Am I Allergic?

A food “allergy” is defined as an immune response to a protein in a food. A food “sensitivity” is similar to an allergy, but can be caused by another component of a food other than protein (for example, a sugar sensitivity).

Regardless of whether you have an “allergy” or a “sensitivity”, symptoms can be similar, and can range from annoying to debilitating. Most common clinical testing methods look for reactions to proteins only, testing for allergic reactions and not sensitivities – this can leave you in the dark as to what is REALLY causing your symptoms.

Before you head down the path of expensive clinical testing, there’s a simple way that you can test for food sensitivities – for free, and in your own home. Although these tests aren’t an exact science, they can help you identify which foods may trigger a stress response, which is a key sign of food sensitivity.

A Three-Step Approach

Are you ready to find the foods that are causing your sensitivity symptoms? We recommend taking this approach.


Identify general allergic tension.

Take the Sanchez-Cuenca Test

If you test positive for general allergic tension, move on to step 2.


Identify the foods causing your sensitivity reactions.

Take the Coca Pulse Test

If you test positive for certain foods, move on to step 3.


The Elimination/Challenge Test will help you to confirm your food sensitivity reactions, as well as reduce or eliminate symptoms.

Learn about the Elimination Challenge

After you have identified the culprit foods, share the results with your nutritionist or healthcare provider for more assistance on dealing with (or healing/eliminating) your food sensitivities.

Taking an Accurate Pulse

Doctor hand check on wrist pulse

Step 1. Sit down and relax. Turn your palm upward. You can test either your left or right wrist.

Step 2. With your other hand, feel around to find your pulse in your radial artery, under your pointer and index fingertips using a slight pressure. Don’t use your thumb. If you can’t find your pulse, move your fingers around until you do. When you’ve found it, give it a few seconds to ensure that you have a strong location.

If you can’t find your pulse on your wrist, place your pointer and index fingertips on your carotid artery (there are two carotid arteries on either side of the neck).

Step 3. Take a full, one-minute pulse. Do not take a partial minute and multiply, as is common practice in many healthcare settings. For the purpose of sensitivity testing, it is important to take a manual pulse for one full minute to reduce the possibility of rounding errors when multiplying partial minutes. A difference of even one point can skew the results of the test.

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