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    Deals
    does the nhs doctor do food intolerance tests for adults and
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    • 24th Apr 10, 3:24 PM
    does the nhs doctor do food intolerance tests for adults and 24th Apr 10 at 3:24 PM
    children? any recommended ones that are not too expensive but efficient to buy off the shelf? thanks in advance.
    i know that there is the yorktest.com . it says initially 19.99 or 9.99 but then a few hundred which am not sure waht that is all about and sounds expensive though does go through everything.any tips?
    Last edited by Deals; 24-04-2010 at 3:42 PM.
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  • plainsie
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    • 24th Apr 10, 4:03 PM
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    • 24th Apr 10, 4:03 PM
    children? any recommended ones that are not too expensive but efficient to buy off the shelf? thanks in advance.
    i know that there is the yorktest.com . it says initially 19.99 or 9.99 but then a few hundred which am not sure waht that is all about and sounds expensive though does go through everything.any tips?
    Originally posted by Deals
    When I did the York test, the first test just stated I was intolerant to something, I had to do a further test to find out what. I can't remember how much but not very cheap and depends on how many foods they check, you have a choice of certain food groups. It was a couple of years ago though. Did tell me I was intolerant to few things. I think it was good to do it. Good Luck.
  • pjk
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    • 24th Apr 10, 10:53 PM
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    • 24th Apr 10, 10:53 PM
    Having "been there, done that" with Yorktest and then seeing a proper specialist in London at 300 pounds for a half hour test session, it seems to be a pretty inexact science that's well marketed. As "plainsie" says, the Yorktest cheap option just tells you that there's something you MAY be intolerant of but it doesn't say what. To find out you have to go for the full test. I think almost everybody will show something so it seems the cheap test is really more of a "reel them in" marketing ploy.

    If you're concerned about a food problem I think the only way to really know is to cut it out completely for a couple of weeks and see if the symptoms you/your child has start to disappear. Common problem foods are wheat, dairy and eggs so those are the first ones to eliminate. If you don't see any improvement you can add them back. There's no magic bullet I'm afraid.

    If you are having a serious reaction like difficulty breathing or swallowing you need to consult a doctor ASAP to have them check it out and possibly give you medication either for general use (antihistamines) or emergency use (epi-pen).
  • jenniewb
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    • 25th Apr 10, 12:32 AM
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    • 25th Apr 10, 12:32 AM
    I think it was BBC watchdog who did a report on Superdrug who a few years (2 or 3) back offered allergy and intolerance tests. A reporter visited a few branches to take the test and got several different readings, was told she was either intollerant to everything or nothing at all...I think Superdrug have since withdrawn the tests.

    I think the only conclusive way is to keep a diary of your symptoms for two weeks (and if you have no symptoms maybe you don't need to do this) then cut out which ever food is in questin for atleast 2 weeks making sure you are thorough. Note down any symptoms along the top of the page, 14+ days down the side of the page, mark a tick whenever you notice a symptom, as time goes on see if there are any patterns.

    Don't forget though that aside from allergies (where the change is very in-your-face) and intolerances (where you get reactions at a slower pace and less sudden) there are also other things to consider like dust mites, reactions to washing powers, hayfever, taking certain pills or too many vitamins...food is not always to blame so really think about everything.


    I am at the moment trying this (cuitting out) with Dairy to see if it reduced my eczema as so many people have suggested it to me in the past 10 years. I started 2 weeks ago, thought I saw no difference...'till I realised the Carrot and Corriander Soup from Sainsburys I had been eating has cows milk in! You must be careful to read the label.
    It's now been about 5 days of properly cutting out Dairy and two weeks of cutting out what I thought was dairy. I wont really know for another week and a half if it has anything to do with my eczema but the itching has reduced quite alot infact, although my GP did also give me pills for Candidas (I have several skin conditions all at the same time) which could have also made a difference. Guess I wont know for sure 'till I add it back in to my diet.
  • plainsie
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    • 25th Apr 10, 7:46 AM
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    • 25th Apr 10, 7:46 AM
    I agree with pjk and jenniewb about the best way is cutting things out. The Yorktest helped me because it sent a lot of info, for example Yeast is one of the foods I'm intolerant to and I would never have realised that yeast was in vinegar, stock cubes, soy sauce, beer and fermented or ripe foods. Mushrooms and other fungi may cause a mild reaction as well.
  • melancholly
    • #6
    • 25th Apr 10, 12:00 PM
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    • 25th Apr 10, 12:00 PM
    just wanted to echo jenniewb's post about checking labels - when i was on a restricted diet the supermarket shop was twice as long.... couldn't have some sliced ham (for lunch, since buying it wasn't an option) as they add lactose to it and i was off dairy.... quite a scary experience all round when you read the whole ingredients list! for example - sainsbury's salad cream doesn 't have gluten but hellman's does.... it's not even the food type, it's the particular brand and item!

    as far as stock cubes go - the ingredients vary across brands - i haven't used oxo in a few years since i realised (from a post on the OS board!) that they have msg in them! knorr certainly used to but don't appear to any more.
  • weeneldo
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    • 26th Apr 10, 1:21 AM
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    • 26th Apr 10, 1:21 AM
    I think the best person to ask this question to would be your doctor. If you or your kids are experiencing certain symptoms, your doctor will be able to rule out any other causes of the problems.

    The problem with food intolerance is that while some people can have non-allergic adverse reactions to certain foods, there are also a lot of companies out there who just want to take your money and tell you any old rubbish to make you feel better.

    Personally, I would discuss your concerns with your GP. As a medical professional, he/she would have the best idea of whether food intolerance testing is medically necessary and the best way for you to go about getting it. I definitely wouldn't recommend going with some alternative practitioner for which there is no evidence and who is just interested in getting a load of cash from you.
  • busiscoming2
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    • 26th Apr 10, 6:18 PM
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    • 26th Apr 10, 6:18 PM
    Regarding the York test, I have just read an article in May's edition of Essentials magazine about a 53 year old lady who suffered for ten years with arthritis, she took the York test (9.99) and had to pay about 10 (she says) for a blood test at her GPs,she then had to keep a food diary for a month then have another blood test. She then sent everything away and within a fortnight she was told she was allergic to yeast, egg white and coconut. She cut them out of her diet and is much better.

    I wouldn't really like to say if food intolerence tests work or not. But my friend paid someone who does it from home to test her as she had been having terrible bouts of stomach pain and hospital couldn't tell her what was wrong. Result of the test showed she had Candida in her gut, changed her diet and hasn't had an attack for about a year.
  • Torry Quine
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    • 26th Apr 10, 6:22 PM
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    • 26th Apr 10, 6:22 PM
    You need to see your GP and ask to be referred to a dietician. The best way to determine any intolerances is by and exclusion diet and this is very dangerous to do without medical support. Reading labels becomes a habit very quickly if you do have any intolerances.
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