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The WDS+ approach treats the REAL CAUSE of your weight problems, your chronic symptoms and/or your low mood.

The Hidden Culprits

Overview

We owe much to modern medicine: thanks to the discovery of antibiotics, most of the killer diseases, such as smallpox, diphtheria, pneumonia and tuberculosis have been eradicated in the West.

Emergency health care is exceptional, as are many surgical procedures. However, modern medicine is losing the battle against the tsunami of chronic symptoms and weight problems.

Unfortunately, most weight problems and chronic symptoms cannot be fixed with a magic pill, or the surgeon’s knife.

Hidden Culprit 1 – Food Intolerance

Increasing numbers of clinical ecologists believe that food intolerances, especially undiagnosed food intolerances, are responsible for the rise in chronic symptoms and weight problems, often described as a 21st Century plague.

Some even believe that undiagnosed food intolerances are the root cause of many of the 80 auto-immune conditions that have so far been identified, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, and certain heart conditions.

http://www1.cbn.com/health/the-danger-of-hidden-food-allergies

Unfortunately, food intolerances are a ‘grey area’ in conventional medicine, and have for years been trivialised by most doctors. The fact that there is no reliable testing method universally recognised by the medical profession doesn’t help.

Food Intolerance 101

Food Intolerance

Unlike food allergy reactions which are usually immediate, food intolerance reactions can be delayed for up to 72 hours after eating the food, so it’s understandable that many people fail to connect their symptoms with a food they eat on a regular basis. To add to the confusion, the culprit food is often a favourite; sometimes one they crave!

The problem with having an undiagnosed food intolerance, is that if you don’t know the food you are eating is causing your symptoms, you will continue eating the food. Unfortunately, every time you eat the culprit food, you are unwittingly triggering a host of inflammatory reactions.

While the food intolerance reaction is not a classic IgE food allergy reaction, many Government sponsored food allergy websites claim that a food intolerance reaction is not an immune reaction. This is incorrect.

When improperly digested food particles escape from the gut into the bloodstream - which can only happen in the presence of what is called ‘Leaky Gut’ [see below] – immune antibodies, specifically IgG antibodies, spring to our defence.

Large undigested food particles have no place in the bloodstream, so IgG antibodies ‘tag’ these food particles as ‘foreign’. Thereafter, any time a similar food particle appears in the bloodstream, a cascade of inflammatory chemicals is produced to defend our body against the Invader

The problem with having an undiagnosed food intolerance, is that if you don’t know the food you are eating is causing your symptoms, you will continue eating the food. Unfortunately, every time you eat the culprit food, you are unwittingly triggering a host of inflammatory reactions.

Antibodies attacking a foreign invader

Antibodies attacking a foreign invader


Hidden Culprit 2 - Intestinal Permeability aka ‘Leaky Gut’

Between 70-80% of our immune system resides in the lining of our gut wall, so the integrity of our gut wall is crucial to our health and well-being. However, intestinal permeability, often called ‘leaky gut’ is an increasing problem for many people.

Risk factors for leaky gut:

  • Having an undiagnosed food intolerance
  • Processed, refined food
  • Food additives
  • Alcohol
  • Antibiotics, NSAID’s
  • Low stomach acid
  • Having an unhealthy ratio of good V bad bacteria in your gut, an overgrowth of candida fungus,
  • Failing to chew your food properly
  • Chronic stress

Having any of the above factors increase your chances of developing intestinal permeability – leaky gut, however chronic stress deserves a special mention. Chronic stress causes an overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol, and cortisol is a major irritant to the lining of the gut wall.

Leaky gut and undiagnosed food intolerances are the classic ‘chicken and egg’ situation. If you have an undiagnosed food intolerance and you unwittingly eat the food on a regular basis, you risk irritating the lining of your gut wall. No-one can be sure which comes first; leaky gut or food intolerance, but when you have a leaky gut, you you are more likely to develop food intolerances and food intolerances are likely to make a leaky gut worse!

Check Icon Eliminating food intolerances and restoring the integrity of the gut wall are key aspects of the WDS+ approach to treating chronic symptoms and weight problems