10 Questions with KC: Gina Rau – Feed Our Families

I answer SO MANY questions about Gluten Free Challenges, Elimination Diets, and Food Sensitivities, I can’t even tell you. The biggest challenge is when children need an elimination diet – parents need recipes & resources (a plan!) to get the family through the diet, and to identify the issues their kiddos have. When I heard Read more…

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Chicago Tribune Article Sends Mixed Messages on Food Allergy Testing

The Chicago Tribune recently ran an article (Doubts Cast on Food Intolerance Testing) which claims that “food allergy testing” does not help with digestive issues, fatigue, etc. There is a long history of confusion around food allergies.  There are fraudulent practices associated with testing: labs that produce invalid data, unreproducible data, and those that use Read more…

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Testing for Celiac Disease & Gluten Intolerance

Testing for celiac disease and gluten intolerance has in the past been grossly oversimplified. Traditional celiac testing has involved screening for one or maybe two tissue transglutaminase antibodies. Gluten, the culprit in celiac disease, is not really just one protein but rather is composed of a group of various gliadins and glutenins. Until now none Read more…

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Why Skin Testing Generally Isn't Effective

For several decades skin testing has been the standard way to test for allergies. The potential allergen is injected under or scratched into the skin, and any resulting inflammation (also known as wheal) is measured. The size of the wheal supposedly determines whether or not an allergy is diagnosed. This technique leaves a lot to Read more…

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Headaches, Migraines and Allergies

Many people with chronic headaches suffer from them for years with no permanent relief. Whether or not you have migraine headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches, or an undetermined form of headache, it is very possible that you are suffering from food allergy-induced inflammation. Recent research on migraines indicates that food allergies mediated by IgG-type antibodies Read more…

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