Is your food making you sick?
Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Nutritionist
What is MRT?
MRT® (Mediator Release Test) is the only blood test that quantifies your inflammatory response to 170 foods and food-chemicals, letting you know not just which foods you should avoid, but also which foods are your BEST foods—those with the lowest level of reactivity. MRT is different from many of the other Food Blood Tests on the market like Food Intolerance Tests and Food Allergy Tests, as it measures several different inflammatory markers, not just one, as seen in the other tests. This provides you with a much more accurate measurement of which foods and food chemicals are good, neutral, and bad for you.
The information MRT® provides directly translates into a powerfully effective anti-inflammatory eating plan, which is customized to your particular test results and food preferences. What if you actually don’t need to give up gluten, eggs, caffeine, and dairy just because an arbitrary elimination diet protocol said to? What if you are substituting almond flour for wheat flour, in an attempt to improve your health, but you’re sensitive to almonds? It’s always best to test, and not guess. We are all unique and so is our microbiology.
Since tens of millions of Americans suffer from food sensitivities (studies show up to 60% of the population is afflicted!), the statistical reality is you are one of them. Many know that sometimes foods seem to cause symptoms, but they haven’t been able to identify what they are reacting to, so they continue to suffer. Conditions and symptoms such as:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Bloating and gas
Migraines and chronic headaches
Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia
Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, and Rashes
Inflammatory Bowel Disorders (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, etc.)
…and many other uncomfortable health problems are often directly related to hidden inflammatory reactions to the foods we eat.
Read more about MRT here.
Wouldn’t it be nice if…
You were no longer fearful around food and eating, constantly playing the guessing game of “Am I going to feel bad after eating this?”
You no longer experienced bloating, acid regurgitation or heartburn, fatigue, physical pain, nausea, bowel problems, flare-ups in your acne or eczema, all of which eat away at your joy, self-esteem, and confidence in the world.
You no longer had to waste time, energy, money, and worry dealing with your chronic health problems? What would your life look like if you looked and felt great and exuded confidence and self-empowerment?
It all starts with your digestive power. Your food ultimately feeds every cell in your body, which feeds all of your tissues and organs. Your food choices are either strengthening or weakening you. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could choose wisely so you can be your best self and enjoy life to the fullest.
Healing is much simpler than you think.
Knowing which foods trigger your symptoms or cause inflammation in your body is the first step to improving your health and well being. Why? Because all disease is rooted in inflammation.
- Medical research has shown that sensitivities to food and food-chemicals can be involved in wide-ranging inflammatory symptoms that are not just digestive in nature, making diagnosis, treatment, and recovery difficult without the proper testing
- If food sensitivities are contributing to or even causing your illness, and you don’t properly address them, you could easily end up suffering for many years, while the inflammatory symptoms worsen and become more complicated and serious over time.
- Undiagnosed food and food chemical sensitivities could cost you tons of money and wasted energy spent on ineffective treatments and procedures, taking medications with side effects, and using costly supplements that will never truly heal you because they are only masking the symptoms, and temporarily, at best.
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use;
When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
Kat’s deep knowledge of the body’s systems combined with her expertise in nutrition have led to major improvements in my digestion, respiratory issues, and overall anxiety. Kat is a gem and a true healer.
Kat has been instrumental in my road to healing. You can tell she truly cares about her patients and is invested in their health. I’ve been to several specialists trying to figure out my digestive issues to no avail. Kat’s deep knowledge of the body’s systems combined with her expertise in nutrition have led to major improvements in my digestion, respiratory issues, and overall anxiety. Kat is a gem and a true healer.
Working with Kat Farovitch has completely changed me for the better! I was having some serious stomach issues along with weight-loss challenges and by having Kat introduce MRT testing to me, I now have a completely customized diet plan to avoid the foods and chemicals that were making me feel sick and inflamed. The results I personally noticed from following the diet strictly: Eliminated all of my headaches, indigestion, and teeth sensitivity, I finally was able to lose 15 lbs., it regulated my menstrual cycle, I'm sleeping so well and just a lot of other little things. It's been 6 months since I got my results and I've never felt better! It's completely worth the money & commitment because if you're not feeling good in general, it's most likely the foods you're eating. This test can TELL you what is making you sick and then Kat can help you understand the results and how to work them into your lifestyle. I can't recommend her and the MRT test enough. Thank you Kat!!!
The results I personally noticed from following the diet strictly: Eliminated all of my headaches, indigestion, and teeth sensitivity, I finally was able to lose 15 lbs, it regulated my menstrual cycle, I'm sleeping so well and just a lot of other little things. It's been 6 months since I got my results and I've never felt better!
