The Case For Testing An Arthritic Patient’s Adverse Reactions To Foods (2022)

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Arthritis as a Disease Arthritis is a kind of disease in which joints and connective tissues are chiefly affected causing inflammation, pain and stiffness. However, other parts of the body too are affected in several cases. Although there are more than 100 different types of Arthritis amongst which Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia are the most common ones.

Osteoarthritis, also called Degenerative joint disease, is a type of Arthritis that mostly affects the large weight-bearing joints of the hips, knees and spine, and is caused when bone start rubbing against bone upon the withering away of the joint surface. The disease starts affecting the people between the ages of 18 and 79. Rheumatoid Arthritis is another common type of Arthritis that most commonly affects the joints of the fingers, wrists, arms and legs involving the same joints on both sides of the body. Besides, in some of the patients Rheumatoid Arthritis sometimes also affect the hearts, lungs and eyes. Its symptoms also include a general feeling of sickness and fatigue in addition to weight loss and fever. People between the ages of 25 and 50 are mostly affected by this disease, although children and people above 50 years may become afflicted. Fibromyalgia is the third common type of Arthritis in which muscles, ligaments, tendons or soft tissues are generally affected thus causing constant fatigue, deep muscle pain, sleeplessness and depression. This is a chronic disease.

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Adverse Reactions to Foods in Arthritic Patients According to studies conducted by medical professionals, certain foods have been strongly linked to Arthritis. The foods include products with refined (white) sugar or flour, red meat, citrus fruits (including oranges), dairy foods, tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines, tea, coffee, alcohol, or ‘instant' meals containing large amounts of artificial preservatives, colorings or flavorings. As early as 1917, medical practitioners began reporting the cases of food allergy or adverse reaction of foods in Arthritic patients. During the study, they were able to identify the difference between immediate and delayed exacerbation of arthritic symptoms after the food was ingested. They also ascertained the fact that what was so far being perceived as normally a delayed reaction could be turned into an immediate one provided the diet did not include the concerned food for at least a period of five days. It was also found out that upon the reintroduction of the said food, excluding slowly absorbed foods such as cereals, the reaction occurred within 4-6 hours.

However, Dr. Michael Zeller proved to be the first physician to notably point out in his paper published in 1948 entitled ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis: Food Allergy as a Factor' in the Annals of Allergy that symptoms for Rheumatoid Arthritis partially owed their existence to food allergies caused by subsequent re-ingestion of certain foods, which could, however, be remedied by appropriate food exclusion diets. Even, Dr. Zeller observed in his findings that constant reintroductions of identified food allergens after an interval of at least five day reportedly resulted in the exacerbation of pain, joint swelling and general inflammation. Medical practitioners have also pointed out that Rheumatoid Arthritis condition shows signs of worsening due to excess intake of Omega-6 fatty acids.

It has been reported that excessive consumption of feedlot beef, refined cooking oils and margarines result in the increase of inflammation, which can be minimized or eliminated after the limiting of their consumption. Besides, the production of pro-inflammatory substances in the body also increases due to most saturated fats, which are prominently found in whole dairy products including whole milk and cheese, and in animal products such as red meats and poultry. In some of the Arthritic patients, antibodies against gluten (a protein found in many grains) are found, while some Rheumatoid Arthritis patients have antibodies against milk proteins. According to medical practitioners, joint problems can also be aggravated due to constipation, which is because of the intake of rich, fatty foods. As such, it can be stated that apart from the above mentioned foods, it has been found by some Rheumatoid Arthritis patients that their condition deteriorates after the consumption of certain foods. In effect, different people can have problems with completely different foods. The adverse food reactions in Arthritic patients therefore can only be determined with the help of a proper food and symptom diary or allergy elimination diet.

More on Foods Causing Adverse Reactions in Arthritic Patients In their studies, researchers have linked food allergies, adverse food reactions, intestinal inflammation, certain eating habits, and harmful bacteria in the digestive tract with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Those diets that are high in saturated fats, meat, dairy, and omega-6 fatty acids (found in animal products), refined vegetable oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, and margarine, are believed to cause Rheumatoid Arthritis. Also, in some cases certain food additives such as yellow dye #5 (tartrazine) also cause Rheumatoid Arthritis. Apart from these, diets considered low in fruits, vegetables, and other good sources of fiber that encourages the growth of harmful bacteria, results in causing Rheumatoid Arthritis. Nightshade foods such as potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, pepper (all kinds, including green, red chilli, paprika, cayenne, hot, sweet, etc., except for black and white pepper) also cause Arthritis since their consumption leads to the removal of calcium from the bones and getting it deposited in joints, kidneys, arteries, and other areas of the body, proving to be harmful. Gluten-containing foods such as bread, pasta, cakes and cookies also cause Rheumatoid Arthritis in those people who have been suffering with celiac or abdominal disease and have been consuming such food. According to researchers, about 20% of patients with regional enteritis and 10% with ulcerative colitis are reported to have developed inflammatory arthritis.

