MRT Food Sensitivity Testing
Many people are familiar with traditional allergy testing or have been able to identify allergies through a process of elimination. Food Sensitivities on the other hand can play a significant role in many common health conditions but can be a little more difficult to isolate through trial and error due to their delayed response. Many chronic health complaints such as digestive problems, headaches, joint and muscle pain, or fatigue are all symptoms which can be caused by our immune system’s reaction to foods, additives, or other substances in our diets, as well as chemicals in the environment.
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Mediator Release Testing is a patented blood test 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 the body’s tissues, leading to the development of symptoms.
As of February 1, 2018, the new test will include 170 foods and chemicals.
Are you a good candidate for MRT?
Some of the conditions associated with food sensitivities are: Migraines and Other Headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Heartburn/ GERD, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Autism, ADD/ADHD.
The following symptoms may be associated with food sensitivities:
Digestive Complaints: diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, gas, abdominal distension, malabsorption
Nasal/Sinus Issues: stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip, sinus pain
Muscle/Joint Pain: aching, stiffness, pain, limited mobility
General Malaise: fatigue, insomnia, restlessness, non-restorative sleep
Emotional: depression, anxiety, brain fog, irritability, poor memory
Skin Problems: eczema, psoriasis, flushing, itchy skin, rosy cheeks
Weight Management: food cravings, water retention, fluctuating weight
Kaizen can help you find a lab service near you, where they will do the lab draw for a nominal fee - usually around $40, depending on the location. Then, it takes approximately 10 days to receive the results of your MRT test. You can view a sample report here.
Non-reactive foods appear in green, moderately reactive in yellow and highly reactive appear in red.
Once your results are received, we will work together to complete an individualized eating plan based on your MRT results, personal preferences, and any cultural or religious considerations.
The purpose of this plan is to provide an opportunity for the immune system to calm down, with the ultimate goal of reintroducing previously reactive foods in such a way, and in quantities that your body can handle without creating undesirable symptoms.
This LEAP (Lifestyle Eating and Performance) ImmunoCalm Dietary Program includes a Food Reintroduction Schedule and will take approximately 45 days to 6 months, depending on the quantity and severity of reactive foods.
Looking for additional information on the MRT test? You can find an article in the Townsend Letter written by the creator of the MRT test, and a 2004 study using the MRT test to detect non-IgE mediated food reactions that can trigger D-IBS symptoms.