How Do Food Allergies Develop and Affect Your Health

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , /

Hello, my name is Dr. Cari Case and this is
part 1 of multi-part series we are going to be doing on food allergies. Most people don’t realize it but a lot of
people are really “mildly” allergic to the foods that they eat. It is estimated that
1 in 6 people suffer from some form of food allergy, and it is even believed that the
number of people with food allergies in the United States has actually doubled in the
past 15 years. Now despite how common food allergies are, the problem is they are often
misdiagnosed or overlooked when it comes to people who have chronic or degenerative illnesses. And more and more medical doctors, chiropractors,
people in the healthcare field are looking at food allergies because they are finding
that chronic problems may actually be caused by some form of allergy whether it be a food
allergy or an allergy to a chemical. And what they are finding in the research is that people
who have a chronic health challenge may actually have a mild food allergy that is contributing
to that problem. Furthermore, they are increasingly looking at many hard-to-treat conditions such
as ADD/ADHD, Autism, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and they are linking them to
allergy problems. Unfortunately, most of the food allergies
that people suffer from are a mild form of food allergy. So it’s often too subtle for
us to recognize what the offending food is because a lot of times people w/ these kind
of allergies don’t break out in hives after they eat a food, They have symptoms like as
anxiety, depression, and fatigue. They may feel kind of spacey or their joints may hurt
a bit more than normal. Those are the symptoms they are having. Because those symptoms are
so subtle, it is hard to correlate them to a particular food. The bad news is most of
the common food allergies are the foods that we eat on a daily basis. It’s foods like
wheat, dairy, corn and peanuts. It’s those kinds of foods that seem to be the most common
causes of food allergies. Now the problem is whenever you have a mild
food allergy it results in a system-wide inflammation in your body, and that inflammation can last
up to 4 hours after you eat the food. Now if you look at a lot of the research that’s
going into healthcare these days, they are finding that a lot of causes of the diseases
that we suffer from: the heart diseases, the diabetes, the health problems that seem to
be affecting our nation. They are finding that inflammation is related to those health
problems. So if you’ve got a mild food allergy and you’re eating a food regularly that’s
causing system-wide inflammation, that inflammation then can be affecting your overall health.
And because the foods that cause the food allergies are the things that we eat on a
regular basis, we are causing our bodies to be in a continual state of mild inflammation
and therefore, poor health. For example, wheat is a really common cause of food allergies.
So an average individual can have toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pasta
for dinner and having eaten all throughout the day foods that are allergic to and causing
their body to be in a continual state of inflammation. So people who have chronic health problems
and get off the food allergies for 20-30 days, they are finding they are having a dramatic
improvement in their health. And food allergies causing health problems
is not a new thing. They did a study back in 1979 that appeared in “The Lancet” journal.
And in this study they found 60 patients who had migraine headaches. And they had migraine
headaches so frequently that of those 60 patients they averaged 402 headaches per month before
the study. And after the study was completed those 402 headaches were decreased to an average
of 6 per month. So what did the participants in the study do to go from 402 to 6 migraines
per month? They were put on a low-allergen food diet for 5 days. After those 5 days most
of the headaches were gone. In fact, 85% of the participants of the study were headache-free
after 5 days. Now there’s a lot of drugs out there on the market for migraine headaches
and no drug has ever been able to match the results of an 85% success rate. On a side
note, before the study 15 of those patients actually had high blood pressure and at the
end of the study their blood pressure returned to normal once they removed all of the offending
foods from their diet. So what foods were causing the migraines in
these patients? They were really common ones. They were wheat, oranges, eggs, tea and coffee,
chocolate and milk, beef, corn, sugar and yeast. On average, each participant of this
study had 10 foods that they were allergic to. So what are the most common food allergies
that we have? The most common ones are: eggs, soy, dairy, wheat, tree nuts, and seafood.
And lately the health community has actually added corn and sulfites to that list. Now how does an allergy develop in the body?
Now an allergy is created when a normally harmless substance enters the body and provokes
the immune system to produce antibodies to it. Then the next time the body is exposed
to that substance, the antibodies bind to that allergen and cause a cascade of pro-inflammatory
chemicals to be released in the body. These chemicals are responsible for the wide variety
of allergic symptoms that you commonly see. So why food? Well, research shows that food
allergies develop as a result of a dysfunction in your GI tract. A lot of times the food
isn’t getting broken down in your GI tract due to either a lack of digestive enzymes
or poor acidity in the stomach. There is also been found to be an increase in permeability
in the intestinal wall which allows these poorly digested foods to enter into the blood
stream and cause an allergic reaction. Now this increased permeability in the intestinal
wall is an important thing so I want to make sure that you understand it. It’s what they
call a leaky gut. And basically what happens is the cells that line the intestinal wall
develop gaps between them that are larger than what they should be. So if you look at
this drawing, normally those cells should be tightly together. Well, with a leaky gut
what happens is those cells get spaced wider out and as a result larger particles of food
can pass through the intestinal wall and enter the blood stream. So if you take a protein
for example, a protein is made up things called amino acids, and there are chains of the amino
acids that make up the protein. Now with a normal healthy gut those proteins are broken
down into chains of 2 or 3 amino acids. Those pass through the intestinal wall and enter
the blood stream and our body utilizes them. Well, with a leaky gut, chains of 8, or 9,
or 10 amino acids can actually pass through the intestinal wall and enter the blood stream.
As a result, your body sees that’s there’s this 10-chain of amino acids that is in the
system that is not supposed to be there. Your body thinks it’s a foreign substance, or
thinks it’s a bacteria or a virus and your body does what it’s supposed to do and starts
attacking that substance and it starts to develop antibodies to that substance. Because
those antibodies are floating around in your system, those antibodies can attack different
things and can lead to an autoimmune problem. So the foundation for food allergies is an
unhealthy gastrointestinal tract and that’s what we’re going to discuss in future webinars
is how to get your GI tract healthy again so you can prevent food allergies or treat
them. • When the intestinal wall is unhealthy
gaps develop between the cells allowing larger particles to pass through
• These larger particles enter the blood stream and cause an allergic reaction because
normally they are not absorbed

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