Food Allergies

Is it an Allergy?


Food allergies and sensitivities are more common these days. With the increase in pesticides, genetically modified foods, and food transportation demands, food allergies and sensitivities can contribute to health issues that go un-diagnosed.


Food allergy is an IgE immune system response that is typically characterized by hives, shortness of breath, upset stomach and in some cases anaphylaxis. The most common food allergies are to nuts, shellfish, wheat and dairy. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, only about 4% of the United States population has a food allergy. The Lymphocyte Response Assay (LRA) Test does not detect Food Allergy.

Food Sensitivities, on the other hand, is much more common than food allergies and is characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. It has been stated that upwards of 70-80% of the US population has food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause. The LRA Test is now considered the, “gold standard” laboratory method for identification of non-IgE mediated reactions to foods, chemicals, and other substances.

LRA can test hundreds of foods, molds, food additives, and environmental toxins.

LRA test results can help your doctor determine a child or adult’s individual allergy profile. Dr. Catalano can then use this profile to work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. This might include nutrition and tips to help you reduce exposure to your specific allergic triggers, including rhinitis triggers, asthma triggers, and food allergy triggers. We can test for specific allergic triggers with just one sample of blood.

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