MRT (MEDIATOR RELEASE TEST) INFLAMMATORY FOOD PANEL Food and chemical sensitivities can result in an immune system reaction causing symptoms of IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, migraines, Ulcerative Colitis, GERD, Arthritis, Autism Spectrum Disorders and more. Individuals with food and chemical sensitivities benefit from avoiding these items that trigger pain, fatigue and inflammation. It is very hard to detect which foods are making you sick from a food diary because the onset of symptoms may occur up to 3 days after eating. Furthermore, because there are so many chemicals used in food production, it is almost impossible to narrow down the culprits from a simple food diary. Therefore, the easiest way to identify foods and chemicals that are making you sick is the Mediator Release Test (MRT). The MRT is a blood test that identifies your immune system's response to 170 foods and chemicals. It identifies and measures mediator release that causes pain and inflammation. The results of the blood test are then used to create an individualized healthy eating plan, the LEAP (Lifestyle, Eating And Performance) protocol, to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Medical Research has shown that foods and food additives can be involved in a wide array of painful symptoms and chronic health problems.If foods and additives in your diet are causing your illness, whatever medications you take will ultimately fail because they only mask the symptoms. They don’t affect the underlying cause of the symptoms. And as is too often the case, many medications have side effects that can lead to other health problems.
WHY MRT IS SUPERIOR The most common blood test used to help identify sensitive foods (ELISA IgG) can detect a single type of sensitivity reaction (Type 3, which covers only 25% of reactions). IgG testing also does not identify reactions to food-chemicals and can have a high false positive leading to daunting results. MRT (Mediator Release Test) accounts for both Type 3 and the more common Type 4 pathways. MRT also identifies reactions to food chemicals. Independent studies confirm MRT is the most accurate and comprehensive blood test available for food and food-chemical reactions. MRT can serve as your jump-start to improved wellbeing and systemic balance. With the results from MRT, you will be able to identify your triggers to begin a path with a systematic process in determining your optimal diet.
WHY WE FREQUENTLY FEEL SICK Millions of Americans suffer from food sensitivities and many are unaware that their symptoms are related to diet and digestive function. Conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, migraine and other chronic headaches, weight imbalances, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, skin eruptions, brain fog, cramping, bloating, and many chronic health problems are related to inflammatory immune reactions to foods or chemicals we ingest. Symptoms provoked by food sensitivities occur when our immune system begins perceiving foods in the same way it perceives things which are truly harmful such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc. There are many reasons why this can happen, but this mistaken identity leads to the release of toxic chemicals called “mediators” (such as histamine, cytokines, and prostaglandins) from our immune cells. It’s the inflammatory and pain-inducing effects of the mediators that give rise to symptoms, which ends up making us feel sick. Research has shown that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic depression, and many other conditions have higher than normal levels of these mediators circulating throughout their bodies. For many, the “trigger” that causes the mediators to be released can be linked to foods or chemicals in their diet.
IDENTIFYING THE IRRITANT: A KEY STEP IN A SUCCESSFUL ELIMINATION DIET Food sensitivity symptoms are often chronic because the mediators that make us feel sick are released every time you eat your reactive foods. And the impact may be dose dependent or interact when two trigger foods are eaten together. To make things worse, some reactions occur 72-hours after ingestion which makes determining trends or patterns difficult. Using a lab test to determine a starting point for identification of dietary and chemical irritants allows for an elimination diet to reset the system allowing your immune system and inflammatory pathways to cool and reset. Once you have removed irritants and focus on rebalancing optimal digestive function, you will work with a functional medicine practitioner to systematically reintroduce foods tracking reactions or undesired symptoms.
WHAT IS INCLUDED? Each online lab test includes:
MRT LEAP blood test of 170 most common foods and food chemicals. Results provided within 2-3 weeks of blood draw.
50 page LEAP booklet with test information with in depth information on common and hidden sources of reactive foods, additives and chemicals, reactive food alternatives, and more!
Laminated wallet-sized card listing your reactive foods for quick reference
OPTION 1 MRT [$695]
Includes: lab kit, results, and brief e-mail results interpretation by a functional medicine registered dietitian nutritionist
This option includes a brief walk through of your results and highlights along with supplement recommendations to implement a plan on your own.
This package does not make you an active client at the simply nourished clinic. You may upgrade by purchasing an initial consultation and become an active client of the simply nourished clinic.
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