Amazing Help by Checking IgG Food Allergies!
Angela’s Story: Imagine being a mother of 3 small children and suffering daily severe migraines, swollen glands, rashes, and fatigue with no help from multiple doctors… One day after learning her high IgG allergy to wheat and eliminating all wheat/gluten, all her symptoms are cured! I so love to keep learning, and am very thankful my new patient Angela kept her followup visit with me to let me know (she had no problems to discuss).
Catherine’s Story: This is just one of many of my patients this year that I have been honored to help with IgG food allergy testing. Just this morning I saw Catherine who has been a longtime patient with chronic cough, heartburn, fatigue, and allergies. I am so proud of her great effort to learn about her IgG food allergies to wheat/gluten, milk, and eggs and totally eliminate them for 3 weeks in early December. After about 1 week of this diet (eating lots of veggies, meat, rice, beans, and fruit), all her cough, fatigue, allergies, and heartburn were gone, and she also lost about 10 pounds! Now over the holidays she did eat some of her allergic foods, and she had return of some of her symptoms. So now she really has seen the difference her diet makes, and plans to go back to the diet that is healthier for her and that she feels so much better on.
Kendra’s Story: I started learning more about GI (gastrointestinal) holistic nutritional health about a year ago after my patient Kendra saw expert nutritionist Jodi Smith. I was unable to help 255 pound Kendra with weight loss despite her great effort to aerobically exercise hard 60 minutes daily and journal her food daily at 1200 calories for 6 months (and no help with the weight loss medicine Adipex, and normal thyroid and iodine tests). Jodi advised Kendra and had her start a glutenfree diet. With the same exercise and even more calories, she has now lost 50 pound in 12 months and feels so much better with great energy (and no abdominal bloating)! Kendra and my other patients have also been greatly aided in their GI and overall health by adding our very good probiotic Orthobiotic 1 nightly with a glass of water (replenishes our bodies own good bacteria, decreases inflammation and helps our immune system). This is really the fourth needed supplement for nearly everyone from toddler up (the others are a well absorbed multivitamin, fish oil, and Vitamin D, and the 5th would be Vitamin C as needed).
Please call to make an appointment to discuss your nagging or chronic symptoms and discuss IgG food testing. Doing testing really helps to identify what food allergy you have so you can well target your better diet and feel better soon. We really are what we eat!
Please read the article below by Jodi Smith on Food Allergy, and call our office to sign up for her nutrition class she is teaching Tuesday January 17th in our classroom from 5:30-6:30 pm.
I challenge you all to keep learning and eating better to improve your health (and drinking half your weight in ounces of water per day)! You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! Phil.4:13 Hugs and prayers! Dr. Lisa (picture of the women in my family led by my Mom at her 80th birthday dinner :)
Is it a Food Intolerance or Food Allergies?
by Jody Smith
When people say things like “I am allergic to dairy, it upsets my stomach.” They are really describing a food intolerance. Most people think that food allergies and food intolerances are one and the same. This in not the case To understand the differences we need to understand how the immune fits in to the puzzle.
Intolerance: People with food intolerances may have adverse reactions to a food, but these reactions do not involve the immune system. The most common intolerance we hear about is lactose intolerance. When a lactose intolerant person consumes dairy, they might suffer gas, bloating, cramps or diarrhea. This is due to the body’s inability to produced lactase the enzyme needed to digest milk. This is not an immune system response. People have intolerances to food additives such as yellow dye number 5, monosodium glutamate, and sulfites. These can cause adverse reactions such as hives, headache, facial pressure, chest pain or an asthmatic attack.
Food Allergy: When you have a true food allergy the immune system is alerted and responds. Our immune system is in place to protect us from harmful foreign invaders attacking our bodies such as viruses and bacteria. It accomplishes this by finding the invaders and then gets rid of them by producing antibodies to the foreign substance. When we get sick with a cold, strep throat or the chicken pox, or if we get an injury or scrape our knees, our immune systems produce antibodies to fight infections and help us get better.
When a person has food allergies, the immune system identifies the proteins in normally harmless foods as foreign harmful substances. If someone with a food allergy comes into contact with a food he is allergic to, his immune system tries to fight the allergen by producing antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE).
The IgE antibodies attach themselves to cells called mast cells which are found in most body tissues but are especially prevalent in the typical sites of allergic reactions. These IgE antibodies attach themselves to mast cells. These cells are found throughout including the nose, throat, lungs, skin, and gastrointestinal tract. The mast cells job is to create and store chemical called histamine, and release it when the immune system encounters an allergen. This histamine release causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction, which can include an itching tongue or mouth, difficulty breathing or swallowing, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hives or intense itching. This can make the person very sick.
IgG or Delayed Onset Allergy
Other antibodies can cause allergic reactions as well. These IgG mediated responses cause delayed food allergy reactions or inflammatory reactions. These symptoms can manifest in a multitude of different symptoms.. IgG immune reactions are much more commonly involved in food allergy than IgE reactions. In fact, 45-60% of the population has been reported as having delayed onset or IgG mediated food allergies. (Note: According to world authority James Braly, M.D., “70%-80% of Americans currently suffering from chronic medical conditions of unknown cause, who have proven poorly responsive to conventional medical interventions, are suffering from IgG-mediated delayed-onset food allergies.”) This type of food allergy also involves the immune system. They occur when your immune system creates an overabundance of antibody Immunoglobulin G (IgG) to a specific food. The IgG antibodies, instead of attaching to Mast cells, like IgE antibodies in traditional allergies, bind directly to the food as it enters the bloodstream. This causes them to form circulating immune complexes. The allergic symptoms in IgG mediated responses immune reactions are delayed in onset – appearing anywhere from a couple of hours to several days after consuming allergic foods. Delayed food reactions may occur in any organ or tissue in the body and have been linked to either causing and/or provoking over 100 allergic symptoms and well over 150 different medical diseases. An estimated 60 to 80 million Americans suffer from clinically significant food allergies and most all of whom suffer delayed symptoms.
By discovering the IgG food allergies most people will see tremendous improvement in long standing symptoms that have not responded to other treatments. Often improvements in IgE mediated allergies are also seen as the load on the immune system is diminished and the body does not have to work as hard. Because IgG allergies are very much involved with a host of inflammatory conditions general inflammation also decreases. This can help improve a host of conditions. Treatment of IgG allergies requires a person to stop eating the offending food until the gastrointestinal system can be healed or the underlying problem can be taken care off. A person with multiple IgG allergies usually has other conditions such as a yeast overgrowth, or abnormal bacteria growing in their intestines. Having the help of a nutritionist can help you to replace or rotate common foods you are responding to.
Blessings! Jodi Smith
You can reach Jodi and schedule your own individual or family consultation with her at www.nutritionquickandsimple.com!