Monday, 28 January 2013

Food Allergies, A Holistic Approach

This is a complicated subject but i will try to keep it brief.

From my perspective, an untreated and undiagnosed (hidden) allergy can cause havoc in all three sides of the triad of health (structure, biochemistry and emotions). The two main dietary allergies are wheat and dairy. The gluten in wheat and the lactose in dairy are the two main proteins that people are allergic to.





50% of us are born without the capability to make the enzyme that breaks down the fats in milk! This is a huge number. Much of this goes undiagnosed.


How To Find Out If You Have Wheat Or Dairy Allergy


Almost anyone who has any kind of digestive disturbance will have a wheat or dairy allergy. Here is a simple procedure to test yourself to find out if you have one or both allergies.

On an empty tummy, first thing in the morning, eat two thick slices of white bread and then observe the results.




Then at a later date, on an empty stomach, drink a glass of full fat milk and observe the results.




Any digestive problems like bloating, cramps, discomfort, gas or reflux is a sure indication that you have an allergy.

Another way of assessing if you have a wheat or dairy allergy is if as a result of the test outlined above you have a flare up of eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, asthma or bronchitis.




Conditions Commonly Associated With Wheat Or Dairy Allergies





It is my experience that all patients with psoriasis/eczema or rheumatoid/osteo-arthritis will have wheat/dairy allergies. Chronic respiratory problems i.e. asthma/bronchitis will have an allergy to airborne mites/dust/pollen as well as wheat and dairy. Just removing these two major foods from your diet will have a profound affect on your well being.

I said earlier that allergies are complicated so the next step is to dynamically treat the longstanding and chronic affects of the allergy on all the major systems of the body, as well as treating the allergic problem itself.

An unknown or “hidden” allergy can be chronically debilitating and make these patient's lives a misery. In nearly everyone I’ve treated with any of the major illnesses or just chronic ‘un-wellness‘ there is a hidden allergy creating havoc with their immune systems.



A Brief look At The Treatment Of Allergies


Total avoidance of wheat/dairy for 6 months is necessary so  that the bodies immunoglobulins are not being repeatedly aggravated. It takes a least 3 months for the body to reduce its immunoglobulin levels to the acceptable limits.

Specifically tailored nutrition to you as a unique individual to repair the chronically damaged immune system/skin tissue/joints/digestive tract. As we are all unique individuals this does vary from person to person but there are overlaps.

Most people with chronic allergies will need a good quality omega 3 fish oil, a zinc supplement tailored to your bodies requirements ( I use 8 different types of zinc preparation), a buffered (non - acid) vitamin C, selenium, vitamin B6 and B12 and many other preparations of vitamins and minerals that you uniquely require.

I put everyone on the Hay diet/food combining diet and supplement this with digestive enzymes if needed.

Severe Food Allergies





Allergies to foods such as citrus fruit/strawberries/nuts are generally very obvious to the client and have usually been identified already, although the after affects will most probably need treating.

Severe nut allergies can be very debilitating and and indeed life threatening. Again patients usually have this diagnosed before they consult me (but this doesn’t mean there is no light at the end of the tunnel).


A Story About How Emotions Can Affect Allergies


A good example of the emotional component  to allergies is an event that took place some years ago at a birthday party for one of my kids. We made a wheat free cake for all the kids and a wheat based cake for the adults. One of the kids had a severe wheat allergy that had put him into hospital with anaphylactic shock on at least two occasions so the mother warned me of this and gave me an epi-pen in case of emergency.

Well you know what happened next... the kid eats a huge piece of the wheat cake for the adults! With no affect whatsoever!! Why? The kid was happy and had all the lovely “happy” hormones flying around his body and he was away from his worried mother.




This is not to say that she was a 'bad parent' (nor is it intended to encourage such risky behaviour in severe allergy sufferers!) but rather to illustrate that issues such as anxiety in the home environment can manifest in physical ailments such as allergies, even those as severe as this young person's.


Help For Those Who Have Had Limited Success Treating Their Allergies


Have you tried all of the above with limited success? If so it is likely that you have hidden problems that have thus far not been diagnosed. I have the skill sets to uncover and treat these type of issues.

For example, you may be taking a zinc formula that your body is not utilizing therefore your zinc levels still remain low.

Or your gut wall has not been fully repaired.

Or your body is not producing enough of its own digestive enzymes.

Or, most important of all is that all of the correct treatment is in place but somewhere in your neural net the nervous system is not “recording” the treatment and thus not implementing the necessary changes.This is very important for me to seek out and diagnose.

Or there can be a deep rooted emotional problem needing to be brought to the surface.


To Conclude


This Article is a brief summary of these major dietary allergies to wheat and dairy. There is so much more i could go into so please feel free to contact me for further information (starfieldsholistichealth@gmail.com)

Suffice to know that those with these conditions will greatly benefit from appropriate targeted treatment specific to the presenting health issues and sufferers can look forward to a return to wellbeing.


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