Food&DrinkScan Standard Causeway
The Food&DrinkScan Programme analyses your IgG reactions to a wide range of food and drink ingredients. You will be provided with clear results and nutritional support to help you replace your problem foods and optimise your diet.
- Results within 10 days
- Expert testing and analysis of IgG antibody reactions to foods and drink ingredients
- No need to visit our laboratory
- 12 Week Programme with expert guidance and printed support materials
- 30 minute telephone consultation with one of our BANT** registered Nutritional Therapists
- Ongoing support from our Customer Care team
- Money Back Promise – if no reactions are identified yorktest will refund you in full
9 out of 10 customers would recommend yorktest to their friends and family.
How to Take the Test
WHAT WILL I GET WITH MY TEST?
EASY HOME TESTING KIT
We will send you a kit box with everything you need to take our finger-prick test in the comfort of your own home. Simply follow the step-by-step instructions in the enclosed leaflet. You don’t need to visit our laboratory. Please watch this video if you would like to see how to take the test.
FIRST CLASS POSTAGE PAID TO RETURN YOUR BLOOD SAMPLE
Once you’ve collected your blood sample, please post it to us in the postage paid envelope, which we provide to you at no additional charge. Simply put your sample and customer details form into the box, place it into the envelope and pop it in the postbox. We’ll do the rest.
EXPERT LABORATORY TESTING OF YOUR BLOOD SAMPLE
A fully trained and highly qualified yorktest technician will test the IgG antibody reaction of your sample against a large variety of food and drink allergens. For over 18 years, our lab team have successfully utilised the ELISA method in order to detect these reactions.
LABORATORY PROCESSING TO BRITISH ISO STANDARDS
We take the validity of our testing very seriously. That’s why our fully accredited laboratory is assessed to ISO standards (ISO 9001 & ISO 13485) and meets the requirements of the European In Vitro Diagnostic Directive 98/79/EC.
PROCESSING MONITORED BY
DR GILL HART
Our laboratory processing services are monitored by Dr Gill Hart, yorktest’s Scientific Director. As a Biochemist with 30 years of experience in the development and validation of diagnostic tests and testing services, Gill joined the yorktest team in 2005 and has applied her scientific and regulatory knowledge to all yorktest services. Gill is an expert in food intolerance and steers the company’s research & development.
COLOUR CODED, CLEAR RESULTS WITHIN 10 DAYS
Within 10 days of of receiving your sample, we will send your results. These will be clearly summarised for you on a colour coded sheet. If a food/drink appears in the green column then it means there is no reaction to that ingredient. Should it appear in the red or amber column meanwhile, this means that a strong (red) or borderline (yellow) IgG reaction has been detected.
As well as giving you general nutritional tips, this handy book includes in depth information on how to start optimising your diet in line with your results.
12 week food & drinks planner
Your diary is designed to support your elimination diet with motivational tips and guidance. Our team recommends that you track your progress in this booklet each day for a total of 12 weeks.
TELEPHONE CONSULTATION WITH A REGISTERED NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST
You will receive a 30 minute telephone consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists. They will ensure you have all of the information you need in order to understand your trigger foods and balance your diet with nutritional alternatives. With Food&DrinkScan Premium you will receive 2 x 30 minute telephone consultations.
STEP-BY-STEP PERSONAL DIET PLAN FORMULATED DURING YOUR CONSULTATION
At the end of your nutritional consultation with a yorktest Nutritional Therapist, you will be confident on what foods you need to eliminate from your diet and what to replace them with. The Nutritional Therapist will work closely with you during your consultation to devise a personal diet plan for this purpose.
FOOD INTOLERANCE UPDATES
When you opt in to our mailing list, you can expect to receive email newsletter updates from yorktest. These feature the latest news on food intolerances, exciting partner discounts, tasty free-from recipes and great tips from our team of Nutritional Therapists.
