Jenna Wunder, Registered Dietitian
Jenna Wunder RD, MPH is a dietitian specializing in whole foods nutrition, the GAPS diet protocol, ALCAT Sensitivity Testing, Candida O... read more
ALCAT Food Sensitivity Testing
Food allergy is an immediate immune response often characterized by hives, shortness of breath, upset stomach, and in some cases anaphylaxis. The ALCAT is not a “food allergy” test, but rather helps to identify “food intolerance.”
Food intolerance is much more common than food allergies. However, as a delayed immune response, symptoms can occur anywhere from 12 hours to 3 or more days after consumption or exposure. Symptoms range from everything from digestive problems, migraines, and obesity to fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. It has been suggested that upwards of 70-80% of the US population have treatable food intolerance. Unfortunately from a conventional perspective, symptoms linked to food intolerance are too often identified as individual syndromes, or named illness such as chronic fatigue, irritable bowel, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, and even autoimmune disorders, AD(H)D, Autism, and the list goes on. Essentially, this results in labeling the individual and putting out fires (i.e. treating symptoms) but ignoring the cause.
Too often doctors and other clinicians have relied on inaccurate test such as blood IgG, which are debatable as people are led to believe they are “intolerant” to everything they eat most. This is not reasonable and is in fact widely criticized due to shifting and inconsistent results based on what the individual consumed prior to testing… But there is a better way. The ALCAT, unlike IgG testing, is more meaningful based on our experience, and following its recommendations consistently leads to clinical improvements.
What is ALCAT?
The ALCAT Test is a highly sensitive, objective test for assessing which foods you may be “intolerant” or “sensitive” to. The test identifies reactions to over 350 foods, chemicals, and other substances associated with inflammation that are linked to chronic health problems like migraines, aching joints, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, hyperactivity/ADD, asthma, and even obesity. Food intolerance symptoms generally come on gradually and don’t involve an immediate immune system reaction. If you have a food intolerance, you may be able to eat small amounts of the offending food without trouble. Food sensitivities, food additives and preservatives, molds, and chemicals that the ALCAT tests for can sometimes be the only contributing factor, but most often they are accompanied by one or more other health factors leading to an imbalance in health. However, that stated, food sensitivities, chemical or mold sensitivities, food additives, and preservatives are some of the most common causes of vague clinical symptoms, and making changes in the diet in response to your ALCAT results consistently produces significant reduction in symptoms.
ALCAT is not an “allergy” or IgE test. Our body reacts to foods and chemicals in many different ways. One such way is in the form of an immediate allergic reaction. The ALCAT Test does not specifically test for this type of classic or “true” food allergy. Therefore, if you already know that you have a Type 1 or IgE mediated allergy then you must continue to avoid those items regardless of the results of the ALCAT Test. If you have a true food allergy, even a tiny amount of the offending food can cause an immediate, severe reaction. Digestive signs and symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, cramping, and diarrhea. Other signs and symptoms can include a tingling mouth, hives, and swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat. A life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis can cause breathing trouble and dangerously low blood pressure.
The ALCAT test has helped improve the health of hundreds of thousands of people around the world who suffer from a wide range of symptoms and illnesses. The test can pinpoint your personal “trigger foods,” foods as common as oranges or wheat that are contributing to you health problems. The test is especially useful for those who, after a proper medical evaluation, are having continued problems with alimentary or gastro-intestinal intolerance, which affects their overall nutritional status. In addition, prolonged exposure to intolerable foods, even in minute doses, can cause a chronic and smoldering body-wide inflammatory response that can be associated with symptoms in many seemingly unrelated areas of your individual health. This test does not have any contraindications because it is NOT a treatment; it just helps the diagnosis in case of food intolerance.
ALCAT Programs & Pricing
Our clinic offers ALCAT testing at a reduced price along with a complementary 1-hour in-clinic or video/phone consultation with Jenna Wunder, our clinic Registered Dietician.
