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I just got back my blood test results for additional food intolerances. I tested intolerant to many, many foods. I am suppose to avoid them and be on a four day rotation diet. I can see avoiding all foods that I tested extremely and moderately intolerant to. However, I am wondering if it is necessary to avoid everything that I am mildly intolerant to.

I know a lot of people say that these blood tests aren't that accurate. I question that too since I had them done 18 months ago and gluten and gliadin didn't show up at that time. This time, there was no reaction to gliadin but a mild reaction to gluten. I tested positive to gliadin six months ago with a saliva test. Since I have eliminated gluten, would that cause the test result to be negative at this time?

No matter how I test for gluten, I know I have to avoid it. I am making progress in healing. My diarrhea and anxiety are gone and I am finally sleeping.

As my stomach continues to heal from avoiding gluten, will I be able to tolerate other foods without first giving them up?

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I believe if your body is reacting to something, it will continue reacting as long a it is continually exposed. It is what you might call "reaction set" at the moment, on high alert, and it needs time to calm down and realize that it is not going to keep on being poisoned all the time. Once the sentries go off duty when you have healed, you can add back in those things that the body thought might be a problem, but it was only because the sentries were overzealous. :o

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Mushroom,

Have you had experience with food intolerance testing? I question some my results.

One example is that I tested extremely sensitive to lemon, mildy sensitive to grapefruit and not sensitive to lime or orange.

Another example is extreme sensitivity to zucchini, moderate sensitivity to cucumber and pumpkin, mild sensitivity to yellow squash and no sensitivity to acorn squash. I wonder where butternut squash fits in there as there was no test done on it.

The third one in question is extreme sensitivity to mackerel, mild sensitivity to talapia and no sensitivity to other seafood.

I wasn't expecting such a range within food groups.

Jackay

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Mushroom,

Have you had experience with food intolerance testing? I question some my results.

The only intolerance testing I have had done was in the 90's--skin prick testing which showed mild soy and corn, and then post-(self) diagnosis of gluten intolerance, when I had stool testing done which showed a sensitivity to casein and eggs, both of which (as far as I can determine by reaction) were incorrect. I was lactose intolerant but not casein, and eggs have always been a "go-to" food when I was sick. So I do think intolerance testing to foods is overly sensitive whereas celiac testing is, I feel, undersensitive.

I do not recall what all was tested back in the 90's but I know I had about 25 skin pricks. Sorry I can't be of more help. By the way, corn remains a problem food for me. I used to be able to eat our non-GM corn here in New Zealand, but now even that gives me problems. I can eat our grass-fed beef here but not the corn-fed beef in the U.S., only organic there. I got into an argument once with Whole Foods when they sold me some ground beef as organic and as soon as I ate it I knew it wasn't. Just like you know when you've been glutened.

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I did find in the booklet for the food intolerant tests that they are considered 83.4% accurate. I had been off eggs close to six months before I was tested. I only tested intolerant to egg yolks so may give egg whites a try.

I had a moderate intolerance to corn and there is corn starch in a prescription I take. I had a mild reaction to rice and that is in at least three of the supplements I take. Hopefully I won't need any of them too much longer. I see my doctor in a month so will see what he wants me to do about them.

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I can tolerate quite a bit of corn if it is, e.g., used as a binder in medications, some cornstarch in baking/cooking, so I guess I am saying if it is an ingredient in something. But I cannot eat a corn tortilla. So there are levels of tolerance/intolerance for me and maybe you (for everything but gluten!).

A lot of recipes call for just egg whites and egg replacer, or you can use applesauce in some cases, I understand.

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Maybe the binders are O.K. since they are such small amounts. I'm still at the healing stage and haven't been able to pinpoint too many things that I think are culprits.

According to the last tests, I can bring back some dairy and soy. I really am not interested in soy but am looking forward to trying cheese. I already tried kefir but that was colored with beet juice, which is an intolerance. I finished it up even after I found out beets were a problem. Maybe that's why my muscles feel worse today.

