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Food Sensitivity Testing

Food Sensitivities


Is it a food allergy or sensitivity?

The word “allergy” is confusing because many people use it as a fully encompassing generic term for true allergic reactions and nonallergic adverse reactions, also called sensitivities or intolerances.

Immune reactions can result from the different types of food allergies or food sensitivities you may possess. The most common foods causing allergic reactions are peanuts, soy, wheat, shellfish, fish, milk, eggs and tree nuts. Once identified, we recommend eliminating those problematic foods from your diet.

Food allergies are divided into two major categories: immediate and delayed.

When immediate food reaction occurs, sufferers experience symptoms within hours of having ingested the food. Symptom onset is rapid and may include tingling of extremities, wheezing, coughing, tightening of the throat, nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Sometimes in cases where nuts, shellfish, fish, and peanuts have been eaten anaphylaxis can occur. 

Immediate food reaction is a fixed food allergy. The food to which you are allergic will almost always provoke an immune reaction when ingested. In immediate reactions the body over produces what is called Immunoglobulin E antibodies, (IgE). IgE binds to allergens and and triggers an allergic response to any substance it sees foreign. Often, the reaction isn’t severe the first time, rather it is the second time of exposure that the acute reaction can occur.

A food sensitivity, as opposed to a food allergy, happens gradually and isn’t life threatening. Symptoms of a delayed food allergy can take up to 72 hours to appear. This type of immune response is mediated by the IgG antibody, which is the largest circulating antibody in our immune system and can cross the placenta from mother to child. IgG antibodies are the most common form of immunologic mediated food responses. It can be difficult to identify the offending food since we eat so many foods that go through different processes and have many ingredients. It is estimated that 20% of the population have an adverse reaction to a certain food.

Food sensitivities may be caused by many factors such as stress, infections, overeating, artificial preservatives, additives, molds, pesticides, antibiotics, and environmental pollutants. Unidentified food sensitivities can then contribute to many chronic health conditions: including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, autism, ADD/ADHD, eczema, chronic ear infections, gut malabsorption, insomnia and many others.

Transform Your Health

Improve your health by avoiding foods that cause inflammation in your body. Each person has a different make up and can have sensitivities to specific foods, which can affect the level of health. Below is a list of symptoms that can be caused by food sensitivities.

  • Respiratory
    Coughing & Wheezing
    Rhinitis
    Asthma
    Bronchitis
    Otitis Media
    Sinusitis

  • Dermatologic
    Acne
    Canker Sores
    Eczema
    Itching
    Urticaria (Hives)
    Angioedema
    Dermatitis

  • Musculoskeletal
    Joint Pain
    Low Back Pain
    Auto – Immune
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Systemic Lupus
    Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neurological
    Headache
    Fatigue
    Insomnia
    Irritability
    Depression
    Anxiety
    Migraine

  • Gastrointestinal
    Vomiting
    Diarrhea
    Bloating
    Infantile Colic
    Abdominal Pain
    Loss Of Appetite
    Constipation
    Malabsorption
    Gastritis
    Ulcerative Colitis
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Celiac Disease
    Weight Gain
  • Genitourinary
    Bedwetting
    Chronic Bladder Infections
  • Auto-Immune
    Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Systemic Lupus
    Multple Sclerosis

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  • "HEADACHES

    Before coming to Sandhills Clinic, I was having headaches in the upper part of my neck at the base of my skull for about 3 months. The headaches would occur at least once a week, sometimes more. After receiving treatment from Dr. Bradshaw, I have not had a single headache, and the tension in my neck and upper back has also subsided.

    I give Sandhills Clinic permission to use this information in informing others.""
    Brandon T.
  • "FIBROMYLAGIA

    I have suffered with fibromyalgia symptoms for about twenty years! During that time I tried to learn how to deal with debilitating muscle spasms in my back and shoulders. I thought I was going to have to live like this the rest of my life. Medically I was given prescription drugs that didn’t help. I had visited other chiropractors, but nothing help. A client of mine recommended that I see Dr. Bradshaw, because he looks for and treats the cause of the problem. I was willing to try anything! After my first adjustment I noticed significant reduction in my muscle spasms. It wasn’t long until I was sleeping better and noticing that I had more energy.

    I give Sandhills Clinic permission to use this information in informing others."
    Amy W.
  • "IRRITABLE BOWELS

    For years I had suffered with irritable bowels. If you are or ever have suffered from this you understand what it is like. Since starting chiropractic care with Dr. Bradshaw, I have not experienced these symptoms and enjoy being regular!

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    Terrie A.
  • "HIP PAIN & DECREASED ENERGY

    I had suffered for five months with pain in my right hip and leg. The pain was so severe that I literally had to use my hands to lift my leg in and out of my vehicle. I had previously seen four medical doctors, had two M.R.I.s, and was prescribed many different pain medications, none of which worked! No one could find the cause of my problem. After being thoroughly evaluated by Dr. Bradshaw he found my problem. The results have been great! I am pain free! I also have had so much more energy than I have had in years! Dr. Bradshaw and the staff have treated me with respect and professionalism. What more can I say? It’s a great clinic!

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    Don Newsome