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[vc_row][vc_column el_class="faq_sec"][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title="What is the difference between ``Allergy`` and ``Intolerance``?" tab_id="1552992271056-5904c418-3ec7"][vc_column_text] Some of the symptoms of allergies and intolerances are the same or similar, but the differences between the two are very important. 5Strands® Affordable Testing only tests for “intolerances”, which represent the majority of reactions. 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 abdominal discomfort, they are not normally life-threatening. 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. Some of the most common known food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts and seafood. 5Strands® Affordable Testing does NOT test for this type of reaction [IgE allergies], which represents only 2% of all allergic/intolerance reactions.  The best way to prevent reactions to intolerances is to identify and avoid foods and substances that trigger them. This is the job of 5Strands® Affordable Testing. [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Why does 5 Strands Affordable Testing use hair samples?" tab_id="1552992271056-753d4cbd-f7b1"][vc_column_text]
  • 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 lab.
  • 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.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Does hair dye affect the test results?" tab_id="1552992847480-2eea6b48-d351"][vc_column_text]Hair dye does not affect the test results of 5 Strands® Affordable Testing. You will not have to wait until your natural hair grows in.  You can test at anytime.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What if I have no head hair? Does hair length matter?" tab_id="1552992890972-402d37e5-d58e"][vc_column_text]If you are out of head hair… have no worries. Any body hair can be used to conduct the testing.  (Arm hair, leg hair, nose hair, ear hair, facial hair) We prefer to have at least 10-15 strands of hair at least 1 inch long.  If you do not have hair that is at least 1 inch long, then please provide us with more than 15 strands of hair.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Do items need to be in your body or environment for an intolerance to be detected?" tab_id="1552992931943-f309e4d8-91b1"][vc_column_text]With intolerance testing, you do not have to ingest or be exposed to the item for it to register as an imbalance. Our method of testing utilizes bio-resonance technology to scan hair samples to determine energetic imbalances between your 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. 5Strands® Affordable Testing does not test for immunological responses which would require exposure to a particular allergen.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Do I or my pet have to stop taking medication prior to taking the test?" tab_id="1552992974661-1d2a3d96-f472"][vc_column_text]No, the reason we utilize hair samples for our testing is that it is not affected by medication taken prior to the testing. You can continue with any medication you take on a routine basis without any contraindications in the testing results.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="My doctor will not test my baby for food sensitivities. Is your test suitable for infants?" tab_id="1552993003555-64a2985e-e6a9"][vc_column_text]Yes, Affordable Testing is suitable for all ages. We have tested many infants and provided their parents with valuable information regarding the best formula for their baby’s health and to reduce the symptoms they were exhibiting.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What is the difference between the ``E-Kit`` and the ``Shipped Kit`` options upon purchase?" tab_id="1552993047837-04a17718-6a22"][vc_column_text]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 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="I just received my results. Is it common to have so many items listed?" tab_id="1552993105773-c5b1253f-0af5"][vc_column_text]It is difficult to determine what is considered common for an individual or pet since everyone is a unique individual. Try not to be overwhelmed and focus on the length of the report received but take a look at the specific items that you know that you or your pet eat. Start with those items and eliminate them from your daily nutrition plan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What do I do with the items that I was tested for but did not show up on my test results?" tab_id="1583786303294-a7b05e24-8d61"][vc_column_text]After cross-referencing items from your test results and the master list, the items that you were tested for that did not show up on your test results should be okay for you to consume/be exposed to. With that being said, keep in mind that this is an intolerance test, not a test for true allergies. If you knowingly have a true allergy to any of those foods/environmental items not listed on your test results, please do not consume/expose your body to those items.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What do the E-numbers mean on the results report?" tab_id="1552993139462-6c5db038-a157"][vc_column_text]For the full description of each E-Item please visit our Items Tested tab An additive is any substance that is either natural or synthetic, other than the basic raw ingredients used in the production of a food item, whether directly or indirectly  affecting the characteristics of the food. This includes those used in the production, processing, and treatment, packaging, and transportation or storage of food. Direct - food additives are those added to foods for a specific purpose.  An example would be xantham gum which is used in salad dressing and bakery fillings to add texture.  Direct additives are typically identified on the ingredient labels. They should be listed in order of predominance.  However, some ingredients may be listed collectively such as “flavors” “spices”, and “artificial colors”. Indirect - food additives are those that become part of the food in trace amounts because of the handling, packaging, transportation, and storage.
