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Food Allergy, Intolerance, & Sensitivity Distinction

From eNewsletter 12/20/2021

DID YOU KNOW there is a probiotic that is better than anything else for ameliorating acute diarrhea in adults, and especially children? Researchers publishing in Nutrients analyzed all data published concerning probiotics and diarrhea and found that Saccharomyces boulardii was the most effective at reducing diarrhea intensity and duration. We can attest to these findings as we have seen very similar results, if not better, in our clients over the years. While we consider Saccharomyces boulardii not a true probiotic, it is an incredible aid to a multitude of digestive issues. Many of us could probably use some during this holiday season!


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Food Intolerance Blood Draw Options to set up a Biotrition food intolerance test blood draw. By appointment only:

  1. One Saturday per month at Biotrition in Glenview - 1/22/22 and 2/12/2

  2. Tue, Wed, TH 9AM-3PM at NICL Labs in Northbrook

Text, email, or call us to set up your appointment.

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UPDATE - Our COVID-19 Vaccine Opinion The document at this link was updated December 20th.

Virus Prevention And Treatment Vaccines will minimize COVID-19 related mortality and hospitalizations, but SARS-CoV-2 is not going away. Moreover, SARS-CoV-2 is not the only virus we fight. There are influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. We highly recommend continuing your immune support. See our Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol.

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Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

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Food Sensitivity vs Intolerance Food sensitivities and food intolerances are different than food allergies. Each of them falls into the category of food reactivities, but there are subtle differences between food intolerances and sensitivities. Food allergies are IgE-mediated. They often cause immediate, severe, anaphylactic reactions. Hives, swelling, itching, trouble breathing, and wheezing are common symptoms. Most conventional allergists can measure immunoglobulin E (IgE) reactions to foods. Food sensitivities are immune-mediated reactions to foods, usually involving IgA, IgM, or IgG antibodies. Food sensitivities can cause reactions that are more subtle and that may be delayed by hours or even days after eating an offending food. Symptoms may be gastrointestinal or they may be camouflaged as other problems that seemingly have nothing to do with GI health such as sinus problems, acne, or mood issues. Food intolerances are often due to lack of a particular enzyme or toxic reactions to a multitude of foods. A good example of a food intolerance is lactose intolerance, the inability to digest lactose, the sugar found in dairy. However, food intolerances are similar to food sensitivities in which the body sees certain foods or categories of foods as toxic and the constant reaction to these foods harms our own tissues, causing myriad issues just like food sensitivities. We prefer testing for cytotoxic food intolerances as opposed to food sensitivities. The existence of food intolerances or sensitivities is often a controversial issue and conventional doctors/allergists often don’t recognize their existence as a contributing factor in health conditions. However, reports in the medical literature as well as clinical practice point to the identification and treatment of food intolerances and sensitivities as an effective strategy to relieve symptoms of chronic illness. The issue we have is that many of the food sensitivity tests that exist are not reliable and we have found cytotoxic food intolerance testing to be much more reliable, consistent, and actionable.


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