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Food Sensitivities

Food as Healer, Food as Slayer

Op/ed by Mark Hyman, MD

Nowhere in medicine is there more controversy, superstition, confusion and religious fervor than there is surrounding the subject of food allergies and illness. Conventional allergists and immunologists generally limit interactions between food and the immune system to the Type 1 hypersensitivity, immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated response. Practitioners of integrative and complementary and alternative medicine have long recognized the limitations of this point of view yet have failed to produce a viable alternative clinical model with which to test and assess interventions based on complex dietary manipulations. read more…

Recurrent Miscarriage Syndrome Treated With Acupuncture And An Allergy Elimination/Desensitization Technique

Rita Stanford, DAOM, LAc, Dipl Ac, Dipl CH

Abstract
In December, 2001, a 33-year-old female—“SC”—gravida 2, para 0-0-2-0, came in with the chief complaints of repeated miscarriage, pain, recent weight gain, circulation problems, feeling cold, premenstrual syndrome, and food and environ- mental allergies. She had been diagnosed with allergies to dust, mold, ragweed, cats, and sage, a minor reaction to dogs, and also reported that fast foods and milk were difficult to digest. She had frequent ear infections as a child. She complained of fatigue, sinusitis, sinus congestion and sinus pain, dry skin and eyes, frontal headaches, frequent sneezing, stuffy read more…

Functional Somatic Syndromes, Stress Pathologies, and Epigenetics

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB

Abstract
Recently Henningsen, Zipfel, and Herzog described the nature and management of functional somatic syndromes (FSS).1 They pointed out that functional somatic syndromes are characterized by patterns of persistent bodily complaints for which adequate examination does not reveal sufficiently explanatory structural or other specified pathology, 1(p946) but they are common worldwide and are seen by practically all subspecialties of medicine. They pointed out that the more common FSS described by multiple papers in the literature include the following:

  • irritable bowel syndrome,
  • chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • fibromyalgia syndrome,
  • premenstrual syndrome,
  • non-ulcer dyspepsia,
  • chronic pelvic pain,
  • hypoglycemia,
  • low
  • read more…

Food as Healer, Food as Slayer

Mark A. Hyman, MD

Abstract
Nowhere in medicine is there more controversy, superstition, confusion and religious fervor than there is surrounding the subject of food allergies and illness. Conventional allergists and immunologists generally limit interactions between food and the immune system to the Type 1 hypersensitivity, immunoglobulin E (IgE) mediated response. Practitioners of integrative and complementary and alternative medicine have long recognized the limitations of this point of view yet have failed to produce a viable alternative clinical model with which to test and assess interventions based on complex dietary manipulations. read more…

Randomized Trial of the Effect of an Integrative Medicine Approach to the Management of Asthma in Adults on Disease-Related Quality of Life and Pulmonary Function

Benjamin Kligler, MD; Peter Homel, PhD; Arthur E. Blank, PhD; Jeanne Kenney, RN; Hanniel Levenson, MS; Woodson Merrell, MD

Abstract

Typically, a patient choosing an integrative medicine approach for a chronic illness such as asthma will be offered a combination of three to six therapeutic interventions that simultaneously address different aspects of the lifestyle triggers of disease, including diet, physical activity, and stress management, among others. The effectiveness of any one of these interventions alone might be modest, undetectable even in a well-designed clinical trial, but the combined effectiveness of several interventions at once may be substantially greater. Although rigorous read more…

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