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So I'm having bad symptoms again and have decided I have to have some sort of test done even though I can't afford it at all. I think I will go with York labs but I'm wondering about them using IgG rather than IgA or IgE, which are more common in the GI. Has anyone read anything about this?

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I don't know the answer to your question. I did an allergy test at York labs this winter though, and was not thrilled. It took over 2 months to get results back and I've yet to have anyone help with the "one year of free support" of getting answers to my questions.

Let me know if you find somewhere better. I'd like to know. :) Thanks,

Merika

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Here is what York labs said:

From: "York Nutritional Laboratories, Inc." <info@yorkallergyusa.com> Add to Address Book

To: "'Melanie'" <fairybug02@yahoo.com>

Subject: RE: IgG vs IgE and IgA

Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 17:00:34 -0500

"York Nutritional Laboratories; Uses the well-regarded ELISA test."

- The Wall Street Journal, Friday, October 26, 2001 -

Dear Melanie:

Greetings and thank you for your inquiry in to the foodSCAN IgG ELISA

Food

Intolerance Test... the first and most comprehensive food intolerance

test

which does not require a blood draw!

When it comes to food allergy, there are basically two types:

* Immediate Food Allergy (Classic, Immediate-Onset, IgE-Mediated):

This

allergic reaction to foods involves the Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody

and

also involves MAST cells. It is the most understood, but least

occurring

immune response to foods. It only occurs in less than 2-3% of adults

and

less than 5% of children. The reaction time occurs anywhere from

seconds to

up to 2 hours and typically affects the skin, airways or the digestive

system. The most commonly known response is anaphylaxis, which can

result

in death. This type of food allergy is typically tested in a doctor's

office by means of a skin "scratch" test. Additionally, it only takes

a

single food to cause a reaction and it is typically a food that is

rarely

eaten.

* Hidden Food Allergy (Food Intolerance, Delayed-Onset, IgG-Mediated):

This

allergic reaction to foods involves the Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody

and

DOES NOT involve MAST cells. It is the lesser understood, but most

common

immune response to foods. It occurs in anywhere from 45-60% of the

general

population and affects children and adults equally. The reaction time

occurs anywhere from a couple of hours up to 2-3 days after consumption

of

the food. Any system, tissue and organ in the body can be affected and

there are over 118 medical conditions/symptoms that are either caused

and/or

provoked by this type of allergic response to foods including, but not

limited to, arthritis, weight gain, fatigue, high blood pressure,

arthritis,

Celiac Disease, sinus conditions, asthma and various digestive

disorders.

Conventional skin "scratch" testing is incapable of detecting this type

of

food allergy. Even more intriguing is that both a single food and a

combination of foods can cause a reaction and it is usually with foods

that

are regularly eaten.

Merika, that is odd that you haven't had a good experience with them. Most everyone who has posted on here have said they have been very helpful. I hope it gets better. Were you ok with the results you got?

There is another place that does something similar and charge $525 for the test. I have to think of the name though. I'll let you know. Melanie

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