  • 100-199 Food Coloring
  • 200-299 Preservatives
  • 300-399 Antioxidants
  • 400-499 Thickeners, Emulsifiers, Stabilizers
  • 500-599 Acidity Regulators, Anti-caking Agents
  • 600-699 Flavor Enhancers
  • 700-999 Sweeteners, Foaming Agents, Gases
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What are the types of Food Ingredients tested?" tab_id="1552993277111-d68a66b6-eb5d"][vc_column_text]The following summary lists the types of common food ingredients, why they are used, and some examples of the names that can be found on product labels. Some additives are used for more than one purpose. (from US FDA)
Types of Ingredients What They Do Examples    Of Uses Names Found       on Product Labels
Preservatives Prevent food spoilage from bacteria, molds, fungi, or yeast (antimicrobials); slow or prevent changes in color, flavor, or texture and delay rancidity (antioxidants); maintain freshness Fruit sauces and jellies, beverages, baked goods, cured meats, oils and margarines, cereals, dressings, snack foods, fruits and vegetables Ascorbic acid, citric acid, sodium benzoate, calcium propionate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, calcium sorbate, potassium sorbate, BHA, BHT, EDTA, tocopherols (Vitamin E)
Sweeteners Add sweetness with or without the extra calories Beverages, baked goods, confections, table-top sugar, substitutes, many processed foods Sucrose (sugar), glucose, fructose, sorbitol, mannitol, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium (acesulfame-K), neotame
Color Additives Offset color loss due to exposure to light, air, temperature extremes, moisture and storage conditions; correct natural variations in color; enhance colors that occur naturally; provide color to colorless and "fun" foods Many processed foods, (candies, snack foods margarine, cheese, soft drinks, jams/jellies, gelatins, pudding and pie fillings) FD&C Blue Nos. 1 and 2, FD&C Green No. 3, FD&C Red Nos. 3 and 40, FD&C Yellow Nos. 5 and 6, Orange B, Citrus Red No. 2, annatto extract, beta-carotene, grape skin extract, cochineal extract or carmine, paprika oleoresin, caramel color, fruit and vegetable juices, saffron (Note: Exempt color additives are not required to be declared by name on labels but may be declared simply as colorings or color added)
Flavors and Spices Add specific flavors (natural and synthetic) Pudding and pie fillings, gelatin dessert mixes, cake mixes, salad dressings, candies, soft drinks, ice cream, BBQ sauce Natural flavoring, artificial flavor, and spices
Flavor Enhancers Enhance flavors already present in foods (without providing their own separate flavor) Many processed foods Monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed soy protein, autolyzed yeast extract, disodium guanylate or inosinate
Fat Replacers (and components of formulations used to replace fats) Provide expected texture and a creamy "mouth-feel" in reduced-fat foods Baked goods, dressings, frozen desserts, confections, cake and dessert mixes, dairy products Olestra, cellulose gel, carrageenan, polydextrose, modified food starch, microparticulated egg white protein, guar gum, xanthan gum, whey protein concentrate
Nutrients Replace vitamins and minerals lost in processing (enrichment), add nutrients that may be lacking in the diet (fortification) Flour, breads, cereals, rice, macaroni, margarine, salt, milk, fruit beverages, energy bars, instant breakfast drinks Thiamine hydrochloride, riboflavin (Vitamin B2), niacin, niacinamide, folate or folic acid, beta carotene, potassium iodide, iron or ferrous sulfate, alpha tocopherols, ascorbic acid, Vitamin D, amino acids (L-tryptophan, L-lysine, L-leucine, L-methionine)
Emulsifiers Allow smooth mixing of ingredients, prevent separation Keep emulsified products stable, reduce stickiness, control crystallization, keep ingredients dispersed, and to help products dissolve more easily Salad dressings, peanut butter, chocolate, margarine, frozen desserts Soy lecithin, mono- and diglycerides, egg yolks, polysorbates, sorbitan monostearate
Stabilizers and Thickeners, Binders, Texturizers Produce uniform texture, improve "mouth-feel" Frozen desserts, dairy products, cakes, pudding and gelatin mixes, dressings, jams and jellies, sauces Gelatin, pectin, guar gum, carrageenan, xanthan gum, whey
pH Control Agents and acidulants Control acidity and alkalinity, prevent spoilage Beverages, frozen desserts, chocolate, low acid canned foods, baking powder Lactic acid, citric acid, ammonium hydroxide, sodium carbonate
Leavening Agents Promote rising of baked goods Breads and other baked goods Baking soda, monocalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate
Anti-caking agents Keep powdered foods free-flowing, prevent moisture absorption Salt, baking powder, confectioner's sugar Calcium silicate, iron ammonium citrate, silicon dioxide
Humectants Retain moisture Shredded coconut, marshmallows, soft candies, confections Glycerin, sorbitol
Yeast Nutrients Promote growth of yeast Breads and other baked goods Calcium sulfate, ammonium phosphate
Dough Strengtheners and Conditioners Produce more stable dough Breads and other baked goods Ammonium sulfate, azodicarbonamide, L-cysteine
