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Does anyone have experiences with Great Smokies Lab (which has changed now and is called Genova)?

I am interested in other food allergy/intolerance testing. Are they FDA approved? Let me know if you have any words of wisdom.

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Does anyone have experiences with Great Smokies Lab (which has changed now and is called Genova)?

I am interested in other food allergy/intolerance testing. Are they FDA approved? Let me know if you have any words of wisdom.

Thanks

Laura,

I got the IgE/IgG allergy/intolerance test. It tested over 100 foods and I also had a seperate spice panel added on. I was *highly* reactive to everything and both myself and my Dr. were expecting to see LOTS of positives on the test. However....it was quite the opposite....I was intolerant to banana, alfalfa and some spices....that was it. These were all on a VERY low level. My Dr. was thinking she was looking at the wrong persons results but nope....they were mine.

Even though I react to everything there is not an IgG immune response going on at all. Its a whole different mechanism thats causing the reactions. Its obviously not IgE mediated either....that would be more obvious and I definately have no "true" allergies.

As for being FDA approved....I'm not sure??? Do labs need FDA approval?? I'm sure they are certified and have passed inspection and all that but I dont know anything about that process or who actually oversees the labs and deems them reliable.

Have you checked their website? They used to have a website....I'm sure you can also call them directly. I dont know that many mainstream Dr.'s will use Great Smokies...in my experience they do not. The allergists I've seen do not believe in this method of testing. Its more the naturopaths or alternative Dr.'s that use labs like Great Smokies.

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Rachel,

As always, you come through :) Thank you so much

Interesting about your negative responses....hmmm...makes me wonder. hmm.

I'll be thinking now. I think I am going to try and call them tomorrow.

Laura

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