Food Sensitivity Testing

Finding allergic tension in the body

Simply stated… our bodies respond to any stress with an increase in heart rate. Symptoms such as migraines, eczema, epilepsy, and even hypertension have been associated with a form of allergic tension or histamine response in the body. A simple test developed by Dr. Sanchez-Cuenca can determine if your body has an allergic tension. Below are instructions on how to complete this test.

  1.  Find a quiet place to sit with a notebook and pen, sit for 1-2 minutes allowing your heart rate to come to a resting rate. Your body is not in a parasympathetic or relaxed state.
  2. Next, take your pulse for one full minute and note your pulse rate.
  3. Now stand, waiting no more than 30 seconds and take your pulse again.  Record your new pulse rate.

– If your pulse raised less than 6 points or didn’t raise at all, you likely do not have any allergic tension in your body.
– If your pulse raised 6 points or more, you likely have overall allergic tension in your body.

So what now?

If your pulse rate increased by more than 6 points, you may want to dig a bit deeper into what is causing the allergic tension in your body.  A physician name Arthur Coca developed a test in the 1950’s that can identify what exactly is causing the allergic tendencies in your body. Dr. Coca published “The Pulse Test” in 1956, describing the process to identify allergens.  A copy of his book can be found online.  This test required you to track your pulse rate throughout the day (14 times) for multiple days in a row, then test each food individually and track heart rate. We now have a much faster and easier way to test (thank you Nutritional Therapy Association). This test that the NTA developed that determines what specific foods are causing stress in your body is called Lingual Neural Testing (LNT).

LNT Coca Pulse Test

As with the Sanchez-Cuenca test, you should be in a parasympathetic state (ie: in a relaxed state, find your zen) and seated before testing. Make sure it has been at least a few hours since you last drank or ate anything.

1. Plan ahead. Create a list of foods that you would like to test and have them readily available on your table. Do NOT include any foods that you know will induce an anaphylactic response.

2. Begin by counting your pulse rate for 1 full minute (not 30 seconds multiplied by 2, etc). Record your resting rate.

3. Next, add food #1 to your mouth and chew and salivate on your food. Taste the food for 30 seconds but DO NOT SWALLOW THE FOOD. Take your pulse with the food in your mouth for 1 full minute. Record this number and spit the food out, rinse your mouth with water only.

4.  If your pulse raises more than 6 beats per minute, this food should be avoided because of a stressor. No reason to fret though, many foods can be introduced to the diet after your body has gone through a period of healing.  Let your pulse rate return to your normal resting rate before testing the next food.


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