Vega testing

We went to a self professed Vega testing specialist, again we consulted our doctor on whether it was safe to try this form of food allergy testing and whilst they didn't see any harm in trying this testing out, they did state that there was absolutely no scientific evidence to back up any claims made by using Vega testing. However because we weren't introducing anything to our baby like a treatment involving pills or creams, there was little harm in trying it out, to may be satisfy our own curiosities.

Vega testing involves passing a small electrical current through a person body and then disrupting the current flow using a piece of food. The idea is that if a food disrupts the current then it's because the body can't tolerate it. A device capable of translating the current changes into sound is attached, so if something adversely affects the current, a louder 'whoo' type sound is made. With the hypothesis that the louder the sound is, the more allergic the food being tested is.

So one part of the electric loop, consisting of a wire was connected to my daughter's big toe and the other part of the loop contained another wire which was held by my daughter in her hand. The current was passed through the loop and this was very mild, so the chances of any damage was very limited.

In between the two wires, on a table was small platform with a hole in it, for placing the food being tested. Both wires connected to this platform allowing current to pass through in a loop including through my daughter's body.

Various foods in small plastic containers were placed on the platform breaking the loop, with the theory being, that if the food conducted the current, the body wasn't allergic to it. The person conducting the testing also has other samples which contained 'house dust' which was used to determine whether the dust itself was antagonising the eczema.

The testing concluded the following foods as causing an allergic reaction for my daughter,

  • Cow's milk;
  • Goat's milk;
  • Wheat;
  • Oranges;
  • Tomatoes; and
  • Garlic.

The house dust tested also came up as being problematic and a cause for concern as contributing to our daughter's eczema. But the problem with this was, how do you effectively remove house dust, if indeed it was causing my daughter's eczema to become so inflamed?

Buffalo milk and eczema

I was concerned with cow's milk and goat's milk being problematic, as the tests had also shown soya milk was ok. But I had a problem with using soya milk with such a young child, who was just a baby, as there was no hard evidence to suggest soya milk was as beneficial as cow's milk in providing protein and calcium for growth.

Sure some soya milks have added calcium but we were advised that the fat in cow's milk helps with the absorption of calcium in a child, so low fat or fat free soya milk with calcium made no sense. This was verified by our doctor who advised us strongly not to use soya milk as we could end up impeding our babies growth due to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins from soya milk.

We did decide to remove cow's milk from our daughter's diet and replaced it with buffalo milk, which provided a similar level of calcium and protein. Again our doctor's advise was reassuring, that buffalo's milk would provide the essential nutrients needed by our baby. With buffalo milk there was some progress in our daughter's eczema but this was short-lived.

Wheat was another area where we had a problem with, as the dietary fibre provided, along with some vitamins and minerals provided by wheat would be difficult to replace with other foods and would make it difficult for us to provide a healthy diet for our daughter.

In conclusion I have to agree with the many clinical studies which have taken place about Vega testing which have repeatedly shown Vega testing to be ineffective in diagnosing allergies and intolerances. We only tried it out of curiosity and may be a little desperation too.