As a child, I wasn’t the perfect picture of health. Constant ear infections, multiple ear surgeries, and an ineffective regimen of preventive antibiotics, prompted my ENT to look into food allergies. At age seven, I started allergy shots.
As a young teen, despite the best efforts of my doctors, I continued to struggle with ear infections and had developed a severe hearing loss, to be expected due to scarring. On the other hand, what no one was expecting, were the problems I began encountering with my digestive tract.
As a sophomore in College, after five years of suffering with severe abdominal pain, the doctors discovered I had Crohn’s Disease. It was not all too surprising as my father was diagnosed many years before with another auto-immune, Multiple Sclerosis. Like many Crohn’s patients, I was immediately put on a steroids and anti-inflammatory medications. These medications often had miserable side-effects, oftentimes making it more unbearable than the condition itself. However, with a family of history of colon cancer, medication was strongly suggested along with screenings every two years.
As a young mother, managing my health became crucial. You cannot hit pause on life when you’re feeling lousy, especially with two very busy kids. Unfortunately, in 2009, my health took a turn for the worse. By the summer of 2010, my condition had become so unbearable that doctor’s visits and hospital runs were becoming the norm. My family life was being disrupted, and something needed to change! I searched for alternative therapies, and a friend suggested the ALCAT food sensitivity test.
I listened to my friend’s advice and started my elimination and rotation based on ALCAT’s results in November of 2010. To suddenly feel like a brand-new person and to feel healthy and energetic was amazing. What was even better, were the results I heard on November 23rd, 2011. It was my fifth screening, and for the first time in my life, my colonoscopy was clear! It was a validation that I didn’t need as I knew it in my heart but was, nonetheless, music to my ears.
With my newfound wellness, I have become a 'cheerleader' for ALCAT and urge anyone suffering to consider food intolerance testing!
About a year and half ago, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.The medical doctor who had diagnosed me had informed me that my condition had to be treated with Western medication and that it was quite likely that the medications would have to be taken for the rest of my life.
Most likely the dosages would also have to increase as time went on as well as the risk of the side effects. I was told that eventually, part of my colon would have to be removed. I wanted more options and more control over my body. I decided to work with a nutritionist for support and guidance. The recommended dietary changes did initially relieve my symptoms but after a few weeks they returned. Frustrated with the reoccurring pain, bloating, and bleeding, I agreed to take the ALCAT Test. The test was simple and yet the results were life changing. Many of the “healthy foods” I was consuming daily were simply not right for my body and were causing inflammation. The list of foods to avoid was long but most importantly, it was a list I could have never come up with myself. Foods like black pepper, red lettuce and pears were making me sick. There were approximately 300 food items on the list. After only 3 days of eating the allowed foods I felt better. The pain, bloating and bleeding had stopped. After the first week I was back to myself. It has been almost a year and I have not taken one pill. I feel great. I am proof that when the body is given what it needs, it will heal itself. I am the proof, no medical article required.
- Luz from New Jersey
As a carpenter in Colorado Springs, CO I started to develop a skin rash. It was mild at first but soon developed into a severe rash that covered my entire body. After going to doctor after doctor trying to find results, and getting none, I decided that I would go back to school and study why I had the rash and find out how to fix it.
I discovered that I had a gluten sensitivity and as soon as I got rid of the gluten then the rash went away too, FOR GOOD!
I was amazed that one food could cause this much stress and began to study how other foods reacted in the body. When I came across the ALCAT test I was amazed. I knew not to eat gluten but what else could be causing problems?
School was a stressful time and when I graduated I had put on a lot of extra weight. I thought, how can I teach people about health when I’m fat? So ALCAT test to the rescue. I got my ALCAT test and was amazed that certain “healthy foods” like (salmon, apples, avocados, green tea…) were not healthy for me.
As soon as I started following my ALCAT test results the weight started falling off. Within a couple of months I had lost OVER 50 POUNDS!
And more importantly, the weight has stayed off!
I currently divide my time with my wife and 4 kids between Denver, CO and Puerto Varas, Chile. I set up this website to provide you with more information and offer you the best pricing for the ALCAT test on the internet.
I know in this economy that times are tough and every penny saved is a penny earned. I also know the value of investing in yourself by investing in your health. What I learned after 4 years of schooling and over $200,000 worth of education is that we really are what we eat. The great thing is you don’t have to go back to school and become a doctor to improve your health. Just get an ALCAT test!
I want to take a moment and tell you how pleased I am that I had the ALCAT Test done. I was feeling sluggish, could not lose weight, had a headache every day, and heartburn! Sounds miserable right?!
When I heard about the ALCAT test, I was suspicious. How could food have such a negative effect on my system. However, I really wanted some relief.
I had the test done, and started eliminating the foods that I am sensitive to. What an amazing result. I do not have headaches or heartburn anymore. I have a lot of energy, and feel more optimistic than I have in years. A nice side effect also is that I have started losing weight. This has been such a struggle for me, and now I feel that I can shed the extra pounds that I have been carrying for years. I strongly support this test, and would be happy to share my success with anyone!
- Stephanie From Florida
I had the test done in January of this year. It has made a great deal of difference in my life.
I am feeling better than I have in years. Thank you, all of you, for finding out what makes the body sick. After years of poking and exams they found nothing. I have a complete different outlook on life now. Thank you again.
- Jo Ann
I am 53 years old and two years ago, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and scored the highest on the scale.
I went to a Rheumatologist that started me on the basic drugs. For a year and a half, I was in extreme pain and having regular flares that were attacking all of my joints. Some days I was unable to move my knees, wrists, shoulders and ankles. My next step was to go on the more aggressive RA drugs. I didn’t want to; the drugs scared me more than the disease. I could have quantity of life but was afraid of the quality because all of the side effects. I did my research, talked to three other Rheumatologists, and also looked at the Arthritis websites. None of them offered any other alternatives to the heavy drugs. I then came across my physician, Catherine Zelner MD, who believes in dealing with diseases with a different approach. She suggested I take the ALCAT test to see what foods I was reacting to. I knew that something I was eating was causing me to have more aggressive flairs. In June of 2013 I got my results back from the ALCAT test. I decided to follow the diet 100%. I stayed off of any foods that I would have reaction to either mild or severe based on the results.
At first it was difficult. It took me over an hour to go through the supermarket and read all the ingredients. My physician informed me that it would take about 6 to 8 weeks to get the foods out of my system and that it would get a little worst instead of getting better. About the 6th week I broke out in rheumatoid nodules on my elbows. I was discouraged but decided to stay with it. At about the 8th week my flares stopped at the end of July 2013. And then in August 2013 my rheumatoid nodules on my elbows went away. I have not had a single flare since July and now I am working out and eating healthy. Everyone that sees me now says that I look so much healthier. I have lost 16 pounds; which is great. And the best thing is, I am able to move so much more easier. I still run into physicians that say that this will not work. But it is working. I take Advil maybe once a week and this is the only drug I take. I have changed my whole diet.
