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A plan for a basic elimination diet to help ascertain food sensitivities
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2020
Dr. Todd Strong has offered a concise and well laid out plan for using elimination diet as a plan to ascertain food sensitivities. Over the years I have seen many ways to do this, and although difficult to adhere to, they can be very helpful.
I am a retired nutritionist and homeopath, and I appreciate the author’s field of study. I have been an avid proponent of Functional Medicine for almost thirty years, since Dr. Jeffrey Bland co-founded the Institute for Functional Medicine in the early nineties. Studying the entire human body as a system, functional medical doctors look for the reason for a disturbance or disease, they do not simply focus on symptom reduction, as does a great deal of our medical establishment.
I am sure Dr. Strong, in his practice, dives into the reason for his patients' gut disturbance, or headaches, or whatever has brought them to his office. The elimination diet is a simple means to an end, and provides useful information, to provide the patient relief, and quickly. This is because many of our symptoms stem from the gut. For example, among many possibilities, there might be overgrowth of bacteria in the small bowel, or perhaps a deficiency in certain gut bacteria, leaving us with a poorly working gut microbiome. Or there may be a high level of histamine, caused by too little (or poorly functioning) DOA (diamine oxidase), which breaks down histamine. All of these can be ascertained by functional testing.
I would like to have seen him suggest some of these possible diagnoses to his reader, so that they can being to research deeper into the reasons for their health issues. But I have to say, for what he did, laying out a working plan for an elimination diet, it works, it's simple, and it’s easy to understand. And he even admits that this diet does not uncover the CAUSE of the problem: “Even if you discover that food isn’t the root cause of your symptoms, you can be empowered by that knowledge, and the clean-eating phase typically changes our diets and makes us healthier anyway!”
Perhaps he has more books lined up to go deeper. Or perhaps the author believes patients need information delivered a bit at a time in order not to be overwhelmed. If so, he could well be right!