What is the difference between ``Allergy`` and ``Intolerance``?
Some of the symptoms of allergies and intolerances are the same or similar, but the differences between the two are very important.
A true allergy is an immune system response. It is caused by the body mistaking a food or item as a harmful substance and releasing antibodies to fight it. The adverse reaction is usually rapid and can be life-threatening, even at microscopic levels. 5 Strands® Affordable Testing does NOT test for this type of reaction [IgE allergies].
5 Strands® Affordable Pet Testing only tests for “intolerances.” An intolerance is a response that does not take place in the body’s immune system and may appear several hours or days after ingestion or exposure. While intolerances may cause reactions ranging from a mild skin rash to severe digestive issues, they are not normally life-threatening.
The best way to prevent reactions to intolerances is to identify and avoid foods and substances that trigger them. For intolerances, this does not mean forever. After eliminating a food item that your pet is intolerant to and taking steps to help balance the body, you may be able to slowly bring foods back into their diet without experiencing uncomfortable symptoms.
5 Strands® Affordable Pet Testing is here to help by providing a simple method for identifying food and environmental intolerances in dogs, cats, and horses.
What is the difference between the “E-Kit” and the “Shipped Kit” options upon purchase?
When choosing the “E-Kit” option, your emailed order confirmation will include an attached document file for immediate download and action. You will need to print the required submission form, fill it out and send to us along with your pet’s hair sample. Complete instructions regarding the form, hair sample, packing and mailing are included in the downloadable E-Kit document.
If you choose the “Shipped-Kit” option, your emailed order confirmation will NOT include an attached document for immediate download and action. Rather, within 5-7 business days, you will receive a kit in the mail which includes the required submission form to fill out to send to us along with your hair sample. In addition, you will receive a parchment paper bag and a static free bag in which to place the hair sample plus a shipping envelope. Complete printed instructions are provided in the Shipped Kit.
Please note that the turn-around time for the “E-Kit” is much quicker than the “Shipped Kit” because of the ability for you to immediately access the required submission form and take action. Regardless of the method chosen, you can expect to receive your test results within 5-7 days after the required submission form and hair sample have arrived at the processing center.
Do items need to be in your pet's body or environment for an intolerance to be detected?
No, 5 Strands® Affordable Pet Testing does not test for immunological responses which would require exposure to a particular allergen. Our method of testing utilizes bio resonance scanning to determine energetic imbalances between your pet’s body and the items being tested. The testing identifies intolerances which may cause varying degrees of symptoms if currently being ingested or exposed to, or would be in the future.
Why does 5 Strands® Affordable Testing use hair samples?
5 Strands® Affordable Testing utilizes hair samples for testing food and environmental intolerances, nutritional deficiencies and metal/mineral toxicities based on these advantages:
- Collecting a hair sample is easy and non-invasive – No pricks, no prods, no pain! We require only 10-15 strands of hair
- Hair testing eliminates storage, transportation and usability constraints that are associated with other types of tissue samples.
- Faster Results – Hair testing is completed quickly and efficiently with results reported within 5-7 days after the sample arrives at the processing center.
- Affordable Cost – Hair testing is less expensive than other methods. This allows us to test more items than any other test currently on the market and pass the savings along to the customer.
- Hair is stable – It’s not affected by factors such as recent meals, stress, medications, etc.
How accurate are the test results?
Affordable Testing stands behind the bio resonance hair-testing technology and takes every precaution and quality assurance protocol to ensure the accuracy of the testing results.
A strict elimination diet is truly the only way to test for food intolerances with complete accuracy. While an elimination diet is considered the Gold Standard, it is extremely challenging for an individual to be disciplined in their food intake and control every aspect of their food sourcing. The amount of time required to conduct such a regimented diet can be very lengthy and costly, especially if the individual has no guidelines on how to determine potentially offending items.
Affordable Testing removes the guesswork and makes an elimination diet easier by providing the exact list of items that should take priority in an elimination diet.
