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Food allergies???
January 10, 2012
4:34 pm
dlcghill
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Five years ago my throat suddenly swelled shut after eating pizza that I had eaten for years, throughout trial and error and several trips to the ER I was told by 3 different allergy specialists who preformed injection tests that I was not allergic to anything at all. My general Dr. took blood and did a general test and told me to stay clear of soy, fish, shellfish, and peanuts. Also if I come in contact with olives or olive oil I have an episode with my throat. These are very severe reactions to not be allergic to anything, also I have issues with perfumes and cleaners. I was wondering if there is a diet that would help me to lose weight, I have to be very cautious and cook everything from scratch and also I have become sensitive to pork products. I was wondering also if there is any type of reliable testing that could tell me other things to watch out for, I have been staying with the same group of foods for so long and I would love to be able to try other things but with such a severe reaction I am living in a bubble out of fear. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

January 10, 2012
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I also have questions about food allergies.  My daughter has adhd/aspergers and has had IgE food allergy testing done.  She was slight positive to corn, peanuts, egg whites, and milk.  I took her to an allergist for skin tests and the only thing she was positive for was peanuts, her reaction was greater than twice the histamine control.  I have read a lot about food sensitivities IgG affecting behavior in kids with autism.  We have not had that test done but should she be avoiding all the things she had a class I reaction to for IgE?  The ped and allergist think it is okay for her to continue to eat all of these foods.

January 10, 2012
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dlcghill said:

Five years ago my throat suddenly swelled shut after eating pizza that I had eaten for years, throughout trial and error and several trips to the ER I was told by 3 different allergy specialists who preformed injection tests that I was not allergic to anything at all. My general Dr. took blood and did a general test and told me to stay clear of soy, fish, shellfish, and peanuts. Also if I come in contact with olives or olive oil I have an episode with my throat. These are very severe reactions to not be allergic to anything, also I have issues with perfumes and cleaners. I was wondering if there is a diet that would help me to lose weight, I have to be very cautious and cook everything from scratch and also I have become sensitive to pork products. I was wondering also if there is any type of reliable testing that could tell me other things to watch out for, I have been staying with the same group of foods for so long and I would love to be able to try other things but with such a severe reaction I am living in a bubble out of fear. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

That would really need to be investigated as to why you're having all those reactions - to see why your immune system is so reactive to all the foods. The chemical sensitivity issue is a bit different, though can be from a stressed out immune system. One link there is gut yeast/candida. If you've got a major gut candida infection, you will be allergic to many foods, have carbohydrate intolerance problems, and also, since yeast gives off aldehydes as a byproduct, sensitive to chemicals that contain aldehydes - such as perfumes. Something to think about. My favorite, and most commonly seen nutrients for this problem, are the vitamin biotin and the mineral molybdenum.

January 10, 2012
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jksnydernc said:

I also have questions about food allergies.  My daughter has adhd/aspergers and has had IgE food allergy testing done.  She was slight positive to corn, peanuts, egg whites, and milk.  I took her to an allergist for skin tests and the only thing she was positive for was peanuts, her reaction was greater than twice the histamine control.  I have read a lot about food sensitivities IgG affecting behavior in kids with autism.  We have not had that test done but should she be avoiding all the things she had a class I reaction to for IgE?  The ped and allergist think it is okay for her to continue to eat all of these foods.

I don't see much benefit to IgE testing. It's interesting since the blood IgE testing and the skin testing showed different results - as that is a type of IgE testing too. IgG and IgA allergies are more common, and usually more relevant. With the exception of gluten AND casein sensitivities I rarely see a person allergic to more than one food. Usually there is just one and it's causing enough of an immune reaction that it looks like there are other foods involved - but they are secondary and go away when the main one is removed. If you have a kid with Aspergers and can't get to a doc such as myself I see absolutely no reason why you should not remove all gluten from the diet. 100% gone. If, after say 3 weeks there is absolutely no change, then continue to stay off the gluten, and also remove all dairy (primarily casein - butter usually okay). Then see how the next 3 weeks go. Start there; see where it gets you, and report back here. You should keep her off the peanuts too since that showed up on both tests.

January 10, 2012
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I did leave out one thing.  Last year she had unexplained bleeding with and without stool.  I took her to a pediatric GI doctor and she had a colonoscopy and upper GI.  They found lymph nodules in her colon and nothing else.  Since then I removed most milk from her diet and she has not had any issues.  It seems like no one has any definitive answers to her problems. I would prefer to know if gluten is a problem before going gluten free, is that possible?

January 11, 2012
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If you removed most milk and that helped her gut then you should remove ALL dairy (casein containing foods) as it is most likely affecting other areas of her body.

Unless you see someone like me or have a skilled lab perform the gluten test, there is no perfect way of assessing gluten sensitivity. The best lab probably is Cyrex right now, and can be done thru saliva. http://www.drgangemi.com/labtesting/

February 1, 2012
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Is there any reason you choose cyrex for testing and not labcorp for IgG testing?  I am on your waiting list to see you as a patient.  In the meantime I took my daughter to see another holistic doctor and he suggested array 3 and 4 from cyrex labs. I know these test are used to determine gluten sensitivity, how do I determine if milk is a problem?  Is that based on the test for cow's milk on the array 4 test or is there a separate test for that?

February 2, 2012
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There are many labs available today such as Cyrex whose technology and experience far surpasses labs such as Labcorp and typical conventional labs in detection of food sensitivities, (and other health problems too). So comparing IgG to IgG, not all labs are created equal. But additionally, Cyrex tests for IgA too, which is more of the type of allergy you'll see in the gut and lungs (and I believe these allergies affect the BBB - Blood Brain Barrier too). There are not a lot of labs doing this yet. Most are still IgG and IgE.

It looks like the cow milk is there on that Array 4 of Cyrex.

I think these labs can be very beneficial (or obviously I would not post them here), but I rarely use them in the office when I see a patient. The problem with any lab test is it just tells you what you've got – it doesn't tell you how it's related to your health or if one allergy is causing others. For example if you have say wheat, corn, and milk allergy is this because your gut lining is "leaky"? Is it because you're lacking stomach HCL? Maybe stressed adrenals? Maybe wheat is the problem and if you remove that and heal the organ it's affecting then the corn and milk allergy go away – they're more secondary.

Just some food for thought; pun intended.

IgA – Barrier system – gut, lungs, BBB

IgE – acute, anaphlyxis, full blown allergic response, genetic sensitivity to substances

IgG – immune response that has lasted months or longer

IgM – recent immune response – within 3 months; presently active / attacking

IgD – Most commonly associated with tartrazine sensitivity (Yellow dye #5, FD&C Yellow #5, E 102)

June 4, 2012
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Nowadays most of the foodstuffs we eat today is processed, handled, manipulated, and altered from its natural state.

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