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I have had a lot of friends lately go for allergy tests to find out why they are experiencing lots of different problems. Bloating, skin reactions, digestive problems and many more. Every single one has found out that they have an intolerance to one or more food types. Most commonly wheat and dairy. After listening to them tell me how interesting the testing was I decided I wanted to try it for myself.

Luckily I know a wonderful lady who does allergy testing alongside sports massage and pilates. I knew that if I gave her a call she would be able to help me out and explain the whole process for me to understand and write about. Sophie is one of those people you know you can trust and depend on to help you out. Even with my chest problems last year she went out of her way to find exercises to help me and was there for me to talk to. When I gave her a call a few weeks ago she was excited to show me her testing kit and how it works.

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On the day of my allergy test I was very excited. I had no idea how the test would be carried out. I had heard people talk of needles and being pricked so I was a little nervous. As soon as Sophie took me into her treatment room she put me at ease. She showed me the machine and explained what it did. The machine works by using your finger or toe to create a complete circuit. You have to hold an electrode in one hand whilst she presses a probe into the cuticle area on your finger or toe. There is a round clear part (as seen in the picture above) where Sophie places different substances to be tested. The substances touch a metal plate at the bottom of the clear container so join the circuit.

Everyone’s body will register a reading with the machine.  Its all to do with BER (Bio-electronic regulatory medicine) To test for allergies the first thing Sophie has to do is to ascertain your normal body’s reading and then she puts a vial of poison into the round attachment. The reason for doing this is to see how your reading drops. Everyone will react to poison so this is used as the control. My body dropped so from that Sophie knew that if my reading dropped similarly with any other of her test vials I had an intolerance to them. I found it very interesting that this machine is used regularly in doctors surgeries in Germany.

When we started I did say to her that if I had an allergy to sugar I would rather not know. I don’t know how I could get through each day without the stuff!! Sophie said what she does is tests everything (there are lots of vials) quite quickly and notes down which ones get a lower reading. There are 150 vials of foods and environmental substances (e.g. pollen), which also includes a free vitamin and mineral test and often people are just not absorbing enough vitamins and changing this can help them feel better easily. When all have been tested Sophie comes back and re checks the ones that had dropped readings before she tells you what they are. This saves people panicking. Luckily for me once we started virtually everything was registering at my normal reading so it was clear I didn’t have any major allergies (which I knew any ways as I had no real problems I just wanted to have a test out of interest). I held the electrode for the whole process and each time a new vial was put into the round container Sophie would press the probe onto my toe to get the reading. The machine makes a funny sound which when there is a lower reading you can hear it in the sound. Only three things for me came up with lower readings. I was relieved that I had no problems with wheat, dairy or sugar! Yay! Nylon came up for me along with a deficiency in Selenium and an intolerance to monosodium glutamate (MSG).  Below you can see the number of individual vials that get tested. The whole process takes about 1 hour and is only £80. If you do get any allergies Sophie will put in place a plan of action for you to limit and remove those things from your everyday life and diet and arrange check up appointments to see how you are getting on. In lots of cases a strict elimination diet followed for eight weeks supported with supplements if needed, like vitamins and minerals you are lacking in means that you de-sensitise yourself to the problem substances and are able to carefully reincorporate them into your life and have the things you love again.

After trying it out I think its well worth getting an allergy test just to know if there is anything that doesn’t agree with you. That way it can be avoided. For me I have got some Selenium supplements now to try to get my levels up to normal and I will steer clear of nylon and MSG now that I know my body doesn’t like those things.

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If you would be interested in finding out more about the process Sophie Geldard is available on:

Website: www.berkshireallergytest.co.uk

Telephone: 07941 970 312

Email: info@berkshireallergytest.co.uk

Here is an interesting link from the Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-548067/Put-food-intolerance-test.html

I hope you find this interesting and helpful. Until next time, Perry Walker 🙂