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A New Understanding of Food Allergies is Needed

According to WebMD Food Allergies are “an immune system response. It occurs when the body mistakes an ingredient in food — usually a protein — as harmful and creates a defense system (antibodies) to fight it. Food allergy symptoms develop when the antibodies are battling the “invading” food.” So essentially, when you have an allergic reaction the food that you have taken in is being interpreted as a poison by your immune system. Food allergies are a type of an autoimmune disease, hence the title “autoallergic”. Autoimmune diseases occur when the body attacks itself because it thinks of its own tissue or food as a pathogen. Attacks its own tissue or food as a pathogen…

I think that the world has not studied food allergies and autoimmune diseases enough. I think there must be something else to the treatment of autoimmune diseases that scientists and doctors have missed, so since I am familiar with food allergies I wanted to propose a new way of talking about food allergies as a way to better understand the problem.

Having had food allergies since I was 2 I have had a lot of time to think about it. It reminds me of diabetes since both diseases relate to the process of digesting food. Diabetes is also a type of autoimmune disease. Diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin to digest glucose. If there is too much undigested glucose in your system it could lead to very severe health problems like heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots. I once saw an excellent TV show about Diabetes in which it explained how blood clots occur, and was specifically speaking to Type 2 Diabetes. As glucose is not digested it can stay in the body and actually crystallizes. The crystallized glucose alters your blood pressure and will lead to blood clots  and other symptoms.

So, while Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body can not digest glucose properly due to an inability to produce insulin, food allergies are an autoimmune disease in which the body can not properly digest specific types of proteins. Yet the text book definitions only define food allergies in terms of an immune system response. Since enzymes digest proteins and insulin helps digest glucose, then I feel that medical doctors need to study the link between enzyme production and food allergies more thoroughly.

http://www.faankids.org/allergyprocess.php only defines the reaction in terms of the immune system process in which antibodies of the immune system that create the allergic reaction. Leaving out the actual digestion process does not make sense to me. If the protein was digested by the enzymes properly there would be no allergic reaction.

I do not feel the medical community has studied food allergies enough, simply because we can avoid eating the food and have no other physical problems what so ever. So I just wanted to begin this blog with my latest thought on food allergies by making a statement that a new understanding of food allergies is needed. We need to understand food allergies in terms of the digestion process in relation to how enzymes digest proteins.

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