BodyLogicMD Offers Solutions to the Top Food Sensitivities Plaguing Your Health
March, 2012 - In honor of National Nutrition Month, BodyLogicMD urges you to take a closer look at your diet. Sure, you eat right, you exercise and you visit your doctor at least once a year, but despite your best efforts – your stomach is always upset and your waistline will not shrink. The mystery of food allergies and sensitivities is slowly unraveling as modern science learns more about immunoglobulin E – the primary antibody of the gastrointestinal tract.
Recent studies have pinpointed approximately 7 foods: peanuts, soy, dairy, eggs, sugar, gluten and artificial sweeteners that are common to most American diets –intentional or not - that elicit a “sensitivity” response. The symptoms of sensitivity vary from person to person and food to food. Anything from depression, GI distress and headaches to mood swings, acne and fatigue can be the result of consuming one of these foods. “Look at the evolution of the gluten allergy – one percent of the U.S. population has been diagnosed with celiac disease, four times as many as fifty years ago. Today, food-related health distress is a large portion of the medical business, but diagnostic criteria doesn’t exist – yet,” says Timothy Morley, D.O. and Medical Director of BodyLogicMD of Manhattan.
To give you an example of the urgency, researchers are on a quest to establish diagnostic criteria for gluten sensitivities: in February 2012, 15 experts from 7 countries submitted a proposal to The American Gastroenterological Association in hopes of bringing this matter to the forefront. “This is just the first step in dealing with the food sensitivities our modern culture has created. For every one person that gets a confirmed diagnosis of celiac disease, there are six to eight more people with symptoms, but no antibodies. We can test for allergies, but not sensitivities. These seven foods tempt, but do not necessarily evoke, a response that can be medically tested,” Morley says.
BodyLogicMD offers comprehensive nutrition lab testing to determine what you may be allergic to – without requiring the hassle of an oral food challenge and the physicians of this highly-trained group of doctors can guide through a nutrition program to determine and remove foods in your diet that may be causing a less than favorable experience.