Joyce’s case is one of the strangest I have seen over the last decade of clinical work. Yet the solution was surprisingly simple – her symptoms were being triggered by one simple and usually innocuous food.
I worked with Joyce all the way back in 2008. She contacted me because she was struggling with a lot of digestive trouble.
On most days, she would have a very nasty burning sensation in her abdomen, and then pass uncomfortable loose stools.
Joyce’s symptoms were running her life – she thought about her digestive problems all day every day and was worried about them.
I ran my usual basic protocol with Joyce, which was to eliminate gluten and cow’s milk from her diet, and minimize soy and sugar.
It helped to an extent, with a 15% improvement in symptoms.
We also ran a stool test, which detected H. pylori and Blastocystis hominis. Joyce followed protocols to eradicate these bad bugs.
After the protocols, Joyce felt better, but only by another 15%. A re-test showed that she had eradicated the H. pylori and Blastocystis.
So we had a modest 30% improvement in symptoms from some major dietary changes, stool testing and 60-days of herbal cleanses that successfully got rid of her chronic digestive infections.
This was becoming quite a difficult case. We had done everything common sense and the lab testing had suggested, yet Joyce wasn’t feeling as well as we hoped.
Usually when we run stool testing and address the findings of the test, people feel a lot better, but this had not happened.
I began wondering what else could be triggering Joyce’s symptoms, and whether perhaps some other foods she was eating may be a problem.
The next step in Joyce’s story surprised us both. Joyce and family went on holiday for a week and while she was away, her symptoms completely disappeared.
When she returned back to the U.K., her symptoms also returned. This was a major turning point.
Joyce sat and wrote down what she had eaten on holiday, and what she had eaten on her return.
She strictly avoided the foods she had eaten on returning to the UK that she had not eaten on holiday.
The result was incredible…
By trial and error, Joyce found that her symptoms only happened on days when she ate a banana.
She avoided bananas for a few days, and felt fine. Then she ate one, and every time she did, her symptoms returned with a vengeance.
It’s not as “bananas” as it sounds…
2,500 years ago, Hippocrates famously said that one man’s food is another’s poison.
He was right.
There are many commonly eaten foods that all humans should avoid in my opinion, such as gluten and processed vegetable oils.
These foods are generally bad for us no matter who we are or where we come from.
But even healthy foods can have a detrimental impact on us if we have a specific problem with a given food.
We all have unique genes and unique immune systems. Bananas are fine for most people, but they were very bad for Joyce.
Over the years I have seen many so-called healthy foods cause big problems for my clients, including foods that your usual dietician or nutritionist would call healthy. These foods include:
The fastest way to customize your diet
Like Joyce, you could have one or two “nemesis” foods that are causing problems despite being labeled as healthy.
There are a few ways you can figure out which ones they are:
First, you can figure it out by a process of elimination.
Just avoid the main allergy and sensitivity causing foods for 60- days and then reintroduce them one at a time.
Or, avoid the foods you feel intuitively may be causing, or contributing to, your symptoms.
This is cost-free, but takes time and may deprive you of foods that you enjoy and that you don’t actually need to avoid.
Coca pulse test
Second, you can do something like the Coca Pulse test, which you can read about by clicking here. The Coca Pulse test is also inexpensive.
This will save some time, but it still takes quite a bit of discipline to perform.
Muscle testing (kinesiology)
Third, a kinesiologist can perform muscle testing to check whether you have food sensitivities.
In an hour’s appointment, a skilled kinesiologist can help you identify some of your problem foods.
I quite like this approach, but you have to find a good kinesiologist and travel to see him or her.
Lab-based food sensitivity testing
Finally, you can use lab testing to check your individual food sensitivities. This is a more scientific way to look for your reactions to food, which some people really like.
A lot of confusion and misinformation surrounds food sensitivities and allergies because there are different ways your immune system can react to food.
Benefits of a lab-based food sensitivity testing
One of the main benefits of food sensitivity testing is that you quickly customize your eating plan by identifying foods that could be triggering your symptoms.
In my opinion, food sensitivity testing is the fastest way to customize your diet and can also be one of the quickest ways to feel better.
I like to use a finger-prick blood test because it can be done at home. The particular test I use with my clients assesses IgG food sensitivities to 92 foods.
Recall that IgG food sensitivities are the ones that are not easy to figure out on your own because the symptoms might not occur until 23-48 hours after you have eaten them.
You get a traffic light-coded food list from least reactive (green) to most reactive (red), with moderately reactive (orange) in the middle.
Another reason I love this test is because it also checks for IgG immune reactions to Candida albicans.
If your Candida markers are positive, it is almost certain that you have Candida overgrowth in your digestive system, which can be confirmed with either a home stool test or a home urinary organic acids test.
Underestimate the power of food at your peril!
Along with stress, sleep, pollution and EMFs, food is one of the most important environmental influences on health.
Food can either heal or harm, and as Joyce found out, even so-called healthy foods like bananas can cause problems.
Simple, home-based food sensitivity testing is a great way to break free from confusion, overcome your symptoms and optimize your wellness.
I’m biased, but I think you’d crazy not to use the available technology to your advantage.