This is one of the best tests Dr. Ramona offers in her practice because it provides valuable information about her patients health, unique to them and them alone.
Dr. Ramona believes digestion is the root of health and so it is always very important to address any digestive issues no matter how minor they are, such as gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, or even just slow digestion. Unhealthy digestion is linked to many health issues such as acne, fatigue, and even auto immune disease.
Food can be your poison or your medicine. By testing, Dr. Ramona can ensure that you are only eating food that your immune system is agreeing with, thus improving your overall level of health.
It is important to remember that this test does not test for food allergies, but rather food sensitivities, which are symptoms you experience 30 minutes to 3 days after eating a triggering food. The longer Dr. Ramona is in practice, the more she sees that food sensitivities can be linked to any symptom under the sun: anything from a digestive system like gas and bloating and constipation, to moods, sleep, energy, joint pains, and much more. She has even seen it linked to a stubborn case of insomnia, and a relentless case of anxiety!
To do this test, a small sample of blood is taken from a finger prick, which is done in a 15 minute appointment right in the clinic. The results take about 1 to 2 weeks to come back. At that point, the patient will eliminate the moderate and severe intolerances from their diet and Dr. Ramona will design a treatment protocol to heal your system from these offending foods. It’s important to note that this does not mean you have to avoid the food forever! We just want to remove the triggering food, allow the gut to heal, and then reintroduce the food at small amounts to see how the patient responds.
This test provides great information for patients to improve their health and wellbeing.