Introducing the Concept
of Delayed Pattern Food Allergy
Despite medical advances, more than 150 million people in the USA and Canada
are not well and receive little or no help from modern medicine. The least
understood illness patterns are ill-defined and chronic. Our theory is that
immune responses to food proteins cause some of this suffering and can be
corrected with diet revision. We believe that these delayed patterns of
food allergy may afflict more than 100 million people in the USA and Canada
alone. This may seem to be an outrageous assertion, but if you examine the
lengthening list of ill-defined and immune-mediated diseases, you have to be
interested in this theory.
For many years I saw patients who complained of being sick-all-over. They
often apologized for having so many symptoms and were grateful when I did not
label them "hypochondriacs". The majority of these patients who complied
with my instructions improved with diet revision and remained in better health
as long as they stayed with a "safe core diet. I developed a standard method of
diet revision, now called the Alpha Nutrition Program. Anyone who is
sick-all-over can follow this program and, with a little luck and lot of
determination, can restore more normal feeling and function.
Most patients I saw had chronic illness with features of a recurrent flu-like
syndrome. They often had digestive complaints and most over the years
accumulated health problems with diagnoses such as migraine, fibromyalgia,
depression, chronic rhinitis or sinusitis, asthma, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia
and arthralgias or joint pains. Their illnesses evolved over time. Often there
was a "background noise" of milder but chronic symptoms, punctuated episodically
by more acute and dramatic events. Most complained of fatigue, irritability,
digestive disturbances, reduced exertional tolerance, sleep disturbances,
flushing, sweating, swelling and cognitive dysfunction. Some recalled a
lifetime of symptoms that began with colic, rhinitis, recurrent otitis
media and/or eczema in infancy and progressed through different symptom patterns
as the years went by.
Delayed patterns of food allergy are not obvious and generally go
unrecognized. Symptom onset is delayed many hours after eating foods and chronic
disease is often the result. Many unsolved diseases are either degenerative and/or inflammatory and are
recognized to be immune-mediated or hypersensitivity diseases. The delayed
patterns of food allergy can be the cause of chronic and disabling
hypersensitivity disease. The stakes are high both for individual patients and
for society as a whole. None of the common hypersensitivity diseases have
been solved and most appear to rage on, afflicting increasing numbers of
patients with chronic and disabling diseases. Asthma, allergy, rheumatic
diseases, autoimmune diseases, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, thyroiditis, and
psoriasis are examples of hypersensitivity diseases. We use celiac disease -
wheat allergy- as a prototype which demonstrates the prolific ability of food
allergy to produce a wide range of diseases.
Makes More Sense After You Get Better
This symptom complex didn't make much sense without a standard method of
diet revision to reveal the food origin of the disease. The basic idea is
demonstrate clearing of symptoms using a food holiday or a very simple safe
set of foods. A food holiday is the most important initial experiment
since the sick patient stops eating the foods that are making him or her
ill, the illness subsides and symptoms clear. About 30 years ago I began to
recommend an elemental nutrient formula (ENF), free of protein and peptide
antigens to replace food on a food holiday and the results were often
dramatic. 10 days became the standard food holiday because most symptoms
improved within 10 days, although for the sickest patients, up to 20 days
was sometimes required before the symptoms cleared. Some times, the
improvement was obvious in a few days, but we recognized that most patients
felt worse for a few days before they started to improve.
Many of the ever-enlarging pool of patients who are not well but who do
not have the markers of specific disease can be included in the
sick-all-over syndrome. Patients with in-between disease have some of the
symptoms and signs that suggest the diagnosis of specific disease but not
everything fits together. Most chronic diseases take many years to evolve so
that many in-between patients are on their way to the final disease product.
The concept of delayed patterns of immune response ("food allergy") to food
materials provides both a theoretic and practical basis for interpreting
symptoms of patients who were sick all over.
Protein and Disease
In the popular imagination, proteins are
the safe and desirable components of food. Many food products are promoted by
“high protein content” and protein is connected with increased energy. In body-
building fantasies increased protein turns into bulk muscles. Standard
nutritional recommendations in Canada and the USA promoted meat, milk, wheat and
egg consumption and recommended intake levels for protein intakes tend to be
excessive. The idea that proteins are agents of disease is foreign to popular
nutrition and most physicians are unaware of protein disease. Protein diseases
can be divided into six categories:
1 Immune mediated disease, proteins act
2. Protein excess disease from impaired
3. Peptide-related dysfunction and
4. Metabolic errors in amino acid
5. Non-nutrient amino acid disease
6. Prion diseases, proteins acting as
infectious agents. Proteins are the
identification tags that are displayed on cell surfaces. Proteins that trigger
immune responses are called antigens. Immune cells make antibodies to bind to
antigens. Antibodies are proteins, so that immune activity can be visualized as
a complex interaction of protein molecules with immune cells acting as
A.J. Rowe, T.G. Randolph, and Fredrick
Speer were among the first American allergists to associate chronic fatigue,
fibromyalgia, and recurrent flu-like patterns of illness with food and inhalant
allergies. Rowe described "allergic toxemia" in 1930 with the symptoms of
drowsiness, mental confusion, lack of initiative and ambition, irritability,
fatigue, aching, and a feeling of being poisoned. Rowe developed a system of
elimination and rotation diets to treat "allergic toxemia" and reported that a
wide spectrum of mental-emotional and physical symptoms could be relieved by
diet revision. Randolph and Speer also associated a similar symptom complex with
food and inhalant allergies. Speer referred to the "allergic-tension-fatigue"
syndrome and described "motor fatigue". A number of popular books have followed
and advanced the idea of diet revision to solve these non-specific illness
The idea in all this literature was that
the immune mechanisms responsible for broad clinical spectrum went beyond the
mechanism revealed by skin tests and that diagnosis and treatment of food
allergy involved empirical diet revision. Several diet revision ideas were
advocated; most began with an attempt to show that the patient would improve by
eliminating higher risk foods for several days to weeks. Opinions varied about
which foods were the best tolerated although milk, wheat, eggs, are always
included in the higher risk food category; rice and cooked vegetables in the
lower risk category.
Listen to Sick All Over - an Expression of Delayed Pattern Food Allergy
The Food Allergy Center is devoted to explaining a complicated
subject. We offer rich resources online and encourage our readers to further
pursue their interest by reading our books. This is an educational
resource and order portal developed by Environmed Research Inc. Alpha Education books refer
to the Alpha Nutrition Program, a standard method
of diet revision.
Managing Food Allergy by
Stephen Gislason MD explains how
food allergy causes many diseases that can be corrected by using proper diet revision.
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