Monday, 10 January 2011

Blood Simple: Taking the York Test


I've been putting this off as it scared me a little. If it wasn't for you wheat dodgers, it would still be in the box gathering dust.

I've been sent a YorkTest FoodScan kit which is the first stage of testing for 113 specific food intolerances.

There are two reasons why I didn't want to take the test initially.

What if I'm intolerant to other foods? Do I really want to know that? God help me and my long-suffering fiance if I have to give up another ingredient. And God help you if it's chocolate.

The other thing I was scared about is really pathetic. I didn't want to prick my own finger. I've had millions of jabs and blood samples taken, so not particularly phobic of needles. But drawing my own blood?

Well, I finally grew a pair and got on with it.

The box arrived. A neat little parcel with everything you needed inside. I had hoped it was one of those instant gratification kits that gave you results straight away (that sounds a bit wrong, but you know what I mean).

It turned out, you have to send your blood sample off to the lab and wait 10 working days for the results. I was a bit disappointed by this at first, but at least it's going to a proper lab and isn't just a gimmmick. How reliable can an instant test be anyway?

It took all of 5 minutes to do the test. I scrubbed my hands clean, wrote my name on the little tube and got mentally prepared for stabbing my own finger. My fiance gave me a bit of moral support (and took the photos) and counted me in before I 'depressed the lancet' into the side of my finger.

It didn't really hurt that much. It was morbidly quite fun. I needed a bit of help as you need to massage the finger to encourage blood flow whilst syphoning it up a little tube. I wouldn't do it on your own if you have a non-squeamish friend around to help.

And that was it. There's even a little plaster included for your tiny wound.

So what will I find out from doing the test? Well, this is the first step and simply provides you with a positive or negative result as to whether you have a food intolerance or not.

If that's positive, you can take the next step test which tests for 113 different intolerances including milk, yeast, gluten, wheat, egg yolk and millet.

I'll let you know how I get on in two weeks.

Hold tight, wheat dodgers!
M

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