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Anthony Robards

83 year old man posing for the camera against a dark background.
Symptoms: IBS
Food Reactions: yeast, egg yolk, oats

“Feeling pretty well and happy for an 83 year old!”

83-year-old, former university researcher and pro-vice chancellor, Anthony Robards, was dealing with a range of unpleasant symptoms including mild IBS and needing to go to the toilet more frequently than normal for a period of three to six months.

When asked about how these symptoms affected his life, Anthony said: “Nothing I couldn’t do but I needed to have in mind that need to go to the loo might be more pressing than normal.”

Having previously bee chair of the Board of Directors at YorkTest, Anthony decided to also give food intolerance testing a try to see if he could ascertain the root cause of his symptoms. “I couldn’t think what might be upsetting my gut (no other food/diet habits had changed) so I thought checking my food sensitivities would be sensible.”

83 year old man posing for the camera against a dark background."


That’s when he ordered the Premium Food Intolerance Test, with his results indicating that his body was reacting to yeast, egg yolk and oats.

When we asked Anthony how he felt after removing these trigger foods, he said “Not much different although, over time, the gut behaviour has stabilised and functioning more normally.”

Our test analyses your IgG reactions to 200 food and drinks – from common ingredients like gluten and cow’s milk, to health superfoods like kale and quinoa.

The process involves sending a finger-prick blood sample back to YorkTest. Anthony then received his results within 7-days through the Wellness Hub, in an easy-to-read traffic light-based format.

With his wife’s support, eliminating the trigger foods and sticking to his diet plan was a smooth process for Anthony who was gradually able to resume his normal life.

On his experience with our customer care team, Anthony felt it was a positive one. When asked how life had changed since taking the test and how he would summarise his experience, Anthony concluded: “Feeling pretty well and happy for an 83 year old!”