food toleranceMcCrystal Pharmacies launched Food Intolerance Testing in January 2010. The test involves taking a few pinpricks of blood, which are then tested against a broad range of everyday foods to determine any food intolerance.

“New food intolerance test may mean an end to long lists of forbidden foods and better results.”
Arminta Wallace (journalist) – was impressed
The Irish Times

The principal of the test is Martin Healy. Studied at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, UK, graduating in 1983. Trained under Professor J.R. Worsley.

After graduation, Clinic Director, Martin Healy studied with Dr. Anthony Hodson in Cambridge, UK. Hodson was one of the very early medical researchers into allergy and food intolerance. Over the past ten years he has worked with many of the well known and most prestigious laboratories that specialise in the clinic’s new IgG antibody test technology. The Fitzwilliam FoodTest Clinic, was the first to introduce this new generation IgG food intolerance test in Ireland in 1998.

The author of several allergy and food intolerance books and the most recent publication “Food Intolerance – (foods you can eat)” summarises the past twenty six years of clinical practice in this specialist field.

What Is Food Intolerance? 
The condition begins when the digestive system is no longer able to process particular foods as they pass down the digestive tract. The end result is the build-up of many poisonous intestinal toxins.

This toxic intestinal mix eventually escapes into the bloodstream. These toxins are then carried throughout the body where they cause infection and inflammation in other organs and body systems. The objective of the Test is to find the particular foods which are causing this toxic state.

Symptoms of Food Intolerance

  • Bloating and other Digestive problems
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Eczema
  • Sinusitis and Eat, Nose and Throat problems
  • Weight problems

Allergy or Intolerance?

The term Food Allergy is used to describe those cases in which the adverse reaction occurs almost immediately, usually within one hour. The reaction is obvious and often quite violent, for example developing a swollen lip or tongue after eating peanuts, or becoming violently sick after eating shellfish. True food allergies are quite rare. They affect only a small percentage of the population and most often develop during childhood.

The term Food Intolerance, on the other hand, affects a great number of people and can develop at any time of life. The symptoms of food intolerance rarely occur immediately after the food is eaten. In fact, the reaction is usually delayed by many hours or even many days. For example, the cheese eaten on Monday could be the cause of Wednesday’s asthma attack. It is these delayed reactions which make the detection of the culprit foods a very difficult task without the help of expert laboratory testing.

Cost of Testing

There are 4 different tests available.

An Indicator Test which is designed to determine if have elevated food specific IgG antibody levels costs just €15. If you receive a negative result, it is unlikely you react to certain foods. However, if you get a positive result, it would be beneficial to get one of the more detailed tests to determine which foods you react to. A new blood sample is not required as the same blood sample can be used to carry out the 60, 93 or 200 Food Test.

A 200 Food Test, the most comprehensive of the tests, costing €340.

A 93 Food Test, the original test, costing €255.

A 60 Food Test, at a more affordable €165

We advise that as broad a range of foods as possible are eaten in the weeks leading up to your test, including any foods you suspect may be causing a reaction (omit any foods that are may cause a severe reaction).

Also, because of the possibility of an intolerance to wheat/dairy products, we also advise that you include goat’s products, spelt bread & soya in your diet for 3-5 days before the test. This is so we can gauge their use as alternatives to wheat/dairy.

View Martin Healy’s interview on TV3’s Ireland AM discussing food intolerance (interview begins at 48 seconds).

For further information view Martin Healy’s own website: