of eliminating possible allergic foods, a ¡°food chal-
lenge¡± is then done by reintroducing the foods, one
at a time, for several days to see if any symptoms
return. Careful tracking of symptoms during the
challenge phase is critical in sorting out which
foods are really causing problems.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that is
triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat,
barley and rye. With exposure to gluten, the im-
mune system begins making antibodies that attack
and destroy the muscle lining in the gut, leading
to serious problems with malabsorption and leaky
gut. Celiac disease is the most well known food
allergy syndrome and the link between a food and
autoimmune disease serves as a model for other
The best way to determine if you have food al-
lergies is to get a blood test for IgG antibodies to
foods. But don¡¯t bother using just any old lab for
food allergy testing. At last count I have used 12
labs during two decades of doing food allergy test-
ing and I¡¯ve come to the conclusion that not all labs
can do delayed food allergy testing!
I¡¯ve spent thousands of dollars out of my pocket to
do ¡°blinded¡± testing of various labs and I¡¯ve bust-
ed many with lack of reproducible results. Most
labs I have tested with the same blood sent with
one vial as the real patient¡¯s blood and another as a
¡°fake¡± patient and found the results quite different.
The common labs that accept insurance do not do
delayed food allergy testing well, I¡¯ve tried dozens
of times with each of them without clinical success.
My favorite lab for food allergy testing is Immuno-
lab (www.immunolabs.com). They have been do-
ing only food allergy tests for over 35 years, are the
most accurate, and their follow up literature and
technical help are unsurpassed. You can go online
and take a symptom questionnaire to see if you
might have food allergies. The cost is $175 for the
basic 88-food panel, $355 for the 154-food panel,
and we often add specific reflex tests for gluten al-
lergy, celiac disease and Candida overgrowth.
Having provided food allergy testing for over
almost 20 years I continue to be amazed at the out-
comes with the elimination of food allergens.
In recent years we test 3 to 4 people each and every
week, and I¡¯d estimate 70 to 80% of all patients
tested report positive results, with at least 20 to
30% reporting ¡°amazing¡± results. For many it was
the key to helping them lose weight, cure a chronic
illness or markedly improve how they feel.
Food allergy testing is easy and I recommend it to
everyone. We¡¯ve seen hundreds of patients un-
dergo amazing recoveries after years of struggling
to find an answer to their health problems. Our
special food allergy program involves testing with
follow up medical and nutritional counseling. Call
the clinic at 970.245.6911 if you would like more
information or to get tested.
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of the proteins
that hold gut
families such as
and varieties of
is (navy beans,
nins¡± which can
also cause leaky
gut by literally
in the gut wall.
The most com-
food allergies are
to wheat, dairy,
egg, corn, soy,
sugar and yeast.
Any food can be
an allergen, but
these top the list.
One can simply
foods from their
diet and see if
they feel better.
This is called
diet¡±. After a
month or two
connection to diseases, particularly autoimmune
diseases. We now know that in order to get cer-
tain autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto¡¯s
Thyroiditis, Type-1 Diabetes, or Lupus, you pretty
much have to have the right genetics. But not
everyone with the right genetics will get these dis-
eases. You must also have a ¡°trigger¡± that causes
an abnormal immune response, which will then
overwhelm and confuse the regulating part of your
immune system, allowing the appearance of anti-
bodies that begin attacking your own body.
Probably most of the time the trigger for autoim-
mune disease begins in the gut, and most of that
is food allergy related. Other known triggers for
autoimmune disease include ¡°leaky¡± gut, bacterial
imbalances in the gut, chronic infections, chemical
toxins or heavy metal build-up, hormone imbal-
ances and stress. If you can find and remove the
trigger in time, you can reverse the disease!
Some foods can literally cause holes in gut lining,
known as ¡°leaky gut¡±, which will allow large pro-
teins and toxins to leak from the gut into the blood-
stream causing an immune reaction. Foods such
as the nightshade family (e.g. tomatoes, peppers,
potatoes) can cause ¡°leaky gut¡± due to breakdown
Are Your Foods Harming You?
Believe it or not most of us have varying degrees
of health problems caused by the foods we eat.
Food intolerances or allergies can lead to many
common symptoms and diseases, and surprising-
ly many foods we think of as healthy are common
culprits. Moreover, these foods are often ones we
When I say ¡°allergies¡±, most people, including
doctors, think of the originally described hyper-
sensitivity reaction that involves the ¡°immediate¡±
immune reaction. This is an obvious reaction such
as getting stung by a bee and noting immediate
swelling and redness or eating something that
causes immediate swelling in the throat or gen-
eralized itching. This reaction is mediated by an
antibody called IgE and the release of histamine,
which causes blood vessels to swell and leak,
leading to the familiar symptoms such as hives or
hayfever. Common skin tests or serum RAST test-
ing for allergies will test for this reaction.
In actuality there are three other immune reac-
tions, one of which takes 12-72 hours to really get
going after a trigger is encountered. The main
antibody in this immune reaction is called IgG
and it can be tested in a blood sample. We refer to
these food allergies as ¡°intolerances¡± or ¡°sensitivi-
ties¡± but this is semantics. They are in fact hyper-
sensitivity reactions that stimulate an abnormal
immune system response. I call them ¡°delayed
The most common symptoms caused by delayed
food allergies are brain fog, fatigue, nasal conges-
tion, indigestion, gas, bloating, diarrhea, rashes
and joint aches. We also see mood changes such
as depression, anxiety or attention-deficit or
hyperactivity. Even weight gain is caused by food
allergies; patients commonly lose 10-20 pounds
within a few months of removing certain foods
from their diet.
Another amazing result of food allergies is their
Health & Nurturing
by Scott Rollins, M.D.
¡°I¡¯d estimate 70 to 80% of all
patients tested report positive
results, with at least 20 to 30%
reporting ¡°amazing¡± results.¡±
- Dr. Scott Rollins, M.D.