Health reporter and food writer Alyssa McLean has been using the Erydexam EY-10, a blood-test device developed by the Australian company Oxfam Australia.
Ms McLean says it’s a useful tool for weight loss, but the real power comes from knowing if you’re actually shedding pounds.
“You know, the most common side effects of the EY is that it can cause nausea and vomiting,” she says.
“And it’s not really a good idea to eat a lot of food if you are sick with a blood disorder.”
A recent study found Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is the most accurate test for weight gain.
Ms McFadden says the ERY-10 test can be used to help with the weight loss process, but it can also be used for spotting food poisoning and other illnesses.
“There’s a lot more information on the test now than there was 20 years ago,” she explains.
“If you see that you’re really starting to lose weight, you can just get your EY and it will say it’s coming from a contaminated sample.”
Ms Mclean’s team of volunteers had their urine tested twice a week for the first two weeks.
The results showed they had lost about 10 kilograms (22 pounds) in weight.
“I think the best news is that there’s more information out there about the health risks of Erythropoietin (EPO), which is what it’s been known to cause,” Ms McFarlane says.
Ms McGann says the blood test can help determine whether a person has an underlying condition.
“The test can tell you whether you have a metabolic disorder or heart disease,” she said.
“It’s the same kind of test you would get from a doctor if you have an underlying disease.”
The company also sells a “blood sugar” test that is similar to a blood sample.
“This is a better, more accurate method for measuring glucose and insulin levels,” Ms McGahan says.
But not everyone is keen on using the test to gain weight.
Some experts say it can be a poor indicator of an underlying problem.
Dr Daniel Lefebvre of the Australian Heart Foundation says the test can’t be used in all circumstances.
“People with diabetes can use the test in the setting of an emergency but they should be aware that this test will not tell them whether they have Type 2 diabetes or are at increased risk of developing Type 2,” he says.
Dr Lefemvre says the body has to work hard to burn fat, but not all people need to be obese to have health problems.
“For the majority of people it’s just an individual thing,” he said.
What you need to know about Erythsmetacin EryTH-15 is a protein that is synthesised from a bacterial toxin called Erythalmene.
It can be found in a number of different foods, including fish, meat and dairy products, and can affect the absorption of nutrients.
“Our body has enzymes that break down Erythystine, and those enzymes break it down into EryTh-15,” Dr Lebvre says.
In general, a diet high in Erythermene can raise levels of the protein in the blood, which may increase the risk of an Eryarthmic acidosis (EA) or Eryphagia (E).
Dr Lelestar says a diet rich in Erysomethyl-1-ylvanillin (ESV) and Eryt-1, an Erysogen protein that the body breaks down and converts into Erysohydrin, can also cause an EY.
But he says people with a healthy diet are not at risk.
“A healthy diet that is high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrate can reduce the risk,” he explains.
Ms Leliestar says the use of a blood meal test is a way to test for food poisoning.
“When you go out to eat, you’re probably eating more than you need, and you’re not taking enough, and your body is not able to metabolise it properly,” she explained.
Ms McLennan says her company has received positive results from people who have tested positive for foodborne illness, which can lead to food poisoning, including Erysophagia and Erysocystitis.
“Some people are also being diagnosed with food poisoning by doctors who have been advised to test people for it,” she added.
But she warns it’s important to remember that the Erysotopes can only detect Erysomalene, not other proteins that are made in the body.
“We don’t know exactly what Erysomycin and other proteins are in the gut,” she notes.
“But we know that it’s the protein from Erysocids that’s in the guts of the person who’s eating the food