Functional Medicine for Accurate Food Sensitivity Testing2023-10-27T03:20:51+00:00

Food Sensitivity Testing

Functional Medicine for Accurate Food Sensitivity Testing

Understanding Food Sensitivity

Food sensitivity, unlike food allergies, involves a delayed immune response to specific foods that can trigger chronic inflammation. This slow response makes it challenging to pinpoint the problematic foods. Functional Medicine Food Sensitivity Testing provides the means to uncover hidden sensitivities and tailor a nutritional plan to reduce inflammation and improve overall health.

The Role of Functional Medicine

Functional medicine focuses on treating the root cause of health problems rather than just addressing symptoms. This approach involves understanding the complex interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that contribute to chronic illnesses. By identifying these factors, functional medicine practitioners can develop a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan for patients.

Uncovering Hidden Sensitivities

Functional Medicine Food Sensitivity Testing uses advanced technologies, such as ELISA and MRT, to identify food sensitivities accurately. These tests measure the body’s immune response to various food proteins, helping pinpoint which foods are causing inflammation. Uncovering hidden sensitivities can be the key to resolving persistent health issues.

Personalized Nutritional Plans

Once food sensitivities are identified, functional medicine practitioners create a tailored nutritional plan for the patient. This approach often involves eliminating the problematic foods for a specified period and then gradually reintroducing them to determine the body’s reaction. This process, known as an elimination diet, can significantly reduce inflammation and alleviate chronic symptoms.

The Benefits of Food Sensitivity Testing

Functional Medicine Food Sensitivity Testing offers several benefits, including:

  • Reduced Inflammation: By eliminating the offending foods, patients can experience a reduction in chronic inflammation, leading to improved overall health.
  • Improved Digestive Health: Many food sensitivities are linked to gastrointestinal issues. Identifying and addressing these sensitivities can significantly improve digestive health.
  • Enhanced Immune Function: Chronic inflammation can suppress the immune system. By reducing inflammation, patients can experience a boost in their immune function.
  • Increased Energy: Chronic inflammation can lead to fatigue. By addressing food sensitivities, patients often report increased energy levels.

Tying it All Together

Functional Medicine Food Sensitivity Testing offers a valuable tool for uncovering hidden food sensitivities, reducing chronic inflammation, and improving overall health. By identifying the offending foods and creating a personalized nutritional plan, functional medicine practitioners can help patients take control of their health and achieve lasting wellness.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does Functional Medicine Food Sensitivity Testing differ from traditional allergy testing?2023-08-22T03:15:05+00:00

Food sensitivity testing measures the immune system’s delayed response to specific foods, while allergy testing focuses on immediate reactions. The tests used in functional medicine are more comprehensive and can uncover sensitivities that may not be evident in standard allergy tests.

How long does it take to see improvements after addressing food sensitivities?2023-08-22T03:15:53+00:00

The time frame varies depending on the individual. Some patients may notice improvements within a few weeks, while others may take several months. It is essential to follow the recommended nutritional plan and work closely with a functional medicine practitioner to achieve optimal results.

Can Functional Medicine Food Sensitivity Testing help with autoimmune diseases?2023-08-22T03:16:09+00:00

Yes, many autoimmune conditions are linked to chronic inflammation, which can be triggered by food sensitivities. By identifying and addressing these sensitivities, patients with autoimmune diseases may experience a reduction in symptoms and improved overall health.

Is Functional Medicine Food Sensitivity Testing covered by insurance?2023-08-22T03:16:29+00:00

Coverage varies depending on the insurance provider and plan. It is essential to check with your insurance company to determine if this type of testing is covered.

Can children benefit from Functional Medicine Food Sensitivity Testing?2023-08-22T03:16:48+00:00

Yes, children can also benefit from food sensitivity testing. Identifying and addressing food sensitivities early in life can help prevent chronic health issues and improve overall well-being.

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Dr. Lorraine McCarthy is a Naturopathic Doctor who has been serving the communities of Ottawa and Edmonton since her graduation from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2004. Her extensive background in Naturopathic Medicine has paved the way for diverse opportunities, including her involvement in the regulation of natural health products at Health Canada and her roles as a health advisor and physiology instructor at the Guanacaste Waldorf School in Costa Rica. Her current residence is in Rio Terrace, situated in the west end of Edmonton, where she lives with her husband and three children.

Dr. McCarthy’s utmost dedication lies in fostering the health and well-being of families. As a mother herself, she deeply understands the profound concern parents hold for the health of their children, and she shares the common desire of many parents to seek natural remedies and approaches. Dr. McCarthy also acknowledges the responsibility many individuals feel in providing care for their aging parents, which fuels her commitment to advocating for complementary health practices for seniors. Her extensive experience in administering Naturopathic Medicine to patients, as well as addressing the health issues of her own family, positions Dr. McCarthy to offer invaluable counsel and support.

Expanding beyond family health, Dr. McCarthy’s expertise extends to addressing a diverse range of health matters for individuals of all ages. Her particular areas of interest and proficiency encompass:

  • Offering solutions for behavioural concerns in children
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  • Implementing biotherapeutic drainage to reduce individuals’ toxic load
  • Providing treatment for digestive ailments
  • Utilizing the Bowen Technique to facilitate healing for pain and various injuries, including concussions

Dr. McCarthy’s legacy as a dedicated advocate for holistic wellness and an accomplished Naturopathic Doctor ensures that her patients receive comprehensive support and guidance towards optimal health.



Dr. Lorraine McCarthy, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Lorraine McCarthy 🇬🇧

Naturopathic Medicine

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