Understanding Your Alcat Test Results
Optimal Wellness through Customized Nutrition
Why is it important to have the Alcat Test?
Today in the industrialized world, we face vastly different threats to our health and well being than our grandparents and those who came before us. In past years, infection was the greatest cause of death. Today it is cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other degenerative diseases associated with aging.
Recent scientific discoveries have revealed increasingly deeper levels of understanding of how food interacts with our immune system affecting metabolism in ways that can be either beneficial or detrimental. Chronic activation of the immune system and the chronic inflammation that it produces is not only the common feature of modern diseases of aging, but also its major underlying cause.
The “wrong” food, although it may be “healthful” for most people, will induce inflammation. The immune system aims to damage the food, which it mistakes as a harmful invader, such as a bacteria, parasite or virus, but also ends up damaging our own body. Long-term exposure can even trigger auto-immunity, where the immune system actively attacks our own tissues and bodily structures.
It has been known for ages that food can be either the best medicine or a strong poison. The ancient Greeks like Hippocrates and Lucretius expressed this clearly in their writings which have been maintained, "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” and “One man’s meat is another man’s poison."
The Alcat Test can tell you which food is your ‘meat’ and which is your ‘poison’. It is not a substitute for medical care, but it can be extremely helpful if followed and incorporated into a healthy lifestyle and as an aid in disease prevention. If a medical condition exists, the Alcat Test is helpful used in conjunction with the advice of a qualified health or medical practitioner. The following pages will give you the information that is required to do so.
To your health,
Roger Davis Deutsch-Owner/Founder, Cell Science Systems
Table of Contents
Understanding Your Test Results
Box 2 – Gluten/Gliadin
General Food and Nutritional Guidelines
You have made a positive step towards improving your health with the Alcat Food and Chemical Sensitivity Test. Now that you have utilized the most sophisticated laboratory technology to identify your sensitivities, you can begin to take a fresh look towards improving your health. Your Alcat Test results will help you select an interesting and varied eating program based on foods that are compatible with your unique biochemical makeup. To gain the most benefit, study this booklet carefully and begin your personal Alcat Test food plan as soon as possible. The Alcat Test is for food sensitivities that cause chronic inflammation. Your Alcat Test plan contains information and advice on how to safely change your diet and lifestyle while still maintaining a balanced nutritional intake.
The Difference Between An IgE Food Allergy and An Alcat Food Sensitivity Test
An allergy is an IgE specific immune response to a food, chemical, mold or herb and can be life threatening. An IgE food allergy means even small amounts of a food are likely to trigger the immune system response which is called an allergic reaction. People with an IgE food allergy have an immune system which reacts to certain proteins found in food. Their immune system attacks the specific protein as if it were a harmful pathogen, such as a bacterium or virus. Signs and symptoms can vary and the patient may experience just a tingling in the mouth or a severe rash and have serious breathing difficulties, edema, (swelling of the body, such as the throat, tongue and face). When an IgE allergic reaction is severe and life-threatening, it is known as anaphylaxis.
The Alcat Test will not identify immediate IgE food allergies. If you have immediate or IgE mediated food allergies please continue to avoid these items even if they appear on your green or “acceptable” foods list.
Food sensitivities do not involve the specific immune system, but the innate immune system. Food sensitivities cause a chronic inflammatory process. Food sensitivities, unlike IgE allergies, do not require exposure to a food to “prime” them. Sensitivities manifest a wide variety of symptoms. Some may be gastrointestinal, fatigue, headaches, and “brain fog” --- feeling muddled in thought, migraines, arthritis, etc. Sensitivities, however, do not cause immediate allergy symptoms. Some sensitivities are reactions to chemicals added to foods for flavoring, coloring or preserving. Sometimes people with food sensitivities can handle small amounts of the food they’re sensitive to. When it comes to an IgE food allergy, even a bit of the allergen is enough to trigger a reaction, therefore, people with IgE food allergies must avoid the foods they are allergic to completely.
The Alcat Test is a highly sensitive, objective test for assessing which foods, chemicals and herbs you may be intolerant or sensitive to. The Alcat Test identifies food, chemical and herbal sensitivities where the symptom onset is longer (several hours to days) and varied (typical in chronic conditions). These types of sensitivities affect nearly 80% of the population.
If you have any doubt, or have any questions regarding IgE/classic food allergies, please consult with your physician who can assist in identifying these types of “true” food allergies. It is rare that foods cause this type of classic allergy, typically less than 5% of the population.
Did You Know?
Food sensitivities affect over 80% of the population while less than 5% of us actually have an IgE or “true” food allergy ...
Understanding Your Test Results
Food sensitivity is not always a straightforward yes or no. There can be different degrees of sensitivity, which can be altered through change of eating habits, stress levels, medical conditions, nutritional status, hormone levels, medications, change of season and other factors that affect the body‘s immune system.
Test Results: Four Distinct Areas
Foods listed indicate a severe reaction and should be strictly avoided at all costs for a minimum of 6 months.
Foods listed indicate a moderate reaction should be strictly avoided for a minimum of 3 to 6 months.
Foods listed indicate a mild reaction. They have an asterisk next to them and should be avoided if possible, for 3 months, especially if there are few red and orange foods. If you choose to include these foods into your diet, it is recommended to rotate them in every 4 days.
Foods listed indicate no reaction and can be eaten freely on a rotation basis, no more than every other day.
Blue Boxes: Three Distinct Sections
Shows reactions (if any) to Candida albicans. The report will automatically remove sugars from the rotation meal plan and place them in this box, as they are known to exacerbate the Candida condition. Although you may not be sensitive to these foods it is recommended to avoid them due to their association with candidiasis, suggested by the Candida sensitivity. Please see additional notes on Candida albicans and consult with your healthcare provider.
Shows reactions (if any) to gluten/gliadin. The report will automatically remove grain products that contain the proteins gluten/gliadin, such as wheat, barley, malt, spelt and rye. Although you may not be sensitive to these grains it is advisable to avoid them because they contain gluten/gliadin. A positive gluten/gliadin reaction with a negative wheat, rye, etc.response can occur when the isolated proteins are tested in a more concentrated form. All gluten/gliadin containing grains should be eliminated for 3 months if mild reaction and 6 months for moderate or severe reaction. Look for certified gluten-free oats and enjoy once every 4 days as oats do not contain gluten/gliadin but may be cross contaminated in manufacturing.
Shows reactions (if any) to casein or whey. The report will automatically remove dairy products containing casein or whey from the “acceptable” foods list. Although technically you may not be sensitive to the other products listed, it is advisable to avoid them as they contain the proteins found in casein or whey.
Rotation Plan Guide
It is recommended to start applying your rotation plan immediately.
Now that the Alcat Test has identified the foods to which you appear to be sensitive, you can begin the process of improving your health. In order to achieve this, it is very important to eliminate any foods and ingredients which the Alcat Test has identified as sensitive. The idea of the rotation plan is to help you cope successfully and pleasantly with a restricted eating plan, so that you are well nourished and satisfied.
By eating foods one day and then omitting them for at least 3 days you avoid a cumulative sensitizing effect. This period of time allows the particular food molecules to ‘clear’ from your system so they do not cause an overload. This is the basic principle of the rotation plan.
Starting with breakfast, go down the list selecting a food or foods from the different groups. How about a fruit salad with yogurt, or a baked potato on a cold morning? As you can see, your meals may change during the period of the diet! A very adequate lunch might be carrot and coriander soup followed by peppers stuffed with rice, sweet corn, cashew nuts, a dressed salad and a cup of chamomile tea? Pistachios (without red dye) make a good snack. Dinner might be baked trout sprinkled with ginger and garlic, a baked potato, cooked carrots, steamed artichoke hearts and a mango for dessert.
To make this task easier we have provided a four-day rotation plan. You can move foods around as long as you keep a food diary.Guideline: asterisk food (mild intolerance) use every 4 days. Acceptable foods (green column) can be used up to every other day.
Freeze or save any unused foods. However, it is generally best to discard any uneaten cooked vegetables. They may become moldy and will lose most of their nutritional value upon storage.
Remember to rotate … You do not have to eat everything listed under one day of your rotation meal plan! You also do not need to limit any food to only a single consumption. If you want potatoes with breakfast, lunch and dinner, that’s fine. Attempt to avoid as much processed food, additives and preservatives as possible.
If you use a food diary, you can move foods around. Staying within the guidelines, foods that show up in your mild column on your Alcat Test results can be used once every 4 days and foods that are on your acceptable (green) column may be used every other day, but a 3 or 4 day rotation is best.
Even prepared foods like casseroles, spreads, loaves and soups may contain ingredients you should avoid. Eat simple, whole, identifiable foods, organic whenever available. Thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables including organics. Keep an eye on food labels, especially if the packaging or price changes, because formulations can sometimes change without warning.
Healthy bodies cope much better with variety and intermittent challenges, than with unrelenting exposure to only a very few food types. If you are vulnerable and eat the same food repeatedly, you risk becoming sensitive to it at some point.
Symptoms may be masked initially because of your body’s effort to adapt and can make you subtly dependent on the offending food. After some time the adaptation will be exhausted and you begin to experience obvious symptoms.
Keeping a Food and Symptom Diary
If you have favorite foods listed on your rotation plan (on different days), you can use them when you keep a simple food diary. Write down all foods consumed on each day in your diary, also list any symptoms. Everyday look back at your food diary to ensure you have not chosen the same food too often.
The Alcat Test determines your food sensitivities using a pure extract of each item tested. Most foods that are consumed are not pure and come in prepared dishes and may be found in foods you wouldn’t expect. It is important to read the ingredients labels carefully as recipes change and foods can be listed under several different names.
Do not use the Alcat Test results in place of a medical check up or diagnosis. Do not assume all symptoms are food sensitivity related. If you have any symptoms please be sure to consult your doctor to rule out diseases. Please keep in mind, if you decide to eat a sensitive food during the 12 to 24 week elimination period, a reaction may occur.
Possible Side Effects of Detoxification
Each person will react differently to the new eating regime. The main goal for the first twelve weeks of the program is to achieve detoxification and healing. It is possible that at first you may not feel well. You may feel as though you are going through a withdrawal process. Symptoms may include a dull headache, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue, sinus discomfort or even back pain.
These withdrawal symptoms may start as little as 12 hours after stopping the foods (particularly coffee or tea) and can last a few days or in extreme cases they can last up to a few weeks. If any (or all) of these symptoms occur, we recommend that you increase your fluid intake; in severe cases an over the counter anti-inflammatory agent should alleviate those detox symptoms.
Box 1 Candida Albicans
The Alcat Test does not diagnose Candida overgrowth.
If your Alcat Test indicates sensitivity to Candida you may find it helpful to restrict intake of:
Restrict sweets, cakes, biscuits, pastries, canned foods and anything with added sucrose, fructose, glucose, dextrose, lactose, maltose, honey, molasses, maple sugar, and cane sugar.Alcohol
Avoid all alcoholic beverages. Instead concentrate on whole fresh foods, raw and lightly cooked.
