Food Sensitivities – Do You Have Them?

I must admit…..I am enamored with FOOD!


Not just eating it, but the fact that within all food is the treasure of LIFE and HEALTH!

That’s exactly the way God intended it, from the beginning. He decided in all of His Deity and goodness, that he would place in food all the information that every cell in our bodies would need to function optimally. He knew that if the heart cells functioned optimally, then the heart would function optimally. He didn’t create a food whose primary purpose was to cause diabetes, inflammation, high cholesterol or acid reflux. He created foods that would provide everything we would need for health!

Genesis 1:29-30 states, 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.”

Socrates concurred with God when he said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food”. What a smart man.

Now we know that nutrients in our food have to pass through 1000’s of square feet of intestinal tract, be broken down and absorbed so that the chemical messages would end up in the right cells and their organs. And within this GI tract are billions of microorganisms that act as barriers to protect us, create important micronutrients and are a huge part (70%) of our immune system!

But somewhere along the line, we lost the importance of that and decided that man made chemicals worked better and were necessary to keep us healthy.


I’m still not sure why God used the image of something as healthy as an apple, to be instrumental in the fall of mankind….but that’s for another book!

Suffice it to say that when Eve bit that apple, a lot of things started going wrong in our GI tract and in our bodies. And unfortunately over time man determined that all of the wonderful food that God intended us to eat would become tainted with pesticides and modified at its genetic level. As a result we are facing catastrophic health situations caused by:

  • enzyme deficiency
  • microbial imbalance
  • motility issues
  • detoxification abnormalities
  • intestinal permeability
  • inflammation

Interestingly, food intolerance or sensitivities can contribute to every single one of these problems, either directly or indirectly.  Indeed, a growing body of evidence shows that food allergies, or more accurately food sensitivities, can harm numerous other body systems and cause a wide range of unwanted symptoms.

For example, food sensitivities/reactions and other gastrointestinal disturbances have been linked to:

  • asthma and allergies
  • autoimmune disorders (lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,Chrohn’s, ulcerative colitis, fibroids, endometriosis, hair loss)
  • skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis)
  • arthritis
  • atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases
  • neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia
  • mood disorders
  • narcolepsy
  • addiction
  • migraines
  • kidney problems
  • GERD, reflux

Wow, that’s a LONG list!  And, with more research, the list grows.  In fact, because of the number of conditions now associated with  either gut dysfunction or food sensitivities, anyone who feels like their GI system is working sub-optimally should at least consider trying a dietary approach known as an elimination diet.

Honestly, there are many ways to treat GI-related health conditions.  But the first, easiest, and most effective place to start is by eliminating or removing foods that might be causing a problem.


It is an approach that allows you to determine if food sensitivities are contributing to your “dis-ease”….your fatigue, foggy thinking, indigestion, pain, obesity, thyroid disease, GI-related complaints and everything listed above. And I can tell you, that is many of you! And it doesn’t cost you a dime….just your time and effort. It benefits everyone who does it in my experience; for many who have been to doctor after doctor, it will feel like a miracle! You take control of your own wellness when you do an elimination diet.

So what is it?  You eliminate certain foods for a period of time, usually three or four weeks, then slowly reintroduce specific foods and monitor your symptoms for possible reactions.

While I can recommend food allergy testing, what I find is that some people with “normal” results (i.e. no food sensitivity identified) still have symptoms suggestive of food sensitivity. And by doing the elimination diet and tracking symptoms, you gain a more powerful incentive to make dietary changes…..for life!

I think you know where I’m going with this…..a  good elimination diet will remove wheat gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn TO START WITH.  That might sound like a lot, but it leaves plenty of options for a relatively satisfying diet comprised primarily of rice, meat (i.e. turkey, fish, lamb), most fruit, and most types of vegetables.

Step 1: Start a journal to record what you are currently eating on most days; be completely honest. Do this for 1 week and send it to me at I’ll help you determine what you should begin to eliminate first.


Dr. Rita





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Core Clinical Imbalances: Identify and Correct

What are the Core Clinical Imbalances that can sabotage our health?

Remember I told you that your body is made up of interconnected systems? Well there are 6 major physiologic and biochemical systems in your body. When they function optimally, you hum along like a well-tuned machine. When any one or more of these systems become imbalanced, nothing may happen right away but left undetected and over time, signs & symptoms that we recognize as disease are almost inevitable. These imbalances can be present for years before the actual disease manifests.

But what if we were able to measure and detect PRECURSORS or early signs of disease months and years before the actual disease?  Well the good news is that we can!  Let’s talk about these core imbalances.

  • Hormones and Brain Neurotransmiters
  • Inflammatory Process
  • Digestive, absorptive and microbiological
  • Immune System
  • Detoxification and Biotransformation
  • Oxidation-reduction/ Mitochondrial Function .

Now here’s the important 1st step in getting to the root of the problem:  KNOWING WHAT TO LOOK FOR!

There are many ways to test for these imbalances but the challenge is knowing exactly what to ask your doctor to check and understanding enough to answer his or her question of why do you want them done?  Having trained and practiced in traditional medicine for 20 years, I have had my share of impatience with patients who came in knowledgeable about things I really didn’t know much about. I would try not to be irritated with them and brush them off but those patients who were persistent and clearly had done their homework usually got what they requested.  Now I actively encourage all patients to be an active, participative, informed member of their healthcare team. Come with questions written down and leave with copies of tests and other things that are done to you.  KEEP YOUR OWN HEALTH RECORD!

I utilize blood and saliva testing for the majority of my clients. Your provider may also use urine testing. We’ll talk in detail later about the pros and cons of both of these methods and when they should be used. For most people, your existing healthcare insurance will cover the cost of blood work given the correct ICD-10 codes and other information.  Many of the tests I order on my clients are not routinely done by your primary care provider, so even if you just had lab done, it is only partially helpful to me.

Saliva testing is an out of pocket costs but quite affordable. ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY TO ASSURE THAT YOU ARE NOT LEFT WITH AN INFLATED BILL FOR BLOOD WORK.  I’ll also share with you a way to get complete blood testing done with a large, reputable lab for a fraction of the cost. You do not have to be wealthy or insured to get great wellness care!

Your Health History is extremely important including symptoms, current medical conditions, medications, family history and dietary/exercise regimen.

So, when people come to see me I look at them from a whole body point of view, listening to their symptoms, examining them in the context of their symptoms and family history; measuring important biomarkers with the intent of finding  early signs of imbalance that might predict or be precursors to disease. The beauty of Functional Medicine is that I can intervene at multiple levels to address imbalances and restore functionality. By improving balance in environmental input, lifestyle and physiological processes, HEALTH IS RESTORED!  This would include an individual plan for you with dietary adjustments, nutritional supplementation and if necessary, plant based (bio-identical) hormone treatment!

LIFE CHANGING STUFF HERE!  These simple principles and the courage to take charge of your wellness is transforming and gives great hope. AND IT IS AVAILABLE TO YOU, NOW!


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