I went to have some blood drawn for food allergy testing and was talking to a guy in line. He said he’s been having migraines after eating bread so he tried giving bread up and he felt better. Obviously, he suspected a food allergy and mentioned this to his doctor. He said his doctor doesn’t believe in food allergies and refused to give him the bloodwork for testing. Now, I’m a little biased because I never went to the doctor when I was little, my mom believed Vitamin C was the cure for everything (right, mom?), and because I never relied on western medicine I have developed an alternative view on medical care, or more importantly, preventative care. Anyway, I believe that you have the best intuition about your body, and if you suspect something is wrong and your doctor refuses to even humor you with something as simple as a blood test, it’s time to find a different doctor.
I learned about the Healthwaves service from my nutrition instructor. They offer many blood tests such as cholesterol, thyroid, chem panels and more for very affordable pricing throughout the valley and you don’t have to go through a doctor. It is a little odd to have your blood drawn in the middle of the coffee aisle at the grocery store, but the low price and fast service is worth it. The lab results get mailed directly to you and they flag anything that is outside the normal range. You can then make a more informed decision about what kind of doctor you may need for necessary followup. Pretty cool, huh? I decided to do the complete food allergy panel and the Southwest inhalant panel. It’s about time I figured out what’s making me feel so icky! I’ll report back on results in a few weeks.