Stop the Over-Production of Yeast
If you would like to try a natural anti-yeast/anti-fungal treatment talk with your healthcare provider. Please make sure that the ingredients in the product are not listed in the Red, Orange or Yellow sections of your Alcat Test results. There are a number of natural anti-fungal agents found in certain foods which can be used in conjunction with your Anti-Candida diet, such as:
This is the simplest and in some ways the best. Eat it raw. If you do not like the taste, use small cloves and swallow them whole. Garlic acts against bacteria and viruses as well as against Candida in both its yeast and fungal forms.
This is a very helpful natural anti yeast/anti fungal which is a fatty acid found in coconut oil.
This is a natural anti-microbial agent. Berberine is found naturally in plants such as goldenseal.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses these for antifungal effects.
Consult with your healthcare provider.
Check your Alcat Test results to see if any of the above should be avoided.
Approximately 3 weeks after avoiding the foods that feed Candida, we recommend you replace the natural balance of micro-organisms back into the body. There are a number of products helpful in this regard known as pre and probiotics that can assist in repopulating your digestive tract with friendly bacteria. Depending on your Alcat Test results it may be necessary to get a dairy free probiotic.
Contact your healthcare practitioner for any advice on choosing a good quality supplement and for complete instructions regarding a candida diet.
Box 2 Gluten/Gliadin
What are Gluten and Gliadin?
The Alcat Test does not diagnose celiac disease.
Gluten and gliadin are complex protein structures found in grains such as wheat, rye, malt, barley and spelt. The main benefit of gluten in the bread making industry is its glue-like property, which helps bread to rise and create a light sponge structure.
Unfortunately, it is the same glue-like property which can result in problems for some individuals as gluten causes a reaction in the intestinal tract and can lead to digestive upsets or in some cases difficulty in nutrient absorption. Gluten can also cause a potent and debilitating immune reaction in the gut. Wheat and spelt contains the greatest concentrations of gluten/gliadin. Wheat is such a popular grain in the western diet but if an individual is sensitive to gluten or gliadin they would also avoid the other grains mentioned below, as they contain gluten/gliadin.
When using the Alcat Test to check for gluten/gliadin sensitivity, a concentration is used that is greater than that normally found in natural grains and foods. As such, it is possible to react to gluten/gliadin and not to the grains themselves. This can be taken as an early warning so it may be prudent to omit gluten/gliadin grains in the diet to ease potential stress on body. In other cases, you may show a reaction to one or more of the grains, but not to gluten/gliadin. This can happen if you have no sensitivity to gluten/gliadin, but have sensitivity to another component of the grain. In that case you would only remove the offending grain.
Gluten and gliadin are extremely difficult to digest and may encourage the growth of undesirable bacteria or fungi in the intestinal tract, which may contribute to diarrhea, bloating, flatulence, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Someone suffering from such symptoms may feel tired, irritable, or depressed after consuming gluten/gliadin containing products. Avoidance and elimination of these products from the diet are recommended before these symptoms may be alleviated effectively.
If you show a reaction to gluten/gliadin your test results will have taken out the gluten/gliadin containing grains from the green section. They are wheat, rye, barley, malt, and spelt. Oats can be consumed if certified gluten free.
However, gluten/gliadin may be found in many foods, not just the obvious ones like bread and pasta, but also manufactured foods to which wheat flour is added, for example sausages, sauces and many other products. Therefore, it is particularly important to be vigilant and read all ingredients to avoid the consumption of gluten/gliadin. It is often difficult adjusting to a gluten/gliadin-free diet, but a good first step is to reduce your consumption as this will help to reduce any overloading of the system while you improve the overall health of the digestive tract. Within a few days move onto a totally gluten/gliadin free diet.
Foods to Avoid if Sensitive to Gluten or Gliadin
Wheat flour, whole wheat, wheat gluten, wheat germ, wheat bran, whole wheat flour, spelt, bleached or unbleached flour, white or enriched flour, millers, bran, bulgur, pasta, and many prepared foods. Also avoid, MSG (Mono-Sodium Glutamate), puffed wheat, shredded wheat, soy sauce, triticale, wheat berries, all-purpose flour, bread products, crackers and cream of wheat. READ INGREDIENTS.
Avoid rye bread and rye crackers, multi-grain breads, some granolas, gin, vodka, and whiskey. READ INGREDIENTS.
Barley & Malt
Malt is made from sprouted barley and from the hydrolyzed starch of other grains. This thick syrup is sweet in taste and is added to foods to improve taste. It can be dried into malt extract or a powder and added to an array of food and beverages. Malt can be found in: ales, barley, corn, beer, breakfast cereals, canned and dried soup mixes, chocolate, caramel flavoring, caramel coloring, colas of all kinds, condiments, salad dressings, most canned prepared foods (T.V. dinners), lagers, malted milk, Ovaltine, processed meats, bourbon, and whisky. Barley is a grain that may be found in soups and stews. It may be added to bread and a flour is available. READ INGREDIENTS.
Oat (unless certified gluten-free)
Avoid oat bran, oat flour, porridge and oatmeal (an ingredient in haggis, oat cakes and the whisky drink Athol Brose), oat gum (used to prolong the shelf life of sweets, cream and butter, and used as a thickener and stabilizer in cream cheese and cheese spreads) roasted ranch oats and whole oats. READ INGREDIENTS.
To supplement a gluten/gliadin-free diet the following foods may be eaten if shown to be non-reactive: millet, quinoa, corn, buckwheat, rice, fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, cheese, milk, nuts, soya, lentils, wild rice, sorghum, amaranth, and tapioca (yucca, casava root). READ INGREDIENTS.
Box 3 Casein/Whey
What is Casein/Whey?
Casein and whey are proteins found in cow, goat and sheep milk products. They should not, however, be confused with lactose “milk sugar.” These proteins are quite different. Most people who have difficulty digesting milk are lactose intolerant, meaning that they produce too little of the enzyme lactase that breaks down milk sugar so bacteria flourish in their gut to finish the job. This is a different problem than reacting to the proteins casein and whey. The Alcat Test may show a non-reactive result to milk and/or casein/whey in lactose intolerant patients. This disorder is due to a deficiency in the enzyme lactase, rather than specifically sensitivity to dairy products.
The Alcat Test may show a positive reaction to cow or goat milk but a negative reaction to casein or whey.
About 75% of the proteins in milk can be classified casein’s, which form a group of approximately 4 types of proteins. Whey contains approximately 7- 8% proteins. Interestingly, body builders, weight lifters etc., often use whey as a food supplement since the whey protein is high. If whey protein is used, look for a 100% cold pressed, isolate whey protein powder.
Casein/whey used in the Alcat Test is more concentrated than that which is found naturally in foods such as cheese, yogurt and milk products. This is why these foods may appear unreactive, while the concentrated casein/whey is reactive. (It is also worth noting that there is less casein in skimmed milk than in low fat or whole milk.) Casein is also used to fortify processed cheese, breads and cereals in addition to clarifying white wines and preserving against oxidation.
Casein Related Products
Many commercially produced products contain casein in some form and it is important to check all labels. Some casein containing ingredients are listed below:
- Milk solids (“curds“)
- Whey (unless 100% cold-pressed isolate whey protein powder)
- Casein (sodium caseinate, most commonly)
- Lactalbumin and other names that begin with lact, as these may still have some casein associated with them.
- Galactose and glucose (lactose by-products). Most people with milk allergies will have no trouble with galactose, but you should be aware that it might cause problems in some people.
- “Natural ingredients“. Some of these may contain dairy products or by-products. Call or email the manufacturer for further information.
Additional foods to avoid if sensitive to casein or whey: cow products, goat and sheep products (such as milk butter, ice cream, cheeses, yogurt and kefir) and any manufactured product containing the above.
Be alert when obtaining the following, as milk products can be present in: margarine, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (for the severely sensitive person), since the processing phase may utilize casein or whey, bread and “non-dairy“ products (non-dairy does not mean milk-free). It is a term that is often used to indicate less than ½ percent milk by weight and therefore can still contain significant amounts of casein. The term non-dairy is not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, but ingredients lists and allergen warnings are. ALWAYS READ LABELS.
To supplement a casein or whey free diet the following foods may be eaten if shown to be non-reactive: rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, hazel nut milk, soy milk or soy butter, tofu, ghee, fruit juices, calcium rich foods such as broccoli, sardines, salmon, and nuts.
General Food & Nutritional Guidelines
What is a Balanced Diet?
A balanced diet is one that provides a balanced level of macronutrients and micronutrients. It not only includes the essential nutrient groups as listed below, but also sufficient protein, carbohydrate, fat and water to maintain health and well being.
In your Alcat Test results you can either eliminate or rotate your mildly reactive foods as long as a balanced daily intake of foods are available.
Essential Micronutrients Groups – Vitamins, Minerals and Essential Fatty Acids
Vitamins are complex substances needed in small amounts by the body for normal functioning. There is a vast range of vitamins found in varying amounts in different foods.
Vitamin A plays essential roles in vision, growth and the development and maintenance of healthy skin, hair and mucous membranes. Vitamin A can be found in sweet potato, carrots, mango, turnip, spinach, red bell pepper, apricot, milk, and eggs.
The B vitamins – collectively known as B complex – promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, gastrointestinal tract and brain function. The B vitamins are also coenzymes involved in energy production. Vitamin B comes from a number of natural sources, including potatoes, bananas, lentils, chili peppers, turkey, tuna, etc. Nutritional yeast (or brewer‘s yeast) is an especially good source of Vitamin B.
Vitamin C is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is necessary to form collagen, an important protein used to make skin, scar tissue, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Vitamin C is essential for the healing of wounds and for the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. Vitamin C is also one of many antioxidants. Foods that tend to be the highest sources of vitamin C include green peppers, citrus fruits, juices, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, turnip greens and other leafy greens, sweet and white potatoes, cantaloupe, etc.
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. In addition to helping the body absorb calcium, vitamin D also helps the body keep the right amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. Vitamin D is found in the following foods: dairy products like cheese, butter, cream, fortified milk (all milk in the U.S. is fortified with vitamin D), fish, oysters, fortified cereals, margarine, etc.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant vitamin involved in the metabolism of all cells. It protects vitamin A and Essential Fatty Acids from oxidation in the body cells and prevents breakdown of body tissues. Vitamin E is found in the following foods: wheat germ, corn, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, asparagus and vegetable oils -- corn, sunflower, soybean, cottonseed, etc.
Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, asparagus, watercress, cabbage, cauliflower, green peas, beans, olives, canola, soybeans, meat, cereals, dairy products, etc. Cooking does not remove significant amounts of vitamin K from these foods. People who eat a balanced diet including these foods are likely ingesting enough vitamin K and do not require supplementation. Vitamin K is also a main function in blood clotting.
Whereas vitamins are organic substances (made by plants or animals), minerals are inorganic elements that come from the soil and water and are absorbed by plants or eaten by animals. Your body needs larger amounts of some minerals, such as calcium, to grow and stay healthy. Other minerals like chromium, copper, iodine, iron, selenium and zinc are called trace minerals because you only need very small amounts of them each day. Consult your healthcare provider.
Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids (EFA) are necessary for the formation of healthy cell membranes as well as the proper development and functioning of the brain and nervous system. Almost all the polyunsaturated fat in the human diet is from EFA. Some of the food sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are fish and shellfish, flaxseed (linseed), soya oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, hemp oil, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, leafy vegetables, and walnuts. Consult your healthcare provider.
