What is the difference between “Allergy” and “Intolerance”?
Some of the symptoms of allergies and intolerances are the same or similar, but the differences between the two are very important.
5Strands® Affordable Testing only tests for “intolerances”, which represent the majority of reactions. An intolerance is a response that does not take place in the body’s immune system and may appear several hours or days after ingestion or exposure. While intolerances may cause reactions ranging from a mild skin rash to severe abdominal discomfort, they are not normally life-threatening.
A true allergy is an immune system response. It is caused by the body mistaking a food or item as a harmful substance and releasing antibodies to fight it. The adverse reaction is usually rapid and can be life-threatening, even at microscopic levels. Some of the most common known food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts and seafood. 5Strands® Affordable Testing does NOT test for this type of reaction [IgE allergies], which represents only 2% of all allergic/intolerance reactions.
The best way to prevent reactions to intolerances is to identify and avoid foods and substances that trigger them. This is the job of 5Strands® Affordable Testing.
Why does 5 Strands® Affordable Testing use hair samples?
- Collecting a hair sample is easy and non-invasive – No pricks, no prods, no pain! We require only 10-15 strands of hair.
- Hair testing eliminates storage, transportation and usability constraints that are associated with other types of tissue samples.
- Faster Results – Hair testing is completed quickly and efficiently with results reported within 5-7 days after the sample arrives at the lab.
- Affordable Cost – Hair testing is less expensive than other methods. This allows us to test more items than any other test currently on the market and pass the savings along to the customer.
- Hair is stable. It’s not affected by factors such as recent meals, stress, medications, etc.
Does hair dye or affect the test results?
Hair coloring does not affect the test results of 5 Strands® Affordable Testing. The testing process focuses on the DNA makeup when testing the imbalances.
What if I have no head hair? Does hair length matter?
If you are out of head hair… have no worries. Any body hair can be used to conduct the testing. (Arm hair, leg hair, nose hair, ear hair, facial hair) We prefer to have at least 10-15 strands of hair at least 1 inch long. If you do not have hair that is at least 1 inch long, then please provide us with more than 15 strands of hair.
Do items need to be in your body or environment for an intolerance to be detected?
With intolerance testing, you do not have to ingest or be exposed to the item for it to register as an imbalance. Our method of testing utilizes bio-resonance technology to scan hair samples to determine energetic imbalances between your body and the items being tested. The testing identifies intolerances which may cause varying degrees of symptoms if currently being ingested or exposed to, or would be in the future. 5Strands® Affordable Testing does not test for immunological responses which would require exposure to a particular allergen.
Do I or my pet have to stop taking medication prior to taking the test?
No, the reason we utilize hair samples for our testing is that it is not affected by medication taken prior to the testing. You can continue with any medication you take on a routine basis without any contraindications in the testing results.
My doctor will not test my baby for food sensitivities. Is your test suitable for infants?
Yes, Affordable Testing is suitable for all ages. We have tested many infants and provided their parents with valuable information regarding the best formula for their baby’s health and to reduce the symptoms they were exhibiting.
What is the difference between the “E-Kit” and the “Shipped Kit” options upon purchase?
When choosing the “E-Kit” option, your emailed order confirmation will include an attached document file for immediate download and action. You will need to print the required submission form, fill it out and send to us along with your hair sample. Complete instructions regarding the form, hair sample, packing and mailing are included in the downloadable E-Kit document.
If you choose the “Shipped-Kit” option, your emailed order confirmation will NOT include an attached document for immediate download and action. Rather, within 5-7 business days, you will receive a kit in the mail which includes the required submission form to fill out to send to us along with your hair sample. In addition, you will receive a parchment paper bag and a static free bag in which to place the hair sample plus a shipping envelope. Complete printed instructions are provided in the Shipped Kit.
Please note that the turn-around time for the “E-Kit” is much quicker than the “Shipped Kit” because of the ability for you to immediately access the required submission form and take action. Regardless of the method chosen, you can expect to receive your test results within 5-7 days after the required submission form and hair sample have arrived at the processing center.
I just received my results. Is it common to have so many items listed?
It is difficult to determine what is considered common for an individual or pet since everyone is a unique individual. Try not to be overwhelmed and focus on the length of the report received but take a look at the specific items that you know that you or your pet eat. Start with those items and eliminate them from your daily nutrition plan.
