I'm planning to buy Lyle's "applied nutrition for mixed sports book/DVD bundle" and I'm thinking about doing food sensitivity testing in the near future. Food sensitivities are food allergies in slow motion. Reason is that my body show some sensitivities to ceratin foods I've eaten for years.
I got to know about this test through an interview from Lisa Shaffer with Mike Mahler and this is they discussed:
"LS: So cut out sugar, eat fruits and veggies, good protein and fat and take longer stretches in between meals?
MM: That is it in a nutshell but it has to be more personalized. Why every diet ultimately fails without exception is that it cannot take you as an individual into account. This is why food sensitivity testing is so important. Food sensitivities are food allergies in slow motion. I learned about this from my friend Dr Peter Rouse of the AF performance center in Santa Monica.
LS: How does the test work?
MM: You take a blood sample and send it to a lab. There it is put up against 95 common foods such as dairy, meat, legumes, nuts, veggies, fruits etc to see how your blood reacts to it. It basically measures what your immune response is to it. If you have a high immune response then it is a food that is a high sensitivity to you. If you have a low immune response then it is a low sensitivity food and these are the foods that are the ideal options for you. No two people are the same. I have seen people that have very low sensitivity to dairy and others in which the high sensitivity is off the scale.
The food sensitivity shows how all diets have serious shortcomings. For example people that promote the Paleolithic diet essentially say that all meat and most veggies are the best fit for all people. Well why did I show high sensitivity to most meat then? Pork was the only one I showed low sensitivity to. I also showed very low sensitivity to oatmeal, which is a no no in the paleo world. My brother showed very low sensitivity to dairy which means he can consume as much of it as he wants. In the Paleo world dairy is not allowed.
On the other hand, many vegans say that legumes and nuts are the best for everyone but that is not true either. Many people have high sensitivity to nuts and legumes. I showed high sensitivity to some nuts such as almonds but low to others such as cashews. My wife showed high sensitivity to lentils but very low to kidney beans. See where I am going? Forget about generic diet books that do not take you into account. Get a food sensitivity test and get personalized. That is the only way to go period."
This link was provided with the interview (with the comment that they're not selling this test or profit from it): http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/ItemLCM73001/Food-Safe-Allergy-Blood-Test.html
I'm thinking about doing such a test to really get the most out of Lyle's bundle but I've not read any objective info on the matter (bloodtest). A clinic in Belgium offers this test (along with a "hair analyses" if I want that too) which is about 1,5 hour drive from my house in Holland. They have one consult where they take a blood sample and another consult where you get a doctor who'll share the results along with guidelines. So it's more thorough than the "fingerstick bloodsample" method mentioned in the link above.
Lyle, what's your view on this test (along with the hair analyses)?
Anyone else's views is much appreciated too of course!
This is my first time to hear about food sensitivity. I think that I better give it some try and check if I'm sensitive to a certain food type. I've been practicing Paleolithic Diet and I find it very good for me. If ever the lab says that I'm sensitive to a certain food type I think that I don't really have to worry since I also have Paleolithic Diet Food List that can help me choose the right food for me.