MYSTERY symptoms and FOOD Allergies
It seems that a vast majority of people suffer from the same group of symptoms: headaches, insomnia, stomach problems (nausea, bloating, digestive issues, gas, rumbling, loose stools, constipation), skin issues (eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes), and fatigue.
Is there a common culprit behind these “mystery” symptoms that no medical doctor has yet figured out? We think there is…
Mystery Symptoms Afflict Millions
It is estimated that anywhere from 45%-60% of the general population struggles with what we call “mystery symptoms.” Millions of people every year see their doctors because of them and often leave frustrated because no diagnosis is made, and treatment usually defaults to antidepressants.
It’s equally frustrating for both doctors and patients. But before you give up altogether, take heart … your health “problem” may not be the problem at all.
Have you ever thought that it might be what you eat that’s making you feel sick?
Food is a Foreign Invader
Food, specifically protein, can be identified by your body as a “foreign” invader. This elicits an immune response to attack the invader and defend your body. There are two kinds of immune responses to food:
- Immediate– this is the immune response that can be deadly, like peanuts in kids. It’s driven by the antibody IgE. But this is not the reaction that we are talking about in this post.
- Delayed– this is the response we want to focus on, what we call food sensitivity. It’s driven by the antibody IgG. The response here is slower and more chronic. It’s this delayed reaction that can result in the “mystery” symptoms. This low-grade, chronic immune response causes a heightened inflammatory state that can damage cells and tissues, producing the symptoms that drive millions of people to their doctors’ offices.
Let’s take a look at how we can identify which food is causing the delayed immune response and all of those symptoms.
A BIT MORE DATA…
Put simply, a food allergy is an allergic response to the protein in a food. When you think food allergy, you may think of eating something that suddenly causes hives or shortness of breath, an anaphylactic response that sends you to the hospital. This type of reaction is a true food allergy called an IgE response and is classified as a hypersensitive severe immune reaction that may affect the respiratory tract or circulatory system. These food allergies are very serious, and you probably know which foods to avoid if this is you, as onset usually occurs during early childhood. The most common IgE allergies are nuts and shellfish. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, only about 4% of the United States population has a true food allergy.
There is another type of food allergy that is more insidious and may take up to 72 hours to surface. This is a delayed food allergy and is technically a food intolerance, an IgG response, which refers to the IgG antibody, the largest circulating antibody in your system. What happens in this situation is that the IgG antibody marks certain food particles as antigens, and when you eat these foods, the body mounts an inflammatory immune response and attack. There is quite a bit of confusion about food allergy, food intolerance and food sensitivity. Food allergy is IgE allergy and food intolerance or sensitivity is IgG. For the purposes of this article, I am referring to IgG food sensitivity as food allergy.
IgG food allergy symptoms include the following
- Gas, bloating
- Headache & migraines
- Heartburn – acid reflux
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Hay fever symptoms (itchy, watery eyes, sneezing)
- Brain fog
- Joint pain
- IBS or Crohn’s
- Stomach pains
- Weight issues
- Autoimmune disorders
- Food cravings
- Behavioral problems in children
- Puffiness in face and eyes
Some estimates say that up 80 percent of people have IgG food allergies. Many practitioners use food allergy testing in their practices to help determine which foods are problematic. By avoiding those foods, one may lose weight, heal leaky gut syndrome, improve IBS or Crohn’s, heal eczema, and just plain feel better, because the allergy response creates inflammation that can lead to weight gain, leaky gut, and a host of other problems.
The symptoms that develop depend on what regions of the body are impacted by the antibodies produced to combat the problematic food.
Joint pain is the most common symptom of sensitivity. This is because immune complexes often settle in or invade the joints. Certain foods such as dairy, soy, and gluten trigger inflammatory responses that can disrupt joint movement and function. Furthermore, when inflammatory foods are regularly consumed, the body may develop a resistance to cortisol and insulin, which further increases the risk of chronic inflammation in the joints and elsewhere.
IgG Food Allergy Test w/ Candida
IgG (immunoglobulin G) testing is a useful guide for structuring elimination diets in many chronic conditions. Individuals with neurological, gastrointestinal, and movement disorders often suffer from IgG food allergies. These people may continue to eat offending foods unaware of their potential effects. IgG antibodies provide long term resistance to infections and have a much longer half life than the traditional IgE allergy. Symptoms may occur hours or days after the offending food has been eaten.
The 93 foods tested in the IgG Food Allergy Test w/ Candida can identify problem food so it can be eliminated from the patient’s diet.
This elimination of IgG positive foods can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, autism, AD(H)D, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and epilepsy according to numerous clinical studies.
Candida is also checked. Candida problems are caused when the benign yeast form of Candida albicans mutates to its fungal form. Candida can take over sections of the intestinal wall causing numerous symptoms. As it grows out of balance it produces toxins that create holes in the intestinal lining, leading to leaky gut syndrome. After entering the blood, Candida albicans causes an inflammatory immune system response. A wide range of disorders have been linked to Candida including autism, multiple sclerosis, depression, and chronic fatigue. Use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, chemotherapy, and anti-inflammatory steroids greatly increase susceptibility to Candida.
