This cheap home allergy test is a must-do for anyone interested in their health. It is so enlightening to see how your pulse reacts to foods eaten. The same test can be used for chemicals. I provide a quick and easy method here, which works well for me, but for best results, I recommend you read this book for more detailed advice: Dr. Coca: The Pulse Test (free ebook download link provided).
I have noticed that one of my main allergic reactions to certain foods (namely, carrots and white flour) is a very heavy heartbeat (heart palpitations). I get pain in my chest and the left arm and sometimes also feel dizzy and irritable. I have now learned to recognise the pounding heart as a food sensitivity symptom. There are many other symptoms too, the heart palpitations are just the first sign of the offending food.
Still, even when you don't realise your heart is beating faster (palpitations), an allergic reaction can still easily be detected by measuring your pulse.
The home allergy test, described below, helped me overcome anxiety and pounding heart symptoms, as well as to realize how certain foods caused me headaches and throatache, as well as gum problems.
Please note that this tests food intolerances and will work for some, but perhaps for not all, food allergies. Usually allergy symptoms are more strong and immediate, whereas food intolerances come with a delay. Both can cause serious health problems, and often the symptom you feel is just the tip of the iceberg. The damage done at cellular level can be much greater. The delay often present with food intolerance symptoms can be several days, making it harder to make the connection between the food and a specific symptom. The food intolerance reactions may include irritability, migraines, high blood pressure, skin conditions, and many other health conditions, which Dr. Coca talks about.
Measure your pulse to test for food intolerances and some allergies.
Instructions on How to Perform the Home Allergy Test
With practice, I found out that the easiest way for me to do an effective home allergy-test, called 'the pulse test' was as follows:
- Take the resting pulse in the morning while still lying in bed. Ensure that this is your lowest pulse of the day, otherwise concentrate on eliminating allergens in your bedroom first before proceeding with the test.
- Have minimum 1.5 hours between different foods/ meals. Test your resting pulse (by counting from the wrist, for example) before each meal and three times after each meal at 0.5 hour intervals (the last count being 1.5 hours after eating). If your pulse is over 85bpm at any point after eating, write all the food items and drinks from the last 1.5 hours on a 'possible culprit' list. You are definitely intolerant to some food just eaten, or something you just drank. (Unless it is be a chemical or something in the air - e.g. cigarette smoke - causing the reaction.)
- Only take your pulse after you've been sitting down minimum of 5 minutes, because this test works with resting pulse only.
- As soon as you find 'culprit meals' perform the same test on individual food items or simpler meals until you find the root cause.
- Build a list of possible culprit foods (and drinks), definite culprit foods, and safe foods using the above method. Start with listing foods that raise your pulse to 85bpm and over first. Once you have eliminated all of those and your pulse settles, you can test further by counting any solid food that raises your pulse by 8bpm or more as a culprit. Keep in mind that culprit liquids and inhalants raise your pulse less than solid foods.
- If you cannot stop smoking, I would think it is ok to do the test anyway by using the above method. But much better if you can quit for the duration of the test. Keep in mind, however, that cigarette smoke is one of the usual culprits to cause an allergic/ intolerance reaction.
- I highly recommend you read the more detailed instructions outlined in Dr. Arthur Coca's book (link above), because although this short method works for me, it may not work the same for you.
- When your highest resting pulse of the day is not more than 16 beats above your morning rate, you have most likely eliminated major intolerances.
That is it in the nutshell. But of course for best results it is better to read the original book by Dr. Coca, which goes into a lot more detail (see link below).
Update: Home Allergy Test Book, Revised Edition:
Artur F Coca, MD: The Pulse Test:
Background Information on Food Intolerances:
The Food Intolerance Bible: A Nutritionist's Plan to Beat Food Cravings, Fatigue, Mood Swings, Bloating, Headaches and IBS by Antony J Haynes and Antoinette Savill:
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Book Review: The Pulse Test, by Dr. Arthur Coca - Including free download link for the book.
The Food Intolerance Test/ Knowing Your Pulse - My Experience
If you or someone you know has a mental illness, lesser mental challenges or moodiness, read Dr. Philpott's Brain Allergies in addition to Dr. Coca's book. It is a fascinating read with a message of great hope!
Another good book to read on how food affects moods and behaviour is 'Diet, Crime and Delinquency' by Alexander Schauss.