Food Sensitivity

Food Sensitivity

Condition Description

Sensitivity to certain foods (sometimes obvious and sometimes not) Exposure can produce immediate, identifiable symptoms such as swelling or difficulty breathing, but at other times may not be obvious

Common Symptoms

  • A very broad range of chronic illnesses affecting all parts of the body (many of the diseases in this database can be caused by food allergies) including the respiratory, cardiac, neurological, adrenal, and immune systems
  • Psychological conditions are sometimes manifestations of food allergies

Underlying Causes

  • Genetics play an important role in allergies
  • The primary non-genetic cause for food allergies is constant overexposure to the same foods (some foods are more likely to cause allergies than others)
  • Other predisposing factors can be leaky gut from excessive antibiotic use, yeast overgrowth, poor digestion from low stomach acids or deficiency in digestive enzymes or vitamins and minerals

Traditional Approach

  • Acute allergic reactions are managed with epinephrine injections and antihistamines (those with severe allergies should always carry an Epipen to self administer epinephrine)
  • More severe or life threatening reactions require more intensive intervention
  • Less severe or hidden food allergies often go unidentified and thus untreated

EHC Approach

  • Obvious food allergy is easy to recognize and presents no challenge in diagnosis
  • Skin testing for hidden food allergies using an intra-dermal challenge test and elimination of suspected foods. Testing also includes re-challenging with eliminated foods
  • Rotation diet
  • Desensitization where a patient has a broad range of sensitivities and elimination is difficult

Success Stories

 

Condition Treated:

Fibromyalgia, Fatigue

Initials:

S. S.

Date:

07/09/99

Story:

It has been two years since I started treating myself using Dr. Sultan's Environmental Medicine approach. I believe my problems came about as a bad combination of long-term organic solvent exposures, peri-menopausal era of my life and an inherited tendency towards allergies. Over the past two years, Dr. Sultan's approach had helped me to eliminate a long standing Candida syndrome and I no longer need any treatment to maintain no symptoms. I was diagnosed with very low thyroid function and natural supplementation and magnesium has reduced the terrible burning pain in all my muscles and AT LAST I'm moving on to a regular exercise program. This in combination with hormone supplementation has taken me to a new level of recovered wellbeing. Last which should have been first (except I'm so whatever) I finally have energy to take on my biggest hurdle - my food sensitivities! P.S.: I was able to reduce my cholesterol from 280+ to 190 using natural supplements! No side effects!

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

Here the main causes were chemical sensitivity resulting from organic solvents, hormonal in the form of low female hormones and low thyroid, and allergy in the form of yeast overgrowth. People are often given a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. It is a garbage can diagnosis. Fibromyalgia means you hurt all over there is no injury or no cause to explain your pain and misery. That is not true. Most of fibromyalgia results from nutritional, hormonal deficiencies and allergy. Fix these causes and you say good-bye to aches and pain, chronic fatigue and other associated symptoms.

 

Condition Treated:

Hyperactivity, Inability to Stay Awake, Drastic Mood Swings and Behavioral Problems, Anxiety

Initials:

K. H.

Date:

11/16/05

Story:

In May of 2004, my son Jack began treatment with Dr. Sultan. That was the best day of our entire family's life! Prior to this day, our child's life was completely out of control. Around the age of 2 our son began to experience severe hyperactivity, major temper tantrums, inability to follow directions, aggressiveness and an inability to sleep at night. As Jack grew older his sleep problems increased. He was now sleeping all afternoon. We were unable to wake him. He slept through school, allergy shots, even Disney World! Jack was diagnosed over the next 5 years as having Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, and any other disorder known to man. After trying medications for all of these disorders to no avail, (Jack had severe reactions to most of the drugs), I began to go in a different direction. We had previously seen psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, pediatricians, allergists, sleep specialists, and a neurologist. No one was able to help our son. Dr. Sultan began treating Jack for severe food allergies and Candida. He also got treatment for seasonal allergies. Within 2 weeks, we began to see a different child. Jack woke up! Over the past 1-1/2 years, Jack has continued to improve, and he is currently controlling his symptoms through diet, supplements, and allergy injections. Jack is almost 9 years old and doing fantastic!