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Research on Patients and Significant Results In 1953, Kaufman pointed out that in some cases of arthritis, food allergy was a causative factor. O'Banion, who conducted research on three patients afflicted with Rheumatoid Arthritis, reported in his findings that when the patients were barred from taking allergenic foods from their diet arthritis pain was completely eliminated. In another instance, Hicklin et al while conducting researches on 22 patients suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis pointed out that 20 patients (or 91%) registered significant improvement in their symptoms with at least 19 of them finding that exacerbations were repeatedly caused by certain foods. Further, researches were carried out on 15 women and eight men with Rheumatoid or Psoriatic arthritis by Ratner et al. In this case the patients were asked not to take dairy products and beef at all in their diet.

As a result within 3-4 weeks after the start of the diet seven patients showed improvements in their symptoms, but later on again reported exacerbation of symptoms when the dairy products were again reintroduced into their diet. However, the other 16 patients did not show signs of improvement, and even those seven patients who showed improvements were all women, being seronegative, and lactase-deficient, thus proving that refraining from a diet free of dairy products and beef is beneficial for lactase-deficient women with seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis or Psoriatic arthritis. In order to substantiate that certain foods were linked with Rheumatoid Arthritis, trial on 27 patients suffering with the disease were conducted. The patients were made to undertake a partial fast, followed by individual food challenges under which foods including animal foods, refined sugar, citrus fruits, preservatives, coffee, tea, alcohol, salt, and strong spices, which provoked symptoms, were avoided. Consequently, 26 patients partook of an ordinary diet, and reported marked improvement in the number of tender joints, number of swollen joints, pain score, and duration of morning stiffness, grip strength, sedimentation rate, and C-reactive protein, after four weeks.

The said diet group also did not complain about the recurrence in symptoms even after one year thus proving the fact that a partial fast, followed by a lactovegetarian diet helps in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. In another instance, Beri et al conducted researches on 27 patients suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis by prescribing them an elimination-and-rechallenge diet. The diet programme was completed by 14 patients amongst whom 10 patients or 71% reported significant improvement. Prominent researcher Darlington also conducted trials on 70 patients suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis by identifying and eliminating symptom-provoking foods, and found out that at least 19% of the patients neither reported any complaints nor required any medications during follow-up periods that ranged from 1.5 to 5 years. During the process, Darlington also identified foods such as corn, wheat, bacon/pork, oranges, milk, oats, rye, egg, beef, coffee, malt, cheese, grapefruit, tomato, peanuts, cane sugar, butter, lamb, lemon and soy, which were the causative factors in developing symptoms.

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According to a study published in the January 2004 issue of ‘Arthritis and Rheumatism', foods rich in vitamin D such as salmon, tuna, shrimp, sunflower seeds, eggs and vitamin-D fortified milk products prevents Rheumatoid Arthritis from taking place. The study is based on the research on 29,368 women in the age from 55 to 69 that began in 1986 and conducted over a period of 11 years. The research concluded that there was a 27% lower risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis being developed in the women who consumed the most foods naturally rich in vitamin D, whereas there was a 34% lower risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis being developed in those women who consumed the most foods fortified with vitamin D, i.e., milk products.

Conclusions Though, for quite sometime both the patients and physicians have been struggling to ascertain whether certain foods are in any way linked with the developing of symptoms causing Arthritis. However, the abovementioned researches on Arthritis patients conducted over the years conclude that a variety of food items in effect have adverse effects in some Arthritis patients. As such, several studies conclusively prove that in some cases diet therapy may improve symptoms and likely to prevent Arthritis from exacerbating or taking place. Darlington and Ramsey have suggested in their study that recourse to diet therapy be undertaken for Arthritic patients that should begin with elimination of all foods believed to be causing symptoms, followed by single food reintroductions to ascertain which foods reproduce symptoms. They also pointed out that foods such as corn, wheat, cow's milk, pork, oranges, oats, rye, eggs, beef, coffee, malt, cheese, grapefruit, lemon, tomato, peanuts and soya may quite likely be the causes for Arthritis.

