What alternative health

practitioners might not tell you



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A well reasoned analysis of about 30 allergy-related tests and treatments that "have been promoted in the absence of any scientific rationale".

Inappropriate testing includes cytotoxic testing (Bryans' test), oral provocation and neutralization, Vega testing (electrodermal testing), kinesiology, radionics (psionic medicine, dowsing), iridology, pulse testing, hair analysis, and tests for "dysbiosis"; Inappropriate use of conventional testing includes food specific IgG, IgG4, IgE, lymphocyte subset analysis, and allergen specific IgE (RAST, ImmunoCap testing);

Inappropriate use of conventional treatments looks at allergen immunotherapy;

Treatments used by conventional and unorthodox practitioners looks at Buteyko Breathing Technique and elimination diets;

Unorthodox treatments include homeopathy, acupuncture, reflexology (zone therapy), autogenous urine therapy, physical therapies (chiropractic, osteopathy, cranial therapy), allergy elimination techniques (also known as 'Advanced Allergy Elimination", and "Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination"), Vega MRT (Matrix Regeneration Therapy), clinical ecology/environmental illness, chronic candidiasis, enzyme potentiated immunotherapy, and insulin resistance/allergy.

Analysis by Dr Raymond J. Mullins on behalf of the Education Committee of The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ACAI) (Originally published October 2004, revised November 2007))