Treatment – Elimination Program.
Problematic food, drink or other substances (if you have an intolerance to them) should be eliminated. After giving the body rest – usually several weeks or months; they could be re-introduced, but only one after another, NOT two or more different foods at the same time.
Side effects of elimination diet.
If you eliminate the food which you have been eating or drinking every day or on a regular basis (e.g. tea, coffee, wheat, milk, or any other everyday item) you may find that you have withdrawal symptoms during the first few days of the elimination phase.
These symptoms might last several days and could include headaches, irritability, aching muscles, insomnia, or some other unpleasant symptoms.
This will be discussed in detail during the consultation. I will also give you some helpful information on how to keep a diet diary, how to rotate foods & using alternative foods during the elimination period which is very important as your nutritional status should not be impaired. This will be discussed and it is an important part of the consultation, there is no extra fee.
Homeopathic treatment / not desensitisation/ for appropriate patients is available, this is a separate consultation, it will take 1 hour 30 minutes or more and can be done on the same day or later.
Any food that continues to cause a problem should be avoided in the future or re-introduced after the homeopathic treatment. Some foods could be re-introduced on a minimal, rational basis. Homeopathic treatment takes between 2 to 6 months. This treatment could be used by everybody including babies, children, pregnant women, and elderly people. Homeopathic treatment does not have any side effects.
Oral Desensitisation (OD), or food desensitisation, is a treatment, it involves giving small, but gradually increasing amount of the food that the you or your child is allergic to. If it is felt your child is suitable for the treatment, you will be asked to sign a consent form to indicate that you have fully understood the risks involved. You will be prescribed an Epipen and trained in its use. This treatment can be given only under medical supervision in the surgery or hospital. Be aware of fake desensitisation treatments. Another way of allergy desensitisation is allergy shots. Allergy shots are regular injections over a period of time — generally around three to five years — to stop or reduce allergy attacks. Allergy shots are a form of treatment called immunotherapy. Again this treatment could be done only in medical clinic.
FOOD ALLERGY, SENSITIVITY, INTOLERANCE
There is a difference between food allergy, food sensitivity, food intolerance, and pseudo allergy.
A food allergy is a reaction produced by the body’s immune system when it encounters a normally harmless substance. This adverse reaction to food involves the immune system. The further breaks down into two kinds of reaction: food allergy and food sensitivity. Food intolerance does not involve the immune system.
Food allergies usually affect the airways, digestion system or skin.
Food sensitivity is completely different. Any organ can be affected by food sensitivity and the reaction could be delayed up to several days, that’s why it is so hard to learn who your enemy is.
Food intolerance often causes digestion problems but the immune system is not involved. Food intolerance often depends upon the amount of eaten food, the more you ate the worse could be the unpleasant reaction. If you have an allergy, then even a small amount of the allergen could cause severe health problems.
There is currently no cure for food allergies or intolerances. The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid the food you are allergic to. The good news is that most children will grow out of their allergy to eggs, milk, wheat or soya. With age, the gut will mature and the response in the immune system to that food will change.
It is common for one person to have an allergy to several different foods. This is called “atopic” and refers to a tendency to develop allergies. Being atopic can mean you react to a number of unrelated allergens, for example, eggs and cats. Other people can react to different foods that contain either the same allergen or an allergen with a very similar structure, which means they can cause similar allergic reactions. This is known as allergic cross-reactivity. This means that if someone is allergic to peanuts, they might react to other foods in the legume family such as soya, peas, lentils, lupin, and beans.
In some people, eating certain foods causes symptoms similar to allergic reactions. However, this is not an allergy but a pseudo-allergy.
The mechanisms of pseudo-allergy are unclear. It could be – the body’s response to the entry of biogenic amines (primarily histamine, which initiates inflammatory symptoms) and the defect of the body’s enzyme system.
Pseudo allergy reaction can be to any food and its components, for example – food additives, instant food products, tomatoes, and other vegetables, spices, alcohol, colorants, flavor enhancers, preservatives, and natural aromatic substances. Natural aromatic substances are not only additives to various industrial food products but are also contained in completely natural products (for example, in tomatoes, and spices).