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I read an old thread on this topic, but many responders did not understand that ELISA/ACT is different from other blood tests for delayed food sensitivities. This is a specific type of testing for delayed (food and other) allergies that supposedly is more accurate, with fewer false positives and greater sensitivity, but the vast majority of the reviews and articles about it online are by the person/company that does the testing. Unlike typical food allergy (IgE) or food intolerance (IgG4) testing, this tests for lymphocyte response (LRA). I've had blood tests over the years for over 80 foods and have delayed allergies (aka intolerances) to dozens of foods (all IgE responses were negative, but many IgG4 were positive). I try to avoid those foods - or, if impossible to avoid, rotate so that I eat them no more often than every 5 days. But avoiding so many foods means I am eating other foods more frequently and so am likely to have become sensitive to those foods. I can't take the years to experiment starting with an elimination diet because I have a family to feed and a limited energy budget (I have ME/CFS and that comes with super-sensitivity to light, noise, and apparently foods, too). I've been making all meals from scratch - with many ingredients coming from my own, organic garden - for decades. I'm even trying to improve my gut flora and fauna with homemade kefir (water kefir cuz I'm allergic to dairy), raw fermented vegetables and inulin (in my homegrown sunchokes; the powdered inulin you can buy didn't have the same effectiveness). I've been journaling daily, foods and MANY other things that can affect symptoms for 10 years, but have so many sensitivities that journaling alone is not helping. The ELISA/ACT testing is expensive, but I'm certain I've spent more than the $1,700.00max over the years on buying and growing the few foods left that I CAN eat. I'd sure like to have a more accurate test of which foods are causing the many delayed symptoms I am experiencing. Please let me know if you have had the testing and whether it seemed it really was more accurate.
Having multiple food sensitivities can be frustrating (and downright painful), but finally identifying one that has been creating havoc in your life is like winning back some of your life. My biggest battle won was discovering the link between my bi-weekly migraines (not good when you are trying to work as a surgeon) and corn-starch (which, as most here know, is in almost everything, including most gluten-free foods). In my case, it was also in the powered gloves and toothpaste I used, plus the medication I took for the migraines! Corn starch also triggered Sjogren's Syndrome (an immune-mediated situation in which I have no tear production, no nasal mucus and no saliva production - painful!!) Anyone with chronic dry eye, dry mouth or dry nostrils should research this. Sjogrens, for me, is a mixed blessing/curse. Because it starts very, very quickly when I ingest or get exposed to an intolerable ingredient, I have learned that I can't tolerate some pretty weird things that I wouldn't have suspected would cause trouble. Short and sweet, the following triggers my migraines and/or Sjogren's Syndrome: corn starch, wheat/barley gluten, apples*, shrimp, cauliflower*, grapes*, plus exposure to artificial fragrances, cedar or pine chips, cat litter, molds & mildews, dog fennel and dust mites. (*even home-grown organic) Problematic, but dose-dependent: rice, raisins, cats. A godsend for me, to deal with fibromyalgia and neck/torso pain secondary to a very bad horseback-riding accident, is dry-needling done by my physical therapist. That and deep muscle work have given me a huge chunk of my life back. For those of you with similar corn-starch sensitivities, BC Powders (aspirin and caffeine) contain no corn starch, and they work well. My best to all.