Food Allergies / Sensitivities

FOOD ALLERGIES / SENSITIVITIES


Food Allergies

Affecting over 15 million Americans, food allergies are a more serious medical issue than most people realize. Resulting when a person’s immune system mistakenly targets harmless food protein as a bacteria or virus, food allergies cause the body to produce an increased amount of the antibody immunoglobulin, or IgE. As IgE fights bacteria and virsuses, it releases numerous chemicals that will result in the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Allergic reactions caused by food allergens includes mild symptoms such as hives, eczema, stomach pain, diarrhea, sneezing, coughing, nasal congestions, and may other symptoms, more severe symptoms can include swelling of the lips, tongue, or even throat, a shortness of breath, a drop in blood pressure, and severe chest pains, among others.

While virtually any type of food can cause an allergic reaction, eight foods account for 90 percent of food allergies in Americans. These foods are peanuts, tree nuts, what, soy, fish, shellfish, milk, egg, and wheat.

Given the severity of potential food allergens, if you suffer from any of the aforementioned symptoms after eating, it is suggested that you seek the assistance of a medical professional who can evaluate, diagnose, and treat your food allergen.

Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic can not only properly identify any possible food allergens; they can also assist you in handling it appropriately.

Once Dr. Thakkar identifies your food allergen, he can determine how any potential allergic reactions should be written. Typically, less severe symptoms are treated through antihistamines and oral/topical steroids, while more severe symptoms, such as anaphylaxis, can be treated through prescribed medication that contains epinephrine - the only medication known to be able to reverse the symptoms of anaphylaxis.

Food Sensitivities

Food allergies can be extremely serious, the most severe causing anaphylaxis and requiring the use of epinephrine upon the first sign of an allergic reaction. Though this type of allergic reaction is not to be taken likely, it is very uncommon in comparison to low-grade food allergies or food sensitivities. Difficult to detect, low-grade food allergies and food sensitivities can remain hidden due to a person’s frequent exposure to them. For instance, if a person has a low-grade food allergy to dairy and consumes some sort of dairy daily, it will be difficult for the person to identify dairy as a cause of such symptoms as bloating, constipation, weight gain, and stomach pain. Unfortunately, low-grade food allergies that go undetected throughout the years will cause issues with a person’s immune system; leading to extreme issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disease, behavioral disorders, and extreme weight gain, among others.

Even more alarming, a person suffering from an autoimmune disease caused by an unidentified low-grade food allergy may continue feeding their autoimmune disease, maintaining a constant state of inflammation, and ultimately leading to the development of chronic illnesses. 
Inflammation

One of the biggest drivers of weight gain, inflammation is also a common cause for as many as 60 diseases such as leaky gut syndrome. Due to the inflammation of person’s gut caused by food sensitivity, the body becomes more susceptible to suffering from extreme food reactions. 

Without knowledge of your food allergies/sensitivities, you may continue to consume food that you are allergic to several times a day, something that is actually very common. Thus, the common consumption of food your body is sensitive will lead to continuous inflammation, and as a result, you will likely suffer from a chronic disease. 

Identifying a Food Sensitivity

Based upon the extreme issues that can result from low-grade food allergies or food sensitivity, it is important that any suspected cases of food allergies or sensitivities do not go untested. As self diagnostics can commonly result in unnecessary diet restrictions, it is equally important that suspected cases of food allergies or sensitivities are evaluated by a trained medical professional. Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic have the necessary knowledge and experience to appropriately identify your food allergy, as well as assisting you in developing an appropriate diet plan.  

Are you like David?

David, a 60 year old that was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 58, had been using daily medication to rid himself of extreme pain and reduce flares that were attacking his joints. His pain becoming more and more unbearable each day, David went back to his doctor. Prescribed stronger medications, David began using the more aggressive medications on a daily basis.

Becoming more afraid of the daily use of strong medications than he was of his rheumatoid arthritis, David had felt that while his quality of life was good since taking the stronger medications, that his life may be shorten as a result. Adamant that there may be other alternatives, David contacted another doctor specializing in rheumatoid arthritis.

To David’s dismay, the second doctor had the same opinion as the first. Undeterred, David chose to seek the opinion of a third doctor; however, the third doctor’s opinion was the same as the first two doctors he contacted. Persistent, David took to the vast resources available online, unfortunately, David again found no alternatives to the strong medications he takes daily.

That is when David decided to go a different route. David found a doctor that believes in dealing with rheumatoid arthritis through the utilization of a different approach – much like Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic.

Confident that something he was eating was causing aggressive flairs, David’s newfound doctor had him take a food sensitivity test in order to determine what foods his body may be reacting to. After receiving his results from the test, David’s doctor assisted him in developing an appropriate diet plan.

David’s doctor informed him that it would take six to eight weeks to get the particular foods that the food sensitivity test determined harmful to him out of his system. Admittedly, David struggled to stay away from the foods that the food sensitivity test determined may cause mild or severe reactions. But through persistence and the desire to improve his quality of life without having to consume his strong medication, David was able to cut those foods completely out of his diet.

Eight weeks after beginning his new diet, David has seen a complete stop to his flares; at about 12 weeks, David had noticed that he no longer had rheumatoid nodules on his elbows; and at about 14 weeks, David began working out without being hampered by his rheumatoid arthritis.

Now, David no longer takes any medication for his rheumatoid arthritis, instead taking ibuprofen about once a week.

If you are like David and are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, and you worry about the side effects of the medication – do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thakkar and his team at the Chicago Weight Loss & Wellness Clinic. Dr. Thakkar has been using the ALCAT testing for over three years, successfully treating patients with various medical conditions including arthritis using the test results.
Food Sensitivity Testing

Food sensitivity tests are utilized to measure the body’s tolerance to approximately 100 different food extracts. Based on a blood analysis, a food sensitivity test is used to investigate how each organism metabolizes food, and observes the toxicity of food extracts and as a result, measuring the susceptibility of the body’s blood cells.  

It is important to understand that tfood sensitivity tests is not a tool to identify food allergies, rather it identifies food intolerances. Though only four percent of the U.S. population suffers from a food allergy, nearly 70 to 80 percent of the U.S. population has a food intolerance – which is characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders, and behavioral issues. Because many symptoms caused by food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems, they are treated as such. Therefore, the cause of the symptoms is never actually treated – allowing such symptoms to comeback.

Through the utilization of a food sensitivity test, administered by a certified medical professional, food intolerances that cause symptoms such as weight gain, migraines, chronic fatigue, intestinal bowel syndrome, or intestinal problems, among many others, will be identified and thus, an appropriate diet plan to eliminate problem foods from a person’s diet can be developed. Therefore treating the cause of the symptoms, rather than simply subduing the symptoms for a limited amount of time.

Dr. Thakkar has been administering various forms of food sensitivity tests for over three years, identifying numerous food intolerances and successfully treating his patients for various medical treatments such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, and weight gain, among other conditions.
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