Genova Diagnostics Allergy Test – Katie

It is finally time to finish posting the allergy test trilogy that we started back in, ahem, February. I have referenced a faxed copy of Katie’s test since February but didn’t want to share until I could post the full-color original. I admit with chagrin that it took until a couple of weeks ago to pick up hubby’s from the MD (and he had to go during his vacation days from work). He forgot to ask for Katie’s original while he was there, so I will share one that I modified instead…and shove my perfectionist ways aside so it’s posted before Christmas.

I added color for easy reference. The squares are all awesomely misshapen. Having a 4 year old in the house must be rubbing off on my art skills.

Katie’s test overall was a pleasant surprise. After looking at my test results and her previous reactions to everything from store cleaning products to a wide range of foods, I thought her results would be off the charts and leave us with little food options. Her reported reactions are all IgG better known as latent allergies or sensitivities/intolerance. There are no “true” or classic allergies and that, my friends, is a fantastic thing. It means her immune system should not react to any foods when her leaky gut is fully healed.

We also don’t have to worry about scary anaphylactic reactions and will hopefully never have to. With our diet of real food that is focused on nutrient-dense, organic, local, and fermented, we are working toward healing our bodies instead of further breaking them down with a Standard American Diet (SAD).

Let’s get to the breakdown.

Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield covered half of the cost of the blood test through our MD’s office. They claimed they the test was not covered when I called to ask, but a call to my family practitioner assured me they did. The total out of pocket was $184.

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IgG Food Antibody Assessment (food sensitivity/latent allergy): These are reactions from a delayed immune response. Latent allergies often cause chronic illness symptoms like hyperactivity, migraines, water retention, lethargy, emotional instability, crankiness, sleeplessness, back pain, joint pain, and restless leg syndrome. It is an almost endless list associated with an overactive immune system.

When partially undigested food leaks into the bloodstream from a perforated gut (commonly known as leaky gut), it can cause myriad and seemingly unrelated symptoms. I have even gotten hives from an offending food and those are usually associated with ‘true’ allergies.

My MD recommended that we rotate the foods that we are sensitive to – the green VL category up to twice a week, the yellow 1+ category up to once a week, and to avoid all pinks and reds.

Gluten and casein are generally no-nos as we heal, but we do choose to eat them very occasionally. It also allows me to gauge our healing progress by the reactions we may or may not have.

Long-term, all grains, seeds, and dairy will be very occasional treats since they are not optimal foods for the human diet. We will mainly follow The Primal Blueprint as our food philosophy with some other stuff thrown in. I’ll keep you updated as we tweak things.

Once we heal, I will try to be sure that any dairy and grains/seeds we consume are fermented and properly prepared for cheat times like holidays. I don’t think we have to cut them out completely, but they will definitely never be a part of our regular diet.

Note: The purple color for 1+ foods in the reference box should be yellow.

 

‘True Relief’ Rotation Schedule: I didn’t add the scan of the recommended rotation diet and disregarded it at the recommendation of my MD and my own instincts. It cycles in food that should be avoided (like dairy, modern wheat, and those foods in the pink and red categories) and is mainly for people who are not ready to strictly limit their diets.

Instead I create weekly meal plans that follow a rotation diet.

IgE Food Antibody Results (classic allergy): We are very lucky that Katie does not suffer from any ‘true’ food allergies. Her symptoms are not as severe and will heal more easily.

 

Total IgE: This is the level of antibodies in Katie’s bloodstream at the time of the test. Her results are extremely low at 3.6 compared to the reference range of 87.0. It worried me at first and made me think that her immune system does not responding properly until I reminded myself of the reactions she does have and how her body responds to illness. Her immune system is nowhere near tip top shape, but it is definitely adequate and in working order. Plus, she heals from scratches and abrasions like a super hero with only shea butter to assist healing.

IgE Inhalants Profile: Nothing. Nada. I keep thinking she must react to something, and it was just the season that allowed her immune system to calm down, but hubby and I both test positive in this area even in late winter. Katie sometimes reacts with rashes and itching when she touches summer plants like grass but has never shown any signs of classic allergy symptoms like a runny nose, itchy eyes, or hives. I would like to think that her diet allows her system to keep reactions at a minimum. It has proven true for me. My reactions are vastly different and much more subdued after changing my diet.

 

 

Celiac (IgA) and Gluten Sensitivity (IgG): No gluten sensitivity or celiac issues here either. For a little girl with such horrible and constant bellyaches until a few months ago, I can’t believe how much of the digestive issues are attributed to insufficient enzyme activity. With the rotation diet and addition of digestive enzymes for a short time, she is a new child. Life is good, even if it’s not perfect.

This test is not a perfect predictor of what someone’s body may react to. It may show false positives. It is also not recommended by some due to the restrictive nature of food choices. For us, it has been key in healing. Avoiding foods that our immune systems react strongly to and rotating the rest has been wonderful. Our bodies are able to rest and focus on healing weakness instead of fighting the foods that we think we should eat for health. Sometimes a food is not good for you, no matter how much others may tell you so.



11 thoughts on “Genova Diagnostics Allergy Test – Katie”

  • Wow–I really think K has come a long way in her food sensitivities! You’re correct, her overall IgE of 3.6 is so low it’s really equivalent to zero. That means zero anaphylactic allergies/seasonal allergies. B1’s IgE this past June was so high it surpassed the test’s top limits. B3’s IgE was over 100. Just shows they have allergies =( I love how you explain the difference between the 2 types of allergies–thank you!!!!

