Food allergies are severe reactions that can even be life-threatening, sending someone to the hospital because they can't breathe, and you probably already know if you have a food allergy, such as an allergy to peanuts or shellfish. Since allergic responses are fast and furious, you often know that you have them and don't need to “test” for them.
Food intolerances, however, are an entirely different matter. They can be milder, but have a frustrating effect of provoking the immune system and increasing inflammation in the body, causing chronic fatigue, brain fog, skin issues, bloating, gas, constipation, nutrient imbalances, leaky gut, joint pain and beyond.
ELISA and ALCAT are two of the most common blood tests that claim to identify food intolerances. They basically look at how your blood responds when exposed to a specific food. ELISA measures something called an IgG antibody reaction. ALCAT measures white blood cell reactions. At first glance, these sound like plausible theories – after all: antibodies and white blood cells are part of your immune system, and if your immune system reacts to a food, that would obviously signify intolerance, right?
Not so fast! The immune system is incredibly complex. It turns out that some studies show that an IgG response to a food actually indicates tolerance, not intolerance! And white blood cells constantly change shape and activity anyway, so if they do that in the presence of a food, that doesn't mean the food was the trigger. Furthermore, many labs will test for a white blood cell's reaction to a “raw” protein, like raw chicken or raw eggs or raw beef and not the cooked protein. So it's not a surprise that you get these tests and then walk away with a frustrating, long list of foods you're “not supposed to eat”.
Not surprisingly, both tests are notorious for inconsistent results too. Some doctors have sent in two blood samples for testing from the same person at the same time on the same day for tests like ELISA and ALCAT, and received completely different intolerance reports!
That's exactly why we only recommend Cyrex Labs for both food allergy testing and food intolerance testing.
Cyrex Labs is an advanced clinical laboratory focusing on mucosal, cellular, and humoral immunology and specializing in antibody arrays for complex thyroid, gluten, and other food-associated autoimmunities and related neurodysregulation. Cyrex's Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of experts from a variety of medical and research disciplines, brings together the latest findings from medical research and the assessment needs of today's healthcare professionals. Out of this collaboration, Cyrex has developed the next generation of clinical lab testing that is required to care for present-day complex maladies.
Cyrex adheres to and surpasses the highest standards of clinical laboratory testing worldwide. A Cyrex-designed quality control criterion called The Double Assurance System (QC2‚Ñ¢) is the standard operating procedure at Cyrex Laboratories. In fact, Cyrex's proprietary QC2‚Ñ¢ method enhances the reproducibility, specificity, and sensitivity of all Cyrex arrays. Only Cyrex tests contain the accuracy enhancements provided by The Double Assurance System.
This means Cyrex is by far the most accurate method of food allergy and food intolerance testing you can get, and it doesn't give you a bunch of “false positive” results. It instead identifies with laser accuracy exactly what you should and should not eat, leaving you with zero guesswork.
Whe you get Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen, also know as Cyrex Labs Array 10, here is what's being tested:
You can get started with the gold-standard in food allergy and food intolerance testing by clicking here. Quit guessing about what you should or should not eat, and instead banish your gut issues and any other frustrating autoimmune and energy issues for good.