Food Allergy and Intolerance

Food allergy is well recognized in clinical medicine as a cause of acute attacks of asthma, hives, and lip swelling. It is also a contributing factor in some cases of eczema and rhinitis. These types of reactions are mediated by immunoglobulin E.

Another type of food reaction, often referred to as “hidden” or “masked” food allergy, was described as early as the 1930s.1,2 Food allergies are a common cause of (or triggering factor for) a wide range of physical and mental disorders, and working with food allergies is an essential component of the practice of medicine. According to one estimate, as much as 60% of the population suffers from undetected food allergies.3 Unfortunately, many doctors have not fully appreciated the ubiquitous presence of this particular type of food allergy, leading to a lot of misdiagnoses, persistent symptoms, and increased prevalence of such reactions. Other possible culprits for the high prevalence of these hidden allergies include alterations in immune function induced by environmental pollutants,4 antigen exposures from food additives, and genetic engineering of foods.5

Conditions that have responded favorably to dietary modification have included migraine headaches6, rheumatoid arthritis7, irritable bowel syndrome8, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.9 . In order to pinpoint the offending foods, an elimination diet can be employed which starts out by eliminating all foods that contain refined sugar, wheat, dairy products, eggs, citrus fruits, coffee, tea, alcohol, and food additives other than vitamins6. Food are then introduced one by one and the patient’s reaction closely monitored for reactions to these challenges.

At Rocky Mountain Regenerative Medicine, we investigate the root-cause of why a client is experiencing a particular set of symptoms. This workup includes a detailed look at hormones, lifestyle, and exposures. Lifestyle modification is then made in a very systematic fashion and hormone levels are optimized. If still symptomatic, we have the option of employing therapies that are not offered anywhere else under one roof. Our process is certainly more involved and time intensive, but it speaks volumes to the fact that we take our clients seriously and truly want to find answers and improve lives.

  1. A.H. Rowe: Food allergy in the differential diagnosis of abdominal symptoms. Am J Med Sci. 183:529-537 1932
  2. A.H. Rowe: Revised “elimination diets” for the diagnosis and treatment of food allergy.Am J Dig Dis Nutr. 1:387-392 1934
  3. J.C. Breneman: Basics of food allergy. 1978 Charles C. Thomas Springfield, IL
  4. J.M. Braun, S. Sathyanarayana, R. Hauser: Phthalate exposure and children’s health.Curr Opin Pediatr. 25:247-254 2013
  5. M. Nestle: Allergies to transgenic foods – questions of policy. N Engl J Med. 334:726-728 1996
  6. E.C.G. Grant: Food allergies and migraine. Lancet. 1:966-969 1979
  7. 20L.G. Darlington, N.W. Ramsey: Diets for rheumatoid arthritis. Lancet. 338:1209
  8. V.A. Jones, P. McGlaughlan, M. Shorthouse, et al.: Food intolerance: a major factor in the pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome. Lancet. 2:1115-1117 1982
  9. A. Di Sabatino, U. Volta, C. Salvatore, et al.: Small amounts of gluten in subjects with suspected nonceliac gluten sensitivity: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015 Feb 19