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Posted by Mary on September 08, 2000 at 16:57:17:

"Food allergies and food intolerances are not the same thing. A person with a food intolerance is unable to digest and process that food correctly, usually due to a lack of a certain enzyme or enzymes. A food allergy, on the other hand, occurs when a person’s immune system generates an antibody response to the ingested food. Food intolerance can, however, lead to an allergy if particles of undigested food manage to enter the bloodstream and cause a reaction." (Balch & Balch 1997)

"Cerebral allergies cause swelling of the lining of the brain. Entire food families can cause such allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Recurrent headaches, or schizophrenic, violent or aggressive reactions, can be an indicator of cerebral allergy. Foods such as corn, wheat, rice, milk and chocolate, and certain food additives, are the most common offenders." (Balch & Balch 1997)

"Other common allergens are: bananas, beef, eggs, oats, peanuts, processed and refined foods, salmon, strawberries and tomatoes." This list is by no means exhaustive, a person may have an allergy to almost any food or class of foods. (Balch, J. & Balch, P. 1997)

"Absorption of dietary amino acids, for protein synthesis by the liver, occurs from the intestines." (Chaitow, L. 1991)

"Inactivation of, or insufficiency of, proteolytic enzymes, from the pancreas, such as trypsin, chymotrypsin and carboxpeptidase, can result in poor digestion of proteins into amino acids. A further likelihood is that protein molecules might be absorbed in their undigested forms [into the bloodstream] which can provoke inflammatory reactions, sometimes of distant tissues and organs." (Chaitow, L. 1991)

"Those diseases which result from amino acid metabolism defects, as a rule, affect mental faculties and result in a reduced life expectancy." (Chaitow, L. 1991)

"One study … in Manchester (The Lancet 11, 10-14, 1981) involved 75 physically or mentally handicapped children (these included children who were quadriplegic, spastic, epileptic, diplegic, or who Down’s Syndrome, psychiatric disorders, mental or developmental retardation or congenital chataracts) all of whom had the amino acids in their urine examined and compared with the findings from 59 normal children. The results showed very high levels of glycine, taurine and cystathionine in the handicapped group with a few also showing high levels of phenylalanine, serine, tyrosine, histidine and asparagine. The researchers believe that such tests, conducted after a high protein intake, should be carried out on all children who fail to develop normally so that strategies can be developed to bring the biochemical dysfunctions into normal ranges." (Chaitow, L. 1991)

"The irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder in which there is pain in the colon and a disorder of bowel habit. It is also known as the irritable colon syndrome, spastic colon and mucous colitis. How do you know you have it :-
· abdominal aching and pain
· constipation and/or diarrhoea
· flatulence
· abdominal distension and rumbling

IBS can be provoked by a number of factors such as food intolerance, tea, coffee, alcohol, bowel overgrowth with bacteria … Stress and other psychological factors are also thought to play a major role. In a study from Cambridge, food intolerance was shown to be a significant causative factor in IBS. The offending foods which provoked symptoms in the study were:
· wheat
· corn
· dairy products
· coffee
· tea
· citrus fruits.

There is considerable evidence to show that supplements of pancreatic enzymes and bile acids can be of benefit in alleviating the symptoms of IBS in people who … have diminished digestive enzyme functions." (Davies, S. & Stewart, A. 1987)

1) Balch, J. & Balch, P., "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" 2nd edition, 1997
2) Chaitow, L., "Thorsons Guide to Amino Acids" 1991
3) Davies, S. & Stewart, A., "Nutritional Medicine" 1987

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