If you want results, you have to follow the results. When I think about going back to my food habits all I have to do is think about how much pain I was in. Don’t just get the results, follow the results and you will be amazed.
- Denise from Longwood, FL
I just want to say that the food allergy testing was the best thing I ever did! I have always had GI issues, but 3 years ago they got worse (most likely due to diet changes I made to lose weight). I
For 3 years I was miserable. I often had to miss outings with friends. I would leave meals feeling ill. I missed several days of work and often worried I'd lose my job. I went to therapy to reduce "stress" that my Drs said I had. People told me it was all in my head! I would get aggravated and depressed that I had no answers! I would have stomach spasms, distention (stomach would go from flat and firm to a 6 month pregnant look- this really bothered me since I work out so much to look in shape!), bloating, mucus during bowel movements, and nausea. I agree, it was all symptoms of IBS, but I didn't believe there was no answer for it!
I finally gave in and did the alcat testing. I found I was allergic to several things, some of which I ate daily – almonds, rye, brewer's yeast (alcohol), soy (in all my protein bars and shakes!), green leaf and iceburg lettuce and food dyes. I have avoided these foods for 2 months now and I feel so much better.
A few weeks ago I bought rye wraps- forgetting I was allergic to rye. All 3 days I ate it I was extremely sick with bloating, constipations and spasms. As soon as I remembered I was allergic to Rye I stopped. I was fine after that. This proved the food allergy! When I go out to dinner I also get sick since I do not know what's hidden in the food.
I know people say there may be false positives and you end up cutting out lots of food, but I don't care! I never want to go back to how I felt these past years! I would recommend this for anyone who is told they have IBS. It can change your life!
- Michele from Connecticut
ALCAT test - it gave me 17 years of my life back. I got tested in the beginning of June of 2012, and oh boy did my life change after that.
My troubles started after I had a baby, no matter what I did or what I would eat, and let me just say we only eat organic and no fast food or junk, I could not loose the weight. At my heaviest I was at 260lb and just plain miserable. Bloated all day long, knees were killing me and just had no energy at all. I had a personal trainer come to our home 3 times a week to work out and still very slow loss, even she couldn’t understand why that is. I never knew about this blood test until the day when in a desperate attempt to find help for my husband who has SEVERE NUMBULAR ECHZEMA, I called over 10 naturopath doctors and all of them told me it was related to allergies and we should order an ALCAT TEST for him. I could not even wrap my head around the fact that food sensitivities could effect a body like that! So we all did that test and what happened after was and still is amazing. To my shock I was the one in our family that had the most sensitivities I could not believe it. So I adjusted and regrouped and followed my specific needs. I continued with my trainer and day-by-day I saw a new me emerge. My husband is improving as well. We are a family that will make this test a part of our life forever. Anywhere I go and I see people that know or haven’t seen in a while I tell them get this done and it will change your life.
I am happy to say that as of today I am 100lb’s healthier! I haven’t been bloated or felt like I am going to explode from painful gas that would be so loud at times that you can hear it in another room (at least that’s how it felt to me). I am now only a few lb’s away from what I was when I was 16 years old.
Incredible is not the word for this. I am so thankful to have found this blood test I canNOT put it into words!!!!!
p.s.- if anyone who is reading this or any other testimonial , please don’t wait another minute and get this done. You have nothing to loose other then your aces and pains and everything to gain, like being healthy and happy, so you can enjoy your life and your loved once.
- NATALY KELLEY
"I've seen very good results with the ALCAT Test and often recommend it to the athletes I work with."
- Joe Rogowski, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Orlando Magic
I am a strong advocate of ALCAT. My test was performed on 12/16/11 and received the results at the end of December, 2011. From the time I was handed my booklet my life changed for the better, much b
This was not easy at first but I felt if I was going to get relief from the constant pain then I had to do it.
I lost 13 pounds the 1st week in fluid alone. Relief was immediate. That encouraged to me keep going. I read the booklet from cover to cover and have often referred back to it with questions. I did not do the 4 day rotation. It was mind boggling and exhausting so I just plotted my own course. I knew what I couldn't eat, so I didn't.
I cannot eat food perseveres so I learned a new way of cooking. I have learned to always have fruits and vegetables ready to eat in case I am starving and need to have time to cook. No more drive-through meals for me. I have learned so much about the nutritional value of foods. Ex. the yolk of an egg has lots of protein and vitamins. Having citrus before eating greens helps your body absorbed vitamin C.
This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. My mission was to feel better. And, so much better then I ever dreamed possible. Losing 55#'s is a side good feeling. Walking without pain, not having hot, steamy acid rising up in me and not looking like a blow fish are the real treasures.
You can do it. I did.
- Jackie from Ohio
Last November, I was diagnosed with mild asthma and prescribed the requisite puffers and pills. I had been taking on a daily basis, antihistamines, pp inhibitors (for acid reflux??) and nasal sprays
On a chance sighting, poolside in Florida last November, I saw someone reading "Your Hidden Food Allergies are Making You Fat." The person told me about the ALCAT test and how much of an impact it had made on his health and his wife's health as well. That chance sighting led me on a path upon which I found the additional two books listed below.
My personal blood profile test (ALCAT) identified wheat, white potato and dairy as being strongly intolerant - this was no surprise to me as I often feel "off" after eating these foods. However, the test identified chicken, coconut, carrots, tomatoes, veal, pork and fennel as strongly intolerant as well. Garlic, beef, dates and others were identified as being a medium intolerant level. Though only mildly intolerent, grapefruit and apples have caused severe coughing episodes - I would have never suspected these foods as being "unhealthy" to me without the use of the ALCAT test.
Most of these foods have been avoided since December. I would never have suspected most of these foods could be causing my cough. However, I have sampled a couple of them recently and coughed almost immediately
- Bob from Vancouver
My 2.5 years old daughter was attacked by atopic dermatitis - very badly.
After 2 months following consistently the ALCAT diet -my daughter could sleep well at night, finally! It's a wonderful result with ALCAT diet.
- Annett Müller
My wife, daughter and myself are participating in the ALCAT food sensitivity testing program in New Orleans, LA. Which is by the way, the toughest "battleground" to undertake and participate in a "lost weight program" with all the festivals and ever activity being centered around food. However this is the easiest weight program I have ever taken part in. We are all learning how to eat healthy and enjoy the food we are preparing, plus saving money by not eating out as often.
