RAST II Allergy Tests 
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 RAST II Allergy Tests

I am posting this because sending it directly to the original poster
failed.  All I have for that person's name is ogicse!Athena!johnm although
I'm sure I used a better address before.
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I don't know what RAST *II* is, but I had a RAST test a few years ago.  It
is the testing of various substances on your {*filter*} (sample removed before
testing begins).  The only trauma to you is the taking of {*filter*} and the
cost (several hundred dollars unless you have insurance).

Advantages:

Meant for cooking.net">food allergies for which scratch tests are useless.
Doesn't expose you to any allergins.
Easy to test large number of substances.
Nifty printout.

Disadvantages:

Not very accurate (I have been told by doctors both "take each score as a
        possible minimum" and "ignore the scores, they are basically useless."
Only finds true allergies and not sensitivities (ex: Dairy products make me
        incredabily sick but it takes 1 1/2 days for a reaction to show up
        so it isn't a "true" allergy--takes 20 minutes for immune
        response).
Doesn't account for non-typical symptoms such as learning disabilities,
        mood changes, etc.
Doesn't account for sensitivities that aren't allergies--hypoglycimia,
        lactose intolerance, etc.

My experience:

I came out slightly positive to everything they tested me for (about 30
items) and very allergic to yeast, dust mites, and mold (all things I AM
very allergic to but didn't know it until the test).  My allergies to
dairy, canned fish, and others didn't show up.

In all, I do recommend the test if you aren't paying for it.  It will give
you a few ideas to pursue and a sense of where some of your problems are
coming from.  It will NOT rule out any allergies.  The best way to discover
cooking.net">food allergies (in the broad sense of things you eat that make you sick) is
to go on an addition or elimination diet where you spend a few days eating
only foods that definately don't make you sick then add other foods one at
a time (that's addition, elimination is the reverse).

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"There's nothing wrong with me.  Maybe there's             Cyndi Norman

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"There's nothing wrong with me.  Maybe there's             Cyndi Norman



Tue, 04 May 1993 03:41:38 GMT
 
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