Olea South: (07) 3808 8624 | Olea North: (07) 3325 5512
Olea South: (07) 3808 8624
Olea North: (07) 3325 5512

Allergies and Food Intolerance

Food Intolerances

Food Intolerance & Allergy Testing now available in Brisbane North and Brisbane South

At Olea Health we offer a number of treatments and tests for Allergies and Food Intolerances.   If you feel flat or unwell without any apparent reason all or most of the time, have a lot of unexplained symptoms or have a number of symptoms with no obvious cause that won’t go away, then there is a good chance that food intolerances may be the cause of your condition and you should consider Food Intolerance or Allergy Testing.

Our IgG Test is an affordable, comprehensive, IgG Food Allergy Test which considers 94 foods and is generally at a fraction of the cost of other labs in Australia with test results available in 2 – 3 weeks.

Food Groups Tested

Almond, Apple, Apricot, Asparagus, Avocado, Banana, Barley, Beef, Beet, Blueberry, Broccoli, Buckwheat, Cabbage, Cane Sugar, Carrot, Cashews, Casein, Celery, Cheese, Chicken, Cocoa, Coconut, Cod fish, Coffee, Corn, Crab, Cranberry, Eggplant, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Flax, Garbanzo Beans, Garlic, Gliadin, Goat’s Milk Cheese, Grape, Grapefruit, Green Bean, Green Pepper, Halibut, Hazelnut, Honey, Kidney Bean, Lamb, Lemon, Lentil, Lettuce, Lima bean, Lobster, Milk, Millet, Mozzarella Cheese, Mushroom, Oat, Onion, Orange, Papaya, Pea, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pecan, Pineapple, Pinto Bean, Pistachio, Plum (Prune), Pork, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rice, Rye, Salmon, Sardine, Sesame, Shrimp, Sorghum, Soybean, Spinach, Strawberry, Sunflower, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Tuna, Turkey, Wheat Gluten, Walnut, Watermelon, Wheat, Whey, Yeast (Bakers), Yeast (Brewers), Yogurt

Common symptoms of food intolerances:

  • Bloating or digestive upset after eating certain foods
  • Tired at certain times of the day?
  • Feeling of a ‘foggy’ head
  • Suffer headaches for no apparent reason?
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Itchy, irritated skin?
What is food intolerance?
Essentially food intolerance is your body’s abnormal reaction to certain foods which can manifest itself in a number of ways (e.g. migraine, digestive upsets). Food intolerance is not usually life-threatening but can make the sufferer feel extremely unwell. The symptoms of food intolerance can be delayed for many hours or even days and for this reason it is often difficult to identify the problem foods.

Food allergy is NOT the same as food intolerance.
A classical food allergy (such as peanut or shellfish allergy) is usually characterised by an immediate and often severe reaction of the immune system after exposure to a specific food.

The symptoms of food allergy include sneezing, rashes, skin irritation, swelling, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea and vomiting. Normally symptoms occur within a few minutes of eating or coming in to contact with the offending food, although they can be delayed by up to two hours.

Food allergy is quite rare with only about 2.5% of the population being diagnosed with the condition. The most common instances of food allergy are to peanuts, tree nuts (almonds and brazils), eggs, milk, fish and shellfish.

IgG for Behavioural, Digestive and Chronic Disorders
IgG testing is a useful guide in structuring elimination diets for many chronic conditions. Individuals with neurological, gastrointestinal, and movement disorders often suffer from IgG food allergies. These people may continue to compulsively eat the offending food, unaware of potential effects. Complete elimination of potential problem foods from the diet may bring about striking improvements in health status, mood, energy, and even behaviour.

IgG antibodies are the antibodies that provide long term resistance to infections after immunizations. These antibodies have a much longer half life than traditional IgE allergy and function in a much different capacity with immune cells. This different function of IgG causes the symptoms of the allergy to be delayed. Thus, symptoms may occur hours or even days after the offending food has been ingested. Some people can tolerate a large amount of food without ever experiencing any outward symptoms. Others may only require a minute amount of food before symptoms are expressed. The degree and severity of symptoms vary because of the genetic makeup of the individual.

