The Food Intolerance Test is carried out with a Bio Resonance testing machine. This is a sophisticated electronic device which measures your response to a wide range of foods and drinks. It is a non-invasive procedure which means there are no needles involved.
To receive the test you simply hold a metal rod in one hand as the end of your finger is probed with a metal stylus, which looks a bit like a ball point pen.
Is there anything I need to do before the test?
Yes. There are some things I need to ask you to do ... or not do!
Eat and drink normally on the day of your appointment.
Don't wear any perfume, cologne, aftershave or body spray. A normal amount of deodorant is ok. I am sensitive to fragrance so need to limit my exposure.
Remove your watch and ALL jewellery, including earrings. If you have some piercings or rings that never come off that's fine. But anything that can be removed should be removed.
Don't be chewing gum, eating or drinking anything other than water.
Turn your phone fully off or on to flight-mode as the signal can affect the test results.
Remove phones, keys and coins from your pockets.
Remove all metal hair grips. If you are wearing a belt the buckle shouldn't be in direct contact with your skin.
It's amazing how long it can take to remove jewellery and turn off a phone so please make sure all this is done BEFORE coming in to the consulting room so you get the most out of your time with me.
How much does a Food Intolerance Test cost?
An Extensive Food Intolerance Test costs £85.
The test includes a full consultation. A deposit of £20 is taken at the time of booking. The balance is payable by cash or bank transfer at the end of the appointment. Details will be sent by text prior to the appointment.
How do I pay for the test?
You pay a £20 deposit at the time of booking via PayPal. You don't need to have a PayPal account to do this—you can pay with any credit or debit card.
The balance is due before the appointment by bank transfer (details will be sent by text prior to the appointment) or you can pay the balance in cash on the day.
The appointment lasts for an hour. We do our best to run to time but please allow for extra time if paying for parking - just in case!
How long does it take to get the results?
You'll receive the results of the Food Intolerance Test immediately together with recommendations for any dietary or lifestyle changes and vitamin and mineral supplementation - if appropriate.
What will you ask me during the consultation?
You will be asked about your health, diet and lifestyle. We are very experienced at asking the right questions to get the information we need in order to help you. However, if you want to keep a Food and Drinks Diary for the week (or at least a few days) prior to the test that's fine. Not a problem if you don't.
If you do decide to keep a diary please include EVERY food and drink you consume.
You will be asked if you have ever had any operations, taken antibiotics or had any serious illnesses. We'll go through every system of the body and ask if you have, or have had, a tendency towards any particular symptoms. You'll be asked about any medication or contraception you may be on, or if you are taking supplements.
We like to make sure there is plenty of time during the consultation to give you the best advice and recommendations so concise, accurate answers are always appreciated.
Do you recommend supplements?
Many health issues are caused or worsened by the lack of micronutrients in our diets so If I believe you will benefit from specific vitamins, mineral, essential fats or probiotics I shall certainly recommend them to you.
Not all supplements are created equal so I only recommend brands I have absolute faith in. In other words, products I use myself.
Is there anyone who can't take the test?
This form of testing is not recommended for anyone who has a pacemaker or uncontrolled epilepsy.
We don't test during pregnancy.
Very rarely, (about once a year) we are unable to test someone who has exceptionally dry skin on their fingers. Elderly people have less padding on their finger tips and may have dry skin but dry skin may also be due to a skin condition or chronic under-hydration so can be an issue with younger people too.
What happens after taking a Food Intolerance Test?
We usually recommend eliminating the test results for 6 to 8 weeks to allow the body body to become clear of them. If you do this suddenly you may get withdrawal symptoms such as headaches or cravings. Some people are fine with that but you may prefer to wean yourself of them gradually over a couple of weeks before beginning the full elimination period.
For some people a reduction in symptoms can happen almost immediately. However, if you are in any way constipated or are experiencing a skin issue that needs time to heal, or have inflammation, it can take time for your body to be clear of the offending irritants in which case an 8 week period of elimination is best.
Once you have completed the elimination period you would begin to re-introduce the foods and drinks one at a time, leaving a gap of at least 3 days between each reintroduction. Paying close attention to any symptoms or reactions immediately after eating and over the next 2 to 3 days. This is the best way to get a clear picture of how those foods were affecting you.
Are there Covid-19 precautions?
The following government guidelines will be implemented for the re-opening of the clinic on 31st August 2020.
- If you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, has ANY COVID-19 symptoms, please get in touch to arrange a future appointment. Please DO NOT come to your appointment.
- Hand sanitiser will be provided and all patients are asked to use this on entering reception
- Please wear a mask unless you have a health condition which makes you exempt from doing so
- You have already provided your name and contact details, submitted when making your appointment, should these be required for any government test and trace facility.
- Only 1 patient will be allowed in the clinic room at any one time unless you are a parent accompanying a child
- Only bring yourself to the appointment, unless health conditions dictate that you MUST be accompanied
- During Testing when I need to be with one meter of you. I will be wearing gloves and a mask.
- Please bring as little baggage with you as is realistic. i.e.shopping bags, etc
- If you wish to bring your own bottle of water this will be absolutely fine. Please just remember to take it away with you.
- Each client will have their own chair to sit on. This chair will be sanitised and cleaned before and after each patient
- Toilets are available for urgent use. Toilet are sterilised daily but please try to use the bathroom before you come to your consultation.