For years I had been feeling super tired—falling asleep at my desk at work, dozing off during meetings, and I couldn't remember the last movie I didn't sleep through. A friend recommended acupuncture, so I thought I'd give it a shot. On my first visit I told her that someone had suggested maybe I was iron-deficient, to which she responded with an, "Oh no they di-int!" look. She taught me that most people are not only NOT iron-deficient, but iron-toxic. So she treated me for that and I began feeling better within a few days. She then had me take a food sensitivity test that indicated all of the foods that caused inflammation in my body to varying degrees. I discovered that there were numerous foods that I had thought were healthy (e.g., almonds, olive oil, soy, peas) that were not good for me. I eliminated those foods from my diet and now, for the first time in my life, I have energy when I eat and can actually watch a movie in its entirety. Little did I know that when I walked into that first acupuncture appointment that it would change my life more than I could have imagined. Thanks, Kat!
I discovered that there were numerous foods that I had thought were healthy (e.g., almonds, olive oil, soy, peas) that were not good for me. I eliminated those foods from my diet and now, for the first time in my life, I have energy when I eat and can actually watch a movie in its entirety.
Kat has been such an important part of my healing process. I was feeling nauseous and dizzy, anxious, and had stomach aches for a long time. Sometimes I would eat and I would be fine, and other times I would stay home for hours before I felt well enough to eat. I slowly started eating less and less food thinking that I was sensitive to everything. After MRT I found out I was really sensitive to bananas and peas, which were part of my daily routine for a long time. There were other foods that came up as well, and there were many foods I found out I could actually eat! In addition, Kat is really knowledge of food and ingredients and combinations. I have never met anyone that cared more about my wellness then Kat. I highly recommend her and MRT! It takes away the guesswork, and Kat will help you navigate through the process. She is like a detective until you feel better she is there thru and thru.
Food Sensitivity Test + Medical Intuitive Reading
Improper diet is almost always a main contributor to your not feeling well, but what if there are other factors as well? Is it a gut infection? A hormonal imbalance? Long-standing stress and emotional turmoil ? Something toxic in your environment? I am also a Medical Intuitive and I can answer those questions for you as well as provide guidance about how to correct it.
This all-inclusive package offers you:
- Testing with the Mediator Release Test for 170 foods and food chemicals
- Customized food lists for each phase of the eating plan
- Step-by-step instructions and guides
- One phone consult with me to interpret and discuss your MRT test results
- One Medical Intuitive Reading that I email to you, which addresses other factors that may be contributing to or causing your symptoms, i.e. Toxicity, Infections, Emotional Imbalance, etc.
Click on question to see its answer.
No, MRT is a blood test that looks for food sensitivities, which cause the release of inflammatory chemicals in the body, experienced as inflammatory symptoms, but does not necessarily involve the immune system, like an allergy does.
Yes, after you stop eating foods that cause inflammation, it frees up resources that had been used to deal with that inflammation for years, thus allowing the body to heal itself.
The dietary management strategies used in this program are not the same as those found in fad diets. This is an individually tailored dietary wellness program which can be used for your whole life. Most of our patients find that after a few weeks of sticking to their program, it becomes a habit and becomes a natural part of their day-to-day living. In addition, our patients usually feel so much better they don’t want to return to their old eating habits.
It is important always to avoid foods that cause your immune system to react. The best way to be sure that a reactive food is safe again is to “challenge” it after a period of abstinence, usually three to six months. This should be done under the care of your healthcare provider. In some cases, it may be important to retest to see if reactions have changed, as is often the case with sensitivity reactions; but retesting is usually a matter of clinical need (i.e. you begin to feel sick frequently again, even though you are following your plan carefully).
A rotation diet is a universally accepted dietary approach to treating food sensitivities. A 3-day rotation diet limits one’s exposure to foods from the same food family to once every 3 days. For example, if chicken and eggs were low-reactive foods, you would be able to eat them freely on Monday (the first day of your rotation diet), but you would not eat them again until Thursday. This limits your exposure and thus decreases the chances of developing new sensitivities.
The most commonly reactive foods (such as wheat, cow’s milk, corn, egg, soy, and cane sugar) are thought to be most common because they are eaten the most frequently and in the greatest proportions of any foods. One theory, which explains this phenomenon, states that when we eat the same thing over and over again, we lose the ability to properly break down and assimilate that food. When the improperly broken down food molecule gets absorbed during digestion, our immune system recognizes that food particle as being an enemy, and begins to attack the food whenever it is eaten. This process is called “loss of oral tolerance” as we no longer “tolerate” the food we once did.
The best way to prevent new food sensitivities from arising is to limit our consumption frequency of the foods in our diet. The 3-day rotation diet accomplishes this. We recommend you start your 3-day rotation diet approximately one month AFTER you have started your elimination diet. You may not have tried all the foods listed on your rotation diet at this point, so just rotate the items you have already tried and found you tolerated.