General Advice to Improve Your Diet
It is important that you maintain a varied diet based upon the foods you are not sensitive to. Wherever feasible eat fresh whole foods, organic if possible. Attempt to avoid processed foods such as those found in bottles, tins, jars and packaged goods. Be aware that manufacturers of processed foods do not always label every ingredient and source because they can contain many different foods grouped together. You may find it much easier to base your diet on simple whole foods.
The following points can dramatically improve your health and metabolism:
- It is recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. This should be filtered or bottled (preferably in glass to avoid BPA’s) to limit the intake of chlorides and other additives in tap water.
- Avoid alcohol as it can contribute to leaky gut syndrome. This may allow particles of food to pass straight through the intestinal membrane, which is one of the major factors linked to food intolerance.
- Avoid adding salt to your food. Fresh food naturally contains enough salt for your nutritional requirements.
- Eat slowly, chew food well and eat as much raw food as possible. Raw foods contain enzymes that begin assisting in digestion as soon as chewing begins. Don’t eat on the run.
- Keep active. A healthy lifestyle, even if based on only a little exercise each day, will help improve your whole outlook and state of well-being, whereas boredom can lead to comfort eating.
- Learn what foods are on your green list and make sure you have a good supply of those fresh foods available at all times.
- Try not to sit down to a late evening meal, especially a high fat or carbohydrate dish as you may find it hard to digest the food, which can affect your sleeping patterns.
Preparation of Food
An often-overlooked aspect of food preparation is the use of any oils in cooking. It is important to remember that if you are using oil to cook with, it must be derived from foods on your green list. Be aware some cooking oils have extra ingredients that may be listed on the label. If preparing a meal for other people it is important to cook any foods you are sensitive to separately, so that your meal is not contaminated in any way.
How Cooking Affects Nutrients
Cooking food may destroy essential vitamins and enzymes. It is therefore helpful to incorporate some raw foods and lightly cooked foods into your diet. When you are cooking, choose methods such as steaming or stir-frying for vegetables, which help to maintain the nutrient content.
Whenever possible, use any water that has been used for cooking organic vegetables for soups, casseroles and gravies as well as drinking as a vegetable juice in order to retain as many nutrients as possible. Using this liquid will reduce the loss of water-soluble vitamins such as those of the B vitamin family and vitamin C as well as many minerals. Fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E and K can be lost through cooking in oil. Be aware that prolonged heat can also affect the nutritional content of foods.
How Preserving Affects Nutrients
Freezing is the best method of storing food; frozen foods should be kept below -18°C (0°F) until required for use. Foods that are processed for storage in tins/cans or glass jars lose nutrients such as thiamin, folic acid and vitamin C as a result of the heat treatment. Other nutrients may be lost if a glass jar is stored in daylight. Finally, to achieve the least nutrient loss dried foods should be stored in sealed containers to exclude both oxygen and light.
Foods and Their Derivatives
Some of the foods tested have pure derivatives, which can also be eaten. Examples such as wheat include not only plain and self-raising flour but also 100% durum wheat pasta, couscous, shredded wheat and puffed wheat. These are all 100% pure wheat products and as such all sources of wheat may be added to the diet to increase food choice and variety. Remember to read labels of packaged foods to ensure that all ingredients are on the green list of your result guide.
Re-introducing Foods into Your Diet
For the first 3 months following elimination, you will be more sensitive, not less. Within the first week you may have withdrawal/detox symptoms, which can disappear quickly. Many people continue to stay close to the rotation plan even after reintroducing foods, because they find rotating a better way of eating. Others find it too difficult to rotate because of very busy lives or, their inability to always be in control of their food selections.
3 months should be a minimum time to stay on the plan – up to 6 months if you were moderate or severely reactive.
If you have many sensitivities, you may need nutritional supplementation to meet your nutritional needs. Please consult with your physician or a nutritionist.
Always reintroduce foods one at a time, every 4 days and list it on your food diary. The best time to re-challenge a suspected or known allergic food is first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach and only if you are symptom-free. Always test with a very pure form of the food, organic if available.
Wait a minimum of 4 days before reintroducing a different food. If you react, omit the food for another 3 weeks before re-challenging. If you do not react, place the food on your rotation plan. Remember, if you have reacted strongly to a certain food in the past you may not be able to reintroduce that item into your diet. We recommend retesting only after foods have been reintroduced back into diet.
Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
What do the Red, Orange, Yellow and Green Colors Indicate?
The Alcat Test diagnostic system is designed to electronically measure changes in cell size and volume when your blood is incubated with the test substances. These measurements are plotted on a graph and compared to a “Master Graph.” The Master Graph is a chart plotted from the measurements obtained when a sample of your blood is treated identically but without being exposed to the test substances. The degree of difference between the cell size and volume of the sample incubated with the test substance, in comparison to the control, determines the range of reactivity.
- Green: Foods and substances in the green range are considered “safe” unless you have had an immediate, IgE immunological reaction to any of them. For example, if you have ever tested positive on a skin test, an IgE RAST test, or after eating had an immediate reaction to a particular food or foods listed as negative on your Alcat Test, you need to avoid those foods and substances.
- If you have not had a skin test or an IgE RAST test but have suffered a reaction (either within minutes or up to 4 hours after contact and may involve your skin, respiratory or gastrointestinal tract), you may have a classic IgE allergy to that food or substance. Avoid that food or substance even if the Alcat Test result is negative.
- Yellow: Foods/substances in the yellow range are a mild reaction and did not react to a significant degree, however, they did react and you may indeed experience symptoms, especially if consumed/contacted frequently. You may be asked to avoid these foods for 3 months or eat on a 4-day rotation.
- Orange: Foods/Substances in the orange area showed a moderate reaction and should be avoided for 3-6 months.
- Red: Foods/Substances in the red area showed a severe reaction and should be avoided 6 months.
I know I am Allergic to an Item – Why is it Green (Negative) on My Alcat Test Results?
If your reaction fits this description it is a classic allergy and you should avoid the food/substance. Do not re-challenge until you consult with your healthcare provider.
As described previously, your reaction may be related to a specific immune system reaction (immunoglobulin) called IgE. This is not measured by the Alcat Test. IgE reactions are usually apparent because they occur within a short time (usually within 4 hours or less) and the symptoms are dramatic and classic.
If you tested positive on a previous Alcat Test, eliminated the item(s) for several months, re-introduced the food and are now testing negative you have most likely lost your sensitivity to that item. It is believed that using a rotation plan may help prevent re-sensitization. Scientific studies comparing the Alcat Test results to the Gold Standard, Double Blind Oral Challenge, show the Alcat Test to be 83.4% accurate with a small possibility of false negatives.
How Can I be Sensitive to This, I don‘t Even Eat it or Like it?
Eating or liking a particular food is certainly not a requirement for being sensitive to it! The human body perhaps has its own wisdom which guides you away from that which may do harm. It is even possible that genes dictate reactivity to a certain degree. Overexposure of food, gut dysfunction, genetics and stress are several factors that may play a role in reactivity.
Do I Really Have to Follow the Rotation Plan or Can I Just Eliminate the Foods I React to?
Dr. Herbert J. Rinkel developed the Rotary Diversified Diet (Rotation) in 1934. People prone to or with food/chemical sensitivities find this diet beneficial for a number of reasons:
- It may lessen the likelihood of developing new sensitivities.
- It allows the immune system to recover from the effects of a food before it is again consumed.
- It may help identify other undiagnosed food sensitivities.
- A 4 day rotation plan allows the body to go through its processes; digestion, metabolizing and elimination.
- If you find the rotation just too stressful, it may do more harm than good to attempt to follow it. Then you are limited to the foods listed in the green section. Occasionally, you may find yourself in a social situation (or perhaps when traveling) where you are not always able to follow the plan closely. In such situations continue to try to avoid your sensitivities and return to your rotation plan as soon as possible.
Can I Have One Type of Food All Week Long?
Even if you dislike tea, water and orange juice but you love coffee it is not wise to drink the coffee daily. Even if your test was negative to coffee you could develop a sensitivity to it. Even a person without a sensitivity for a particular food should strive for the most variety possible in the diet. No single food contains all the nutrients we need. The greater variety, the greater the opportunities to obtain many different nutrients, even ones we may not know exist yet! Many of our foods often contain pesticides, herbicides and hormones. Consumption on a regular basis of any food may have detrimental effects due to overdose of any of these substances. Eat organic whenever possible. Eating an acceptable food two days in a row if need be, is not cause for concern. Eating it 4 or 5 days in a row or every day might be.
May I Eat Something on Rotation I Was Not Tested For?
If you were not tested for a particular food(s), there is no way to know whether or not you will react if you eat them. We suggest that you follow your rotation plan for acceptable food choices only. It is suggested any food not tested should not be eaten.
How Long do I Stop Eating These Foods and When Do I Re-challenge and In What Order?
It is believed that once an offending food is removed from the diet, the body becomes hypersensitive to that food for about 3 months. For example, let‘s say you are red or orange sensitive to carrots and omit them. However, after you happen to eat carrots...You may have an exaggerated set of symptoms that were never present when you ate carrots in the past. After the 3 months, this hypersensitivity is thought to decline. Therefore, a 3 to 6 month period of elimination is most often recommended.
Why are Chemicals/Additives Not Included in the Rotation Plan?
Ideally, only whole unprocessed, additive and chemical free foods should be consumed on the rotation diet. Practically, this is not always possible. Therefore, you should try to refrain from ingesting or coming into contact with the additives or chemicals if your test showed a sensitivity.
Caution: This reaction can be dramatic. We strongly suggest you discuss the re-challenge procedure with your healthcare practitioner.
How do Vegetarians Get Adequate Protein?
Sometimes deriving adequate protein on a daily basis can be difficult for a vegetarian with food sensitivities. Depending upon the degree of your conviction, in order to achieve optimal results (meaning improvement in your health), it may be necessary to broaden your intake of protein foods. Look at all your options such as beans, legumes, nuts and protein powders. Perhaps you might consider eating eggs or dairy (if you are not already an lacto-ovo vegetarian). This may only be necessary on a temporary (at least 3 months) basis. Contact a nutritionist or dietitian that will be able to advise you on maintaining a balanced diet.
Can I Use a Nutritional Supplement if it is a Derivative of a Reactive Food?
Read all labels carefully. If you are sensitive to corn, be aware that it is the source for a lot of the vitamin C on the market. Vitamin E is often obtained from wheat germ oil or soy. Gelatin capsules are made from beef and/or pork. If vegetarian, then capsules may be derived from soy. These are just a few examples. Be sure to check the source of all your supplements. You may have to call or email the manufacturer.
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*Research product ingredients with manufacturer
Foods, Colorings, Additives, Chemicals, or Herbals may be in body care, haircare, or cosmetics.
