Food Sensitivities (Food Intolerances)
Do you know if the foods you eat are making you sick? It is a misconception to think human beings can eat all types of food simply because it grows on the Earth or we have agricultural farms that grow them. Most of our immune system is based in the gut (small and large intestines) to constantly monitor food intake for bacteria, viruses or parasites. But there are foods that are indigestible by our gut because we do not have the certain enzymes to break down certain foods. Key proteins that can cause damage to the gut include zonulin and grain lectins (like gluten and gliadin). There are anti-nutrient proteins called phytates that can "steal" minerals from the foods that we eat, making us nutrient deficient. Lastly, certain foods contain protease inhibitors that prevent the digestion of proteins, whether plant or animal protein sources.
Physiologically, we should not eat some foods at all. It would be no different than eating grass, as we can not digest grass, either. And if the damage is created, other foods that are otherwise healthy for us, can also create an immune response to create a multitude of symptoms, or in a worst-case scenario begin the road to auto-immune disorders. Food intolerances will create inflammation and chronic activation of the innate immune system
Symptoms of food hypersensitivities include (but not limited to):
fatigue or chronic fatigue
dark circles under the eyes
gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting, bloating
skin symptoms such as rashes, eczema
headaches or migraine headaches
The ALCAT Test is a lab based immune stimulation test in which a patient's WBC's are challenged with various substances including foods, additives, colorings, chemicals, medicinal herbs, functional foods, molds and pharmaceutical compounds. The patient's unique set of responses help to identify substances that may trigger potentially harmful immune system reactions.
The ALCAT Test objectively classifies a patient's response to each test substance as reactive, borderline or non-reactive. Based on these classifications, a cus-tomized elimination/rotation diet may be designed to effectively eliminate the specific triggers of chronic immune system activation. By reducing this ongoing burden - and in particular, by reversing the sustained and destructive inflammation it produces - normal body functions and immune system balance can be improved.
Once Dr. Doniparthi has the results of your ALCAT testing, he will create a treatment plan to desensitize the gut to reactive foods, repair the gut, reestablish normal gut bacteria flora, and if needed, address the abnormal auto-immune response.