apparently it's not too uncommon to find reports of people (including me) on the internet who all of a sudden have developed food allergies to pretty much everything they ate regularly up to then. often, this happens after taking antibiotics or a phase of ultra-high stress etc. common suspected causes of this are gut disbyosis, gut pathogens, candida, gluten sensitivity or celiac etc, all leading to a leaky gut and then to the "allergic to everything" syndrome.
Q: has anybody here had this "i've become allergic to everything" issue, and if yes, have you ever reached a point in healing, where you could re-introduce all (or most) of the foods you were able to eat before again, and if yes, what exactly did you do to get back to this point of a "non-leaky" and non-allergic gut/digestion? thanks!
ps: i know most of the usual recommendations (incl. strict paleo), but i wonder if anybody here ACTUALLY has healed him/herself 100% coming from this "allergic to anything" state
edit1: ha! just found (at least) one who has fully recovered in the archives of paleohacks: http://paleohacks.com/questions/13145/alcat-food-allergy-testing/13185#13185
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on February 08, 2011
at 06:09 PM
good news, paleo-peeps :) it IS possible. after over one year of tinkering and trying pretty much everything under the sun, i finally managed to heal my leaky gut and all the new food allergies and get back to before where this nightmare started. i now can eat everything again with no problem, altho for obvious (=paleo) reasons i'm still gluten free and mostly dairy free (just started to introduce butter again).
the following are some of the lessons i learned from this (might not apply to everyone):
if you think it's candida, it's probably more likely SIBO (or both)
as soon as you have leaky gut, there is likely one or two "master" allergens that will keep the whole thing going as long as you eat it. find out what it is (for me it was dairy and gluten, and two herbal supplements).
don't take any herbal supplements, especially of the stimulating kind like caffeine or ginseng mixes as long as you're "leaky". ginseng is pure saponins for example. very bad in this situation. also try stopping coffee for a while if needed.
check and re-check the remaining supplements for critical ingredients. i lost a few months just because my digestive enzymes from vitamin shoppe had milk in it.. (duh!). take the super enzymes from NOW Foods
do an elimination diet to exclude all you're reacting to for a few weeks
if you suspect SIBO, try a FODMAPs diet, and get to ZERO fructose! (no fruits at all)
take large amounts (like 20-100B/day) of beneficial probiotics, like acidophilus, reuteri, rhamnosus, boulardii, coagulans, etc. during the critical phases
take copious amounts of L-Glutamine a few times a day (like 5x5g/day) as long as needed
if you get better, don't just introduce critical foods right back in. it takes about 2-3 weeks for the antibodies to calm down first
take a zinc-carnosie supplement (like http://is.gd/Ox6GyB) with every meal. it's used in japan for ulcerative colitis and gut problems in general. it seems to work wonders! i only really started healing after taking this.
add biotin 5mg and niacinamide 250mg/day to the mix for added defense against suspected candida. if you can tolerate it, also take some garlic, but not together with the probiotics
also take about 2x500mg quercetin and vitamin C a day. furthermore, take 100mg R-LA or ALA and milk thistle extract (silymarin) with each meal to support your liver
try taking diluted apple cider vinegar in the morning on empty stomach and see if it helps
food allergy tests are not needed, and not very reliable - just observe what happens after you (re-)introduce a certain food (reactions can take from 15min up to 1-3 days)
if you do everything right, it shouldn't take more than a few weeks to heal and get back to normal. if it doesn't work, you need to adjust your approach or find the remaining culprits (like hidden gluten or dairy, or a herb or supplement that keeps the "leak" going, or a dead/not active probiotic)
that's about it. and DON'T just accept the new allergies as a given. if they recently appeared anew, there most likely is a specific reason for it, and if you remove this reason, you likely will be able to get back to where you were before.
on January 20, 2011
at 09:01 PM
My answer is "no." At least after three years of a sustained elimination diet.
I am not allergic to everything but I'm allergic to soy and gluten and am extremely carb intolerant. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants (but not peppers) mess with my digestion and skin. The point you might find interesting here is that elimination of these foods has actually increased my sensitivity to them.
While it's possible that I'll lose these sensitivities down the road, I'm not counting on it. Nor am I feeling down in the dumps about not being able to eat soy and gluten. Tomatoes and potatoes--now them I could love again. However...after not eating them for awhile, I no longer crave them. So, no nostalgia, no looking back for me.
on January 21, 2011
at 06:36 AM
The problem is, if you develop leaky gut, often due to wheat intake and other glutens, then small amounts of all of what you eat are able to escape the digestive tract and enter the blood stream. Since these foods are not fully digested, they do not belong in the blood stream and are attacked by your immune system. Over time, the immune system can develop a very strong response to all of these foods. The original problem is the leaky gut but then the problem worsens to include allergic response.
Step one which is often the hardest step, is to restore gut health Some can do this simply by eliminating gluten. Others need to eliminate sugars as well. Others who have developed strong allergies may need to eliminate all allergins, which will often include all of what they used to eat.
