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Food Sensitivities/Intolerances
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OnaJourney - May 25

I have not been on this site for awhile so forgive me if I am duplicating anything.

In March under the supervision of my new Naturopathic Dr. I took an "Alcat" test. (You can check their website). This was their most extensive test so it tested for 200 foods, moulds, food additives and some drugs. Other companies have similar tests but not to the extent of this particular one. My Dr. wanted to be as thorough as possible. It is done by a blood draw; the blood is sent to Deerfield Beach, Florida.

My results indicated moderate and minumum intolerances to many items that were tested. Since March I have been on a restricted food plan and will be on this for at least six months. Some foods I must avoid and others I can eat once to twice per week but not two days together. The results are surprising as you may be sensitive to a favourite food, a healthy food or a food you never eat.

It definitely forces you to read labels. And what an eye-opener that is. It forces you to be organized and to meal plan.

As is said "Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food" - "One man's meat is another man's poison".

I have experienced improvement regarding my fibro, energy and psoriasis. One bonus is a weight loss. I found that fat had collected around my muscles which made moving even tougher; the weight has dropped from all over my body and it makes the muscles easier to move.

I am also taking prescribed supplements.

I'll close for now. If anyone would like more detail I am here.

 

January - May 25

Thanks for your post! I have been struggling with health issues my whole life, and I now believe the root problem is food allergies (or "sensitivities" - supposedly there's a difference). The problem is getting a doctor to take you seriously! It's hard to find a doctor who really deals with food allergies well.

I googled for information on the Alcat, and of course, there is a lot of information from "professional" people who say it's a scam, a waste of money, blablabla. However, I checked some of the forums where real people talk about the Aclat, and about the difference in themselves or in their children when they avoided certain foods! Sure looks like this works very well for some people! One mother posted that her child's moodiness, insomnia, nightmares, snoring, etc. were gone!

I have noticed that a lot of my food symptoms come up a week or more after eating the food (which makes it hard to figure out which food caused the problem!) and symptoms include "emotional" things - like insomnia, nightmares, depression and fatigue -- not necessarily the typical "allergic reactions" like itching or swelling.

Call it WHATEVER (who cares!), a sensitivity or an allergy, it's better to stay way from foods that don't agree with your body! If you can just figure out which ones... So taking a blood test that can tell you what you don't agree with is a wonderful idea! Thanks for the link!

 

OnaJourney - May 25

The destinction between the two is:
Allergy - You have an immediate or Type 1/IgE response, such as itching, swelling, hives; The Alcat (or similar) identifies foods and chemical sensitivities where the symptom onset is longer, several hours to several days and varies.

There is more and more written about foods that fight inflammation. In this situation instead of picking common foods considered as irritating, or doing an elimination test, the blood test indicates exactly what You need to avoid for Your body.

I would have questioned this too if it hadn't been for a ND recommendation.

 

kvc33 - May 26

A true food allergy is life threatening and involves a different part of the immune system than a food sensitivity. However, the reactions with food sensitivities can be almost as extreme even though they tend to be delayed. They won't threaten your life but they can make you physically miserable or emotionally and mentally unstable. I know one person who became so sensitive that there wasn't anything should could eat any more and she was in danger of starving to death. Even water caused burning pain. She existed on a formula for months before being able to eat again.

 

January - May 30

I think medicine keeps changing, and how they define certain words changes too. I was diagnosed with "food allergies" when I was a kid - I got hives, but not the severe reaction you're referring to, anaphylactic shock. I know there are different parts of the immune system that can get activated, but testing is not always accurate. And nobody seems to know why there has been a 400% increase in food allergies, or if it is related to GMO products or other toxins. And I don't know if they were counting sensitivities in with allergies when they wrote the article on that.

Actually, if you read up on gluten "sensitivity" and its long term effects, it really does threaten your life by ruining your health in a variety of ways, and by causing certain cancers. Gluten intolerance/celiac disease is linked to a huge variety of autoimmune diseases and conditions that are rooted in malabsorption and inflammation. It may take 20 years to manifest the problems, but they are just as life-threatening. And you have a much smaller chance of getting a proper diagnosis. Anaphylactic shock will be diagnosed and treated quickly.

I just learned tonight that celiac disease can lead to a certain type of acidosis - and if that is not diagnosed and treated, it can damage your kidneys or liver - and in severe cases lead to coma and death. It is also rather unlikely, if you do go into acidosis, that any doctor will think to check you for celiac disease!

 

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