ALCAT Food Sensitivity Testing
Allergy OR Intolerance?
Food allergy is an immediate immune response often characterized by hives, shortness of breath, upset stomach, and in some cases, anaphylaxis. The ALCAT is not a “food allergy” test, but rather helps to identify “food intolerance.”
Food intolerance is much more common than food allergies. However, as a delayed immune response, symptoms can occur anywhere from 12 hours to 3 or more days after consumption or exposure.
Symptoms range variably and unpredictably from digestive problems, to fatigue, to skin disorders, to joint and body pain, even mood and behavioral issues. It has been suggested that upwards of 70-80% of the U.S. population has treatable food intolerance.
Unfortunately, from a conventional perspective, symptoms clearly linked to food intolerance are too often identified as integral to syndromes or named illnesses such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, interstitial cystitis, even autoimmune disorders, AD(H)D, Autism, and the list goes on.
The ALCAT test is a highly sensitive, objective test for assessing which foods you may be “intolerant” or “sensitive” to. The test identifies reactions to over 350 foods, chemicals, and other substances associated with inflammation correlated to to chronic health problems.
Food intolerance symptoms generally come on gradually and don’t involve an immediate immune system reaction. If you have a food intolerance, you may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble.
Food sensitivities, food additives and preservatives, molds, and chemicals that the ALCAT tests for can be considered exacerbating agents to avoid to assist with health and healing, but are rarely (if ever) the only reason for our illnesses. If only it were so simple!
The more important clinical puzzle to solve is why the immune system is so reactive in the first place. That said, being aware of food, chemical or mold sensitivities, food additives, and preservatives that cause immune reactions can be an important step in eliminating all sources of known kerosine being added to the fire, so to speak. By making dietary and lifestyle changes based on your ALCAT results, we essentially quell the inflammation and see a reduction in the many vague clinical symptoms patients report.
ALCAT is NOT an "allergy" test
Our body reacts to foods and chemicals in many different ways. One such way is in the form of an immediate allergic reaction. The ALCAT test does not specifically test for this type of classic or “true” IgE mediated food allergy.
Therefore, if you already know that you have a Type 1 or IgE-mediated allergy then you must continue to avoid those items regardless of the results of the ALCAT test. If you have a true food allergy, even a tiny amount of the offending food can cause an immediate, severe reaction.
ALCAT is Better than IgG testing
Too often doctors and other clinicians have relied on inaccurate tests such as blood IgG, which are debatable as people are led to believe they are “intolerant” to items they have eaten often or recently. This is not accurate and is, in fact, widely criticized due to shifting and inconsistent results based on what the individual consumed prior to testing.
But there is a better way. The ALCAT, unlike IgG testing, is an immune cell culture and direct testing approach that is far more meaningful based on our experience.
The ALCAT test has helped improve the health of hundreds of thousands of people around the world who suffer from a wide range of symptoms and illnesses.
The test is especially useful for those who, after a proper medical evaluation, are having continued problems with gastrointestinal intolerance, which affects their overall nutritional status. In addition, prolonged exposure to intolerable foods, even in minute doses, can cause a chronic and smoldering body-wide inflammatory response that can be associated with symptoms in many seemingly unrelated areas of your individual health.
Learn more about the ALCAT test and pricing below.
Our clinic offers ALCAT testing at a reduced price along with a video/phone consultation with Maureen Pickle PA-C, our clinic Physician Assistant.