    • Wow Dorothy! I didn’t realize they were testing that high. I have true allergies and my IgE tested at 29.7, so I mainly attribute the low IgE to diet. Only my theory, but we all had the same results. After catching a nasty summer cold and cheating with SAD foods a couple of weeks ago, my mold allergy rocked my world. There were no symptoms for a few years until my immune system started struggling. Once I cut the offending foods out again and ousted the virus, they disappeared completely. I wonder if you would get a similar drop in IgE levels (not necessarily that low but a significant drop for their individual readings) if you were able to get them to change their diet 100%. I know, I know. Not gonna happen unless you lock them in a closet and slide food under the door. There’s always B3! He’s not resourceful enough yet to get out of the closet and then call Child Protective Services on you. 😀

  • I am so glad I stumbled upon your site!!! Thank you for all the info, and I will be digging in more and more 🙂 My family also has allergies, and we have followed the Gaps, WAP, and tried a few others, and are doing much better, but not 100%. My daughter is the one that suffers the most, and has had a blood test done, and it showed that she was severely allergic to Eggs, Wheat, Mustard, and she also had many other moderate allergies….. With the diets, she is doing great, but I know we still have a long road ahead. She does not have to take any medication, and we don’t have to give her any Benedryl anymore either. She is so limited on what she eats though!! I am curious to know where and what kind of test these are that you and your daughter took?? My daughter’s test was definately not this extensive. It only tested a limited amount of common allergen foods. I think that something like this could give us a much better idea of what’s going on. If there is any info that you could share with me on that, that would be great!! Also, what kind of MD do you see?? I can’t seem to find one that doesn’t want to load her up on all kinds of medications. I’m pretty much her MD at this point, with the help of research, Gaps, and Wap, and great websites like yours! Thanks again!

    • Jennifer, I completely understand where you are coming from on being the MD in the family. I have read that a worried mother does better research than the FBI and I’m pretty sure that was written to me and the other mamas like me. 😀

      Our tests were through Genova Diagnostics. I think I stumbled across them while doing research online and was lucky enough that our MD’s office works with their labs to administer the tests. Our MD is a gem! We were Fated to find her. Her partner was recommended by my birthing doula, since their office was known for being a bit crunchy and supporting a delayed or no-vaxx schedule. We saw the current MD by chance when Katie was sick, because she was the only one available and found out that we are so very alike.

      I would start with finding local family doctors or pediatricians that support not vaccinating and recommend chiropractic care and alternative or home remedies for children. This should get you on the right path. A good chiropractor or acupuncturist can usually help recommend some doctors too.

      Good luck mama! You can also look into a rotation diet and you may be able to incorporate some foods back in a little earlier than you imagined.

      What Is A Rotation Diet? Part 1
      http://www.20somethingallergies.com/what-is-a-rotation-diet-part-1/

      What Is A Rotation Diet? Part 2
      http://www.20somethingallergies.com/what-is-a-rotation-diet-part-2/

    • Jennifer@20SomethingAllergies, I work for Genova Diagnostics and am so happy to read a great testimonial from people who’s health has improved because they took action based on the results of our testing! I will be sharing your blog with my colleagues and customers to bring further validation to the work we do.

      To Jennifer, the reader, if you would like some help locating a MD that orders Genova Allergy/Antibody tests in your area, I am more than happy to help.

      In health,
      Micah

      • Micah,

        Thank you so much! I’m glad you found me if it helps even one person out there who is struggling. I will be happy to share what I have learned and the results we are seeing with anybody who comes my way. That’s what real food blogging is all about. 🙂

        I am also going to offer rotation diet meal plans in a few months for those who want to undertake a gut healing routine (dairy-,grain-, and allergen-free) if that will help any of your customers. The restrictions that come with overlapping both protocols is pretty rough for a lot of people to handle, and many of them would just like to hand the job over to someone else for awhile!

      • Micah: I would love information on who can perform this test for my family in the Houston, tx area. How can I learn more? Great post…so interesting to me that even though my daughters standard allergy tests come back clear, she still exhibits food sensitivity. Thanks for talking about this!

        • Hi Soni,

          Thank you for your interest in Genova Allergy Antibody testing! I would love to connect you with my colleague in Houston so he can point you in the right direction. In the meantime, can I email you some information about our Allergy tests? Feel free to email me at mweathers@gdx.net and I can pass your info on to my colleague in Houston as well.

          In health,
          Micah Weathers

        • Thanks Soni! With this being such a widespread issue, I am always surprised that more allergists aren’t aware of it or don’t believe in it. I’m happy I can help spread the word. Growing up with both classic and latent allergies – or “sensitivities” -, I can promise you that they are both immune reactions and both qualify as allergies from experience.

  • Are these tests the same as the one where they put the antigens on your skin and measure the diameter of reaction? Or are these just the blood tests? Which is more accurate? Or should you have both done? I’ve had allergy testing done twice before (once when I was about 10 or 11 and then once again when I was 15) and we’re wanting to have more done again now that I’m 18 and about to move to another state in 6 months for college. Any suggestions?

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