What to do about food sensitivities.
The following is an overview of what we know about food sensitivities as of 2012. Hopefully what I am saying here will be obsolete in the next couple of years but we will see.
Some allergies and sensitivities can be corrected permanently by using energy techniques like TBM or the TBM spinoff, NAET.
Some foods can be eaten in moderation or in a rotation mode and then they don't cause very much trouble. You might be able to calm down some of the effects with long term elimination or TBM/NAET but those results will be temporary and in time if you eat these too much or too often, you will be back where you started. I don't know if there is a limit to the number of times you can flirt with disaster here. I am sure it depends on many other factors.
It has been my experience that TBM and NAET type methods are most effective at dealing with food allergies and less effective with food sensitivities. Allergies generally cause a quick response and sensitivities have more of a delayed response. One notable case was a person who used to get a rash all over her body within a couple minutes of eating pineapple. It took two TBM clearings for that to go away completely. This was 1985 and there has been no reoccurrence. Another case involved clearing dairy and wheat problems. The dairy problems quieted down some but never went away and the wheat problem was really gluten and is just as bad as ever.
I have seen several categories. Some foods are on your permanent, "do not eat" list. The most obvious examples might be foods like gluten, soy, peanuts eggs and maybe dairy etc.
So how does a person know which category a food falls in? Very good question indeed and you won't find a consensus anywhere about this. I do have my opinion based on 50 years of trying to figure this out and work with countless patients.
It is my clinical impression that you are going to have to use a combination of methods, that is a combination of lab tests and observation.
I wish I could say that lab testing is definitive but it just isn't. It is very helpful and shouldn't be discarded just because it isn't perfect.
Some people are fans of observation and journaling. I don't think you can live long enough to work through that process for every conceivable food you might react to. Also some foods might cause significant issues that just won't show up as obvious symptoms that you can chart. What if your concern is osteoporosis? You won't have symptoms until a bone breaks.
What I recommend is doing as much testing as you can. At this point that would be a Cyrex labs Array 3 and Array 4 and Alcat testing.
Most people with chronic issues and food sensitivities are gluten sensitive. This is easily tested by Cyrex Labs Array 3. Unlike most tests that look at one or two antibodies related to gluten, Array 3 tests for gluten sensitivity in about 24 different ways. The goal was to design a test that correlated more closely with clinical knowledge that many more people do better on a gluten free diet than we testing positive.
Array 4 tests for foods that gluten sensitive people tend to react to. The method that Cyrex has chosen is antibody testing. Some sources claim that antibody testing is too unreliable to use but I disagree. It still tells you that your body is getting a specific immune response from exposure to those specific foods. I observe myself and also patient feedback to see if these tests make sense or not and more often than not, they do make sense.
Alcat testing takes a different approach. The responses of the white cells are observed under the microscope as they are exposed to different foods, herbs or chemicals. Alcat has been computerized for many years so it is standardized. Some of the complaints have been that two different looking at the response might give a different interpretation.
Alcat has the ability to test hundreds of different foods and you can also put together custom panels for a reasonable price. They have their foods arranged in several different panels. The price varies according to how many panels you choose and if you do them all it is about $1000. Considering what's at stake, that price can be a bargain. It costs a lot more than that to treat the effects of eating the wrong foods than it does to test.
Along with testing you will have to do some observation. You will have to observe any signs your body might give you that you ate something less than desirable for the optimum physiological response. It can be fatigue, nasal or bronchial congestion, insomnia, acid reflux etc etc. You will have to tune into your own body's language to get this right.
Allergies give a quick response. People who are allergic to peanuts or shellfish don't have that much trouble figuring out what it is because the allergic reaction occurs in seconds to minutes and they won't get through the meal without using their epi-pen.
Food sensitivities take 18 to 24 hours for the effects to peak and those effects can sometimes continue to for months. When I am exposed to gluten, for example, I don't notice anything for 24 hours and then it takes about 2 months for the symptoms to quiet down. Be on the lookout for these delayed reactions.
The point of all of this is to learn which foods you have to eliminate completely, which ones you can eat occasionally and which ones cause little if any problems.
Once you learn this and stick to it, your body will go through a natural healing process. Your gut will heal, your blood-brain barrier will heal and you will feel better most of the time.
- Step One: Cyrex Arrays 3 & 4
- Step Two: Alcat Testing
- Step Three: Energy Medicine
- Step Four: Repeat Alcat Tests of previously reactive foods
- Step Five: Begin eliminating foods on the Cyrex Array 4 test and Alcat Levels 1 and 2 foods.
Foods that are active in the autoimmune pathways can be cleared by TBM or NAET but shouldn't be reintroduced no matter what. You might be OK for awhile but when the reaction raises its ugly head again, it just might be so fierce you won't be able to beat it back. I am referring especially to gluten-containing foods.
Then it will be time to reevaluate your supplement list to keep you as healthy as possible.