LEAP Therapy and Food Sensitivities

Published on: 11/17/2022

Have food sensitivities impacted your quality of life? With aggravating symptoms such as frequent diarrhea, abdominal pain, chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, joint pain, and eczema, patients have become desperate to find answers. Unfortunately, many have felt brushed aside by modern medicine. Physicians most often run tests for allergies, but food sensitivities require a different form of testing. Therefore, patients have sought alternative diagnostic testing and treatment. LEAP Therapy was established by a team of healthcare professionals including physicians, registered dietitians, and immunologists to treat patients suffering from food sensitivities. LEAP stands for Lifestyle, Eating, And Performance. This evidence-based protocol combines the Mediator Release Test (MRT) with medical nutrition therapy. Clients are prescribed a specific anti-inflammatory diet designed to reduce inflammation and ease food allergy-related symptoms. 

The Mediator Release Test

The patented Mediator Release Test (MRT) is a blood test that measures your immune reaction to 170 different foods, additives, and chemicals.  Patients are sometimes skeptical of another blood test as traditional food sensitivity tests have been unremarkable in isolating a specific sensitivity.  The MRT test is different and is considered one of the best in the industry, with results over 90% in sensitivity and specificity. The results of this laboratory test will help your LEAP therapist identify a safe list of non-triggering foods to relieve your inflammation. 

LEAP Therapy

Using the MRT as guidance, your LEAP Therapist will begin the first phase of an individualized treatment plan. This plan will methodically build a diet of safe and healthy foods which your body can tolerate. The first phase of the LEAP Immunocalm Diet requires the most food restriction, but most patients experience relief of their symptoms within 10 to 14 days. Each week, new foods are added, expanding the variety of foods in your diet.  After 6 weeks, untested foods can be added in one at a time, and over the course of three days to ensure no reaction occurs. The moderately reactive foods are trialed after 3 months, and the most reactive foods are introduced in the last phase, which typically begins 6 months after phase one is initiated. 


Results will vary depending on adherence and the severity of your condition, but your Certified Leap Therapist will continue to provide you with expert guidance throughout each phase of the treatment process. Nationally syndicated columnist  Sheilah Gram Westbrook once said, “ Food is the most primitive form of comfort.”  The ultimate goal of the LEAP Immunocalm Diet is for the patient to experience the ability to eat food with comfort and without the concern of developing an  inflammatory response. We only have one life to live and all of us have the right to be able to experience the joy of food. 


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Although I’ve been a dietitian for more than 20 years, it’s the past few years that have convinced me to take control of my own health by changing the way I eat. So many chronic illnesses can be corrected or prevented through good nutrition. I am thankful to have the opportunity to walk with people in my community, Beaufort, SC and beyond, through their own journeys as they reclaim their health.

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