Food Allergies

Food Allergies Specialist
If you suffer from food sensitivities or food allergies, or just suspect you may be intolerant to certain foods, a certified and experienced naturopath like Dr. Maura Scanlan can help. She offers an in-office program to people living around Issaquah, Washington, at her practice, A Path to Natural Health. The program is available virtually via Skype to anyone in the world. Call today or use the convenient online booking tool to get your food allergy issues addressed.

Food Allergies Q & A

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Why is a naturopath helpful when it comes to food allergies and sensitivities?

Most mainstream doctors don’t consider food sensitivities testing as part of their standard practice and are inexperienced in dealing with them. This results in many people suffering with undiagnosed food sensitivities -- sometimes for decades.

And, when doctors do test for food sensitivities, they often use only an IgE (type-1) test. Unfortunately, this test can only determine the most extreme types of food sensitivities -- the kinds that cause an immediate and potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. However, far more people have food sensitivities that cannot be measured via type-1 testing, as their reactions to certain foods are not immediate and acute, but delayed and chronic.

In fact, their symptoms can show up anywhere from 15 minutes to three days after ingesting the food to which they are sensitive. Because of this delayed response, it's often difficult to recognize the connection between food you ate on Monday and the reaction you had on Wednesday. Also, the symptoms you experience may be so nonspecific, or have spread into so many places in your body, that you might not think they are related to food at all.

What makes naturopathic treatment for food allergies special?

Dr. Scanlan offers a five-month natural treatment program for people who are suffering with food sensitivities or food allergies, or who suspect they may be sensitive or intolerant to certain foods.

Because most people's food sensitivities and food allergies create delayed reactions, Dr. Scanlan uses an IgG food sensitivities test, which is specially designed to measure delayed food sensitivities.

Also, as a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Scanlan is highly aware of the wide range of symptoms that suggest food sensitivities and allergies.

What are the symptoms of a food allergy or sensitivity?

While clear symptoms of a food intolerance include stomach pain, vomiting, heartburn, and anaphylactic shock, other symptoms may be more subtle. Many symptoms that you might not associate with food are also actually due to an intolerance or allergy. These include:

  • Constipation, diarrhea, gas, and stomach bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Hormonal symptoms, including PMS
  • Sugar cravings
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Skin rashes and acne
  • Autoimmune attacks
  • Hives
  • Sinus congestion

If you experience these symptoms chronically, and without explanation, it’s worth checking into possible food-related causes.

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