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jasonD2

Has Anyone Taken The Al Cat Test For Food Intolerances?

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my doc wants me to take it- its supposed to test intolerances to 300 foods as well as herbs, chemicals, etc. my diet is already so limited and am about 10 lbs underweight, so i hope im not opening a new can of worms by getting this test. not sure how much more food i can eliminate and if i do i may lose even more weight


Endoscopy & blood panel all negative 12/09 after being strict w/ gluten free diet

As of 8/09 - Candida Overgrowth, C.difficile overgrowth, elevated fecal anti-gliadin, elevated putrefactive SCFA's

Developed severe lactose intolerance, IBS and food sensitivities in 02 after contracting Giardia from a river in Oregon

Had negative celiac blood work in 02

Elevated stool anti-gliadin Ab (21 with 10 being cutoff for normal) - 2008

Positive for DQ8- 2008

Tested high positive for egg, dairy, soy, ginger, mustard - 2008

Lactulose/Mannitol (leaky gut) test indicated slight intestinal permeability

Improved with gluten free diet but still have spastic constipation

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Yes, I took it. I tested positive for wheat year ago by way of a traditional skin test. Recently I decided to eliminate wheat completely (which my doctors had never advised me to do...go figure) because I had been feeling fatigued for a long time. After doing so, I felt great for a few weeks, then began to feel dramatically worse and hade new GI symptoms. I went to an allergist, only to be told they only do inhaled allergens. My chiropractor recommended the above test, which I paid out of pocket for because I was desperate. Several items showed a positive reaction. As a result, I am left with a very restricted diet. Some of the items which showed a positive reaction do indeed bother me (burning mouth, etc). However, two allergists I have spoken with since then have said that it is not considered a reliable test, that it only shows that your immune system is working on foods you have recently eaten. Many of the foods which turned up positive on my test are foods I eat every week. A few are foods I never eat (ie lobster...yuk).

I understand the name of the test is banned on this website because they spammed it. I would love to know what other people's experiences have been with this. I am going to the GI doc tomorrow to discuss the GI symptoms. Have been gluten free 6 weeks as a result of the test, and do feel much better in the stomach.

Good luck with your process!

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actually my doctor said the test was worthless. his practice submitted several split samples and they got different results each time and that the method for testing is ancient. When he confronted (Company Name Removed - They Spammed This Forum and are Banned) they didnt know what to say and just refunded the $


Endoscopy & blood panel all negative 12/09 after being strict w/ gluten free diet

As of 8/09 - Candida Overgrowth, C.difficile overgrowth, elevated fecal anti-gliadin, elevated putrefactive SCFA's

Developed severe lactose intolerance, IBS and food sensitivities in 02 after contracting Giardia from a river in Oregon

Had negative celiac blood work in 02

Elevated stool anti-gliadin Ab (21 with 10 being cutoff for normal) - 2008

Positive for DQ8- 2008

Tested high positive for egg, dairy, soy, ginger, mustard - 2008

Lactulose/Mannitol (leaky gut) test indicated slight intestinal permeability

Improved with gluten free diet but still have spastic constipation

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my doc wants me to take it- its supposed to test intolerances to 300 foods as well as herbs, chemicals, etc. my diet is already so limited and am about 10 lbs underweight, so i hope im not opening a new can of worms by getting this test. not sure how much more food i can eliminate and if i do i may lose even more weight

I had the test done twice, about 18 months apart. The first time gluten didn't show up. I reacted to about 25-30 foods. I went on a strict four day rotation diet. I felt somewhat better for a while but that didn't last. Once I found out gluten was an issue through other testing, I had the the more extensive Al Cat test done. This time I reacted to about 70 foods and chemicals. Again, I avoided the severe and moderate ones but did eat some of the mild intolerance foods. I saw no improvement.

I would recommend an elimination diet over this testing.

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I would recommend an elimination diet over this testing.

Me too. If you can find an allergist who will help you with one that can be helpful. Not all allergists will so do ask before making an appointment.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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Wow, how did you get your money back? I would love to do the same, since it wasn't cheap, and I feel like a sucker for having spent $$ on this and other supplements, which I really can't afford, because I was desperate to feel better.

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