Press Statement

Response by food intolerance testing company to the news that NICE is to release new guidance to help GPs identify more quickly when a child may have an allergy

 A mother who spent a year and a half being told that she was overreacting to her son’s stomach complaints by her GP found a food intolerance testing kit to be invaluable in helping with her sons debilitating symptoms. Geraldine Cudworth said: “I was very annoyed and frustrated that the GPs at my surgery were not taking my son’s symptoms seriously. It took 18 months to be referred to a consultant who diagnosed Perianal Crohn’s but offered no further treatment because ‘his symptoms were not severe enough’. I would recommend Cambridge Nutritional Sciences’ tests to any mother whosechild is suffering from similar unexplained symptoms.”

We at Colonics North East & Healthy Detox 

offer the Food Detective testing kit and Food Print laboratory tests for food intolerance, This concurs with the NICE’s recommendations and recognises from customer feedback that very little support is offered by GPs with conditions such as food allergies and intolerance. Colonics North East welcomes guidance that increases awareness of these complaints amongst doctors in order to diagnose children with intolerances and allergies to food as quickly as possible.

A food intolerance is different to a food allergy. An allergic response is often instantaneous, causing a reaction such as vomiting or diarrhoea. An intolerance can be much slower-acting and cause symptoms such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), migraines, bloating, eczema, lethargy and constipation. Symptoms can appear hours, or even days, after the problem food has been consumed, making diagnosis difficult through the use of a food diary or eliminating one food at a time from the patient’s diet. Elimination diets were previously the only testing method for food intolerances, and the process can be tedious and long-winded.

Pending guidelines, issued by NICE in August 2010, state that GPs need to act much more quickly to common childhood complaints that could be triggered by diet. Colonics North East & Healthy detox agrees that it is critical that food allergies are diagnosed rapidly and effectively because often the reaction can be instantaneous and severe.

Testing for food allergies relies on an IgE response which can be diagnosed through a skin test carried out at your GP’s surgery or a pin-prick blood test which we offer, measures IgE response in the blood.