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Old 10-03-2007, 13:40
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Has anyone had one of these?

I had one done last week and I was quite disappointed with it. I wanted to see if there was anything I was sensitive to that would cause bloatiness of my stomach.

The test took no more than about half an hour and found I was sensitive to oranges, whcih I have to cut out completely from my diet for a month. I dont eat oranges nor drink juice ( as its too acidic for me ), so it's easy.

I was also found that I had a slight intolerance to Pork and onions, which consequently was what I'd eaten in my tea the previous night.

I read a report on these tests only AFTER I'd had it done and reading it, I wish I hadnt have wasted 42 on it!

Has anyone else got any views?
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Old 10-03-2007, 13:52
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What was the report?
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Old 10-03-2007, 13:56
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sorry i should've put a link in first - doh!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/south...ga_tests.shtml
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Old 10-03-2007, 15:01
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That link shows they have been around in the shops since 2003 and yet I have never seen one. I have been looking for something like this for ages as I want to do the test on a day I feel rough, but my local branches seem to have mobile testing .. Is this a permanet set up in your branch?
It will be interesting to see what other people think of this test though.
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Old 10-03-2007, 15:09
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Originally Posted by Tumbleflumps
............The test took no more than about half an hour and found I was sensitive to oranges, which I have to cut out completely from my diet for a month. I dont eat oranges nor drink juice ( as its too acidic for me ), so it's easy......
If you don't eat oranges or drink orange juice in the first place then how could they be found to be responsible for your bloating? I believe Watchdog did a report on the uselessness of food intolerance tests carried out by unqualified 'experts'.
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Old 10-03-2007, 15:19
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Originally Posted by Catharel
If you don't eat oranges or drink orange juice in the first place then how could they be found to be responsible for your bloating? I believe Watchdog did a report on the uselessness of food intolerance tests carried out by unqualified 'experts'.
Well that's what i was questioning! I dont eat oranges, so surely they cant be to blame for bloatiness! They may have some other health effect on me but not what I was asking for.

You have to pick one of the symptoms you mark down as a 3 (Often/Always) that you want the test to concentrate on. They then test what foods you are sensitive to. There were several I'd put down as a 3, bloatiness, tiredness and a couple of others but only wanted to see why I got bloated. He also marked on my test afterwards to cut out the usual things that could cause it, like wheat etc etc. If I had put down tiredness as the main thing or something else, it might have made sense or not.

My sister, who had the test earlier on in the same day is in fact allergic to oranges, but that didnt come up on the test.


I have been looking for something like this for ages as I want to do the test on a day I feel rough, but my local branches seem to have mobile testing .. Is this a permanet set up in your branch?
No it's not a permanent set up, it's once a month but apparently my sister went to another one in our area which was a permanent place.

Edited to say that I also found it strange that it picked up pork and onions as something i had to cut out if i still suffered symptoms a month after cutting out oranges when I'd eaten it for dinner the prevoius night...

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Old 10-03-2007, 16:56
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This was on Watchdog, prooved to be a load of rubbish.
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Old 10-03-2007, 17:04
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Originally Posted by x Sparkie x
This was on Watchdog, prooved to be a load of rubbish.
Agreed, it is load of rubbish. Not worth the money, and if Holland and Barrett want to be taken seriously, they should ditch this stuff, you might just as well try reading the entrails like the old priests used to do! Food sensitivity isn't half as common as these people would like us to believe, they're just trying to con us out of our hard-earned money.
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Old 10-03-2007, 17:28
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I've been conned
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Old 10-03-2007, 17:39
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It does sound a bit like they tell you what you already know to be honest, I know if I eat anything with added salt I get heartburn, if I eat bread I get bloated. I would have thought they could be more specific than they seemed to be with you. Sorry it had to cost you to find out though.
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Old 10-03-2007, 17:46
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Originally Posted by x Sparkie x
This was on Watchdog, prooved to be a load of rubbish.
Yeah, I saw that as well. They went to several H&B stores and found that different shops gave them different results.

Save your money and eat what you like. If you are seriously allergic to something, you will know about it! Or maybe get your GP to do an allergy test if you are really worried.
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Old 10-03-2007, 18:10
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Originally Posted by Tumbleflumps
I was also found that I had a slight intolerance to Pork
You Porkist! How dare you pork fun at a meat, just because it came from a pig!
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Old 10-03-2007, 18:12
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Originally Posted by jen0607
If you are seriously allergic to something, you will know about it! Or maybe get your GP to do an allergy test if you are really worried.
Exactly! Strange how no-one was allergic to nuts or milk or wheat 20 years ago!
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Old 10-03-2007, 19:39
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Originally Posted by lemoncurd
Exactly! Strange how no-one was allergic to nuts or milk or wheat 20 years ago!

In all fairness, I think some people probably were allergic to nuts / milk etc but they would know about it because their throat swelled up and they went into anaphlatic (sp...) shock.
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