Food Sensitivities

The Mediator Release Testing (MRT)

Most people have heard of food allergies but not everyone has heard of food sensitivities. In reality, more people have food sensitivities than food allergies. There are a number of different blood tests that are available  to check for food sensitivities but the one that I work with, and believe is the most accurate, is the MRT which stands for Mediator Release Testing. What that means is that your blood is tested against a number of foods and chemicals and the reaction of the blood with the food/chemical is measured.  It is not an allergy test nor is it a test to check for gluten or Celiac. It is a test for food sensitivities. And it is very accurate – 94.5% sensitivity and 91.8% specificity.


How to get tested

If you have migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, sinusitis, colitis, skin issues, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or other medical problems that you believe could be related to food sensitivities please contact me and I will take a health history and have you fill out a Symptom Survey form to see if you would be a good candidate for the testing. (Download a copy of the Symptom Survey form here.)

If it is determined that you are a good candidate and you would like to proceed, we would get you a blood testing kit that you would take to a lab and get your blood drawn. Everything that you need for the blood draw is in this kit. The blood is then sent to the testing lab in Florida via Fed Ex overnight (pre-paid mailer is included in the blood testing kit) and the results are available within 2 weeks. The MRT tests for 150 different foods/chemicals. (See a copy of results from a sample patient.)


The Lifestyle, Eating And Performance (LEAP)  diet protocol

When the results come back a time is set up to review the results and implement the first phase of the diet. The diet is essentially an elimination diet which is based upon the MRT results. We would take 20-25 of the lowest reactive foods and develop a diet that you can live with for 7-10 days. This initial diet is very limited  but can be very effective in decreasing  the symptoms.  About Day 7-10 we would reassess the diet/ symptoms and advance the diet, if appropriate, to include more foods. The LEAP consultations could include assisting with menus, finding appropriate recipes, reviewing diet/symptom journals, grocery store shopping tips, and  troubleshooting food issues and symptoms. Help and support are offered all along the way as needed.