Research and clinical studies suggest food allergies identified by IgG testing can be a major contributing factor in many chronic health conditions (IBS, SIBO, Etc.). Food rotation and elimination diets can reduce stress on the immune system, lower gut inflammation, resolve food cravings, and reduce the potential for eating disorders. Individuals with neurological, gastrointestinal, and movement disorders often suffer from IgG food allergies. These people may continue to eat offending foods unaware of their potential effects. IgG antibodies provide long term resistance to infections and have a much longer half life than the traditional IgE allergy.
Symptoms may occur hours or days after the offending food has been eaten. The 93 foods tested in the IgG Food Allergy Test w/ Candida can identify problem food so it can be eliminated from the person’s diet. This elimination of IgG positive foods can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, autism, AD(H)D, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, SIBO, and epilepsy according to numerous clinical studies.
After testing hundreds of clients for food allergies and sensitivities we have noted that 1 for 1 have some level of issues with DAIRY. Most individuals assume a DAIRY intolerance or allergy means they are “LACTOSE INTOLERANT”. That is NOT always the case!
Certainly a lactose intolerance can be present. You could be reacting poorly to the lactose, the casein, the whey, or all of it. So let’s break this down and take a look at lactose, casein and whey, etc.
LACTOSE (sugar) INTOLERANCE: Lactose intolerance occurs when people stop making lactase, the digestive enzyme located along the small intestinal wall that breaks lactose into glucose and galactose for easy digestion. This usually occurs around the age of four or five (lactose intolerance is incredibly rare in infants, for obvious reasons). Without lactase enzymes, lactose is metabolized instead by bacteria which can cause: stomach upset, flatulence, diarrhea, bloating, nausea, and a host of familiar but unwelcome gastrointestinal symptoms. Lactose intolerance can develops in people who have stopped producing lactase enzyme as a baby. Some lactose intolerance comes and goes due to damage to particular cells lining the intestines. And then some lactose intolerance stems from gut dysbiosis (an imbalance of gut bacteria).
CASEIN OR WHEY INTOLERANCE: A dairy protein (whey or, more commonly, casein) intolerance or allergy causes a number of symptoms. In an allergy, consumption of the offending food elicits an immediate, acute, unmistakable immune response. You might get severely plugged sinuses, itchy skin, hives or rashes, hypotension, diarrhea, vomiting, an elevated heart rate, and have difficulty breathing.
Intolerances to the proteins in dairy are a bit more confusing. Some of the symptoms are similar to, if milder than those of allergic reactions. For some people, it manifests as constipation. For others, diarrhea. Still others get tingly fingers, joint pain, and a foggy head. Whatever the symptoms of a dairy protein intolerance, they usually take longer to appear, making identification difficult.
Causes: A major, and in my opinion likely, candidate for the cause of dairy protein intolerance is intestinal permeability, or leaky gut. An overly permeable intestine (all intestines are permeable to a certain degree; it’s excessive permeability that’s the main issue) allows protein fragments from the digestive tract into the bloodstream. When the immune system identifies these errant proteins as invaders, it does what it does in response to any other invading pathogen: mount an attack and fortify the body’s defenses by releasing histamine (which tries to get rid of the “pathogen” by inducing diarrhea, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and all the other symptoms you might get from an allergic or intolerance reaction). In a perfect world, casein may not be inflammatory in and of itself, but its presence in the bloodstream can invite an inflammatory response.
Casein-rich foods: ALL cheeses, Greek yogurt (yogurt with the whey drained), cottage cheese, casein protein powder
Whey-rich foods: ricotta, whey protein powders, etc.
Foods with casein and whey: milk, yogurt, kefir, butter
Can a Simple Finger Stick Hold all the Answers?
Unfortunately, identifying which of the many foods you regularly consume that may be causing your symptoms, or the specific natural or artificial compound contained in any of those foods, can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
There are as many food allergies and sensitivities as there are symptoms. And until recently, the available detection methods have been rudimentary at best. The good news is that advances in individualized blood testing now enable you and your doctor to zero in on the compounds that may be causing your problem.
It’s called the COMPREHENSIVE IgG FOOD ALLERGY TEST – This particular IgG test measures your sensitivity to certain foods from an antibody-mediated immune response. The antibody measured in this test is IgG. Our COMPREHENSIVE IgG FOOD ALLERGY TEST comes conveniently packaged as a kit. It requires a “finger stick” blood spot to be collected and shipped directly to the laboratory in a pre-paid envelope. All necessary components for the “finger-stick” are included in the kit with a complete set of instructions for easy collection.
With the results in hand, you can methodically and definitively eliminate the food causing the symptoms from your diet. This means you can start feeling better fast.
The Benefits of Testing
- Helps determine if food reactions are contributing to physical or mental symptoms
- Removal of highly reactive foods from the diet is a non-invasive, food-based therapy that often mitigates a patient’s symptoms
- Research and clinical studies suggest food allergies identified by IgG testing can be a major contributing factor in many chronic health conditions
Food elimination diets can reduce stress on the immune system, lower gut inflammation, resolve food cravings, reduce the potential for eating disorders, helps to balance hormones and relieve inflammation in the body.
Give our office a call today to get your own personalize food allergy testing kit sent to your home. It’s a simple finger blood spot test that almost anyone can do either at our office or in your own home. It’s then sent to the lab. We get the results in approximately 17 days.
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