Food only ALCAT Test
In Cell-Mediated immune stimulation, also known as the ALCAT test, a patient's white blood cells are challenged with various substances including foods, additives, coloring, and chemicals.
Change your Life
Ordering an ALCAT Test is the first step to a new lease on life. Often a self-diagnosis is incomplete or flat out wrong. For instance, have you stopped eating ice cream because every time you do there are consequences? If so, you might decide you have a milk sensitivity and so you give up all foods with milk, when in fact you may only be sensitive to a food additive found in some milk products.
The ALCAT Test identifies exactly what foods, chemicals or compounds you are sensitive to. This allows you and your doctors to develop the best diet plan to get healthier than you have ever been. It also allows your doctors pinpoint future potential health problems and do something about it now, all the while allowing you to continue eating foods you enjoy.
Resources & studies on ALCAT testing
The Short Term Efficacy of the ALCAT Test of Food Sensitivities to Facilitate Changes in Body Composition and Self-Reported Disease Symptoms.
Gilbert R. Kaats, Director; Health and Medical Research Foundation. San Antonio, Dennis Pullni, Executive Director: Baylor Sports Medicine Institute, Houston, TX Larry K. Parker; MD, Women’s Total Health Care Angleton, TX Published American Journal of Bariatric Medicine. Spring, 1996
Analysis of the pre·study data revealed that there were no significant differences between the experimental and control group on any of the parameters of the test battery However, as compared to the control group, the group following the ALCAT group plan lost significantly more scale weight, % body fat, and fat weight; had greater improvements in body composition; and had greater increases in fat-free mass. When compared to the control group, the ALCAT group reported improvements in all 20 items on the OSI, 18 of which were significant at the p=.06 to <.001 levels.
Conclusion: As compared to participants following a weight control plan of their own choosing, following the ALCAT test and diet plan resulted in highly significant improvements in body composition and self-reported disease symptoms. The data reveal that 98 percent of the subjects following the ALCAT plan either lost scale weight or improved their body composition.
ALCAT test identifies food intolerance in patients with gastrointestinal symptoms
Berardi: L.; De Amici: M.; Vignini, A.; Mantegna, G.; Mosca, M. Foundation IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, Department of Pediatrics, Pavia, Italy; Foundation IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, Department of Dermatology, Pavia, Italy Presented at The XXV/11 European Academy of Allergy and Clinical lmnvnology Congress Warsaw. Poland 6-10 June 2009 ·Abstract No. 1280
A group of 15 patients (4 males and 11 females) affected by GI symptoms and negative for allergies (prick and/or rast) agreed to be tested with the ALCAT test. Patients in therapy with systemic corticosteroids, antihistamines and anticoagulants were excluded. After two months we evaluated the effects of the elimination diet which was based on the results of the ALCAT test. We lost three patients during follow-up, in 54% of the remaining subjects symptoms improved significantly while 46% showed no change.
Conclusion: The ALCAT test significant improved symptoms of GI and allergies for over half of the participants.
Food intolerance in patients with cutaneous diseases: diagnostic value of the ALCAT Test
Berardi, L.; De Amici, M.; Vignini, A.; Torre, C.; Mosca, M. Foundation IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, Department of Pediatrics, Pavia, Italy; Foundation IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, Department of Dermatology, Pavia, Italy Presented at The XX.VIII European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Congress Warsaw, Poland 6-10 June 2009 · Abstract No. 1281
A group of twenty patients (13 females and 7 males) affected by cutaneous diseases, and presenting with Chronic Urticaria (1%), itching (2%) or Dermatitis (17%), with negative allergy tests (prick and/or rast) were ALCAT tested. No subject was currently treated with systemic corticosteroids, antihistamines and anticoagulants. We lost six patients during follow- up, the remaining subjects were ALCAT tested and answered a survey regarding a tailored (diet based on Alcat results) two month elimination diet. 86% exhibited a dramatic improvement in symptoms, while 14% showed no change or did not follow the diet.
Conclusion: The ALCAT test appears to have diagnostic value in detecting food intolerance.
Influence of Food Intolerance in Migraines
Immunological Center of Catalunya – Final Report of Statistical Results. Version 3, December 28, 2006. IMS Health
In Phase One the patient included in this study with positivity ++ or +++ to specific foods/additives in the test continues with a dietetic treatment for 3 months and records the frequency and characteristics of migraine attacks. In Phase Two the patient continues on his or her prior normal diet for 3 months and continues recording the frequency and characteristics of migraine attacks. The patients were followed for 7 months. They recorded data in a notebook (CRD) developed for this end. in which they ALCAT test insert from the Immunologic Center of Catalunya.
Conclusion: 47.6% of the patients reduced the number of migraine attacks per month between the inclusion phase and phase I or with food restrictions. We observed a tendency of patients that reduce the number of attacks to present less high positivity to foods.
