Food Allergies and Sensitivities
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 that managing food allergies can have, Ananta Health has taken a pro-active role in helping people discover their allergies and reduce the severity of symptoms, if not eliminate them altogether.
What is a food allergy?
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 threating - exhibiting symptoms like anaphylaxis, vomiting, hives, eczema, breathing and digestive difficulties. This is the type of allergy testing commonly performed by an allergist.
What is a food sensitivity?
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 later, it may not be easy to determine what food is to blame. Common reactions caused by food sensitivities are:
- Brain fog
- Digestive symptoms
- Sleep disturbances
- Skin reactions (eczema, acne, and rashes)
- Weight change and fluctuation
- Headaches and migraines
How are Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities Treated?
At Ananta Health, Dr. Risk uses BioScan SRT testing to ascertain food sensitivities. This testing exposes the patient to the food, then records the bodies’ response. One of the main concerns when someone has food allergies or sensitivities is determining the main cause of the inflammation that is causing the reaction. The BioScan SRT 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. With these results, a treatment plan is created for the patient that will include dietary and lifestyle changes, traditional Chinese medicine, and supplements and herbs.
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