If you consult pages 10-11 of the YorkTest brochure: Is what you eat making you ill? YT34 04/07 (biv446), you will read about YorkTest’s evidence. There are summaries of relevant publications.
YORKTEST are the only laboratory in the world to have a clinically validated test. This has followed over 25 years of the highest quality ‘double blind’ clinical trials that have been published in numerous peer reviewed medical journals, including the British Medical Journal, the Congress of Headache Care Migraine Study and the Gut Journal (International Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology).
There are many canards in there that are not the subject of this post. We are highlighting YorkTest’s implication that the Hardman and Hart study was published in the BMJ when it was actually published in an industry magazine, Nutrition and Food Science with no peer-review.
The papers are discussed in Myth: You can diagnose food intolerance or allergy with an IgG blood test.
The papers that YorkTest summarise are:
Atkinson W, Sheldon TA, Shaath N, Whorwell PJ. Food elimination based on IgG antibodies in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomised controlled trial. Gut. 2004 Oct;53(10):1459-64.
Rees T, Watson D, Lipscombe S, Speight H, Cousins P, Hardman G, Dowson, AJ. A Prospective Audit of Food Intolerance Among Migraine Patients in Primary Care Clinical Practice. (pdf). Headache Care. 2005 June; 2(2):105-110.
Hardman G, Hart G. Dietary advice based on food-specific IgG results (pdf). Nutrition and Food Science. 2007; 37,16-23.
You will see that none of them was published in the BMJ, and once the reader excludes the Gut and Headache Congress papers, the implication is that the Hardman and Hart customer audit was published in the BMJ. That’s a surprising confusion and it is an unfortunate mistake. A mistake that might confuse readers who are looking for information about whether the YorkTest IgG food intolerance test is endorsed by allergists and immunologists and who might now believe that the BMJ publishes audits of customer satisfaction surveys. And, it has to be said, that the BMJ is one of the few medical journals that has a name and reputation that is readily recognised by the lay public because it is regularly mentioned in newspapers and television items.
YorkTest is developing an unfortunate track record for selective quoting and errors that are to its publicity advantage. Maybe, just maybe, they are pining, not for the fjords, but Dr Aust’s Alt.Reality.
Update 25 August: jdc reminds us that Patrick Holford has also been confused about where the Hardman and Hart paper was published.