Dr. Robert Loblay is Director of the Allergy Unit at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia and co-author of the RPAH Elimination Diet Handbook. In this Expert Q&A, Dr. Loblay answers some basic questions on food intolerance to clear up common misconceptions.
No blood test can detect food intolerance. IgG/IgG4 ELISA tests claim to detect a form of food intolerance that doesn’t actually exist. Real food intolerance can always be detected with an elimination diet and food challenges.
Medical associations around the world warn against the use of IgG blood tests for a concocted version of food intolerance.
If your symptoms seem unpredictable, stop thinking in terms of foods and start thinking about food chemicals and finding your threshold dose.
Hold off on your sensationalized television advice, Dr. Oz – when a person suspects that their health problems are caused by food, they must approach things systematically, cover all the bases, and do it for the right reasons. And that includes going gluten-free.
How do doctors and dietitians identify food sensitivities? Through an elimination diet and food challenges. You can’t get any sexier than that.
Food intolerance is an adverse reaction to a natural food or a food additive that is not produced by your immune system. Food intolerance can be caused by organic, fresh, or processed foods. It can start to affect you at any point in your life.
Food intolerance is real. What is it? Which foods do you react to? What can you expect if you have pharmacological food intolerance?