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Allergy or Sensitivity, Maybe Neither. Which Do you Have?

I have found some topics to be far more confusing than they should be when talking to my patients.  There is no better example of this than deciphering an allergy or sensitivity.  The lack of understanding I have come to understand has nothing to do with the person I am trying to educate.  Instead, it is related to misinformation they have received.  In short, they have been told their reactions are either an allergy, or nothing.  But there has to be more.  How can the extremely complex immune system not be reacting if you are experiencing symptoms?

This conversation does not have to be be complicated.  I have two goals in sharing the following information, both of which benefit you.

  1. Make the complexity of the immune system so easy a kid could understand it.
  2. Show you why you are far more likely to have a sensitivity than an allergy.

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Autoimmune Cause Commonly Mislabeled as Gluten Reaction

There is an autoimmune cause commonly mislabeled as gluten reaction.  Gluten is a cause of autoimmunity.  It can be the culprit of your autoimmunity.  However, there is another piece to the story you have not been told.  Other items can mimic gluten.  Other substances resemble gluten.  This confusions the immune system.  Even when you think you have removed gluten, you have not removed the reaction.  I am sorry to tell you, but if this is you, your autoimmunity is not going to get better.

Why You Were Unsuccessful on a Gluten Free Diet

You tried gluten free didn’t you?  Let me guess, it did not work.  I cannot tell you the number of patients I see that still have symptoms after going gluten free.  For years I have told patients that autoimmunity is complex.  It requires experience to manage.  More importantly, you cannot simply look at autoimmunity as having a single cause.  It has multiple causes.  Don’t misunderstand, gluten can be a cause.  I do not advocate the consumption of traditional processed grains.  If you eat them, your risk of autoimmunity significantly increases.  Yet, you have already tried eliminating gluten, and here you still are fighting autoimmunity.

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5 Fatigue Myths You Don't Want to Believe, but Do
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Proof the Gut is NOT the Cause of Autoimmunity

I have proof the gut is not the cause of autoimmunity.  I know this is the complete opposite of everything that you have probably been told or read online.  That said, I firmly stand my position.  I will proclaim that the gut is not the cause of autoimmunity because I have definitive proof.  Don’t believe all the hype.  If you zero in on the gut as your target for addressing your autoimmune condition, you are doomed.  You will fail.

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