I won't be doing any baking since I'm suppose to avoid yeast sweeteners and refined grains due to a reaction to candida. That is one test I'm questioning since it has never been a problem before. I've been taking probiotics for years so feel that should be under control. It did suggest taking garlic, caprylic acid, berberine, grapefruit seed extract or Chinese bitter herbs for this. I'll see what my doctor has to say about this.

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I won't be doing any baking since I'm suppose to avoid yeast sweeteners and refined grains due to a reaction to candida. That is one test I'm questioning since it has never been a problem before. I've been taking probiotics for years so feel that should be under control. It did suggest taking garlic, caprylic acid, berberine, grapefruit seed extract or Chinese bitter herbs for this. I'll see what my doctor has to say about this.

Several forum members have taken caprylic acid with success; I remember some cautions about quantities of grapefruit seed extract???

Edit P.S. See this link:

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/index.php?showtopic=64801

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My Enterolab results showed intolerance to gluten, casein, soy, & eggs. I only suspected the gluten, so the others were shocking. I eliminated them all, & after a year I tried eggs again - no reaction at all! I have since eaten eggs many, many times with no adverse effects at all, which I'm so thankful about. I've inadvertently had soy (I didn't realize it was an ingredient in certain foods I had at Chipotle) & have gotten sick every time, so I think that one remains out. I want to reintroduce dairy in small portions to see if I can be successful as I was with eggs. However, I'm just recovering from what may turn out to be a corn intolerance, so I want my gut to heal a bit longer before I try yogurt or an aged cheese first.

Good luck! I think everyone's body is totally different in how it responds.

Keep us posted on what happens for you.

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Were these food intolerance tests or allergy tests? Allergy is a histamine response, and intolerance means you are not digesting it properly, most likely because your body isn't producing enough enzymes for that food.

If you are mildly allergic, then yes you can heal that allergy with a rotation diet. It's the same concept as allergy shots. Tiny exposure to the allergen makes the body build up resistance to it and quite producing histamine when you eat it. However if any of your allergies is severe then you cannot eat it because you risk anaphylaxis and death. Even mild allergies can one day become severe and cause anaphylaxis so if you have ANY true food allergies you must carry an epi pen.

Now with intolerances, as your gut heals, then you might be able to eat things like dairy and whatnot again because your body will be producing the right enzymes that you need to digest those things.

The distinction between allergy and intolerance is crucial because a food intolerance will not cause anaphylaxis and possible death, but an allergy can and must be handled carefully.

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I wanted to add that if allergy tests come up negative, but a food makes you sick they will generally consider it an intolerance.

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Mushroom,

Have you had experience with food intolerance testing? I question some my results.

One example is that I tested extremely sensitive to lemon, mildy sensitive to grapefruit and not sensitive to lime or orange.

Another example is extreme sensitivity to zucchini, moderate sensitivity to cucumber and pumpkin, mild sensitivity to yellow squash and no sensitivity to acorn squash. I wonder where butternut squash fits in there as there was no test done on it.

The third one in question is extreme sensitivity to mackerel, mild sensitivity to talapia and no sensitivity to other seafood.

I wasn't expecting such a range within food groups.

Jackay

I totally understand your issue. My allergist just placed me on the rotation diet to figure out what I am allergic to. I am of course highly sensitive to gluten. Somewhat to lemons, grapefruit,and other citrus. I also noticed that I cannot tolerate some raw veggies. I have noticed however that healing is taking taking place as long as you avoid the things that cause trouble. My sores have started going away on my mouth and I do not have as much periphial nueropathy. My skin condition is not as bad but returns when eating something agrivating. My gastroenterologist also suggested I try bowel retraining to get my bowel habits and food digestion normal again. There is hope. Just keep trying to figure out what is causing you trouble and stop eating it. there are so many foods to choose from that we have to eat. Just be creative.

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How was you tested for other intolerances? Was is a blood test thru your doctor?

I have multiple intolerances although this was thru elimination and my naturopath.

I am taking lots of supplimenets from my naturopath to repair my gut and hopefully in time I should be able to tolerate more foods. Or so I am told!