The ALCAT Test – A Guide and Barometer in the Therapy of environmental and Food Sensitivities
Barbara Solomon, MO Published in Environmental Medicine, Vol 9, # 1 and 2, 1992
Percentage improvement was averaged in various symptom categories. Percentage improvements in symptoms, as judged by the patients, and the speed and accuracy of the technique indicate that the ALCAT procedure is a beneficial addition to the armamentarium of the physical treating environmental illnesses.
Conclusion: The advantages of speed and scope of the ALCAT system in testing foods, in terms of numbers of foods that can be tested at one time, more than compensates for the slight decrease in accuracy when compared to the standard of oral food challenge. In terms of objectivity and accuracy, it is superior to cytotoxic testing. Compared to standard IBS or standard migraine diets, the ALCAT testing is much superior because it is specific to the patient.
Diagnostic Value of ALCAT Test in Intolerance to Food Additives Compared With Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled (DBPC) Oral Challenges
Lene Hej. MO, Copenhagen, Denmark; Presented at 52nd annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & lmmunology: March 15-20. 1996. New Orleans. Published – Journal of Allergy and Immunology vol. 97. No. 1, Part 3. January 1996.
The purpose of this study was to define the potential usefulness of the ALCAT test in evaluating intolerance to food additives.
Conclusion: The ALCAT test seems to provide a high efficiency in detecting food additive Intolerance with few false-positives and it deserves further studies on larger material.
Reproducibility of the ALCAT Test
Harris Steinman, MO, Dept. of Clinical Science and Immunology Medical School, University of Cape Town. Republic of S. Africa
A total of 12 patients were tested for each of 50 foods in duplicate or triplicate samples (with one subject tested in duplicate on two separate occasions four days apart) yielding a total of 1,147 data points for paired comparisons of reproducibility.
Conclusion: We found a high degree of reproducibility between positive and negative results. Of interest was that there was an increasing number of positive foods depending on whether the subject was (in order) normal, had hay fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma, or symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). The two patients with gastrointestinal symptoms had a dramatic improvement in their symptoms following an elimination diet constructed with the aid of the ALCAT test.
Inhibitory Effect of Sodium Cromoglycate on Granulocyte Response to Food Antigens In-Vitro
Peter I. Fell, MO, Director Oxford Allergy Centre, London Douglas H. Sandberg, MO, Professor University of Miami Medical School; Mark J. Pasula, Ph.D., Research Director, AMTL. Miami FL; Presented at the 4 7th annual meeting of the American college of Allergy & Immunology
A pilot study was done to determine if sodium cromoglycate (SC) would inhibit the cellular response to food antigens in-vitro as measured by the ALCAT test.
Conclusion: The individual test mean of 8 patients decreased by 17.6% when comparing non-treated vs. treated; in 2 patients, the mean decreased by 2.9%. On the ALCAT test, SC appears to inhibit in-vitro changes in mean granulocyte size and number.
Comparison of cellular changes upon exposure to allergens between ROBOCAT II versus FACSCalibur-based methods
Completed at the NIS Labs in Klamath Falls, OR from May to August 2009
Conclusion: Overall, there was good correlation between changes in size detected by ROBOCAT II following antigen exposure and changes detected by FACSCalibur. When differences did occur, they pointed to the complexity of cellular changes occurring within different sub-populations of cells that cannot always be teased out when assessing the overall change in size of all cells analyzed as a single group.
The Effect of The ALCAT Test Diet Therapy for Food Sensitivity in Patient’s With Obesity
Mohammed Akmal, Saeed Ahmed Khan, Abdul Oayyum Khan; Published in the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine April 2009 · Volume 7, issue 3
This study was designed to determine whether people who could not lose weight on a low calorie diet could achieve their weight loss using the results from ALCAT test. Twelve weeks after following the ALCAT diet plans, we observed a significant decrease in Body weight, Total Body fat percent and Body Mass Index. Other interesting observations included, a better sense of well being and improved physical performance, improvement in abdominal bloating and digestive problems. These findings are significant because many overweight patients find it difficult to lose weight by cutting,calories alone.
Conclusion: Our results confirmed the value of ALCAT test and the elimination diet in alleviating symptoms such as obesity, gastrointestinal reflux, chronic fatigue, headache and other chronic disorders associated with food hypersensitivities.
Final Statistical Report: Study of the ALCAT Test in 10 subjects
Lene Hoj MO, Copenhagen, Denmark Presented at the XVI European Congress of Allergotogy and Clinical Immunology Madrid, Spain: June 25. 30, 1995. Published · European Journal of Allergy and clinical Immunology Supplement. Number 26, Vol. 50. 1995.
Total lgE and eosinophils were raised in 6 and 3 cases respectively. RAST· airborne and RAST-food were positive in 7 and 4 cases, respectively, and all patients were reactive in ALCAT test against 8-29 foods. Individual diets comprising ALCAT -non-reactive foods eliminated from RAST-positive foods and food additives resulted in total remission in 45 individuals, remission of AE but not CU in 5, and failure in 1 case. AE being potentially lethal oral challenges were not applied due to ethics.
Conclusion: High clinical significance also at long-term follow-up was obtained in severe AE and CU by applying the results of ALCAT test, whereas lgE-mediated allergies play a minor role.