Food Sensitivity Tests
Our Dedication to Find You Answers
We have searched high and low, comparing multiple labs and lab practices to find you the best and most comprehensive, wide ranging tests out there. So naturally we stumbled across the LRA by Elisa/Act Biotechnologies. This test will get you the right results the first time because they purify the substance being tested and combine it with your blood.
- No needing to consume the foods you might think you’re allergic to.
- Less likelihood of a false positive or false negative
- The most solid jumping off point that we could think of to get you started with the right diet first.
Each food sensitivity test comes with a 30 minute results consultation with Olyvia.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why You Need a Food Sensitivity Test
Why is it important to test you immune system?
More than 50% of Americans with chronic health problems have an immune system dysfunction or autoimmune condition, according to the latest data.
What conditions can a dysfunctional immune system lead to?
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Ileitis), asthma, migraine, multiple sclerosis, eczema/psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis (and over 100 connective tissue diseases), fibromyalgia, CFIDS, chronic viruses, thyroiditis and other conditions where the body attacks itself, chronic adrenal fatigue, brain fog/inability to concentrate and get things done, headaches/migraines, behavioral changes (mood swings and depression)
Specifics About the LRA Test
How is the LRA testing done?
A sample of your blood is taken and separated into white blood cells and red blood cells. After this the white blood cells are then combined with a purified antigen (the substance that is being tested) and left to react. Later, this sample is looked at to see how the lymphocytes in your white blood cells reacted to the substance being tested. If your lymphocytes activated then you are considered reactive and therefore have a sensitivity to that substance.
How accurate is LRA test?
Based on over 70,000 cell cultures, this test produces less than .1% false-positives and less than 1% false-negatives, aka very accurate.
Do I have to be recently exposed to an item for the test to be accurate?
Nope. White blood cells have very long memory, meaning if you have ever been exposed and have a sensitivity to a substance that is being tested, it is likely to be picked up by your bodies defense system.
Does the LRA test for gluten intolerance?
It tests for sensitivities to gluten but this is different than an intolerance. An intolerance is a digestive issue where your body can’t break down the food right, which may not always trigger ones immune system.
LRA vs. Other Food Sensitivity Tests
What makes the LRA test unique?
1. The use of purified antigens.
2. Direct analysis of a patients lymphocytes.
3. Looking at all 3 types of delayed hypersensitivity reactions: reactive antibodies (IgG, IgM and IgA), immune complexes, and T cell mediated reactions.
Is the LRA the same as an IgG test?
No. The LRA test looks at ALL 3 delayed hypersensitivity pathways (noted above), not just IgG mediated reactions.
IgG antibody tests only look at the presence and amount of IgG, meaning they don’t distinguish between symptom provoking antibodies (the bad kind) and protective antibodies (the good kind). This can lead to more false positives and an unnecessarily long lists of foods to avoid.
Is the LRA like the ALCAT test?
The LRA test looks directly at the lymphocytes as they are exposed to the items being tested, therefore measuring true lymphocyte reactions.
In contrast, the ALCAT test measures changes in cell particle size, identifying anything that are 10 microns in size or more. Unfortunately, reactive lymphocytes are not the only particle that can be 10 microns or larger, again leading to an increase in false positives.
Will I always be sensitive to certain foods?
The short answer is maybe. Most sensitivities are acquired, and if you can repair the underlying cause, you could permanently lose the sensitivity and regain the ability to eat certain food. *yay!* Some sensitivities, on the other hand, are fixed. In other words, they are just a part of your makeup and therefore must be permanently avoided. *awe!* For the average person, anywhere between 80-90% of sensitivities are acquired and will go away if the body is given time to heal. *yay!*
How often should I repeat the test?
On average, if you follow your nutrition therapy program diligently, getting retested within 6-8 months will show major improvements.
How long will it take to get results?
Results are available within seven to ten days from the day the sample is submitted. Do NOT draw blood on Saturday’s, Sunday’s, the day before a holiday or a holiday itself. The package will not make it to the lab on time and blood will need to be drawn again. And let’s be honest, no one wants that.
Is LRA testing covered by insurance?
Possibly by your insurance company, but we do not charge insurance individually. Ask your provider if they cover out of network testing and how much they will reimburse you. Our test CPT code is 86353 and will always be marked “out of network”.
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