As a kid, I was allergic to absolutely everything. I actually had a skin allergy test done when I was about five, and I was found to be allergic to over 90% of the tested foods – and all animals with hair and feathers.
My parents did their absolute best to help me. We lived in such a small town, they had to drive over an hour each week for my allergy shots – which I had to do for a few years. I remember after the testing was done mom got home and looked at the list of foods I had to avoid. She did not say this at the time, but I think she decided it was not possible to really cut all those foods out and still feed me.
Even nowadays, with places like Whole Foods and hypoallergenic cookbooks galore, it can be a daunting task to make radical dietary changes.
I knew that milk immediately gave me an upset stomach, so I avoided it starting at about 10 years of age. I did not cut out dairy immediately during my first phase of diet modification at age 12, but I did during my second phase when I was 18 and read “Fit For Life.”
I did over two dozen food allergy tests on myself, from various companies, within the first year of practice. I had a pretty clear sense of which foods I did well with and which ones I did not, so I was a good guinea pig to see how accurate various lab tests were.
My intent was to see which tests were the most helpful for my patients, but as a side benefit I got more confirmation on my own reactions. Dairy foods kept coming back as the most consistently reactive of all foods I had tested on myself.
I always felt that it would be healthier if I could heal my digestive tract so I could tolerate a broader range of foods. Mind you, there are some foods that all of us are better off avoiding long-term. This would include:
- Processed sugar
- Artificial colors
- Many other random chemicals (that are often passed off as food)
After seeing success reversing food allergies in my patients for many years, I finally realized I should do the same for myself. It worked, and my tests started coming back non-reactive.
Here’s how I did it. From doing tests and working with patients, I learned that before healing their intestinal tracts, the vast majority of people did have reactions to dairy. Immune reaction against dairy can be one of the chronic stressors that keeps cortisol levels abnormal for many people.