Allergy To Certain Foods

What Causes Food Allergies?

Food allergies can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose food allergies, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "food allergies" as a symptom.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Vitamin Pantothenic Acid Need
  • Dehydration
  • Increased Intestinal Permeability
  • Selenium Need
  • Adrenal Fatigue

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
an average-stress lifestyle
a high-stress lifestyle
having had a small bowel resection
bulimia
diminished perspiration
dizziness when standing up
occasional confusion/disorientation
pain medication use
Addison's disease
history of tender muscles
history of hyperthyroidism
low energy/stamina
... and more than 90 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of food allergies:
Cause Probability Status
Selenium Need 92% Confirm
Vitamin Pantothenic Acid Need 21% Unlikely
Adrenal Fatigue 4% Ruled out
Increased Intestinal Permeability 1% Ruled out
Dehydration 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate suffering allergic/other reactions, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have any reactions or allergies to specific foods which improve if you avoid those foods?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Mild reaction to one or two foods
→ Mild reaction to several foods / severe to 1 or 2
→ Severe reaction to several foods
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either allergies to certain foods or severe allergies to certain foods, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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