Food sensitivities may cause back pain, chiropractor says
April 5, 2011
While many continue to deny the connection between undiagnosed food sensitivities and a wide variety of physical and mental ailments, the body of evidence is growing on a global and local level that some common foods can cause illness.
A ground-breaking study of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) was released in a major medical journal (The Lancet) in February which reports that a “strictly supervised restricted elimination diet” significantly reduced ADHD symptoms in 64 percent of children in the study.
“We think that dietary intervention should be considered in all children with ADHD, provided parents are willing to follow a diagnostic restricted elimination diet for a five-week period, and provided expert supervision is available,” wrote Lidy Pelsser, MD, of the ADHD Research Center in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and colleagues who authored the study.
While the study was not able to pinpoint which foods were causing ADHD, it showed that laboratory food allergy tests did not accurately predict which foods were involved. Alternative health professionals often use IgG (blood anti-body testing) food allergy blood tests to try to determine which foods may be causing an individual’s symptoms. Mainstream medical testing, often used by allergists, recognizes IgE testing as an indicator for allergic response.
Both forms of testing are known to have false positives and false negatives, and the findings of this study show that neither had any apparent relevance in finding a connection between ADHD and food sensitivities. This lack of accurate testing for food allergies causes researchers to take a broad approach and use a “few foods diet” to check for connections between foods and ailments. Participants in this study were limited to rice, meat, vegetables, pears and water and some portions of the study added potatoes and wheat.
In Nevada City, a study I am currently conducting proposes that a particular food sensitivity can be closely linked with low-back pain. I have found that 90 percent of my patients with low-back pain have a sensitivity to one common food and that eliminating that food from the diet can be a significant factor in eliminating low-back pain.
I am very excited to see the ADHD study come out at this time. Many people think it’s crazy to suggest that a food can cause issues like this. We have a high success rate with lasting results in treating both ADHD and low-back pain.
We can show people with clear physical demonstration how food sensitivities play a role in these and many other conditions.
I am using neurology and manual muscle testing to check patients for possible food sensitivities, mineral deficiencies and muscle weakness from sprain/strain injuries. Because muscle testing remains controversial, my study involves only one dietary change based on my observations.
We stopped recommending IgG and IgE food allergy tests about four years ago, as it became clear that they have very limited clinical relevance.
I believe we are getting unique insight into food sensitivities. This is how we have created a low-back pain study unlike anything that has ever been done.
Matt Archer is a doctor of chiropractic. Archer Chiropractic is located at 707 Zion St. in Nevada City.
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