You may wonder if you are reacting to some foods, or even to a combination of foods. There
are many laboratories that can assess you via blood test, but there are also usually quite
pricy. There is however, an easy homemade and free test, that might help you determine if
you do have an intolerance or sensitivity to food. I am talking specifically about sensitivity
and NOT about severe anaphylactic allergic reactions. This test is called the Home Pulse
Test or Coca test (from Dr. Arthur Coca, MD).
- Avoid the suspected food for at least 4 days.
- Eat a moderate amount of the suspected food on an empty stomach. Consume noother food within the previous 2 hours (drinking water is fine).
- Measure pulse rate (beats per minute) before, and 5-10 minutes after eating thefood in question.
- Calculate the difference in pulse rate. If your pulse rate went up more than 10 beatsper minute, then you probably have an intolerance to this food, even if you do not identify any other symptoms.
Food intolerances or sensitivity, besides increasing your pulse rate, lead to numerous effects and symptoms on the body, just to name a few: headaches, skin rashes, pimples, acne, asthma, chronic infections, fatigue, insomnia, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, joint pain, auto-immune diseases, liver dysfunction, diabetes, heart diseases, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues (bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation), brain fog, depression, anxiety, lack of concentration, ADD, ADHD, and even contribute to autism, Alzheimer, and Parkinson. So, you can understand why identify these foods, is one of my major tools to help patients, and doing this home test, could be a very important step into your healing journey.
Once food sensitivities are identified, you will need to follow a specific diet such as the GAPS diet, and work at the same time, on healing and sealing the gut linings. It may take between 6 months to 3 years to heal, but that’s OK, because you will eat a lot of nutritious and delicious foods including what I call the GAPS healing foods which are broth, fermented food, animal fats, and organ meat. These four categories of food are ESSENTIALS to your healing process. You will also eat all fresh fruits and vegetables, all meat, fish and shellfish, and nuts and seeds. You will avoid completely all sugars (except raw honey), all carbohydrates, and all refined/denatured food.
Of course, specific supplements may also be needed to contribute to your healing journey, and this needs to be determined by your health practitioner, but starting with removing offending food is a MUST. So, here you go: do you COCA test… you know what I mean… Not the drink, hum!!!
Yours, in health,