“Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
“Food is either the greatest medicine or the slowest poison.” Ann Wigmore
For centuries, we have known that what we put in our bodies has a great effect on our bodies. Many of the drugs and medicine we use today are derived from plants. Aspirin is derived from the bark of willow trees. We have drugs for Parkinsons, pain relief, and antibiotic use all derived from plants. Entire research teams are constantly focused on finding the next great medicine. However; much less research has been placed on the opposite side of the spectrum. What foods or plants, if eaten for long enough, actually make us sick? What foods produce an immune response? We are all familiar with severe food allergies that bring on anaphylactic shock. This severe allergic reaction is a result of IgE antibodies in your body and brings on symptoms such as a puffy face or closed airway. Most people are less familiar with the food sensitivity response mediated by IgG antibodies. IgG antibodies make up 75% of the antibodies in our blood serum. This means they have a far greater effect on what bothers us, what our immune system attacks, and our overall health. IgG antibodies have also been linked to various autoimmune disease and may result in symptoms ranging from digestive issues to aches and pain to mental health. This varies from person to person and is a result of your specific genetics, environment, and dietary causes!
According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies and sensitivities among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. There is also a mountain of evidence supporting the relationship between childhood food allergies and adult illnesses and autoimmune disease. This is such a fascinating topic of research that John Hopkins Medicine has looked into links between mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression and digestive conditions such as IBS or Crohn’s Disease.
So how can Marty Chiropractic & Wellness help manage your chronic disease?
- Customized elimination diet based on the most common food sensitivities. Discuss whether ordering specific IgG testing would be of benefit.
- Regular support through email, phone, or online sessions.
- Address the physical, chemical, and emotional causes of your problem. Provide the tools to help you stick to the life changes we come up with together!
Call (612) 440-5776 or schedule your appointment online today!