200 Foods Panel ($660): Acorn Squash, Almond, Amaranth, Ancho Chili Pepper, Anchovy, Apple, Apricot, Artichoke, Asparagus, Avocado, Baker’s Yeast, Banana, Barley, Basil, Bay Leaf, Beef, Bell Pepper Mix, Bison, Black Beans, Black Pepper, Black Tea, Black-Eyed Pea, Blackberry, Blueberry, Bok Choy, Brazil Nut, Brewer’s Yeast, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Buckwheat, Butternut Squash, Button Mushroom, Cabbage, Candida albicans, Cane Sugar, Cantaloupe, Caraway, Cardamom, Carob, Carrot, Casein, Cashew, Catfish, Cauliflower, Cayenne Pepper, Celery, Chamomile, Cherry, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Chickpea, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Clam, Clove, Cocoa, Coconut, Codfish, Coffee, Coriander Seed, Corn, Cow’s Milk, Crab, Cranberry, Cucumber, Cumin, Date, Dill, Duck, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Eggplant, Endive, Fava Bean, Fennel Seed, Fig, Flaxseed, Flounder, Fructose, Garlic, Ginger, Gliadin, Gluten, Goat’s Milk, Grape, Grapefruit, Green Pea, Green Tea, Grouper, Haddock, Halibut, Hazelnut, Honey, Honeydew Melon, Hops, Iceberg Lettuce, Jalapeno Pepper, Kale, Kelp, Kidney Bean, Kiwi, Lamb, Leaf Lettuce (Red/Green), Leek, Lemon, Lentil Bean, Licorice, Lima Bean, Lime, Lobster, Macadamia, Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Malt, Mango, Maple Sugar, Millet, Mung Bean, Mussel, Mustard Seed, Navy Bean, Nectarine, Nutmeg, Oat (GF), Okra, Olive, Onion, Orange, Oregano, Oyster, Papaya, Paprika, Parsley, Parsnip, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pecan, Peppermint, Pine Nut, Pineapple, Pinto Bean, Pistachio, Plum, Pomegranate, Pork, Portobello Mushroom, Pumpkin, Quinoa, Radish, Raspberry, Red Beet, Rice Brown/White, Romaine Lettuce, Rosemary, Rye, Safflower, Saffron, Sage, Salmon, Sardine, Scallion, Scallop, Sea Bass, Sesame, Shrimp, Snapper (Red), Sole, Sorghum, Soybean, Spelt, Spinach, Strawberry, String Bean, Sunflower, Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Swordfish, Tapioca, Teff, Thyme, Tilapia, Tomato, Trout, Tuna, Turkey, Turmeric, Turnip, Vanilla, Veal, Venison, Walnut, Watercress, Watermelon, Wheat, Whey, White Potato, Wild Rice, Yellow Squash, Zucchini Squash
200 Foods Panel – Vegetarian ($660): Almond, Acorn Squash, Adzuki Beans, Ancho Chili Pepper, Apple, Apricot, Arrowroot, Artichoke, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado, Baker’s Yeast, Banana, Barley, Basil, Bay Leaf, Bell Pepper Mix, Black Beans, Black Currant, Black Pepper, Black Tea, Black-Eyed Pea, Blackberry, Blueberry, Bok Choy, Boston Bibb Lettuce, Brazil Nut, Brewer’s Yeast, Broccoli, Brussels Sprout, Buckwheat, Butternut Squash, Button Mushroom, Cabbage, Candida albicans, Cane Sugar, Cannellini Beans, Cantaloupe, Capers, Caraway, Cardamom, Carob, Carrot, Casein, Cashew, Cauliflower, Cayenne Pepper, Celery, Chamomile, Cherry, Chia, Chickpea, Chicory, Chives, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Clove, Cocoa, Coconut, Coffee, Collard Greens, Coriander, Corn, Cow’s Milk, Cranberry, Cucumber, Cumin, Curry, Dandelion Leaf, Date, Dill, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Eggplant, Endive, Escarole, Fava Bean, Fennel Seed, Fig, Flaxseed, Fructose, Garlic, GF Oat, Ginger, Gliadin, Gluten, Goat’s Milk, Grape, Grapefruit, Green Pea, Guava, Hazelnut, Hemp, Honey, Honeydew Melon, Hops, Horseradish, Iceberg Lettuce, Jalapeño Pepper, Kale, Kelp, Kidney Bean, Kiwi, Lactose, Leaf Lettuce, Leek, Lemon, Lentil Bean, Licorice, Lima Bean, Lime, Lychee, Macadamia, Malt, Mango, Maple Sugar, Millet, Molasses, Mulberry, Mung Bean, Mustard Greens, Mustard Seed, Navy Bean, Nectarine, Nutmeg, Nutritional Yeast, Okra, Olive, Onion, Orange, Oregano, Papaya, Paprika, Parsley, Parsnip, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pecan, Peppermint, Persimmon, Pine Nut, Pineapple, Pinto Bean, Pistachio, Plum, Pomegranate, Portobello Mushroom, Psyllium, Pumpkin, Quinoa, Radish, Raspberry, Red Beet, Rhubarb, Rice, Romaine Lettuce, Rosemary, Rye, Safflower, Saffron, Sage, Scallion, Sesame, Shallot, Shiitake Mushroom, Sorghum, Soybean, Spaghetti Squash, Spearmint, Spelt, Spinach, Star Fruit, Strawberry, String Bean, Sunflower, Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Tangerine, Tapioca, Taro Root, Tarragon, Teff, Thyme, Tomato, Turmeric, Turnip, Vanilla, Wakame Seaweed, Walnut, Water Chestnut, Watercress, Watermelon, Wheat, Whey, White Potato, Wild Rice, Yam, Yellow Squash, Zucchini Squash