Reference Description: Food Colorings
Acid Blue #3
This is a synthetic dark blue color, and is banned as a food color in the US. It is used in other applications such as dental disclosing tablets to color plaque, and in dye biopsy slides. It may be in food purchased that is produced in European countries. (E131)
Acid Red #14
This is a synthetic color ranging from red to maroon. It’s is used in food that has been heat treated after being fermented. If used in drug and cosmetics it is called Red #10. (E122)
Amaranth Red No. 2
Red No. 2 is a synthetic azo dye, which is approved for caviar, liqueurs and spirits, but is used as a colorant in drugs, cosmetics and textiles as well. Amaranth is banned in the US, because it is suspected to cause cancer. According to EU-Organic regulations, it is not approved for the use in organic food. Intolerance reactions can occur form of pseudo-allergic (allergy-like) symptoms, i.e. of the skin and respiratory tract.1 (E123)
This is a natural food coloring derived from the seeds of the Achiote tree. The color can range from yellow to orange. This is used to color foods, body care products and fabrics. It has also been used as an herbal remedy. (160b)
Beta-Carotene can have a natural as well as a synthetic origin. In nature, it can be found in vegetables and fruits. Beta-Carotene is converted into provitamin A in the body metabolism. Synthetic beta-carotene is used in a variety of foods such as butter, margarine, cheese, mayonnaise, ice cream, desserts and sausages, beverages and drugs (Vitamin substitution) as well as in nutritional supplements.1 Beta-carotene is considered safe, but the consumption of large quantities is not recommended, because it can be accumulated in the skin, liver and body fat. Study results also show, that the intake of high dosed beta-carotene results in a significantly increased risk for lung cancer and heart attacks in heavy smokers.2 (E160a)
This is a synthetic food color. It has many applications in food; desserts, mustard, soft drinks, fish paste and caviar. Individuals that have aspirin sensitivity may have an allergic reaction to this coloring. This coloring has been banned in children’s food products in Europe. (E151)
This blue dye is a derivative of coal-tar and it is used in bottled soft drinks, ice cream, ices, dry drink powders, candy, baked products, cereals, and puddings. It is also found in face powders, other cosmetics and hair colorings. This dye has been a suspect of many allergic reactions. (E131)
[Indigo Carmine] This is a dark-blue powder which is a derivative of coal-tar. This dye is used in such food products as bottled soft drinks, bakery goods, cereals, candy, confections and dry drink powders. It is also employed in mint-flavored jelly and frozen desserts. It is recognized as a sensitizer in allergic patients. (E132)
Carmine Red #44
This is a natural food color made from red beetles, not as common as Red #40 that is made from petroleum. Carmine Red #4 provides pink, red and purple color in many food products. (E120)
Erythrosine, Red No. 3
Maybe in baked goods, candy oral medication, maraschino cherries. Cannot be used in cosmetics and external drugs.
[Fast Green] This dye is used in foods, drugs and cosmetics (except in products which are used in the area around the eye). It is used in coloring in mint-flavored jelly, frozen desserts, gelatin desserts, candy, confections, baked goods, and cereals. Green # 3 has been a suspect as a sensitizer in allergic patients.
[Allura Red] In the United States, Allura Red AC is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in cosmetics, drugs and food. It is used in some tattoo inks and is used in many products, such as orange soda. (E129)
[Tartrazine] The most widely used color additives in foods (candy, desserts, cereals, soft drinks and dairy products), drugs and cosmetics. Tartrazine appears to cause the most allergic and intolerance reactions of all the azo dyes, particularly amongst those with an aspirin intolerance and asthmatics. Reactions can include anxiety, migraine, clinical depression, blurred vision, itching, rhinitis, urticaria, general weakness, palpitations, and sleep disturbance. (E102)
[Sunset Yellow] It may be found in orange jelly, marzipan, swiss roll, apricot jam, citrus marmalade, lemon curd, sweets, hot chocolate mix and packet soups, trifle mix, bread crumbs and cheese sauce mix, and soft drinks. It appears to cause allergic or intolerance reactions, particularly amongst those with aspirin intolerance. Other reactions can include gastric upset, diarrhea, and vomiting. (E110)
Reference Description Food Additives & Preservatives
No calorie artificial sweetener aspartame, which is sold under the brand name NutraSweet or Equal in the United States and is used in more than 6,000 products. Aspartame may change levels of chemicals in the brain that affect behavior. May also cause headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.
Acacia gum is the sap of an African acacia. It is used in the food industry as a stabilizer in confectionery, beer, cake glaze and beverage powders. Acacia gum is considered safe and is permitted for organic foods.4 Nevertheless, allergy-like symptoms may occur in susceptible individuals, but this effect is based rather on the impurities of natural products than on the product itself.5 (E414)
Adipic Acid is an acidifying agent, which occurs naturally in beet juice and molasses, but is chemically synthesized for the food industry. Due to its long-lasting, mild sour-salty taste, adipic acid is a very popular coating for fruit gums, but can also be found in dry dessert powders, fillings for pastries, coatings of confectionery, desserts and drink powders. In addition, Adipic Acid is often used as a salt substitute as well as for the production of nylon in the plastic industry. Over more, it can be found in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. (E355)
Alum is the aluminum salt of sulfuric acid and is extracted chemically from aluminum-containing materials. Due to its ability to build insoluble compounds with pectin (an important structural substance in the cell walls of fruits and vegetables), it is mainly used as a firming agent for the consolidation of fruit and vegetable pieces (candying, glazing or crystallization). Over more, it is used in sausage casings of natural guts and coatings from other gelling agents (e.g. alginate or carrageenan).
Ascorbic acid is the chemical form of vitamin c; it is used as an antioxidant to prevent brown discolorations of sliced fruits and vegetables; as a flour agent to improve the adhesive properties of (whole-grain) flour; and (in combination with nitrite) as a stabilizer for a long-lasting red color of meat products. Ascorbic acid is commonly used in drinks and sweets as a vitamin supplement and can then be declared as “Vitamin C.” Ascorbic acid is water soluble and will be excreted with the urine. A durable overdose should be avoided as this provoked the formation of kidney and bladder stones in animals.4 (E300)
A white, crystalline organic compound belonging to the family of carboxylic acids, widely used as a food preservative |and in the manufacture of various cosmetics, dyes, plastics and insect repellents. It can cause temporary distress through gastrointestinal irritation.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)/Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and the related compound butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are phenolic compounds that are often added to foods to preserve fats. BHA is generally used to keep fats from becoming rancid. BHA is found in butter, meats, cereals, chewing gum, baked goods, snack foods, dehydrated potatoes and beer. It is also found in animal feed, food packaging, cosmetics, rubber products and petroleum products. BHT also prevents oxidative rancidity of fats. It is used to preserve food odor, color and flavor. Many packaging materials incorporate BHT. It is also added directly to shortening, cereals and other foods containing fats and oils.
Citric acid at one time was derived from tart citrus [lemon/lime], most large food manufacturers use corn, with the mold Aspergillus niger [in Alcat mold panel] as the fermenting agent.
Calcium phosphate is used as a baking agent, acidity regulator, release agent and emulsifier. It is only permitted for certain foods, for example in powdered milk and creamer, dry powder for desserts, baking mixes (common and organic bread) and dry foods. Calcium phosphate also serves as a carrier material in toothpaste. (E341)
Cyclodextrin is a ring-shaped molecule which is derived from starch (using bacteria). Due to its structure, it can bind other molecules in its internal space. In addition, it is very stable, even at very high temperatures and in the presence of acids or specific enzymes. Due to these properties, it acts as a kind of micro capsule which protect the substances located in its interior (like heat-sensitive flavors, dyes or enzymes) against external influences (e.g. when cooking, baking or for long storage periods). The use of Cyclodextrin is only permitted for certain products: foods in tablet or dragee form, flavored tea, powdered drinks and flavored snacks. Moreover, it is used for the pharmaceutical industry.4 It acts like a water-soluble dietary fiber in the body and will not be utilized.1 (E459)
D - Lactitol
Lactitol is obtained from lactose and has a lower sweetening power compared to table sugar and is therefore often combined with other sweeteners the enhance the sweetening effect. Lactitol is suitable for diabetics and does not trigger caries. It is mainly used for energy reduced/sugar-free desserts, ice cream, confectionery and chewing gum but can also be found in sauces, mustard and food supplements. Foods containing more than 10% of sugar substitutes in total must bear the sign “excessive consumption may induce laxative effects.”4,6 (E966)
EDTA is a complexing agent (binds heavy metal ions), which is used to support antioxidants in the food. It prevents changes of color and flavor in foods and is used in emulsified sauces, canned legumes, mushrooms, artichokes, crustaceans and mollusks, frozen crustaceans as well as in cleaning agents and detergents. EDTA is discussed controversial because it is poorly degradable in the environment. Its complexing properties are used to treat certain heavy metal poisonings, but this can lead to an increased uptake of heavy metals from foods on the other hand.5 (E385)
Erythritol is a naturally-derived sugar substitute that looks and tastes very much like sugar, yet has almost no calories. It comes in granulated and powdered forms. Erythritol is a sugar alcohol similar to xylitol. Just like other sugar alcohols, erythritol is known to cause problems with the digestive tract. Sugar-free gum, diet foods, low-carb foods, food items for diabetics and truvia sweeteners contain erythritol.
Like succinic acid, fumaric acid is an intermediate in the citrate acid cycle. Due to its good solubility in hot water, it is used as an acidifying agent in dry products with a spicy-sour taste, for the sprinkling of confectionery, in jelly-like desserts, fruit-flavored dry powders for desserts, instant powders for fruit drinks and flavored teas. In addition, it is also popular for chewing gums, fillings and toppings for cakes, cookies and pastries. (E385)
Glycerol can be found as a basic building element of all fats in every living cell. For the food industry, it is usually obtained from propylene, coconut oil or animal origin. It is mainly used as sweetener or humectant. Coatings, cocoa products, chocolate products as well as meat products and chewing gum do contain glycerine. (E422)
Hexylresorcinol is exclusively used as a color stabilizer to prevent the brow coloration in crustaceans. (E586)
Inverted sugar is produced, when invertase (enzyme from yeasts) splits sucrose (table sugar) into glucose and fructose. Because fructose does not crystallize, this mixture of glucose and fructose is more or less liquid, depending on the amount of fructose. Because of this attribute, inverted sugar is used frequently in the food industry to keep confectionary fillings soft (such as marzipan or chocolate). In addition, inverted sugar attracts water from the air and thus prevents the dehydration of the food. (E1103)
Isomalt is a synthetic sweetener produced from sucrose. Insulin is not necessary for its utilization in the human body. Therefore, isomalt is considered as a sugar substitute for special diabetics’ food; on top of that, it does not trigger caries. It is mainly used for energy reduced/sugar-free desserts, ice cream, sweets and chewing gum, but can also be found in sauces, mustard and food supplements. It is considered safe, but foods containing more than 10% of sugar substitutes in total must bear the sign “ excessive consumption may induce laxative effects.”4,6 (E953)
Lactic acid can be found in all living cells in a right- or left-turning form, whereby the human body can use the right-handed form better and faster. It is a natural preservative and is effective against microorganisms and anaerobic bacteria. It is frequently used as an acidifying agent in soft drinks and baked goods. (E270)
Lecithin is a natural component of the cell walls and can be found in the bone marrow as well as in nerve, heart and liver cells. In foods, lecithin is found abundantly in egg yolk, carrots, legumes and vegetable oils. For the food industry, lecithin is extracted mainly from soybeans and is approved for all foods (with specified maximum amounts in infant formulas). It is used very often in margarine, mayonnaise, chocolate products, cakes, biscuits, puff pastries and instant powders for milk and cocoa beverages as well as in infant- and follow-on formulas. (E322)
Lysozyme is a derived from of the hen’s egg albumen and is used as an antimicrobial preservative. Lysozyme is exclusively approved for mature cheese. (E1105)
Magnesium phosphate is primarily used as a release agent, because it prevents food (like dough) from sticking to surfaces. (E343)
Malic acid can be found in all living cells as an intermediate product of the energy metabolism, the human body produces up to 1 kg malic acid per day. It is mostly used as an acidifier for foods (especially for jams, marmalades, jellies, canned fruits and vegetables, juices, soft drinks and baby food) and is produced chemically as well as naturally (by microorganisms). Malic Acid enhances the effect of antioxidants and inhibits enzymes, which are responsible for the browning of fruits and vegetables. (E296)
Is used as a food additive to thicken food products. It can also be sued as sugar substitute filler. Can be in soda and candy. In the US it is almost always derived from corn.
