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Benefits of MRT Food Sensitivity Testing

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In a previous post I shared with you all my top 5 reasons for having functional lab work done. I am following that post up with a series of posts that discuss the benefits of a few of the specific labs I am trained to interpret. In this post, I will be discussing the benefits of running the Mediator Release Test (MRT) by Oxford Biomedical Technologies.

Medical research has shown that sensitivities to foods and food-chemicals can be involved in a wide array of painful symptoms and chronic health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, migraines, weight imbalances, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, skin problems, brain fog and many other uncomfortable lingering health problems.

If foods and additives in your diet are contributing to your main health complaints, no medication will help you in the long run, they will only mask your symptoms and possibly contribute to other health problems with all their negative side effects.

The first thing that someone needs to do that is suffering from food sensitivity is to identify the specific foods and chemicals that are triggering an immune response in the body, which brings me to the first benefit of the MRT.

Benefit #1: Allows you to eliminate foods that elicit an immune response immediately

Once the lab has received your blood draw sample, your results will be sent back to me within about a week. Once we know the specific foods and food chemicals that trigger an immune response in your body, they can be eliminated immediately and restoration of your health can begin. This is in contrast with common elimination diets that can take up to 1-3 months to discover which foods you are sensitive to. My favorite elimination diet as a starting place for most people is the whole30. While this is a great starting place for most people, even so called “healthy” foods such as salmon, chicken, apples or even spinach can provoke symptoms in sensitive individuals. The MRT takes out the guesswork and time that it would take to discover your trigger foods.

Benefit #2: It tests 150 foods and food chemicals at once

Again, while elimination diets are a great place to start to eliminate junk foods and foods that commonly contribute to negative health symptoms, they can only be done with a handful of foods at once. Even then, each food must be added back in, one at a time to determine if there is a reaction. It would take an extremely long time to follow this process with all 150 foods and chemicals that the MRT tests for.

Benefit #3: Will turn up sensitivities that are not yet presenting any obvious symptoms

Food sensitivity does not always produce obvious symptoms and may not produce any signs or symptoms at all, which makes trying to figure it out on your own really difficult. Just because a food does not produce any obvious symptoms, it can still be damaging your health slowly and quietly underneath the surface. If left undetected, they can potentially lead to multiple health symptoms down the road. Sometimes, the reactive food is something easy to identify, like milk or gluten, but other time’s it can be a food chemical that is not so easy. Certain foods can also have a delayed effect, sometimes days or hours providing another challenge to discovering trigger foods on your own. The MRT peels back the curtain and gives a concrete account of which foods you are sensitive to, taking the guesswork out.

Benefit #4: Tests the single most clinically important component of all diet-induced inflammatory reactions

People suffering from food allergy can often identify what foods they are allergic to without the help of a doctor or testing. This is because the reaction occurs every time and shortly after they eat their allergic food. Food sensitivity is quite another story however. The delayed onset of symptoms and complex physiological mechanisms involved in food sensitivities make them an especially difficult puzzle to try and solve either on your own or with most laboratory blood tests.

While the physiological mechanisms involved are extremely complex, all diet-induced inflammatory reactions share a common end point. Whether the reactions are immediate like a food allergy, or are delayed, whether dose dependent or not, whether governed by the innate or adaptive immune systems, whether cell-mediated or humorally-mediated, and whether inflammation remains at a sub-clinical level or becomes symptom-provoking, they ultimately cause mediator release (cytokines, leukotrienes, prostaglandins, etc.) from various white blood cells (neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, lymphocytes). This is the single most clinically important component of all diet-induced inflammatory reactions and is what the MRT specifically measures.

For more information on this test you can visit Oxford Biomedical Technologies to learn more.

Why people have food sensitivities is not easy to answer. The most common factors that cause food sensitivities include poor digestion, unbalanced gut flora, chronic stress/severe trauma, immune system overload, genetics, and overexposure to chemicals. Thus, eliminating trigger foods is only the FIRST step in restoring health. In addition to improving one’s diet, it will be equally important to support healing of the gut as well as work on reducing as many stressors as possible. This includes reducing emotional stress (anxiety, worry, fear, negative relationships, negative mindset), physical stress (prolonged or intense exercise, trauma, poor posture, weakness), and chemical/functional stress (sleep deprivation, antibiotics, parasites, bacteria, EMF’s, pesticides, herbicides etc.).

For coaching and help on building your health in any of these areas, please contact me today to discover how I can help you!

 

 

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