200 Foods Panel- $535: Apple, Butternut Squash, Chicken, Egg Yolk, Lamb, Pear, Sweet Potato, Yellow Squash, Baker’s Yeast, Cabbage, Cinnamon, Fructose, Lemon, Pork, Tomato, Banana, Cane Sugar, Cocoa, Garlic, Mustard Seed, Rice (Brown/White), Tuna, Barley, Cantaloupe, Corn, Gluten/Gliadin, Oat, Shrimp, Turkey, Beef, Carrot, Cottonseed, Grape, Onion, Soybean, Vanilla, Black Pepper, Casein, Cow’s Milk, Green Pea, Orange, Strawberry, Wheat, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Egg White, Iceberg Lettuce, Peanut, String Bean, White Potato, Almond, Blueberry, Cherry, Cucumber, Hops, Parsley, Rye, Tea, Asparagus, Brewer’s Yeast, Clam, Eggplant, Lime, Peach, Salmon, Watermelon, Avocado, Brussels Sprout, Coconut, Ginger, Lobster, Pecan, Scallop, Whey, Basil, Candida, Albicans, Codfish, Goat’s Milk, Millet, Pineapple, Sesame ,Bell Pepper Mix, Carob, Coffee, Grapefruit, Mushroom, Pinto Bean, Snapper, Cashew, Crab, Halibut, Olive, Plum, Sole yellow, Celery, Cranberry, Honey, Oregano, Psyllium, Spinach, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Dill, Kidney Bean, Nutmeg, Radish, Sea Bass, Veal, Apricot, Caraway, Duck, Kiwi, Oyster, Raspberry, Sunflower, Walnut, Artichoke, Cayenne Pepper, Fig, Lentil Bean, Papaya, Red Beet/Beet, Tapioca, Bay Leaf, Chickpea, Flaxseed, Lima Bean, Paprika, Sugar, Thyme, Blackberry, Clove, Haddock, Malt, Peppermint, Safflower, Tilapia, Black Beans, Cumin, Hazelnut, Mango, Pistachio, Sage, Trout, Black-Eyed Pea, Date, Honeydew Melon, Navy Bean, Pumpkin, Sardine/Herring, Turnip, Acorn Squash, Anchovies, Black currant, Bok choy, Brazil nut, Buffalo, Canola oil, Cardamon, Catfish, Chamomile, Chicken liver, Chili pepper, Coriander, Endive, Fava bean, Fennel, Flounder, Jalapeno, Kale, Kelp, Leaf lettuce, Leek, Licorice, Macadamia, Mahi Mahi, Maple sugar, Mackerel, Mung bean, Mussel, Nectarine, Okra, Parsnip, Pine nut, Pomegranate, Portabella mushroom, Quinoa, Romaine lettuce, Rosemary, Sheeps milk, Saffron, Scallions, Spelt, Squid, Swiss chard, Swordfish, Turmeric, Venison, Watercress, Wild rice, Zucchini squash. With 1 hr dietary consultation.
200 Foods Panel (Vegitarian) – $535: Acorn Squash, Adzuki Beans, Almond, Apple, Apricot, Arrow Root, Artichoke, Arugula, Asparagus, Avocado, Baker’s Yeast, Banana, Barley, Basil, Bay Leaf, Bell Pepper Mix, Black Beans, Black Currant, Black Pepper, Blackberry, Black-Eyed Pea, Blueberry, Bok Choy, Boston Bibb, (Butter) Lettuce, Brazil Nut, Brewer’s Yeast, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Cane Sugar, Cantaloupe, Carrot, Casein, Cauliflower, Cantaloupe, Capers, Caraway, Cardamom, Carob, Cashew, Cayenne Pepper, Celery, Chamomile, Cherry, Chia, Chickpea, Chicory, Chili Pepper, Clove, Chives, Chocolate, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Coconut, Coffee, Collard Greens, Coriander, Corn, Cow’s Milk, Cranberry, Cucumber, Cumin, Curry, Dandelion, Date, Dill Mix, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Eggplant, Endive, Escarole, Fava Bean, Fennel, Fig, Flaxseed, Fructose, Garlic, Ginger, Gluten/Gliadin, Goat’s milk, Grape, Grapefruit, Green Pea, Guava, Hazelnut, Hemp, Honey, Honeydew melon, Hops, Horseradish, Jalapeno Pepper, Kale, Kelp, Kidney Bean, Kiwi, Lactose, Leek, Lemon, Lentil Bean, Lettuce, Licorice, Lima Bean, Lime, Lychee, Macadamia, Malt, Mango, Maple Sugar, Millet, Molasses, Mung Bean, Mushroom, Mustard Seed, Mustard Greens , Navy Bean, Nectarine, Nutmeg, Nutritional Yeast, Oat, Okra, Olive, Onion, Orange, Oregano, Papaya, Parsley, Paprika, Parsnip, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pecan, Peppermint, Persimmon, Pine