You’ve read some of our updates on the GAPS diet, so for another perspective here is another story from a Certified GAPS Practitioner about her patient’s journey to healing. While the patient has seen improvements, she remains on the diet in hopes of one day being completely healed. Only time will tell how it will go, but things are looking promising for her already.
Are Escalating Food Sensitivities Hampering Your Life? A GAPS Story (Guest Post)
By Jennifer Scribner (Bio below)
One of the most urgent reasons people come to me to learn about the GAPS Diet™ is because they have multiple food allergies and sensitivities.
Take Allison (not her real name), a client who was using an EpiPen 2 to 3 times a month for her anaphylactic food allergy reactions. She’d had digestive problems (along with asthma) most of her life, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she realized they were caused by food sensitivities. Once she figured that out she eliminated those foods and felt better for a couple of weeks. Then she started reacting to new foods that she didn’t have problems with before, so she tried eliminating those too and ended up caught in a vicious cycle. What she reacted to was always rotating and she lived in constant fear of how every food might affect her. Not to mention how terrible she felt all the time, which wasn’t working for her while raising 4 kids and homeschooling.
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I’ve asked Dr. Farshchian to help us distinguish between food allergies and sensitivities and to help us better understand testing methods for each. While we’re not sure if food is the root cause of eczema, most of us have experienced first hand how food can trigger flare ups. I hope today’s post can shed some light on the IgE vs. IgG debate – knowing both can trigger eczema and asthma.
Eczema & Asthma – Testing for Food Triggers (Guest Post)
By Dr. Thalia Farshchian, N.D. (Bio below)
Food sensitivity testing is gaining popularity to assist in identifying triggers to chronic conditions like eczema, asthma, nasal congestion and more. To draw a conclusion that a particular food triggers symptoms, the gold standard for identification is an elimination challenge.
The elimination challenge can be quite the challenge in and of itself when you are considering eliminating all of the most common triggers: gluten, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, nuts. In clinical practice, I have found food sensitivity testing to be a very helpful guide as it alleviates an element of stress on the child and family.
Here’s your chance to win a two-week camp session on beautiful Cape Cod! It’s easy! If you have food allergies, and are currently in the second through sixth grade, just tell us why you’d like to come to Camp W*K, and you could have the best summer ever! Read more
When our kids are young, we feel like we have some sense of control over their allergies. After all, they cannot easily prepare food for themselves and they rely on us to do it for them – so we carefully avoid all allergens and intolerances. But sometimes our little ones of a certain age may become curious about the food they’ve been told to avoid their whole lives. What happens then? Read on to hear this mom’s story and learn how they coped, a great read for all allergy parents!
Managing Food Allergies, Asthma and Eosinophilic Esophagitis (Guest Post)
By Kendra (bio below)
Our family was introduced to the world of life threatening food allergies when Paul, now 8, stopped breathing during dinner at just 7 months old. I explained to the allergist that Paul always had a rash of some sort, and nothing we did affected the daily wheezing. We learned that he was allergic to egg, peanut, cat and dog. Five months later, another half-dozen food allergies were identified. His symptoms improved for a few months. Then he started having rashes and trouble breathing every time he ate. With guidance from the allergist, we continued to remove newly identified food allergies every few months. By the time Paul was 3 ½, he was allergic to every food that he had ever eaten. All nutrition came from an elemental formula which is broken down to amino acids. The absence of actual food proteins ensures that there is nothing for the body to identify as an allergen.
A few months back I introduced you to the adorable My Food Allergy Friends book series. Jackie Nevard, the author, was recently telling me about how they’ve been really successful in teaching children about food allergies by reading from her books and discussing the characters during a story time event. I wanted to share her experience with you in hopes that you may be inspired to start a story time event in your area – perhaps it could be at the library, your child’s school, or your child’s extracurricular activities. Any time would be appropriate to help educate more children about the dangers of food allergies. You can use the My Food Allergy Friends books series or another food allergy children’s book. The important thing is just to get out there and teach these brilliant young minds to be aware! Read more
Today’s guest post is about some of the mild reactions that can present themselves due to a dairy allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance. We know food allergies (an immune response) can be deadly, but mild reactions sometimes go unnoticed and untreated and many times are similar to a more delayed food sensitivity reaction, making it difficult to diagnose a true allergy vs. a sensitivity without a blood test. Allergy testing is a great way to know for sure if your child has a true allergy, but results are often inconclusive and can provide false negatives or false positives. Most the time the only real way to know if you’re dealing with a true allergy is to keep a detailed history of past reactions and to do an in-office food challenge with your allergist or have them help you with an elimination diet. It’s obviously critical to get a proper diagnosis if your child has a severe food allergy, but if your child has more mild reactions to foods, I’m not convinced a true food allergy diagnosis is necessary since allergies and sensitivities can trigger similar mild reactions. Read more
Have you heard about Namaste Foods? They make pasta meal kits, baking mixes and coating mixes that do NOT contain wheat, gluten, corn, soy, dairy, casein, peanuts or tree nuts. All their products are made in a 100% dedicated gluten and allergen-free facility, owned and operated by Namaste Foods themselves. And all their products are genetically modified (GMO) free. Pretty impressive!
Namaste kindly sent me a couple of products to review. Since my family loves trying new things, we were thrilled. But sending pasta and a cake mix, my kids were over the moon! Read more
Kids get sick, it’s just part of growing up. But when is a cold not just a cold? When does it mean there could be more going on internally? What if you could help your child get better? I know you’re like me and would want to do everything you could possibly do for your child in order to keep them healthy and happy. Today’s post is about how one mom did just that. She realized surgery wasn’t the answer in her son’s case and she went looking for answers.
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Our second LIVE with The Lunchbox Doctor information session on Facebook is Wednesday Oct 23rd at 10am EST. This live informational session will be on Eczema and Nutrition. Jenny will be here to answer your eczema and nutrition questions in real-time.
Get answers to:
What foods can trigger eczema?
How do you figure out what foods are a problem?
What is an elimination diet?
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