The following is a post from my good friend's blog about how her family has experienced food allergy healing. This is how my family eats and it's worked for us too. I'll include the link to the blog at the end.
------------------------------------------------- We Reversed Food Allergies Through Nourishing Foods
Recent months have brought astounding changes to our family, with regard to food allergies. First, Some Back Story
For many years we have eaten primarily whole, real foods – but we avoided certain foods (gluten, eggs, and dairy) because of known or suspected food allergies.
Earlier this year, I was inspired to take a second look at the Weston A. Price Foundation and the book Nourishing Traditions (whose author, Sally Fallon, is the president of the WAPF). We were intrigued by the ideas presented and felt that we should give traditional food preparation methods a try. This sounds a little vague. Here’s what I mean.
Start with whole, organic, naturally-raised foods (and preferably in season and local). You have two choices for preparing them. You can take those real, whole ingredients and prepare them similarly to industry. For instance: quick yeasted bread, or cooked to death veggies canned in white vinegar.
Your other choice is to turn those ingredients into your food in a traditional manner. Instead of a quick-yeasted bread, you’d create sourdough bread. Instead of cooked to death canned vegetables, you’d lacto-ferment your veggies.
I used to cook the first way. Now I cook the second way. Why cook the traditional way?
There are many benefits, when you get down to specific foods. But overall, there are two general benefits.
1. The increase in friendly bacteria and fat-soluble vitamins increases the nutrition you receive from your food. 2. All the nutrients are more assimilable because they’ve been prepared properly. There are fewer anti-nutrients blocking the absorption of minerals or inhibiting your enzymes from functioning.
Please note that those benefits work together! Our Traditional Food Changes
More specifically, here are the changes I’ve made in order to cook in the second, more traditional manner (and to get the benefits I just listed above):
* Soak, ferment, or sprout all grains – to neutralize phytic acid and/or pre-digest gluten * Soak all nuts and seeds * Introduce raw dairy foods * Introduce cultured dairy foods – kefir and cheeses * Introduce lacto-fermented vegetables * Introduce Kombucha * Take a fermented cod liver oil supplement daily * Use primarily high-quality saturated fats (extra virgin coconut oil, especially) instead of (mechanically pressed) polyunsaturates and monounsaturates (such as grapeseed oil and extra virgin olive oil*) * Drastically reduce consumption of all concentrated (natural) sweeteners
*I still use extra virgin olive oil in salad dressing, but I don’t cook with it any more. I turn to coconut oil instead. I use grapeseed oil very occasionally, like to fry falafel. Our Results
Get ready to be shocked!
* Two family members who were gluten-sensitive can now eat gluten grains, as long as they’re sprouted, fermented, or soaked. * One family member who was allergic to eggs can now eat pastured eggs on a daily basis. * One family member who was lactose-intolerance can now eat all our raw goat milk foods. * One family member who is iron and calcium deficient may be deficient no longer.
The most remarkable changes are the first two.
My son Mikah could not have eggs of any kind without getting a rash in all the tell-tale eczema places. We would allow him to eat pastured eggs once per year, as a test. One of those tests was early this year, and he got the usual rash, even from a pastured egg. Then we made our diet changes. And as of last month, he has been able to eat pastured eggs on a daily basis without any eczema rashes, or any other symptoms!
My daughter Haniya could not eat gluten or she would experience pretty uncomfortable digestive symptoms. Now, she consumes the gluten grains without adverse symptoms – as long as I sprout, ferment or soak the gluten-containing grains. What Happened?
With regard to Haniya, we are certain that the processes of sprouting, fermenting, and/or soaking do such a significant work to pre-digest the gluten that her digestive system then has no problem in doing the rest of the job. The probiotics are probably aiding in the digestion of gluten as well.
With regard to Mikah, it is hard to say for sure, but we think the introduction of all the priobiotics and fat-soluble vitamins has improved his digestive system to the point where his body can digest the eggs properly. Where they were toxic to him before, now they are not.
So it would be an understatement to say that we are excited. We are ecstatic! And we praise God for revealing the answers to us! -----------------------------------------------------------
I've heard that too, about lactose and goats milk..... but I can confirm that her son, Mikah did have problems even with the goats milk in the beginning. Maybe it was something else going on, good point.
goats milk is significantly different then cows, the proteins and fats are much smaller. and in comparison to homogenized cows milk its really different.
food plays such an important role in our health! it is refreshing to see more and more people just like myself trying to work out how to improve their health and those of their families by reducing or eliminating unnatural foods....and it is especially rewarding getting to see success stories!
Food allergies are an immune reaction to the protein in the foods. I think there are several reasons for developing them and several solutions. all of which would revolve around teaching the body that the protein is not a threat.
when those proteins are accompanied by true threats I can see where the body starts getting confused. Also in an enviroment where the immune system is either hyper stimulated or conversely... 'bored' ... could be a prime opporutunity for a mistep in what it should be fighting. I wonder about all these vaccines given at one time to young children and how that might mess with their immune function.
maybe when those proteins are introduced too early or possibly not early enough in small quantities the immune system can get confused. this is my theory for alot of food allergies these days. people are conditioned to believe that as soon as their child looses the tongue thrust reflex they should start spooning things into their mouths. I imagine a new mother without all the baby books and doctors to to tell her what to do and give timelines.....when would her child begin eating solid food? for me the obvious answer is "when it can pick it up and feed itself!". breast milk gives almost all the required nutrition for the first whole year giving lots of time for samplings of moms food without being overwhelmed by it. the ability to grasp small objects between the index finger and thumb and bring it to their mouth is natures way of saying they are ready for food. I also think it teaches kids that putting things in their mouth is for food. they feel the need to practice yet so many don't get much of a chance with real food. Its just mush on a spoon held by mom. I distinctly remember my daughter around 6 mo old holding a spoon....touching the table and bringing it to her face repeatedly while my family was enjoying conversation around the table. she ate very little as far as quanitity, solid food till she was a year old but sampled many things. almost nothing that she couldn't pick up and eat herself. this also helps promote oral coordination and can hasten proper developent of speech. but people like to buy all those jars of baby mush.