If you suffer from allergies, we provide food testing

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We are a Functional Medicine provider offering a range of tests and treatments to assist with the symptoms of allergy, food sensitivity and intolerance. We offer a highly qualified specialized approach with over 15 years of experience in treating allergies, digestive health and irritable bowel naturally. We supply customers and practitioners throughout Australia with simple self testing kits or in clinic testing, for a full range of Functional Medicine Pathology Tests, assessment and management.

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Simple, fast & accurate testing for food allergy & management of food intolerances

Are food reactions causing your health problems?

We offer a range of tests and treatments to assist you with the symptoms associated with allergy and intolerance.  Triggers may be foods, food additives, environmental influences or inhaled substances.

Symptoms of allergy include hay fever, eczema, hives, asthma or anaphylaxis. Symptoms of food intolerance are many and varied including IBS, bloating, migraine, constipation, diarrhoea and fatigue to name just a few. There are many misconceptions around food allergy and intolerance or sensitivity.

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We specialize in both Allergy and Food Intolerance or Sensitivity.
With over 15 years of experience in working with allergies, digestive health and irritable bowel, we can help you find your triggers and manage your symptoms effectively. We aim to educate and assist you in deciphering which foods are problematic for you and then manage your diet with either short term or longer term diet plans, shopping lists and recipes. We supply customers and practitioners throughout Australia with simple self testing kits or in clinic testing, assessment and management.
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Our tests quickly and easily identifies what foods you need to avoid in your diet. We use state of the art testing methods and duplicate tests for added accuracy.

With over 15 years experience, our practitioners produce an easy to follow visual report. Restoring digestive and immune health can also improve sensitivities.

We offer supervision and support for elimination diets or diet restrictions, with education, shopping lists, recipes, diet plans and re-introducing foods into the diet. CLICK HERE to learn about the revolutionary personalized nutrition and recipe software – VICTUS nutrition.

A modified diet needn’t be boring and bland!

Allow us to help you enjoy food again today.

Special: Order any test and receive 1 months free access to your personalized nutrition software including wholesome recipes tailored to your results.

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Allergies

Allergies are very common and rapidly increasing in Australia and New Zealand, effecting around 1 in 3 people at some time in their lives.

There are many causes and symptoms range from mild to life threatening. Allergy is also a major factor associated with asthma. Allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to allergens or substances (food, environmental or inhaled) that are otherwise harmless.

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Atopy or atopic refers to the genetic tendency to be allergic and these people may also suffer from asthma or eczema.

The most common causes of allergy in Australia are; peanuts, cow’s milk, soy, seafood, eggs, pollen, dust mite, cat or animal fur, stinging insects, moulds and medicines.

Symptoms of allergy include hay fever, eczema, hives, asthma or life threatening anaphylaxis. Symptoms occur immediately and up to 3 hours after ingestion or contact with the substance.

Hospital admissions for severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) have doubled over the last decade in Australia, USA and UK. In Australia, admissions for anaphylaxis due to food allergy in children aged 0 to 4 years are even higher, having increased five fold.
Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment.

Symptoms include swelling of the face, lips, eyes or tongue, difficulty or noisy breathing, wheeze, tightness in the chest, hives or welts, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, confusion and collapse.

Anaphylaxis requires complete avoidance of the food or substance. Re-introduction of allergic foods should only be done under strict medical supervision.

For more information on Anaphylaxis and it’s management click here.

Two testing methods are available for detecting allergens; IgE blood tests (formerly called RAST testing) and skin prick testing.
We offer a range of IgE tests that quickly and accurately assess a wide range of foods (96 foods are tested simultaneously), inhalants and environmental triggers including all the most common causes of allergy.

These easy to follow visual reports then offer patients and their practitioners a useful tool for avoidance and management of allergy triggers.

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Food Intolerances & Sensitivities

Not all adverse reactions to foods are due to allergy. The term allergy is often misused to describe a range of adverse reactions to food that aren’t life threatening but certainly result in a wide range
of uncomfortable symptoms.

Food sensitivities are very common, occur at any age, triggering many different symptoms and are associated with a variety of disorders.

