Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • Importance of Hair Follicle Test for Food Allergy

    Food allergies are most common in Australia. A large number of allergy and intolerance tests are available these days to treat different types of allergies caused by food. Hair follicle testing is a test in which a sample of a person’s hair, usually from the back of the neck is tested in the laboratory for measurement of its mineral content.

    It is one of the most effective tests that help to indicate where imbalances lie. It helps to identify the food behind your food sensitivity. It can also help in identifying nutrient deficiencies. A hair follicle test can give you the exact information related to allergens.

    Hair analysis for food sensitivity works in two ways:

    • Firstly, the hair is tested to determine the toxic levels of heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. The hair is also tested for the shortage of zinc, selenium, magnesium, chromium and manganese.
    • Secondly, there is another hair test, known as Dowsing. In this test, the dowser swings a pendulum over the hair to diagnose an allergy.
    • Widely used by chiropractors, nutrition consultants and physicians, hair follicle test can be really helpful to determine food sensitivity.
  • All about Food Allergy

    Food allergy, also known as food intolerance and food hypersensitivity is caused when the body’s immune system finds a food item as harmful and reacts by causing symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of food allergy including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, itching, swelling, sneezing, cough, etc. Foods that cause allergic reactions are known as allergens.  In Australia, food allergy occurs in around 1 in 20 children and in about 2 in 100 adults. Peanuts, cow’s milk, egg, fish, shellfish, seafood, wheat are some of the common food items that cause allergies.

    Some food allergies can be very severe and may lead to life-threatening reactions known as anaphylaxis. The signs of severe allergic reaction to foods can be difficult breathing, swelling in throat, swelling of tongue, hoarse voice, persistent dizziness, wheeze, pale and floppy, etc. The life-threatening situation from food allergies can be prevented by careful allergen avoidance measures and immediate administration of an adrenaline autoinjector.

    A food allergy test in Australia such as hair analysis test, Skin prick test, blood test, etc., can be really useful to confirm the suspected allergies to foods, so that appropriate avoidance steps can be taken.