Do you have Migraines? Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Feeling tired, bloated, achy, or run down? You may be triggering it yourself and not know it. Headaches, fatigue, chronic digestive problems and a number of other common health complaints can often be caused by sensitivities and intolerances to the foods or additives in our diet. For those suffering who want to feel better, read on.
"Food Sensitivity" is a phenomenon that has been researched and documented for almost fifty years. It is a syndrome of subtle but complex delayed reactions and interactions that occur within the body of sensitive individuals in an abnormal response to contact with some food or food additive.
According to widely published medical findings, the list of documented medical conditions that can be traced to food or food-additive sensitivity includes over 40 different health conditions. In fact it is estimated that as many as 25-90% of the US population suffers to some degree from sensitivities to foods or additives! Theron Randolph, M.D., a pioneer in the treatment of food allergies believed that food allergies "are the most commonly undiagnosed illness in medicine."
Even if you suspect your health is adversely affected by your diet, a dilemma remains. Namely, how can you know to which foods you are reacting? "Reactive" substances can be something fairly obvious like milk and other dairy products, or foods that would otherwise be considered as "healthy" like chicken, garlic, or broccoli. Add to this the many colorings, additives, and preservatives we knowingly or unknowingly consume and the list of possible trigger substances can be quite lengthy.
Other issues that can further disguise culprit foods or additives is that their symptom reactions may be delayed for hours and may even be dosage-dependent. In other words, a small amount of a food may not cause any noticeable effect, whereas a large amount, or several different substances at the same time does.
Food sensitivities can be triggered by many different immune pathways and tend to be fairly complex. Many patients suspect that foods in their diet are related to their symptoms, but have not been able to fully identify them on their own. Sometimes patients (and even physicians) have a difficult time believing that what they eat can have such a drastic effect on their health. But when the immune system is aggressively reacting to anything, symptoms will develop. The immune system uses very powerful chemicals called mediators to fight off bacteria, viruses, parasites, and sometimes, unfortunately, foods. These are chemicals that can have a multitude of negative physiologic effects which patients experience as uncomfortable symptoms.
Common Conditions Linked to Food Sensitivity:
· Migraine & other Headaches
· Diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, GERD
· Frequent Fatigue, Tiredness, Insomnia
· Chronic Post Nasal Drip, Congestion, Sinusitis
· Fibromyalgia, Muscle & Joint Pain
· Eczema & Hives
· Weight Imbalances, Water Retention
The clinical effects of mediators are well documented in the medical literature. Two of the better-known mediators, histamine and serotonin can both cause smooth muscle contraction, as experienced in asthma and diarrhea. Histamine is also well known for causing excess mucous production and is the main cause of symptom production in inhalant allergies. Another mediator, Prostaglandin E2, is known to inhibit fat metabolism. This can make it more difficult to lose body fat and body weight if this mediator is being frequently released. Other mediators cause a host of neurologic and physiologic problems: veins can become "leaky", and tissue inflammation and tissue damage can occur.
Identifying reactive foods has become much easier thanks to the work of immunologist Dr. Mark Pasula, inventor of the MRT® Test and Research Director for Signet Diagnostic Corporation, a federally licensed reference laboratory in Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Pasula and his team of researchers have invented a simple method, which indirectly measures the release of mediators from immune cells. The MRT® food sensitivity test (Mediator Release Test) has recently been awarded a US Patent, and can quantify immune system reactions to foods and additives to identify substances responsible for causing adverse symptoms. MRT® forms the foundation of the LEAP® (Lifestyle Eating and Performance) dietary management program, which has given thousands of food sensitive patients a means of overcoming their health problems.
One such patient, Mrs. J. Joseph of Miami, Florida had suffered from a variety of health problems for years. After several doctors were unable to find the cause of her illness and the treatments they prescribed not helping her, she turned to LEAP® for help. "I tried so many things and I knew I needed something else as something else was wrong." She began the LEAP® Program and within a few short weeks had made a remarkable turnaround. "All of the joint pain, digestive problems and migraines I was having disappeared." As an additional benefit, after four months on the program Mrs. Joseph had lost 28 pounds and had stopped craving many foods that she used to indulge in. "All the uncontrollable cravings I was having are gone. I can see sweets and other food and not have to have it. It doesn't bother me at all."
Dr. Jeffrey Klein, a family physician who's been using the LEAP® Program
in his practice for over a year, has seen similar results on many of his patients.
"Most of my patients following the LEAP® program feel much better after
their first week. They often report fewer headaches, increased energy levels,
improved sleep, less pain, less digestive problems, more alertness and an improved
sense of well-being. As their bodies are cleansed of reactive foods and chemicals,
balance is restored and they feel better". Dr. Klein, himself, a migraine
sufferer, is significantly better after following LEAP®.
The LEAP® approach can be summed up as follows: Identify reactive foods and chemicals with MRT, and then based on those results, develop a Disease Management Program, including building a healthy diet, for the patient. This approach helps people know which foods they should be eating and those they should avoid and presents a sound strategy of developing a truly healthy diet.
From children with attention deficit or behavioral problems, to professional athletes wishing to realize their full potential, LEAP® has helped thousands of people to improve their health and wellness. To find out if you may be a candidate for the LEAP® Program, speak with someone at the office today and fill out a brief symptom checklist.
For more information, go to www.leapallergy.com