Questions before the analysis
I want to take the test. How do I proceed?
Call this telephone number: (0047) 74 15 15 00, or go to this webpage, and order a testkit. The testkit contains a urine monovette, a sample glass, an information folder and a test request form. Fill out the form and send it with the urine sample. The test results will be sent when they are ready and payment is in order.
Do I have to pay for the testkit?
No. The testkit is included in the price. As long as the number of lost testkits is low, there is no need for us to charge for the testkits.
How long will it take before the results are ready?
Normally, it takes less than 2 weeks before the results are ready. It may take a bit longer during summer and around Christmas.
I've already started the diet. Can I still take the test?
Usually, the answer would be no. To find the opioid peptides, you have to actually eat the proteins they're made from. If you are on a diet, we won't find the peptides and the results will come back negative. If you abandon the diet, you have to eat normal food with bread and milk products for at least 14 days (preferrably 4 weeks) before you take the test. However, it is possible to use the test to discover diet breaches, but then you should specify this on the request form. Otherwise, you may get an irrelevant comment.
I don't drink milk. Do I have to start drinking milk in order to take the test?
No, not necessarily. You don't need to be tested for milk if you don't intend to drink milk in the future. Do you eat cheese, yoghurt, chocolate or other dairy products? Then you should rather eat some of that before you take the test. These products also contain casein (milk protein).
How much milk and bread should I eat?
You should consume what would be considered a "normal North-European diet" with bread, milk and cheese. If you tolerate these foods badly, you should consider if taking the test is absolutely necessary. If you decide to take the test, you should eat as much as you find justifiable.
The test is to be taken on an empty stomach. What does that mean?
It means that you shouldn't eat or drink anything (except water) in the hours before taking the test. The test should be taken in the morning before breakfast. To take the test in the hours following a meal is very unfortunate, because the urine is filled with partially digested compounds from the food. This could give a result which is impossible to interpret.
Does medication affect the test?
Yes, some medicines do affect the peptide amounts. You must NOT quit the medication, but you should write down the drug(s) and dosage on the request form. Then it can be taken into account when the results are evaluated.
How do you get a sample from a small child?
At the pharmacy you can buy a special urine bag which can be attached to the child late at night. Check for urine every hour. When urine is found, it should immediately be frozen down to avoid breakdown of the peptides.
Questions after the analysis
Should I start on a diet?
This ought to be discussed with a therapist. If we find massive amounts of peptides, a diet should definitely be tried. In many patients, however, there are only a few peptides found in substantial amounts. Considerations should then be made of whether a diet is worth trying or not.
How long does it take before changes can be seen?
This varies greatly, but in autism and ADHD it may take as long as 12 weeks on a strict diet before all peptides are finally washed out of the body. If the peptides are the main cause of the symptoms, significant improvement should be seen in these 12 weeks.
Can I indulge in dairy or wheat products from time to time when I'm on a diet?
If you are among the severly affected, you cannot eat these products unless you take an effective enzyme product in advance. One unfortunate mistake could ruin weeks of careful diet. In less severe cases of protein intolerance, you will have to try this for yourself. Our product Probiozym may also be of help and increase the tolerance of dairy and wheat.
We saw definite improvement, but then it went back to the way it was before the diet. What's going on?
With children it's not uncommon with diet breaches after a certain time. This is probably due to addictive effects of casomorphins and gluten exorphins. The child is addicted to the peptides and subsequently finds out what it's addicted to. It's particularly common that children snatch milk products when noone can see them. You should also be aware that gluten and casein may occur in foods where they are not expected.
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