Alternative food allergy tests
Kinga Lis, Zbigniew Bartuzi
There are a number of unconventional diagnostic methods and laboratory
tests whose application in diagnosis of food allergy is sometimes
suggested by physicians, dietetitians or advocates of the so called
„clinical ecology”, atrenative medicine practicioners and by patients
themselves. The results of such tests are not reproductible and there
is lack of research to confirm their clinical usefulness in detecting
allergies or food intolerance. Among these methods there are both
in vitro tests (food-specific IgG testing, microbiome analysis), ex vivo
tests (cytotoxic testing) on the samples collected from the patient and
in vivo trials (pulse test, iridology, electrodermal tests or VEGA tests).
The creators and propagators of these tests maintain that they detect
„hidden allergies” which cannot be diagnosed by means of recognized
medical tests. It is unnadvisable to apply any of such unconventional
and unproved methods in diagnosing food allergy.
Keywords: food allergy, food intolerance, unproved and unconventional
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