nut, Pineapple, Pinto bean, Pistachio, Plum, Pomegranate, Portobello Mushroom , Psyllium, Pumpkin, Quinoa, Radish, Raspberry, Red Beet, Red/Green Leaf , Lettuce, Rhubarb, Rice, Romaine Lettuce, Sugar, Safflower, Rosemary, Rye, Saffron, Scallion, Seaweed (Wakame), Sesame, Shallots, Sheep’s Milk, Shitake Mushroom, Sorghum, Soybean, Spaghetti Squash, Spearmint, Spelt, Spinach, Squash, Strawberry, String Bean, Tarragon, Tea, Teff, Thyme, Tomato, Turmeric, Turnip, Vanilla, Walnut, Watercress, Watermelon, Water Chestnut, Wheat, Whey, White Potato, Wild Rice, Yam, Yellow Squash, Zucchini
237 Foods Panel- $591: 200 foods + 37 Additional items: Adzuki Beans, Cannellini Beans, Collard Greens, Hemp, Mustard Greens, Shallots, Star Fruit, Water Chestnut, Arrow Root, Capers, Curry, Horseradish, Nutritional Yeast, Sheep’s Milk, Tangerine, Yam, Argugula, Chia, Dandelion, Lactose, Persimmon, Shitake Mushroom, Taro, Black Currant, Chicory, Escarole, Lychees, Rhubarb, Spaghetti Squash, Tarragon, Boston Bib, Lettuce, Chives, Guava, Molasses, Seaweed, Wakame, Spearmint, Teff
Comprehensive Wellness 2: 200 foods + 20 additives -$590: 200 Foods + additives- Aspartame, BHA, BHT, benzoic acid, erythritol, monosodium glutamate (MSG), polysorbate 80, potassium nitrate, saccharine, sorbic acid, sodium sulfite, blue #1, blue #2, green #3, red # 1, red #40, sucralose, xylitol, yellow #5, yellow #6. With 1 hr dietary consultation.
Comprehesive Wellness 1: 200 foods, 20 additives, 10 chemicals, 20 molds- $635: 200 Foods, 20 additive + 10 chemicals- Ammonium chloride, benzene, chlorine, celtamethrin, fluoride, formaldehyde, celtamethrin, glyphosate, orris root, phenol, toluene. & 20 molds - Alternaria, aspergillus, botrytis, candida albicans, cephalosporium, cladosporium, curvularia specifera, epicoccum nigrum, fusariu, helminthosporium, hormodendrum (Cladosporium), mucor racemosus, pencillium, phoma herbarum, pullularia, rhizopus nigrican, rhodotorula (Rubra), spondylocladium, sporobolomyces, trichoderma. With 1 hr dietary consultation.
Herbal Wellness : 200 foods, 20 additives, 50 herbs -$665: 50 Herbs- Acai berry, Agave, Aloe, Ashwagandha, Astragalus Barley Grass, Bee Pollen, Bilberry, Black Walnut Hull, Cascara, Chlorella, Dandelion, Echinacea Angustifolia, Elderberry, Essiac, Feverfew, Ginkgo Biloba, Goji Berry, Goldenseal, Grape Seed Extract, Guarana Seed, Gymnema Sylvestre, Hawthorn Berry, Huperzine, Kava Kava, Lohan, Lutein, Maitake Mushroom, Mangosteen, Milk Thistle, Mullein Leaf, Noni Berry, Pau d’Arco Bark, Pine Bark, Red Clover Seed, Red Yeast Rice, Reishi Mushroom, Resveratrol, Rhodiola, Rooibos Tea, Schizandra Berry, Senna, Spirulina, St John’s Wort, Stevia Leaf, Valerian, Vinpocetine Wheatgrass, Wormwood, Yellow Dock.
Add herbs to panels with additives or chemical – Basic 50 Female $75 Alfalfa Leaf, Arnica, Black Cohosh, Blessed Thistle, Blue Cohosh, Bupleurum Root, Boswellia, Buchu Leaf, Burdock, Butcher’s Broom Root, Calendula, Cat’s Claw, Chaparral Root, Chasteberry, Cramp Bark, Damiana, Dong Quai, Evening Primrose, False Unicorn, Fo-Ti Root, Gotu Kola, Horse Chestnut, Horsetail, Irish Moss, Juniper Berry, Korean Ginseng, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lobelia, Maca Root, Marshmallow Root, Mistletoe, Motherwort, Myrrh, Nettle Leaf, Pennyroyal, Peony Root, Red Clover, Red Raspberry Leaf, Rehmannia Root, Sarsaparilla, Siberian Ginseng, Skull Cap, Slippery Elm Bark, Squaw Vine, Uva Ursi, White Willow Bark, Wild Yam, Yarrow Yerba Mate.
