Dr. Reese’s Bits and Pieces
January 2016 Newsletter
Now that we have stuffed our faces with all of those delicious holiday treats, it’s time to access the physical damage and get back to healthy eating. Below is some info from a newsletter I wrote in May of 2002 since the info still seems timely today.
In the past I have talked about stops to weight loss from problems like weak thyroid, adrenals systemic yeast, parasite infections, etc. But what is the best diet for losing weight? The simple answer is the one that works! But in reality the list of different diet approaches is so long and diverse, it makes it nearly impossible for most people to sort out.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
Once Dr. Atkins of the “high protein, low carb” camp and Dr. Ornish of the “low protein, high carb” philosophy were on a panel discussion together. The only thing they both agreed on was that their own ways of eating made them feel great. Consequently, everyone should eat that way. People who felt good eating a certain way wrote most diet books. So now authors and diet experts are promoting everything from juice fasting to a meat and cheese diet. What’s a poor endomorph to do?!! Since there are a gazillion different diet books on the market, each one has to have its own gimmick or slant to make it appear different from the others. One thing that most of them advocate is eating less food or overall calories because that helps everyone lose at least a little weight.
But what about the people who follow the programs and don’t lose weight or even gain weight? I think the answer to that problem is described in Dr. Haas’ book, The False Fat Diet. He blames individual food sensitivities as being the hidden variable that sidetracks most diet plans. If you are highly sensitive to grains, then the Paleo diet would work great and the Ornish diet would make you fatter. If your body reacts to meats but loves grains, then the situation would be reversed. I think Dr. Haas’ book answers the question of which diet program is best. It is the one that avoids the foods you are reactive to and allows you to eat the ones your body does well with. In other words, your best diet program is specific to you and can’t be found in a program written for the masses.
His book clears up why two diet programs can be diametrically opposed yet still be successful for many people. You either have to keep trying different programs until you stumble on the right combination that works for you or you have to figure out your own food sensitivities and create your personal eating program.
I’ve been stating for years how Dysbiosis (bad bacteria, systemic yeast and/or parasites in your gut) can cause you to be reactive to the foods you eat the most. He agrees with this and goes a step further to state that eating a lot of foods you are reactive to can inhibit your immune system and make you more susceptible to systemic infections like yeast and parasites. Sounds like a chicken verses the egg problem!
So what is a reactive food and how do you find yours? A true food allergy causes hives, swelling; difficulty breathing and a quick trip to the hospital before you die type of reaction. This is caused by the IgE antibodies of your immune system responding to an allergen in the food. Most people know if they have a true allergy to some food and go out of their way to avoid them. Reactive or sensitive foods cause the IgG antibodies to respond and they create a subtler list of symptoms. Gas, bloating, indigestion, tiredness, hyperactivity, sweating, runny nose, flushing, diarrhea, fatigue, water retention, brain fog, PMS, headaches, joint pains, sinus congestion, hormonal imbalances, food cravings, mood swings, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, hypoglycemia, ADD/ADHD, Fibromyalgia, hay fever, skin conditions, chronic pain, eating disorders, Candidasis, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, allergies and asthma. That’s quite a list!
The Sensitive Seven
Dr. Haas has been using this program of eliminating reactive foods from people’s diets for over 20 years with great success. It is individualized to each person who does it and not to some list of foods that are “good” or “bad”. The Sensitive Seven are the foods that are the most common reactive foods. They are dairy products, wheat, corn, eggs, soy, peanuts and sugar.
With this new information, there goes the whole notion of “health foods”. That yogurt and granola breakfast might be making you sick instead of healthy. Women are being told to eat lots of soy products because of the phyto-estrogens yet soy is reactive in a lot of women and can cause the same bloating, weight gain and other PMS/Menopause symptoms that it has been touted to relieve. Eggs are a great source of protein but not if your body reacts to them. “Got Milk”? Hope you don’t in most cases.
The Other Usual Suspects
Dr Haas lists foods that many people have reactions to like grains containing gluten, tomatoes, shellfish, citrus, chocolate, potatoes, coffee, aspartame, MSG and other food additives. Whole wheat and other grains seem to be commonly reactive in people who have to battle their weight. Consequently, the whole high carb/low protein diet dogma of the past 15-20 years has made us fatter as a nation not slimmer. Also, men are being told that tomatoes are great for reducing prostate problems but they are reactive in some men. So if you have felt frustrated and confused by all the dietary do’s and don’ts that you hear each day, you are in good company! The old proverb “One man’s meat is another man’s poison” certainly seems to apply.
Finding Your Reactive Foods
There are a few ways to find out what you are reacting to. One is to get a blood test that measures your IgG and IgA reaction to different foods. Cyrexlabs.com has some of the most accurate tests but they aren’t cheap. Checkout Array 3, 4 and 10 on their website. We have the test kits for this lab and can help you order any test you want. They send us the test results back in about 3-4 weeks. The way Dr. Haas recommends is to eliminate a few or a lot of foods from your diet and see how you feel. Then slowly add some back in to figure out your reaction to them. Lastly, we can test you for food sensitivities with kinesiology or muscle testing. Though Dr. Haas is not too keen on it, as he mentions in the book, he does admit that it sometimes works. We find it works more than sometimes but, like all tests, it is not 100% accurate either. The best is a combination of all three.
If you are fighting an expanding waistline or have “jiggly” fat on your body, you are eating foods your body hates! For me it is dairy, soy, alcohol, coffee, grains, sugar and fruit. I can help you figure out your food(s).