Hidden Food Allergies: Do You Have Them?

by Hepsharat Amadi, M.D.

Believe it or not, most allergists, immunologists and conventional medical doctors do not recognize or test for the most common types of allergies that affect people—delayed sensitivity allergies.

When I was in medical school and residency, I was not taught very much at all about these kinds of allergies, also known as “sensitivities,” since they do not result in the kinds of symptoms that most people associate with allergies. They do not cause itching all over, breaking out in hives, swelling, feeling like the throat is closing or anaphylactic shock.

We were told that most people do not have allergies, which might be viewed as true, if you want to define allergies as those kinds of substances that cause the above-mentioned reactions. These kinds of allergies are caused by the production in the body of IgE antibodies and the body’s reaction to these antibodies. These kinds of allergies cause what are called “acute hypersensitivity reactions.”

It is the presence of IgE antibodies to things that are being tested for when most doctors do blood tests or skin patch testing for allergies. If no IgE antibodies are detectable by those methods, it simply means the person does not have that type of allergy. It does NOT mean they have no allergies or sensitivities of any kind, although it is frequently interpreted that way.

There are other types of allergies or sensitivities that are caused by antibodies other than IgE. This type of allergy, which can be caused by a variety of foods, even foods commonly viewed as being healthy and/or natural, can cause symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, headache, weight gain, difficulty concentrating, hyperactivity, hypertension, sinusitis, ear or throat infections, and many other symptoms, which are often regarded and treated by doctors as diseases in and of themselves without their underlying cause being recognized and addressed.

These allergies can also cause constipation or diarrhea, and then the person is sometimes labeled as having “irritable bowel.” These kinds of allergies or sensitivities are caused by the release of IgE antibodies one, two or even as many as three days after the person has eaten whatever foods they were sensitive to. In many cases, they are caused by foods that the person eats frequently, oftentimes on a daily or every-other-day basis. Since the symptoms do not immediately follow the ingestion of the offending food, the person is frequently unaware that they are sensitive to this food. They may even crave it!

Most people that I have tested are sensitive to gluten-containing foods such as all forms of wheat—whole, sprouted or otherwise, oats, barley and rye, as well as dairy and sugar, even though they may eat these foods several times a day, every day. They may only realize how it was negatively impacting their health once they stop eating these foods.

Perhaps the best way to detect the presence of allergies or sensitivities is electrically, because at the most fundamental level, allergies or sensitivities represent blockages in the body’s electromagnetic field to certain “frequencies” or items. For example, Bio-Meridian Stress Testing machines can help detect these allergies; Quantum Bio-Feedback machines can help detect and treat these allergies; and acupuncture is another modality that can help to minimize a person’s allergic tendencies by balancing the body’s electromagnetic field. Colonics help to minimize allergy effects by detoxifying the bowel, and what goes on in the gut is key to how our immune system functions.

Sometimes IgE allergies or sensitivities can be managed by doing diet rotation, i.e. if one likes the food and if it is nutritious, then sometimes the person can “get away with” having small to moderate amounts no more frequently than once every four days. However, some food allergens, if they are not nutritious and are more toxic, may be best avoided altogether or only eaten very rarely. Once the person finds out which foods are sensitivities to them, they can then make an informed decision as to how often, if ever, to incorporate them into their diet. However, if they are unaware of what their food sensitivities really are, then they lose out on an opportunity to greatly improve their health by controlling their diet in the way that is best for their own immune system.

Hepsharat Amadi, M.D. primarily does quantum biofeedback assessment and treatment (a form of energy medicine), lifestyle and nutritional counseling, along with herbal and nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies. Her office is located at 10189 West Sample Road, Coral Springs. For more information and to make an appointment, call 954-757-0064. See ad page 42.

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