What do the E-numbers mean on the results report?
Where can I find a complete listing of all the items tested for?
Our website has the list of the items we test for. There is a menu with a tab listed as “ITEMS TESTED”. The drop down menu shows the individual lists of items tested.
What if I do not see an item on my Results Report? How do I know if I’m intolerant to that item?
Affordable Testing checks for food and environmental intolerances against the hundreds of the items listed on our website. Your results report only lists the items that have been identified as intolerances. If an item is not on your results report, but is on the website master list, the item did not register as an intolerance.
If an item is NOT listed on our website, that means we currently do not test for that item and cannot tell you whether that item would register as an intolerance.
I was tested years ago and a previously known allergy has not shown up on my new test results from 5 Strands® Affordable Testing.
Differences in test results can occur for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps your previous allergy test was conducted using a blood sample or a skin prick test and an IgE (Immunoglobulin E) mediated allergy was identified. This type of allergic reaction,caused by the body’s immune system, is not measured by 5 Strands® Affordable Testing, therefore, would not show up on our test results. We only measure non-IgE mediated reactions, or “intolerances,” which account for over 40% of known allergic reactions.
If your previous test was for non-IgE mediated reactions, the same type of reaction measured by 5 Strands® Affordable Testing, results could have changed because your body is no longer reacting to the previously known item causing the intolerance. Non-IgE mediated reactions are not necessarily forever. When the offending item is removed from your diet or environment for approximately 2-3 months, your body may have the opportunity to heal. Subsequent testing results may show that your body is no longer intolerant to the item. At this point, you may be able to introduce the item back into your diet or environment slowly/occasionally without experiencing any negative symptoms.
Other factors that can cause changes in bodily reactions include over-consumption, level of toxins, gut health, overall health, etc.
How do essential minerals and toxic metals interact?
Minerals and metals work together synergistically and must be chemically balanced in the body. If one is deficient or out of balance, it can affect others, often resulting in illness. If zinc, for example, is present at high levels, calcium levels will be reduced because the two minerals compete for absorption. Similarly, too much calcium will deplete magnesium, and so on.
It is important to consume sufficient amounts of minerals to decrease the toxicity of metals, which compete for the same binding site. For example, calcium deficiency increases the intestinal absorption and body retention of lead. Iron deficiency leads to an increase in lead and cadmium absorption.
Remember that our bodies work as a fine tuned machine. If one area is out of sync, it will have a domino effect and the body will not be able to maintain good health.
How can the same item be reported as a Nutritional Deficiency as well as show up on the Metals/Minerals Toxicity list?
An item showing up on both the Nutritional Deficiency as well as Metals/Minerals lists indicates that the body is not processing the item properly. Rather than being absorbed by the body to be used in beneficial ways [reported as a nutritional deficiency], excesses are being stored in the tissues and the imbalance is reported as an overload of that item [metals/minerals toxicity].
Do I need to re-test? If so, when?
As the body is constantly changing, intolerances may be changing as well. A negative result today may not necessarily mean that a food or substance will not create issues in your body in the future. And, what may be a trigger today may become normalized. Intolerances can be better understood and overcome through processes including elimination, detoxification, improving your gut health, improving your overall health, reintroduction, etc. Since no two people respond to intolerances or treatments in the same way, periodic re-testing can help keep you on track during your healing process. Re-testing may be beneficial after 90 days. Ask your health adviser to guide you.
I sent my hair sample in and I haven’t received my results yet. What do I do now?
We can not control how long the postal service will take to send us the hair sample. However, once we do receive the hair sample, you will receive an email to let you know that the hair sample has been received at the processing center. If it has been over 2 weeks since you have mailed in your sample, please contact our customer service department for further instructions.
If I am a practitioner or retail store owner, can I set up a wholesale account to sell the test?
Affordable Testing does have a wholesale program available to retail stores and medical/fitness professionals. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-833-600-8378 and the representative will be happy to assist you.
Do you offer the testing in countries other than the United States?
Affordable Testing is happy to announce that we can offer our testing kit anywhere in the world! While we have 2 different options of purchasing a kit on our website; an E-kit (downloadable form) or Shipped Kit, we recommend the E-kit that has the downloadable form. Once you purchase the test online, there will be a pdf attached to the receipt for you to print out. The form has the instructions and the testy form to fill out and return to us along with the hair sample. With this option there is no time delay and when you return the sample, all you need to do is pay for postage for a regular envelope.