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

N/A

 

Condition Treated:

Severe Fatigue, Body Aches

Initials:

Aaron's mother (Aaron B)

Date:

08/30/05

Story:

Aaron is 15 years old. He was sick from the 3rd day of birth. He was always very tired and slept all the time. He was very sick in the fall of the year every year, which affected his life at school. By the time he was in the 2nd half of 8th grade he had chronic sinusitis, constant diarrhea, body aches, food (dairy) sensitivities/allergy. He was so tired, he had to be home schooled. He was very, very hard to wake up when he was asleep, and also had insomnia. Aaron was diagnosed as being allergic to molds and dust, grass, cats, dairy and tobacco smoke. He is gluten intolerant. He has Candidiasis. He also has been diagnosed with low blood magnesium and low calcium. He has low thyroid function. he is better now! He goes to school and comes home with energy. He is happy and so much healthier. His symptoms are clear as long as he does what Dr. Sultan says. It is amazing.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

N/A

 

 

Condition Treated:

Dust & Mold, Pollen, Candida, Thyroid, Food Allergies Female Hormones

Initials:

G. D.

Date:

05/15/91

Story:

I came to Dr. Sultan over a year ago. I had many symptoms, such as bronchial asthma, recurrent vaginal yeast infections approximately 24 (once a month), itching and swelling of eyes (6 years), urinary tract infections for 7 years, fatigue, canker sores, gas and bloating for 1 year and headaches, also chest pains which turned out to be from food.
I had been to several doctors for my problems including a prior allergy doctor and no one could really get me well because they only treated the symptoms, not the cause. Dr. Sultan treats the cause.
Today, 05-15-91 - I feel great, I am taking allergy shots, watching my diet and doing what Dr. Sultan suggests I do. All my symptoms are gone except for slight asthma. Whenever I have been sick the Doc has been there to see me and immediately help me.
I have since had friends come over and now my mother. I tell people all the time about Dr. Sultan and his allergy treatment center and his staff has always been good to me. Whenever I have any problem of sickness or pain I consult with Dr. Sultan first and I know if he can't help me he will send me to someone who can. He is a very honest and caring Doctor. I would highly recommend anyone coming here.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

When she had multiple problems like this, doctor of the organ approach does not work. You need somebody who is able to look at the patient comprehensively from head to toe and make connections and figure out the reasons for all the symptoms. Once that is accomplished, recovery is quick.

 

Condition Treated:

Foods Sensitivity

Initials:

C. B.

Date:

04/06/91

Story:

I was on the special diet for food testing and I did notice that I felt better and I was not really hungry. I just thought I would like to eat it but I did not want to miss my testing so I stayed on the diet the best I could. The week after my testing was over I didn't stay on quite as strict. My lower partial broke the day before I was over my food testing and I had to go five days without it. It felt fine when I first put it in, so the next day I ate things I really knew I should not and my gums became swollen, then I didn't know whether it was just adjusted too tight or my gums were just puffy. I didn't want to have the dentist adjust it and then be too big if my gums went down. I just waited and went back to not eating what I knew I should not eat and then it felt better. So that proved to me how those foods affect me. I could also feel it in my eyes when I woke up.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

Most of the food allergy is hidden and people have no clue if there is any food allergy at all. It is in contrast to obvious food allergy where patient knows that for e.g, peanuts will cause swelling of the eyes or difficulty in breathing or shellfish will cause an attack of hives. The only way to figure out hidden food allergy is by testing.

 

Condition Treated:

Candida, Thyroid, Smoke and Food Allergies

Initials:

J. F.

Date:

04/20/91

Story:

It has been about one year since my first visit. Over the last couple of years prior to my visit, I had gradually become "lifeless". I could not do anything except work and that was a struggle. I had complained to my doctor but was never given any solutions or remedies. I was told "Stress" was causing my problems. In the last year I have been found to need the Candida diet, I take Nystatin and CET injections. I have even learned to give my own injections which I never thought possible. But I was so sick I knew it would help me feel better. I have been through the food elimination diet and now eliminate those foods that caused me to have reactions. I now take thyroid pills and have energy to do yard work. We even have our garden started for the year. After 20 years all headaches, heartburn, no energy -- (gone). Things are great, I feel good.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

We physicians when we can’t find a cause we often tend to blame on “stress”. This is a matter of opinion diagnosis. In environmental medicine we don’t look for the cause but look for the demonstrable cause. We demonstrated in this case that she has problem with yeast overgrowth, low thyroid and food allergies by testing and either eliminating the allergen or desensitization or treating the underlying endocrine problem which was thyroid in this case. This is how we impart more power to you.

 

Condition Treated:

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Skin Rashes, and Chronic Fatigue

Initials:

V. G.

Date:

05/07/15

Story:

Thanks to Dr. Sultan and his treatment plan, I am feeling so much better. The five doctors before him had no clue that my skin outbreaks with blisters, swollen hands, fingers, feet and toes all were related to food allergies. I have so much energy now that I ride bikes with my son and we also ride 4-wheelers in the woods on the trails. I had no idea that I could do all of this and still have energy left. My health is 99% better and the only reason it's not 100" is because I love the food I'm not supposed to have.
I thank Dr. Sultan and my clients thank him too. I am a massage therapist and at one time I couldn't work for 2 months. Thank you again. PS.: I've lost 49 lbsJJ and my blood pressure is great!

