Mediator Release Testing (Food Sensitivity)
Food sensitivities can play a role in many common health conditions. Chronic health complaints such as digestive problems, headaches, joint and muscle pain, and fatigue are all symptoms which can be caused by our immune system's "reaction" to foods, additives or other substances in our diet. Sometimes the reactive food is something easy to identify, like milk. Other times it's a food chemical like solanine and it's anything but easy to determine. The problem is any food or food additive can be reactive. Even foods which are considered "healthy" such as chicken, broccoli, or garlic can cause symptoms. Often there are many reactive foods or chemicals not just one or two. In addition, reactions can be delayed and/or dose dependent. This means we may not feel the effects of a reaction until many hours or days after we've eaten the reactive foods, or unless we eat enough of the reactive food.
MRT is a patented blood test (US Patent numbers 6, 114, 174 & 6, 200, 815) that quantifies how strongly your immune cells react to the foods and food chemicals tested by measuring intracellular mediator release indirectly. When released from immune cells, chemical mediators such as histamine, cytokines, and prostaglandins produce damaging effects on body tissues, leading to the development of symptoms. Identifying harmful substances is the first step towards improving your health if you suffer from food sensitivities. The next step involves following an individualized LEAP eating plan which systematically builds a healthy diet of foods that you tolerate. The nutritionists of Healthy Directions who are Certified Leap Therapists (CLT) utilize MRT and provide guidance and support for implementation of the special eating pattern.
For more information on food sensitivities and how they differ from "food allergies" and "food intolerances", request information fromthe nutritionists of Healthy Directions.
This test and test report information provided and suggested dietary plan are provided solely for dietary manipulation and do not constitute medical advice or treatment.