Each day I have a wonderful gourmet lunch and dinner just by eating from my green column which gives me plenty of items to select. The four day rotation of starches, vegetables, fruits and proteins gives us a great opportunity to mix up our foods and keep eating interesting meals. Of course in New Orleans, while we're eating one meal, we're planning the next meal. It's the first time in my life where I'm involved and help plan meals for 4 days in advance. Usually my wife took care of that and she basically still does however each meal I think about what I eat and make sure it's on my green list. It's not hard to eliminate foods on my red, orange or yellow list. I have more than enough selections on my green list. I really don't feel like I'm changing how much I eat, just what I eat has changed. Before I began the program, many mornings I felt sluggish and tired even after a night's sleep. Now each morning I feel great and feel great all the way to bedtime. This program has positively changed my family's life forever.
- Bob from Louisiana
Before taking the ALCAT test, I was bloated and was carrying a lot of water weight. Try as I might, I couldn't lose any weight, no matter how stringently I dieted or how faithfully I exercised. I was extremely fatigued and would often take a nap after work. I never had a good night's sleep because my indigestion was so bad it would keep me awake for hours every night. My sinuses drained constantly.
Both my eyelids twitched nearly constantly & my right eye wouldn't open all the way. My joints didn't work right and if I squatted down, I couldn't get up without help. I have none of those symptoms now, as long as I stay away from my reactive foods. Thank you so very much. I am attaching the pictures of me before & now. They were taken 7 months apart.
- Norma from South Dakota
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I went to see Dr. Phillip Arnone at The Balanced Body Center as suggested by my mother (she had a friend who was greatly helped by his practice). He requested that I take a $583 food allergy test as well as begin a course of chiropractic care. I have to admit I did so with reservations given the expense (which was uninsured and had to be paid up front), and a lack of knowledge about the likely success.
Well, the test results came back showing that my body showed reactions to wheat, corn, soy, and rice, four staple foods in the American diet! I also showed reactions to a host of other foods that I commonly ate, including garlic, ginger, mint, cilantro, grapes, and some citrus. I had to basically relearn how to eat and where to shop to get workable foods. Thank the Lord for Earth Fare and Healthy Home Market.
Three months later, every one of the lingering MS symptoms I had was gone. Gone! No more tingling hands and feet. No more labored breathing. I was even able to successfully train for and complete the Ramblin' Rose triathlon, which involved swimming, biking 9 miles, and running 2 miles. A year earlier, I would never have believed I could bike 9 miles, much less add swimming and running.
An MRI done in early November 2010 confirmed that my MS has indeed gone into remission. Several of my existing brain lesions were healed, and though there were a few lesions that had gotten a bit worse and 1 new lesion, even my traditional doctor Dr. Kaufman conceded that it looked like the path I was taking was working.
In talking with friends, family, and people in the MS community, it has become clear to me that the success I've enjoyed could help a lot of people living with MS, and perhaps other auto-immune diseases as well. It has also become clear to me, however, that mainstream MS organizations, such as the National MS Society, have a largely medical approach towards finding a cure. While I cannot fault them for this approach, I cannot further support them as their approach proved ineffective for me. I have therefore chosen to focus my efforts on forming a new foundation.
- Kristin from North Carolina
I wanted you to know the changes that a couple of my patients had in their lives after following the ALCAT guidelines. One patient, an 11 year old boy with autism also suffered from a body rash that never went away…it went away after a week of following the diet guidelines.
Another patient a 35 year old woman with frequent ( 20 x/day) urination and urinary incontinence resolved completely after 4 weeks on the dietary program changes…this after three other doctors…multiple meds and multiple cystoscopies.
- Dr. Blyweiss from Florida
Once I started on the ALCAT plan, I began seeing almost immediate results. The food cravings (primarily for sweet foods) stopped completely after about 3 days. I actually started eating only when hungry, but I did not feel deprived and was not starving between meals. The weight loss began almost immediately as well.
I lost a total of about 15 pounds over 3 months. My migraines stopped completely, so I was able to stop taking a migraine preventive medication. My constant fatigue also began to improve over time, as well as bloating from water retention. I was feeling better and definitely looked better (receiving comments almost daily). My body composition was changing as well. Working with Muriel was very helpful: answering questions about the plan and its menus; substituting/eliminating foods when necessary to aid in the weight loss. Thanks for all your help.
- Sue from Georgia
I am 28 years old and have had unidentified health problems since the age of 21. I saw specialists of all sorts from heart and lung doctors to endocrinologists and dieticians. All blood tests came back normal but I knew I was severely ill. My only breakthrough came from a visiting a small family doctor who suggested I might suffer from occasional hypoglycemia. I took this little bit of information and put myself on a hypoglycemic diet which I have been on for three years.
It took about two years for me to be able to look back and say that my health had improved from what it was. At the same time I could look at my health and say that it has suffered in many ways. I had my blood sugar symptoms under control but my asthma became constantly severe and my energy level was non-existent. I put myself on an elimination diet as my last hope, saw my asthma go away after about 7 days and immediately sent out for your food panel test.
I got the results this morning. It confirmed that I have a moderate allergy to rice, brewer's yeast and cane sugar. All three items I had already concluded were contributing to my "mysterious" blood sugar issues. Next, I found out I have a moderate allergy to soy products. During my worst bouts of asthma I was eating tons of soy as a protein supplement to help with my hypoglycemic diet! I had solved one problem and was contributing to my other problem.
It all makes sense now! My sincerest thanks to your team for helping me get on with my life! No more feeling like an 80 year old (hopefully)!!!!
- Lauren from Alaska
For the past several years I have been experiencing a decline in my overall health - joint and muscle pain, fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, skin rashes, acne and irritation, weakened immune system, rising blood sugar and pressure, and steadily increasing weight regardless of how hard I dieted. I took the ALCAT on the recommendation of my doctor (George Watson, DO, Wichita, Kansas).
I am 6-weeks into the elimination and rotation and the results have been nothing short of a miracle! I have lost 13 pounds, my skin is clearing up, I sleep well, digest well, feel strong and have a lot of energy. I realize now that I have had food intolerances all of my adult life - I am only sorry that it has taken this many years to finally get to the cause of my health problems. If I had only known that good health was really so simple to achieve. Thank you, ALCAT!
- Laura from Kansas
My Doctor, Dr. George Watson of the Wichita, KS area suggested the ALCAT test to me and I am so thankful that he did. I received my results on May 12, 2010 and I have already lost 30 pounds as of today, which is August 4, 2010. It has been the easiest thing I have ever done to lose weight. My energy level is great and I am constantly amazed on how many foods I can eat and still lose weight.
