According to the European Food Information Council, about 20% of individuals surveyed believe that they have food allergies. However, they say that when tested, only about 1 to 2% of them actually do have allergies. There is a problem with this data, though. It is a problem that has to do with the use of the word “allergy.”
A food allergy is a specific type of immune reaction to food. In other words, if someone allergic to wheat accidentally eats a product with wheat in it, their body will form antibodies against the wheat. This immune reaction goes on to produce symptoms, which can range from digestive upset to fatigue.
However, it is entirely possible that people react to foods in ways that are not described by the term “allergy.” The most obvious example is a food intolerance, like lactose intolerance. This is not an allergic reaction to lactose, yet the individual definitely experiences unpleasant symptoms when they ingest milk.
Regardless of what any test results might be, if a person notices a reaction to a particular kind of food on a consistent basis, then it is very likely that they react to that food. A doctor who tests for allergies may say that there is no allergy, but that does not mean that there is no reaction. In fact, in our clinic we find reactions to foods very common. Sometimes these reactions are lifelong and foods need to be eliminated permanently. Other times it is a short-term reaction, and once a particular disease has healed, the food is no longer reactive. We use the Elimination Diet as a powerful source in determining these food allergies or reactions.
At Nature Cures Clinic we spend a great deal of our time and focus in assessing the nutritional status and dietary patterns of our patients. We commonly use very specific diagnostic diet plans that can determine a food reaction with greater accuracy than any test can determine.
With challenging cases we often combine allergy testing with food intolerance testing and diagnostic diets to get the clearest picture of exactly what ways a patient is reacting to their food. In difficult-to-treat cases, it is imperative that any food reactions be identified and removed so that the body can focus on resolving the illness.
If you think you may be reacting to something you are eating but can’t figure out what it is, contact our clinic to schedule a visit. Using a diet diary, diagnostic diet plans and various types of blood testing, we can determine exactly which foods are related to the symptoms you are experiencing. To schedule an appointment, call 503-287-4970 or visit our New Appointment Page.