Firming Agents Maintain crispness and firmness Processed fruits and vegetables Calcium chloride, calcium lactate
Enzyme Preparations Modify proteins, polysaccharides and fats Cheese, dairy products, meat Enzymes, lactase, papain, rennet, chymosin
Gases Serve as propellant, aerate, or create carbonation Oil cooking spray, whipped cream, carbonated beverages Carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide
[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Where can I find a complete listing of all the items tested for?" tab_id="1558372165135-1be7af45-c079"][vc_column_text]Our website has the list of the items we test for. There is a menu with a tab listed as “ITEMS TESTED”. The drop down menu shows the individual lists of items tested.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What if I do not see an item on my Results Report? How do I know if I'm intolerant to that item?" tab_id="1552993316523-28e4f86e-dcf6"][vc_column_text] Affordable Testing checks for food and environmental intolerances against the hundreds of the items listed on our website. Your results report only lists the items that have been  identified as intolerances. If an item is not on your results report, 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. [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="I was tested years ago and a previously known allergy has not shown up on my new test results from 5 Strands Affordable Testing." tab_id="1552993358365-282d96a8-0ba2"][vc_column_text]Differences in test results can occur for a variety of reasons. Perhaps your previous allergy test was conducted using a blood sample or a skin prick test and an IgE (Immunoglobulin E) mediated allergy was identified. This type of allergic reaction,caused by the body’s immune system, is not measured by 5 Strands® Affordable Testing, therefore, would not show up on our test results. We only measure non-IgE mediated reactions, or “intolerances,” which account for over 40% of known allergic reactions. If your previous test was for non-IgE mediated reactions, the same type of reaction measured by 5 Strands® Affordable Testing, results could have changed because your body is no longer reacting to the previously known item causing the intolerance. Non-IgE mediated reactions are not necessarily forever. When the offending item is removed from your diet or environment for approximately 2-3 months, your body may have the opportunity to heal. Subsequent testing results may show that your body is no longer intolerant to the item.  At this point, you may be able to introduce the item back into your diet or environment slowly/occasionally without experiencing any negative symptoms. Other factors that can cause changes in bodily reactions include over-consumption, level of toxins, gut health, overall health, etc. [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="How do essential minerals and toxic metals interact?" tab_id="1552993433076-ce163a45-b995"][vc_column_text]Minerals and metals work together synergistically and must be chemically balanced in the body. If one is deficient or out of balance, it can affect others, often resulting in illness. If zinc, for example, is present at high levels, calcium levels will be reduced because the two minerals compete for absorption. Similarly, too much calcium will deplete magnesium, and so on. It is important to consume sufficient amounts of minerals to decrease the toxicity of metals, which compete for the same binding site. For example, calcium deficiency increases the intestinal absorption and body retention of lead. Iron deficiency leads to an increase in lead and cadmium absorption. Remember that our bodies work as a fine tuned machine. If one area is out of sync, it will have a domino effect and the body will not be able to maintain good health.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="How can the same item be reported as a Nutritional Imbalance and a Metals/Minerals Imbalance?" tab_id="1552993506763-43d26f51-97a9"][vc_column_text]An item showing up on both the Nutrition test as well as Metals/Minerals test indicates that the body is not processing the item properly. Rather than being absorbed by the body to be used in beneficial ways [reported as a nutritional imbalance], excesses are being stored in the tissues and the imbalance is reported as an overload of that item [metals/minerals imbalance].[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What is the importance of minerals?" tab_id="1556816721960-17f7e981-02ce"][vc_column_text]The human body relies on minerals to conduct and generate tiny electric impulses.  These impulses allow your muscles to function. Cells need these minerals to use osmosis to absorb the needed nutrients. 90% of Americans suffer from mineral imbalance and deficiency.  This is typically due to frequent exercise, stress, and nutrient poor diets.  This can result in food cravings, muscle cramping, and fatigue. Absorption of minerals takes place in the small intestines.  They pass through the walls of the intestine via villa into the bloodstream.  Absorption happens when minerals are in ionic form. The stomach acid helps to ionize the minerals in food. Trace minerals do not exist by themselves but in relationship to one another.  Too much of one trace element can lead to imbalances in others[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="How is it possible that I am deficient in oxygen?" tab_id="1558372365292-ef499252-8fdf"][vc_column_text]Oxygen is the world’s most basic fuel!  Most people are starved of oxygen and risk oxygen deficiency because of several factors including:
