The problem is not that 25% of people recognize symptoms from food ingestion,
but that many more people do not recognize that food is making them ill. We hope
the reader will take the time to find out why we think food allergy is such an
important mechanism of disease and how to resolve common food-related health
problems by diet revision. Food allergy, as a topic in medicine, has been
suppressed for many years and is not taught in medical schools. Too many vested
interests have much to lose if more people discovered that popular foods were
making them ill. Commonly quoted "expert" opinions tend to minimize the
incidence and importance of food allergy. While the dogma is misleading, it
represents vested interests and is remarkably persistent.
The conviction that food allergy is a ubiquitous cause of disease comes from knowing the benefits of
careful diet revision in medical practice. In response to allergy lobby groups
in the USA, the US Congress passed a bill that requires notice on the labels of
foodstuffs that contain eight of the most common food allergens. The Food
Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, will require plain English
labeling beginning in 2006 of products containing wheat, milk, soy, peanuts,
tree nuts, fish, shellfish, or eggs. The bill also requires the Food and Drug
Administration to develop a definition of the term "gluten-free" to help those
with celiac disease and who require a gluten free diet for other reasons.
The concept of immune responses to food antigens is useful in understanding many diseases. Many of the
major unsolved disease of our civilization are either degenerative and/or
inflammatory and many are recognized to be inflammatory, immune-mediated,
hypersensitivity diseases. In this book, a general theory of hypersensitivity
disease as a continuum of disease-causing mechanisms is presented. The term
"hypersensitivity" refers to immune-mediated processes that lead to disease. As
we consider the possible role of food antigens in causing or contributing to
immune-mediated diseases, we look for opportunities to help patients with simple
and safe therapeutic strategies such as diet revision. The basic phenomena that
concern us are:
Food antigens activate immune
Activated immune networks produce symptoms
of immune networks causes chronic disease, with inflammation in
The food supply is the most abundant and continuous source of
Different types of food allergy
1. The immediate or type 1 food allergy pattern is easily recognized
because it involves quick and dramatic symptoms. Hay fever is the most common
type 1 allergy and can be diagnosed by allergy skin tests. Some food allergy
is also type 1 and shows up on skin tests.
2. Delayed patterns of food allergy are not so obvious and generally
go unrecognized. Allergy skin tests do not show this problem nor do IgE
antibody tests. Symptom onset is delayed many hours after eating foods and
chronic disease is often the result. Rheumatic diseases, autoimmune
diseases, multiple sclerosis, insulin-dependent diabetes, thyroiditis, psoriasis
are examples of hypersensitivity diseases that involve humoral and cell-mediated
immunity. The common specific problems that are related to food allergy include
asthma, rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, anaphylaxis, angioedema,
allergic gastroenteropathy, and allergic arthritis.
Many patients will express
several of these hypersensitivity phenomena over a lifetime and demonstrate an
underlying tendency to be hypersensitive. An important concern is the
possibility that the chemical soup created by our civilization drives increasing
numbers of individuals into hypersensitivity illness. The advocates of a broad
definition of food allergy run the risk of being evangelical.
At Alpha Nutrition, a major commitment is to educate people about delayed
patterns of food allergy and to point to opportunities people have to resolve
serious illness on their own. Our strategies of self-management are simple and
straight forward, but require knowledge, perspective and self control. We are
the first to acknowledge that some people lack these prerequisites and our
information will not help them.
Dr. Gislason stated: "I began to learn about food allergy in 1981 when I
first developed inflammatory arthritis. I discovered a simple truth that eating
a few safe foods resolved my illness and returning to my previously normal diet
recreated the illness that was so severe, I could not work or enjoy life. I
thought that my medical colleagues would be as excited as I was to discover that
such a serious illness could be cured with diet revision. I did encounter the
occasional MD who shared my enthusiasm for further research but most MDs
were hostile to the science of food allergy, even when the therapies they
offered patients were ineffective and even harmful. I have learned a lot about
the politics of medicine and the strategies used by corporations to control the
market place. Corporate control has advanced remarkably since I began my quest
to understand the mechanisms of food allergy and to teach self-management
solutions. Drug companies own medical practice and compete for their market
share with skill, determination and huge promotional budgets. They do not want
people to solve health problems on their own. They want people to depend on MDs
and buy drugs "
Listen to Introduction to 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 Programa standard method
of diet revision.
Managing Food Allergy
Stephen Gislason MD explains how
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