The Food Allergy Elimination Diet

Books for elimination diets

Individualized elimination diets are commonly used to treat food allergies. If the patient is allergic to only one or two foods, eliminating the offending foods in all of their forms may be the only treatment necessary. This is the course usually taken in the case of children with peanut anaphylaxis. My father was able to treat the milk allergy he developed from drinking large quantities of milk for an ulcer by simply eliminating dairy products. He was allergic to no other foods.

The problem with elimination diets is that if you replace wheat in your diet with rice, for example, in a few years you may find yourself allergic to rice. Rice allergy used to be uncommon, but now that so many people are on gluten-free diets and every day eat rice at every meal, rice allergy is no longer rare. If you can eliminate the offending few foods without relying on the same replacements often, and if there is not a continuing problem like a leaky gut that led to your food allergies, an elimination diet can be very effective and less work than a rotation diet. However, if you have more than a very few food allergies, a rotation diet may be needed and is worth doing to save you from new food allergies.

Everyone with food allergies and their family members (who share the same genetic weaknesses) should avoid eating genetically modified organism (GMOs) foods. Although the FDA did no testing before approving GMOs and insists that they are safe, the timeline associated with the epidemic of peanut anaphylaxis in children casts grave doubt on the safety of GMOs and suggests that there is a connection between eating GMO foods and the development of food allergies. To read more about this, click here.