Coca’s Pulse/Allergy Test

The Pulse Test is another way to test your allergies. It has been noted that the first indication of an allergy is a rise in a person’s pulse. By keeping very close watch over the pulse while challenging different foods we can often determine possible allergies. By avoiding foods that cause an increased pulse rate we can aid in clearing allergies and can improve the general health of the person. There are six points to the pulse test.

1. Stop smoking, at least for the duration of the testing. Upon challenging cigarettes, they raise the pulse.

2. Take the pulse (usually on the wrist) for one whole minute, (not for 1/4 minute and multiplying it by 4, as done in the hospitals) at the following times.

a) before rising (before sitting up in bed upon waking)
b) before meals
c) three times after each meal, at half hour intervals

3. Record all foods eaten.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for 2 – 4 days.

5. Do a single food challenge for two or more days. You do this by eating a small portion of a different food every hour, starting early in the morning and continuing for 12 -14 hours. Take your pulse just before eating the food and one-half hour after.

6. Over the day we have a normal range, one that differs from individual to individual. Any food that seems to elevate the pulse by six (6) points or more should be avoided. These foods should be challenged at other times to see if you get the same results.

Many allergies involve things other than food substances, thereby making the data hard to interpret with resulting frustration. Some foods do not cause a reaction unless eaten for more than three days in a row. Some allergies do not show up for two or more days after the food is eaten.

The charts on the next page will make the task of recording your pulse tests easier.
For more information consult The Pulse Test: The Secret of Building Your Basic Health by Arthur F. Coca M.D., St. Martins, 1996.

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