Can emotional stress effect the colon and gut ?
Emotional toxicity as well as physical toxicity can manifest itself in various ways: the solar plexus is the emotional centre of the body and the transverse colon passes right through it. If an emotional event is left uncompleted, it often results in physical tension being stored in the solar plexus, which affects all organs in the area, including the colon. This on-going tightening of the colon muscle results in diminished movement of faecal material through the colon, which is known as constipation: This can result in: depression, lethargy, anxiety and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Is colonic therapy a substitute for laxatives?
Colon hydrotherapy (colonic irrigation) can be used in place of laxatives for certain diagnostic tests as well as pre- and post-surgical procedures. This solution is not only more natural but more practical and is often preferred by clients who choose to be free from the obvious implications of laxative intake and wish to be able to carry on their daily routine as normal.
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How long does it take to lower the antibody level enough to be able to take the food again?
This depends on how strictly the diet is followed. A minimum of 3 months total avoidance of key items is advised. In some coeliacs avoiding gluten it took all of 3 years for antibody levels to drop to near zero (gluten-free foods are not actually guaranteed to have zero gluten, there's a cut-off. Some may have up to 20 parts per million).
Is it possible that IgG levels would remain high even if not consuming any of that particular food for years?
Specific antibodies levels may still remain in circulation for some months after exposure. High levels will not remain unless there are hidden sources in the diet. Foods such as wheat, dairy and corn are widely used as additives in processed foods and cosmetics, so exposure can continue even when a conscious effort is made to avoid them. Gluten also appears in so many guises, it takes concentrated effort to avoid - most would not suspect ice cream, chips or crisps as a source of gluten. Even when avoiding, there is always the possibility of cross-reactivity with other foods, especially in processed or cooked forms of the foods. However, even with incomplete-but-as-good-as-possible elimination, control or avoidance of symptoms may be dramatically improved.
What is the connection between high IgG antibody levels and symptoms?
When a food leads the body to produce high levels of IgG antibodies, these antibodies attach to the offending food protein to form an Antigen-Antibody complex. These complexes are usually eliminated by other cells in the immune system. However, when the immune system is overloaded, these insoluble molecules become deposited in various areas of the body, such as the head, lung tissue, gastro-intestinal tract, skin and joints where they produce symptoms such as headaches, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema and rashes, and arthritis. These complexes have been demonstrated in patients with cow's milk related colitis. even people without food intolerances can have an understanding of this type of reaction as similar complexes build up during severe infection - for example the IgG antigen-antibody complexes pr s, clouded thinking, itchy or sore eyes and many other symptoms. oduced by a bad flu or cold may also involve joint pain, gastro-intestinal symptom.
Do I need to re-test after changing my diet?
Generally no. After testing, carrying out an Elimination Diet (for 3 months) and then carefully re-exposing yourself to the foods (to learn how you react), you will generally have a good idea of what foods do to you. This will help you identify if other foods later begin to affect you. You'd only re-test if you can't work out what is causing food-related symptoms. I have recently tested a lady, a very conscientious lady, who suffers from coeliac disease. She is careful and thorough, but her results still showed up a moderately strong level of antibodies against gluten (if she was gluten-free there should be none). As she knows her foods and generally enjoys excellent health, we were surprised. We did the test as she had been suffering gastro-intestinal symptoms and debilitating joint pain but hospital tests had not detected the cause. When we discussed the gluten result, she mentioned that she'd recently begun eating a new gluten-free bread - which was perhaps not as gluten-free as claimed. I referred her to a nutritional therapist who made a number of changes and prescribed a number of supplements. 3 months later, she is - almost - as good as new. However, while she dropped the new bread, we're still not absolutely sure what the gluten source was.
If I have a strong reaction to dairy, can I still take skim milk or yoghurt?
Unfortunately no. The reaction is to the protein. And even though the protein mix is a bit different in different forms of dairy products, they still contain the main reacting proteins casein and ß-lactoglobulin. A recent study in the USA also showed that reaction to cooked or otherwise processed foods tends to be stronger than to the raw version.
Is the Food Detective as reliable as other food antibody tests?
The technology is the same. The purified antigens are the same. The only concession to convenience and cost is a smaller range of food antigens. However, the 50-odd items in the Food Detective cover the main culprits. So yes, the test is as good as anything on the market. Comparisons showed 95% overlap with laboratory-tested results.
The test showed slight rings around some of the items but the centres were clear As advised in the booklet, colour around the rim of the circle is an artefact (bits left over by insufficient rinsing during the earlier steps), and should not be interpreted as a positive result.
Some items were so faint I can't be sure they were positive I would rate these as inconclusive, useful to know but not to take too seriously at present. The items may not yet have a significant level of antibodies, or may simply be negative. However, the shift in diet following testing with the Food Detective results could expose a patient to these items more often in future. It is good to know that there was a borderline result, in case these foods are suspected in future.