Alpha Nutrition Program routines are based on numerous decisions which arrived at a
set of policies which do three important things:
Simplify a very complex situation
Create order when chaos threatens to take over
Establish a critical path in a maze of possibilities
For most people, the food supply has to become simpler, more
consistent, and real food, not packaged and
A return to simpler foods has important biological
We work better when we have a simple, regular food supply - no
Alpha Nutrition emphasizes a positive image. We prefer to talk mostly
about the foods you should eat, and the things you should do. A negative
image - things to avoid can be both complicated and discouraging. We have
made decisions over the years about which foods are in and which are out.
The exclusion decisions are based on a long list of criteria. But when all
is said and done - it works! This brief review of exclusions is incomplete
but gives you some idea about which major food groups have been left out.
You would expect that junk foods, fast foods, high salt and high fat foods
would be left out of a healthy eating plan. You might also expect that
alcoholic beverages are best left out.
The toughest decision in formulating the Alpha Nutrition Program was to
leave out foods that many people would consider healthy and even essential -
cow's milk, wheat, and eggs turn out to be common sources of digestive tract
abnormalities, food allergy and serious diseases such as celiac
disease. These common but problematic foods have been excluded from the
program. Some would argue that this is a radical exclusion that compromises
"good nutrition". But we argue that far from being radical, the exclusion of
these foods has proved to be one of the most useful strategies of helping
sick people get better. Good nutrition is possible without these foods.
There is no risk in leaving out milk, wheat and eggs and there may be
surprising benefits. Eventually, you will decide for yourself, but when you
start the program, you will have to be experimental and just try it.
The Alpha Nutrition Program Is Gluten-Free
Alpha Nutrition is gluten-free which means the exclusion of wheat, rye,
barley, and all the food products made from them - flours of these
common grains - white and whole-wheat flours, Durham flour, triticale, and bulgar are all excluded.
Spelt and Kamut are wheat varieties that are left out. Gluten is a name given to the protein fraction of
the cereal grains (wheat, rye, barley) which gives them their sticky
elastic properties. Bread is the most desired wheat product and is,
unfortunately, the hardest food to duplicate with non-grain flours. Gluten
elasticity is essential for most breads and baking. The exclusion of cereal
grains significantly alters vegetarian regimens dependent on grains. Regular
pastas are made with high gluten flour and are replaced by rice-based
There are many possible reasons for cereal grains to
become pathogenic. We know that wheat disease is a common problem in our modern
urban patients. Craving and compulsive eating of flour-based foods is
common, especially reward and dessert foods, containing wheat, sugar, milk
and eggs, the 4 foods of the allergy apocalypse.
Whole grains also contain phytates which bind desirable minerals, preventing
their absorption. Mineral malabsorption - calcium, magnesium, and zinc deficiencies may occur with diets high in whole
Celiac disease - chronic diarrhea, usually with malabsorption and a
variety of other health problems which we think is food allergy - is a model
of gluten allergic disease. The mechanisms by which wheat or any other food
can cause disturbances are numerous. Painful inflammatory states may be the
presentation of gluten allergy. The occurrence of pain in joints,
particularly the hands, with slight swelling and stiffness is the early
presentation of allergic arthritis; it can occur strictly as a manifestation
of gluten allergy. A wheat gluten mechanism has been studied in rheumatoid
arthritis patients. Many other food allergens can trigger arthritis.
Dairy and Eggs
Cow's milk, dairy products and egg whites are excluded. We are concerned
with the protein fraction of cow's milk, not the fat, nor lactose, the milk
sugar. Lactobacilli and lactaid do not solve the milk allergy problem. Milk
proteins remain much the same in all dairy products so that all derivatives
of milk should be avoided. Milk proteins are added to foods in the form of
milk solids, whey and casein - these foods are also avoided. Allergy to
cow's milk is the best studied form of food allergy. Cow's milk contains
many proteins which are antigenic. Infants and any adult with
gastrointestinal tract disease may have difficulty digesting these proteins
and may absorb them as antigens.
Casein is a commonly used milk protein in the food industry;
lactalbumin, lactoglobulin, bovine albumin, and gamma
globulin are other protein groups within the milk.
There are at least 30 antigenic proteins in milk. Digestion probably
increases the number of possible antigens to over 100. On food labels milk
protein is identified as whey, caseinates, skim milk powder, and milk
solids. Digested fractions of each of the milk proteins may induce the
production of antibodies and may trigger complex, variable immune responses.
The digestion of any given protein will vary and depends on multiple
The symptom response to antigen absorption is variable and emerges from
minutes to hours after eating foods containing milk proteins. The
variability of symptom production can confuse both patients and physicians.
Milk allergy usually presents as part of a food allergy complex. Digestive
symptoms are common, including indigestion, heartburn, excessive gas, and
abdominal pains with constipation and/or diarrhea. Milk
allergy may interfere with the digestion and absorption of other nutrients
and may present as anemia, secondary to blood loss. Any food allergy which
disturbs gastrointestinal tract function tends to multiply its effects. Many
adult patients describe a history of childhood difficulties, with recurring
or persisting concentration problems, hyperactivity and/or depression.
Childhood dysfunction may evolve into adult disabilities. Sometimes dairy
products (and wheat) are sedating. Adults report chronic fatigue, mental
fogginess, difficulty concentrating, recent memory drop-outs, anxiety and
sleep disturbances. Uncontrollable sleepiness may follow meals containing
milk or wheat proteins. Other nervous system effects are described by
patients: restless legs, itching, prickling and burning sensations deep
inside arms and legs, or a generalized body discomfort and agitation which
may be dramatically disturbing.
The incidence of cows' milk protein allergy has been underestimated at
about 7% of infants and children. This estimate refers to incidence of
skin-test -positive allergy (type 1 allergy pattern). We have read the
opinion that milk allergy is "rare in adults"; an absurd opinion. Allergy
incidence estimates may be based on the narrowest definition of "allergy"
and on inadequate experience treating patients with delayed forms of milk
allergy (skin tests are not positive) which cause the more common and more
serious patterns of disease. We believe the incidence of milk allergy is
The Alpha Nutrition Program
The Program is a set of instructions and nutrient tools designed to resolve
disease through diet revision. The program is nutritional therapy, a personal
technology of health restoration and health maintenance. The program is suitable
for adults and children.The
recent edition of the Alpha Nutrition Program is 206 pages, available as a printed
book or as an eBook for download. The author is Stephen Gislason MD.
The Program uses Nutrient Formulas. Alpha ENF is the principle meal replacement formula.
Alpha PMX is a fat free version of Alpha ENF can also be used as food
replacement. Alpha DMX is used instead of of Alpha ENF for diabetes 2 and
whenever reduced caloric intake is desirable.
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