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Testing for Nutritional Wellness Available in Union City

by Karen Adams H

udson Premier Physical Therapy and Sports (HPPS), in Union City, offers what co- owner Randy Davison believes is one of the most important and powerful approaches to wellness available: the antigen leukocyte cellular antibody test (ALCAT), which provides individual- ized nutritional profiles and identi- fies food sensitivities based on blood samples. “People are sick and tired of being ‘sick’ and ‘tired’ and not know- ing why,” says Davison. “Here’s an opportunity to figure out why and do something about it.”

Food sensitivities can develop at any time during a person’s life, and they can be caused by genetics, envi- ronmental toxins and overexposure to certain foods. Davison explains that allergies cause acute reactions, while sensitivities cause delayed reactions, with low-grade inflammation that ac- cumulates over time. “Eventually, the sensitivities can appear as irritable bowel disorder, Crohn’s disease, bloat- ing, nausea, eczema, acne, low energy, headaches or diabetes, for example.” They can also appear as excess weight and the inability to lose it.

Once sensitivities are pinpointed, these conditions usually improve dra- matically, Davison says. “If people have gained weight because of food

Hudson Premier Physical Therapy and Sports co-owner Gail Frayna develops individual wellness plans for clients.

not being digested properly, then they’ll see improvement there, too.” He cites a study conducted at Baylor University in which 98 percent of people following the ALCAT diet either lost weight or improved body mass. The ALCAT test, developed more

than 25 years ago by Cell Science Sys- tems of Deerfield Beach, Florida, has become more popular recently. Facili- ties around the country such as HPPS can obtain a license to offer the test- ing for their clients. HPPS has offered the test since it opened in May 2012, along with physical therapy, cold laser therapy and medical massage. The ALCAT process is quick and simple. HPPS schedules an initial con- sultation with a client to discuss indi- vidual issues. After the blood sample is drawn and sent to Cell Science Systems for processing, HPPS receives the re- sults in about two weeks. The results indicate which sensitivities are present, from a list of 320. Of those, about 200 are foods and the others include medic- inal herbs and supplements, additives, preservatives, food colorings, environ- mental chemicals, molds, steroids, an- tibiotics and anti-inflammatory medica- tions such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Using individualized sensitivity lists and food menus, HPPS staff mem- bers help clients develop nutrition and wellness plans tailored to their own immune systems. Clients also take a survey to indicate which foods they don’t like or don’t digest well, and these foods are also eliminated, which makes following the recommended menus easy and pleasant, Davison

“Sometimes, simply rotating trigger foods and not eating them too often can reduce the sensitivity and prevent lifelong suffering.”

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