Allergy and Sensitivities

Causes and Identification

Adverse reactions to foods, chemicals, or environmental pollutants are causing major health problems.Americans often report that they must avoid specific foods or chemicals because of unpleasant physiological reactions. Such reactions may include

  • Symptomatic hay fever
  • Skin rashes
  • digestive issues, belching, bloating, constipation/diarrhea
  • migraine headache
  • asthma
  • eczema

These reactions can be caused by over-stressed and hypersensitive immune systems. This is believed to begin at the intestines.Foreign bodies in the form of food proteins enter through damaged intestinal walls and these foreign proteins (antigens) trigger the immune system to form antibodies. These hypersensitive immune responses include

Type I Type II Type III Type IV
Allergy Response IgE mediated, TH 2 promoted IgG and complement mediated, Cytotoxic, TH1 promoted IgG Immune complex mediated, TH1 promoted Cell mediated, TH1 promoted
Timeline Immediate onset of symptoms Delayed hypersensitivity reaction which takes 2-3 days to develop
Immune Response Immune complex mediated, Involves the deposition of antigen/antibody complex mainly in the vascular walls, pleura, pericardium, synovium, and glomeruli Not antibody mediated It is a cell mediated response
Symptoms or Manifestations Anaphylactic reaction such as hives, food allergies, eczema, debilitating migraines, swelling of the mouth, vomiting, difficulty breathing, or anaphylactic shock. Blood transfusion reactions, autoimmune hemolytic anemia. -Allergic contact dermatitis to poison ivy, oak, sumac-Hand dermatitis from contact with chemical or latex, etc.

For food reactions, most conventional physicians only believe in the Type l reactions. Consequently, the same goes for insurance coverage. While only 5% of the population is affected by this Type l reaction, it is estimated that more than 40% of the population that have more delayed reactions (including theType ll and Type lll reactions). Thismeans the production of antibodies occurs hours or days after the food is consumed. The delay in symptoms, a food sensitivity, makes it difficult to determine which foods may be the trigger.

Some reactions to food do not include an IgG or IGE mediated immune response, they are referred to as food intolerances. These can arise from chemicals or additives in food with MSG. preservatives, or food coloring, but are most often due to enzyme deficiencies. A common example would be lactose intolerance in individuals who lack the enzyme lactase and cannot digest lactose milk sugar, leading to bloating and diarrhea upon eating dairy products.

At DNA Associates, Dr. Faria believes that allergy testing should evaluate all Type l, Type ll, Type lll, and Type lV reactions.

  • For Type l– Food, Airborne, or Environmental reactions which are covered by insurance, she recommends blood testing with LabCorp or Quest.
  • For Type ll and Type lll- Food sensitivity reactions, she recommends blood testing with KBMO or SALVEO FoodSense which is not covered by insurance, but it is reasonably priced and may be covered by FHA.
  • For Type lV- Chemical sensitivity, she recommends in office patch testing, where many chemicals are saturated on small disks, taped on to the skin of the back for 48 hours. The readings are done after 48 hours and 96 hours. Patch testing for chemicals is usually covered by insurances.

Medical Support

Food allergies and intolerances can manifest many of the following symptoms:

  • Atopic dermatitis, eczema, &hives
  • Hay fever
  • Asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Oral swelling or itching with food ingestion
  • Colitis, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • Failure to thrive
  • Migraine headaches
  • Seizures
  • ADHD
  • Arthritis, exacerbation of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Depression and anxiety

If you would like guidance in looking for the root cause of chronic symptoms or illnesses, Dr. Faria isaphysician to consider. She has researched food cross reactions extensively, which means she will thoroughly explain these cross reactions when she reviews the diet diary in addition to the suggested tests above.

At DNA Associates, we also provide other healing modalities

  • AO SCAN Digital Body Analyzer: detects abnormalities in vibrational frequencies of cells and restores the “distorted” frequencies with the “healthy” frequencies. For further details, please visit our AO SCAN Digital Body Analyzer section.
  • IV Infusion/Chelation or IV Immune Support: to remove the toxic burden or to replenish the essential nutrient deficiencies. For further details, please visit our IV infusion section.
  • Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement to optimize the immune response via adrenal, thyroid and hormones. For further details, please visit our Bio-Identical Replacement Therapy & Pellet Hormone Therapy sections.

Healing is a journey, for some it may take 1-2 months, for others it may take moreto bring harmony back to the immune system and reduce unpleasant symptoms.

If you are seeking further assistance, please contact DNA Associates at 703-828-1133. We are looking forward to assisting you.

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