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Hi Alto


due to the eating, supplement and medication problems I have I read about this test and would appreciate your view on it



•Specialists in blood analysis

•Close to Southfields tube


The Deal

•Aims to help with identifying food intolerances

•One pin prick of blood required

•Magnified image on a screen

•Dried blood computer analysis included

•Consultation and findings

•Personalised CD of all findings



Fine Print

Expires 4 October 2012.

Limit 1 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Online booking required via http://grouponbookings.co.uk/live-blood-london/ 24 hour cancellation policy. Valid Mon-Thu only. Blood analysis time approx. 50 minutes. Consultation included. Those deemed unsuitable will be issued with a full refund. Customers are advised to drink plenty of water beforehand and refrain from eating for at least 2 hours before appointment.

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Live Blood London

68 Pulborough Road

London SW18 5UJ

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Live Blood London presented by Groupon.co.uk


Food Intolerance Test With Live and Dried Blood Analysis for £59 at Live Blood London (67% Off)


Originally used as crockery, platelets quickly fell out of favour because they stuck everything together at mealtimes. Don’t be a clot with today’s Groupon: £59 for a food intolerance test utilising live and dried blood analyses at Live Blood London.


The team at Live Blood London use microscopes and teeny technology for personal encounters with the internal transport system, getting to the heart of identifying red and white blood cells, platelets and plasma in live blood tests. With a purpose to help the smooth running of corporeal motorways, the machinery can also test dry blood samples, from the leafy Southshields setting.


With one swift finger prick squeezing a crimson drop under the microscope, customers can meet their still wriggling blood cells. The sample will appear magnified on a computer screen as it undergoes microscopic scrutiny. The hour long session sees guests leaving with a personalised CD of their findings which may inform of any lingering food intolerances.


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Live Blood London

68 Pulborough Road, London SW18 5UJ

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Groupon is in London!!???


PB, I looked at their site at http://www.livebloodtest.com/how_does_it_work.php and I don't find it convincing. They don't give enough scientific information to explain what they're doing.


Also, they claim to find almost any ailment from their simple blood test. If this worked, conventional medicine would use it!


I don't know if looking at food allergies would help you or not. Maybe. But this company is not the way to do it.


(There's a drawing you can enter on the right corner of the Web page, to win some handy food preparation gadgets. If they don't ask too much information, you might enter that.)


If you look at our topic on non-irritating diets http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/890-scdgapspaleo-diets/page__p__7709__hl__diets__fromsearch__1#entry7709 , you'll see that people can find out if certain foods are a problem by systematically eliminating them from their diets.


For example, you could find out if you are allergic to wheat by not eating anything with wheat in it for a week and see if it makes you feel better. You don't need an expensive blood test for that, but it does take concentration and discipline.


There are people here who know a lot more about food intolerances than I do -- people, please chime in.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Even a regular blood test will not uncover a food intolerance and there are false negatives for people who take blood tests and ultimately end up being diagnosed with Celiac Disease.


Enterolab does a stool challenge that can uncover food sensitivities that blood tests cannot uncover. From their web site: Our method utilizes stool rather than blood as the testing substrate; the rationale of using stool rather than blood for testing for food sensitivity is that immunologic reactions to proteins in the diet that cause these reactions are centered within the intestinal tract and not in the blood. http://www.enterolab.com/ This lab is in the US, but I note that they have international patents so they may service the UK.


When I first started eating gluten free and working with the nutritionist we found that I was still having problems that seemed like food intolerances or allergies. I had a sore on my ear lobe that wouldn't heal - turns out that was a sign of a food intolerance. My nutritionist wanted me to give up dairy because it is not uncommon for someone with Celiac to also have sensitivity to dairy. I didn't want to believe it, so she suggested that I test for it - I tested with Enterolab. My test was positive for casein (the protein in dairy) sensitivity. So I gave up dairy (for awhile*).


Even after giving up yeast, gluten and dairy (and going low sugar) I still couldn't lose the extra 20 pounds that I wanted to lose, so we next looked to soy. It is really hard to eliminate soy from your diet. Soy lecithin is in EVERYTHING. But I did give it up and that is when I started dropping the 20 pounds. After doing without soy for awhile I tried something that had soy in it and found that it immediately caused me to become bloated and I broke out with facial acne. That was a food sensitivity.


I really got fed up with another allergy and another allergy, so I went to an allergist for testing. They did the skin prick test. The problem with the protein allergies is that the skin prick test was inconclusive. I later learned that this is because the immunology path for food allergies is different than for other allergies. The skin prick test did show violently that I am allergic to rag weed found in the eastern US - fortunately I don't live in the eastern US :) .


I have since healed my "leaky gut" so I find that if I get soy oil or have something with soy lecithin I don't have those reactions any more. Likewise, I can now eat a moderate amount of dairy (cheese on gluten free pizza, cheese on a gluten free sandwich, gluten free lasagne) without any reaction whatsoever. Previously dairy would cause very definite sinus problems.


Alternatively, as Alto said, you can do a food challenge. Eliminate the suspect foods from your diet completely - this means reading food labels carefully - track your symptoms in a food diary. After two weeks begin adding one food at a time back into the diet and monitor symptoms. For example if you were challenging dairy you would have at least 1/2 cup of milk on the first day you reintroduce the food. The next day you might double that amount. Give it two weeks after reintroducing one new food to see if you have any symptoms. Watch out for a metallic taste in the mouth, gastrointestinal discomfort, bloating, bowel changes, rashes, sinus reactions, headaches, and if your tongue begins to swell or you have breathing problems get to the ER because that could be an anaphylactic reaction and that could be life threatening.



*I only had to give up dairy until I healed my "leaky gut" - this link takes you to an article that explains that individuals with "leaky gut" should avoid A1 type milk - http://www.windsordairy.com/articles/a1-and-a2-milk.html


Groupon aside - I hope this is helpful.



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I am not a medical professional - this is not medical advice. My suggestions are based on personal experience, reading, observation and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers

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Hi Alto and Karma


thank you for the answers, they are both very helpful. I asked a seroxat buddy about this to and she had asked a doctor about the blood test and he did not recommend it, so will give this one a miss.



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