One of my severe foods that I have to stay away from is coconut. I love coconut and have always eaten it on everything you could name. Also, I lived on sunflower seeds and they too are in my moderate list, so I know much of my weight gain over the years was caused by these two foods. I also cannot eat wheat products and Baker's Yeast and those two ingredients are in about everything processed, so I stay away from all of that! I have eaten healthier in the last couple of months than I have in my whole adult life. My sister did the test and she is doing great also. We compare notes several times a week on different foods we have made or found in the grocery store that is on our "green" list! I would encourage anyone who has a problem with obesity to take this test and stick with the foods that you are allowed. I still have many pounds to lose, but I now have the confidence that I will achieve my goals. Thank you ALCAT!!!!
- Debbie from Kansas
The most amazing thing happened to me just 24 hours after receiving my ALCAT results!
This feels funny to be sharing with total strangers, but here goes … I had diarrhea almost every day for 8-10 months. I had four visits with 2 Doctors, and they were as clueless as I was. The ALCAT results showed
– A severe reaction to "Essiac" from the "Functional Foods and Medicinal Herbs Test". What is Essiac, you ask? It includes Slippery Elm, which I took almost every day to "help me" with my problem. I doubled the dose over the last month, which made my problem much worse.
– A moderate intolerance to flaxseeds, which I was consuming every day, thinking they were making me healthier and helping my IBS!
– A severe intolerance to fennel, which was included in a few of my supplements (to help my stomach, ironically).
– A moderate intolerance to apples. I went on a wonderful candida cleanse, which I heartily recommend if you are not intolerant to any of the ingredients (from www.feelgoodfoods.com). Unfortunately for me, it includes apple pectin.
There might have been other foods as well on my intolerance list that were contributing to my problem. Can you imagine that the very next day this problem disappeared after close to a year?
Another cool thing? I've always had swelling and discomfort from wearing earrings. It turns out that I have a severe reaction to Nickel Sulfate (on the Chemicals and Molds list), which is found even in 24–carat studs. Now I understand! Also, I occasionally take something for a headache. Sometimes, my headache actually gets a lot worse after taking it. Now I know why … I have reactions to Acetaminophen and Naproxen (Aleve). As long as I stick to Aspirin or Ibuprofen, I'll be fine.
It's been only less than a week since I received my results. Already, my achiness has drastically reduced. I have high hopes!
- Erin from Utah
I did a lot of debating with myself about taking the ALCAT food sensitivity testing.
At first I didn't want to do it. I forbid myself to think that I wanted to do it. Why? I didn't want to know what it was going to tell me. I was afraid of it. I was afraid that it would tell me that I couldn't eat the things that I love to eat.
But I know of the success stories. Our patients who have eliminated foods from their diets they were sensitive to feel better and lose weight. And I wanted to feel better. Don't get me wrong. I feel pretty good. But as the working mom of two young boys, I need every ounce of energy I can possibly generate from my body! Weight loss wasn't necessarily my goal, but it could be an added bonus.
So here's a look at me before food sensitivity testing. My symptoms were:
Lack of energy
Cravings (carbs, chips, salty)
GI Symptoms (stomach issues)
Trouble losing weight
Didn't feel 100%
The great irony of this whole story is this–I was telling my patients to do it (and I try to do everything that I tell my patients to do) but I hadn't had the courage to face it myself. That fear of the unknown can be so overpowering, can't it? I w anted to be able to tell them first hand what it was like, and why the sacrifices would really be worth taking the test.
And then, 3 weeks after sending my blood to the laboratory, the results arrived. As expected, there were sacrifices that would have to be made.My results revealed that I had a tremendous food sensitivity to — are you ready for this? — coffee. Argh. I crave coffee every day. I was not excited about this. But, I stopped cold turkey. And not only did I stop coffee, I've stopped diet cokes, too.
The results? 2 weeks in and I have lost 5 pounds AND I feel a lot better. Significantly better. I've gotten back into running and exercising. Even my husband said that he could tell a difference. Just from seeing what it has done for me, he is sold….he came to Seasons yesterday to have his blood drawn to check his food sensitivity.
And that, my friends, is the story. Two weeks and results. It hasn't been easy. Ridding your body of the causes of inflammation is one of the keys to the health and wellness kingdom.
- Anna Stevens from Louisiana
I wanted to thank you for such a professional report and incredibly informative documents that I have received.
I am very glad we did both chemical and pharmacoactive with the food panels as it gave me a much greater picture.I have been able to tie in with this report our knowledge and understanding of Feingold diet that we have been on for years and interestingly enough a year ago we went away on holidays for the first time with our son, when we did his enuresis stopped and I have worked very hard to understand why. I knew that allergies are the number one sign of enuresis but try to tell a medical doctor that ( ugh). When I pulled some of the major reds ( from the test) out of my son's diet, the enuresis has now stopped again. For a child who is 9, I can't tell you what that has done to his esteem. More so, I look at it in a biological way in inflammation, this means less toxic inflammation. How wonderful is that! Thank you for having given me answers I have been asking for, all my son's life.
- Lori from Alberta, Canada
Thank you ALCAT for providing me with the nutritional tools that I need to win! ALCAT is perfect for making weight loss easy.
- Sam McCoy, Professional MMA Fighter
I purchased one of your tests about a year and half ago and just wanted to say THANK YOU!
For years I was in pain with no help from doctors. I was poked and prodded in very way with no results. Then finally, I came across what you offer, decided to give it a try, and I feel SO much better. My quality of life has improved substantially thanks to this test. So I just wanted to extend my thanks to you for offering an alternative for those of us who have had little to no success with traditional testing.
- Tiffany from Dallas
Annette was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1975.
In the early 80's, she started experiencing partial paralysis episodes in the evening where she was unable to get up out of my chair and walk on my own. During this time, her husband would have to help her out of her chair and lead her to bed. "It was as if I was drunk but I do not drink. Turning over in bed was nearly impossible to do," said Annette.
In June of 2006, she fainted in the kitchen, and when she came to, she was totally paralyzed and numb on her left side. Her Neurologist decided there was something going on and prescribed injections for her symptoms of MS.
After those shots, she would start having chills and fever by the next day. For the four months that followed after initiating this treatment I had flu like symptoms, but eventually they went away.
However, about 6 months later, these symptoms returned with a vengeance. "I questioned my doctor asking why my, despite this treatment, my partial paralysis had not gone away." He said, "We were not worried about the little stuff," said her doctor.
On August 1st, 2008, I made the decision to stop taking the prescription injections. She went to the Natural Heatlh Center and she found out that she had "inflammatory markers" in her blood that could be due to food allergies.
So, she decided to undergo the ALCAT test, because food allergies or sensitivites can often negatively affect the nervous system.
She had multiple food sensitivities to some very common foods, and says she faithfully stuck to the suggested plan of avoiding these foods. Almost a month had passed.
Then on Nov. 18, the night before returning to her follow up appointment, she asked her husband when was the last time he had to help me to bed. She says he could not believe she hadn't had one of her spells since Oct.13.
These spells had been going on for over 25 years.
