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One simple way that you can test for food allergies yourself is the pulse test, first described by Dr. Arthur Coca in his book The Pulse Test. According to Coca, if you eat something to which you are allergic, your pulse-rate will speed up. To determine whether you are allergic to foods, take your pulse before a meal and then at several intervals after eating. Muscle Testing For Allergies, Part 1If your pulse is faster after eating, then by trying one food at a time you can identify the food(s) to which you are allergic. Unfortunately, since many factors can cause an increase in pulse-rate it may be difficult to isolate the specific items. Also, remember that sometimes a delayed reaction can take as long as several days to appear. If the pulse does not increase within two or three hours it may not mean you are not allergic — only that there is not a rapid reaction. Liquids are more likely to produce a fast reaction. 

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There are a number of dietary tests to identify allergies to specific foods. Such tests often begin with a fast, and then introduce foods one at a time, to observe whether there are any allergic reactions. A variation on this approach, if you are suspicious of a particular food, is to eliminate that food and related food, from your diet for about two weeks, then eat a lot of it and see if you get a reaction. Two kinds of reactions may occur. First, you may observe withdrawal symptoms on eliminating the food from your diet. Withdrawal symptoms, which can vary as much as allergic symptoms themselves, generally indicate that you are strongly allergic to the food. Secondly, you may observe a pronounced reaction when you reinstate the food. 
This technique of withdrawing a foodWithdrawing food and then challenging the system by reintroducing it was first developed by Dr. Theron Randolph, a pioneer in the field of clinical ecology. This method, described in An Alternative Approach to Allergies by Dr. Randolph and Dr. Ralph Moss, (1) has proven a very effective alternative to traditional skin testing, not only for identifying food allergies, but also for allergies to other substances such as dust, molds, and chemicals. It is possible, however, that you can be allergic to a food or other substance and still show no obvious reaction on eliminating or reintroducing it. One reason is that you may be having a reaction which you cannot directly observe. Moreover, you may have a noticeable reaction, but it may be due to a cause other than ellergy, as I will discuss later in this article. 
If all the usual methods of allergy testing have their shortcomings, how can we reliably identify allergies? A new set of techniques, using muscle testing, is now being employed to identify allergies with great sensitivity and accuracy. These techniques use the body itself as a sensitive instrument to detect the imbalances that lie at the heart of allergic problems. To understand how muscle testing works, we must first introduce a new concept of allergy. 
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