- Do you struggle with digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas and loose stools?
- Are you experiencing headaches or joint aches and pains more than before?
- Do you have skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis or other strange rashes?
- Are your sinuses blocked for no apparent reason, or do you produce excess mucus or have postnasal drip?
If so, it’s highly likely that food allergy or intolerance is at least partly to blame.
As I discuss in The Hompes Method book, food allergies are widely misunderstood.
Your body can react to food in different ways, using different parts of your immune system.
A single food allergy test cannot detect all these different reactions, which means you may test negative for a specific food in one test – say almonds – and walk away thinking it’s ok for you to consume almonds.
But the truth of the matter may be that you have a different type of reaction to almonds that your test didn’t pick up.
There are actually at least FIVE different ways in which your body can react to food, involving different parts of your immune system.
The Hompes Method Testing Toolkit helps you assess three of those reactions.
IgE food reactions (“classic”, immediate symptom onset)
Classic allergic reactions usually occur within 3 hours after eating.
They are caused by high IgE antibody blood levels, which produce an immediate allergic response.
This allergic reaction may appear as a rash, itchiness, coughing and other symptoms, after eating foods like nuts, strawberries or seafood.
A potentially fatal but very rare “anaphylactic” reaction after eating foods like peanuts or shellfish is another example of an “IgE” reaction.
Using a blood draw, Hompes Method can help you test IgE reactions to 30 common food allergens, including nuts, strawberries, peanuts, wheat, corn and seafood.
IgE reactive foods tend to be best avoided for life – the immune reaction is not likely to go away.
IgG4 food reactions (“non-classic”, delayed symptoms)
These reactions are tricky beasts!
IgG4 reactions are much more difficult to identify since they can occur many hours, or even days, after you consume an offending food.
Yet, this “delayed” type of reaction is far more common than the immediate IgE type.
In some cases, you may eat a food for several days before developing a reaction to it, so you may not realize the link between the food and your symptoms.
These delayed reactions to food are often referred to as “hidden” food sensitivities.
The IgG antibodies cluster round food molecules, creating a larger complex that can then wedge in or stick to tissues in your body, creating inflammation and symptoms.
Often times, the offending foods are the ones you eat most frequently, such as milk, corn, sunflowers, eggs and wheat.
IgG reactions are often increased when you have a damaged gut. As you know, in Hompes Method we place enormous importance on healing your digestive system.
When your intestinal lining is damaged – through gluten, bad bugs, vitamin D deficiency and toxins – large, undigested food particles can leak into your blood.
When this happens, the likelihood of developing IgG food allergies increases significantly.
Over a period of 90-days, if you avoid the offending IgG foods AND take the necessary steps to heal your damaged gut, you may well be able to go back to eating those offending foods without them causing any problems.
You have the option to use a simple finger prick blood test that you can do at home, to assess your reaction to the 30 most common IgG problem foods.
Alternatively, you can opt for a blood draw that enables the laboratory to test your reaction to 90-foods.
IgA molecules sit like little soldiers in the lining of your intestinal tract. They provide the front line of immune defence against food particles, toxins, dust, mold and bad bugs.
IgA reactions can develop against proteins in commonly eaten foods, and we have a simple saliva test that checks for IgA responses to gluten, milk, soy and egg.
Choosing your food allergy test
I recommend you run a full 60-75min initial consultation before you opt for food allergy testing of any kind.
This enables us to provide solid recommendations on the right testing for you as a unique individual.
Ordering your food allergy tests
If you are a new customer you must first complete, sign and return the Hompes Method client intake paperwork.
1. IgE 30-foods (blood draw)
If you are an existing customer and we’ve recommend you run an IgE food allergy test, simply click here or fill in the form below to place your order.
2. IgG (30-foods home finger prick test)
If you are an existing customer and we’ve recommend you run a IgG finger prick blood test, simply click here or fill in the form below to place your order.
3. IgG 90-foods (blood draw)
If you are an existing customer and we’ve recommend you run an IgG 90-foods allergy test, simply click here or fill in the form below to place your order.
4. Combined panel (special pricing 90-foods IgE & 90-foods IgE (blood draw)
If you are an existing customer and we’ve recommend you run a combined panel, simply click here or fill in the form below to place your order.
5. IgA mucosal foods reactivity screen
If you are an existing customer and we’ve recommend you run an IgA food reactivity screen for gluten, milk, egg and soy, simply click here or fill in the form below to place your order.