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Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Food Sensitivity

  • Acne
  • IBD & IBS
  • ADHD, Autism (ASD), Behavioural and learning difficulties
  • Insomnia
  • Arthritis, aching joints, inflammations
  • Irritability, poor concentration and memory, foggy thinking
  • Asthma
  • Migraine, headache
  • Bladder infections, incontinence (bladder and bowel)
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, reflux, abdominal discomfort, gas
  • Otitis media / recurrent ear infections
  • Postnasal drip, runny nose
  • Psoriasis
  • Coughing, frequent colds, poor immunity
  • Weight gain, obesity, unresponsive to diet and exercise
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Eczema, psoriasis & rash
  • Fatigue, malaise
  • Cravings, food addictions
  • Growing pains, restless leg
  • Fluid retention

These reactions may be due to intolerance or other adverse reactions;

Food Intolerance or Sensitivity

  • Non-Coeliac gluten intolerance, sensitivity to diary, corn, wheat, eggs and many other foods symptoms appear 2 – 72 hours after consumption of the food symptoms are varied and the mechanism is poorly understood

Coeliac Disease

  • Coeliac disease is not an allergy, but does involve an immune system response to foods containing gluten. When gluten-containing cereals (like wheat) are eaten, inflammation of the gut occurs, resulting in poor absorption of nutrients.
  • Major symptoms are gut upset, fatigue, anaemia or weight loss.
  • Screening is done with a Coeliac profile and definitive diagnosis with biopsy during colonoscopy

Overindulging

  • Too many fatty foods, caffeine, alcohol or too large a serving to digest comfortably puts a strain on the gall bladder, liver and gut and results in symptoms after eating.

Toxic Reactions

  • Food poisoning, improper cooking or storage, poor hygiene
  • Gastro or parasitic gut infestations – acute or chronic – PCR Multiplex stool test can identify these parasites

Enzyme Deficiencies

  • Some may be aided by enzyme supplementation
  • Lactase – lactose intolerance, protease – poor protein digestion, aldehyde dehyrogenase – alcohol intolerance
  • Lactose intolerance results bloating, wind, nausea and diarrhoea after having dairy products and is diagnosed with breath testing

Malabsorption

  • Requiring diagnosis with breath testing and FODMAP diet
  • Thought to be a major cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Fructose malabsorption, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

Food Additives

  • Colours, flavours, preservatives, flavour enhancers
  • For a full list of what to avoid click here

Food Chemicals

  • Glutamates (camembert cheese, parmesan cheese, tomatoes, soy sauce and mushrooms).
  • Tyrosine (wine, beer, cheese, milk, egg white, chocolate, pickled herring)
  • Amines (chocolate, cheese, wine)
  • Histamine (wine, cheese, fish, spinach, crustaceans, tomato, sausage, sauerkraut)
  • Salicylates (wide range of fruits and vegetables)
  • Common causes of behavioural disorders in children, flushing, migraines, nasal congestion

Psychological Factors

  • Food aversion
  • Anxiety and stress effect symptoms as we further study the intricacies of the ‘gut-brain’ connection

 

It is important to realise that reactions to these substances are not due to allergy, and so allergy testing alone (IgE or skin prick testing) is of little use in helping decide what to avoid.

The classification and testing of food sensitivities has been controversial. In addition, symptoms are often subtle and sometimes masked. With food intolerance reactions you may not experience symptoms each time you eat the food, it may be only when a threshold is reached by eating one or a combined number of foods. Further-more, multiple causes contribute to food sensitivities, making this area difficult to study.

The diagnosis and management of adverse reactions to food is based on your history, response to treatment and testing where necessary.

We specialize in both true allergy and intolerance or sensitivity.

We can help you work through which foods are problematic for you and then manage your diet with either short term or longer term diet plans, shopping lists and recipes.

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Elimination Diets

A full Elimination diet is the ‘Gold Standard’ and most accurate way of assessing all food intolerance. However, this requires removing all possible sensitive foods and bringing them back into the diet one at a time. This is complex, very restrictive, takes approximately 3 months and is best done under the supervision of a trained practitioner. We recommend the RPAH Elimination Diet Handbook as a useful guide.

Elimination diets are not recommended long term due to possible nutritional deficiencies that may develop.

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Alternatively individual food groups may be eliminated, such as wheat, dairy, additives and preservatives or yeast. This can be advised in your initial consultation and can relate to what symptoms you have been experiencing.
We also offer a simple test that quickly and easily identifies what foods you need to avoid in your diet.

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Testimonials

I had the IgG finger prick food intolerance test done for my young son with Autism. After only a month of following the recommended diet changes, his speech therapist and paediatrician both asked what I had changed. They could already see the improvements.

Initially I took my 6 year daughter to see Sandra after suspecting she was intolerant to certain foods. Sandra promptly diagnosed a couple of food intolerances and advised on changes to be made to my daughter's diet through food substitutions, recipe ideas and recommended relevant reading material. By eliminating certain foods and taking daily vitamin supplements the changes in my daughter's overall health, energy levels and behaviour have improved enormously over a 6 month period. Sandra continues to offer ongoing support and encouragement.

I was so amazed with the results; the whole family have now been tested.

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