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

While there are hopeless people, there are no hopeless cases. Even auto-immune conditions like Rheumatoid arthritis and Lupus will respond to treating the cause

 

Condition Treated:

Tics/Tourette's Syndrome

Initials:

JP. C.

Date:

09/26/11

Story:

Jon-Paul came to Dr. Sultan with multiple tics (Tourette's_) a few years ago. We found Dr. Sultan by researching environmental doctors. We did not want to medicate for the condition of Tourette's. Dr. Sultan tested for allergies and prescribed shots. We did the food elimination diet as well. With Dr. Sultan's help we changed Jon-Paul's diet. Jon-Paul's energy level was low as well. Today it is difficult to see any tics and Jon-Paul is making A's and B's in school and is running cross country. P.S.: Our insurance covered the treatment. We drove 5 hours from Arkansas to (illegible at bottom of page).

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

we need smart patients like this who question the wisdom of medication more important-drugging children for neurological diseases. The results can be fantastic when you treat the cause.

 

Condition Treated:

Candida, dust & Mold, Food Allergies, EFA, Iron and Vitamins

Initials:

J. S.

Date:

04/05/92

Story:

Jeff is only 9 years old, but during his short life, he's known a lot of sickness. As a baby and toddler he had frequent ear infections and upper respiratory infections. He's always had mood swings and tended toward "hyper" behavior. At age 5, he was hospitalized with bronchospasms and had several "asthmatic" type reactions during the next 2 years. Then he began to develop sinus infections and by age 8 was sick 8 months of the year. Eczema began to appear at that time and would often spread over large areas of his body. He was miserable. After allergy testing and treatment, Jeff is a totally different child. He is calmer, quieter, happier, less tired, better able to concentrate on his school work. The eczema is gone. He has only 2-3 colds a year and they don't seem to develop into the frequent infections that they used to. He can breathe freely and he enjoys jogging! He has fewer stomach aches and headaches and life is just "more fun"! Hooray! We are grateful to God for the healing that we see and to Dr. Sultan and his staff for unraveling the "mystery" of Jeff's ill health. Jeff has a brighter future because of a lot we've learned .... Thanks!

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

Look at this child who is 9-year-old and up until the age of 9 years he suffered and suffered and suffered. Besides this frequent respiratory symptoms and respiratory infection a dominant feature was “hyper” behavior with mood swings. This is again a typical case of neuroimmune disorders where the immune system as well as the nervous system is being affected. One of the complications of untreated respiratory allergies in children is development of hyperactivity, ADHD and ADD in later years. 30% of children are now classified as “mentally sick”. I assure you that none of them allergy has ever been suspected as a cause. The end result is these children end up with Ritalin or Ritalin type medications and don’t accomplish very much academically.

 

Condition Treated:

Inhalants, Candida, Thyroid, Food Sensivities

Initials:

A. S.

Date:

03/25/91

Story:

Andy began showing several symptoms at 18 months -- he was tired and lethargic at times. Other times, he seemed hyper. He was irritable and threw temper tantrums - he had an insatiable appetite and often hungry even after he just ate. After he had antibiotics for repeated infections and bronchitis he was even sicker. He had a cough that just would not leave. Diarrhea was a frequent problem to the point of malabsorption - much gas, bloating and stomach aches. His normal body temperature was often very low - sometimes in the 95 and 96 degree range. After treatment for Candida and removal of offending foods, his memory, energy level, and hyper behavior improved. He went on a real growth spurt - mentally and physically. The temper tantrums and food cravings stopped. He functions normally in his preschool classroom and his teachers find it difficult to believe that he was ever hyper or lethargic. He made it through spring last year without his usual series of colds and infections. Body temps are closer to normal and he's had only one cold in the last 6 months. We are a grateful family.

Dr. Sultan’s Comments:

Some of the common symptoms of allergy in infancy can be fatigue, hyperactivity, irritability and temper tantrums. One has to be aware of to suspect allergy if even an infant is not behaving as expected. Excessive hunger is also a symptom of allergy and this is how people eat excessively and become overweight. Other common allergy symptoms in infants are respiratory symptoms like repeated infections, bronchitis, wheezing and difficulty in breathing. His digestive symptoms like diarrhea, gas, bloating and stomachaches is part of yeast overgrowth which so often accompanies use of antibiotics for repeated respiratory infections. The turning point in this child was taking care of inhalant allergies, candida and food allergies. Mother had made a really important observation that his temperatures are low and along with fatigue it pointed towards low thyroid. Thyroid also plays an important role in turning him around.

 

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