Help! We’re all dying!

According to a couple of forum threads, there are clearly a lot of sick, sick people out there. Food for the Brain’s questionnaire is great at diagnosing apparently healthy people with a diverse range of conditions. It can also – worryingly – give false negatives: the questionnaire sometimes tells people they’ve got a 0% risk of food allergies contributing to their problems. This not a conclusion that one can reach from an online questionnaire, and it’s extremely worrying that people are being told this – obviously, allergic reactions can have serious, sometimes fatal, consequences.

As well as giving out potentially dangerous false negatives, the Food for the Brain questionnaire is also great at suggesting expensive – most likely unnecessary – tests. ‘Cactus’ on the badscience.net forum kindly worked out how much the tests I was advised to have would cost:

here is a list of lab costs for the tests recommended (based on http://www.mullhaven.co.uk/). Currency is
sterling.

Glycosylated Hb – 27.00
Food lntolerance screen – 210.00
Thyroid Function Test – 37.00
Homocysteine – 47.50 Serum Essential fatty acids – 88.00
Metals in blood (in lieu of hair analysis) – 157.50

Kryptopyrrole –
33.50
Histamine – 49.00
Serotonin – 60.00
Catecholamines (adrenal function) – 51.50
Liver function test – 22.00 (for detox overload)
Anti-oxidant profile – 155.00 (for detox overload)

That adds up to over £900. Wow. And, again. Wow. I’ve listed the problems that Food for the Brain’s questionnaire ‘diagnosed’ me with at the end of this below, in case anyone’s interested in how sick I really am.

Blood Sugar ImbalanceYou have a relatively large number of symptoms
indicating that BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE may be contributing to your health
problem. The best way to check for this is to have a Glycosylated Haemoglobin
blood test. This can be arranged through your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical
nutritionist.
AllergiesYou have a relatively large number of symptoms indicating that
ALLERGIES may be contributing to your health problem. The best way to check for
this is to have a Food Intolerance Test. This can be arranged through your
doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
Underactive ThyroidYou have a relatively large number of symptoms
indicating that UNDERACTIVE THYROID may be contributing to your health problem.
The best way to check for this is to have a Thyroid Test. This can be arranged
through your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
Need for B VitaminsYou have a relatively large number of symptoms
indicating that NEED FOR B VITAMINS may be contributing to your health problem.
The best way to check for this is to have a Homocysteine Test. This can be
arranged through your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
Need for Essential FatsYou have a relatively large number of symptoms
indicating that NEED FOR ESSENTIAL FATS may be contributing to your health
problem. The best way to check for this is to have a Blood Test for Essential
Fats. This can be arranged through your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical
nutritionist.
Heavy Metal ToxicityYou have a relatively large number of symptoms
indicating that HEAVY METAL TOXICITY may be contributing to your health problem.
The best way to check for this is to have a Hair Mineral Analysis. This can be
arranged through your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
PyroluriaYou have a relatively large number of symptoms indicating that
PYROLURIA may be contributing to your health problem. The best way to check for
this is to have a Kryptopyrrole Test. This can be arranged through your doctor,
psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
High HistamineYou have a relatively large number of symptoms indicating
that HIGH HISTAMINE may be contributing to your health problem. The best way to
check for this is to have a Histamine Blood Test. This can be arranged through
your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
Low SerotoninYou have a relatively large number of symptoms indicating that
LOW SEROTONIN may be contributing to your health problem. The best way to check
for this is to have a Neurotransmitter Test. This can be arranged through your
doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
Adrenal ExcessYou have a relatively large number of symptoms indicating
that ADRENAL EXCESS may be contributing to your health problem. The best way to
check for this is to have a Neurotransmitter Test . This can be arranged through
your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
Low AcetylcholineYou have a relatively large number of symptoms indicating
that LOW ACETYLCHOLINE may be contributing to your health problem. The best way
to check for this is to have a Neurotransmitter Test. This can be arranged
through your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
Detox OverloadYou have a relatively large number of symptoms indicating
that DETOX OVERLOAD may be contributing to your health problem. The best way to
check for this is to have a Liver Detoxification Test. This can be arranged
through your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
Stimulant DependenceYou have a relatively large number of symptoms
indicating that STIMULANT DEPENDENCE may be contributing to your health problem.
The best way to check for this is to have a period of abstinence from sugar,
stimulants and other potential addictive substances, backed up by appropriate
nutritional and psychological support. This can be arranged through your doctor,
psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.
High HomocysteineYou have a relatively large number of symptoms indicating
that HIGH HOMOCYSTEINE may be contributing to your health problem. The best way
to check for this is to have a Homocysteine Test. This can be arranged through
your doctor, psychiatrist or a clinical nutritionist.

Assuming I live long enough, I’ve got some more interesting info about Holford to post later in the weekend.

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2 Comments

Filed under allergy, Food for the brain foundation, Holford, medical tests, online medical advice, patrick holford

2 responses to “Help! We’re all dying!

  1. Gadgeezer

    Should we send a wreath or could you be saved if we sent along a few bottles of supplements?

    Any recommendations for the latter and from where they should be ordered? Well, colour me surprised.

  2. Jon

    Well, I couldn’t ask readers to pay for all the tests that I apparently need, let alone what Holford charges for his recommended supplement regime – especially when so many people have been diagnosed with so many conditions themselves. Instead, I guess I’ll just have to put up with self-medicating. In terms of where to order from, these are a couple of excellent sources ;)

    http://hasbean.co.uk

    http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com

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