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Sick All Over Syndrome

 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 15 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.

 

The Food Allergy Center is devoted to explaining a complicated and controversial subject. We offer  rich resource online and encourage our readers to further pursue their interest by reading our books.  Hypoallergenic Nutrient Formulas Alpha Nutrient Formulas are gluten free and do not contain cows milk, soya, or egg ingredients. They do not contain food dyes or other additives. They are suitable for vegetarians.

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