Annette says since identifying what foods are harmful to her body through ALCAT testing, her whole life has changed dramatically. Before this time, she says her energy was nonexistent.
Her husband says it is like being married to someone else's wife.
"The Lord has really blessed her."
- Annette from Texas
I decided to spend the money for testing with ALCAT because of several things
First, I had been feeling exhausted for many years (at least 3). That is, I wake up after 8-9 hours of sleep feeling totally exhausted. I knew something wasn't right. I ate well, cooked my own meals, ate lots of fruit and vegetables, exercised regularly, and am not overweight.
It seemed I was doing most of the right things, but I could not get rid of feeling exhausted. Something was definitely wrong.
Second, my eczema was getting worse. I've had eczema in various spots (inner ear, and behind the ear) for at least 10 years, and now it was spreading to my face (forehead and around the nostrils). I read a lot about eczema, and I found out that it's mainly a symptom that your immune system is going overboard reacting to some environmental factor. I thought that food sensitivities could be (part of) the cause.
After talking to an informative and patient ALCAT representative, I decided to give it a shot. It was very helpful to me that the rep explained that food intolerances manifest itself in different ways in people. What shows up for me (exhaustion and eczema) could be somebody else's arthritis, migraine, and/or weight gain. I hadn't thought of that.
About 5-6 days into my 4-day rotation diet, I noticed a "lack of exhaustion". That day was Friday, May 8th and my office had commencement. After twelve straight hours of running around, I noticed that although I was tired, I wasn't exhausted. I chalked it up to it being an exciting and exhilarating day. But then for the next two days (weekend), I noticed I wasn't exhausted, and in fact, ran 11 miles early Saturday morning. Then when Monday rolled around, it really hit me that I WASN'T EXHAUSTED. And although I can't say that I'm full of energy when it comes to bedtime, I can absolutely say that I do not wake up feeling exhausted.
I have noticed that when I eat something that I've tested to be intolerant to (for example, eggs, curry, or rice), I wake up feeling exhausted, as well as experience minor digestive inconveniences that I had come to accept as part of the eating process.
Eating the foods on the rotation diet also leaves me feeling satisfied without feeling full. I can't explain it. It's a very peaceful process. I feel at peace.
It's been about 5 weeks into the rotation diet and I am very happy to report that my eczema is 95% gone. My inner ear, which has itched like crazy for over 10 years, stopped itching and flaking the first week. The skin behind my ear is now smooth, whereas just weeks before it had constantly gone through the very itchy, "ooze, crust, then flake" cycle. I still have dry spots on my face, but they haven't gotten worse, and I don't find myself uncontrollably scratching them.
These benefits are real! I hope they last!!
- Pei Pei from Los Angeles
I am writing to report great benefits after one week of following the ALCAT recommendations for the 150 food intolerance test.
I have been aware of the foods I am allergic to for years and eliminated those foods from my diet. The awesome thing is that the foods on the food intolerance list were different from foods I noticed myself responding allergically to. I had no idea my immune system was intolerant of veggies such as broccolli and fruits like grapes.
I always thought, "The more fruits and veggies the better." However, after eliminating the foods on the red and orange lists for one week I
have experienced benefits beyond my expectations. My mind is clearer and I am thinking more creatively and with more clarity. I have more physical energy and endurance and am not fatigued as I was a week ago. My digestion is much better. A friend said I look like I'm glowing! Thank you for the great guidance. This was well worth the cost and time and energy it took to do. Sincerely,
- Bari from California
Having a chronic cough for over 3 years and going through many tests for my heart, hiatal hernia, acid reflux, and sinus problems, I was diagnosed with asthma and put on the usual medication.
After being on asthma medication for 9 months, I ended up in the emergency room two consecutive days where they packed my nose to stop the bleeding.
I had the ALCAT blood test in December 2008 and since January 9, 2009, I have followed the four-day rotation diet. In two days, after being on the diet, I stopped coughing 75-80% and in three days stopped taking my medication for the hiatial hernia an acid reflux. I no longer have heart burn….
I saw my cardiologist for my routine check up two months, one week after I started the diet. I have lost 20 lbs and am now off a total of 4 prescriptions; one of them being a blood pressure medication. My blood pressure has also dropped. The doctor told me if I continue to lose another 20 lbs I will probably be able to go off my other blood pressure and cholesterol medication in 6 months. I also had my routine blood work to check the cholesterol, HDL, LDL triglycerides, and they have fallen to very readings.
I can't say enough about how I feel now and will continue to stay on the rotation diet. I do not think of this as a diet. There is so much food to choose from daily. You are not hungry and it's your choice to choose what you want each day.
- Carolyn from Indiana
At 220 pounds I had been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis, Adult Onset Asthma, and High Blood Pressure. I was Border Line Diabetic and had Pitted Edema in my legs to the extent I wore support hose for 5
My ailments were only out numbered by the medications I took for them. I started trying to lose weight.
Without much support or direction, I tried several nationally advertised well known diet plans. I would lose a little and gain even more. After approximately 3 years of this yo-yo I had gained an additional 32 pounds, and was now at my top weight of 252 pounds. Then I found the ALCAT Test through a book I was reading. Unlike the "diet plans" I had seen before, the ALCAT test spoke of food intolerance and a medical reason why my body was not responding to a healthy diet.
After taking the ALCAT Test, I found my most severe food intolerances were some of the healthiest foods I ate, and I ate them on a daily basis. (Lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and lemons, to name a few). When I started the ALCAT Test Rotation Diet I was sure this was something that could change my life. When I eliminated the foods I was intolerant to I started losing weight almost immediately, an amazing 15 pounds the first 2 weeks. In the following 11 weeks I lost an additional 70 pounds. After approximately 10 days I was able to stop taking all six prescription medications. I lost an incredible 16 inches on my waist line; and went from a 3XL shirt to a medium.
The ALCAT Test is absolutely amazing
- Joe from Fort Lauderdale, FL
I am 45 years old and have been considered medically obese since the age of 28.
When I received the results of my ALCAT test and started the process I weighed 366 lbs. In just three and a half months I now weigh 294 lbs. That is a total weight loss of 72 lbs so far. I am well on my way to reaching my goal of 150 lbs of total weight loss.
I have been lucky that up to this point I have not been diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes or even a heart condition because of my weight. All three of these conditions run in my family and several members have lost their lives to them.
I have three beautiful children, ages 10, 8 and 7. Along with my beautiful wife they are my world. I have truly been blessed beyond anything I could ever imagine. I must thank my wife, our nutritionist (Judy Poth) and my in-laws for their determination in helping me see this through to the end. I can't even begin to say how much energy I have. When I started I could hardly go 2 miles on our exercise bike. Now I am doing at least 20 to 25 miles a day! I am very fortunate to have a strong support system at home. My wife has made many changes, especially in finding new ways to cook the foods that I can eat.
