What is ImuPro food testing
Learn More About Food Intolerance Testing
What is ImuPro?
Chronic pain can have a variety of causes. It is therefore important to determine what the cause of the symptoms are. One assumption is that chronic symptoms are at least promoted by inflammatory reactions. Intolerence to certain foods is thought to be linked to certain inflammatory reactions in the body which can in tern result in a veriety of chronic symptoms. An indication of this follows from an increased level of certain antibodies (so-called IgG antibodies). These IgG antibodies can be detected in laboratory diagnostics. In practice, avoiding the foods identified has been shown to reduce these symptoms in a variety of cases.
ImuPro is a laboratory test that can be done to detect an individual’s intolerance to a wide range of different foods. Patients with a food intolerance may display, amongst others, one or more of the following symptoms:
- Flatulence, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, burping, trapped wind
- Irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease
- Headache / Migraines
- Inflammatory skin diseases (neurodermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, breakouts)
- Streaming and itchy eyes, hay fever, asthma, recurring colds, blocked nose and sinuses
- Tonsillitis and middle-ear infections
- Joint pain
- Thyroid problems
- Mood swings
- Restlessness, poor concentration
- Notice that certain foods are not well tolerated and fasting reduces these symptoms
Using ImuPro can help you discover if a food intolerance underlies these symptoms. It involves testing for elevated levels of specific total IgG antibodies and then the pateint can carry out an individual change in diet based on the IgG findings.
It is a simple procedure that a patient can do him or herself, or carried out by a patients therpaist or phlebotomist. We provide a small kit and then a pinprick of blood can be taken from the thumb or wherever suitable and this is then sent off to the laboratory for testing.
You will receive an extensive report on all the results along with advice on how best to deal with any intolerances found, including an optional recipe book tailored to your personal findings.
WHAT DOES IMUPRO TEST FOR?
ImuPro tests for IgG-1, IgG-2 and IgG-3 and IgG-4 antibodies. These are antibodies that can trigger so-called delayed type III allergies, where some time lapses between ingesting a food and the onset of symptoms. These allergies are more associated with chronic symptoms rather than the acute histamine release of type 1 allergies.
The procedure involves looking for delayed defensive reactions that start 3 – 72 hours after an antigen has been consumed. The antibodies are isolated from the patient’s blood and brought into contact with food proteins, under the guidance and supervision of a specialist laboratory doctor.
The lab processes for ImuPro involves having specific proteins being extracted from up to 270 foods using a special processing method. These 270 different protein solutions are then applied to the still empty plates in separate tubes.
The prepared blood of the patient is then placed in each tube of the test panel. As mentioned, the tubes contain the specific food proteins. The IgG antibodies present in the blood sample bind to the appropriate food proteins (or allegens) e.g. Antibodies against wheat only bind in the tube containing wheat proteins. An antibody against IgG is then applied to each plate. The new antibody binds to the ends of the existing IgG antibodies and if there are antibodies present, an enzyme at the end of the antibody produces a colour reaction. The more antibodies there are in a tube, the stronger the colour.
The intensity of the reactions is then evaluated and based on the results, the foods that showed a colour reaction can be divided into 3 groups: “not increased”, “elevated” and “severely increased” (except in the ImuPro Screen).
WHAT MAKES IMUPRO DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTS?
- ImuPro tests for IgG 1 – 4 antibodies. Many other widely-available food intolerance tests just test for IgG 4, which could result in a false negative result for a patient.
- ImuPro can test for reactions against up to 270 potential antigens
- Most antigens in the ImuPro test are foods, but
does imupro include this? (from our proimmun page):
but also included are Candida Albicans yeast and aspergillus niger, a mould that grows on some grains during storage. This can highlight a separate reason for intolerance to certain grains that would not otherwise show up in tests for the specific foods only.
- The food proteins used in the test are organic?. This avoids potential cross-reactivity with pesticides, fungicides and herbicides that could occur with intolerance tests that use conventionally-farmed foods for testing.
- Detailed test results show the strength of the immune system reaction to a food, graded from 1 (weakest) to 3 (strongest), allowing you to prioritise food elimination with your patient to improve compliance.
- Depending on the level of test chosen, they can be accompanied by a personalised food rotation plan, shopping list and an optional recipe book for your patient, all of which exclude foods that ImuPro has revealed as causing intolerances. You can also choose to exclude other foods from these, regardless of the ImuPro findings – for example, due to previous diagnoses such as a food allergy (IgE mediated).
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU RECEIVE POSITIVE VALUES FOR CERTAIN ANTIGENS?
As explained in the test results you receive, it is recommended that antigens are excluded from the patient’s diet for specified periods of time:
Reaction 3: Avoid the food for 6 – 12 months
Reaction 2: Avoid the food for 4 – 10 months
Reaction 1: Avoid the food for 3 – 9 months
IgG1 – 4 antibody tests against foods play an important role in Cell Symbiosis Therapy (CST), and other elements of CST may be helpful. Go to www.aonm.org/what-are-mitochondria to find out more.
ImuPro Screen: 22 Foods
ImuPro Screen is suitable for checking whether there are increased specific IgG antibodies against common foods. The ImuPro Screen includes 22 foods. It only contains the laboratory diagnostic analysis and no nutritional recommendations.
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ImuPro Basic: 90 Foods
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ImuPro Complete: 270 Foods
With ImuPro Complete, most foods are available as alternatives to those with an increased IgG antibody level in the elimination and stabilization phase. If food is eaten that has not been tested, it cannot be guaranteed that it does not show increased IgG antibodies.
The chance of finding out the foods that actually trigger the symptoms is greatest with the ImuPro Complete
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