Diagnostic Tests

April 29th, 2009 by Jean Duane

Rather than enduring years of suffering before finding out gluten or dairy or allergies to FOOD is your culprit, I am describing the tests I (finally) had to be diagnosed. Please keep in mind that I am NOT a doctor, or in any way connected to the medical field. Work with your doctor to determine the tests that are right for you.
Typical Blood tests for Gluten Intolerance
? IgA tTG
? Deamidated gliadin peptide
? Gliadin AB IGG
There are a couple of tests for dairy intolerance. As I understand it, they are:
Milk-specific immunoglobulin E, and there is a ‘breath test’.
One GI doctor told me that he tests people for dairy intolerances by giving them a glass of milk and watching what happens over the course of a few hours. Think about that. If you had an anaphylactic reaction, you could die while he watched. He’d conclude you were allergic, but what a price!
One told me that I could go off of the GFCF (gluten-free, casein-free) diet once my symptoms disappeared. This is not true. The only way to thwart it off is a lifetime adherence to the GFCF diet. Even if your blood work clears up (antibodies decline); if you start eating gluten again, they will increase to fight off what your body deems an ‘enemy protein’.
Another told me that the true proof that a change in diet is working is when all of your previous symptoms are eliminated. That sounds right to me too, but you have to decide for yourself.
What tests did you have to help you get diagnosed? I’d love to hear what else is out there — bio meridian testing, muscle testing, etc. If you’ve had alternatives, please share them with others to streamline the diagnosis process. Thanks! (c)Alternative Cook, LLC 2009. All Rights Reserved.

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One Response to “Diagnostic Tests”

  1. Comment by linda

    This is great information. Thank you Jean.