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Do you have arthritis-like joint pain? Have you been going for physiotherapy or chiropractor for some time with chronic low back, hip or pelvic pain? More than 9 million people in the UK suffer from arthritis and related conditions and most arthritis sufferers will experience stiffness, pain, swelling, fatigue and difficulty moving. Treatment for joint pain usually focuses on medication, however there are still no drugs that cure these conditions and some of the drugs used have severe side-effects such as stomach upset/bleeding, easy bruising, thinning of bones, cataracts, weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, blurry vision and increased susceptibility to infection.
External factors can trigger symptoms and according to the Arthritis Research Campaign, many people claim that cutting out certain foods has helped treat symptoms of their arthritis and a high percentage with rheumatoid arthritis can actually improve or clear their symptoms with simple dietary changes. The problem is that first you need to know what to change. Currently the best accepted method for confirming food sensitivities involves eating a restricted diet for several weeks. If there is no improvement, it is assumed that the food type that has been restricted is not causing the symptoms then another food type is restricted. It is time consuming and impossible to test all the different combinations of food types.
N.B. Information about the potential symptoms of food intolerance is provided here to inform those seeking advice from Nutritional Therapists, Health Practitioners or Medical Professionals. The presence of this information should not in any way be misconstrued to imply that YorkTest Programmes have been proven to be efficacious in treating these symptoms.
A survey, commissioned by Allergy UK was carried out with 5286 people reporting a wide range of chronic medical conditions, who had taken the YorkTest – or to give it its scientific name - a food-specific IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA) blood test.
Main Medical Condition Reported
% of People Who Reported Moderate to High Benefit
e.g. IBS, Bloating etc
e.g. Asthma, Breathing Difficulties, Rhinitis
e.g. Migraine, Headaches
e.g. Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis
e.g. Arthritis, Rheumatism
e.g. Depression, ADHD, Panic Attacks
e.g. Lethargy, General Feeling of Malaise
Please download your guide to 'Understanding Food Intolerance' here