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Food sensitivities

Allergies

An immune reaction involving an overproduction of Immunoglobulin E antibody (IgE) may occur immediately or within hours. The reactions may be violent causing vomiting, presenting rashes, raised lumps called uticaria or hives, wheezing, coughing, eye irritations, tightening of the throat, runny nose, nausea or diarrhoea.

Delayed food allergy symptoms can take up to three days to manifest. Unlike an immediate food reaction this reaction is IgG activated. If a patient is, for example, IgG sensitive to wheat then symptoms would be likely to appear after they were to increase their intake and or frequency of consumption of wheat. This indicates a delayed food reaction and not a fixed food allergy. At present there are many differences of opinion concerning the definition of food sensitivities.

If the allergy is really severe an anaphylactic shock may occur. Anaphylaxis means "without protection" and calls for emergency measures and must be treated medically. The normal treatment involves an injection of adrenalin.

Desensitisation is process of countering the effects of the allergy by strengthening the immune system. We determine the reasons for the suppression of the immune system and its reactivity to common foods, and supplement any nutritional deficiencies to encourage its optimum function ability. In addition isopathic potentised solutions of the offending food(s) are prescribed and taken in drop form by the patient.

Desensitisation is NOT recommended for anaphylaxis sufferers without professional medical supervision.

Intolerances

Food intolerances usually give a more delayed response than a true allergy. These will undermine the immune system over a long period of time and after stressing the target organ, the stressed organ cannot cope anymore and breaks down causing "dis-ease".

Symptoms may develop at any time of life when the digestive system or the immune system is compromised through: stress, viral or bacterial infections, Candidiasis or by being generally run down. In such cases there may be lack of digestive enzymes or hormone imbalances. It is important then to deal with the root cause(s) of the problem. The offending foods are identified and removed from the diet, nutritional deficiencies are thus recognised and supplemented. With time as the digestive system and any other systems under stress recover, the foods and nutrients are re-tested and re-introduced into the diet accordingly.