Information: Food Intolerances


ALLERGY INFORMATION FACTSHEET Food Intolerances

Do you react to different types of Foods?

These reactions/symptoms are applicable to all age groups, that is, babies (breast or non-breast fed), children and adults. Food Intolerances can be immediate or delayed. When delayed these reaction/symptoms are often not obvious and require investigation. Food Intolerances can produce symptoms in one or more body organs and system. The precise mechanism of these reactions is not fully understood. Food Intolerance is not considered a true ‘food allergy’ since the response does not require the presence of the IgE antibody. Food intolerances are considered the result of either non-IgE immunological reactions or pharmacological (chemical drug-like) reactions or neurological (nervous system) reactions. This Information Sheet will focus on Food Intolerances excluding fermentable sugar intolerances such as lactose, fructose, fructans, galactans or sorbitol. The Information Sheet does not cover fermentable sugar intolerances such as lactose, fructose, fructans, galactans or sorbitol intolerances.

Standard Medical (Diagnostic) Approach:

History and examination of the patient. To exclude Food Allergies testing can be completed by: [list unordered] “Skin Prick Testing”. where small, fixed amounts of suspected allergens and/or their extracts are tested on the skin and their reactions measured and evaluated. Blood in which the concentration of specific IgE antibodies is measured and evaluated (to exclude food allergies). [/list] To identify Food Intolerances testing can be completed by: [list unordered] Elimination & Challenge (protocol) which involves removing individual or food groups suspected of causing adverse reactions for a period of up to 6 weeks and observing whether the symptoms subside. If significant improvement occurs, reintroduction of the suspected foods or substances can occur to see if the symptoms are reproducible (“the Challenge”). This process is generally repeated for different foods or food groups. Other tests such as the ELISA testing for IgG-mediated immune responses and antigen leukocyte cellular antibody test (ALCAT) are generally not regarded as “gold standard”. [/list]

Standard Management & Treatment Approach:

The Integrative Holistic Medical approach to allergies and intolerance also takes into consideration additional factors such as the person’s other medical conditions, total nutrition, gut health, the environment and any other possible underlying causes. Where the Standard Medical Approach does not assist or is not wanted, the Holistic medical approach for Food Intolerances can include, Low Dose Immunotherapy to diagnose and treat the patient’s Food Intolerances. Low Dose Immunotherapy has a wide variety of applications in relation to foods, inhalants, and various substances. Professional assessment and management is required at each step in the Low Dose Immunotherapy diagnosis and treatment planning process.

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.

This type of diagnosis and treatment is available at YourHealth Brighton, Victoria, Australia.

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