Comments The Immuno 1 BloodprintTM makes it possible to provide a patient with dietary recommendations and restrictions that are simple, specific and minimal, but which will have a maximal effect. “This bloodprint assay is really helpful for additional health problems, too: autism, asthma, arthritis, and various degenerative diseases. And the elimination diet is a mandatory follow up to bloodprinting. It's the key for allowing a person to function healthfully once again. The body's immune response to certain foods is directly tied to symptoms of degenerative diseases, especially arthritis,” says Dr. Born, Medical Director of the Born Preventive Health Care Clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Articular heat production, irritation, general inflammation, and other joint difficulties are part of the immune system's response to food allergens.

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FAQs

How do you get tested for food sensitivity? ›

A blood test.

A blood test can measure your immune system's response to particular foods by measuring the allergy-related antibody known as immunoglobulin E (IgE). For this test, a blood sample taken in your doctor's office is sent to a medical laboratory, where different foods can be tested.

Is there a test for foods that cause inflammation? ›

Alcat Test Overview

The Alcat Test gives healthcare professionals a tool for managing conditions linked to inflammation and chronic activation of the immune system. The Alcat Test measures individual responses to foods and other substances at the cellular level and may reveal the underlying trigger of certain symptoms.

What foods are contraindicated for arthritis? ›

Here are 8 foods and beverages to avoid if you have arthritis.
  • Added sugars. You should limit your sugar intake no matter what, but especially if you have arthritis. ...
  • Processed and red meats. ...
  • Gluten-containing foods. ...
  • Highly processed foods. ...
  • Alcohol. ...
  • Certain vegetable oils. ...
  • Foods high in salt. ...
  • Foods high in AGEs.
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Do food choices affect arthritis? ›

Although there are no diets or supplements that will cure your arthritis, some people do find that their condition is affected by what they eat, how much they weigh and their physical activity levels.

Do doctors do food sensitivity tests? ›

Food sensitivity testing is normally conducted in a doctor's office, clinic, or medical laboratory. The procedure depends on the specific test being used. Tests are prescribed by a doctor after reviewing your symptoms to determine the most probable sensitivity or intolerance.

What is the most accurate food intolerance test? ›

Healthline's picks of the best at-home food sensitivity tests
  • myLAB Box. Price: $149. Sample type: finger prick. Results time frame: 2–5 business days. ...
  • Vitagene. Price: $149. Sample type: cheek swab. Results time frame: 4–6 weeks. ...
  • DNAfit. Price: $189. Sample type: saliva swab. Results time frame: 10–15 business days.

Is Alcat test covered by insurance? ›

Will my insurance cover the cost of an ALCAT test? Yes, certain insurance policies will pay for all or part of ALCAT testing. Patients must have out of network benefits. No HMO's are accepted.

How accurate are food intolerance tests? ›

There is no strong evidence that these tests accurately identify a food intolerance. In fact, allergy doctors have investigated these tests and they have shown that you're more likely to be told you have a positive food intolerance to a food you consumer regularly, not one you're intolerant too.

Does the Alcat test work? ›

The Alcat Test for Food and Chemical Sensitivities is the most reliable.

What are the 5 foods that cause arthritis pain? ›

5 Arthritis Trigger Foods to Avoid
  • Pasta. Wheat products — like pasta, bread, crackers, and bagels — may spell trouble for your joints, especially if you have rheumatoid arthritis. ...
  • Butter and Margarine. ...
  • Hamburgers. ...
  • Tomatoes. ...
  • Sugary Drinks.
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What foods can inflame arthritis? ›

Red meat, such as burgers and steaks. Processed meats like hot dogs, brats and other sausages. Refined carbohydrates like the ones you find in breads and pastries. Dairy products, because for many people, casein, a protein common in milk, ice cream and cheese, has been shown to irritate the tissue around joints.

Which foods cause inflammation of joints? ›

With arthritis, the constant pain and stiffness often lead the body to be in a state of stress or "inflammation." Foods that cause joint pain include heavily processed foods, red meat, foods high in sugar, fried foods, alcohol and foods rich in MSG, refined carbohydrates, gluten and purines.

What is the number 1 vegetable to avoid? ›

Strawberries top the list, followed by spinach. (The full 2019 Dirty Dozen list, ranked from most contaminated to least, include strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.)

