By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Healthy & Green Living
Unexplained headaches, fatigue, depression or weight problems? The culprit might be a food intolerance. In fact, the list of symptoms related to food intolerance (also called a food sensitivities) is jaw-dropping, and intolerance is surprisingly common. In contrast to a food allergy, which is an immune system response and not as common, food intolerance/sensitivity is a digestive system response–both can cause serious discomfort.
In order to determine if you have any food sensitivities, you can see your doctor for a blood test or use an at-home mail-order sample test. But if you’d prefer to save money and/or not have to collect and send bodily waste to a lab, you can use the simple and effective at-home pulse test to monitor how your body is reacting to the foods you eat. Following are instructions as described by Antony J. Haynes and Antoinette Savill in The Food Intolerance Bible (Conari Press, 2008).
About the pulse test. In the 1950s, Dr. Arthur Coca identified that his wife’s heart rate would increase if she ate a food that provoked an inappropriate or allergic response. This was, as Dr. Coca put it, ‘accidentally acquired knowledge’ which he then applied to patients as well as his wife. The results were very effective and consistent.
Dr. Coca had to rely on observation, given the relative lack of sophisticated blood tests that are more available today. He developed a rational approach to measuring the pulse and its connection with foods, and used the technique to help many thousands of people. He also identified a number of symptoms.
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