Food intolerance may cause certain chronic illnesses, including chronic fatigue, migraines, arthritis and even obesity.
A local clinic in Lyndhurst claims great success helping people redefine their diets and lose weight.
Michelle Seeber is tired of chronic stomachaches and bloating. She had no idea some of her favorite foods were causing her problems.
The Immunohealth 3-D diet is a scientific approach to weight loss by determining what foods you're sensitive to.
"What we do is we find a diet for you. A nutritional program for you might not be the program for a sibling, parent or children," Immunohealth Medical Director, Dr. Vlad Kim says.
It starts when clients give a blood sample and a lab checks for intolerances, sort of like an allergy test. The program identifies and eliminates foods and food groups that are most likely to cause health and weight issues.
"It will be nice to have the freedom of knowing just what I should or shouldn't stay away from and if I lose some weight from it, even better," Michelle says.
A couple weeks after the blood sample, Michelle returns to the office to get her results.
She learns she's intolerant to dairy products and a few other things. She's given a list and everything highlighted in red is what she should avoid. A nutritional consultant and doctor explain her food sensitivities and her options.
"In our program, if you can't eat white rice, you can usually eat brown rice, if you can't eat wheat, you can eat rye, if you can't have cow milk, you can have goat milk. There are lots of substitutions available," Dr. Kim says.
Four and a half weeks later, Michelle totally changed her eating habits.
"I don't have stomach problems anymore, I'm not in pain, which is great, and I feel great," Michelle says.
Her fridge and pantry are full of substitute products mostly found in health food stores or in organic aisles at the grocery store.
"It really is easy once you figure out what you can and can't have. It's something I can live with," Michelle says.
It's also been a real education.
"You just learn to read ingredients and you plan ahead. I know what I'm going to have for dinner tonight, I know what I'm going to have tomorrow," Michelle says.
Aside from feeling better, she also received an added benefit. "As of yesterday, I lost eight pounds, so that was exciting and I just feel healthier," Michelle says.
The Immunohealth 3-D Diet has been used in Europe for more than a decade and claims an 86 percent success rate among 50,000 clients.
The diet is designed for the individual, so what works for one, may not work for another.
It's also not cheap. The program costs nearly $700 but involves future blood tests and finetuning. There are only three Immunohealth clinics in the U.S.
The Lyndhurst clinic is holding free educational seminars to educated people about food intolerance and the effect it has on the body. Seminars are Thursday, March 18, Thursday, April 8 and Thursday April 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call (216) 382-7174 for more information. The clinic is located at 5001 Mayfield Road in Lyndhurst.
According to the company's literature, ImmunoHealth is the only company in North America that provides a comprehensive all-inclusive range of services for patients with food intolerance related disorders.
The original method that was created in Europe has been refined and modernized by ImmunoHealth scientists and physicians here in the United States.
Immunohealth claims food intolerance has been identified as one of the main causes of the most persistent chronic illnesses that have resisted traditional medical treatment.
It has also been linked to fatigue and loss of muscle tone, as well as the body's weakened resistance to infections. The ImmunoHealth Program is used as a means of prevention, as well as management and treatment of a myriad of health conditions, including,
•Weight control problems
•Acne and other skin disorders
•Chronic fatigue syndrome
•Abdominal discomfort, bloating, constipation
•Attention deficit disorder (in children and adults)
Research shows that intolerance to certain foods, whether hereditary or acquired, is a major factor affecting our health by reducing the immune system's ability to fight off infection.
Unlike a food allergy, which manifests itself immediately and often violently, food intolerance shows its effects gradually, weighing down the immune system and allowing health problems to develop over time.
Using a blood test known as Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) IgG, ImmunoHealth tests a person's immune system response to foods they commonly eat.
This test is intended to uncover intolerance to foods that may cause a variety of common health problems, as well as the body's inability to control weight.
Once a physician reviews the results of the test, ImmunoHealth's team of scientists and nutritionists goes to work, using a patent-pending proprietary algorithm to create a unique "healthy eating" program that will help people lose weight and take control of their health.
The ImmunoHealth consultants teach their clients not only which foods to avoid, but also how to properly combine different food groups to help each person achieve and maintain peak performance.