msm powder + food allergy test

by purelytwins

I made a video answering everyone’s questions regarding –

how we take msm powder and where to buy it

results of my food allergy test – Elise food testing

if you have any questions let us know!

thanks for watching



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Lisa March 12, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Hey Lori! Another great update… I use the exact same MSM powder. That’s my favorite one. I put 2 tbsp in my water everyday (and I do the niacin, aloe, MSM facial several times a week too)—it makes a huge difference for me in my skin and also my hair and nails too. (I have clients use it for arthritis, flexibility, and joint pain too—and they love it!).

We’re so on the same page about this stuff 🙂

That’s so interesting about the garlic and other foods that you’re sensitive to!

Lori and Michelle March 12, 2012 - 3:02 pm

yes Lisa we are 🙂 you are like our long lost twin 🙂

SammyCakes March 12, 2012 - 1:27 pm

I had a similar test done when they test for around 300 foods and food additives. I am allergic to over 100. I’m allergic to wheat, millet, spelt, corn, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, spinach, pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, lemons, peanuts, walnuts, parsley, basil, oregano, mint, MSG, red die… obviously I could go on. My problems were far worse than just acne but I will say, its totally worth it. Everyone use to think I had an eating disorder but it turns out food really did make me sick. Eating things you’re intolerant to also puts stress on your body and can affect weight, aging, ability to have children, ability to control your weight and much much more. For me it affected everything! At first it was frustrating and hard and I had to relearn to cook and get amazingly creative, which took awhile, but this has been the best thing that ever happened to me! It got me off processed foods, alcohol, smoking, most grains, corn syrup, fake sugars, sodas… chemicals in general. As part of my journey I replaces all those things with salads and steamed vegetables as I got into all these food blogs I’ve cut down on meat and dairy and I make green juice everyday. I HAVE NEVER FELT BETTER IN MY LIFE! Somehow it all makes me more balanced and I have less trouble with depression or anger or urges to self medicate with food. Thanks to recipes like yours and how they inspire me to create my own, I don’t miss anything. As a bonus, any extra weight I have is just melting off. I think every woman should get blood work done to check all their hormones and if things are really out of whack, I would do the Allergy test next.

bitt March 12, 2012 - 1:32 pm

thanks for sharing your results! my husband got completely different ones, other than also the garlic. we notice that is the biggest trigger. it is so hard to eat out because of that, but i can tell 1-2 weeks later after he’s eaten out because he gets a flare up. (it’s nearly impossible for most restaurants to remove the garlic since it’s in the sauces and they are premade often) but not eating it day to day is huge. I can’t remember how long it took him to see the results, but it was a few weeks at least. then it was like night and day with his face. without the highly reactive foods his skin was so much better! he found he doesn’t really react to the moderate foods but avoided them at first too just to see. glad coconut and cacao were ok!

Lori and Michelle March 12, 2012 - 3:16 pm

seriously I am not sure what I would have done without my cacao and coconut haha
totally agree about eating out now it is so hard! every body puts garlic on things! I hope I see more results here soon for my face in terms of not eating those items!!

Sundee March 12, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Hi, thank you so much for posting. I am gluten and dairy free due to allergies for almost 1 year now. I juice often and avoid most processed foods. Recently my skin has been breaking out on my face and my back. I feel so frustrated because I kept hearing how great my skin will look once I changed my diet, but it seems to be worse. I am thinking I should do a food allergy test also, maybe their are other foods causing the inflammation. What is even more frustrating is I just moved to a new state and have to find all new Doctors. What type of Doctor did you go to for the testing? Thank you.

Lori and Michelle March 12, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Sundee sorry to hear that you are starting to have skin issues I feel your pain and frustration. The doctor that I went to was certified in Family and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Make sure they do the Elise food testing.

Sundee March 12, 2012 - 1:48 pm


mariel March 12, 2012 - 2:10 pm

this is such a great idea. i’d love to get this test done sometime!! i used to take msm but i’ve completely forgotten about it actually! thanks for the reminder 😉
and i feel like it did help with my skin when i took it too.

Thanks for the info on this test! I didn’t know what it was called, so i will make sure to refer back when i feel like taking it!

lou March 12, 2012 - 2:41 pm

interesting about msm helping skin. i starting using it because i was told it helps with joint pain and recovery after exercise. and it really does help recovery time. so, helps with joints and skin? win-win!

