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.
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.