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Gluten Hypersensitivity

Gluten Hypersensitivity


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Gluten is a protein found in cereal grains. Wheat has a high concentration of gluten, which allows for the elastic nature of the dough. If you have a hypersensitivity to wheat gluten/gliadin, you should also avoid rye, spelt, and kamut, as the proteins in these grains look similar to wheat gluten in the eyes of the immune system.

Most people are unaware that wheat has many proteins other than gluten/gliadin. The protein gliadin found on wheat gluten is what causes the immune system to overreact in some people. However, there are instances when test results show normal immune response to wheat gluten/gliadin, but an over-reactivity to wheat protein in general. In this case, wheat would still need to be removed from the diet.

There are two types of hypersensitivities to food:

Type 1 food hypersensitivity is characterized by an allergic reaction immediately following contact with the offending food. The antibody associated with Type 1 hypersensitivity is the immunoglobulin IgE. This hypersensitivity may cause anaphylaxis and death if untreated.

Type 3 food hypersensitivity is mediated by the antibody IgG4. Type 3 hypersensitivity is the most common type of food hypersensitivity. After exposure to the food allergen, the reaction may not occur for one to five days. Therefore, this delay of immunoreactivity makes it difficult to diagnosis this type of food hypersensitivity.

An accurate and reliable test for food hypersensitivities is IgE/IgG4 Blood Allergy Test. The IgE/IgG4 Blood Allergy Test checks for both Type 1 and Type 3 food hypersensitivities.

The Type 3 food hypersensitivity may cause many types of inflammatory, immunological and/or neurological symptoms such as nephritis/ kidney; arthritis/osteo and rheumatoid; dermatitis/eczema, psoriasis, hives and rosacea; sinusitis; gastritis; colitis (celiac, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel); and  respiratory problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis. Food hypersensitivities may be involved in cognitive, emotional, neurological symptoms such as depression, headaches, migraines, anxiety, irritability, and poor concentration.

The gastrointestinal tract has a high concentration of immune and nervous system tissue. Any food or microorganism that the immune system deems unacceptable leads to an inflammatory response which may affect different areas of the body.

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Urine Thyroid Testing

Thyroid hormones help regulate heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure and weight. Stand tests may underestimate the incidence of thyroid disease. A 24-hour urine collection can be used to help determine if symptoms are thyroid related. Symptoms related to lack of thyroid hormone are depression, fatigue, cold body temperature, arthritis, and muscle cramps, headaches, weight gain and poor reflexes.

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Triggers of Migraines

High levels of the female hormone estrogen—which occurs especially during puberty, before, during, and after a woman’s period, after childbirth, at the beginning of menopause, or when taking birth control pills (which contain estrogen)

  • Too much stimulation of your senses, such as flashing lights or strong smells
  • Stress
  • Too little sleep
  • Changes in the weather
  • Red wine
  • Hunger, especially from skipping meals

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Lyme Disease is on the rise!

Lyme Disease is on the rise!

Do you have a health disorder that has not been diagnosed because all the testing to rule out the disease comes back normal? Usually there are a great many differing diagnoses from a lot of physicians. Symptoms of Lyme disease can often be mistaken for a variety of other diseases, as it can negatively impact multiple aspects of health.

The first symptoms may include “bull’s eye” rash, flu-like symptoms – fever, nausea, muscle aches, headaches, joint stiffness, and/or light sensitivity. The later symptoms can be quite severe leading to paralysis, muscle stiffness and pain, heart palpitations and blockage, inflammation of the heart, chronic fatigue syndrome, balance problems, bi-polar like symptoms, memory loss, loss of sexual desire, extreme fatigue. Click here to read more from the Canlyme website

Lyme disease is an inflammatory infection that spreads to humans though tick bites. The ticks can resemble a freckle and are therefore hard to see. As time passes both the treatment and diagnosis become difficult. Please see complete this questionnaire if you suspect that you have Lyme Disease. Click here

At Hunt Naturopathic Clinic Inc., we make is our mission to offer the best testing for tick borne disease that is comprehensive and accurate. (info on testing). With the proper diagnosis you can receive the correct treatments to restore your health and get back to enjoying your life.

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Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal Allergies

A New Alternative to Allergy Treatment: Sublingual Immunotherapy

After diagnosis of inhalant allergies via a scratch or blood test we offer sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT).  SLIT treats the cause of allergy by giving small doses of the allergen to the patient.  SLIT is given as drops under the tongue.  Research shows that when an allergen is presented this way, the immune system learns to tolerate the allergy.  SLIT is proven, with over 60 clinical trials which shows its effectiveness.  It is endorsed by the World Health Organization, the World Allergy Association, and the Cochrane Collaboration.  SLIT is effective, safe, and well tolerated.

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