Food Allergies and Malabsorption

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   Posted 5/18/2016 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Over 2300-years ago, the father of medicine, Hippocrates made the statement that all disorders start in the stomach. In many instances that statement is true today as it was in 371 BC. The only difference between then and now is pollution, toxic chemicals and chemical medications that man produces.
Malabsorption in the digestive process is the root cause of, Osteoporosis, Gastric Cancer, Gastroparesis, Type II Diabetes, Food Allergies, Reflux, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Gastritis, Dumping Syndrome, Asthma, IBS (leaky gut), skin disorders, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), vitamin and mineral deficiency.
The disorders above did not come first, they were caused by Malabsorption, in the digestive process. Rather than treat the root cause of a disorder, many doctors treat the symptoms of the disorder. Treating just the symptom, will in many cases, not cure the disorder, only the symptom. In many instances the chemical medication, prescribed to treat the symptom, will cause new symptoms, or increase the severity of the existing disorder. A good example of this is, prescribing PPIs for people that are not producing sufficiently strong hydrochloric acid (hypochlorhydria), in the gut. The end result is they become Achlorhydric.
The symptoms common for all of the disorders listed are: abdominal bloating (gas, belching, Flatulence), abdominal pain, cramps, constipation and/or diarrhea, Reflux (or GERD), nausea, headaches, fatigue, skin disorders, anemia, weight loss and/or gain, food allergies, vomiting, failure to thrive, etc. You can put every one of these symptoms into one category, MALABSORPTION. If you have any of these symptoms, you can bet that the problem started in the stomach.
If you doubt that Malabsorption is the root cause for the disorders, search the internet for the causes of one of the disorders, you will always find digestive issues as one of the causes. The disorder didn't just happen overnight, it was caused by a digestive issue. If the disorder is caused by bacteria, the bacteria is not being destroyed, in the gut, by the strong hydrochloric acid. If it is a food allergy, it was caused by incomplete sterilization and conversions of a protein in the stomach, (low stomach acid). If the disorder is osteoporosis, it was caused by lack of absorption of the necessary vitamins and minerals (malabsorption).
Many doctors will not take the time to test for malabsorption, it is much easier to prescribe a medication. If malabsorption is suspected the fastest and most accurate testing method is a pH diagnostic test, or pH gastrogram. Correcting malabsorption will always improve a patient health and longevity.

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   Posted 5/19/2016 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Excellent post. Repair your gut and you get better.

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   Posted 7/3/2016 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
But how? How does one repair your gut? I have all of the above symptoms and my Doctor tested me for food allegies but they came back negative on wheat, gluten, everything. Then they sent me for testing for Bowel cancer. I had a Colonography, which thankfully proved negative. I tested negative for Crohns disease, and Celiac, I have gained weight, I hurt every morning on waking so badly it feels like I've been hit by a bus. My arms ache, back ache, and I don't know why. I don't know what to eat anymore as everytime I do I have terrible diarrhea, heartburn, and feel like I have acid boiling in my throat but it won't come up, so to speak. So please... how does one repair your gut?

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   Posted 7/4/2016 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
It all come down to what you are eating and what you are not eating. You have to give the gut good bacteria and stop feeding the bad bacteria with the process foods. Here is an article which explains what you need to do.

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   Posted 7/5/2016 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
@jody ann -

ya, it all comes to the old "if what you're doing isn't working, then do something else"

and i'm not referring to meds -

like eat2b says, it's what you are putting in your body or what your body is exposed to - we can't fix everything, but we can certainly reduce the impact by making better choices when and where we can -

and food testing is not 100% - for food intolerances or sensitivities, they are less than helpful - the best approach is to eliminate a suspect food for 6 months and see what effect it has - my personal choice would be to start with gluten or all grains - not easy at first, but quite doable in most cases -

can you give us an idea of what your daily eating includes ?
dx'd with pancolitis 12/21/03
current supplements:vit D, cal/mag, Psyllium Seed powder/Heather's Acacia fiber/ L-Glutamine/Hemp powder slurry 1x/week - grain free/paleoish diet that includes 100% grass fed beef, raw goat milk, & local organic free range eggs, lots of all natural well water, exercise, sleep as much as possible & enjoy this great life that God has blessed me with :-)

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   Posted 7/8/2016 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jodi-Ann, I've just been diagnosed with UC and baffled. I've been told about bone broth for 10 days (to repair the gut) from a friend who is friends with someone studying nutrition. I just made a big pot - i'd say it's worth doing some research. Any meat bones, slow cooked for many hours to release nutrients from bones. I'm guessing what to add cos I haven't got the actual recipe yet. Can post back here when I get it if you are interested. Best wishes. Joanne.

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   Posted 7/15/2016 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Jodi Ann, Talk with a nutritionist, you could still have food allergies, if you have mold allergies, then you are allergic to foods, cheeses, tomato sauces all have molds, even cottage cheeses have molds.
The FDA allows for a certain amount of molds in sauces...if you can make your own up that would be a start.
However, before doing any diet change, please do a diet change slowly so you do not get sick...the first step you can do is get rid of the processed foods one at a time...and consult a nutritionist for further help.
* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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   Posted 7/18/2016 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Jodi-Ann - my husband had a lot of the same symptoms as reported by you and the same tests as you! He suspected he had food allergies so we went to a food allergist. He ran his basic food allergy test and said, "nope, no allergies" and offered no suggestions on what to explore next. After some blog reading, we discovered that there is also food sensitity testing that can be done. Food sensitivities, as I understand it, are those that can have a negative reaction in the body up to 3 days after ingesting. It's measured by IgG antibodies, as I understand it. We got his test results back in which they tested it against about 100 different food items. It turns out, and confirms many of our suspicions, that he is sensitive to wheat, barley, yeast, chedder cheese, soy, safflower oil and squash. Some of the items, we would have never suspected (like safflower oil and yeast).
We ended up going to a Wellness Doctor to get the test done because, for whatever reason, no other doctor offered it or seemed to know much about it...maybe because I think the test isn't yet covered by a lot of insurances. A close friend of mine also had food sensitivity testing done, as offered by her nutritionist in Chicago, because her migraines kept getting worse and it turned out she had sensitivity to wheat products and grapes.. She claims her migraines have lessened since cutting out her food sensitives.

My husband just found out his sensitives and we are working to cut from our diets. For the first time in a long time though,we have hope again that the reflux, random chest pains, etc. that he has experienced daily was actually caused by foods our bodies are sensitive to. Good luck!!

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   Posted 7/19/2016 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Jodi Ann - you also may want to make sure your doctors have tested you for eosinophilic esophagitis. Out of 4 ENT doctors, one of them thought to test for it and it turned out my husband tested positive for it....hopefully causing his unexplainable and to this point untreatable with meds reflux like symptoms.
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