Chemical/Mold/Additive/Preservative/Colouring Allergy Testing

Are you experiencing the dreaded symptoms that allergies trigger? Are you at a loss for direction in uncovering the culprits? Our Naturopathic Doctors now have access to a larger scale of allergens to test.  If you are consistently feeling any of the below symptoms talk to one of our Naturopathic Doctors about your options to test 60 different Chemical Compounds, 28 different Mold Species, 27 different Additives and Preservatives and 20 Colour Additives to give you some answers.

Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat Symptoms Intestinal Symptoms
  • Burning, stinging eyes
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Congestion
  • Bloating
  • Dark circle under eyes
  • Constipation
  • Lip swelling
  • Gassiness
  • Persistent cough
  • Intestinal Bleeding
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Mucous in diarrhea
  • Rattling chest when breathing
  • Nausea
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Poor weight gain
  • Runny nose
  •  Rash or redness around anus
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  •  Spitting up with every feed
  •  Sneezing
  •  Vomiting
  •  Stuffy nose
 General Symptoms:
  •  Tongue soreness
  •  Extreme fatigue/lethargy
  •  Wheezing
  •   Headache/migraine/vertigo/dizziness
  •  Watery eyes
  •  Poor memory & concentration
 Skin Symptoms:
  • Sleeping problems
  •  Dry, scaly, itchy skin
  • Muscle & joint pain.
  •  Hives
  •  Rash
  •  Swelling in hands and feet

Here is a list of the allergens tested with our panels:

 ENVIRONMENTAL

  • 1,2Dichlorobenzene
  • 2,4,5 T
  • 2,4 D
  • 2-Methyl Pentane   
  • 3-Methyl Pentane
  • Aldrin
  • Benzaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • Benzopyrene
  • Benzyl Acetate
  • Beryllium Oxide
  • Carbamates
  • Carbon Disulfide
  • Carbon
  • Tetrachloride
  • Chlordane
  • Chloroform
  • Cis-Dichloroethylene (1,2- Dichloroethylene)
  • Cyclohexylamine
  • DBCP (1,2 Dibromo-3-chloropropane)
  • DDT
  • DEET
  • Detergent (Synthetic)
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • Dieldrin
  • Endrin
  • Ethyl Acetate
  • Ethyl Acetoacetate
  • Ethyl Butyrate
  • Ethylene Dibromide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Halogenated Biocide
  • Heptachlor
  • Hexachlorocyclohexane
  • Isopropyl Ether
  • Latex
  • Maleic Anhydride
  • Metallic Catalyst
  • Methoxychlor
  • Methylene Chloride (Dichloromethane)
  • Morpholine
  • Nitrosamine Mix
  • Organophosphates
  • Pentachlorophenol (PCP)
  • Petroleum By-Products
  • and Solvents
  • Phenol
  • Phthalates Polyvinylpyrrolidone/ Povidone
  • Propylene Glycol (1,2-Propanediol)
  • Pyrene
  • Selenium Sulfide
  • Silicates/Silicon Dioxide
  • Silicone
  • Soap (SDS/SLS)
  • Tert-Butyl-Ethyl Ether (TBEE)
  • Tert-Butyl-Methyl Ether (TBME)
  • Tetrachloroethylene
  • Toluene
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Xylene

 MOLD

  • Alternaria alternate
  • Aspergillus fumigatus
  • Aspergillus niger
  • Aspergillus oryzae
  • Botrytis cinerea
  • Candida albicans
  • Cladosporium cladosporioides
  • Cladosporium herbarum
  • Epidermophyton floccosum
  • Fusarium solani
  • Fusarium vasinfectum
  • Geotrichum candidum
  • Helminthosporium halodes
  • Helminthosporium sativum
  • Mucor mucedo
  • Mucor racemosus
  • Penicillium frequentans
  • Penicillium notatum/chrysogenum
  • Penicillium roqueforti
  • Pullularia pullulans
  • Rhizopus stolonifer/nigricans
  • Rhodotorula
  • Trichoderma harzianum
  • Thricothecium roseum
  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes goetzii
  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes interdigitale
  • Trichophyton rubrum
  • Trichophyton schoenleinii

 ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES

  • Aspartame/Nutrasweet
  • BHA
  • BHT
  • Caffeine
  • Calcium Propionate
  • Diacetyl (2,3 Butanedione)
  • Gum, Acacia
  • Gum, Agar
  • Gum, Carrageenan
  • Gum, Guar
  • Gum, Locust Bean
  • Gum, Tragacanth
  • Gum, Xanthan
  • MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
  • Nitrates/Nitrites
  • Pinene
  • Polysorbate 60
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Potassium Bromate
  • Propyl Gallate
  • Saccharine
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Sodium Fluoride
  • Sodium Propionate
  • Sorbitol
  • Sulfite/Metabisulfite
  • Xylitol

