Food Allergy

What is food allergy?

Allergy is really not a disease (in traditional meaning of the ‘disease’). This is a syndrome of the abnormal reactivity of immune system to normal protein. In other words, immune system develops wrong recognition of normal food protein (peanut, shrimp, wheat, etc.) as an enemy of the body. As the function of immune system is to protect you from any intruder, it now will start the war every time that protein enters or touches your body. Modern world provides us with convenience of synthetic cheap clothes, furniture, fast household washing products, affordable food made with fillers and preservatives… these are unfortunately significant immune toxins that are capable of infuriating immune cells to the point of uncontrollable reactions. That is why most of the time the allergy to the food allergens starts in people who develop hyperactive immune system, or in young children that are exposed to environmental pollution and/or viruses.

What is food intolerance?

While traditional food allergy is still a severe problem, a new syndrome of food causing non-allergic symptoms developed in the last 10-15 years. It is definitely different, as the same food product can cause problems one time but not the other time, also problem tends to ‘migrate’ from one food to another if people try to avoid certain ingredients. Also symptoms, while definitely food-related, are different from traditional allergy:
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Problems with bloating and constipation
  • Body aches (low back pain and joint aches are most common)
  • All types of rashes, acne-type of rash on the face and hairline
  • Severe skin itching and sensation of ‘crawling under the skin’
  • Weight instability – significant weight loss or gain
  • Abnormal hormones (thyroid, adrenals, sex hormones)

Can food allergy be cured?

[caption id="attachment_704" align="alignnone" width="1024"] The doctor in dieting concept with fruits and vegetables[/caption] We believe that food allergy and sensitivity is abnormal reaction of the immune system, and significantly improve or lessen in severity by natural approach. Many people completely loose food intolerance when immune system is treated. Even severe food allergy becomes milder in people who have balanced immune system. Natural balancing of the immune system:
  • Herbal prescriptions
  • Acupuncture and acupressure
  • Diet modification
  • Natural supplements
  • Energy treatment
With true severe allergy the food must be eliminated and epinephrine injectable device must be carried at all time.

Do children grow out of food allergies?

Childhood food allergy is different – many kids grow out of it with simply avoidance and natural immune balancing. Egg and mild allergy (if not life-threatening) can be overcome by tiny constant exposure to baked products. Many food reactions are pseudo-allergic caused by biologically active natural juice, fruit peel and food additives. We offer immediate relief and long-term solutions. We do not recommend food avoidance without doctor’s evaluation and skin test. Many laboratory tests are misleading over- or under-diagnosing food allergy, and leading to unhealthy diet if self-treated. We provide solutions for all ages, and consultations for pregnant and expecting parents on how to assure the baby will have least chances of developing allergies.


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Allergist and Immunologist, Integrative medicine