I have often dreamed of walking my girls down the aisle when they get married some day or seeing my son graduate from college. Until now those dreams were just that, only dreams. Now, looking to the future I will be able to make those dreams a reality. We share with all our friends and family how the ALCAT test has ultimately saved my life. Thank You!
Here is both a before picture of me (on far left) with a group from work and a recent picture of me with my whole family.
As promised I wanted to send an update on my "life change" progress with the help of ALCAT. When people ask me what "diet" I am on I quickly stop them and say "It is not a diet… it is a life change". I am now at 279 lbs which brings the weight loss total to 87 lbs. This is absolutely amazing!!!! I have gone down from a 52" pants size to a 44" pants size. I had about a month off of exercise due to knee surgery from a sports accident. Now I am back on the bike and doing my 20 to 25 miles a day. We have been sharing this life altering transformation with anyone who asks or notices a difference in my appearance. We had the test ran for my children and my wife. Somehow my wife found 20 lbs to loose so far and while my kids don't need to loose any weight, we have noticed a dramatic change in their attitudes. I would have never believed it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes how eating the wrong foods would affect their behavior. If you have children who at times can be a little hard to handle my recommendation is to have them tested. The results are amazing and eye opening! Several other friends and family members have had the test done and are now enjoying life to the fullest. I will be forever grateful to everyone at ALCAT. Here are two new pictures of the before and the present. WOW!
- Jeff from Ohio
Clinical Diagnosis: Heavy metal toxicity and major gastro-intestinal issues, including leaky gut syndrome.
In August of 2005, after taking a course of antibiotics, I developed an inner weakness and excessive hunger. At the time my family and I thought related to anxiety from upcoming sinus surgery. Following sinus surgery and several courses of antibiotics, my symptoms intensified and included
…I had brain fog, felt like I had a major hang-over (gross sensation in my head), felt loss of coordination and continuous ringing in my ears. My face was burning, felt numbness in my legs and arms, was eating excessively to feed an enormous hunger, felt rapid fluctuations in my blood sugars, felt like I was in a 'drunk state', was symptomatic to refined sugars and carbohydrates and had no energy in my body. Additionally, I felt a massive internal weakness within my body, like my muscles were detached from my bones.
After many medical tests and brief hospitalization over a 6 week period, the medical community could not find anything wrong with me. I continued my search for an answer to my symptoms by visiting with an integrative MD (licensed medical doctor who also uses natural treatments). He ran a blood test for heavy metals and also did a stool test. The tests showed that I had mercury toxicity that was off the charts and fungus/anaerobic bacteria. I was put on a natural treatment to remove the metals and also anti-fungal medications and herbs to kill the anaerobic bacteria. The treatment was working until I ran into issues with a parasitic infection.
ALCAT to the rescue—to start the gut repair process my GI doctor had me do a food allergy test with ALCAT laboratory. The test showed the allergenic foods that I needed to avoid for a 3-6 month period in order to prevent further inflammatory responses that would prevent my gut from healing properly. With the help from ALCAT's nutritionist I developed a rotational diet from the foods that I was allowed to eat. I also continued with IV therapy treatments and the medicine food supplementation.
By following the diet I immediately noticed that the inflammatory reactions were lessening, as I know longer felt my hernia displaced and the lupus type redness around my nose subsided. Within 5 months I gained back 38 pounds, going from 137 to 175. My gut was now healing and I was on the road to recovery.
Without identifying the trigger foods with ALCAT that kept my gut inflamed I would still be on a treadmill trying to recover my health. I am very thankful for all the help and advice that I received.
- Glen from Massachusetts
My son is doing great. He is a picture of health for all of us!
He has taken a great interest in health and well-being and has been 'vegan' for about 6 months now. Eats 90% organic foods and has most of his friends eating healthy too!! ALCAT literally saved his life. We often talk about ALCAT, saying that if we never knew about it, Adam (my son) would probably be living on some sort of heart medication now and going through periodic heart testing - when all along the problem was the chemicals he was ingesting (msg specifically). It is a story I tell often!
- Trish from Michigan
I wanted to let the staff know what a great job they had done putting this results packet together.
I live in rural South Dakota and the information was very easy to understand and to follow, as I have limited resources. I have had improved health after just one week of clearing out the foods that were irritating my system.
I have had scratch testing done and was familiar with allergy foods, but this is so much more detailed and the foods that are tested are so much more precise to the internal organs and how they are affected by the foods I eat on a regular basis. I also really liked the informational booklet that went into detail about how to eat good foods instead of my offending ones and what to look for in other foods. I feel this is very worth the cost! Hats off to you all!
- Carol from South Dakota
My patient is doing great.
We found the test to be very valuable and I am totally sold on ALCAT over the ELIZA method I was using before.
- Dr. Kevin Passero – Annapolis, MD
We are very pleased with your turn-around-time and your commitment to excellence!
I know of a few colleagues of mine that might be interested in running these tests and will be talking to them.
We are getting excellent results with are patients and I like our new protocol we are using, whereby we use the ALCAT test to build a customized dietary program for our patients. I have run many food panels from other companies over the past decade. Many of the test results for other testing systems seem to be hit or miss with many of the patients. The ALCAT seems to be dead on when it comes to picking up clinically relevant foods.
- Dr. Jason M. Kolodjski, Houston, TX
First of all I want to tell you that this rotation diet has been pretty miraculous for me.
I've been fighting Dermatitis for over 2 years now, and it's about 75% cleared up already. I'm really hoping that my clients will take advantage of this wonderful tool to enhance their general health.
- Jane, Clinical Nutritionist from Georgia
I am a 65 year old female. With 35 years working in the health care system as a Physical Therapist and teacher, I had always been very active and healthy.
About two years ago I started to get signs that something was wrong. The first thing I noticed was mucus in my throat at night, it began to wake me up and I'd be prowling the house at two in the morning.
Gradually more symptoms came, I had rashes on my hands and arms, my head felt 'spacy' i.e. mildly drunk, I needed to sleep in the afternoon and felt exhausted, there were joint aches, stomach discomfort, bloating and gas. My doctor did tests and nothing was found. I'm not very good at accepting that there isn't a logical answer so I decided to figure it out myself.
I then found a book on food sensitivities. ALCAT was mentioned in the book and I decided to call directly. I live in Canada and ALCAT is in Florida but the process sounded quite easy. The test kit was sent to me and I had a local pharmacy take the blood, it then went back to Florida by overnight FEDEX. A telephone interview was arranged to discuss the results and the rotation diet. I have to say I was shocked by some of the foods I must avoid. Yeast was there, both brewers and bakers yeast, which I had suspected but so were many of my favorite foods.
