These so-called bio-resonance tests for food intolerances are hair-brained

These so-called bio-resonance tests for food intolerances are hair-brained

 

If you’ve ever wondered if you suffer from a food intolerance you might have come across an alternative treatment called bio-resonance.

This practice claims to use electromagnetic waves to create a resonance in the body’s cells that reveals food sensitivities.

For £23.50 you can send a few hairs from your head to Check My Body Health and they’ll test for 400 foods, minerals and additives.

I came across this lot after going for a coronavirus test and then being invited to take part in official research into the spread of the Covid-19 antibody.

This important study is designed to show how prevalent it is among various age groups, communities and professions and is helping form the Government’s strategy on fighting the pandemic.

To submit my result of a finger-prick blood test I had to log into an Imperial College web page, but when I put the address into Google the top search result was a Google Ad for Check My Body Health.

“Trusted by health professionals worldwide,” it claims, adding: “We are proud to be the market leading provider in food sensitivity tests.”

So I put bio-resonance to the test, sending one sample of my hair under my own name, and a second sample, snipped at the exactly the same moment from the same part of my head, but under the first name Anthony.

You’d expect the results to be ­identical, given that the hair was identical.

Yet according to the results, Anthony but not Andrew showed a high reactivity to ale, lager, wine, oranges, rye, bananas and soya, and was recommended to remove them from his diet.

The results for Andrew, on the other hand, showed high reactivity to mushrooms, walnuts, barley, sesame seed and oil, yoghurt and sunflower seed, and he was recommended to stop eating those foods.

Further results purported to show that Anthony had moderate reactivity to two metals, gallium and zirconium, while Andrew was ­reactive to two different ones, gold and rhenium.

In the minerals section of the results, Anthony apparently had low levels of calcium, chromium, iron and silica. Andrew didn’t have a problem with any of these but did show low levels of manganese.

In the food additives results, Anthony supposedly had high ­reactivity to four E-numbers that did not appear on Andrew’s results, while Andrew showed high reactivity to two E-numbers that did not appear for Anthony.

Anyone might conclude that they were just sticking pins in a food chart at random.

Check My Body Health is a trade name of Global Health Tests Limited, run from Northampton by directors Donna Christie, Carl Raven and Jay Roan. Although only incorporated in January 2019 it already claims to be attracting 10,000 new customers a month.

I asked it to explain how the same hair samples could produce such different results.

“Bio-resonance tests for food sensitivity are from our complimentary alternative medicine range, it is not a medical nor a scientific product,” I was told.

“Due to the nature of how bio-resonance works you will never get repetition on tests, which is very unfortunate when trying to explain this, it is why it has never been granted any scientific approval.

“We clearly mark that our product is used as part of an elimination diet programme. We also deal with many natural therapists that also use our service along with hundreds of customers who have transformed their lives for the better following the elimination process.”

This brought a scathing verdict from Michael Marshall of the Good Thinking Society, a charity that promotes rational enquiry.

“These bio-resonance tests are based on the false idea that the body emits energy wavelengths and frequencies that can somehow be read and interpreted to diagnose whatever is wrong with someone’s health,” he said.

“Even if this wasn’t scientifically illiterate and absurd, there is no reason why these energy frequencies would be found in hairs that have been cut from the head – so these tests are doubly ridiculous.

“Unfortunately, the tests aren’t benign: people take their recommendations seriously.

“People make broad, sweeping changes to their lifestyle, and can end up needlessly adhering to
an incredibly restrictive diet which is expensive, unhealthy and potentially miserable.

“Tests such as these take advantage – whether knowingly or not – of people’s health anxieties in order to sell them false solutions, often backed up by reams of expensive supplements. Meanwhile, the genuine symptoms which led them to seek out help in the first place go untreated, while their time and money is wasted on quackery.”

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