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Testing for Food Allergies Food allergies and Intolerances can literally be one of the most confusing and stressful topics. So many people think they may have a food intolerance but have absolutely no idea where to start when trying to figure out what foods it is that they may be intolerant to and granted, it is an absolute minefield – so many foods it could/couldn’t be and so many different types of reactions the body can have when intolerant to a particular food/food group. Not only is there an array of wonderful symptoms to deal with such as rashes, tiredness, sickness, bloating, tummy pains and changes in bowel movement –to make things even more confusing, these symptoms may also vary in how quickly they appear/last after eating the food that triggers them. So yes, it is somewhat an impossible task.
Firstly, it is important to note the difference between ‘Food intolerance/sensitivity’ and ‘food Allergies’. Whilst food allergies occur in around 2% of the population, food intolerances are much more common and are estimated to occur in around 45% of the population. Unlike allergic reactions to food which occur within 2 hours or less, reactions to food intolerance are usually delayed, and symptoms may take up to 72 hours to appear after eating the trigger food(s).
Food Sensitivities, although not a severe disease – agreed, can still take over someone’s life –Many people with food intolerance experience more than one of the symptoms below
Chronic Fatigue and low energy
Recurring pain and discomfort
Bloating the fluid retention
Digestive upset, heartburn
Irritable bowel syndrome
Depression and Mood swings
Asthma and breathing difficulties
There are a number of ways to test for food allergies and intolerances and many different opinions on which is the most reliable and accurate. You can opt for blood tests, or log a food and symptoms diary followed by an elimination and reintroduction programme working closely with your doctor.
Alternatively, there are a number of different holistic and naturopathic methods of looking at our food intolerances. You may have read some of our previous posts on how Chinese medicine looks at the flow of energy through our body’s, concluding that a healthy body is a balanced one. Many of the intolerance tests work under the same premise…
The SCIO (Scientific Consciousness Interface Operations System) is the most advanced system of therapy available in energetic medicine. The SCIO combines all known applications of Biofeedback and operates through a unique medical software, which is the largest in its field to date. The device works on the theory that stress disrupts the inherent electromagnetic frequencies at which the body’s cells resonate. Life itself is about energy flow because everyone runs on electrical energy. We are all energy beings. Since the 1930s, scientists have discovered that all forms of life resonate or vibrate at particular frequencies. Everything – all our tissues, cells, organs, emotions and thought patterns have their own unique electro-magnetic fields, as do allergens, viruses, bacteria and fungi. Therefore imbalances that reside in our bodies and minds can be detectable and reduced via the correction of their particular electro-magnetic fields.
How does the SCIO Test work?
The process, although it doesn’t look it mind, is completely harmless and painless. The SCIO is connected to you via a headband and wrist and ankle straps. These send and receive the electromagnetic signals to the body. The SCIO is then connected to a computer, which runs the sophisticated software needed for effective applications.
The SCIO has a database of test frequencies for over 9000 substances, which makes this machine unlike any other. It scans the body (much like a virus-scan on a computer) against its vast library of 9000 test substances and then produces a list of items that are causing stress in the body through identifying the imbalances in energy. The SCIO is able to scan your entire body at a speed of approximately 1/100th of a second for each substance. Therefore the testing procedure is completed in only approximately 3 minutes.
The practitioner will write down all the substances and foods that may be causing you stress as the test is carried out. It is important to remember here, some of our previous posts on a damaged gut and digestive tract. I have had the test twice now, once when I was really poorly and having a flare up and once when I was symptom free. Some of the foods that came up as a ‘NO’ in the first test didn’t in the second. Don’t be scared by the long list of foods that may come up as ‘NO’s – it doesn’t mean no forever. Only until you begin to heal, you can then work closely with Maria to re-introduce certain foods.
If you are bored of not knowing what is causing your discomfort or stressed out with trying to go and figure it out – go and visit the Surrey Centre for Natural Health. If you aren’t in surrey – google search SCIO in your local area or ‘naturopathic food sensitivity testing’.