Curing chronic pain in some people could be as simple as eliminating certain foods. But as simple as it seems, the fact that food allergies can trigger pain tends to get lost in the blur of searching more complex potential problems. An MRI is not going to show a food allergy. Basic laboratory studies usually miss allergic reactions. And many doctors just don’t connect the right dots. As one person testified on a recent Dr. Oz episode :
“I had all the symptoms of bloating, irritable bowel, muscle and joint pain for at least 25 yrs. I went wheat and gluten free in July of 2011 and have lost 17 lbs. I have not had a headache since then and my psoriasis is clearing. It makes me angry that no doctor I ever saw suggested a food allergy.”
The difficulty in identifying a problem is often defining the problem. Defining what exactly a food allergy is gets a little hazy because there are various levels of sensitivity. Some doctors delineate between food allergy and...
It's a proven fact asthma rates are on the rise in Western nations like the U.S. and U.K. In the past pollution was blamed. Yet with pollution on the decline and asthma rates still rising, many experts are looking at other theories.
Two theories gaining acceptance are the hygiene hypothesis and the microflora hypothesis .
The hygiene hypothesis pretty much proposes allergies and allergic are caused because we're too clean. In the absence of bacteria our immune system gets bored and attacks things we consider normal -- like allergens.
I simplified the hygiene hypothesis in a previous post. If you're not familiar with it I recommend you click here . In this post I'd like to introduce you to the microflora hypothesis.
First a few definitions:
Normal Flora : According to the Online Textbook of Bacteriology these are tiny little microbes that cover the surface areas of your body, including you...
A food allergy occurs when the body mistakes a food item for a harmful substance, and the immune system creates antibodies to protect itself. Once this mistaken identity occurs, every time a person eats that food the body will release histamine and other chemicals, triggering an allergic reaction. This response can affect the respiratory, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular systems. It can also cause a skin reaction. Common Food Allergens While any food item can cause an allergic reaction, there are eight foods responsible for 90 percent of all food-related allergies. The eight common food allergens are: • Eggs • Fish and shellfish • Milk • Peanuts • Soy • Tree nuts • Wheat I will discuss each one in further detail below. Symptoms Experts estimate that about 12 million Americans have legitimate food allergies. And anyone can experience an allergic reaction to a food that had never been a problem before. ...
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