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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

An item showing up on both the Nutritional Deficiency as well as Metals/Minerals lists 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 deficiency], excesses are being stored in the tissues and the imbalance is reported as an overload of that item [metals/minerals toxicity].

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

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.

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“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?

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Affordable Testing does have a wholesale program available to retail stores and medical/fitness professionals. You can email or call 1-833-600-8378 and the representative will be happy to assist you.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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 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)
283 Swanson Drive Suite 205
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

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!

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. All probable or possible diagnoses generated by the test or this website need to be discussed and confirmed with a qualified medical practitioner. 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.