Gradually I will be able to integrate many of the foods back into my diet as my immune system recovers, but the few in the severe sensitivity range will be avoided on a permanent basis.
I can't praise ALCAT enough. My symptoms are now almost gone. I'm sleeping all night my brain is clear again and I feel great. Special thanks to Joe Davis and Kathryn Holmes who were very helpful.
Thank you so much,
- Celia from Canada
Before receiving the information from ALCAT three to four times per week I would wake up with severe headaches accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
My Dr, gave me compazine for the nausea, and fioricet for the migraine headaches. This would help for the day, but two days later I would have another episode. My blood was sent to ALCAT who sent the results back detailing what I was allergic to. Following the program I am staying away from the foods that you told me I was allergic to. I have had only three small reactions (headaches only) in the past two and three quarter months. I I hope my journey to good health continues.
- Eleanore from Ohio
For ten years I have used the ALCAT test in my practice – no other test is as accurate or useful.
- Joe from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Our son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 4 1/2 years old. However, the behaviors of the disorder were evident much earlier.
Up to that time our son was delayed in talking, being potty trained, displaying many of the repetitive Autistic behaviors, and he had tantrums almost daily for up to an hour at a time.
We had been told that many Autistic individuals are also allergic to cow's milk, wheat, gluten, dyes, etc. Though very skeptical that foods could be escalating his Autism, we reluctantly decided to try having the Alcat Test done on him. At that point we figured, "What do we have to lose?"
Upon receiving the results of the Alcat Test, we were initially overwhelmed at the list of reactions to foods, and additives of our son. But we decided we would follow it through, and so we did. We read labels, went to a health food store, whatever needed in order to find alternative foods for him to eat. Through the process of the diet change, absolutely amazing to us was the change in behavior. Our little boy went from his occasional kicking, biting, and daily tantrums, to no tantrums. Though the process of reduced behavior took almost 6-8 weeks, we saw almost immediate change in behavior within the first couple of weeks. We also saw improvement in his alertness and able to stay on task and focus better.
Our son is now 13 years old, is a high functioning Autistic-Asperger individual. He attends a public school and is mainstreamed for some classes, and is in the Special Resource class for others. Much of his class curriculum is modified. We attribute the wonderful progress we have seen in our son through the years with early intervention (a key ingredient). But we also certainly credit the Alcat Test and change in his diet with the dramatic difference we have seen in our son's behavior and alertness. For our son, it was an absolute God-send.
"Thank you" Alcat!
- Cathy from Ohio
Detection of Food Allergies/Sensitivities, in their broadest definition is always a challenge, because of the numerous immune mechanisms involved.
Alcat testing goes beyond immunoglobulin related techniques, using nutraphil changes to illuminate sensitivities related to a variety of disorders. I have found that some patients' clinical conditions improve by avoiding foods the ALCAT Test identifies as reactive.
- Allan M Dattner, MD
I am so thankful for the results of my ALCAT test. I now know I am not crazy!
Last January and February I experienced episodes of Vertigo that caused me to step away from working in our church nursery, not knowing it was Vertigo, but feeling not in control of my body I didn't want to cause harm to anyone's precious child. March I experienced the same sensation while sitting in a chair at my office desk.
A CT Scan was ordered and the doctor called to say I had a sinus infection, ordered antibiotics. But down deep I felt there was something else going on and I had been feeling this way for a long time, almost like I was watching life go by, but pulling away from participating in it.
In August I had a "visual aura" to a no-pain migraine. Had had migraines since I was in grade school but they were always accompanied by pain. This was new. I started researching and found non-visual aura's for migraines that had many of my symptoms. By late September I had stopped eating many of the foods I had been keeping at the office for my emergency foods when I wasn't able to get out to lunch (3-4 times a week) and I was now having "episodes" of my problems, not constant problems. In October I was really tying it to foods and by early November had stopped eating Fruits and Vegetables. Between early November and now I lost over 20 pounds eating breads, potatoes and meat, cookies, drinking water, juices and green teas and once a day drinking a cup of Lipton tea. The weight just fell off. I didn't not eat, I just didn't eat what seemed to be causing the confusion, and I now think clearly and can work almost like I use to.
Your test results earlier this month confirmed many of my triggers and others were a huge surprise. I am telling others about your test and sending them to your site. Wish I had heard about your test a year ago, it would have saved a year of anguish. Thanks for letting me know I'm not crazy!
- Teresa Archer From Oregon
During the past 20 years I have tried many allergy/sensitivity tests and have never found one to equal what I have found with ALCAT.
In the very first month of changing my eating habits, I lost 11 lbs. I thought that I had been eating healthy; however, who would know that common "healthy" foods such as peaches and carrots could be triggers for me.
Previously I did not notice any change when I would eliminate wheat or sugar individually; but have noticed a huge change in my overall health when identifying and then choosing to eliminate all the foods that trigger my sensitivities. After changing my eating habits and sticking to my new food choices for 5 months I have been able to stop taking Excedrin and have been headache free for a week! This has not happened in 20 years!! I am thrilled.Kim S.
- Kim From Bloomington Family Chiropractic
Thank you ALCAT! My experience could not have been more positive from the very beginning.
ALCAT staff were incredibly helpful during my research and testing phase. I was experiencing itchy skin and stomach aches on a nearly daily basis, as well headaches and irritable bowel symptoms far too regularly.
I am 30 years old. I get exercise, didn't have weight to lose, I eat a healthy diet and I was already avoiding known food allergies so I was frustrated and didn't know what was going on. The day I received my results I eliminated my reactive foods from my diet (shocking results to me: blueberries, artichoke, cranberries and more, food I love and ate regularly). I have not had a single stomach ache, headache, or irritable bowel symptom since that day 4 weeks ago! My itchy skin is almost gone. I feel better than I have in years. People tell me I look great. And the most exciting part is knowing that these foods aren't gone forever; I'll probably be able to eat most of them without symptoms recurring by following the recommended rotation diet. I am a firm believer and highly recommend the ALCAT test to family, friends, anyone!
- Corrin from Washington
I just wanted to let you know my experience so far with the ALCAT results that I received several weeks ago.
I have suffered with fibromyalgia, extreme fatigue, migraines and a host of odd neurological symptoms for the past two and a half years. I was forced to take a 7 month medical leave of absence from work.
I became deeply depressed and hopeless. I had bloodwork done, MRIs, CAT scans, neurology appointments etc etc etc. Everything came back normal. I was told things were all in my head. I was depressed and miserable. Having the Alcat test was the best decision I have ever made. I have followed the dietary recommendations 100 percent for the last two weeks. I eliminated my reactive foods. During that time I have had only one migraine. Other than that one time I have had no migraines, no fibromyalgia pain, no neurological symptoms and have lost 4 pounds since I began following the dietary recommendations. I feel like a new person. My sleep is deeper and I wake up feeling rested. I cant tell you how happy and amazed I am. Thank you for the work you all do. It has changed my life in just 2 weeks.
