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Are Hidden Food Allergies Making You Fat?

Posted Apr 27 2009 10:11pm 1 Comment

Patients unable to achieve goal weight loss just by cutting calories were significantly aided in their attempts when they avoided foods that had been shown by a unique lab test to excite their immune response, according to a new study from Dubai.

The authors, led by Dr. M. Akmal of the Dubai Specialized Medical Centre, pointed out that hidden food allergies, or food sensitivities, are unique to each individual and can cause inflammatory diseases, and an inability to lose weight.

Food sensitivities often provoke delayed and chronic symptoms, like IBS, migraine and arthritis that are not as obvious as the dramatic and immediate onset of "true" food allergies, such as peanut anaphylaxis, but, over the long term, can be just as devastating and are more difficult to detect.

The patients were all tested on a well known system called the ALCAT test which I've written about in " The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth". The ALCAT test shows which foods activate your immune system, even if you're not "technically" allergic. The only "treatment" the patients underwent during the 12 week study was to avoid all foods that showed up in the test as being problematic.

The results were pretty impressive.

By just eliminating the foods to which they were sensitive, the study participants dropped an average of 37 pounds in 12 weeks- a very impressive amount. They also dropped an average of 6 points on their BMI (body mass index) and a reduced their body fat by a stunning 30%.

My friend Fred Pescatore, MD, author of "The Hamptons Diet" (and former Medical Director of the Atkins Center) commented: "I'm not surprised by these results, dramatic as they may appear. I've used the ALCAT test with my difficult patients time and time again, and it always works".

Other studies based on the elimination of food sensitivities had previously been reported. In a Baylor Medical College study 98% of subjects also displayed significant improved body composition and/or scale weight following an ALCAT test-based food elimination diet within four weeks. A matched control group that followed calorie restriction alone actually became fatter.

Roger Deutsch, co-author of the excellent book, "Your Hidden Food Allergies Are Making You Fat" had this to say: "Now we know that chronic inflammation, caused primarily by exposure to incompatible foods, is at the root of metabolic problems like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. The immune system chemicals block insulin receptors; so, guess what happens to the sugars we eat? - they get stored as fat. Cut the inflammation, cut the fat storage."

So if nothing's worked for you, perhaps it's time to try some experimentation. A rotation diet or an elimination diet is one low-tech way to see if certain foods are contributing to weight loss resistance (or even to vague symptoms like headaches, fogginess, aches and pains and low energy). I explain how to do it in " The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth".

And if you want to go all the way and actually take the ALCAT test yourself, you can find out more at

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Some food intolerances are caused by an enzyme deficiency or chemical sensitivity, while others are associated with an immune response related to food specific antibodies called IgG antibodies. These IgG antibodies recognise and bind to specific food proteins to form immune complexes in the body, which can accumulate in joints and other organs where they cause inflammation and many of the symptoms associated with food intolerance. Eastern BIotech & Life Sciences is offering Foodprint Intolerance Testing in Dubai for more than 200 parameteres.
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