What are the 7 inflammatory foods? ›

7 Inflammatory Foods to Avoid for Better Health
  • Added Sugars. Our bodies are designed to process a limited amount of sugar (sucrose) daily. ...
  • Artificial Trans Fats (Partially Hydrogenated Oil) ...
  • Too Many Omega-6 Fatty Acids. ...
  • Refined Carbohydrates. ...
  • Processed Meat. ...
  • Saturated Fat. ...
  • Gluten (If You're Sensitive)
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What foods trigger osteoarthritis? ›

While there are many ways to get relief from osteoarthritis, diet can also help ease some of the inflammation.
...
These foods are best avoided or eaten only occasionally.
  • Red meat and fried foods. ...
  • Sugars. ...
  • Dairy. ...
  • Refined carbohydrates. ...
  • Alcohol and tobacco.
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What are the 3 most common food intolerances? ›

The three most common food intolerances are lactose, a sugar found in milk, casein, a protein found in milk, and gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley.

Is bioresonance testing legit? ›

Most healthcare professionals agree that bioresonance can't diagnose or treat medical conditions or illnesses. At best, there's currently no clear evidence for the use and effectiveness of bioresonance.

What is one of the best tools for identifying food sensitivities? ›

Unlike food sensitivity blood tests, elimination diets are the gold standard for identifying food sensitivities.

Are IgG food sensitivity tests accurate? ›

Food-specific immunoglobulin G (IgG) testing is not a recognized diagnostic tool for food allergy. Immunoglobulin G (notably IgG subclass 4) is believed to be a marker of exposure to food and possibly of tolerance.

Is Alcat test FDA approved? ›

The ALCAT Test has not been granted FDA approval.

How long do Alcat results take? ›

How long will it take to receive my test results? Alcat Test results are available online within 5-7 business days after the specimen is received in the laboratory. For tests ordered through a practitioner, results will be provided to the patient, by the practitioner.

How accurate is MRT testing? ›

It is the most accurate test (sensitivity 94.5% & specificity 91.7%) and the most comprehensive test available for determining food sensitivities and has helped thousands of people identify their triggers and put an end to their suffering.

Do OTC food sensitivity tests work? ›

Unfortunately, there is currently no at-home test recommended for the diagnosis of food sensitivity. It's also important to consider what to do with your results once you have them.

Is test your intolerance legitimate? ›

It is a highly expensive test where you expect the results to be accurate for that money. It comes up with a load of untrue intolerances and allergies. It is really not accurate whatsoever and it's a waste of money.

Can hair test detect food intolerance? ›

Hair tests cannot diagnose a food allergy. They are typically advertised for food intolerances or sensitivities, claiming to assess IgG levels. However, IgG has not been proven to be directly connected with specific food sensitivities.

What is the Alcat food sensitivity test? ›

The Alcat Test uncovers foods and other substances that trigger chronic inflammation and related health conditions, such as gastrointestinal, respiratory, and joint issues as well as migraine, dermatitis, fatigue, and metabolic disorders. The Alcat Test measures cellular reactions to over 450 substances.

Are Naturopathic allergy tests accurate? ›

Even IgE panel tests—which allergists and doctors use to test for immune responses—aren't very accurate, and return a lot of false positives. One review of 125 kids found that 80% to 100% of the foods that IgE tests flagged could be safely reintroduced into their diets.

What is MRT food sensitivity test? ›

The MRT is a simple, patented blood test that identifies our body's reactions to 140 foods and 30 food chemicals by measuring the number of mediators released and the subsequent changes in white blood cells. In this way, the MRT test can identify which items cause an inflammatory response in your body.

What are the 3 most common food intolerances? ›

The three most common food intolerances are lactose, a sugar found in milk, casein, a protein found in milk, and gluten, a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley.

How accurate is blood testing for food sensitivities? ›

About 50-60 percent of all blood tests and skin prick tests will yield a “false positive” result. This means that the test shows positive even though you are not really allergic to the food being tested. These results occur for two reasons: The test may be measuring your response to the undigested food proteins.

How accurate is hair testing for food sensitivities? ›

Hair tests cannot diagnose a food allergy. They are typically advertised for food intolerances or sensitivities, claiming to assess IgG levels. However, IgG has not been proven to be directly connected with specific food sensitivities.

What do food sensitivity tests tell you? ›

Whereas food allergy blood tests measure IgE, an antibody that attacks foreign proteins that produces an allergic response, many food sensitivity test kits measure Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies, which we develop in response to certain foods.

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