Accuracy is questioned in all types of allergy testing. Regardless if conducted by blood, saliva, or skin prick, negative results almost always mean that you are not allergic to a food. Positive results however are not always accurate. It’s been reported that about 50-60% of all skin prick tests yield “false positive” results, meaning that the test shows positive even though you are not really allergic to the food being tested.
What if I do not see an item on my Pet's Results? How do I know if they are intolerant to that item?
Affordable Testing checks for food and environmental intolerances against the hundreds of the items listed on our website. Your pet’s results only lists the items that have been identified as intolerances. If an item is not on their results, but is on the website master list, the item did not register as an intolerance.
If an item is NOT listed on our website, that means we currently do not test for that item and cannot tell you whether that item would register as an intolerance.
What evidence supports the effectiveness of Affordable Testing?
While there has not been a specific clinical trial to verify our testing services, a vast amount of documented research has been conducted over the last 30 years which supports the electromagnetic/electric/magnetic scientific field on which the testing is based.
Today, energy medicine is officially recognized by the U.S. healthcare system as a subspecialty within the larger field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a center within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the federal government’s leading agency for scientific research on CAM. NCCAM reports that more than 42% of Americans use alternative medicine to address their health and wellness concerns.
The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the Congress of The United States produced a lengthy report entitled “Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies.” The report stated the following: “It has been estimated that only 10–20% of all procedures currently used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trials. Personal experience is perhaps the oldest and most common informal method of judging the efficacy and safety of a medical technology.”
We are proud to report that we have received countless testimonials from individuals who have personally experienced positive outcomes as a result of utilizing Affordable Testing for themselves or their pets. Please refer to the case studies that are reported on our website and shared on our social media platforms. If you would like more information or wish to share your success story, please contact our office at 833-600-8378.
What is your customer satisfaction rate?
We are happy to report a high level of customer satisfaction! Our return rate is less than .04%.
Our customer service department is available at 1-833-600-8378 Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm EST or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I need to re-test my pet? If so, when?
As the body is constantly changing, intolerances may be changing as well. A negative result today may not necessarily mean that a food or substance will not create issues in your pet’s body in the future. And, what may be a trigger today may become normalized. Intolerances can be better understood and overcome through processes including elimination, detoxification, improving your gut health, improving your overall health, reintroduction, etc. Since no two pets respond to intolerances or treatments in the same way, periodic re-testing can help keep you on track during your pet’s healing process. Re-testing may be beneficial after a few weeks or a few months. Ask your health advisor to guide you. Please contact our customer service department to discuss a discounted price for any re-testing.
What is the 5 Strands® Affordable Testing Disclaimer?
5 Strands® Affordable Pet Testing and this website do not make any diagnoses nor are they intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian regarding your pet’s medical condition, symptoms or questions. Never disregard professional veterinarian advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. If you think your pet may have a medical emergency, call your veterinarian or seek emergency services immediately. Reliance on any information provided by 5 Strands® Affordable Pet Testing and this website is solely at your own risk. Some of the content on this website may be provided by third parties and we are not in a position to verify this content. We do not warrant that any such third party content is true, accurate or complete. Our method of testing does not test for type IgE allergies. Since these reactions can be serious, you
should seek the help of a veterinarian.
What is your refund policy?
Customer satisfaction is our goal and we want you to be happy with your decision to purchase 5 Strands® Affordable Pet Testing.
If you change your mind after purchase, we will offer you a full refund provided that you notify us of your decision to cancel your order within 7 days of placement and before mailing in your hair sample.
Once you’ve mailed your pet’s hair sample and it has been received in our processing center, you will not be entitled to a full refund upon cancellation. You will be charged a $40 administrative processing fee which will be deducted from the price you paid for the test.
To claim your refund, please email our customer service department at: email@example.com and provide the following details:
Name used to purchase
Email address used to purchase
PayPal Transaction ID, website order number, or Amazon transaction number
Date of purchase
Any delivery costs incurred by you in sending in your test will be not be refunded. Please remember that it can take three to four days after we have processed a refund payment for it to appear on your credit card statement. All refunds will be processed within 30 days.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your concerns, please contact our customer service department at 1-833-600-8378. Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm EST.
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