In this weeks Dr Oz article featured in the Dayton City Paper, Drs. Oz and Roinzen speak out about the extreme epidemic of food intolerance in young adults and adolescents. They mention a few easy, key steps to prevent and deal with food allergies, such as keeping yourself informed about the latest allergy-causing foods, "turning off" allergy genes, taking your children to an allergist, having TWO Epipens handy and speaking with your pediatrician about the introduction of allergenic foods. Dr. Moore goes on to explain how adults should go about dealing with food allergies and intolerences….
Food Allergies Versus Food Sensitivities or Intolerances - Dr. Oz and Roizen present excellent insight into the ever-increasing rates of food allergies in children and teens. Their advice is very on target and practical in preventing life-threatening allergic reactions to foods.
Focus should also be placed on food sensitivities or intolerances that effects 85 % of the adult population in America. Though not immediately life threatening, food sensitivities/intolerances cause significant illness (morbidity) and lost vitality for many millions of Americans. Food sensitivities may be responsible for your spouse’s vague illness complaints or your young adult child’s migraines or difficulty studying in school. Food intolerances maybe responsible for your or your friend’s overwhelming fatigue.
What is the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities/intolerances? The difference lies in different components or weapons in our immune system. Allergic reactions are immediate immune reactions governed by Immunoglobulin E response and histamine release. Think allergy to peanuts or shellfish and immediate severe local and whole body reaction with swelling of the airways, drop in blood pressure in an anaphylactic cascade that is life-threatening. Food sensitivities/intolerances are delayed immune responses, mediated by Immunoglobulin G, more akin to the body reacting to a vaccine against a virus. The body builds a defense against particular foods or molecules (antigens) from the food and a long-term memory and soldiers in reserve ready to react the next time that food is presented. When the food for which the sensitivity/intolerance is presented again the body turns on an army of white blood cells to attack and contain the offending food. The white blood cells release all kinds of chemical weapons that have spill-over effects that can lead one to feel bad a few days after eating the food you’ve become sensitive to. The sensitivity is thought to somehow make you crave the offending food once more-leading to overeating.
Where you can learn very dramatically that you are allergic to shellfish or peanuts by a severe allergic reaction, it is hard to pin down what food is causing you loss of vitality and illness symptoms as the reaction occurs up to several days after an offending food’s ingestion. What can be done to determine food sensitivities/intolerances is delayed hypersensitivity, Immunoglobulin G testing of a hundred and fifty or so common foods and food additives with a single blood draw sample. A very nice report will be returned to you letting know what foods you have developed severe sensitivity, moderate sensitivity, and mild sensitivity to. You will be advised to avoid those foods you are highly sensitive to for six months, those you are moderately sensitive to for 3 months, and to avoid foods you are mildly sensitive to as much as possible. You will be given a 4 day rotation diet to follow. Experience with a large contingent of patients demonstrates remarkable ridding of illness symptoms for those who follow the elimination diet. Food sensitivity testing will also identify if you are gluten/gliaden sensitive, sensitive to various proteins such as soy, whey, or
Synergistic Health Centers offers food intolerence testings- please call us at 937 310 1304 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about how food intolerence could be affecting you.