This Elisa test checks 96 common foods against the three main
antibodies: IgA, IgG and IgM, giving the most comprehensive antibody
test I can find. I use this to find the most obvious signs of food
sensitivity. It can then be wise to combine this with the allergen cellular
test to find both antibody and other immune reactions. This
test is included in the Food Intolerance Test 2
for that reason.
Increased levels of IgG antibodies are an indication of recent food
hypersensitivity. However, I have chosen to add IgA and IgM to IgG
because, in some cases, IgG may not show up - if the immune reaction is
in the mucosal tissues for example.
Here is the info from Alletess lab in the US who do this test for me as
I cannot get it done in the UK:
The Comprehensive Food Sensitivity Panel measures serum concentration
of IgG, IgA, and IgM antibodies specific to 96 foods
• Measurement of food-specific IgG, IgA, and IgM may be useful
in determining whether a food sensitivity is present and, if so, the
antigen(s) causing the sensitivity
• Elevated antibody levels are an indication of food
sensitivities or various gastrointestinal or other disorders
• The assay is highly sensitive, specific and reproducible
• Methodology: Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
The complete list of foods includes specific fruits, vegetables, dairy
products, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, meat, herbs and spices.
Sensitivity to foods is an abnormal response to a food component
triggered by the immune system in the form of immunoglobulins (IgG, IgA
and IgM), representing
a delayed type hypersensitivity reaction. Food hypersensitivity may be
caused by many factors such as stress, infection, overeating,
artificial preservatives, additives, fungicides, molds, pesticides,
antibiotics, and environmental pollutants.
Among the many organs involved, the skin, gut, and respiratory tract
are most affected by food hypersensitivity reactions. Food
hypersensitivity contributes to many health problems and complaints,
including fatigue, migraine headaches, rhinitis, asthma, recurrent ear
infection, abdominal pain, irritable bowel, rectal itching, bedwetting,
arthralgia, eczema, urticaria, rashes, and anxiety.
Identifying and avoiding foods to which a person is sensitive can solve
many of these problems.
The following conditions may be associated with food sensitivity:
Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disease
Attention Deficit Disorder
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
(subject to chage without notice)
Sprout, Mung Bean
Please note that the sample needs to be centrifuged so you will need to have your blood sample taken at a place where that can be done - usually an NHS or private hospital (eg. BUPA or Nuffield have walk-in services and normally cost about £10) or a large GP surgery. Links to local hospitals will be sent to you by email with test instructions.