Type II Diabetes; Obesity; Vascular and Cardiac arterial inflamatory disorders; Inflamatory joint conditions, arthritis, gout;;Digestive Disorders and Bowel disorders; as well as systemic inflamatory conditions are increasing at alarming proportions throughout the population. Here at Putnam Healing Arts we encourage a holistic approach to wellness.
These metabolic imbalances, conditions, and disorders can be reversed or improved significantly using the techniques that we teach here at Putnam Healing Arts and an active and motivated participation on your part. So join us here, we work with the other members of your health team to help your body restore itself to a more healthy condition. Your body was designed to heal itself as long as it is not too overburdened with food intolerances or with toxins and so long as it is moving.
Food intolerance and food allergies
Although many people have adverse reactions to certain foods, most metabolic problems are caused by a food intolerance and not a food allergy. According to the Mayo Clinic, less than 8 percent of children under age 3 and about 4 percent of adults have a true food allergy. Food intolerance is much more common. Because a food intolerance can cause some of the same signs and symptoms as a food allergy, people often confuse the two.
A true food allergy can cause a tingling mouth, hives, swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat, trouble breathing, and dizziness or fainting. It can also cause nausea, vomiting, cramping and diarrhea — many of these are signs and symptoms that often occur with a food intolerance as well.
With a true food allergy, a cascade of steps occur that condition your body to respond to certain foods:
- Your immune system mistakenly identifies a specific food as a harmful substance.
- Your body produces antibodies to fight the culprit food.
- The next time you eat even the smallest amount of that food, the antibodies sense it and alert your immune system.
- Your immune system then releases histamine and other chemicals into your bloodstream, leading to food allergy symptoms.
Unlike a food allergy, a food intolerance generally doesn’t involve the immune system to the same degree. If you have a food intolerance, you can probably eat small amounts of the food without a significant immediate reaction. The response to these foods tends to be cumulative and symptoms are seen over time. By contrast, if you have a food allergy, eating even the tiniest amount of the food may trigger a serious allergic reaction.
Common food intolerance conditions that are often mistaken for food allergies include:
- Absence of an enzyme needed to fully digest a food. A common example is lactose intolerance — which can cause bloating, cramping, diarrhea and excess gas.
- Irritable bowel syndrome. This chronic condition inwhich the bowel becomes inflamed and the balance of bacteria and yeast becomes disturbed and can cause cramping, constipation and diarrhea.
- Food poisoning. Commonly caused by consuming bacteria in spoiled food or other toxins, food poisoning can cause severe digestive symptoms.
- Sensitivity to food additives. Some people have digestive reactions and other symptoms after eating certain food additives. For example, sulfites used to preserve dried fruit, canned goods and wine can trigger asthma attacks in sensitive people.
- Recurring stress or psychological factors. Sometimes the mere thought of a food may make you sick. The reason is not fully understood but an association may be made between a traumatic event and a food that is being eaten or digested at the time of the trauma.
- Celiac disease. This chronic digestive condition is triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in bread, pasta, cookies, and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye. Signs and symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating. While celiac disease involves an immune system response, it’s a more complex food reaction than a food allergy.
Learn about the pH connection to these disorders.
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IBS: Irritable Bowel Syndrome