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LEAP/MRT – The most effective food sensitivity test & protocol

Food sensitivity testing – Removing those triggers that make us sick

and identifying those foods that are safe to eat


Are you suffering from a chronic health condition with little or no relief?   Are medications merely masking symptoms but not addressing the underlying cause?   Have you been told it’s all in your head?


Why cookie-cutter diet solutions don’t work

60-80% of your immune system is in your gut.   Your immune system is as unique as a fingerprint, and what it determines is “friend or foe” is different than anyone else’s.  You can have an immune reaction to just about anything except salt, baking soda or carbonated water.   You can react to “healthy” foods like salmon, apples, cinnamon, vanilla, bell peppers, celery and even olive (oil).   You can even react to chemicals – naturally occurring chemicals like solanine (found in potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, etc), or stabilizers like guar gum, carrageenan  or laboratory produced chemicals like BHA and BHT added to cereals,  nitrites added to lunchmeats,  citric acid,  etc.    My daughter had severe reflux.  Her main triggers were olive oil and celery.   Without the food sensitivity testing, which is based on bloodwork, it would have been extremely difficult to figure that out since olive oil is a “small” ingredient added to so many products.   Once she took her reactive foods out of her diet, her symptoms associated with reflux disappeared.


Characteristics of Food Sensitivities

Food sensitivities have unique characteristics such as delayed reactions and dose dependency.   For example,  although some reactions occur shortly after consumption,  you can also react to a food 72-96 hours after eating it,  often making it hard to establish cause and effect.   In addition, unlike allergies, food sensitivities are dose dependent.   For example,  you might eat 1/2 cup of strawberries and feel fine, but if you ate 1 cup you might not.   Reactions can take many forms.   Although most of the immune system is in the gut,  reactions to foods aren’t necessarily confined to digestive symptoms.   When you eat a reactive food,  the immune system sends out special “chemicals” called immune mediators all throughout the body.   These mediators can affect any organ or tissue, even in the brain.   Some people experience headaches, others joint pain, fatigue, cramping, water retention, insomnia, eczema and even mood swings.   The types of symptoms that food sensitivities can trigger are extensive.   In addition,  you can’t feel “sub-clinical”  inflammation, but sub-clinical inflammation also contributes to many chronic  inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease,  osteoporosis, thyroiditis,  multiple sclerosis and many others.


But I’ve had allergy testing and it shows I’m not reactive to anything

Allergies and sensitivities are different, and they require different types of testing.   In most cases, conditions like IBS, migraine, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid athritis, etc are not caused by allergic reactions, but rather by delayed-type hypersensitivity reactions.


Medical research has shown that sensitivities to foods and food-chemicals can produce inflammatory chemicals that, if not removed, can lead to chronic inflammatory conditions such as


  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraines or chronic headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Crohn’s or Colitis
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Eczema
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • GERD, reflux
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Edema



Symptoms frequently caused by food sensitivities: 


  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Thin stools
  • Abdominal or intestinal pain
  • Bloating, Distention, Gas
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Fatigue or sleepiness during the day
  • Insomnia
  • General malaise (feeling lousy)
  • Irritability, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Swings
  • Post Nasal Drip, Chronic Drainage
  • Skin conditions such as Eczema and Dermatitis
  • Fluctuating weight,  water retention
  • Brain fog



What is LEAP/MRT?  

LEAP stands for Lifestyle, Eating, And Performance.   It is an effective protocol that combines the Mediator Release Test (MRT) with the skills of a Certified LEAP Therapist to produce a patient-specific anti-inflammatory diet designed to lower inflammation, and by doing so, reduce or eliminate your symptoms.

The patented Mediator Release Test (MRT) is a blood test that measures your immune reaction to 120 foods and 30 chemicals.   We use those results to identify a safe list of foods to eat that will not trigger inflammation, so your symptoms can improve.



Click here to watch an animated explanation of how the blood test works:  

 MRT Animation



MRT Accuracy

A blinded peer reviewed scientific study showed MRT to have the highest level of accuracy of any food sensitivity blood test:  94.5% sensitivity and 91.8% specificity.