- Jennifer from Maine
Our daughter has been taking Ritalin and Paxil for over 5 years to deal with hyperactivity/ADHD as well as other health, concentration and academic issues.
The alcat test identified numerous foods that we needed to eliminate-such as beef, lemon, grapes and apples. Once we eliminated these foods, we saw a dramatic change with our daughter. Within 24 hours she was much more calm. We slowly weened her off Paxil and Ritalin, and now she is TOTALLY off of these drugs for more than 2 months. The new diet has done wonders.
- Dan from Michigan
I took the Alcat test even though I had no health problems, I just wanted to look and feel even better.
After 6 months on the diet dropped 1/2 a shoe size and 3 dress sizes! My strength and endurance has increased dramatically. Friends say my skin and face look years younger. I dropped over 14 pounds and my chloesterol went down almost 70 points!
- Jane from California
In the past week since following my four-day rotation diet plan, I have lost SEVEN pounds.
At first, I thought maybe there was something wrong with my scale. I checked on another scale and sure enough, the weight loss was correct. I could almost cry from the relief. I am so grateful to you for your help.
- Alessana from Florida
My clients have certainly seen results with your Alcat Test
You may not realize how you have improved the quality of life for many people by making this test available.
- Registered Dietitian from Massachusetts
I had the ALCAT test a few months ago and am amazed at the improvement in my digestive problems by omitting the sensitive foods.
- Alice from Florida
My husband and I have done the Alcat test and would like to let others know what great results we have had.
I have been on the rotation meal plan for 6 months and my husband for one month. Within three days my husband who suffers from asthma has seen dramatic results. He can breath better than he can ever remember. I have quit after 5 years, my menopause replacement hormones, I no longer have acid reflux, no more sinus headaches or constipation. Our sons have even asked for the Alcat test as their birthday presents after they saw our results!
- Gayle from Texas
This is my second experience with the Alcat test.
The first time I was so excited to have lost weight, felt great and was able to eliminate taking my diabetes and blood pressure medications. This time I lost weight and felt great. I will be 82 years old in August. I dance two or three days per week. No one believes my age.
- Zelda from Florida
I just wanted to take a few minutes to just say thank-you.
The combination of the Alcat test and your expertise has given me just the answers I looked for and a plan of action to get my IBS symptoms under control. I have seen many so called specialists, who offered Prescription Drugs, with numerous possible side effects, all to no avail.
But now with my results, consisting of definite foods and additives to avoid, I will be able to lead a more normal life. So not only will my symptoms be in check, but the best is the peace of mind you have given me. It truly has been worth every cent paid for this exceptional service, I only wish that more HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS offered the Alcat test to their patients! Please feel free to share my testimony.
- Carlos from Nevada, Captain Major US Airline
For most of my adult life I have been 60+ lbs overweight. No matter what diet I would try, no matter what kinds of food or calories I would consume; No matter what exercise program I would get into, my weight would hover back to between 180-190 lbs on a 5'2" frame. 10 years ago I trained for and completed a marathon.
After 6 months of training, and eating "right" the day of the race I weighed myself: 189 lbs. Five years ago my father died at age 61 from terminal prostate cancer, after having quadruple bypasses, and type 2 diabetes as well. So, for the past 3 years I have made optimal health a priority. Knowing I may always be destined to be "fat" I still wanted to achieve optimal health. I started doing Las Vegas Bootcamp classes and trained and completed 3 separate ½ marathons. I started working with non-traditional doctors to supplement my diet with the correct vitamins & minerals lacking and eat mostly "paleo" only eating things that are unprocessed; things that you can pull out of the ground or kill. In short: fruits, nuts, veggies & meat & fish. I saw some progress – blood tests showed massive improvement in my overall health but I still weighed 50 pounds above the "normal" limit, now hovering between 175-180 lbs. Never going below 175. My mother had been sick with multiple diseases from as long as I can remember. She died last summer and the day she died I weighed 176 lbs. In my grief I did what most people do – I stopped thinking about what I ate and my weight ballooned to over 190 lbs. I was still taking my supplements and working out 2 hours a day and started to get back on track in the Fall. However, I couldn't go below 190 lbs this time. I got another blood test and my blood tests were off the charts. My doctor said that according to my tests I was possibly the "healthiest person she had ever seen." Now most people would be happy with this. All I said was "Yeah – but people see me 60 lbs overweight they don't see how healthy I am on the inside…". And this time I was beyond frustrated. I couldn't even lose the weight I'd gained after my mom died – not even a POUND of it. She recommended the ALCAT test for food allergy. I got my test results. First of all I was shocked to see just how MANY foods I was allergic to. Secondly, I was shocked to see a ton of "healthy" foods I consumed almost everyday were things I was allergic to: things like blueberries, avocado, asparagus, lettuce, and tomato. I am also allergic to corn, dairy, and beef which makes things interesting because corn is in EVERYTHING: Corn syrup, corn starch, and "hidden" corn like xanthum gum and maltodextrin. It took me a while to get 100% on track with the rotational diet and eliminated the allergic foods from my diet, in fact I got the test results in November and didn't really start 100% on the plan until Feburary! However when I did the results have been staggering. It helped to meet with the nutritionists over the phone and find out how the program works, how eliminating or rotating foods can help. I also use tools like the "daily burn" app on iphone and ipad to help me keep track of which foods I have eaten when and how many calories I've consumed. Today I weigh 166 lbs and have 37% body fat. I have another 35-40 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight so I'm ½ way there, but the weight loss for the first time in my life has been effortless. It took 3 months to lose almost 30 lbs - averaging 1.5-2 pounds a week, but none of the weight has come back. This is the lowest I have weighed in 15 years and I feel fantastic. Andrea, age 37, Las Vegas, NV
- Andrea from Las Vegas
I just want to tell anyone who takes the Alcat test that it is very accurate. I was having headaches in the past and did not know exactly which foods the headaches were coming from. I took the Alcat test and confirmed that several items I suspected were on my list of intolerant foods.
I also found that there were many more on my list and answers were finally there. It was not a guessing game. I have been staying away from these foods for three weeks now and I must say that I feel much better. My headaches stay away as long as I avoid my offending foods. My 9 year old son also did the test. He has an allergy to dust mites which results in asthma. He needs to stay away from milk, wheat and some other foods. His list was not as long as mine. He has been following the guide lines and staying away from intolerant foods. He has decreased his asthma medicine 3 times a day to 2 times a day and sometimes we even decrease the dose by half. I see a wonderful improvement. We are what we eat. In order to feel better and take care of bodies, we need to do the right thing for us. I wish I had done this a long time ago.
- Karen from California