Clinical studies have recently been published which demonstrate that complete elimination of IgG positive foods may bring about important improvements in symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Autism, AD(H)D, Cystic Fibrosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Epilepsy and many other conditions including Sleep disorders, inability to lose or gain weight, bloating, skin and mood disorders. (to name a few)

General Description
The antibodies that provide long term resistance to infections, called Immunoglobulin G (IgG), have a much longer half life than the traditional IgE allergy. Symptoms, ranging from headache and nausea to seizure and hyperactivity, may occur hours or even days after the offending food has been ingested. The degree and severity of symptoms vary because of the genetic makeup of the individual. The complete elimination of IgG positive foods may bring about important improvements in symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, autism, AD(H)D, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and epilepsy as demonstrated in numerous clinical studies. The  foods tested in the IgG Food Allergy Tests increase the identification of numerous offending foods.

Benefits of Testing 

  • Evaluation of the IgG response to specific foods can provide the physician/patient a tool with which to ease the burden on the already immune compromised host
  • The non-evasive and health promoting effects of the treatment is an attractive and affordable option for many patients.
  • The test results serve to aid the practitioner who is interested in nutritive based therapies adjunct to routine treatment for a variety of conditions.
  • A growing number of patients seek guidance on food elimination.
  • IgG-type hypersensitivity can diminish or disappear completely after a few months on the strict diet.
  • Our experts are always available to assist and consult you on the result.
What can I do to determine if I have a food allergy or Intolerance?

We assist you with an elimination diet plan to help determine any food allergies. This process can take weeks to months to pin point the aggravating food or food chemical. Once the food allergy is discovered a treatment plan with dietary advice and supplements (if needed) can be provided to reduce the symptoms of allergies naturally.

Allergy and Intolerance Testing

Testing for Food Intolerance and Allergies Suitable for all above 2 years of age
is available in Brisbane at our Clinics

Assistance with Your Food Allergies

Food allergy is not common and only about 2.5% of the population actually have food allergies. Food Intolerance is what a majority of our patients are diagnosed with.  The most common food allergies are peanuts, tree nuts (almonds and brazils), eggs, milk, fish and shellfish.

Our experienced practitioner’s can assist you with deciphering whether you may have food allergy or food intolerance, however below you can find the differences between the two diagnoses.

 

Food Intolerance Symptoms

  • Reactions are usually delayed and symptoms may take several days to appear
  • You can be intolerant to several different food groups at the same time
  • Sufferers can experience multiple symptoms, from migraine to bloating, diarrhoea, lethargy and a general feeling of unwellness

Food Allergy Symptoms

  • Reactions usually occur quickly, with a maximum of 2 hours after exposure to the ‘reactive’ food
  • Food allergy involves the body’s immune system and is a reaction to a specific food
  • Symptoms include: difficulty breathing, rashes, swelling, runny nose and anaphylactic shock. These can potentially be life threatening

Don’t suffer or question any longer, do something and make an appointment with a practitioner of your choice today! Ring Springwood on 3808-8624 or Eatons Hill on 3325-5512 

Frequently asked questions?

Are the tests covered by Medicare or my private health insurance?
Medicare does not currently cover the cost of these tests. The consultation fee can be claimed with private health insurance. Check with your health fund cover.
What is the difference between food allergy and food intolerance?
A classic food allergy such as a peanut or shellfish allergy is usually characterised by an immediate and often severe reaction to exposure to the offending food. Pathology request forms are available for testing by our Health Care practitioners.
Do the Tests, test for sugars in foods such as lactose (dairy) and fructose (fruits)?
No. The test will assess intolerances to proteins in foods. There are other ways to assess intolerances to sugars such as breath tests and elimination diets which can be discussed.

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