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From time to time, we’ll be posting information for you that relates to the work we’re doing to identify food allergies that are causing IBS symptoms. We welcome your questions and comments.
Remember, our food skin patch testing is a brand new way to find these allergies. It is the only testing backed up by scientific evidence that can pinpoint specific foods that trigger IBS symptoms. When these foods are identified and are avoided in the diet, IBS symptoms often completely go away or are much improved.
It’s important to know our testing looks for a different type of allergy than the kind that can found with blood RAST tests and prick and scratch tests. While allergies often are the cause of the symptoms in many people with IBS, RAST and prick and scratch testing would miss them. Those tests would not identify the allergies we can find. For example, if you have an allergy to cinnamon that’s causing your IBS, RAST tests and prick and scratch tests would miss it but our food patch testing would find it. A major report on food allergies in 2010 from the National Institutes of Health concluded, among other things, that RAST testing and prick and scratch testing for IBS is basically like barking up the wrong tree; looking for the wrong type of allergy. These tests look for what are called “type 1″ allergies, like the kind that peanuts cause, and that are felt not to cause IBS. Our patch testing identifies “type 4″ food allergies, which are the kind that can cause IBS symptoms. This is brand new information so even if you’ve haven’t gotten any answers from RAST and prick and scratch tests, there is still hope for you!