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From YORKTEST.com
21st-25th Food Intolerance Week
Embargoed until 00:01 Monday 21st January 2008

21st Jan 2008

‘Lost years and millions wasted on prescriptions’ says patient survey

Patients suffering from some chronic ailments are being forced to quit conventional medical treatment, including visits to a GP, to find alternative ways of getting better says a YorkTest survey released for Food Intolerance Week. In addition, almost 70% trying to overcome symptoms ranging from headache, bloating, fatigue and eczema, were living with their condition for over three years and spending millions of pounds on medicines that did not work for them.

The survey by food intolerance testing experts, YorkTest Laboratories, quizzed people about their healthcare experience prior to taking a food intolerance test.

In the survey, it discovered, over and above the 70% who lived with illness for three years or more, that nearly 18% were trying overcome an illness for over ten years, with 12% of patients living with a condition for twenty years or more before eventually getting better through a food intolerance test. In addition, 78% of all patients admitted to receiving treatment from a GP without seeing any improvement in their condition.

The survey also asked patients about the amount of money they spent on medicines during their period of ill health. In 2007, it is estimated that over one million pounds was spent on medicines, including prescription charges, by YorkTest patients that did not have any positive effect on their health. According to the survey, each YorkTest patient spends over £350 on medication before eventually finding a solution elsewhere. 43% spent up to £100, 22% spent between £100 and £500 and nearly 20% spent over £500.

Les Rowley, spokesperson for YorkTest said:

“It is slightly worrying that so many people are seeing their GP or taking self medication and not getting better. You wouldn’t give much business to a car mechanic who was constantly trying to fix the same fault for three years. GPs do a good job and we always recommend seeing a doctor if you feel unwell but there must be a point where the patient accepts the treatment isn’t working.”
“A food intolerance test, like a FoodSCAN 113, offers a real opportunity to get better. We all accept that food is linked to ill health so by finding out what you eat, identifying any adverse reactions and then eliminating it from your diet, you are not only giving yourself a real chance to get better but saving time and money in the process.”
Over 3 out of 4 patients get better after taking a food intolerance test. Jackie Clark, a YorkTest patient from East Yorkshire, suffered from headaches for many years. She says: “Some days I wanted to die. Can you imagine waking up and even thinking ‘Oh my God I haven’t got a headache’? The test changed my life.”

Other findings after taking a food intolerance test:

• 36% of sample found benefit within one week.
• 73% found a favourable change in weight.
• 75% say they found health improvements after eliminating certain foods.
Findings before taking the food intolerance test:
• 12% of patients carried illness for 20 years of more before taking a YorkTest.
• 14% took three months or more off work. (UK average is 6 sick days per year)

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Notes for editors:

• The first step to discovering whether you have food intolerances or not costs just £20. A simple pinprick blood test gives you a yes/no verdict and determines if food might be the reason you are feeling less than 100%. If you come back a ‘no’ after being tested, only £20 has been spent and you can pursue another route knowing your problem is not food related.

• If you register a ‘yes’, you have an option to upgrade to a 113 foodSCAN. Still a finger pinprick blood test, the 113 tests for 113 foods and identifies which foods need to be eliminated from the diet and for how long.

• The 113 foodSCAN comes with nutrition one-to-one consultations and 80 pages of literature support to help you on your way to better health. It costs £265.

• CASE STUDIES AVAILABLE ON DEMAND.

• UK Prescription charge is £6.85.

• 364 people filled out the questionnaire.

YORKTEST ARE EUROPE’S LEADING AND MOST QUALIFIED COMPANY DEALING IN FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTING. THE COMPANY RUNS A SERIES OF TESTS WHICH IDENTIFY FOODS CAUSING OVER 40 ILLNESSES FROM MIGRAINE, FATIGUE, ECZEMA AND IBS.

ALL STARTING FROM A SMALL SAMPLE OF BLOOD SUPPLIED BY THE PATIENT, YORKTEST LABORATORIES RUN THE SAMPLE OVER 113 FOOD TYPES TO IDENTIFY ANTIBODY REACTION. FOOD ELIMINATION FOLLOWS AND A DIET PUT IN PLACE TO TREAT THE CONDITION WHICH IS PROVEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN 3 OUT OF 4 CASES.

For further information:

Les Rowley, PR Manager, YORKTEST,
Tel: 01904 428 557/ (M) 07976-746-777 email les.rowley@yorktest.com.
For food test enquiries call YORKTEST on 0800 074 6185










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