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Has Anyone Tried Using The Gluten Flow Through Rapid Test

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to test a product for gluten? The webpage to see what I mean is:

http://www.elisa-tek.com/Rapid%20GFT%20Page.htm

I'm planning on ordering a package of two tests, but was wondering if anyone has ever used it before or has any feedback. I read all the instructions and it seems it will work for my purposes. I used to use a protein drink, but occasionally I'd get a can that has what must be low levels of gluten and after a few days I begin to react. My dd was taking it and the same thing happened with her as well. My plan is to order this kit and test a container and if I can find one that tests o.k. I'll stock up on as many of the ones from that lot number as I can. I haven't been taking it for several months now and I'm not feeling well without it so I'm really hoping this works. I tried a dairy based protein to eliminate grain cross contamination issues, but found I now have a problem with dairy so it's no longer an option.

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Please don't waste your money. Learn to read labels instead.

It's not to test because I don't know if the ingredients are gluten free ingredients, they are. It's because there must be some level of cross contamination of the ingredients themselves occuring most likely during harvesting. Since the company at this point does not test their ingredients for gluten I'm basically testing the end product myself. I've had this same problem occur before with some cookies that were gluten free because I was eating them everyday and from what I can tell for me is that if it has low levels it accumulates. The cookies however I could live without, but I'm really hurting without this supplement. If the company tested for gluten I wouldn't bother, but they don't at this point. I'm trying not to get into too much detail, but I do have some other good reasons for doing the testing :o)

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It's not to test because I don't know if the ingredients are gluten free ingredients, they are. It's because there must be some level of cross contamination of the ingredients themselves occuring most likely during harvesting. Since the company at this point does not test their ingredients for gluten I'm basically testing the end product myself. I've had this same problem occur before with some cookies that were gluten free because I was eating them everyday and from what I can tell for me is that if it has low levels it accumulates. The cookies however I could live without, but I'm really hurting without this supplement. If the company tested for gluten I wouldn't bother, but they don't at this point. I'm trying not to get into too much detail, but I do have some other good reasons for doing the testing :o)

Perhaps we could help in finding you an alternative protein supplement, or alternative diet that provides more protein, instead. I'm guessing that would be a thriftier investment of your time. you could even buy rice protein and mix your own drinks?

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I just had success using both the HAVen flow through kit and the EZ Gluten kit. I was interested in testing the gluten and gliadin levels present in a green super-food drink called Tonic Alchemy. Before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease I enjoyed a variety of different super-food drinks on occasion. It was something I was hoping to incorporate back into my diet. I found both tests easy to use. EZ Gluten was simpler and something you could take with you when you travel to actually test soups & sauces, etc. The HAVen flow through test was a bit more complicated but very precise in it's results.

Both tests are designed to detect between 10-20ppm. The HAVen results are less black & white for a positive read. http://www.hallmarkav.com/GFT.Brochure.rev02.pdf

In today's testing with the HAVen kit a partial and barely visible positive dot started to show. Based on the interpretation scale this would indicate 25ppm. The EZ Gluten showed a positive result. I plan to test a couple more super-food drinks to see how the results vary. I think it is incredibly cool that you can satiate your curiosity about a product for between $12-$15.

Overall I like both the kits. I feel like the HAVen kit is a little more scientific but I wouldn't take it on my travels abroad because of it's many step process. Honestly, I do a lot of traveling and have never had the need to do a test. I "go without" a lot. Now that I know about the EZ Gluten test I might take it in the event I see something questionable. For tests I do at home I will most likely order more of the HAVen kits.

I can appreciate where you're coming from with your protein drink situation. I've enjoyed Jarro protien powder but I believe that is whey which would not be good for you.

Best of luck-

Martha

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I have had success with the tests. For example, once my son got sick when we hadn't made any changes to his diet. It was a contamination issue of a gluten free food. There was no suspect ingredient in the food. It was labeled gluten free. The company stated that they test to 5 ppm. There was no warning that it was processed in shared facilities. I started testing with the foods I suspected the most and I was able to find it on the second try. I was able to help my son get better without having to go back to basics and adding things one at a time. i was able to feel confident that I was removing the correct food. Well worth the cost.