Mannitol occurs naturally as an intermediate in the metabolism of many plants and algae. For the food industry, it is derived from mannose or inverted sugar. Mannitol is suitable for diabetics and does not trigger caries. It is mainly used for energy reduced/sugar-free desserts, ice cream, sweets and chewing gum, but can also be found in sauces, mustard and food supplements. Foods with Mannitol must bear the sign “excessive consumption may induce laxative effects.”4,6 (E421)
Methenamine is a preservative, which acts solely against bacteria and is only used in Provolone (Italian hard/semi-hard cheese). (E421)
Methyl Anthranilate occurs naturally in cocoa, coffee, grapes, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, limes, strawberries, and mandarins. It is often used for the production of perfumes, ointments or synthetic fragrances.7
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as a flavor enhancer in a variety of foods prepared at home, in restaurants and by food processors. Its use has become controversial in the past 30 years because of reports of adverse reactions in people who have eaten foods that contain MSG. Research on the role of glutamate – a group of chemicals that includes MSG – in the nervous system also has raised questions about the chemical‘s safety.
Phosphoric acid and its salts (phosphates) can be found ubiquitously in nature. They are an important source of phosphorus for all living beings. Phosphoric acid is mainly used as an acidifying agent in soft drinks, sports drinks, whipped cream and cream products, milk beverages, milk powder and coffee whitener. In addition, it is used as a starting material for the production of various phosphates. (E338)
Polydextrose is a synthetic compound consisting of glucose, sorbitol and citric acid. Since Polydextrose crystals perform similarly to sugar, but contain only one to two calories per gram, they are often used as a filler to produce energy-reduced foods such as beverages, baked products or sweets. In addition, polydextrose attracts water from the air and thus prevents food from getting dry. It can have a laxative effect, since the human body cannot digest it.1 (E1200)
The most important application for this chemical product of carbon dioxide and potassium can be found in the production of gingerbread dough. There potash ensures that the dough rises and browns optimally. Is also used in chocolate and cocoa products as well as in coffee substitutes. (E501)
Can be used as a food additive, as a fertilizer and fungicide. (E340)
Potassium sorbate is a salt of the sorbic acid and is, likely to other sorbates, commonly used as a preservative due to its numerous beneficial properties. Apart from foods such as mayonnaise, remoulade, soy sauce, jam, margarine, syrup, dates, olives, ice tea, cheese, cheese, pastries, bread, seafood substitutes, fish, and meat substitutes, Potassium Sorbate can also be found in tobacco products and cosmetics. It is generally considered harmless, but can lead to allergy-like symptoms in susceptible individuals after eating foods/using cosmetics containing sorbates.1 (E202)
Potassium tartrate is salts of tartaric acid, it can build complexes with iron and heavy metal ions and therefore support the action of antioxidants. Potassium tartrate is widespread and can be found in many foods like aspic, jellied meats, soft drinks, jams, vegetables, fruit juices, canned fruits, and is also used as a salt substitute.4 (E336)
Commercially also known as Tween® 80, it is a nonionic detergent and emulsifier derived from polyoxylated sorbitol and oleic acid, which is often used in foods. Polysorbate 80 is often used in ice cream to prevent milk proteins from completely coating the fat droplets. This allows them to join together in chains and nets, to hold air in the mixture and provide a firmer texture, holding its shape as the ice cream melts. Polysorbate 80 is also used in commercial pickle products.
Used as a food additive, also is used as a preservative in a manner similar to that of sodium nitrite. Potassium nitrite is a strong oxidizer and contact with skin or clothing, as well as inhalation and ingestion, should be avoided. Potassium nitrite is also used in the manufacturing of heat transfer salts.
Saccharine is typically used as a sweetener in low calorie soft drinks, dietetic ice cream and other low calorie foods. Saccharine is best known in the pink packet form of Sweet ‘N Low.
Used as a preservative for dried fruit and added to wine. Also used for reducing chlorine levels in pools. It can cause a decrease in vitamin B1 or destruction of thiamine in the body and can cause asthmatic reactions.
Sodium acetate is a salt of acetic acid and is mainly used in breads, baked goods, aspic, melting salts and as a kutter tool. It ensures the optimum pH, thereby acting as a preservative. (E262)
Sodium benzoate is a salt of benzoic acid and can be found in dairy products and fruits of the forest naturally. For foods, sodium benzoate is produced synthetically and is used particularly in non-perishable foods such as ketchup, mustard, margarine, sausages, canned fish, chewing gum, and mayonnaise due to its preservative properties. Benzoic acid and benzoates can cause allergies or allergy-like symptoms, especially in people who suffer from asthma or already have an allergy to salicylic acid or its derivatives. (E211)
Sodium sulfates are produced as a by-product of the chemical reaction of sulfuric acid and sodium hydroxide solution. It is used for the treatment of drinking water and as a carrier for dyes. They are generally approved for the use in foods, except of honey, oils and fats, butter, milk, natural mineral water, coffee, and tea leaves. Sodium bisulfate is considered harmless, but can have a laxative effect if consumed in high quantities.
Cyclamate has a 30-times higher sweetening power compared to table sugar, but is still the slightest of all sweeteners used in the EU. It is often found in combination with saccharin, which strengthens the sweetening power. Due to its good storability and heat stability, cyclamate is also ideal for cooking and baking. Cyclamate is used primarily to sweeten low-calorie water-based drinks as well as pastries, sweets and desserts on egg basis. The recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) for cyclamate is a max. intake of 7 mg/kg body weight per day. This value is quickly reached in children, the main intake here is by beverages. Cyclamate is banned in the US.
Sodium lactate is a salt of lactic acid and is mainly used to regulate the acidity of food. It is found in jams, marmalades, jellies, meat products (such as aspic or raw sausages), canned fruits and vegetables as well as in white bread. (E325)
Sodium Laryl Sulfate
Can be used in food as an emulsifying agent. Maybe in body care and hair care products; such as toothpaste, shampoo and other items.
Sodium propionate is a salt of propionic acid and is mainly used for food, which mildews easily, such as packaged baked goods. (E281)
Sodium pyrophosphate is a salt of diphosphoric acid and is produced by chemical synthesis. It has a wide application area and is used for dietary supplements, sauces, desserts, liquid eggs, meat products and dry foods. Diphosphates have strong complexing properties; and are often used as cutter- or melting salts. (E450c)
Due to their versatile properties, triphosphates are used in many areas; they can resolve proteins or act as ion exchangers for example. They are used mainly as acidity regulators and stabilizer in desserts, ice cream, cheese and meat products. (E451)
Like malic acid, succinic acid is an intermediate of the citric acid cycle. For the food industry, it is produced by chemical synthesis or by microorganisms. It is used as a flavor enhancer and acidifier in desserts, soups, broths and beverage powders and as a salt substitute. (E363)
Its mineral salts, such as sodium sorbate, potassium sorbate and calcium sorbate, are antimicrobial agents often used as preservatives in food and drinks to prevent the growth of mold, yeast and fungi.
Sucralose is a calorie free sweetener which can be used in place of sugar. Sucralose is made by adding chlorine to the sugar molecule during the manufacturing process which alters the sugar molecule to create a calorie free sweetener. Sucralose can be found in more than 4,500 food and beverage products, such as candy, soft-drinks and breakfast bars.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol chemically extracted from the fibers of fruits and vegetables. Side effects from over consumption of xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener and alternative to sugar, may cause gas, diarrhea and low blood sugar. Frequently used in cooking and baking.
Reference Description Molds
Often found in carpets, textiles and on horizontal surfaces in building interiors. Often found on window frames. Outdoors it may be isolated from samples of soil, seeds and plants. It is commonly found in outdoor samples.
Comes in many varieties (species). Many of the varieties produce toxic substances. It may be associated with symptoms such as sinusitis, allergic bronchiopulmonary aspergillosis and other allergic symptoms. Inhalation of conidia and mycelium of aspergillus can lead to several diseases, the severity of which depends on the host‘s immune response. It is found in soils, leaf and plant litter, decaying vegetable and roots, bird droppings, tobacco and stored sweet potatoes.
This world wide mold predominantly occurs in humid and sub tropical regions. It is seen as the gray mold on cabbage, red clover, lettuce, sugar beet, beans, barley, wheat, onion, and tomato. It is especially seen in connection with soft fruits like strawberries and grapes. In the wine industry, the growth of botrytis on wine grapes has been known to give an added effect to the bouquet of certain wines.
Is a yeast infestation, from a parasite that thrives in warm-blooded animals. In the allopathic world of medicine it is referred as a fungus. This fungus can cause thrush and vaginal infections and spread to any part of the body that is weakened. We all have intestinal Candida and when in balance it helps maintain and aid our immune system by controlling the unfriendly organisms. However, Candida albicans takes advantage of circumstances in the body. This single cell fungi multiplies and develops toxins, which circulate in the blood stream and may cause an array of maladies.
Is a mold found in decomposing vegetation and soil. It is also found in dust from textile plants, soil when gardening, bathrooms, and damp old houses. A gray/green color, it is also occasionally found in patients sensitive to Candida albicans.
This is a mold which is found most commonly on dying or dead plant substrates, especially on leaves and stems of ferns, mosses, desert and aquatic plants. It is found in various soil types and on food items such as cereals, cucumbers, tomatoes and peaches. It has also been found in fuel tanks, face creams, paints and textiles.
This mold is dark brown in color with a velvety appearance. It is allergenic and can be found in interior building materials, soil, castor beans, cotton, rice, barley, wheat and corn. It is seems to strive well in most tropical countries. It may cause hay fever, asthma and fungal sinusitis.
[Epicoccum pupurascens] is a saprophyte of worldwide distribution. It is a very common invader of many different plant types, also infecting seeds from barley, oats, wheat and corn. Moldy paper discoloration is frequently caused by Epicoccu.
This mold is a large genus of filamentous fungi widely distributed in soil and in association with plants. Most species are harmless saprobes and are relatively abundant members of the soil microbial community. Some species produce toxins in cereal crops that can affect human and animal health if it enters the food chain.
This mold can be found on many sources such as peach, nectarine, lemon, tomato and carrot. It may be used in the production of some cheese such as camembert or other rind cheeses.
This mold occurs seasonally and spores are released on dry, hot days. It is a parasite of cereals and grasses. Frequently found on grains, grasses, sugar cane, soil and textiles.