Sometimes, when food sensitivity patients eliminate their reactive foods, they begin to feel temporarily worse than they did before the diet. Maybe they have less energy, more aches and pains, headaches, more irritability, or they just feel that they are getting worse instead of better. If this happens to you during your first week on the program you should actually get excited because that is one of the main signs that you are on the road to recovery.
Food sensitivity has been likened to food addiction, and physicians who treat food sensitivities have observed for years that patients often go through temporary withdrawal symptoms when they avoid their reactive foods. This is thought to be a kind of “cleaning up” of all the allergens in your system, and a simultaneous re- calibration of your biochemical equilibrium.
Withdrawal from caffeine may also cause headache, drowsiness and fatigue. Reducing your caffeine intake PRIOR to Phase 1 of your elimination diet may help limit these symptoms. The most important thing if you are experiencing these withdrawal symptoms is to be in contact with and follow the advice of your doctor. In many cases, a simple OTC pain reliever like Tylenol or Advil can help “take the edge off” so to speak if you are not reactive to any of the ingredients. Also, extra water consumption can also help minimize the temporary symptoms of withdrawal.
You should always follow the advice of your doctor regarding prescription medications you are taking and never stop the medication on your own, as this may have serious side effects. You may however find that after following the MRT results that your symptoms have diminished to the point where you may need to consult with your doctor to adjust the dosage of your medication. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you to check to see if your medications contain any of your reactive ingredients and advise you on any needed changes.
You can stay on the program while eating out; however it will require more planning and a thorough knowledge of hidden sources of your reactive foods. It is also important to ask your waiter or the chef about ingredients in the foods available. Refer to the sections on Common & Hidden Sources of Test Substances and Restaurant and Travel Tips in the booklet you receive, for more information.
When you consume reactive foods, the physiological, immunological, and biochemical effects in some cases can set back your progress by weeks. Therefore, we never advise our patients to eat foods that test reactive or that are known to provoke symptoms. If you are in a situation where it is impossible to follow the specific phase of your program, the next best thing is to be sure to limit your diet to only those foods on your low-reactive list. This may work until you can go back to your original plan. Remember that your results will be compromised the more you stray from your eating plan.
By following your customized diet, your cravings should subside considerably within the first 5-10 days on the program. Remember that cheating on the program cannot bring about any long term benefit and usually results in short, medium, and long term problems. Another thing that may make it easier to give up foods you crave is to understand that in reality, your reactive foods are poisoning you. Many people crave chocolate. But how many people would eat chocolate covered poison? So if you can understand that your reactive foods are poison, it becomes easier to find an alternative.
Yes. Hypoglycemia is a condition in which your blood sugar decreases below normal levels. Dizziness and severe lack of energy are the most common symptoms of this condition. Regular eating patterns are the most important dietary therapy to regulate blood sugar. Smaller more frequent meals eaten every two to three hours can ensure a proper supply of blood sugar.
Yes. This program can be integrated with the diabetic diet very easily and with good results.
It may or may not, depending upon their individual reactivities. Each person responds differently to the foods, chemicals and additives that they are eating. It would be best to have them do MRT and have an eating plan developed for their particular needs.
Food allergies affect only a small percentage of the population and the symptoms typically come on quickly within seconds or an hour or so. You may have already been screened for food allergies by a doctor with an IgE Test (skin prick test). However, most digestive issues and IBS symptoms involve non-allergy delayed hypersensitivities, i.e. Food Sensitivities. Research shows that up to 60% of the population are affected by food sensitivities. These reactions involve several inflammatory mediators that can be released and circulate in your body for up to four days after eating the offending food.
After we get your MRT results, we plan your customized elimination diet. The difference between this approach and a standard elimination diet is that we have an accurate blood test to help us navigate which foods to avoid and which foods are really good for you. You basically begin this eating plan with a clean slate, by eating only the foods that tested safe for you, rather than randomly avoiding foods, based on a standard elimination diet, that may or may not be reactive foods for you (been there, done that). For instance, what if you’re using almond flour to substitute for wheat flour in a recipe, but almonds are highly reactive for you? What if you’re reactive to solanine, a naturally-occurring chemical in the nightshade family, but you’re eating crackers made with potato flour, adding grilled bell peppers to your sandwich, or eating tomato sauce on your meatballs? In essence, if you’re eating foods that trigger inflammation in your body, you are not going to feel well. There really is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to diet. One person’s healing food is another person’s poison. The other benefit of MRT versus following a standard elimination diet, is that you have a wider variety of foods to eat, so you don’t have to worry about becoming nutritionally deficient and imbalanced. It’s always better to test, and not guess.