  1. Eating cooked food,
  2. Not breathing from the diaphragm,
  3. Eating animal products and processed food,
  4. Living a sedentary life-style,
  5. Living in houses full of stagnant, oxygen depleted air,
  6. Living in cities full of stagnant oxygen depleted air
How can you correct oxygen deficiency?  First, adopt a healthy style of eating which specifically includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Raw whole foods are rich in oxygen and aid in the process of metabolizing or digesting. We get oxygen into our bodies from a variety of places including the food we eat.  What you choose to eat at every meal has an impact on the amount of oxygen your body has to do its work.  This is why it is crucial to eat as much raw foods as possible as they benefit you with extra oxygen. In this article on Breathing.com: “A diet highest in oxygen is a raw food diet with a high concentration of fruits, green vegetables and sprouted seeds and nuts. This is largely because live fruits, green vegetables and sprouted/soaked seeds and nuts are composed of water, which is hydrogen and oxygen and mostly oxygen by weight. The green in the vegetable is chlorophyll which is very close in atomic structure to human blood. Chlorophyll has a magnesium atom and human blood differs only with an iron atom. With enzymes from raw food the magnesium ion is changed to an iron one making blood that can transport oxygen for human use instead of CO2 for plant use…” When you cook a food the process of heating it kills the oxygen and enzymes within the food.  Enzymes are said to be almost as important as oxygen as they are a very good source minerals that alkalize.  This alkanizing aids cells to stay at a healthy pH level. On the other hand, if you wanted to deplete oxygen from your body and become oxygen deficient, the best oxygen-depleting diet would consist of highly cooked foods, sugar, red meat, saturated fats, white breads, highly processed foods, frozen foods, and carbonated beverages. Once someone switches to an oxygen-rich diet, they often comment about an almost immediate increase in energy. Choose foods rich in chlorophyll such as dark green leafy foods like spinach, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, spirulina, chlorella and blue-green algae.  Juice them for optimal results. Additionally, when you eat low-oxygen, or oxygen deficient foods, your body uses  up more of its stored oxygen simply to metabolize this type of food.  This is a double-deprivation of the oxygen in your body. First you put food into it that is less oxygen rich then other food choices.  And second, your body must work harder and supply more oxygen for the process of metabolizing them. Is it any wonder why a diet rich in whole, raw foods has been associated with better health and longer life for centuries?[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="How can I be deficient in Nitrogen?" tab_id="1558372439244-b638eede-5a1f"][vc_column_text]The causes of nitrogen deficiency can be placed in two categories. The first is that the patient is not getting enough food in order to get nitrogen from the digestive derivatives. This happens in situations of extreme famine or poverty. In the second category, the patient is eating enough food to get full, but is not eating foods that have enough proteins to maintain proper nitrogen levels. Once again, this can happen in cases of extreme poverty, where the family relies on carbohydrates primarily toward starvation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Why does Heavy Metal Toxicity occur?" tab_id="1556816809579-f5e2d580-2b71"][vc_column_text]Toxicity can occur from overexposure of the particular metal. Insufficient levels of nutrient minerals that allow the metals to be deposited on receptors and be able to be eliminated naturally, impairment of the body’s natural detoxification system due to nutritional deficiencies or genetics.  It can also occur by supplementing with one mineral and not the others. Eliminating heavy metals can be accomplished by reducing the exposure to the metal and increasing the elimination process.  This can be accomplished through proper nutrition plans, lifestyle changes, infra-red saunas, the proper nutritional supplementation, and other natural approaches.