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DIY Food Allergy Testing: The Pulse Test

When you eat something you are allergic to, your heart rate increases. Dr. Arthur Coca used pulse testing in the mid 1950s to determine what foods his patients were allergic to. There is no reason you can’t use this test to verify your suspicions. It doesn’t cost a thing and it is pretty easy. Just follow this how to guide listed below:

Identify your normal pulse rate:

  • Use your pointer and middle fingers to locate your pulse near the jugular vein in your neck. Take your pulse for 6 seconds using a watch that shows the seconds, multiply by 10.

Pulse test for one week and record results for these times:

  • Before getting out of bed in the morning, before bed, and 30 minutes after eating each meal.

*Normal pulse rates are between 50-80 beats/minute. Age, exercise level and sex may alter the rate. It is up to you to determine what is normal for your body. This is why you record your h.r. for one week prior to testing.

Eat one food you suspect you are allergic to.

  • It is normal for your pulse to increase up to 6 beats/minute for foods you aren’t allergic to. However, if your pulse increases more than 12 beats/minute (or over 84 beats/minute) then you have found an allergen.
  • You may use the test to identify several allergens in one day, just make sure you eat the foods 2-3 hours apart.

Eliminate common allergens one week prior to testing and test them separately:

  • Common allergens: eggs, wheat, soy, corn, dairy, nuts, alcohol, tobacco, and nightshade vegetables.

Foods to test:

  1. Foods that you crave.
  2. Foods that make you feel icky after eating.
  3. Foods you eat several times a day or week.


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