Male -$60 Alfalfa Leaf, American Ginseng, Burdock, Butcher’s Broom Root, Calendula, Cat’s Claw, Catuba, Chaparral Root, Chondroitin Sulfate Cnidium Monnier, Damiana, Dong Quai, Fo-Ti Root, Glucosamine, Gotu Kola, Horny Goat Weed, Juniper Berry, Korean Ginseng, Lobelia Lycopene, Maca Root, Mistletoe, Mucuna Pruriens, Muira Puama, Myrrh, Nettle Leaf, Pumpkin Seed, Pygeum Bark, Rehmannia Root Sarsaparilla, Saw Palmetto, Siberian Ginseng, Skull Cap, Stinging Nettle Root, Tribulus Terrestris, Uva Ursi, Velvet Deer Antler Yarrow, Yerba Mate, Yohimbe Bark. With 1 hr dietary consultation.
Platinum- $740 – 320 Items – 200 Foods, 50 Functional Foods, 20 Food Additives/Colorings, 10 Environmental Chemicals, 20 Molds, 20 Antibiotics/ Anti-inflammatories
Platinum Plus- $796 - 357 items – 237 Foods, 50 Functional foods, 20 Food Additives/Colorings, 10 Environmental Chemicals, 20 Molds, 20 Antibiotics/ Anti-inflammitories
10 chemicals- $15- Ammonium chloride, benzene, chlorine, celtamethrin, fluoride, formaldehyde, celtamethrin, glyphosate, orris root, phenol, toluene
20 molds -$30- Alternaria, aspergillus, botrytis, candida albicans, cephalosporium, cladosporium, curvularia specifera, epicoccum nigrum, fusariu, helminthosporium, hormodendrum (Cladosporium), mucor racemosus, pencillium, phoma herbarum, pullularia, rhizopus nigrican, rhodotorula (Rubra), spondylocladium, sporobolomyces, trichoderma.
20 Additives/Colorings – $30- Aspartame, BHA, BHT, benzoic acid, erythritol, monosodium glutamate (MSG), polysorbate 80, potassium nitrate, saccharine, sorbic acid, sodium sulfate, blue #1, blue #2, green #3, red # 1, red #40, sucralose, xylitol, yellow #5, yellow #6
50 Herbs- $75- Acai berry, Agave, Aloe, Ashwagandha, Astragalus Barley Grass, Bee Pollen, Bilberry, Black Walnut Hull, Cascara, Chlorella, Dandelion, Echinacea Angustifolia, Elderberry, Essiac, Feverfew, Ginkgo Biloba, Goji Berry, Goldenseal, Grape Seed Extract, Guarana Seed, Gymnema Sylvestre, Hawthorn Berry, Huperzine, Kava Kava, Lohan, Lutein, Maitake Mushroom, Mangosteen, Milk Thistle, Mullein Leaf, Noni Berry, Pau d’Arco Bark, Pine Bark, Red Clover Seed, Red Yeast Rice, Reishi Mushroom, Resveratrol, Rhodiola, Rooibos Tea, Schizandra Berry, Senna, Spirulina, St John’s Wort, Stevia Leaf, Valerian, Vinpocetine Wheatgrass, Wormwood, Yellow Dock.
Insurance Codes: Antigen Test = 83516 / Consultation – Registered Dietician = Initial 87802, Follow up 97803 / Blood draw = 36415/G0001
Please note: Natural Balance Wellness Medical Clinic does not warranty that your insurance will provide reimbursement for ALCAT
Once the results of your ALCAT test have been reported to our office, we will schedule you for a 1-hour complimentary consultation with our nutritionist Jenna Wunder, MPH, RD, to go over the results. This 1-hour consultation can happen in-person or over the phone, whatever you prefer, and will generally be scheduled 4 to 5 weeks after ordering the test.
Also, within 1-3 days of ordering the test you will receive a phone call from a local phlebotomy service to coordinate your in-home blood draw and careful handling of your specimen to ensure the most timely and accurate results. You do not need to discontinue any supplements and/or medications prior to your blood draw. Just make sure you are adequately hydrated and home when you have scheduled collection.
During your 1-hour nutritional consultation, Jenna will go over your results in detail, explaining your sensitivities, what foods to avoid, and for how long. She will also help you to understand what foods you can tolerate and which foods to rotate. If there are foods that you eat on a regular basis that you are sensitive to, Jenna will assist you in coming up with alternatives that not only align with your tolerable food list, but also sound good to your taste buds.