food allergies?

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shakes3
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   Posted 5/31/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently saw a nutritionist and she did some allergy testing and nutrient testing. Now I'm not completely satisfied with this technique so I'm getting one done through the doctor. I'm just curious to know if anybody has had allergy testing done. The one I had done was muscle testing. I would put my finger on a pressure point by me ear and hold out my left arm. She would then put a vile to my cheek and push down on my arm. If it went down I had an allergy. I heard that the blood testing doctors do aren't accurate but I need a second opinion to try and confirm the 15 million things that I'm apparently allergic to. I don't know whats worse UC or trying to create a diet not consisting of milk, eggs, wheat etc.etc.etc.
Diagnosed with moderate UC left side 2005
Salofalk 3pills x 3 times daily - No effect
2006 moderate to severe UC
Prednisone 25mg daily cycled down 5mg per week
Asacol 3pills x 2 times daily, remission achieved
2009 severe pancolitis
60mg prednisone cycled down 5mg per week
Remicade 3 infusions
3grams fish oil, 2 multivitamin, 1 Glutamine, 1 B12 and folic acid, 1 Calcium and D3, 4 Probiotic
Currently at 7.5mg prednisone,


jeanneac
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   Posted 5/31/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, all that food allergy stuff is so controversial. Every doctor has a differing opinion on what kind is valid etc... IgG, IgA, IgE blood tests, it all boggles the mind. Keep us posted, I for one would like to hear more about this topic. Good luck!
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis & diverticulitis
 54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta
good results w/ acupuncture


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a friend who is a nutritionist and she's kind of a quack so now I equate nutrictionist with quack. It really only requires a certificate to use the title nutritionist. Maybe I should be one...
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa at night + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!!
 


princesa
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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
One of the best - and cheapest - ways I've discovered to identify the foods you're allergic to is to do a pulse test. It stands to reason: if your body reacts to something, your pulse goes up. If you take your pulse before eating a food (seated, relaxed), then you take your pulse about 30 minutes after eating a food and it's gone up six beats or more - chances are you've found one of your problem foods. Anyone who's interested in learning more, check out the book The Pulse Test.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/31/2009 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
No offense, but that method (the arm pushing down thing, not the pulse thing) sounds like a huge load of bullsh!t.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa every other night, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Dr-A
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   Posted 5/31/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
fruitgirl said...
No offense, but that method (the arm pushing down thing, not the pulse thing) sounds like a huge load of bullsh!t.


Most people that have never experienced it would think that. It is actually really interesting. It's called kinesiology.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
L-Glutamine 5000 mg + 600 mg pyridoxal alpha-ketoglutarate
Probiotis/VitD3 5000IU+Ca/1000mg DHA


quincy
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   Posted 6/1/2009 3:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a friend do this for me ages ago....It's actually interesting.We didn't use a small vial, however..it was quick and I was pulling stuff from my fridge and cupboards.

She did it for herself while eating...trying to pull apart her own fingers..(thumb and forefinger linked into other hand thumb and forefinger).

I wouldn't call it an allergy, however, unless maybe one's muscle testing is extremely LOW...

It seems many practitioners test differently.

q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/1/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
The reason I said it was bullsh!t is because my mom visited a chiropractor once who did this to "determine" which supplements she needed. We had just moved and she was trying to find a new chiropractor because she has a lot of back and neck trouble due to a couple of car wrecks where she got whiplash injury. Anyway, this chiropractor said that certain supplements might help her pain, and proceeded to have her hold bottles of different supplements in her hand with her arm extended. The chiro said that if he could push her arm down, she needed the supplement. She noticed that when he "wasn't able" to push her arm down, he just squeezed harder with his hands.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa every other night, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


quincy
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   Posted 6/1/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what to think of it either, but there are too many shysters out there and not honest at all. Your mom's chiro business obviously was to also sell supplements.  Once some are sidelined, it gets complicated. 

I went to an iridologist and she wasn't very nice to me at all but my eyes were interesting in diagnosos....yes, at that time I was not doing so well and was very vulnerable emotionally. The concept is very cool, but her cutting remarks had me not going back...besides, I couldn't afford her gazillion supplements either.

I think it's cool, but would I follow it religiously...no. Out of curiosity if I felt crappy and suspected something didn't agree....I might try it myself and not pay someone to do it.

q


*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


talliecat
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 6/1/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I had this done in the past couple of weeks. I have been in a really bad flare since going off prednisone about a month ago. I was willing to try anything. I ended up going to a Naturopath dr who is also a chiro. She did some blood testing the first time and sent it to Genova labs to the tune of 250$. It came back that I was allergic to sole, cod and sardines all of which I would never eat. Also cows milk, casein, yogurt but not cheddar cheese? The next appt, she did the thing with the supplements but put them on my chest and had me push her hand with my leg. Luckily my body  did not like all of the supplements. She also gave me accupressure and an adjustment. I am not sure what worked or what didn't but I have been feeling great as far as UC goes but now I have a sinus infection. Fingers crossed..... at this point I will try anything.
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