The connection between Dairy Foods (milk, butter, yoghurt, cream etc) and symptoms is often not obvious. Dairy food reactions may:
often be delayed and can produce symptoms in one or more body organs and systems, or
in certain cases, be severe where anaphylaxis is triggered.
an allergic reaction where a specific antibody (called IgE) response occurs to the diary protein, or
A reaction can be either:
an intolerance where there is a non-allergic
response the Diary Foods. Symptoms here may be acute but more commonly delayed.
The Information Sheet does not cover fermentable sugar intolerances such as lactose, fructose, fructans, galactans or sorbitol intolerances.
Standard diagnostic approach:
History and examination of the patient.
Skin testing for food reactions: “Skin Prick Testing” where small amounts of suspected allergens and/or their extracts (pollen, grass, mite proteins, peanut extract etc) are tested on the skin and their reactions noted and evaluated.
Blood: tests for allergy which measures the concentration of specific IgE antibodies in the blood.
Elimination/Challenge tests: this involves progressively removing foods or other substances suspected of causing adverse reactions for a period of up to 6 weeks and observing whether the symptoms subside with the products removal. If the patient experiences significant improvement, he/she may then be “challenged” by reintroducing the suspected food or substances to see if the symptoms can be reproduced.
Standard Management & Treatment Approach:
In less severe case the person can attempt to avoid the offending substances.
I more severe cases drugs such as antihistamines and cortisone like substances are often prescribed. Where anaphylaxis is triggered an “epi pen” is generally prescribed.
Integrative Holistic Medical Approach
When assessing allergies and intolerances the Integrative/Holistic Medical approach to diagnosis and treatment is personalized, holistic and seeks to address the precise nature of your illness by considering the person as a whole. All factors including nutrition and other possible underlying causes are considered along with other relevant medical information, for instance, the assessment of a Food Symptom Diary.
Where the Standard Medical Approach fails to assist or is not wanted by the patient, Low Dose Immunotherapy may be to diagnose and treat the patient’s allergies or intolerances. A wide variety of foods, inhalants and other substances may be tested to assist in developing the Healthcare Treatment Plan.
Prior to any allergy or intolerance testing or Healthcare Treatment Plan a medical assessment is required.