Every three minutes, there is a visit to the Emergency Room due to food related allergy symptoms1. Surprisingly, the number of people with food allergies has actually increased in developing countries by 50% from 1997 to 20111! Considering the life altering impacts managing food allergies has, Ananta Health has taken a pro-active roll in helping people discover their allergies, and reduce the severity of symptoms, if not eliminate them altogether.
A food allergy is an immune system response the body has after the consumption of food. The most common food allergies are to peanuts, soy, eggs, shellfish and wheat. A true food allergy is an IgE antibody response that occurs in the body, and is considered an immediate hypersensitivity reaction. This allergy response can be life threatening exhibiting symptoms like anaphylaxis, vomiting, hives, eczema, breathing and digestive difficulties. This is the type of allergy testing commonly performed by an Allergist.
Food sensitivities are delayed reactions to specific foods that are triggered by IgG antibodies. A delayed food sensitivity reaction can take hours or days to develop. A reaction can either be hidden subtly by the body, or, if it comes on days later, may not be easily linked to the ingested food. This can make it difficult to ascertain by the patient. Common reactions caused by food sensitivities are fatigue, pain, brain fog, digestive symptoms, sleep disturbances, skin reactions (eczema, acne, rashes), weight gain or loss, migraines and more.
At Ananta Health, the BioMeridian is used for testing to determine food sensitivities. This testing exposes the patient to the food, then records the patients’ bodies’ response. The results of this testing are similar to IgG allergy testing. One of the main concerns when someone has delayed food allergies, is to discover the main cause of the inflammation that is creating the immune reaction to the allergy. The BioMeridian is also used to screen for candida, parasites, Lyme Disease, heavy metals, bacteria and viruses that could be contributing to the root cause of the patient’s health concern. When there is a high level of inflammation (especially when created by these external pathogens) this can create more immune reactions then there would be otherwise. The main goal is to reduce this inflammation.
Once the full picture of the patient’s case is laid out, then a unique treatment plan is put in place. This usually involves an anti-inflammatory diet, along with supplements and Chinese herbs, and any other lifestyle changes that the patient needs to optimize their health.
food allergy Report 1
This is a patient’s first visit where they have a lot of inflammation in their gut. They were fatigued, with digestive complaints
food allergy report 2
This the patient’s fourth visit, they implemented the lifestyle change, took supplements and the inflammation has cleared. They no longer have digestive complaints, and their energy is better.
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(1) Food Allergy Research and Education. (2016). Food Allergy Facts and Statistics for the U.S. Retrieved from https://www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats