Eating Disorders and Food Allergies
The Role of Food Allergy Sensitivities (FAS)
Most of the information in this section is quoted from The False Fat Diet (2000) by Elson M. Haas, MD, published by Ballantine Publishing Group. You can find this book in our collection of recommended books.
The incidence of food allergies and sensitivities has increased dramatically in the past few years. Dr. Elson Haas believes that this is because we eat too many foods such as wheat, eggs, milk and soy products that exhaust our bodies' digestive abilities. We also eat too many packaged and processed foods that are loaded with preservatives, fillers, dyes and other chemicals such as MSG and corn syrup.
Food allergies and sensitivities interfere with the hormonal balance of the endocrine system, including the thyroid and adrenal glands. This makes it harder for the body to burn stored fat. It also disturbs insulin levels, signaling the body to convert food energy into fat and also contributing to hypoglycemia. Food allergies and sensitivities can cause mood chemistry disruptions. They cause levels of serotonin to plummet, leading to anxiety, depression and compulsive urges — all of which trigger overeating. They cause energy and immune dysfunction and contribute to insomnia.
Our bodies see these foods as foreign substances and trigger our immune responses, resulting in bloating and inflammation. We become dependent on these foods because we also crave them. A small part of the craving is psychological, but the craving response is mainly a biochemical reaction. The craving triggers compulsive eating and binge eating. People who have been cured of FAS:
- lose weight
- have fewer cravings for foods
- feel better
- have more energy
- have better cognitive function
- have fewer aches and pains in joints and muscles
- experience fewer minor illnesses
- breathe more freely
- have fewer PMS symptoms
- have less heartburn and GI reflux
- have fewer migraine and tension headaches
- are less likely to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, hives, recurrent urinary tract infections, and vaginitis