 COLOUR AND ADDITIVES

  • Annatto
  • FD&C Blue #1
  • FD&C Blue #2
  • Brilliant Black
  • Carmine/Cochineal
  • Carmoisine
  • D & C Green #5
  • D & C Orange #5
  • D & C Red #33
  • D & C Violet #2
  • FD&C Green #3
  • D&C Orange #4
  • Ponceau 2R
  • Ponceau 4R
  • FD&C Red #2
  • FD&C Red #3
  • FD&C Red #40
  • D&C Yellow #10
  • FD&C Yellow #5
  • FD&C Yellow #6

The Naturopathic Doctors at AIW Clinic use LRA (lymphocyte response assay) testing. It allows us to analyze how your immune system is reacting just as it would occur in your body. When your sample is sent to the lab your live lymphocytes from your blood are exposed to antigens in the lab. If a reaction occurs that indicates that you have a loss of tolerance and your immune system has developed a self-attack known as a delayed hypersensitivity.

When your body is always in a hyper-alert state triggered by your allergies, you become exhausted, irritable, miserable and more prone to other adverse health conditions. With this testing you can be well on your way to discovering the triggering link to your health adversity, avoid it, support correction of immune dysfunction and start getting your health back on track.

Patient Preparation Instructions:
Blood Cannot Be Processed If Instructions Are Not Followed

This preparation process minimizes the potential for lymphocyte activation prior to the analysis and avoids medications (steroids, aspirin) and other substances that could interfere with lymphocyte reactions to antigens being tested. These instructions are included in the Patient Test Prep Booklet that should be given to patients at least 4 days prior to the blood draw.

FOUR (4) DAYS PRIOR TO THE TEST (NOTE: Consult with your doctor before stopping any treatment)

  • Stop taking steroids and cortisone pills and creams. Ask your doctor for the Steroid Bridge to assist with the four-day avoidance.
  • Stop taking Enbrel (etanercept), Humira (adalimumab), Remicade (infliximab), and other TNF inhibitors.
  • Wait two weeks after the injection of a cortisone suspension.
  • Include a complete list of any medications, vitamins, or herbs you have been taking with the sample.
  • If taking allergy shots, please contact Client Services for optimal timing of LRA by ELISA/ACT tests.

NOTE: Theophylline (aminophylline) may, on rare occasions, interfere with the tests due to its mild antihistamine activity.

TWO (2) DAYS (48 HOURS) PRIOR TO THE TEST

Stop taking all over-the-counter antihistamines, antihistamine-containing prescriptions, and aspirin (acetyl-salicylate) containing compounds such as:

  • Alka Seltzer
  • Ecotrin
  • MonoGesic
  • Bayer
  • Equagesic
  • Percodan
  • Anacin
  • Excedrin
  • Sine-Off
  • Bufferin
  • Vanquish
  • Talwin Compound Triacimicin
  • Arthritis Pain Formula
  • Midol

(See your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications’ aspirin content.) NOTE: Some topical shampoos, lotions, creams, etc. contain salicylic acid. While these should not interfere with the test, they should be avoided if possible during the 48-hour period prior to the test.

12 HOURS OF FASTING IS REQUIRED FOR THE 12 HOURS BEFORE YOUR BLOOD DRAW:

  • Do not eat or drink anything except spring or distilled water.
  • Drink plenty of spring or distilled water up until the time of your blood draw.
  • Do not take vitamins or medications other than those listed here (see right). Always consult your prescribing physician before stopping your medication.
  • From the time of your evening meal until the blood draw the following morning, brush your teeth with water only (no toothpaste).
  • Do not wash your hands, hair or body with anything but water. Avoid smoking and second hand smoke. Do not use any beauty products or toiletries

JUST BEFORE YOUR 12 HOUR FAST BEGINS YOU SHOULD:

  • Take a shower/bath using simple soap and shampoo (nothing with perfume, deodorant, moisturizer, or conditioner). We suggest a glycerin soap or baby shampoo.
  • Do not use any deodorants, body lotions, creams, saline solutions, scented hand soap, lip balm, hair products, makeup, or other beauty products after you’ve washed off.
  • You may brush your teeth with toothpaste before the 12 hour fast begins, but not after.

THE DAY OF THE BLOOD DRAW:

  • Do not take another shower, use any beauty products or toiletries, or wash your hands/face until after the blood draw.
  • Do not brush your teeth with toothpaste, only water.
  • Do not eat breakfast or take any medications or vitamins prior to the blood draw.
  • Drink lots of spring or distilled water up until time of blood draw.

DURING THE 12 HOUR TEST YOU MAY TAKE THE FOLLOWING IF NEEDED:

  • Birth control pills/estrogens
  • Heart medications, except quinidine
  • Blood pressure medications or  water pills
  • Coumadin (blood thinner)
  • Insulin or other hormones (such as thyroid hormones)
  • Zovirax (acyclovoir)
  • Anticonvulsants
  •  Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, and any other NSAIDs

 

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