Food elimination based on IgG antibodies in irritable bowel syndrome
Sometimes we really want to focus on long, complicated approaches to chronic diseases. This applies to both natural and conventional approaches. But, sometimes something as simple and inexpensive as an elimination diet can yield truly powerful results. I can use the analogy of goldenseal and echinacea. Many people take “immune boosting” formulas when they feel they’re getting sick. But, they neglect to avoid refined carbs/hydrogenated oils–two things known to depress the immune system.
They would be better off not putting the junk in that adding something to the mix. An elimination diet really hits home with this concept. There are many, many patients (if not all to some degree) in whom a portion or all of their symtoms are a result of allergens in their diet. Avoid them, and symptoms can improve dramatically. I remember a case years back. A patient came in at her mother’s urging. She was experiencing a weird skin rash and called herself the “dermatology poster child” at a major AZ university teaching hospital. After parading her in front of countless interns and residents, and multiple ineffective drug therapies, including severe swelling after steroid therapy she had enough. I started her on an elimination diet. I was wheat. Skin cleared up within days and returned with the re-introduction of wheat.
Food elimination based on IgG antibodies in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomised controlled trial — Atkinson et al. 53 (10.. –