MONEY BACK PROMISE
If yorktest’s laboratory team do not detect any IgG antibody reactions in your sample, you will take advantage of our money back promise. If you purchased the Food&DrinkScan programme at the RRP of £299 and no reactions were detected, you would be refunded £274. If you purchase the Premium test at the RRP of £349 and no reactions were found, your refund would be £324.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are the tests painful?
No it is not painful, all our tests are designed with your comfort in mind.
Our single use home testing kits are much more comfortable than a full blood draw. Full instructions are provided but if you have any questions, please contact the Customer Care Team or watch our ‘Taking the Food Intolerance Test’ video here:
Do I have to visit a doctor to take a blood sample?
No, the collection of your blood sample can be taken in the comfort of your own home.
How do I actually take the test?
Please watch this video to see how you can easily take the test yourself at home.
Do I need to come to York for the test?
No, yorktest offers a complete home-to-laboratory service for all tests and programmes. Your kit is posted to you with a return envelope included for you to post your sample back to us. Once your sample has been tested, your results are sent to you by post.
Additionally, all our food intolerance programmes include a consultation with one of our Nutritional Therapists which is carried out over the phone.
Are your tests available on the NHS/HSC?
No, our tests are not available on the NHS. Some health insurance providers do cover the cost of some of our tests – if you have such a policy your insurance provider will be able to tell you if a test is covered.
Are all your tests available to people living outside the UK?
The following tests are available outside the UK:
IBS Diet Programme
Ideal Weight Programme
Currently, the following tests are NOT available outside the UK:
How long does it take to receive a kit outside of the UK?
We generally anticipate a delivery time of 10 working days for tests posted to addresses outside the UK.
My doctor has carried out an allergy test, why don’t the results correspond to the results of yorktest Food Intolerance Test?
The yorktest test measures the delayed food intolerance reactions in the form of food-specific IgG antibodies. Allergy tests measure reactions caused by raised IgE antibodies.
How long has yorktest been operating?
yorktest has been conducting health screening services for over 35 years.
What happens if I have no food-specific IgG reactions?
If you have taken the FirstStep Test and it returns to you with a negative result, you have no food-specific IgG reactions – please call us to discuss further testing options. If you have taken a complete programme and it returns with negative food-specific IgG results, you will be refunded the full amount of the test, minus £25/€30 admin fee.
What to Expect from theFood&DrinkScan Programme
As individuals, our reactions to foods and drinks vary a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another. At yorktest, we like to refer to this as our personal ‘food fingerprint’.
Discovering and understanding your own personal food and drink intolerance, and the effects they have on your health and wellbeing, is important to ensuring you make the best possible choices to balance your diet.
The yorktest Food&DrinkScan kit contains all you need to take a small blood sample (2 – 3 drops) in the comfort of your own home. Simply return your sample in the pre-paid envelope provided (UK only) to our York laboratories for expert analysis. Your confidential results and additional support material will be posted to you within 10 days.
When you have received your results and are ready, you can contact us to book your appointment with one of our BANT* registered Nutritional Therapists. This half hour session will provide you with support and knowledge to assist you in your new diet, ensuring you are confident in the changes you can make to improve your health and wellbeing.
*British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy
Do not take this test if you are:
- Suffering from a blood borne disease such as Hepatitis or HIV
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Under the age of 2 years
Raised levels of food-specific IgG antibodies within your blood indicate that an IgG antibody reaction to a particular food or foods has occurred. If you have already taken the decision to eliminate a particular food or foods from your diet they may not show up a reaction on your results. If you know of foods that cause you to feel unwell, do not start eating them; we do not encourage you to eat a food or foods which you already know are a problem to you.
Food&Drink Scan does not provide information about coeliac disease, enzyme deficiencies such as lactose and alcohol intolerance, IgE-mediated allergies, histamine sensitivity or other chemical sensitivities such as reactions to sulphites, tannins or tyramine. Food&DrinkScan is only recommended for people who have food and drink intolerance symptoms.