can talk to on the phone also about results etc.

Cool that one specifly has a means to bill BC/BS which is what i have :) THANKS!!!!! Now I just need to get my doc to prescribe it some how

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I basically told my doctor I wanted to do it :) He signed the form, they took my blood at the dr.s office and sent the package for me. If you order the tests, you need only call to do so first, they will send it to your house. You don't need drs signature till you send the labs in.

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I basically told my doctor I wanted to do it :) He signed the form, they took my blood at the dr.s office and sent the package for me. If you order the tests, you need only call to do so first, they will send it to your house. You don't need drs signature till you send the labs in.

I ordered the test kit, but cant find on thier site hte form? Is it in the kit?

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the kit comes with several forms you'll need to fill out...and one of those your doc will sign.

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I had the ELISA tests run and it said I didn't react to anything but paprika and some obscure mold. :blink: Yet, I know from listening to my body I have very strong reactions to gluten and casein. It's frustrating, but I've found the tests aren't helpful for me. I never understood why, but I found this quote...

The only way to be absolutely sure of the diagnosis is to follow a program of elimination and provocation. Blood and skin testing may sometimes help, but they are expensive and are not reliable to diagnose delayed-onset food allergies or chemical sensitivities. Although some such tests are marketed by clinics and laboratories, I have found the rate of false positive and false negative results to approach 50%. Even with testing, it is still necessary to eliminate all (or most of) the offending foods for 30 days or more to confirm the results. Then to provoke symptoms by adding them back. It would be nice if there were an easier method. But I have not found one.

http://drcranton.com/elimination_diet.htm

I've also been told that a large percentage of folks that have problems with gluten also have problems with casein.

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the kit comes with several forms you'll need to fill out...and one of those your doc will sign.

MOst Excellent. Site says 2-5days for delviery. Once that arrives I'll stop by my docs and see if i can get them to sign it. Worht a $20 copay if they will do it thats for sure! :D

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I had the ELISA tests run and it said I didn't react to anything but paprika and some obscure mold. :blink: Yet, I know from listening to my body I have very strong reactions to gluten and casein. It's frustrating, but I've found the tests aren't helpful for me. I never understood why, but I found this quote...

http://drcranton.com/elimination_diet.htm

I've also been told that a large percentage of folks that have problems with gluten also have problems with casein.

My doctor basically told me that the ELISA tests don't work (well, anyway), so he tried to steer me clear of them. Still haven't gotten any done, but I guess there are people out there that might argue for your intolerance to gluten, etc. since the tests don't seem to work for everyone. Who knows, certain things work for certain people. Best thing to do is to take everything with a grain of salt and just listen to your body. Vydorscope, good luck with the test!

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My doctor basically told me that the ELISA tests don't work (well, anyway), so he tried to steer me clear of them.

My (conventional) allergy doctor sent me away with a card for a psychologist :P

Here are some quotes from The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (Michael Murray, ND):

"The skin-prick test or skin-scratch test commonly employed by many allergists only tests for IgE mediated allergies. Since only about ten to fifteen percent of all food allergies are mediated by IgE, this test is of little value in diagnosing most food allergies."

also -

"Most nutritionally oriented physicians now employ blood tests to diagnose food allergies. Despite a tremendous amount of scientific support, for some reason the diagnosis of food allergy and blood testing is still somewhat controversial in conventional medical settings. ... A variety of blood tests is available to physicians, with the ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test appearing to be the best and most popular laboratory method currently available (and reasonably priced). This test can measure IgE, IgG, IgG4 and IgA antibodies, therefore identifying both the immediate and delayed allergic reactions. ... One of the key advantages of the ELISA over other laboratory methods is its ability to measure IgG4 antibodies. This subclass of antibody was initially thought to act as a blocking antibody, thereby exerting protective effects against allergy. However, it now appears that IgG4 antibodies are actually involved in producing allergic symptoms."

Anyway - worked for me ;)

- Michelle :wub:

P.S. Note that I had a *very* LOW reaction to gluten containing grains in this test - So, it will not pick up celiac disease, since that's not an allergy ;) (But you guys already knew that :rolleyes: )

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