Allergies: Simple Home Test


Food & Additives

[Edition 1, Volume 1]

If you’ve ever suffered from allergies, then you know all too well how miserable they can be.   

A simple home test

Let’s find out how to do this






Years ago an actor who played a vast range of characters very well used to be called “The Man with a Thousand Faces”.

Like this performer, allergies have many faces or symptoms, many more than we would think. We tend to recognize the more obvious symptoms of allergies or food sensitivities – a rash, headaches, itchy skin or eyes, running nose or sneezing. Yet, many have no idea they are allergic. Of course any number of these symptoms can represent any number of ailments. To the right is a list Alternative Doctors put together of reactions we just don’t consider.



Allergy testing: It’s been said that allergy testing for food is not totally reliable. Not sure if that still holds true today, however with the cost of medical, allergy testing is not available to everyone. Dr Arthur Coca, an Immunologist, shares an alternate method of testing that can be done at home. He discovered that the foods his patients react to, rev up their heart rate considerably. If his patient’s heartbeat soared 20 more beats above their normal heartbeat, then that particular food was added to the suspect list.

Here is how to take the test. Find the pulse on the underside of the wrist where you can feel the blood pumping by your heart. Count your pulse for 6 seconds, multiply by 10 to find your resting and normal pulse. It’s best to do this just after you wake up in the morning while still in bed.  Do it again just before eating. Keeping a journal helps you to log your findings. Eat just one food at a time for accuracy. Then take the test 30 minutes and again 60 minutes later. Food allergies can make your heartbeat jump from 72 to 92 or even higher. One or more of the symptoms on the list to the right, can follow within minutes or hours. As an example, I have reacted to a food within seconds of exposure to an allergen, but it has also taken as long as the next day to react. If you find that you are reacting to a food, you can just omit it from your diet.

James Braly, MD makes the process of testing foods easier by narrowing down a list of suspect foods: beef, chocolate, eggs, citrus fruits, coffee, corn, malt, milk, nuts, pork, potatoes, soybeans, spices, tomatoes, wheat and yeast. Of course you could react to many other foods, for example, members of my family also react to seafood, carrots, bananas, non-organic fruits and veggies and white rice.


If you’re sensitive, Braly cautions against eating foods with many ingredients. Fixing meals at home gives you total control over what ingredients you add, as well as avoiding contamination. As an example, I am hyper-sensitive to wheat and can’t tell you how many times I’ve reacted from a gluten-free meal eaten out at a restaurant due to contamination. An employee of a fast food restaurant specializing in chicken wings shared that all breaded food goes into a separate fryer; unless of course they are busy. I’ve watched as tongs used for one item was used for another. Although awareness is hitting mainstream, many aren’t aware that these things can cause problems for those who are sensitive to certain foods.

If you haven’t heard of Leaky gut syndrome (LGS), then let’s have a little chat about it. To put it simply, the gut becomes porous to undigested, large protein molecules which escape through the walls of the intestines and into the bloodstream, where they cause allergies. This happens for 2 major reasons: consuming additives in processed foods and consuming a nutrient deficient diet. Inflammation and under-nutrition are keys to developing LGS. Towards the end of this article, I share the minerals that may be deficient and with correction you may be able to battle allergies successfully. Your MD will be able to help you find out where your deficiencies lie. While writing this article, I came across an old folk remedy for allergy symptoms: sneezing, stuffy head and watering eyes. Eat a handful of watercress. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to.

As promised the following nutrients may be able to help you battle allergies successfully: Vitamins A, B-6, C and E and the mineral Zinc. Personally, I don’t like to take B vitamins singularly as they have a synergistic relationship with each other. So what I do is take a specific B that’s needed as well. If you’d like a list of foods with these vitamins, email me with your request. My husband and I are slowly seeing changes in our health the more our bodies heal. One of the positive changes I’ve seen is I can eat sour cream at restaurants, for about 6 months now. It used to give me a raging  headache.

I’ve just added an incredible Vitamin Herbal Therapy to my Tera Collection. Feel free to check it out on the website.

Allergy symptoms

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  • Abnormal hunger
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Bloating
  • Burping
  • Blurred vision
  • Chest congestion
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis & Eczema
  • Diarrhea
  • Foggy headed
  • Memory trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches & infections
  • Faintness
  • Fatigue
  • Farts
  • Hives
  • Hyperactivity
  • Increased pulse rate
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental slowness
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea,  stomach distress & cramps
  • Pains
  • Persistent and frequent need to urinate
  • Post-nasal-drip
  • Swelling ankles & feet
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Watery eyes & weakness


It’s time to feel good! Help your body heal by avoiding the foods and environmental things that make it sick, as well as giving it a rich supply of microminerals. These microminerals are found in all vegetables and fruits.


The key to wellness is knowledge and action. If you’re tired of feeling bad and are ready to make a change in your life, here is what you do next. Contact me for a free 20 minute consult. I will give you some direction idea’s.

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