The Truth Behind Your Allergies
Allergy to food has been associated with a wide range of medical conditions that affect virtually every part of the body. Mood and behavior are greatly influenced by food allergies.
Classical skin testing for allergies such as skin-scratch testing only measures IgE-mediated reactions. Assessment of relative IgG antibody levels identifies those foods against which the patient is producing antibodies. Measuring both relative IgE and IgG antibody levels provides an invaluable starting point for dietary intervention.
BioBalance offers both IgE and IgG Allergy Profiles. Differences are summarized below.
- IgE reactions are food allergies that are usually immediate to severe (within minutes). IgE Food Antibodies is a food allergy test which analyzes serum levels of IgE antibodies for 19 combined foods, as well as Total IgE. This is an ideal food allergy test for patients who may suffer an immediate reaction (allergy) or non-immune response to specific foods, such as peanuts or shellfish.
- IgG responses to foods are more common but instead of rapid onset, reactions occur in hours to days after consumption (4-72 hours). The profile measures IgG levels in blood that react to 90 different food, including corn, milk, eggs, and wheat. A food reaction patient guide is provided with each test result.
Nutrient and specialized diagnostics are provided through our exclusive laboratory partner, Genova-Metametrix Diagnostics (GDX: www.gdx.net)