Allergy / Sensitivity Testing
During a medical history, the healthcare provider will ask
questions about the person's past allergic reactions:
What symptoms of food allergy did you
What particular food do you think provoked the reaction? Have you
Have you reacted before?
How much of this food did you eat?
What other foods did you eat at that
Do you know all the ingredients of the food you ate? Include all
appetizer, main dish, sauces, dressings, breads, beverages, and side
How was the food prepared? As an example, could the food have been
oil used to prepare other foods?
Were any of following eaten: peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish,
wheat, or soy?
How much time passed between eating the food and the first
Did you exercise or exert yourself after
Did you take any medications, herbs, vitamins, non-prescription
or drink any alcohol
before or after eating?
How was the reaction treated?
Did it resolve without treatment or did you take any
How long were the medications continued and were there any later
Also called Meridian Stress
Analysis or MSA is based on
the work of the brilliant and
pioneering German physician
and engineer, Dr. Reinhold Voll -
For this reason, it was originally
termed EAV, or electroacupuncture
according to Voll.
Dr. Voll observed small but
very precisely measurable fluc
tuations in skin resistance to the
flow of microcurrent electricity at specific acupuncture points when the individual being tested was ex
posed to foods (and other things)
to which he or she was sensitive.
Equipment for EDS has evolved
with the progress of electronics,
and has been united with the latest
in computer technology. Testing sequences once done by hand with
a simple ohm meter, requiring
hours and days to complete, can now be done in an hour or less.
A History of Electro Meridian Assessment.pdf
Electrodermal Screening -Food Sensitivity Testing - Sample
procedure employs testing of muscle strength to assess food sensitivities.
is a way to tune in to the body’s energy system.
A food that reacts in the body will generally cause a muscle to go weak.
The test is performed either by having the person eat a food and then test the muscle, or they hold a suspected
food in their hand, and the test is done.
Kinesiology in the hands of a skilled practitioner can be very accurate, fast and inexpensive, bearing in mind that
sensitivities can change over time.
The Coca Pulse
Arthur F. Coca, MD., a renowned physician, developed the Coca Pulse
elimination over 40 years ago.
This is a simple, yet extremely effective way to identify foods to which a patient may
be allergic, intolerant or sensitive.
Quite simply, stress will cause the pulse to increase.
Foods to which you are intolerant are stressful and will reveal themselves by speeding up your
Laboratory tests, which are less accurate than this method could easily cost over
a thousand dollars.
Through this test, Dr. Coca was able to eliminate a myriad of symptoms and conditions simply by identifying and
eliminating, from the diet, foods to which
the patient was intolerant.
Testing for food allergies often includes skin testing and/or blood
Depending upon the situation, tests may be done to determine if a person is allergic to pollens, insects, latex,
and other allergens.
However, testing is only recommended if the person is suspected to have an allergy. As an example, if a person had
a reaction after eating peanuts, but has never reacted to wheat or eggs and eats them regularly, it is not
necessary to test for allergy to wheat or eggs.
Skin testing involves pricking/scratching the skin with a tiny probe that is coated with food extract or fresh
The pricks are usually done on the forearm or upper back after the skin is cleaned with alcohol.
The skin prick is not usually painful.
Skin testing should only be done by a trained healthcare provider, usually an allergy
Adults and children of any age may have skin testing.
The test may result in small hives (like a mosquito bite) at the site of the prick/scratch.
Your allergist evaluates the size of the test results to assist in making a diagnosis.
Blood tests are available to assist doctors in making a diagnosis.
Neither the skin test nor the blood test can be depended upon to make a diagnosis without a clinician considering
the medical history and other supporting information.
Blood tests are widely available and do not require an allergy specialist to perform the test. However,
consultation with an allergy specialist may be recommended to interpret the results of the test.
An elimination diet is a specially designed diet that eliminates one or more
foods or groups of food from a person's diet for a period of time. The food is then added back to determine if
signs or symptoms of a food allergy develop.
An elimination diet may be recommended as part of the process of determining if a
person has food allergies. An allergist or dietitian must be involved in designing an elimination diet because
avoiding entire groups of foods (eg, milk) could potentially lead to malnutrition, especially in infants and
An elimination diet, by itself, does not often lead to the diagnosis of food allergy.
During an elimination diet, it is important to read food labels carefully.
In the United States, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act mandates that nutritional labels on
food packages plainly identify eight specified food allergen sources (milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree
nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy), although other foods may still appear under multiple names.
In addition, patients must understand that "substitute" foods, which
reduce or eliminate fat or other components of a food, still contain the allergenic proteins.
As an example, some egg substitutes (which are lower in cholesterol) still contain egg white proteins.
A healthcare provider may request that a person keep a complete record of everything they eat over a period of
time, including all foods, drinks, condiments, and candies.
If it is not clear if a person has a food
allergy, based upon their medical history and allergy testing, he or she may be offered a medically supervised
gradual feeding or food challenge.
A food challenge may also be recommended if there is reason to believe that the food allergy has resolved. A food
challenge is done by giving the person a tiny amount of the potentially allergenic food to eat.
After the person is given the first sample of food, he/she is observed for 10 to 15
minutes. If there is no reaction, a slightly larger amount of the food is given.
This is continued for approximately 90 minutes or more. If the person develops signs or symptoms of an allergic
reaction, the food challenge is immediately stopped.
Food challenges should only be performed in a setting where the personnel and
equipment needed to treat anaphylaxis are available; this can be an office or hospital setting.
Preparing for the food challenge — It is important to prepare for a food
challenge by not eating or drinking for two hours before the test, and certain medications may need to be
stopped days or weeks before.
The person should bring their epinephrine autoinjector to the food challenge in case they develop a delayed
allergic reaction on the way home.
If there is no reaction during the food challenge — If the person does not
have any signs of an allergic reaction during the food challenge, he/she probably does not have an allergy to
the tested food.
However, the person may have allergies to other foods, so it is important to understand when/if foods should
continue to be avoided.