[Cladosporium] Most commonly identified outdoor fungus. The outdoor numbers are reduced in the winter. The numbers are often high in the summer. Often found indoors in numbers less than outdoor numbers. It is a common allergen. Indoor Cladosporium may be different than the species identified outdoors. It is commonly found on the surface of fiberglass duct liners in the interior of supply ducts. A wide variety of plants are food sources for this fungus. It is found on dead plants, woody plants, food, straw, soil, paint, and textiles.
This mold grows on contaminated milling and baking equipment and may be found in stale breads and other grains. Occasionally, it can become airborne with other dusts and molds.
This mold has worldwide distribution and is primarily a soil fungus but has been found in horse manure, plant remains, grains, vegetables and nuts. In the tropics it is found at higher altitudes and often seen on soft fruit, fruit juice and marmalade.
It has a fruity odor, suggesting apples or pineapples. It is found in the soil of citrus plantations and has been isolated from decaying cabbage and barley plants, stored seeds of cereals, grapes, nuts, dried fruits, and fruit juices. It is one of the most dominant and important house molds; the indoor mold can be readily seen on stale bread, citrus fruits and apples. It is frequently found in wine cellars and is the source of several antibiotics significantly penicillin.
This mold that causes sunken spots on tomatoes.
[Aureobasidium] This yeast-like fungus is commonly found on caulk or damp window frames in bathrooms. Pullularia may be pink or black in color. Although it seldom causes infections, it can be allergenic. This is one type of mold that is a type of mildew. It will grow in cooler climates and along with cladosporium is commonly found growing on siding.
This mold is frequently found in house dust, soil, fruits, nuts and seeds. Rhizopus often grows in fruit and vegetable garbage, or in forgotten leftover food. Exposure to large numbers of rhizopus spores has reportedly caused respiratory complications. Rhizopus can be an allergen and opportunistic pathogen for immune-compromised individuals, especially those with diabetic ketoacidosis, malnutrition, severe burns or in some cases, the common cold.
Reddish yeast typically found in moist environments such as carpeting, cooling coils and drain pans. In some countries it is the most common yeast genus identified in indoor air. This yeast has been reported to be allergenic. Positive skin tests have been reported. It has colonized terminally ill patients.
This is a mold that is found in moist and damp environment. They are found on plants and around window sills and air conditioning ducts; both are indoors and outdoors.
This mold is commonly found in soil, dead trees, pine needles, paper and unglazed ceramics. It often will grow on other fungi. It produces antibiotics that are toxic to humans. It has been reported to be allergenic. It readily degrades cellulose.
Reference Description Environmental Chemicals
Uses include a feed supplement for cattle, in hair shampoo, in textile printing, in the glue that bonds plywood, as an ingredient in nutritive media for yeast, in cleaning products and as cough medicine. It is the active ingredient in many antiperspirants, usually used in aerosol antiperspirants.
Drinking water, bleach and disinfectants contain chlorine. It induces pain and inflammation of mouth, throat and stomach. It can also cause confusion, delirium, respiratory tract irritation, pulmonary edema, skin eruptions, and vomiting. Exposure to chlorine has been linked to an increase in blood pressure, diabetes, anemia’s, heart disease, gastrointestinal and urinary tract cancer and asthma.
Deltamethrin products are among some of the most popular and widely used insecticides in the world; helpful in eliminating and preventing a wide variety of household pests, especially spiders, fleas, ticks, carpenter ants, cockroaches and bedbugs. It can also be found in mosquito sprays and nets. Deltamethrin however should always be treated with caution. When care is not taken, deltamethrin poisoning can occur.
Is commonly found in toothpaste and water. Clinical studies have shown that fluoride contributes to osteoporosis and long-term exposure produces osteosclerosis.
This is most commonly found in jewelry, watches, eye glasses and zippers, and may cause allergic contact dermatitis and worsen areas of eczema.
Once important in western herbal medicine, it is now used mainly as a fixative and base note in perfumery, as well as an ingredient in many brands of gin. This is also the substance left out of products that are labeled hypo-allergenic.
Reference Description Antibiotics/Anti-inflammatory agents
Acetaminophen [AI] Anti-inflammatory
Acetaminophen relieves pain and fever, but has less of an effect on pain caused by autoimmune diseases. Acetaminophen has very few side effects and is generally well tolerated. Rare side effects such as blood disorders, abdominal pain, nausea, and increased liver enzymes can occur. Fulminant hepatic failure leading to death occurs when a person ingests 24 gms in a day.
Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) [AI]
ASA relieves pain, acts as an antipyretic and anti-inflammatory. It is also an anticoagulant. Possible side effects include GI tract bleeding, tinnitus, hearing/vision impairment, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and confusion.
Amoxicillin [AB] Antibiotic
Amoxicillin is used to treat ENT infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, skin infections, and UTI’s. It is also used in combination with other drugs to treat H. Pylori infections. People allergic to penicillin or cephalosporins should not use amoxicillin, or if the person has asthma, liver or kidney disease, mononucleosis, or blood clotting disorder. It may block the effects of oral contraceptives. Common side effects include skin rash, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Up to 10% of children will develop a maculopapular ra rash 3 days after starting amoxicillin, known as “amoxicillin rash.” Up to 90% of patients with infectious mononucleosis will also develop a rash if they are taking amoxicillin.
Ampicillin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic primarily used to treat respiratory, urinary tract, and salmonella infections, meningitis and endocarditis. Possible side effects include Clostridium difficile colitis and anaphylaxis.
Sulindac (Clinoril) [AI]
Sulindac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to reduce pain, swelling, and joint stiffness from arthritis and can be used in gouty arthritis.27 Side effects include upset stomach and blood pressure elevation. It should be used with caution in patients with a history of asthma, bleeding or clotting problems, nasal polyps, and heart disease.
Diclofenac is an NSAID that is mainly used for arthritis, analgesia, to reduce inflammation, and chronic pain associated with cancer. Diclofenac is one of the better tolerated NSAIDs, and side effects can include gastrointestinal complaints, liver damage, and heart attack.18
Diflunisal is an NSAID and is used to reduce pain, swelling, joint stiffness caused by arthritis. It may cause heart attack and stroke. The risk may be greater if you already have heart problems or if you take diflunisal for an extended period of time. It also may cause an increased risk of serious and sometimes fatal stomach ulcers and bleeding. Elderly patients may be at greater risk.
Gentamicin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Main applications of gentamicin include abdomen, urinary tract, eye or skin infections, endocarditis, and sepsis. Side effects include nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite. It may cause hearing problems.
Ibuprofen is an NSAID that is mainly used for the treatment of fever, mild to moderate pain from inflammation, headache, dental pain, menstrual cramps, and arthritis. Side effects may include nausea, dyspepsia, elevated liver enzymes, and diarrhea. Long term use can lead to stomach bleeding and perforation.
Indomethacin is an NSAID that is primarily used to reduce fever, pain and joint stiffness due to gout, arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. Side effects may include dyspepsia, headache, dizziness, and mental changes.7
Ketoprofen is an NSAID with analgesic and antipyretic effects. It is used to treat pain due to arthritis, menstrual cramps, dental pain, postherpetic neuralgia and musculoskeletal conditions. It is also available in creams, gels, ointments, and sprays. Ketoprofen is superior to most other NSAIDs in treating pain. Side effects include constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, headaches, and dizziness.
Naproxen is an NSAID that is used to treat arthritis, headaches, dental pain, gout, swelling, inflammation, and menstrual cramps. It has an anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, and analgesic effect. Side effects can include heartburn, nausea and vomiting, and dizziness.
Neomycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic belonging to the group of the aminoglycosides and is typically used as a topical preparation against gram-negative bacteria. It is the 5th most prevalent allergen, and allergic reactions to it are common.7
Nystatin [AF] Antifungal
Nystatin is used as a treatment for fungal disease. Many molds are sensitive to Nystatin, most notably Candida and Cryptococcus. Fungal infections on skin, mucous membranes and in the gastrointestinal tract. Generally, Nystatin is well tolerated; rare side effects may occur. Gastrointestinal symptoms and allergic reactions are possible.18
Penicillamine is an immunosuppressant drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It is also a chelating drug, used in Wilson’s disease and arsenic poisoning. It is nephrotoxic, hepatotoxic, and can cause aplastic anemia. Side effects include: abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea. Due to its teratogenic effects, taking Penicillamine is prohibited during pregnancy.
Penicillin was the first antibiotic and discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928. It is used primarily for Streptococcal infections, upper respiratory infections, scarlet fever, and erysipelas. Misuse has made many types of bacteria resistant to penicillin. Allergic reactions include shortness of breath, skin rash, joint pains, facial swelling.
Piroxicam is an NSAID with analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects. It is used for arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Side effects include indigestion, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness and depression.16
Streptomycin is an antibiotic that is used against infective endocarditis, tuberculosis, and plague. Side effects include rash, and damage to the vestibular nerve.
Sulfamethoxazole is an antibiotic that is primarily used to treat pneumonia and urinary tract infections. Common side effects can include: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, skin problems, leukopenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia.
Tetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that can be used against many bacterial infections including acne, anthrax, chlamydia, Rickettsia, and Lyme’s disease among others. Side effects may include teeth discoloration and hypersensitivity to sunlight.7
Medicinal Herbs & Functional Foods
50 Medicinal Herbs & Functional Foods
Sometimes called the Amazon’s perfect “super berry” and is believed to be an exceptional antioxidant. May help build the body’s natural defenses against infection and disease. Protects the body from free radicals that can attack and destroy cells. The fatty acids contained in Acai are believed to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, improve blood circulation and reduce the risk of arteriosclerosis, stroke and heart attack.
This flowering succulent has long been used in Mexico as an antiseptic, diuretic, laxative and for its healing/anti-inflammatory properties. The Agave syrup is used as a sugar substitute.
This remarkable emollient is used to smooth wrinkles, heal skin irritations, soothe burns and draw out infection from wounds. Aloe Vera has attracted the interest of healthcare providers for its ability to help heal burns. Aloe Vera is a natural source of beta-carotene, minerals, amino acids and the important antioxidant vitamins (A, C, E and B1, B2 and B3). Aloe Vera may help digestive issues and inflammation.
The herb acts as an overall tonic and works to stimulate the immune system and improving mental clarity and physical performance and is also reputed to enhance longevity.
Is believed to support and enhance the immune system. Many people also use it as an overall good-health tonic to support healthy digestion and to help increase energy levels and stamina. Caution: Should not be used in client taking anti-hypertensives. Avoid using together.
An extraordinarily nourishing food, a powerhouse of essential vitamins, amino acids, minerals, antioxidants and many more. Try it as a support for improved digestion and increased energy.
A popular nutritious supplement that may help to enhance vitality, build up the immune system and increase stamina and strength. Bee pollen is a concentrated source of the B vitamin complex.
Research shows that bilberry reduces eye irritation, nearsightedness and night-vision. It also extends range and clarity of vision. It may fortify veins and capillaries.
An exceptional laxative that relieves constipation and promotes bowel regularity. It may lower cholesterol levels, as well as burn off fatty materials and toxins in the blood. Black Walnut is often used to expel internal parasites.
