In 2000 I found out that I was Gluten Intolerant. Needless to say I had suffered for many years with stomach pain, fatigue, mood swings, and many more issues that come with food allergies. Doctors told me I had “irritable bowel syndrome,” or IBS. I ditched western medicine for a natural path and finally found some answers! Once diagnosed I struggled to find foods that I could actually EAT! Then I fogged around accidentally eating things with gluten for several years as I learned the hard way which foods contained gluten and which foods were free and clear. I used to tell my family, “There needs to be some kind of tester so that I could check the foods before I consumed them.” There wasn’t a tester per say but I did find some test strips. NOW it seems as though that magical device I had once wished for has actually been created!! Tellspec is the newest allergy device to sense different food ingredients such as dairy, soy, gluten and other ingredients that people could be allergic to or that could harm their health.
The invention was originally created when a child became severely sick for several years. The childs’ health declined, she was taken out of school and every day the health concerns got worse. They took her to
Dr. Neil Nathan, of Gordon Medical Associates in Santa Rosa, Calif., who’d written a book called, On Hope and Healing: For Those Who Have Fallen Through the Medical Cracks.
He diagnosed her with mold allergies. After returning home they tested the house for mold and sure enough the bedrooms had large amounts of 2 different types of mold. This mold toxicity also caused other related issues such as gluten intolerance, dioxin sensitivity and many more. After over a year of unknown health issues, the family moved to a new home, they altered the child’s’ diet and she regained her health and went back to school as a healthy teenager.
Stories like this are more common then people think! Allergies can cause a host of issues that range from stomach problems, to learning disabilities, to sleeping issues, heart palpations, chronic fatigue syndrome and much more. The girl in this story had smart parents. One of these parents also happens to be Entrepreneur Isabel Hoffmann. From this she created the idea for the Tellspec.
This tool, she decided, “should be able to point at food and tell what food it is — if it has gluten, if it has dioxins — or point at the wall to see if the wall has mold and, if so, what kind. Point at the air we breathe and see if it has pollution, and so on,” says Hoffmann. Her friend Stephen Watson told her, “That sounds like Star Trek — I don’t think that’s a reality possible today.”
Not only will this device help you avoid the foods you know your allergic to, it will also help you to identify the foods you haven’t figured out yet! By logging your symptoms after you consume certain foods you can begin to solve the puzzle!
How Does Tellspec Work? This allergy sensing device shoots a laser into the food, the photons bounce back to the device in wavelengths to determine the chemical make up of the food. They send the information to tellspec device and it’s then sent to your smart phone. How cool is that!! Watch the video and be amazed!
“Imagine having people worldwide scanning their food — all those scans are going to be in our server in the cloud, and they’re going to help other people, because our algorithm will know if we’ve seen this type of mixture already,” says Hoffmann. “We’re looking to build a footprint of food data that then can be correlated with other information — such as the symptoms that a person has after eating certain foods — to improve diagnosis, prognosis and treatments in individual lives.”
The device is expected to hit the market in August 2014 at an initial price of $350-$400, and Hoffmann hopes demand will drive the price down to $50 in a few years (source).
You’ll notice also in the video that the tell spec also scans for chemicals and pesticides. How awesome is it to know what your eating and which chemicals are in your foods! The device alone is AWESOME but the data that is collects could change the way we look at food and open the world up to new ways of thinking, eating, and treating disease. It’s only just begun.
CES, PES, CPT, BS