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"The gut is the father of all afflictions"

Arabic saying


"Chronic digestive illness is the mother of most illness"

L. Kuhne


Common Symptoms Associated with Food Allergy/Sensitivity
  • Depression
  • Aphthous stomatitis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity
  • Autism
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Epilepsy
  • Gallstones
  • Inflammatory bowel disease - ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease
  • Intestinal dysbiosis, Candidiasis
  • Intestinal hyperpermeability
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraine headache
  • Otitis media
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Urticaria

"If the diet is right then medicines are of no need; if the diet is wrong then medicines are of no use."

Ancient Ayurveda
Medical Text


Prominent allergist J.C. Breneman, M.D. once wrote, "food allergy is often overlooked … any patient with confusing, prolonged complaints or poor treatment response might recover amazingly on a week of diagnostic elimination diet."


ElectroDermal Analysis: Scientific Correlation with Pathophysiology
... studies in the use of electro-dermal testing.

Food Sensitivity

Electro-Dermal Vega Treatment
A non-invasive energetic evaluation.
Food Sensitivity testing with the BioMeridian MSAS machine is used to determine which foods may be aggravating your immune system and lowering your tolerance to physical, chemical, and emotional influences. Symptoms of food sensitivity are varied, and may include constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn, nausea, headache, skin inflammation, mood swings, fatigue, sinus/lung congestion, and other vague and seemingly unrelated symptoms. Long term dietary habits may lead to more serious symptoms and illness.

Sensitivity testing is a two-stage procedure
The first of which is the detoxification process. To promote detoxification, we test 90 common foods and determine which are aggravating your already weakened system, and may be contributing to your symptoms. We recommend removing any foods that you show sensitivity to from your diet for three weeks, and give suggestions for alternative foods, based on your lifestyle, Blood Type, and food preferences. This elimination will allow your body to re-balance itself and release stored toxins.

The second phase is to re-test the foods that you have been avoiding for the three weeks, as well as the foods that commonly cause symptoms. Foods that still show a reaction, even though you have been avoiding them, are probably your primary sensitivity foods and will take longer to clear.

Presently, more than 10,000 Electro-Diagnosis machines are in use in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the past decade, use has increased in Great Britain and North America.

North American physicians and patients encounter more difficulty in understanding and accepting these methods, as we have been educated and conditioned to view health and disease from a mainly biochemical perspective. German doctors recognize and use both biochemical and biophysical means. Also, until recently most of the research material was available only in German.

In a controlled, comparative study of various ways of testing for food sensitivities, performed by Julia Tsuei M.D., which compared blood, scratch, cytotoxic, food challenge and electro-acupuncture testing, the electro-acupuncture results proved to be accurate and reproducible. This study, reported in the American Journal of Acupuncture, 1984, revealed that it was non-invasive but demonstrated great sensitivity.

The sensitivity testing helps you to understand which foods allow your body to function optimally, and which "bog down" your immune system. After the three-week elimination and retest, it is possible to assist healing and eat preventively with longer term but less stringent dietary modifications.


Food Allergy Testing 
Electro-dermal testing may identify foods which can be classified as sensitivities.  It may also be beneficial to test for allergic reactions by sending blood samples for Immunoglobulin reactivity.  

A combined IgG4 and IgE, by ELISA Method are frequently used to test 95 commonly eaten foods. A blood draw is required for this test and is sent to a quality laboratory for analysis. View a sample report here. And here's a link to learn more about Food Allergies.


An Integrative Approach
Based on electro dermal testing, immunoglobulin analysis, blood type, metabolic disturbances and eating preferences, a dietary program can be created to optimize your health and recovery. As well, underlying causes of food sensitivities are addressed to improve the body's tolerance to normal foods and decrease symptoms due to environmental and seasonal stressors. Although some persons have genetic allergy patterns that cannot be changed, a proper dietary analysis and treatment program can improve one's well being and

ameliorate significant reactions.


Effectiveness of Electro-dermal Testing for Detection of Food Sensitivities
(Excerpted from Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Volume 8, Number 4, Winter 1995)

A controlled, comparative study of various ways of testing for food sensitivities, performed by Julia Tsuei M.D., which compared blood, scratch, cytotoxic, food challenge and electro-acupuncture testing, the electro-acupuncture results proved to be accurate and reproducible. This study revealed that it was non-invasive but demonstrated great sensitivity.