Sometimes called “the world’s favorite laxative,” Cascara is a natural way to cleanse the colon (usually acting overnight). Cascara also stimulates the production of gastric juices and can be a mild and effective treatment for chronic constipation.
Contains the highest source of chlorophyll of any known plant. It is a nutrient-dense super food that contains protein, vitamins, essential amino acids and important minerals. It is used to improve digestion, purify the blood and enhance immune function.
Chondroitin occurs naturally in the body. It is a major component of cartilage, which is the connective tissue that cushions the joints. Supplements can be derived from natural sources such as shark or bovine cartilage or of a synthetic product. Chondrotin helps in the production of new cartilage.
Both leaves and roots are considered to be a superior blood cleanser and excellent tonic that may help detoxify the liver and gallbladder.
Believed to be one of the most powerful natural antibiotics and immune boosters. Echinacea’s antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal qualities help to stimulate the body’s resistance to infection by increasing white cell counts. Echinacea can be used for treatment of external wounds, as it may slow or stop the growth of bacteria.
Elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
Used for its antioxidant activity and boosting the immune system it may help with coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections. Elderberries contain amino acids, Vitamin A, B and a large amount of vitamin C.
Known as essiac tea as it also called, is a herbal remedy comprised of four individual herbs, burdock root, slippery elm, sheep sorrel, and Indian rhubarb root. It is best known for treating cancers, but is purported to help with various other conditions.
The most common use is for limiting the severity of migraine headaches, including the pain, nausea, dizziness and light sensitivity. The herb has been used to lower fever and treat menstrual disorders and inflammation.
Has been used in treating memory loss, degenerative diseases of the brain and central nervous system. Because ginkgo increases the circulation of blood and oxygen to all parts of the body, the herb is an effective overall tonic that aids in the treatment of a variety of conditions.
Glucosamine is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage. Most supplements are made from the outer shells of shrimp, lobster and crab. Glucosamine supports the structure and function of joints.
Also called “wolfberry,” this herb has been used in China for over 2,000 years. Goji is an excellent antioxidant as demonstrated in studies to increase levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and to lower lipid peroxidases (both good). It has also been shown to help improve lymphocyte transformation and macrophage phagocytic function, as well as cancer prevention, liver protection and for vision improvement.
Has the reputation as a herbal antibiotic and immune system enhancer. Goldenseal is used for colds and other respiratory tract infections. It is also applied to wounds and badly healing sores.
Grape Seed Extract
Known for its excellent antioxidant properties, it is used as an aid for conditions related to the heart and blood vessels, such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high blood pressure, high cholesterol and poor circulation. Studies have shown the antioxidant activity of these specific bioflavonoids is 20 to 50 times greater than beta carotene or vitamin C or E at scavenging specific free radicals.
Contains a high amount of guaranine and is primarily used to boost energy. It is a chemical substance with the same characteristics as caffeine. Guarana has 2 times more caffeine than coffee. Guarana is an ingredient of herbal tea or contained in capsules and used in sweetened or carbonated soft drinks and energy shots.
Due to its non-toxic nature and sweetness-suppressing abilities, gymnema sylvestre is a common ingredient in blends for glucose control, insulin resistance, obesity and hyperglycemia. Currently it is one of the major botanicals being administered for those suffering from diabetes as it may help in controlling healthy blood sugar levels.
Used to promote health of the circulation system, many healthcare professionals use hawthorn to help strengthen the heart. It is also a good antioxidant and has some support from recent research studies done in Germany.
Huperzine has antioxidant and neuroprotective properties that suggest that it may be useful as memory support. It is currently being investigated as a possible treatment for diseases characterized by neurodegeneration, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Perhaps best known for its relaxing qualities. Several studies have found that kava root may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and related nervous disorders. Reports linking kava with liver damage has prompted regulatory agencies in Europe and Canada to warn consumers of the potential risks associated with this herb.
Lo Han is fruit from a plant cultivated in the mountains of Southern China. Lo Han has a pleasant and sweet taste without elevating blood sugar. Lo Han is much sweeter than sugar.
Lutein provides nutritional support to our eyes and skin – the only organs of the body directly exposed to the outside environment. Lutein may demonstrate benefits for macular degeneration. Lutein also has antioxidant properties. Excess lutein may result in bronzing of the skin, called carotenodermia.
Rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best immuno-stimulants known. Used in Oriental medicine for over three thousand years. Maitake contains beta-glucan which has been shown to stimulate the immune system by activating certain immune cells, namely natural killer cells (NK cells) and stimulate the activation of at least one interleukin molecule.
Milk Thistle (Silymarin)
Used for over 2,000 years as an herbal remedy for liver ailments. It has been used to treat chronic liver disease and protect the liver against toxins. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Can provide healing abilities from its flowers, leaves and root. Used to remedy respiratory problems, due to its expectorant properties that stimulate the cough reflex, helping to clear out congestion and expelling excess respiratory phlegm and mucus.
Used for thousands of years in the South Pacific as a tonic that boosts the immune system and supports the entire body. In traditional Polynesian medicine, Noni has been used for many health conditions. Noni has high antioxidant properties.
Pau d'Arco Bark
One of the best known herbs from the Amazonian rainforest and used as whole herb to treat a wide range of conditions. The scientific study of pau d’arco is still very preliminary. There is a great deal of practical evidence, however, that pau d’arco may be used to treat flu, parasites and yeast infections.
Pine Bark (Pycnogenol)
Proponents claim that pine bark extract is a powerful antioxidant. It has potent antioxidant effects, ranking with Vitamin E, C and lipoic acid.
Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice is a product of yeast that is grown on rice. It is marketed as Cholestin. Red yeast rice has been used with diet, exercise and medical care to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
The active constituents are thought to include both beta-glucan polysaccharides and triterpenes. Reishi mushroom is as an immune stimulant. They have been used in China and Japan for years as a health tonic and as folk medicine. In Traditional Chinese medicine, reishi mushrooms are classified in a group of herbs known as Fu Zheng, which Chinese herbalists believe are the most powerful herbs for all-around strength, health and longevity.
It is found in high concentrations in the skin of the grape. Has been shown to reduce inflammation and contains antioxidants called polyphend and seems to play a role in protecting it from invading bacteria and fungi.
An adaptogenic herb and may help to prevent or reduce risk of disease. Its root has been used in traditional medicine in Russia and the Scandinavian countries for centuries. Numerous studies of rhodiola in humans and animals have shown that it helps prevent fatigue, stress and the damaging effects of oxygen deprivation. Evidence also suggests that it has an antioxidant effect, enhances immune system function.
Becoming more popular in Western countries due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves. Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating allergies, asthma and dermatological problems.
For thousands of years the herb has been cherished as an anti-aging tonic that is believed to increase stamina, mental clarity and help fight against fatigue and stress.
Senna is used in modern medicine as a laxative, acting on the lower bowel, it is especially useful in alleviating constipation. This popular herbal laxative has made its way into multiple products on the cleansing market.
Spirulina the richest beta carotene food and is easily digested. It powerfully protects from oxidant stress and strongly supports the immune system with many antioxidants. This tiny aquatic plant has been eaten by humans since prehistoric times and is grown worldwide as a healthy food.
St. John’s Wort
It has been used for depression and other emotional disorders. St. John’s Wort has also been used as a sedative. It can be used as a balm for wounds, burns and insect bites. Today, St. John’s Wort is sometimes used for sleep disorders.
Nature’s sugar substitute that is said to be an all-natural, zero-calorie alternative to refined sugar. People who ingest stevia daily often report a decrease in their desire for sweets and fatty foods, which may be very helpful for dieters.
Valerian is believed to have been used since the time of ancient Greece and Rome. It was used as a folk remedy for a variety of conditions such as sleeping problems, digestive complaints, nervousness and tension headaches. Valerian’s popularity waned with the introduction of prescription sleep medication.
Vinpocetine is thought to increase blood circulation in the brain, which may explain why some preliminary studies suggest that it may reduce brain impairment and dementia after an ischemic stroke. Vinpocetine is also being explored as a complementary treatment for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Packed with vitamins, minerals and all the amino acids necessary to build and maintain a healthy system, wheat grass helps to boost your natural immunity, increase your stamina and energy and may also reduce your risk of some serious diseases.
Used by herbalists to improve digestion and to fight worm infestations. It was also regarded as a useful remedy for liver and gallbladder problems.
Yellow dock is primarily used in the treatment of digestive problems, liver diseases and skin disorders. Yellow dock is also used to help support and restore liver function.
Additional Female/Male Herbs
This excellent source of nutrients is a digestive aid. It is said to alkalize and detoxify the body. Alfalfa is very high in chlorophyll.
An excellent way to improve the body’s resistance to damaging environmental influences, this herb is also used by many athletes for overall body strengthening and endurance. American ginseng has long been used as an aphrodisiac. It can be found in some energy drinks.
From the sunflower family, arnica has been used medicinally for centuries. The roots contain derivatives of thymol, which may have some anti-inflammatory effect. Arnica is currently used as a ointment preparation for strains, sprains and bruises.
Famous for its beneficial effects on women’s health, this herb is said to provide relief from menstrual problems (including PMS) and may be a natural way to ease menopausal discomforts.
Blessed Thistle is an old and revered “bitter” herb that is well known for its use in promoting a healthy gastrointestinal system. It is a fine overall tonic that stimulates good digestion, healthy liver function, gallbladder function and promotes general good health.
Blue Cohosh is an Important “women’s herb” that was introduced to early American settlers by Native Americans for menstrual problems such as cramps and muscle spasms. Modern herbalists still use it to treat women’s health problems, as well as bronchitis and rheumatism.
First mentioned in Chinese medical texts as early as A.D. 200, bupleurum is considered a deep liver cleanser that helps rid the body of toxins and may ease hepatitis, the gallbladder, spleen and digestive ailments. It also invigorates the circulatory system and promotes health.
Boswellia is an important herb in ancient Ayurvedic medicine - revered for its anti-inflammatory qualities. It may relieve muscle pain, joint pain and aches associated with arthritis, gout, carpal tunnel syndrome and osteoarthritis. There are normally no side effects by the steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications usually prescribed for these conditions.
Buchu Leaf is known to strengthen the urinary system and is used to ease inflammation of the bladder, reduce bloating and excess water weight, alleviate painful urination and reduce swelling of the prostate.
Helps to rid the body of toxins and clear congestion from the circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory and urinary systems. It is said to soothe the aches and pains of arthritis, alleviate excess water weight and help to keep the skin clear and healthy.
Butcher’s Broom Root
Used to relieve excess fluid in the system, a bloated feeling, varicose veins and swelling brought on by excess water or poor circulation.
Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities have been used for centuries to ease skin infections, ulcerations, diaper rash and varicose veins. The herb is also said to help support the healthy digestion process. Calendula is widely used in cosmetics for its toning and soothing effects.
Cat's Claw has become widely recognized as a superior immune stimulant with antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory qualities. It is said to be a “life-giving” tonic.
Primarily used for centuries as an aphrodisiac and libido stimulant for males and females, as well as a tonic to fortify the nervous system. It is said to calm the nerves, relieve insomnia, ease anxiety, restlessness, depression and emotional stress.