250 Foods Panel ($736): 200 foods + 50 additional items: Adzuki Beans, Agave, Allspice, Arrowroot, Arugula, Black Currant, Boston Bibb, Cannellini Bean, Capers, Chia, Chicory, Chives, Collard Greens, Curry, Dragon Fruit, Dandelion Leaf, Escarole, Guava, Habanero Pepper, Hemp, Horseradish, Lactose, Lychee, Jackfruit, Jicama, Molasses, Mulberry, Mustard Greens, Nutritional Yeast, Persimmon, Plantain, Poppy seed, Rapeseed, Red Palm Fruit, Rhubarb, Rutabaga, Shallot, Sheep’s Milk, Shiitake Mushroom, Spaghetti Squash, Spearmint, Star Fruit, Stevia, Tangerine, Taro Root, Tarragon, Wakame Seaweed, Water Chestnut, Yam, Yellow Pea
Test Panel Options
Comprehensive Wellness 2 ($715): 230 items – Includes the 200 foods panel+ 30 food additives/colorings/preservatives
Comprehesive Wellness 1 ($760): 250 items – Includes the 200 foods panel + 30 food additives/colorings/preservatives + 20 molds
Platinum Comprehensive ($865): 320 Items – Includes the 200 foods panel + 50 Functional Foods & Medicinal Herbs + 30 Food Additives/Colorings/preservatives + 20 Antibiotics/Anti-inflammatory agents + 20 Molds
Platinum Plus ($941): 370 items – Includes the 250 foods panel + 50 Functional foods & Medicinal Herbs + 30 Food Additives/Colorings/Preservatives + 20 Antibiotics/ Anti-Inflammatory Agents + 20 Molds
Panel Content Description, (pricing applicable if adding to panels above):
50 Medicinal Herbs & Functional Foods ($105): Açai Berry, Aloe Vera, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Bamboo Shoot, Barley Grass, Bee Pollen, Bilberry, Black Walnut, Cascara, Chlorella, Chondroitin, Dandelion Root, Echinacea angustifolia, Elderberry, Essiac, Feverfew, Ginkgo Biloba, Glucosamine, Goji Berry, Goldenseal, Grape Seed Extract, Guarana Seed, Gymnema Sylvestre, Hawthorn Berry, Heartwood (Red Quebracho), Huperzine, Kava Kava, Luo Han Guo (Lo Han/Monk Fruit), Lutein, Maitake Mushroom, Milk Thistle (Silymarin), Mullein Leaf, Noni Berry, Pau d’arco Bark, Pine Bark (Pycnogenol), Red Yeast Rice, Reishi Mushroom, Resveratrol, Rhodiola, Rooibos Tea, Schisandra Berry, Senna, Spirulina, St John’s Wort, Valerian, Vinpocetine, Wheatgrass, Wormwood, Yellow Dock
50 Female Herbs ($105): Alfalfa Leaf, Arnica, Black Cohosh, Blessed Thistle, Blue Cohosh, Boswellia, Buchu Leaf, Bupleurum Root, Burdock, Butcher’s Broom Root, Calendula, Cat’s Claw, Chaparral Root, Chasteberry, Cramp Bark, Damiana, Dong Quai, Evening Primrose, False Unicorn, Fo-Ti Root, Gotu Kola, Horse Chestnut, Horsetail, Irish Moss, Juniper Berry, Korean Ginseng, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lobelia, Maca Root, Marshmallow Root, Mistletoe, Motherwort, Myrrh, Nettle Leaf, Patridge Berry, Pennyroyal, Peony Root, Red Clover Flower, Red Raspberry Leaf, Rehmannia Root, Sarsaparilla, Siberian Ginseng, Skull Cap, Slippery Elm Bark, Uva Ursi, White Willow Bark, Wild Yam, Yarrow, Yerba Mate
40 Male Herbs ($90): Alfalfa Leaf, American Ginseng, Arnica, Burdock, Butcher’s Broom Root, Calendula, Cat’s Claw, Catuaba, Chaparral Root, Cnidium Monnieri, Damiana, Deer Antler Velvet, Dong Quai, Fo-Ti Root, Gotu Kola, Horny Goat Weed, Irish Moss, Juniper Berry, Korean Ginseng, Lobelia, Lycopene, Maca Root, Mistletoe, Mucuna Pruriens, Muira Puama, Myrrh, Nettle Leaf, Pumpkin Seed, Pygeum Bark, Rehmannia Root Sarsaparilla, Saw Palmetto, Siberian Ginseng, Skull Cap, Stinging Nettle Root, Tribulus Terrestris, Uva Ursi, Yarrow, Yerba Mate, Yohimbe Bark.
