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Food Allergy Treatment

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While coffee, rice, white potatoes, eggs and dairy products are a few primary food allergens, according to Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, an individual can be allergic to just about any food they eat. So the most common food allergens are not the only ones you have to watch out for.

Because regular food allergy is discussed more often and there’s much more information available about it, in many cases, a person with addictive food allergy may not realize they have the condition, especially if they are not taking all foods into consideration. Chances are they may not even be diagnosed with it either. In some cases, overweight people seeking help may be told that they are overweight simply because they consume too many calories. Eventually, they will be put on a diet that contains the foods that caused the weight gain in the first place. In some cases, the doctor may even prescribe medications that also contain common allergens that should be avoided.

To successfully combat addictive food allergy, it’s best to seek help from an allergist or maybe even a clinical ecologist.

Clinical ecology is practiced by both doctors and therapists. A clinical ecologist may be a bit more sensitive to the allergic individual’s needs and they firmly believe that many conditions such as obesity/overweight, depression or arthritis are caused by food allergy addiction.

The way to break free from food allergy addiction is to break the vicious cycle of explosive compulsive eating followed by “coming down,” by eliminating offending foods from the diet. But first, food allergy addiction has to be confirmed.

Testing for Food Allergy Addiction

Testing for food allergy addiction can be tricky, so allergy sufferers may be asked to try fasting for several days or if fasting is too difficult, “elimination-challenge testing” is believed to be a good method of testing. Unfortunately, with either method the patient will experience withdrawal symptoms. With a doctor’s help and support from friends and family, the patient can make it through the withdrawal period. Depending on the severity of the food allergy addiction, the withdrawal period can last several days up to several weeks.

A skin test or blood test may also be used to help diagnose addictive food allergy by traditional medical professionals. Other more innovative “diagnostic” procedures may be used by clinical ecologists.