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Dr. Gabriel Niles
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Food Intolerance (Overview)

Also known as non-allergic food hypersensitivity, this refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is different from food allergy.


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Should children be tested for food intolerance?

Should children be tested for food intolerance?

No: As opposed to true food allergy, food intolerance is not well understood or characterized. The best example is lactose intolerance. The mechanism causing food intolerance is not thought to be via the immune system, but often more of a toxicity, or like lactose intolerance, an enzyme deficiency. Other than eliminating and retrying the food, there are no tests, specifically no skin or blood tests. ...Read more

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Dr. Gabriel Niles
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Food Intolerance (Overview)

Also known as non-allergic food hypersensitivity, this refers to difficulty in digesting certain foods. It is important to note that food intolerance is different from food allergy.


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Symptoms of food intolerance?

Any related to food: Any symptoms that are uncomfortable associated with eating a food can be called a food intolerance. The term intolerance does not specify a particular cause. Commonly those symptoms which are not related to a food allergy are considered an intolerance. ...Read more

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Living with Lactose Intolerance (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about medication you can take to help with digestion
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Could flatulance be a sign of a food intolerance?

Could flatulance be a sign of a food intolerance?

Yes: Beans are well known to cause flatulence. Yes some food intolerance can cause gassiness as your body is not digesting it well. Try enzymes with your meals. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with lots of food intolerances (using an ELISA food panel). Other than feeling bad, what happens to my body when i eat them?

I have been diagnosed with lots of food intolerances (using an ELISA food panel). Other than feeling bad, what happens to my body when i eat them?

Inflammation &stress: Food allergies can cause virtually any symptom: headaches, muscle, joint & abdominal pains, anxiety, depression, palpitations & fatigue. Antibodies react to food proteins in your body causing an inflammatory response that can contribute to arthritis, cardiovascular disease& osteoporosis, accelerates aging & stresses adrenals.By avoiding allergenic foods & treating candidiasis, intolerances go away. ...Read more

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Treating Food Poisoning (Checklist)

Go to ER/call Poison Control Center for antidote for serious cases
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If you're vomiting nonstop, go to the ER
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If you have diarrhea, eat something to stop water loss
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If you have excess dehydration, go to the ER for IV fluids
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What is the diet elimination test for food intolerance?

What is the diet elimination test for food intolerance?

See below: In food intolerance, an individual is intolerant to one or more specific types of food. This can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, or malabsorption. Diet elimination means systematically eliminating specific foods from the diet to see if symptoms improve. After several trials with different foods, symptoms may improve indicating that food is the offending agent. ...Read more

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What are initial tests for food intolerances?

What are initial tests for food intolerances?

Good history: Food intolerances come in many varieties and the first step in the investigation is taking a good history. Depending on the findings from history and physical findings, tests may include, examination of stool, exclusion of food, blood tests for allergy markers and nutritional deficiencies. See this site for more info.http://www.webmd.com/allergies/foods-allergy-intolerance. ...Read more

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What to eat if you have food intolerance ?And which foods does not cause intolerance ?

What to eat if you have food intolerance ?And which foods does not cause intolerance ?

Individual issue: Food intolerance is a food & person specific issue.Some have none, 1 or many. Sometimes it is a seasoning rather than the food. Trial & error is the only way they are identified. A high number of people develop lactose intolerance & this can be transient or lifelong. Individuals can also develop a food allergy which can occur to any food & have symptoms similar to intolerance. ...Read more

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Will having a case of campylabactor cause food intolerances?

Will having a case of campylabactor cause food intolerances?

Yes: I believe it can. An intestinal infection can upset the flora balance and that can lead to temporary inability to properly digest some foods. You may find that taking probiotics like florastor (to bind the bad bacteria) and culturelle or the like (to repopulate good bacteria) are helpful. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a person has food intolerance?

What does it mean if a person has food intolerance?

Food intolerance : A food intolerance is any reaction to a food that i can't explain physiologically for you. You have symptoms, but i as your allergist cannot prove that they are due to a classic allergic reaction, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, a previous gallbladder operation, a viral infection, food poisonong or anything else that we do understand. It's vague, but means you don't feel good when you eat it. ...Read more

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Can oral immunotherapy /desensitization treatment be used ito treat symptoms of food intolerance ? While no allergy is detected but symptoms appear

Can  oral immunotherapy /desensitization treatment be used  ito treat symptoms of food intolerance ? While no allergy is detected but symptoms appear

What to?: Your question is somewhat confusing. If you have no allergy what are you going to have immunotherapy or desentization to? If you have symptoms keep a diet diary to see if you can determine the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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Are allergy drops or allergy shots available for treatment of food allergy/ or intolerance or are they only 4 treating environmental allergens ?

Food allergy: Allergy drops and shots are now only administered for environmental allergies. There is ongoing research on treating food allergies with oral immunotherapy. ...Read more

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Does food intolerance or lactose intolerance increase your risk for colon or rectal cancer?

No: There are many studies done on food intolerances and food allergies, with mixed results in the latter. As far as food intolerances are concerned, it is not felt that there is a link to cancer. ...Read more

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I have had a blood test to identify food intolerances and am avoiding those foods and eating only safe foods. How long should the hives persist?

I have had a blood test to identify food intolerances and am avoiding those foods and eating only safe foods.  How long should the hives persist?

Up to 1.5 weeks.: Hives should last about 1-2 weeks regardless of the cause. You would be wise to avoid the foods you cannot tolerate until testing is finished to see how severe your reactions are. ...Read more

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Symptoms of food intolerance?

Any related to food: Any symptoms that are uncomfortable associated with eating a food can be called a food intolerance. The term intolerance does not specify a particular cause. Commonly those symptoms which are not related to a food allergy are considered an intolerance. ...Read more

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What triggers a food intolerance?

What triggers a food intolerance?

Multiple causes: Some of them are: absence of an enzyme needed to fully digest a food (lactose intolerance). Irritable bowel syndrome. Food poisoning. Toxins. Sensitivity to food additives. Recurring stress or psychological factors. Celiac disease , etc. ...Read more

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What exactly is a food intolerance?

What exactly is a food intolerance?

Food intolerance: Food intolerance is a generic term that has had its meaning morphed over time. Food intolerance is any food that a person cannot tolerate. This can be due to allergies, enzyme deficiencies (like lactase deficiency), medication interactions (tetracyclines and milk), uncomfortable feelings (green pepper causing gastic reflux), and somatic (beans causing 'excessive' flatulence). These are just exampl. ...Read more

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How can I determine food intolerance?

How can I determine food intolerance?

Food intolerance: The usual way to determine food intolerance is to go on an elimination diet for several weeks, followed by gradual reintroduction of foods suspected of causing digestive or other issues. Then you see how your body responds to each food. There are many ways to go about this, but an integrative medicine physician can help you. Commonly offending foods include gluten, dairy, eggs, and soy. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have food intolerance?

How do I know if I have food intolerance?

Elimination of foods: The best , least expensive, and most reliable way is to remove something from your diet for a week or two...See how you feel...Then reintroduce it and see if you feel worse. You can also get allergy testing...Which will tell you if you have acute histamine related allergies (like hives, trouble breathing). There is another path for food intolerance that is hard to test for. Look at alcat.Com test. ...Read more

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