Allergy Testing and Treatment
ALLERGY TESTING AND TREATMENT
Are foods making you sick? Inflammation and chronic activation of the immune system due to food intolerance has been linked to migraines, digestive disorders, obesity, chronic fatigue, ADHD, autism, arthritis, skin disorders, headaches, and much more. Diet plays a critical role in preventing many degenerative diseases and premature aging. Kennedy Health utilizes several methods of testing which may include blood tests and applied kinesiology. Our core technology measures personalized nutrition at the cellular level through blood testing which measures the body’s cellular response to a wide variety of foods, additives, colorings, chemicals, herbs, salts, etc., which tells us which substances may be causing a sensitivity-related response in the body. Results of the blood test determine appropriate treatment.
ALCAT stands for Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test and measures whole blood leukocyte activity to identify allergens which cause an increase in the leukocyte activity. The ALCAT is a diagnostic test for food intolerance and chemical sensitivities. ALCAT measures whole blood leukocyte activity to identify allergens which cause an increase in leukocyte activity. An electronic counter measures the change in number and size of leukocytes which have been incubated with purified food or mold extracts. A histogram is produced which reflects the cell count and cell size. The test samples are then compared with a “Master Control” graph. Typically, the results are used to establish elimination diets for many diseases.
Food allergy is an IgE immune system response that is typically characterized by hives, shortness of breath, upset stomach and in some cases anaphylaxis or death. The most common food allergies are to shellfish, wheat, dairy and nuts. The ALCAT Test does not detect “food allergies”. Food intolerance, on the other hand, is much more common than food allergies. This is an IgG immune response characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. It has been stated that upwards of 70-80% of the US population has food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus ineffectively treating the symptoms as the underlying cause is not addressed.