Lori and Michelle March 12, 2012 - 3:14 pm

yes Lou a win win 🙂

Lisa March 12, 2012 - 3:06 pm

I am 29 years old and have just, within the past 6 months gotten my skin clear. I got rid of it by taking zinc and chromium supplements. Chromium acts as a sugar regulator in your body which in turn helps stabilize your hormones. It was my hormones making me break out. Have you checked to see if you have PCOS? It causes acne particularly in the chin area. Sorry you are having to go through this, I completley understand. I had a huge cystic zit of my chin for my wedding! How nice huh? Stress definitley still plays a part but for me it was all about blood sugar and keeping it stable. I had a huge sugar addiction, but am happy to say that I beat it. Hope this helps! Feel free to e-mail me if you want to know the name of the supplements I take. Lisa

Lori and Michelle March 12, 2012 - 3:44 pm

thanks Lisa, emailing you right now 🙂

Dani Page March 12, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Hi Lori-

Great update, sorry to hear about the wine 🙁 I was just wondering if you have heard about sandalwood powder to help with acne. I have been reading up on different recipes incorporating the sandalwood powder for different ailments, such as melasma, acne, to remove a tan (yes, weird since most of us want a tan) anyhow the most popular recipe I’ve seen includes just the sandalwood powder mixed with rosewater. Then let it sit on the face like a mask, wet it a bit after it has dried then use circle motions to wash the face with it and then rinse away. The Indian culture swears by sandalwood for the face/skin. They use it for 40 days and 40 nights prior to their wedding day to lighten there skin as well as clear it and give it a good glow. You can purchase sandalwood powder from an Indian grocer. Also online through ebay or amazon. However be careful of sandalwood powder that appears to be cheap in price as it may not be pure. There are Indian sandalwood and Australian type. Good luck girl! You’re adorable and so sweet! 🙂 keep up the good work and great recipes!

The Delicate Place March 12, 2012 - 4:29 pm

oh i love garlic! that’s sad 🙁 i’m glad you can still have wine even though it isn’t red! your accent is so cute lori!

Lori and Michelle March 12, 2012 - 5:03 pm

aww thanks Melissa 🙂

Ela March 12, 2012 - 6:01 pm

Awesome vid! I love how cautious you were of sharing your results in case someone else generalized it to themselves, but I’m also so grateful that you shared it too. Bummer on the pumpkin and egg yolks! My husband’s daughter got that allergy test a year or two back, and it was an awesome thing because it told her she was allergic to wheat, which is something she really needed to know. But it also told her she was mildly allergic to a couple foods she never ever ate, like you with your beans–funny thing.
You both look absolutely stunning and radiant in the vid–glad you’re doing so great.

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 12, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Great video and thank you for sharing the information on the MSM. I had no idea! I really appreciate you two sharing all of this. It really is so great that you’re able to share and hopefully help others!

nicole March 12, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Hey Michelle!

Thanks for sharing your experience and I look forward to trying out the MSM powder 🙂

I just wanted to mention something that i learned over the years. When I discovered all my intolerances through the same blood work testing, I started replacing it with a new favorite. What happened over time was I developed a sensitivity to this new replacement…e x milk>soy>almonds>etc. Eventually I became sensitive to almost everything!

Food rotation is key. You may already know this but I just thought in case, as it’s very frustrating when old symptoms (acne) come back when you are following your diet so closely. I discovered this after doing these blood food sensitivity tests 2x’s a year. I can say that dairy, milk, gluten alcohol and yeast will forever be intolerances of mine. The rest fluctuate on how much i’ve eaten of that item in the last 2 weeks. Our bodies certainly are complicated 😉

Thanks again for sharing- you are doing so well!

Erica March 13, 2012 - 7:52 am


I just wanted to mention another alternative, if you believe that hormones might be the cause of your acne. I have done the Flo Living program, which works with your diet and lifestyle to naturally bring your hormones back into balance. I do not have problems with acne, but I know that acne was one of the symptoms the program seeks to address. I have been really, really happy with how I feel after doing this program and am impressed with the quality of the material presented. Anyway, I just wanted to put it out there as another option for you. Good luck with everything!