An herb derived from the common desert shrubs. Native to the Southwestern United States, the leaves and stem of these desert plants have been used for centuries by Native American healers. Twentieth century herbalists had come to view chaparral as an effective blood purifier. It has strong anti-inflammation effects and can be applied as a antiseptic to wounds.
An old and trusted “woman’s herb” that is great for easing the discomforts of menstruation and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), including water retention, mood swings, pain and nervous tension. Menopausal women rely on it as well for alleviating their hormone-related discomforts.
A Chinese herb that has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a remedy for a variety of skin ailments. It is used as a reproductive aid and aphrodisiac that increases sexual desire in both men and women. It can assist the body in producing nitric oxide, which relaxes smooth muscles and works to encourage healthy sexual function. It has been used for treatment of male sexual dysfunction.
It has been used to relieve cramps of all kinds, including menstrual pains. Relaxes muscles and eases spasms of the lower back and legs. Cramp bark is also said to support uterine function, help regulate excessive blood flow during menstruation and menopause. Helps ease postpartum, uterine and ovarian pain.
An ancient tonic that lifts the spirits, perks up lost vitality and energy and promotes an overall feeling of well-being. It also has a reputation as a sexual stimulant and rejuvenator and has been used to treat sexual impotence and infertility in both males and females. Women have found it helpful when looking for relief of the discomforts of painful menstruation.
Or “Female Ginseng,” as it is sometimes called, is an age-old, natural way to support a woman’s health and reproductive system. It is thought to relieve the discomforts of menopause and premenstrual syndrome. Dong Quai has been used to regulate monthly cycles in women.
Contains a high concentration of a fatty acid called GLA. This is essential for cell structure and improved skin elasticity. It has a long tradition of relieving menstrual complaints (including cyclical breast pain) and promotes overall good health.
Its greatest value came in relieving female disorders of the reproductive organs, including menstrual and menopausal symptoms. It is also thought to help genitourinary complaints and infertility.
A soothing, tonic herb that has been used for centuries in China to rejuvenate the body, combat premature aging and promote longevity. This herb is said to strengthen the liver, kidneys and reproductive systems. Traditional herbalists say it restores vitality, energy and fertility.
Also known as centella and asiatic, this herb has a reputation for alleviating fatigue and depression and treating memory loss and anxiety.
Horny Goat Weed
Used for two thousand years in China as a powerful aphrodisiac for both women and men. Further, it is said to be effective in restoring sexual desire in both sexes, enhancing erectile function and increasing sperm production in men. This herb is also said to be effective in reducing fatigue, increasing energy and alleviating menopausal discomforts.
Used to improve the circulatory system. It strengthens capillary walls and dilates blood vessels, which helps to relieve varicose veins, phlebitis, swollen ankles and local edema. This herb may reduce blood clots and hardening of the arteries.
A healing herb, rich in nutrients and high in silica, which helps the body absorb calcium. It promotes strong and healthy nails, teeth, hair, skin and perhaps most importantly, strong bones. This is particularly beneficial for countering the bone loss and osteoporosis experienced by menopausal women.
Soothes mucous membranes and alleviates respiratory ailments, such as bronchitis, dry cough and other lung problems. Like many other bountiful nutrients from the ocean, irish moss is a wonderful tonic for maintaining youthful, clear skin. It has anti-inflammatory effects.
Promotes urine flow, helps to clear the kidneys, bladder and prostate of toxic wastes, while at the same time helping to combat urinary infections in both men and women. Well-known in the kitchen and as a flavoring for gin, juniper berry’s warm, aromatic qualities aid digestion. It also helps to relieve arthritis and painful joints.
Women have used this to alleviate unpleasant symptoms of menopause. Long considered it to be an overall body tonic, korean ginseng is believed to vitalize, strengthen and rejuvenate the entire body.
Soothe headaches, calm nerves and stress. Lavender is an antibacterial property for the skin. Moreover, it is an effective tonic that can improve sleep.
The herb has been used for centuries to soothe tension. It will not only alleviate stress and anxiety, but is said to improve memory and mental function. It also helps to relieve indigestion.
Recent experiments have claimed that this herb may be helpful to smokers who wish to “quit the habit” and have tried all other remedies without success. It is believed to make the taste of nicotine repulsive. Lobelia may calm the nerves and relax the muscles of the body.
Lycopene is found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, such as red carrots, watermelons and papayas (but not strawberries or cherries). Numerous studies correlate high intake of lycopene-containing foods or high lycopene serum levels with reduced incidence of many diseases.
Used for centuries to increase vitality, promote libido, fertility and sexual performance and stamina. It is also used to relieve the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), as well as enhance energy and strength during athletic performance.
Aids the body expel excess fluid. It sooths the mucous membranes. The herb is good for easing bladder infection, digestive upsets, intestinal disorders, kidney problems and sinusitis.
The mistletoe leaves and young twigs are used by herbalists for treating circulatory and respiratory problems.
Provides support for women’s health, easing menstrual cramps, PMS and the symptoms of menopause. May help to alleviate stress, depression, anxiety and nervous disorders as it is also considered a relaxant.
Used as an effective aphrodisiac. It is still used to increase libido in both men and women due to its dopamine inducing properties. Dopamine has a profound influence on sexual function. Mucuna pruriens seeds have also been found to improve mood.
Said to be a powerful aphrodisiac for both men and women. It has been used to correct sexual dysfunction impotence in men and frigidity in women. It is also believed to enhance arousal and prolong the sexual experience.
Known as a powerful natural antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and an antifungal. Myrrh has been used to relieve pain and alleviate skin disorders.
Nettle’s purported anti-inflammatory effects have been repeatedly confirmed by modern research. It is particularly effective in treating allergic rhinitis and relieving nearly all the symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose. Has been shown to be a diuretic.
Removes gas from the digestive system. Can be used for upset stomachs and may cleanse toxins from the body through the skin. The herb is also used for digestive issues that relieve indigestion, flatulence and grumbling in the intestines. Use only as directed.
Used in herbal medicine for thousands of years for its tranquilizing effect on the nerves, pain relieving effect on muscles and purifying effect on the blood. Best known for its antispasmodic capabilities.
A powerful, reliable and safe way to destroy internal parasites. Sometimes called a “Male Tonic,” pumpkin seeds are a natural way to revitalize the prostate gland, treat inflamed bladder and stimulate male hormone production. Protein and nutrient-rich pumpkin seeds contain four times the amount of beta-carotene than carrots.
The drug of choice for prostate disorders. It has been effective in treating enlarged prostate or benign hyperplasia (BPH), inflamed prostate and urinary problems associated with prostate complaints (particularly frequent nighttime urination and diminished volume).
Red Clover Flower
Called one of “God’s greatest blessings to man” and is said to be a wonderful blood purifier and cleanser, it has been used to treat serious invasive disease, debilitating wasting diseases, excess mucus in the lungs and elsewhere, irritable bowel, gout, kidney and liver ailments.
Red Raspberry Leaf
It is rich in minerals and vitamins that promote the health of hair, skin, nails, bones and teeth and is said to provide relief for heavy cramping and excessive bleeding during menstruation. Also, useful for PMS symptoms.
Long used in China to replenish vitality, rehmannia is becoming popular in the West for fatigue to help with circulation and regulate menstruation.
Has long been used as a blood purifier and tonic that boosts stamina and energy. Sarsaparilla is considered an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and has a good tonic effect on the body.
Helpful in treating many prostate disorders, including prostate enlargement and the discomforts of frequent urination. As an overall tonic for good health, it is also an expectorant. Many herbalists consider saw palmetto to be an aphrodisiac for both men and women.
It helps to support the body’s resistance to infection during prolonged periods of physical and mental stress. Athletes who want to increase performance and endurance favor its stamina-building benefits. Siberian ginseng’s stress-fighting capacities have been useful in treating problems with concentration and environmental sensitivity.
A natural way to ease frayed nerves, relax and get a restful sleep. May help with premenstrual syndrome and monthly cramps. Skull cap is also considered very useful for alleviating the difficulties of barbiturate and drug withdrawal.
This lubricating and nutritious herb coats irritated areas, allowing the body to heal itself. Its high level of mucilage helps to soothe a sore throat, ease indigestion and lubricate the bowel.
It is used to relieve painful menstruation cramps.
Stinging Nettle Root
A naturally nutritious way to help maintain a healthy urinary tract and flush toxins from your system. It is said to help reduce fatigue. Nettle is also considered an age-old remedy for allergies and respiratory problems.
Believed to increase the body’s levels of testosterone, the herb is widely used to enhance muscle growth and boost body strength. It is said to be the closest and strongest natural herbal alternative to synthetic hormones. It is believed to effectively treat sexual dysfunction and boost a low sex drive.
Used for centuries as a mild diuretic with powerful antiseptic qualities that help to remedy a full range of urinary tract infections, such as prostatitis, cystitis and urethritis It helps to eliminate wastes and toxins.
Deer Antler Velvet
Contains many substances including amino acids, minerals, proteins, anti-inflammatory peptides, hormones, gangliosides, glycosaminoglycans and insulin-like growth factor-1. In traditional Chinese medicine, antler velvet has been used for over 2000 years as a tonic.
White Willow Bark
Ingredients in white willow bark contain compounds from which aspirin was derived. This natural painkiller contains the beneficial effects of aspirin without the side effects typically associated with synthetic aspirin products.
High in plant hormones, which may be synthesized by the body to support its own hormone health. For women who want to continue the normal balance of hormones, benefit from relief of pains and aches or simply enjoy overall good health.
Lab tests show that yarrow contains flavonoids (plant-based chemicals) that increase saliva and stomach acid, helping to improve digestion. Yarrow may also relax smooth muscle in the intestine and uterus, which can relieve stomach and menstrual cramps.
Excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Similar to green tea yet higher in nutritional value. Yerba maté contains 27% more active nutritional compounds than green tea. This is a powerful antioxidant found to stimulate the immune system and aid in protecting against disease.
Considered a potent and effective aphrodisiac for both men and women. In men, it is said to be particularly effective in boosting sexual performance. It is particularly useful in cases of impotence and erectile dysfunction, whether brought on by age, stress or fatigue. Yohimbe also has antioxidant effects.
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Alcat – A New Cellular Test for Food Sensitivity. Dr.. P.J. Fell, Dr. J. Brostoff, S. Soulsby, S.R.N.
Alcat– A New Test for Food Induced Problems in Medicine? Dr. P.J. Fell, Dr J. Brostoff, Dr H. O’Donnell, Dr A. O’Connor, Dr E. Charig
Alcuni Particolari Della Dieta in Medicina Estetica (Comments On Diets In Esthetic Medicine). J.R. Cabo-Soler M.D.
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Cellular Responses to Food in Irritable Bowel Syndrome- an Investigation of the Alcat Test. Peter J. Fell M.D., Sally Soulsby SRN, Jonathan Brostoff MA DM DSc FRCP FRCPath
Diagnostic Value of Alcat Test in Intolerance to Food Additives Compared With Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled (DBPC) Oral Challenges. Fell PJ, Brostoff, J,, Pasula MJ.
Food Intolerance in Patients with Angiodema and Chronic Urticaria an Investigation by RAST and Alcat Test. Lene Høj M.D.
Gastrointestinal Complaints Related to Diet. Douglas H. Sandberg, M.D.
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