Quoted from ABJoeNot knowing how those tests work or having specific experience with them, I can't comment on the efficacy of it...
SWAMI doesn't know your specific allergies, so it can't include them. It is up to us to control any known allergen intake in addition to SWAMI's output.
One good thing is that after following SWAMI for some time to heal the digestive system, you may become less sensitive to the allergenic foods!
Quoted from Kasia
There is a difference between food allergy and food intolerance. If you have a food allergy, even a tiny amount of the offending food can cause an immediate, severe reaction. Food intolerance symptoms generally come on gradually and don't involve an immune system reaction. That's why people usually know what foods they are allergic to but quite rarely know what foods their bodies don't tolerate.
Quoted from JJRYeah, I have no opinion about if a hair test is good for this. We had blood tests done by Genova Diagnostics which I think is the same place as Great Smoky Labs.
Who recommended this hair test?
Quoted from Kasia
Nobody recommended this hair test; I found it through the internet search. As I mentioned in my first post the only reason I looked for intolerance tests was because one of the questions in the SWAMI was: 'Are you lactose intolerant?'... The company I found says on their website:
'We are an established clinic with over 10 years experience dedicated to helping people restore their body’s natural balance. Using the latest in bio-technology our “One Step Test” allows us to test against more than 600 substances. We are now one of the largest providers of intolerance tests in the UK. We have agencies in 15 countries and the majority of other companies offering hair sample testing now use our clinic. (...) The only online test for nearly 600 food and non food items. (...) Apart from being less invasive and considerably cheaper from comparison tests carried out by our clients, we believe our test is as accurate (if not more accurate) than the blood tests.'