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Suspected food sensitivity?

10 May 2009 758 views No Comment

Many people have health problems caused by sensitivities to foods or food additives.  The following are the most common symptoms and are usually relieved by removing the culprit food items:

Migraines, frequent headaches
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, sleepiness during the day, insomnia at night
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, diarrhea, bloating, intestinal cramps
Fibromyalgia, muscle pain not associated with exercise or injury
Eczema, rashes, hives
Rheumatoid Arthritis or frequent joint pain
A blood test, called a Mediator Release Test (MRT), is now being used to help people identify specific food sensitivities.  In this test, your blood sample is taken to see if you have any sensitivity to any of 150 different foods and food additives.  When you are able to positively identify these foods or additives, you can remove them from your diet and the above symptoms then either go away or are greatly reduced.

The MRT is a relatively new test that is administered by some doctors but especially by Registered Dietitians who have had special training and are certified in this program.  Because the test is relatively new, there are some doctors that have not yet become familiar with it. To see if this test is right for you, speak with your doctor and work with a Registered Dietitian or Certified Nutritionist who is also certified to administer the MRT.

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