Some find that with the restoration of gut health and eating a less inflammatory diet, their allergic responses to many foods will tone down over time as their body recovers balance. But mileage will vary and some people will improve more than others.
on May 16, 2012
at 09:27 PM
I was in this situation... I had a reaction and was given predisone and then become allergic to everything. I did allergy tests and they all came out negative. Then I found out the house I lived in had high levels of toxic mold including black mold. I have seen Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker and been slowly getting back on to a full diet. With time it seems like i will. Check your house to see if you have any mold... most houses have and depending on the species it may get you sick. YOu can do a ERMI test from mycrometrics... it is the only test Dr. Ritchie shoemaker recomments and he believes all other ones dont work. Being exposed to mold can lead to numerous inflammation reactions in the body and result in being allergic to all foods... I was also very sensitive to smells. If you have questions you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org Hope you feel better soon.
on January 21, 2011
at 01:39 PM
yes. Only with the help of an acupuncturist and chinese medicine, after chelating heavy metals (specifically mercury) and staying strict on the paleo diet.
on January 20, 2011
at 09:01 PM
I feel for you. I know how hard it is living with food allergies. My 6yr old daughter has severe allergies to pretty much everything. She also has enviromental allergies. I haven't gone full paleo with her because I feel bad that she can't have very many foods. She can only have rice, turkey meat,some veggies and some fruits. I have also developed food allergies. I think I caught it before my allergies got to bad. I've read liver cleansing has helped people get better. I haven't tried it though. I would love to know if anyone has healed themselves from this too. Best of luck to you!
on January 20, 2011
at 08:46 PM
part of the danger this is that the longer your body goes without the histogenic response, the more severe it could become. Do you really want to go back to eating "normally", or are you happy eating this way? If the former, why bother? If you're unhappy eating this way: why? It's sorta like asking someone who's allergic to shellfish (me, as an example), if I ever miss shrimp. Sure, and it makes going to certain restaurants a little dicey but I'll take asking questions and not eating at some places over a trip to the ER any day.
on May 02, 2014
at 06:38 PM
I am only 80lbs, enema dependent and allergic to nearly all food now. I just posted but not sure it will appear since I didn't sign up so this may be a repeat. I tried a natural med doctor/approach for nearly 8 years but only grew worse, especially after several tramas. I haven't eaten out in about 8 years. I try to rotate food every 3 days. I do eat and react to dairy (goat then cow) daily but if I cut it out I lose too much weight. I have to eat every 2 hours due to hunger and blood sugar. I use Rxs for energy since my main react is exhaustion. My safe food list is getting so small. I try to bring back food but with no success.
on May 02, 2014
at 06:31 PM
I have very few "safe foods" and the list has shrunk through the years. I have been through years with a natural medicine doctor. I only weigh 80lbs, very fragile and depend on meds to give me energy since the main response to allergy foods is exhaustion wirth inflammation. I eat every 2 hours and try to rotate foods every 3rd day. I do eat either cow or goat dairy daily and would lose too much wieght if I remove them (I do feel better without them). I have no substitues left. It is diffcult to say the least. Haven't eaten out for 8 years. I am also enema dependent.
on March 24, 2014
at 09:12 PM
I used to have seasonal allergies very bad (2-3 full doses of Benadryl a day was normal) until about a year of paleo, now I have no allergies.
I know that's not the same thing as a food allergy, but it is related. Food allergies seem much tougher to crack, but if you stick with it long enough you should be able to reach a point where your gut is no longer permeable.
on March 24, 2014
at 08:46 AM
I bookmarked this question a couple of years ago when I was in the depths of major illness and promised myself I'd come back and answer it when I was all better. Like many of you, I suddenly became very allergic to everything. I also developed severe gluten intolerance, stomach pain, bloating, constipation, lost tons of weight, etc etc.
Two and a half years later I can finally say that I'm "all better". I am no longer gluten intolerant, whatsoever. My only remaining allergies are mild egg and soy allergies that I can ignore if I want to. No more stomach pain, bloating, constipation, or other symptoms, and I can eat anything without discomfort or pain!! I wrote a post on my blog about what I learned and what I did to heal, and I'd love to share it with you all. Here's the link:
I really hope that this helps!!
on April 03, 2013
at 10:31 PM
hmmm... i will also try the mold test... seems that i have been directed to not have any spices or spicy food... basically the only thing i have been directed is ok to eat is beef and pork and maybe potatoes..... the Chinese Dr i visited stated no spices... the American Dr. has no idea, had the blood tests ran and came up with only the beef and pork i'm not tested as allergic to - just everything else. i am a bit overweight, so i will also continue my weight loss to see if this helps as well..... what a strange thing to have....
on April 03, 2011
at 01:34 AM
I became allergic to almost everything too after a surgery in 2009. It's really hard to live with since I am vegetarian. All that's left for me to eat is vegetables and nuts since I seem to be allergic to anything that converts to sugar. I get terrible migraines and stomach problems if I eat any of the following: gluten, rice, dairy, peanuts, corn, sugary vegetables like carrots beets and peas. Fruits are out too since anything with sugar brings on the migraines. The only grain I do seem to be okay with is Quinoa which might be something you might want to try if grains are a problem. Pumpkin and acorn squash seem to be ok too but I have no idea why. Initially, I lost 80 pounds in the first three months and have remained at my current weight of 140 which is pretty average for a 5 ft 5 lady. So, it's not the worst that could have happened to me but at the same time, it bugs me not to know why. The doctors tell me it will take tons of specialists and tests but I have neither the time or money for that. So, I eat salad and celery with almond butter, and consume 2 servings a day of whey isolate protein powder in almond milk and that's my life. Good luck to all who have this condition whatever the heck it is.
on January 21, 2011
at 01:46 AM
I was allergic to most proteins, including soy, eggs,beans,dairy,gluten etc. In 2007 a friend mentioned to me that there was a practioner locally that could heat allergies. So i contacted her and scheduled my first appointment. It turned out to be a fusion of oriental medicine and chiropractic treatment. It was developed by a physician based in california. It is called naet. If you do a search on naet.com there is a locator to find physicians in your area. I eventually healed all my allergies. I can even eat gluten now but i dont want to. The treatment is definitely contrary to allopathic medicine and i have a hard time explaining what they do. There is muscle testing involved, also acupressure while holding the allergen. Pretty weird stuff but it works.