30 Food Additives/Colorings/Preservatives ($75): Acid Blue #3 (Xylene Blue V), Acid Red #14, Annatto, Aspartame, Benzoic Acid, Beta-Carotene, BHA, BHT, blue #1, blue #2, brilliant black, citric acid, erythritol, green #3, high fructose corn syrup, lecithin (soy), monosodium glutamate (MSG), orris root, polysorbate 80, red # 2, red #3, red # 4, red #40, saccharine, sorbic acid, sodium sulfate, Sucralose (Splenda), xylitol, yellow #5, yellow #6
40 Preservatives/Expanded Additives/Environmental Chemicals ($90):Acacia Gum, Adipic Acid, Ammonium Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Phosphate, Chlorine, Cyclodextrin, Deltamethrin, D-Lactitol, EDTA, Fluoride, Fumaric Acid, Glycerol, Glyphosate, Hexylresorcinol, Invertase, Isomalt, Lysozyme, Magnesium Phosphate, Malic Acid, Maltodextrin, Mannitol, Methenamine, Methyl Anthranilate, Nickel Sulfate, Phosphoric Acid, Polydextrose, Potash (Potassium Hydroxide), Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Tartrate, Sodium Acetate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Bisulfate, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Propionate, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Succinic Acid
20 Antibiotics/Anti-Inflammatory Agents ($60): Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Aspirin, Diclofenac (Voltaren), Diflunisal (Dolobid), Gentamicin, Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin), Indomethacin (Indocin), Ketoprofen, Naproxen (Aleve), Neomycin, Nystatin, Penicillamine, Penicillin, Piroxicam (Feldene), Streptomycin, Sulfamethoxazole, Sulindac (Clinoril), Tetracyclin
20/21 molds ($60): Alternaria, aspergillus, botrytis, candida albicans, cephalosporium, cladosporium, curvularia specifera, epicoccum nigrum, fusariu, geotrichum candidum, helminthosporium, hormodendrum (Cladosporium), monilia sitophila, mucor racemosus, pencillium, phoma herbarum, pullularia, rhizopus nigrican, rhodotorula (Rubra), spondylocladium, trichoderma.
Insurance Codes: Antigen Test = 83516 / Consultation with Registered Dietician = Initial 87802, Follow-up 97803 / Blood draw = 36415/G0001
Please note: Natural Balance Wellness Medical Clinic does not warranty that your insurance will provide reimbursement for ALCAT.
To order your ALCAT Test: Just call our office at (734) 419-6176, extension 22 for the operator, and let us know what test you would like to order. We will schedule you to either comet to our office for the blood draw (phlebotomy fee included in listed price), or we can have ALCAT mail the test kit to you directly (anywhere in the country), and they will send a phlebotomist to draw your blood in the comfort of your home (mobile phlebotomy fee included in listed price). Please know that we will require payment at the time of ordering the ALCAT test.
Once the results of your ALCAT test have been reported to our office, we will schedule you for a consultation with Maureen Pickle PA-C, to go over the results. This consultation can happen in-person or over the phone, whatever you prefer, and will generally be scheduled 4 to 5 weeks after ordering the test.
For out-of-area clients, who opt for in-home blood draw services, 1-3 days after ordering your test you will receive a phone call to coordinate your in-home blood draw and specimen care courier. You do not need to discontinue any supplements and/or medications prior to your blood draw. Just make sure you are adequately hydrated and home when you have scheduled collection.
During your consultation, Maureen will go over your results in detail, explaining your sensitivities, what foods and chemicals to avoid, and for how long. She will also help you to understand what foods you can tolerate and which foods to rotate. If there are foods that you eat on a regular basis that you are sensitive to, Maureen will assist you in coming up with alternatives that align with your tolerable food list.