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Do I need to re-test? If so, when?" tab_id="1552993547390-a5b65a9d-8f34"][vc_column_text]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 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 people respond to intolerances or treatments in the same way, periodic re-testing can help keep you on track during your healing process. Re-testing may be beneficial after 90 days. Ask your health adviser to guide you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="I sent my hair sample in and I havent received my results yet. What do I do now?" tab_id="1552993592206-dada0172-d6a8"][vc_column_text]We can not control how long the postal service will take to send us the hair sample. However, once we do receive the hair sample, you will receive an email to let you know that the hair sample has been received at the processing center.  If it has been over 2 weeks since you have mailed in your sample, please contact our customer service department for further instructions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="If I am a practitioner or retail store owner, can I set up a wholesale account to sell that test?" tab_id="1552993668002-e896e68c-1188"][vc_column_text]Affordable Testing does have a wholesale program available to retail stores and medical/fitness professionals. You can email info@affordableallergytest.com or call 1-833-600-8378 and the representative will be happy to assist you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What does a 5Strands report look like?" tab_id="1552993731861-71d1891c-4d85"][vc_column_text] Collins Austin – 2018-10-08 Food Collins Austin – 2018-10-08 Environmental Collins Austin – 2018-10-08 Heavy Metals Collins Austin – 2018-10-08 Nutrition [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Do you offer the testing in countries other than the United States?" tab_id="1552993778575-acf6386e-7844"][vc_column_text]Affordable Testing is happy to announce that we can offer our testing kit anywhere in the world!  While we have 2 different options of purchasing a kit on our website; an E-kit (downloadable form) or Shipped Kit, we recommend the E-kit that has the downloadable form. Once you purchase the test online, there will be a pdf attached to the receipt for you to print out. The form has the instructions and the testy form to fill out and return to us along with the hair sample.  With this option there is no time delay and when you return the sample, all you need to do is pay for postage for a regular envelope.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Does insurance cover this type of testing?" tab_id="1552993818533-2609b819-d271"][vc_column_text]We have recently heard from some of our pet customers indicating that their pet insurance has reimbursed them for their pet test. Currently we have not heard of any health insurance companies covering the cost of the human testing. Affordable Testing has tried to keep the cost of the testing at an affordable price so that most consumers can afford the test without insurance reimbursement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What evidence supports the effectiveness of Affordable Testing?" tab_id="1552993853141-c4e11071-de69"][vc_column_text]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. [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="How accurate are the test results?" tab_id="1552993913444-b6faf0a9-0974"][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="Why is there not always a correlation between a skin prick test and the bioresonance testing?" tab_id="1559662751550-d8692be1-2005"][vc_column_text]The results of a skin prick test depend on the test serum used and on the analyst's interpretation.  The prick test is actually indicating a sensitization.  Sensitization is not the same as an apparent allergy or intolerance.  It can only be classified as an allergy/intolerance if appropriate symptoms are also present.  They can only be confirmed by a provocation test if needed.  Energetic  testing is a much better indicator of what substances a person will react to.  Patients can also confirm  the results based on their own personal observations.  While there are no conventional  or alternative methods of testing that can prove a food allergy/intolerance with complete certainty, only an oral provocation test after avoiding the food in question for a prolonged period of time can provide the definite proof.  This is a very laborious method and is not feasible in daily practice.  Energetic testing can determine the offending substances with a high degree of probability.  If the symptoms improve after the offending substances are eliminated or removed, this proves the determinations were correct.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What is your customer satisfaction rate?" tab_id="1552993968285-b6349ab4-091f"][vc_column_text] 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: info@affordableallergytest.com. [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What is your refund policy?" tab_id="1552994006786-1d72b937-fb6a"][vc_column_text]Customer satisfaction is our goal and we want you to be happy with your decision to purchase the 5 Strands® Affordable 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. If you decided to purchase the downloadable product and have asked for a refund, 5Strands requires a $20 administration fee. Once you’ve mailed your hair sample and it has been received in our office for processing, NO refunds will be issued.