Mediator Release Test – Principles and method

Click here to see sample test results.   Foods from every category are tested (fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, legumes, spices, etc) so that you have a generous amount of safe foods from which to choose.


LEAP Results-4Page-Sample Patient


 How long does it take for someone to start seeing improvement in symptoms?    


Most patients experience significant improvement within the first 10 days on the program.   Symptoms then continue improving during the next 4-6 weeks.   Many patients experience complete symptom resolution.   Your particular response may vary depending on:

  1. How closely you follow your LEAP protocol.
  2. How long-standing your condition has been and what other factors need to be addressed.  Many people have dysbiosis (imbalance in gut bacteria), vitamin or mineral deficiencies, celiac disease, low glutathione levels, malnutrition, etc.   In most cases, a Certified LEAP Therapist who has extensive training in nutrition and adverse food reactions will also be able to address the other underlying conditions.
  3. The degree to which food sensitivity plays a role in your condition.  Other factors can contribute to symptoms as well.   For example, vitamin D deficiency can cause chronic pain.   B12 deficiency can cause fatigue or numbness.    Certain types of bacteria, such as Clostridium Difficile (C. Diff) can cause diarrhea.



  1. KristinKristin01-24-2016

    Hello, I am looking for the best food allergy testing in the Dallas Fort Worth area. I eat very clean and healthy but I’m constipated and many times I go from a flat stomach to looking pregnant. I’ve been to many doctors and nothing has helped. Please let me know if there is a place to get tested in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Thank you. I really appreciate it!

  2. Ruth HarperRuth Harper03-08-2016

    Susan, I have been toying with the idea of training for LEAP for a few years. I think it’s time to begin! Can you direct me regarding how to get started? Thanks!

    • Susan LinkeSusan Linke03-08-2016

      Hi Ruth! Yes, I can help with that. I’ll send you a separate email from my personal email in just a few minutes.

  3. Sally GilmoreSally Gilmore03-22-2016

    Hi Susan:

    I found you on Dr. Gowey’s website under an inflammation radio talk show you did. I had my gallbladder out in 2012 and then I finally found Dr. Gowey in Flagstaff, AZ. She said immediately I had food sensitivities. I did the Immune Bloodprint which showed thirty different foods I am sensitive to. I moved back to Texas in 2013 and live in Sun City in Georgetown, TX. My stomach is starting to bother me a lot again. It never totally went away. Dr. Gowey makes her own herbal liquid supplements. I take a no inflammation formula, pitcher plant and a blood sugar liquid. My blood sugar at last fasting test was 114. I do not know what my A1C is at the present time. I also take Dr. Gowey’s sublinqual glutathione supplement. I take digestive enzymes from a naturopath in Georgetown, HCL, and a probiotic everyday. Also Dr. Miles has me on Extended Health (brand) Heart Plus Detox Longevity Plus which is an oral chelation medicine. When I had a spinal and neck exray at the chiropractor, plaque showed up on the film in my stomach aorta and neck. I have sent the flashdrive to Dr. Gowey and she should get it possibly Friday or Monday. She said it may not be plaque on the film, but the chiropractor says that it is. I am 63 years old.

    How much would it cost for me to get the MRT test. Do you think that I should do another sensitivity test? Or should I possibly just get on your LEAP diet program. I know I have addressed a lot in this reply, but I thought you might be able to help me.

  4. Sally GilmoreSally Gilmore03-30-2016

    Susan, I have left several messages on website and a couple of calls. I am trying to reach you regarding my food sensitivities. I really feel that you could help me. Please call me at 512-639-3427

  5. ErinErin04-29-2016

    Hi I want to know how much for the food sensitivity tests?

  6. live leap reviewlive leap review05-29-2016

    Appreciate this post. Will try it out.

  7. Angie ArringtonAngie Arrington06-05-2016

    Hello, I’d like to inquire about the cost of the test and schedule an appointment. Thanks.

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