This is a thumbnail image of a sample Mediator Release Test (MRT) result for food sensitivity. This person shows reactivity to white potato, eggplant, peas, cauliflower, celery, sweet potato and tomato. This information can be used to create an INCLUSION diet with non-reactive or green foods, one less likely to trigger an adverse reaction.
MRT measures mediator release for 150 foods and chemicals in the following categories: Chemicals (such as naturally occurring plus food dyes, popular painkillers, food additives, etc.); Dairy; Flavor Enhancers (eg spices); Fruits; Vegetables; Grains; Seafood; Meats & Poultry; Miscellaneous (eg coffee, tea); and Beans/Nuts/Legumes.
Mediator Release Testing is unique from other food sensitivity tests in important ways:
- Higher accuracy: Sensitivity 94.5%, Specificity 91.7%, Split Sample Reproducibility >90%
- Measures cell-mediated type IV hypersensitivities, a type of reaction not diagnosed with IgG or IgE methods but very common in IBS and many other chronic conditions.
- Measures reactive chemicals: MRT not only measures food reactions but clinically relevant reactions to food chemicals. Food chemicals and additives can be a significant source of persistent symptoms in sensitive individuals.
- MRT also quantifies the strength of each reaction. This allows the building of a healthy diet starting with least reactive foods first, and sequentially adding other foods to greatly improve patient outcomes.
To see how MRT works, click on the MRT Animation tab to the right, and navigate through other pages for additional information.
What in your diet might be involved in your IBS or other symptoms?
A pre-consultation can determine if food sensitivities might be an overlooked contributor to your chronic symptoms. Click on the About/Contact tab to inquire.