The immune system protects us from infection. When activated by infection, the immune system produces proteins called immunoglobulins and other inflammatory compounds.
Foods can also trigger similar immune reactions when food particles pass through an inflamed intestinal barrier.
Sometimes, these reactions cause a histamine release that can lead to severe tissue inflammation as seen in anaphylaxis. Histamine reactions fall in the category of Allergy.
What is Food Sensitivity?
Foods can also trigger non-histamine immune reactions that result in numerous non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, skin rash, mood disturbance, digestive complaints (i.e., constipation, diarrhea, nausea, acid reflux, etc.) and more. These non-histaminic reactions are classified as sensitivity reactions.
As a Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Rodgers offers two methods for identifying food sensitivities. By using these tools, patients are provided a powerful method to help identify and control the underlying cause of inflammation.
- Elimination-Challenge of the most common foods notorious for causing inflammation.
- IgA/IgG sensitivity and Lymphocyte Response Assay (LRA) blood testing.
Call 208-275-0007 if you would like more information about these diagnostic tools.