Food Sensitivity

The Genomic Clinic is an Edmonton medical center dedicated to disease prevention and reversal.

At the Genomic Clinic Dr. Harvey Rao MD has 20 years of medical expertise in functional medicine. He is dedicated to understanding, treating and reversing medical conditions by identifying the root causes of diseases.

Dr. Harvey Rao has an avid interest in food and nutrition and specifically treating food sensitivities.  An increasing number of people are experiencing symptoms related to food allergies. In most cases, there is an upregulation (hypersensitivity) of the immune system. This exaggerated immune response to food (and other allergens -chemical, bacterial, inhaled) can result in inflammatory states which can affect any part of the body.


Food Sensitivity – Edmonton Medical Clinic
LDA Immunotherapy & Food Sensitivity Testing

Dr. Harvey Rao MD
16923 127 St. Edmonton
Food sensitivity testing questions?
780-476-5637
Call to book a consultation with Dr. Rao, or click below:
Book a consultation
Edmonton Food Sensitivity Treatment Clinic


Common symptoms include:

Gastrointestinal Disease

  • Vague abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, bloatedness
  • IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Joint and muscle disease
  • Reactive arthritis (RA)
  • Other autoimmune arthropathies such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Unexplained muscle joint pains with fatigue

Neurological Conditions

  • Chronic unexplained headaches
  • Cognitive decline
  • Mental fog
  • Depression
  • Anxiety states
  • Fibromyalgia

Dermatological Conditions

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis & other inflammatory skin states

Seasonal Allergy States

  • Such as hayfever, sinusitis, etc.

At the Genomic Clinic, we identify food(and other allergens) triggers and treat them using research-backed therapies such as LDA therapy.  Dr. Harvey Rao is an MD who is able to combine conventional medical treatments with functional medicine to formulate cutting edge treatments for his patients.


Food Sensitivity – Edmonton Medical Clinic
LDA Immunotherapy & Food Sensitivity Testing

Dr. Harvey Rao MD
16923 127 St. Edmonton
Food sensitivity testing questions?
780-476-5637
Call to book a consultation with Dr. Rao, or click below:
Book a consultation
Edmonton Food Sensitivity Treatment Clinic


Food Sensitivity Testing Process

After an initial functional medical consultation, Dr. Harvey Rao aims to identify potential food or other allergens which may be causing sensitivities and bodily disruption.  In many cases exposures to toxic “food-like” substances, bacterial, environmental or chemical allergens can aggravate our immune system leading to multi-system symptoms.

At the Genomic clinic, Dr. Rao utilizes his medical expertise and sometimes diagnostic tests to identify toxic factors that may be causing this immune disruption (inflammation).

Once the triggers have been identified appropriate therapies are utilized to help regulate the immune system. One such particularly powerful therapy is LDA (Low-Dose-Allergen) therapy. This extremely safe well-researched therapy has been shown to alleviate food, chemical, bacterial allergen, and even inhaled allergen sensitivity.

LDA therapy is administered every two months in the form of a simple intradermal injection (into the skin). This is in conjunction with a customized diet plan (devised by Dr. Harvey Rao) and supplements to aid in calming the immune system.

LDA therapy mixtures are made up of over 300 extremely low dose allergens that can act to treat patients who are sensitive to most food substances, food additives, pollens, danders, dust and mite, fungi, yeast, molds, chemicals, and perfumes. The formulations of allergens provide coverage to stimulate a protective immune response within your body.

LDA Immunotherapy is a safe effective therapy which can help alleviate the symptoms many suffer with as a result of sensitivity to foods, environment and chemicals. It offers a long term therapeutic option to calm the immune system and restore balance in the body.

In larger scale studies LDA has been demonstrated to be extremely safe. The reason for this is that the dosages of the allergens used are extremely low and hence the risk of any adverse reaction is negligible. As with any treatment, milder side effects are possible, but in most cases extremely short lived. Local reactions and skin irritation to injections have been reported.

Many patients notice an immediate benefit in their symptoms after the first shot. This can be temporary, lasting a few weeks after which symptoms sometimes come back. Most patients notice a more sustained benefit within the first two to three treatments. The full benefit of the therapy can take longer. Initially. the improvements take time to sustain but as the therapy progresses the body is able to maintain longer periods of symptom improvement. The total length of treatment is variable but in many cases, patients can stop LDA after 10-15 doses.

Anyone suffering from symptoms related to food or autoimmune conditions. Virtually any symptom can be related to the reaction to the food we eat. Patients are usually the best judge of their symptoms being aggravated by foods. The range of symptoms that can be treated with this very safe therapy is huge.


Food Sensitivity – Edmonton Medical Clinic
LDA Immunotherapy & Food Sensitivity Testing

Dr. Harvey Rao MD
16923 127 St. Edmonton
Food sensitivity testing questions?
780-476-5637
Call to book a consultation with Dr. Rao, or click below:
Book a consultation
Edmonton Food Sensitivity Treatment Clinic


Following a consultation with Dr. Harvey Rao, a course of LDA immunotherapy may be utilized. In some cases prior to administration of LDA therapy, food sensitivity panels may be undertaken to test patients for particular suspected food allergen sensitivities. We utilize food panels which test for virtually all common food substances. Knowing specifically which foods a patient is sensitive to can help shape diet plans during LDA therapy. In some cases, patients may be suffering from a mixture of food and inhaled allergen sensitivity. Depending on the presenting symptoms a customized program of LDA therapy is formulated.

Patients are advised on preparations and modifications which may need to be undertaken prior to the LDA immunotherapy. In most cases, patients are placed on a restrictive diet for three days around the LDA injections. This greatly improves the results.

LDA immunotherapy is administered every two months at the clinic. The treatment is very safe and there has been no report of serious adverse effects in numerous research studies over many years. After the first six to eight treatments in most cases, the intervals between injections can be extended. This is because LDA injections will “immunize” as treatments progress and create a growing population of protective lymphocytes. These confer more protection as time goes on.

LDA immunotherapy is the best therapy for sensitivity. The vast majority of us suffer with vague sensitivities to food, chemical and inhaled allergens. In mainstream medicine these sensitivities are not easily treatable and for many the severe impact on lifestyle leads to avoidance and severe restriction in dietary habits and activity.

LDA therapy has the huge advantage of not only treating the immediate GI symptoms of food sensitivity but also many systemic auto-immune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, reactive arthritis, psoriasis etc. Many of these conditions have in research studies been linked to cross reactivity with allergens and bacteria. Some food and bacterial allergens share structures with those of our body organs. Therefore reactions against these allergens can lead to “molecular mimicry” whereby your body mounts a serious autoimmune response to itself leading to systemic diseases. Many research studies have shown that such molecular mimicry may underlie many autoimmune conditions.

LDA therapy helps manage the bodies response to these antigens and over the course of treatment resolve associated symptoms.

Initial consultation fee with Dr. Harvey Rao: $150

LDA injection therapy costs $350 per injection, administered every two months.

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