Allergy & Intolerance testing FAQ's
No. AllergyLink offers the testing service exclusively by post/email. Providing convenient testing from the comfort of your own home or workplace. All that is required from you is to fill in a test-order-form and post a hair-sample. Once your sample has been tested, your results are sent to you by email or post.
Yes. Since the test service is exclusively offered by post/email it is therefore available world wide. Order your test from wherever you are in the world. All you have to do is to complete and post the test-order-form and a hair-sample.
Yes, but please ensure that you do have legal consent, if you are ordering the test for someone other than yourself.
There are 12 common foods which make up 85% of all food related reactions: Milk & Dairy, Soy, Egg, Wheat, Shellfish, Tomato, Peanut, Kiwi, Orange, Tree Nuts, Sweet corn, Fish.
Allergies and intolerances - are associated with many common diseases; and can be either a minor or major contributing factor; a trigger for temporary or chronic condition; or even the primary cause of ill health.
Our combination Allergy & Intolerance test is unique, as is our testing procedure. Our aim of creating this test was to be as comprehensive as possible - capturing any adverse reaction a person may encounter. Usually testing is offered only for either - Allergy or Intolerance. We have found that there is sometimes a thin line between distinguishing Allergies, intolerances and Hyper-sensitivities; as today many people are affected by several types of adverse reactions. We strongly feel testing only one or the other would be a disservice. It would leave a gap of many unanswered questions and unrecognised reactions which may be the cause of some of the uncomfortable symptoms people might experience. Thus AllergyLink tests for all types of food allergies, food intolerance and substance sensitivities, not just food-specific allergens or IgG antibodies. In addition testing and providing information about other food related reactions like gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, histamine sensitivity, sorbitol intolerance, oxalate sensitivity or other chemical sensitivities; as well as vitamin, mineral and enzyme deficiencies.
The tests do address adverse reactions including: sensitivities, hypersensitivity, food intolerances, allergies, allergy-like reactions, Toxins, energy toxins, substance sensitivity, chemical and environmental sensitivities. Essentially the allergy & intolerance test identifies Substance Reactions.
After many years of experience, we are confident to say that the accuracy of the testing procedure lies between 90% - 99%. The standardised testing protocol incorporates an accuracy check which is geared to reach an accuracy of 97-100%. Test results have to reach this high 'benchmark' in order to be released as '100% Complete'.
However, in rare cases certain foods or substances may not show in the allergy report especially if exposure to a known ‘allergen’ has been avoided or eliminated for a period of time - usually more than 3 months. We try to address this specifically. There is a section on the test-form/questionnaire for specific items that have been avoided, so this can be acknowledged and special attention paid for scrutinized analysis.