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I already tried kefir but that was colored with beet juice, which is an intolerance. I finished it up even after I found out beets were a problem. Maybe that's why my muscles feel worse today.

I have always tended to avoid beets for no particular reason other than that here they are generally pickled. So I roasted some along with some other roasted vegetables I know are safe for me, and had a pretty violent reaction to them. You are the only other person I know of who reacts to beets :unsure::blink:

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How was you tested for other intolerances? Was is a blood test thru your doctor?

I have multiple intolerances although this was thru elimination and my naturopath.

I am taking lots of supplimenets from my naturopath to repair my gut and hopefully in time I should be able to tolerate more foods. Or so I am told!

My blood test was through my doctor who is an osteopath. The test was for intolerances, not allergies. My symptoms are insomnia, muscle pain, headaches, anxiety and diarrhea. I do think it is only gluten that caused the insomnia and diarrhea but other intolerances causing headaches and muscle pain. I'm still trying to figure out all the other intolerances since the muscle pain changes daily in severity. Right now I have the headaches under control.

Back when I was seeing a naturopath, she kept insisting that I could eat anything as long as I took supplements to balance things out. I just kept getting sicker and sicker. I am having better luck with my osteopath.

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Thanks for the info, I might check out an osteopath, I am happy with the Naturopath although like you mentioned taking suppliments is not a way of life forever, my bank account cant handle that :)

Has your osteopath advised that you will improve or its a lifelong thing to avoid those foods?

Thanks :)

Lisa

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Thanks for the info, I might check out an osteopath, I am happy with the Naturopath although like you mentioned taking suppliments is not a way of life forever, my bank account cant handle that :)

Has your osteopath advised that you will improve or its a lifelong thing to avoid those foods?

Thanks :)

Lisa

My oseopath feels that I should be able to bring back all or most of the foods I tested sensitive to except for the gluten. That is the only definite one that I have to avoid forever.

My osteopath also has me try a lot of supplements. Unfortunately, I have had extreme reactions to any herbal ones that I've tried, mostly urinary pain and frequency. Right now I supplement with a mutlivitamin, Vitamin D3, Magnesium, Vitamin B12, calcium, melatonin, L-Theanine and probiotics. He feels I don't need the mutivitamin now but I am still taking it since I am an avoiding quite a few fruits and vegetables because of intolerances.

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I just got back my blood test results for additional food intolerances. I tested intolerant to many, many foods. I am suppose to avoid them and be on a four day rotation diet. I can see avoiding all foods that I tested extremely and moderately intolerant to. However, I am wondering if it is necessary to avoid everything that I am mildly intolerant to.

I know a lot of people say that these blood tests aren't that accurate. I question that too since I had them done 18 months ago and gluten and gliadin didn't show up at that time. This time, there was no reaction to gliadin but a mild reaction to gluten. I tested positive to gliadin six months ago with a saliva test. Since I have eliminated gluten, would that cause the test result to be negative at this time?

No matter how I test for gluten, I know I have to avoid it. I am making progress in healing. My diarrhea and anxiety are gone and I am finally sleeping.

As my stomach continues to heal from avoiding gluten, will I be able to tolerate other foods without first giving them up?

Hello, I realize you posted this in december.lol But I am new here and wanted to respond. I was just diagnosed with Celiac's disease and I also did the food intolerance testing. I used Lame Advertisement. From what I have learned so far...after first finding out about celiac most people have a very damaged small intestine...which causes us to have a thing called leaky gut syndrome. This is what causes the multiple food intolerance's. However, once your intestines heal, most of them probably go away! Along with the lactose intolerance, but some people just can't digest lactose, period. I have around 96 food intolerances on top of not being able to have gluten. My test showed no reaction to gluten, but a mild reaction to gliadin. That confused me at first, but then realized the test they did was not a celiac test...so it had nothing to do with my celiac disease. I trust the test because even after being gluten free/dairy free for 3 months I still have bad stomach issues, and this is because of these other food intolerances. They suck, but if eliminating them is what it takes to finally get better, then its worth it!

What were some of yours? Just curious.

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