Thursday, July 28, 2011
Food allergy/sensitivity/intolerance so common, but often unrecognized.
I am in a philosophical mood.
This week I have heard (via my patients) significant hear-say criticism from my medical colleagues about my approach to food allergies and food intolerance.
A comment on skin prick testing from one colleague was “this just a load of crap”. I was appalled to hear this comment reported ... and all it did for my patient was to display his ignorance about these illnesses.
Another colleague apparently commented “I don't believe in gastric reflux , it's just a fad, just deal with it!” Again, this attitude has distanced this family from their GP. Again, belief has triumphed over the fact.
Unfortunately, these are not isolated reports. It turns out that the notion that foods can cause anyone harm is difficult to swallow (deliberate pun).
This lack of a basic understanding of food allergy is very odd in the face of so much medical research. For instance, a recent study on food allergy (Differentiating Food Allergies from Food Intoleran... [Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2011] - PubMed result
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) “Adverse reactions to foods are extremely common, and generally they are attributed to allergy.”
Yes, my experience is that Food allergy/sensitivity/intolerance so common, yet often goes unrecognized. Especially, gluten-illness.
Our plan is to create such a HUGE consumer demand that GF becomes main-stream - together we have great strength.
My mission: to Create gluten-conscious-thinking.
The recognition of wheat/gluten illness is very poor. Most medical people do not even consider the diagnosis. That is why as a GF community we have the responsibility of spreading the word about these gluten-related-conditions.
We all have a story - so go tell it.
Thanks Cheers Rodney Ford
Author of "The Gluten Syndrome"