Monthly Newsletter April / May 2013
RAFT or custom Supply Answers to your questions (Copyright 2013 Raphael Nogier)
The following technique is one topics of Dr. Nogier’s 2014 seminar in the USA.
What is RAFT?
Radial Artery Food Test (RAFT) it’s a screening test for food sensitivities performed by your doctor.
What happens during this review?
The doctor takes the patient’s pulse and raises rings tests on his chest. Studying the tone of the arterial wall, the doctor can detect abnormal reactions to specific foods.
What are ring-tests?
These are small flat devices that are transparent and consist of two plates. A thin slice of food is placed between the device do light can pass through. The light is then responsible for spectral information and stimulating the skin. In case of hypersensitivity, the body reacts unconsciously to this spectral information.
What will happen when an abnormal reaction to a food?
The wall of the radial artery becomes less toned. If we compare the artery to a bicycle tire, it looks like the tire deflates when there is a hostile reaction to a food. This phenomenon is called arterial VAS (vascular autonomic signal) or vascular signal. It has been described by Paul Nogier in 1966.
Is there a particular training experience this phenomenon?
Yes. The phenomenon is very fine and requires practice. But it is above interpretation we can do that is important. A diagnosis of food hypersensitivity should be worn with caution because it leads to a strict elimination diet.
The exam is painful?
Can the RAFT detect food allergies?
Yes. With RAFT, it is possible to diagnose food sensitivities.
The RAFT they are 100% reliable?
No, of course! Like any other test the RAFT is not 100% reliable. They must be interpreted in the clinical context. In allergy, examination and clinical examination are often the basis of diagnosis.
Is one session enough?
No, it usually takes two sessions spaced three to five weeks.
Can the RAFT replace conventional examinations performed by the allergist: IgE, skin prick tests, or test re-introduction?
No, the tests performed by the allergist can achieve the necessary diagnostics. The RAFT should be considered as a supplement. Or in cases where conventional tests are ineffective. This is often the case for non-IgE-dependent allergies.
Are there any precautions to be taken before the tests?
Yes. Before the implementation of RAFT, it is necessary to tell your doctor about any medications you are taking. Some medications may affect the results: such as cortisone or antihistamines. On the other hand, you should know to remove these kinds of food before RAFT affects the results. It is therefore necessary to inform your doctor if you are following a diet.
Are these tests reimbursed by social security? (In France)
No. The RAFT is not recognized yet by the health authorities, they are not reimbursed by social security.
What is the cost of these tests?
These tests are not reimbursed by social security, there is no standard rating. The cost depends on the time spent and the fees are at the discretion of the practitioner.
Are there many trained doctors practicing RAFT?
For now, few doctors have been trained to perform these very specific food testing