  •  To claim your refund, please email our customer service team at info@affordableallergytest.com with the following details:
    • Name used to purchase
    • Email address used to purchase
    • PayPal Transaction ID, website order number, or Amazon transaction number
    • Transaction amount
    • Date of purchase
    • If you have received a shipped kit, you will need to return the box and the entire contents to the following address:

5Strands Affordable Testing Customer Service Department (Returns) 595 Old Norcross Rd, Suit D Lawrenceville, GA 30046

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, 9am – 5pm EST. We are happy to help! [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What is the 5Strands Affordable Testing Disclaimer?" tab_id="1552994109203-fdb499d2-bb10"][vc_column_text]5 Strands® Affordable Testing and this website do not make any medical diagnoses nor are they intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider if you have a medical condition or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and/or medical symptoms. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or the emergency services immediately. Reliance on any information provided by 5 Strands® Affordable 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 an allergy specialist.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title="What is the 5Strands Affordable Testing Privacy Policy?" tab_id="1569530085587-68eeb709-648d"][vc_column_text]We collect several types of information from and about users of our Site, including information
  • by which you may be personally identified, such as name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, or any other information defined as “Protected Health Information” under HIPAA/HITECH laws and regulations (“personal information”);
  • that is about you but individually does not identify you, such as, time and date of visits to our Site; and/or
  • about your internet connection, the equipment you use to access our Site and usage details.
We collect this information:
  • Directly from you when you provide it to us.
  • Automatically as you navigate through the site. Information collected automatically may include usage details, IP addresses and information collected through cookies, web beacons and other tracking technologies.
  • From third parties, for example, our business partners.
Information You Provide to Us. The information we collect on or through our Site may include:
  • Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Site. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our Site, subscribing to or purchasing our services, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our Site.
  • Records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses), if you contact us.
  • Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete for research purposes.
  • Details of transactions you carry out through our Site and of the fulfillment of your orders. You may be required to provide financial information before placing an order through our Site.
  • Your search queries on the Site.
You also may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of the Site, or transmitted to other users of the Site or third parties (collectively, “User Content”). Your User Content is posted on and transmitted to others at your own risk. We cannot control the actions of other users of the Site with whom you may choose to share your User Content. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your User Content will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. As you navigate through and interact with our Site, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns, including:
  • Details of your visits to our Site, including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, logs and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Site.
  • Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system and browser type.
We also may use these technologies to collect information about your online activities over time and across third party websites or other online services (“behavioral tracking”). Please email us at questions@affordableallergytest.com for information on how you can opt out of behavioral tracking on this website and how we respond to web browser signals and other mechanisms that enable consumers to exercise choice about behavioral tracking. The information we collect automatically is statistical data and may include personal information, but we may maintain it or associate it with personal information we collect in other ways or receive from third parties. It helps us to improve our Site and to deliver a better and more personalized service, including, but not limited to, by enabling us to:
  • Estimate our audience size and usage patterns.
  • Store information about your preferences, allowing us to customize our Site according to your individual interests.
  • Speed up your searches.
  • Recognize you when you return to our Site.
The technologies we may use for this automatic data collection include:
  • Cookies (or browser cookies). A cookie is a small file placed on the hard drive of your computer. You may refuse to accept browser cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser. However, if you select this setting you may be unable to access certain parts of our Site. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you direct your browser to our Site.
  • Flash Cookies. Certain features of our Site may use local stored objects (or Flash cookies) to collect and store information about your preferences and navigation to, from and on our Site. Flash cookies are not managed by the same browser settings as are used for browser cookies.
  • Web Beacons. Pages of our Site and our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags and single-pixel gifs) that permit us, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of certain website content and verifying system and server integrity).
THIRD PARTY USE OF COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES. Some content or applications, including advertisements, on the Site are served by third parties, including advertisers, ad networks and servers, content providers and application providers. These third parties may use cookies alone or in conjunction with web beacons or other tracking technologies to collect information about you when you use our website. The information they collect may be associated with your personal information or they may collect information, including personal information, about your online activities over time and across different websites and other online services. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content. We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly. HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION We use information that we collect about you or that you provide to us, including any personal information:
  • To present our Site and its contents to you.