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to test a product for gluten? The webpage to see what I mean is:

http://www.elisa-tek.com/Rapid%20GFT%20Page.htm

I'm planning on ordering a package of two tests, but was wondering if anyone has ever used it before or has any feedback. I read all the instructions and it seems it will work for my purposes. I used to use a protein drink, but occasionally I'd get a can that has what must be low levels of gluten and after a few days I begin to react. My dd was taking it and the same thing happened with her as well. My plan is to order this kit and test a container and if I can find one that tests o.k. I'll stock up on as many of the ones from that lot number as I can. I haven't been taking it for several months now and I'm not feeling well without it so I'm really hoping this works. I tried a dairy based protein to eliminate grain cross contamination issues, but found I now have a problem with dairy so it's no longer an option.

Holiday 16, in my opinion, you are going to love it (testing that is). You just can't beat having a way to know for sure if a product does/does not have gluten. According to the manufacturer, the EZ gluten is 99% accurate. Be careful as you will get hooked on testing! Welcome to the new, improved, gluten free (because I can test and prove it) modern world! All the best, Mike

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I have ordered and used the EZ gluten test strips since posting this (I had used the Haven ones before). Unfortunately, the protein drink I want to test overloads the sample. I started using half the amount to test which the company said means I am then testing for 20 ppm and not 10. Seemed to be fine though and it was at least working that way.

I had no positive results on anything I tested so I got lazy and when I opened a new case of protein I didn't test it. I started having the same reaction I did the last time I happened to get a can w/ low levels of gluten. It's not a typical gluten reaction. Over several days I started having essential tremors and began to go into the start of a trigeminal neuralgia episode. The only TN episode I had before this was the last time I had protein w/ low levels of gluten. My dd was also taking it and after a few days it hit her hard.

I tested it and within the 10 minute window it seemed to test neg., but a short while later I noticed it had a very faint positive. I called the company and they said when it's after the 10 min. window they can't guarantee why it does that, but they do suspect it means it contains levels below what the test can test for. I retested using the full amount (remember I used half before) and it did overload the sample, but I let it sit a while and when I was able to read it there was a stronger positive than before. I've done these tests in the past and while I do read them within the time frame I let them sit and look at them later and there was never a positive and I didn't react to the product. This time I had a reaction and after sitting for a while a positive test. I know the company can't say that's a positive, but in my experience at least w/ this product it was.

I stopped taking the protein and the TN went away and the tremors. To be honest after seeing how soybeans are harvested and knowing that farmers use the same equipment to harvest other crops I'm amazed that all soy products aren't contaminated. I grew up in farm country and talked w/ other farmers and they agree.

I'm fortunate that if I get a positive hit when I test this protein I have someone who will take the case back and give me a new one so I can test that. This way I only have to test one can out of 6 rather than testing each one. Much cheaper that way!

The one good thing is I can tell my Drs. for sure that gluten is the cause of the TN. Everyone dismissed it before as a possible cause and now there is no doubt. I googled it at the time and did find this article:

http://neurologicalillness.suite101.com/ar...minal_neuralgia

I was tested for MS because of this and it was negative. Never ceases to amaze me what gluten can do!!!

Paulette

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That is very interesting that leaving it for longer can get a low positive result to show up. From now on, I will look again after longer. I did notice once that when I looked later, I saw a faint positive that I hadn't noticed before, but I thought I just hadn't looked hard enough before. I think weak positives show up better under fluorescent light. I need all I can do to make the test more sensitive. My son and I both react to really small amounts. Thanks for sharing.

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That is very interesting that leaving it for longer can get a low positive result to show up. From now on, I will look again after longer. I did notice once that when I looked later, I saw a faint positive that I hadn't noticed before, but I thought I just hadn't looked hard enough before. I think weak positives show up better under fluorescent light. I need all I can do to make the test more sensitive. My son and I both react to really small amounts. Thanks for sharing.

I always save the strips and look at them the next day. Several times there has been a faint positive (red, not just a white line) Also right after the test is complete, I hold the strip up to a bright light with the test side facing myself, shade my eyes with my hand. This gives a more finite look when wanting to really make sure. Mike

P.S. I also get major shakes and trembling after getting glutened. I hate it when this happens, scares me each time even though I know what it is causing it.....

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