Does Insurance cover this type of testing?
We have recently heard from some of our pet customers indicating that their pet insurance has reimbursed them for their pet test. Currently we have not heard of any health insurance companies covering the cost of the human testing. Affordable Testing has tried to keep the cost of the testing at an affordable price so that most consumers can afford the test without insurance reimbursement.
What evidence supports the effectiveness of Affordable Testing?
While there has not been a specific clinical trial to verify our testing services, a vast amount of documented research has been conducted over the last 30 years which supports the electromagnetic/electric/magnetic scientific field on which the testing is based.
Today, energy medicine is officially recognized by the U.S. healthcare system as a subspecialty within the larger field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a center within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the federal government’s leading agency for scientific research on CAM. NCCAM reports that more than 42% of Americans use alternative medicine to address their health and wellness concerns.
The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the Congress of The United States produced a lengthy report entitled “Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies.” The report stated the following: “It has been estimated that only 10–20% of all procedures currently used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trials. Personal experience is perhaps the oldest and most common informal method of judging the efficacy and safety of a medical technology.”
We are proud to report that we have received countless testimonials from individuals who have personally experienced positive outcomes as a result of utilizing Affordable Testing for themselves or their pets. Please refer to the case studies that are reported on our website and shared on our social media platforms. If you would like more information or wish to share your success story, please contact our office at 833-600-8378.
How accurate are the test results?
Affordable Testing stands behind the bio resonance hair-testing technology and takes every precaution and quality assurance protocol to ensure the accuracy of the testing results.
A strict elimination diet is truly the only way to test for food intolerances with complete accuracy. While an elimination diet is considered the Gold Standard, it is extremely challenging for an individual to be disciplined in their food intake and control every aspect of their food sourcing. The amount of time required to conduct such a regimented diet can be very lengthy and costly, especially if the individual has no guidelines on how to determine potentially offending items.
Affordable Testing removes the guesswork and makes an elimination diet easier by providing the exact list of items that should take priority in an elimination diet.
Accuracy is questioned in all types of allergy testing. Regardless if conducted by blood, saliva, or skin prick, negative results almost always mean that you are not allergic to a food. Positive results however are not always accurate. It’s been reported that about 50-60% of all skin prick tests yield “false positive” results, meaning that the test shows positive even though you are not really allergic to the food being tested.
What is your customer satisfaction rate?
We are happy to report a high level of customer satisfaction! Our return rate is less than .04%.
Our customer service department is available at 1-833-600-8378 Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm EST or via email: email@example.com.
What is your refund policy?
Customer satisfaction is our goal and we want you to be happy with your decision to purchase 5 Strands® Affordable Testing.
If you change your mind after purchase, we will offer you a full refund provided that you notify us of your decision to cancel your order within 7 days of placement and before mailing in your hair sample.
Once you’ve mailed your hair sample and it has been received in our processing center, you will not be entitled to a full refund upon cancellation. You will be charged a $40 administrative processing fee which will be deducted from the price you paid for the test.
To claim your refund, please email our customer service department at: firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following details:
Name used to purchase
Email address used to purchase
PayPal Transaction ID, website order number, or Amazon transaction number
Date of purchase
Any delivery costs incurred by you in sending in your test will be not be refunded. Please remember that it can take three to four days after we have processed a refund payment for it to appear on your credit card statement. All refunds will be processed within 30 days.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your concerns, please contact our customer service department at 1-833-600-8378. Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm EST.
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What is the 5Strands® Affordable Testing Disclaimer?
5 Strands® Affordable Testing and this website do not make any medical diagnoses nor are they intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider if you have a medical condition or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and/or medical symptoms. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. All probable or possible diagnoses generated by the test or this website need to be discussed and confirmed with a qualified medical practitioner. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or the emergency services immediately. Reliance on any information provided by 5 Strands® Affordable Testing and this website is solely at your own risk. Some of the content on this website may be provided by third parties and we are not in a position to verify this content. We do not warrant that any such third party content is true, accurate or complete. Our method of testing does not test for type IgE allergies. Since these reactions can be serious, you should seek the help of an allergy specialist.