  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us.
  • To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it.
  • To provide you with notices about your account, including expiration and renewal notices.
  • To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, including for billing and collection.
  • To notify you about changes to our Site, our policies, terms or any products or services we offer or provide though it.
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features on our Site.
  • In any other way we may describe when you provide the information.
We may also use your information to contact you about our own and third parties’ goods and services that may be of interest to you. If you do not want us to use your information in this way, please email us at questions@affordableallergytest.com to opt out. We may use the information we have collected from you to enable us to display advertisements to our advertisers’ target audiences. Even though we do not disclose your personal information for these purposes without your consent, if you click on or otherwise interact with an advertisement, the advertiser may assume that you meet its target criteria. DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION We may disclose aggregated or de-identified information about our users, and information that does not identify any individual, without restriction. We may disclose personal information that we collect or you provide as described in this Privacy Policy:
  • To our subsidiaries and affiliates.
  • To contractors, service providers and other third parties we use to support our business and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
  • To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or sale or transfer of some or all of our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by us about our Site users is among the assets transferred, and you agree to and do hereby consent to our assignment or transfer of rights to your personal information.
  • To third parties to market their products or services to you if you have not opted out of these disclosures. We contractually require these third parties to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
  • To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it.
  • For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
  • With your consent.
We may also disclose your personal information:
  • To comply with any court order, law or legal process, including responding to any government or regulatory request.
  • To comply with any state or local requirements regarding the disclosure of information for public health purposes, including reporting HIV and other sexually transmitted disease results to state public health regulatory bodies.
  • If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect the rights, property, or safety of our company, our customers or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION We strive to provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us. We have created mechanisms to provide you with the following control over your information:
  • Tracking Technologies and Advertising. You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. To learn how you can manage your Flash cookie settings, visit the Flash player settings page on Adobe’s website (www.adobe.com). If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this Site may then be inaccessible or not function properly.
  • Promotional Offers from Us. If you do not wish to have your email address or other contact information used by us to promote our own or third parties’ products or services, you can opt-out by logging into the Site and adjusting your user preferences in your account profile by checking or unchecking the relevant boxes or by sending an email stating your request to questions@affordableallergytest.com. If we have sent you a promotional email, you may send us a return email asking to be omitted from future promotional email distributions. This opt out does not apply to information provided by us as a result of a product purchase, warranty registration, product service experience or other transactions.
  • Targeted Advertising. If you do not want us to use information that we collect or that you provide to us to deliver advertisements according to our advertisers’ target-audience preferences, you can opt-out by adjusting your user advertising preferences in your account profile by checking or unchecking the relevant boxes or by sending an email stating your request to questions@affordableallergytest.com
We do not control third parties’ collection or use of your information to serve interest-based advertising. However these third parties may provide you with ways to choose not to have your information collected or used in this way. You can opt out of receiving targeted ads from members of the Network Advertising Initiative via their website. If you delete your User Content from the Site, copies of your User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other Site users. Proper access and use of information provided on the Site, including User Content, is governed by our Visitor Terms of Use. YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS California Civil Code Section § 1798.83 permits users of our Site that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please send an email or write to us (see Contact Information below). DATA SECURITY We have implemented measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. All personal information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers behind firewalls. Any payment transactions will be encrypted using SSL or other encryption technology, or will use our third party payment processors, who will use appropriate security procedures. The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. You should not share your password with anyone. We urge you to be careful about giving out information in public areas of the Site like message boards. The information you share in public areas may be viewed by any user of the Site. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to our Site. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. NOTICE OF CHANGES TO OUR PRIVACY POLICY We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy at any time. It is our policy to post any changes we make to our Privacy Policy on this page. If we make material changes to how we treat our users’ personal information, we will notify you by email to the email address specified in your account and/or through a notice on the Site home page. All changes are effective immediately upon posting to this page; the date the Privacy Policy was last revised is identified at the top of the page. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date active and deliverable email address for you, and for periodically visiting our Site and this Privacy Policy to check for any changes. CONTACT INFORMATION To ask questions or comment about this Privacy Policy and our privacy practices, contact us at: 1-866-833-8378 or questions@affordableallergytest.com[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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