Elimination Diet…Try It?

If  you’ve been to the office for a visit  you may have heard me suggest an elimination diet at some point or other.  Usually, I recommend this if it appears that what you are eating may be leading to unwanted results in your health. Being sensitive to (a.k.a., your body not liking) foods can lead to a smorgasbord (…ahem…) of disorders. Unfortunately, unlike full-blown allergic reactions whose negative effects are often instantaneously experienced,  such as shellfish causing anaphylactic shock, sensitivities to food can be  nebulous. The negative health effects of food sensitivities  often start quietly and eventually show up as chronic problems,  rather than starting acutely, such as an allergy to shellfish that could send you immediately to the hospital. This makes it difficult to see a clear-cut relationship between a food to which you are sensitive and something not working properly in your health.

Patients sometimes question whether they should have scratch tests or a blood test to check for potential sensitivities. I often say whatever information you can gather about your health is usually a good idea but I always say that you know your body the best from the inside out.  If you  follow the guidelines for an elimination diet the proof is available for “immediate”  review; either your health improves or it doesn’t.  Today,  I came across guidelines for an elimination diet out of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health. Check out the link to the diet below and if it seems interesting to you, go and see your acupuncturist or trusted family health-care practitioner and the two of you can discuss the options that work best for your individual needs.

Call the office if you have any questions and here’s wishing you a happy summer!

http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/files/webfm-uploads/documents/outreach/im/handout_elimination_diet_patient.pdf

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