Food Sensitivities and LEAP/MRT

LEAP-Logo-croppedLEAP is the most effective diet therapy I have found to rid patients of the chronic and debilitating symptoms that manifest in conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, migraines,and fibromyalgia.  In addition, LEAP has been very effective in relieving symptoms of chronic sinitis and sinus headaches, functional diarrhea, dyspepsia, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, arthralgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, attention deficit disorder and/or hyperactivity, celiac sprue, cyclic vomiting syndrome, chronic otitis media w/ effusion, chronic urticaria, and others. Indications for MRT Testing

What do these conditions have in common?  It’s now well-accepted in the medical community that inflammation can negatively affect our health in many ways.  Inflammation occurs when the body’s immune system reacts to what it perceives to be a threat to itself, thus creating a reaction intended to kill the intruder.  If inflammation occurs chronically in our bodies, these reactions can harm us in a variety of ways. 

It is common for the immune system to perceive certain foods and food chemical as antigens or “intruders,” thus causing an immune reaction when that food is consumed.  This is what we call food allergies and food sensitivities.  You have probably heard more about food allergies than food sensitivities; however food sensitivities are actually far more common.  In the past they have been very difficult, in fact nearly clinically impossible to identify due to the fact that food sensitivity reactions can be delayed, dose-dependent, and can vary greatly in the symptoms they manifest.  Food allergies, on the other hand, have been much easier to identify and diagnose, as the reactions are often immediate, severe, and easy to recognize.

The Mediator Release Test (MRT) has changed all of this.  Patented by Signet Diagnostic Corporation in 2001 (now Oxford Biomedical Technologies), it is the most effective tool we have to identify not only which foods a patient is reacting to, but to what degree.  Using these test results, the LEAP program provides a diet protocol aimed to rid the patient of symptoms within the first 10-14 days of treatment, as well as phase the patient into a diet protocol designed to prevent future food sensitivities from developing. MRT is not the only food sensitivity test on the market, however it is the most effective.  Food allergy tests that are most commonly used such as skin prick or scratch testing only test for the type of immune response that occurs in food allergies (IgE) and will not pick up food sensitivities.  And, these are only about 60% accurate.  The IgG ELISA testing is a food sensitivity test with limited clinical value because it only tests one possible mechanism (IgG) involved in food sensitivities, and fails to account for the other mechanisms that may be occurring, such as IgM, complement, and T-cell reactions.  Also, IgG can be either pathogenic or a protective antibody, so its mere presence does not necessarily tell us much.  The ELISA/ACT test is another test for food sensitivities that claims a high accuracy and reproducibility.  Unfortunately, ELISA/ACT’s greatest strength is their promotion and marketing efforts, yet there are no published studies supporting their position.  In fact, the prominent scientific publications referenced in their marketing materials make no mention of ELISA/ACT.   ALCAT test is also an outdated technology with limited accuracy in that it cannot test T-cell reactions.  ALCAT also has poor split sample reproducibility and therefore is not considered a reliable test. The MRT test, on the other hand, has a 94% sensitivity and 92% specificity, and is extremely reliable with a split sample reproducibility consistently greater than 90%.  It is an end-point test, meaning it measures the outcomes of all the possible non-IgE reactions, including IgG, IgM, complement, and T-cell reactions.  The MRT test is therefore specifically designed to test hypersensitivity reactions and will not detect IgE food allergies. The LEAP program, which stands for Lifestyle Eating and Performance, is the diet program produced based upon your MRT results and implemented by your Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT).  A CLT is a registered dietitian (RD) who has received specialized training and become certified in treating delayed food hypersensitivity reactions.  This program results in a complete method of managing migraines, fibromyalgia, and IBS, and has helped thousands of sufferers decrease or eliminate their symptoms.  Just think how eliminating the inflammation caused by various foods and food chemicals you may eat every day and not realize they’re harming you will improve your overall health and quality of life! Click here for some research on LEAP’s effectiveness for IBS treatment

What you will receive with the LEAP program after telephonic sensitivity pre-screening by your CLT:

  • Solutions and relief
  • MRT LEAP 150 test battery of 123 most common foods and 27 food chemicals.  Results provided within 2 weeks.  
  • 50 page LEAP report with testing results and a personalized diet plan.  Includes common and hidden sources of reactive foods, additives and chemicals, reactive food alternatives, and much more.
  • Wallet-sized card listing your reactive foods
  • Counseling by a Registered Dietitian and Certified LEAP Therapist, monitoring of food diaries and symptoms, careful instruction on reintroduction of foods into diet, with phone/email follow up for up to 6 months as needed
  • Assistance with shopping, menu planning, recipes
  • Access to LEAPSelfHelp email list serve to communicate with other LEAP patients and LEAP practitioners, sharing recipe ideas and helpful tips
  • Communication of progress to your physician

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