Deana March 13, 2012 - 8:14 am

Hmmm, having a list of foods and things I am allergic to- yes, I have been there. NOT being allergic to 30 of them after NAET treatment is the best thing I have ever done. Have I already mentioned NAET to you? It is an allergy elimination technique that involves kinesiology and avoidance for 25 hours to the allergen. For instance, for chemicals, I could not use tap water, or soap for 25 hours….a bit inconvenient, but worth it for my cracking skin on my finger (must not have this as a massage therapist!). Please look into NAET.

elise March 13, 2012 - 1:15 pm

i think youre talking about the elisa test yes? just want to be sure youre not confusing it with me 🙂
have you looked into fodmaps yet? seriously, do it.

Lori and Michelle March 13, 2012 - 1:22 pm

you are correct sorry about that typo 😉
and we will have to look into fodmaps!

elise March 13, 2012 - 1:53 pm

yeah do it, because all the foods you mentioned are high fodmaps foods…i cant tolerate garlic either.

Michaela March 15, 2012 - 10:14 am

Hi girls 🙂

I have never heard before about msm only about food that are high in sulphur like broccoli cabbage, radishes, Is in it better to eat whole foods than supplements? It is funny about your alergy to eggs yolk cause egg white is strong alergen many doctor inlcude weston price org. recommend to give egg yolk little baby from 5-6 months, that there is nothing to cause alergy. Also egg white has no nutrition it is only protein egg yolk has choline vitamin A D K, etc. Have you read perfect health diet? Or also recommendation from Weston price fondation about Vitamin AD and Vitamin k2( the one that is need for bones teeth heart …. I have no idea that it is so important one and that unless we do not eat enough food from grass fed animals(like meat milk, butter) you do not have it. I will send you book from Weston A. Price if you want.

Yseult March 15, 2012 - 7:14 pm

Yeey! I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and have actually been wanting to e-mail you quit some time now about this test. I had mine done almost two years ago after being ill for about six years. I did have to go to another country and pay 700 euro’s (yep, thats almost a 1000 dollars), but I do think it was worth every penny. I got tested for about 400 types of foods, and turned out to have mild to extreme reactions to about 101 of those. Oh yes, it was bad. It took my body about one and a half years to completly recover from all the damage that had been done by eating those food for years and years before getting tested. And to this day, my immune system is very weak. But I really can’t complain, I have so much more energy and also feel that I’ve become much more emotionally stable. Before, my energy levels would just crash after eating whatever, my skin was pale, my hair greyish and my entire body was swollen. Even worse, I had arthritis and could’nt stop gaining weight. Thank goodness that is all over now thanks to this test! However, I wouldn’t get my hopes up and expect a dramatic difference in a short period of time (you need at least eight weeks to notice anything). Though my outward appearance changed relatively quickly (six months maybe), it took me those and a half years to feel completly “healed” and symptom free. Sadly however, whenever I do ingest something that my body is not ok with, and trust me, that will happen at some point, it takes me weeks to get back to normal. Oh well, at least it shows me that avoiding these foods is really helping. Therefore my advice would be to not give up if not seeing any results within those six months you were talking about!!! You’re body might have been suffering for a large amount of time from eating foods it cannot handle, so it will also need a large amount of time to heal. Also, I would like to encourage Lori to take the test, even though she might not feel as if there is any relation between the food she is eating and her health and appearance at the moment, it is much better to catch it early, then to wait and have to heal for as long as I had to… Good luck with your changing your diet, I’m sure it’ll be worth it!

Sassy Stephanie March 24, 2012 - 9:17 pm

So, was this an actually “allergy test” or a “reactive” test? My son (6yr) did a reactive test a few months ago after his tonsils were so inflamed that his throat was almost closed. Upon test results, we took him off of gluten products, some fruits, chicken, soy, nitrates, nitrites, some nuts, red food coloring…this list goes on! Anyway, we have seen some improvements in the last two months with his allergy/sinus situation alone. He sleeps better and behaves better in school. To be supportive, our whole family of 5 eats what he is allowed to eat.

The hubs and I have seen dramatic results after a candida detox/cleanse then sticking with “his” diet. We have so much energy, sleep better and don’t have the “cloudy” thought process we used to have. Never thought I could kick my morning cup of coffee, but honestly can’t believe how hyped I am in the morning without it!!

Stick with it. It is worth it. Best of luck!

Caitlin Gordon May 10, 2012 - 4:24 pm

this article evaluates the validity and usefulness of ELISA testing… very interesting. Worth reading… particularly to understand a number of reasons why the test may show false positives and list food allergies that don’t exist. Read it before you decide to cut out a bunch of potentially very healthy foods you don’t need to!


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