There are various approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, sensitivities and intolerances. Currently Koren Barnwell offers diagnostic food intolerance and gastrointestinal testing with follow up support at the Natural Health Clinic as detailed below.
Why Choose Diagnostic Tests?
Food intolerances, toxins, sugar, antibiotics, parasites and stress can all wreak havoc with your gastrointestinal system, upsetting the balance in your intestine as well as allowing harmful substances to enter the system. Gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, or abdominal discomfort may be the first clue that something is out of balance. At the clinic we offer laboratory examinations to help identify the exact cause of digestive discomfort. For our full range of food sensitivity and diagnostic tests see below.
Food Intolerance Testing
There is a lot of confusion about the terms food intolerance and food allergy, and the differences between them. Many people think they have a food allergy when their symptoms can sometimes indicate food intolerance instead. We offer laboratory tests that measure food specific IgG antibodies, also known as food intolerances.
Up to 45% of the population suffer from food intolerance which, whilst not life threatening, can have a negative impact on many aspects of daily life. When foods and drinks are digested the proteins within them are broken down into smaller fragments for easy absorption into the body. Larger fragments can pass through without breaking down, and sometimes the body reacts to them as invaders, attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin (IgG). This can cause inflammation and a wide range of symptoms including:
- Digestive problems
- Itchy skin
- Joint pain
- Weight gain
- Low mood....... to name a few.
Our food intolerance tests offer the most scientific approach available on the market. A simple finger prick test is sent off to be analysed in the laboratory for IgG antibody reactions to food and drink ingredients. The presence of food-specific IgG antibodies indicates a potential sensitivity to that particular food or drink ingredient. There is good evidence that you will benefit by eliminating the trigger ingredient(s) identified from your diet.
Benefits to you:
- Hospital standard laboratory tests
- Finger prick blood tests – no full blood draw necessary
- Four different tests available
- Fast turnaround of results
- Comprehensive colour coded results providing recommendations for a "fast tracked" elimination diet
- Comprehensive support pack to ensure you make the most of your results
- 3 out of 4 patients feel better after acting upon the results of their food and drink intolerance tests
We are able to offer laboratory examination of stool samples with one of the global leaders in functional laboratory testing. This can provide an even more comprehensive picture of your health. The diagnostic tests can reveal important clinical information about:
- The presence of parasites
- Bacterial and Yeast overgrowth underlying gastrointestinal symptoms, chronic fatigue, mood shifts and weakened immune system
- Altered bacterial balance (chronic dysbiosis) and inflammation that can impair absorption, leading to nutrient deficiencies
- Maldigestion and the cause of symptoms such as gas and bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and constipation
- Short Chain Fatty acid deficiency linked to ulcerative colitis
- Digestive dysfunction that can set the stage for development of leaky gut, food allergies and toxic stress
- Natural & prescriptive treatment options for any microbes identified.
Digestive Health Diagnostic Tests
People generally choose to opt for diagnostic tests when they have tried other treatment methods but failed to get results. However, some people opt for these tests straight away as tests can provide a much simpler and faster way of getting to the root of digestive issues.
All of the diagnostic test kits listed below can be ordered from the Colon Care Centre by email.
If you would like to order a test kit but are unsure of which one, please book for an initial consultation to discuss your symptoms and treatment or test options.
Initial Consultation 30 minutes £30
Includes guidance on appropriate treatment and test options plus supplementary, dietary & lifestyle advice.
Food Intolerance 100 £195
Analyses your IgG antibody reaction to 100 food ingredients. Click here to see list of foods tested. Includes a 30 minute follow up consultation.
Food Intolerance 150 £295
Our complete food & drink intolerance programme, which tests and analyses for reactions to 150 food & drink ingredients. Click here to see list of foods tested. Includes a 30 minute follow up consultation.
Food Intolerance 150plus – IBS support £325
Our IBS food & drink intolerance programme, which tests and analyses for reactions to 150 food & drink ingredients, additionally taking into account a low FODMAP diet. Click here to see list of foods tested. Includes a 30 minute follow up consultation
Comprehensive Microbiology & Parasitology from £180 (plus £30 for follow up consultation)
Assesses bacteriology, mycology (yeasts), parasitology and infectious pathogens using stool analysis. A sensitivity panel identifies prescriptive & natural treatment options for any bacteria or yeasts found.
Microbiology Profile from £87 (plus £30 for follow up consultation)
This stool test assesses beneficial bacteria, pathogenic bacteria & yeasts and identifies prescriptive & natural treatment options.