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SUBJECT: FOOD INTOLERANCE--DIGESTIVE ENZYME DEFICIENCY
Serious Illness, Surprising Causes, and Unexpected Cure
By the late 1970's while still very young, my health declined to the point where I felt like I had little time left. A strange set of circumstances led me to a kind of doctor I'd never heard of before--a naturopathic physician. Through different methods of testing and evaluation he diagnosed stage 2 stomach cancer, which I had suspected, ovarian cysts, arthritis, chronic bronchitis, sciatica, and a heart condition caused by the "hot" infection (acute) in my ovaries--giving names to the symptoms I knew all too well. I'd also suffered from nearly lifelong anemia and low thyroid in spite of standard medical treatment for these conditions.
Dr. Harold Dick, N.D. (later described as a "naturopathic oncology pioneer") explained that the underlying cause of the chronic stomach condition still in the early stage of cancer was food intolerances--foods or food groups, and food combinations that were incompatible with my basic body chemistry and as such were poorly digested and assimilated, which gave rise to toxic by-products. This could be compared to the contents of a garbage can sitting outside in the sun where food products spoiled and rotted, became rancid or fermented, depending on what kind of food it was. He explained that my sick stomach fed all of the other conditions, which were the result of toxemia, but that the acute infection in my ovaries was the most immediate problem.
The cause of the stomach ulcers turned rotten required a blood test--a small sample from my ear lobe for the Carroll Food Test, which would also determine primary tissue salt deficiency. Every case (and set of symptoms) is different, but for me the problems were eggs and the combination of fruit and sugar together. I could eat them separately but not within a certain time frame of each other. The Carroll test was so specific it pinpointed the time as 4 hours--my rate of digestion fro the time it took to digest one food before eating the other one. I already knew that processed sugar (in all of it's many forms, including molasses and corn sugar) did harm, so I eventually gave up sugar. The Carroll Test (named after famous naturopathic pioneer Dr. Otis Carroll, who developed the test which is a method of evaluating the electrical response of blood cells to different foods and food combinations) showed that I needed the tissue salt (cell salt, mineral salt) "ferrum phos." which is a form of iron. That explained the intractable anemia--my body couldn't properly absorb and assimilate iron.
Dr. Dick also determined that I needed glandular protomorphogens. These are something different and unique, produced only by Standard Process Labs. They are the part of glandular cells that contain a kind of "blue print" for correcting and building healthy cells, so that instead of replacing hormones and further damaging a sick gland, these key parts of the cells helped to heal the gland. I don't even remember for certain what it was he gave me, but most probably thyroid protomorphogens.
However, I was so ill and with my weakened heart Dr. Dick doubted that the dietary change and supplements alone would be enough to restore me to health. I needed treatment--Constitutional Hydrotherapy which was a combination of hydrotherapy and electrotherapy (it worked through vibration like deep massage, not electrical shocks) used to stimulate blood circulation and the activity of the vital organs. The goal was revive the body enough to bring on spontaneous detoxification and to jump-start the immune system. My treatment lasted one day short of 5 weeks. The last two weeks were absolute misery, not from the treatment but from the success of the massive detoxification effort my body made. I became so acutely ill from flu-like symptoms and other kinds of "house-cleaning" that I wanted to shoot the doctor, but when it was over all of the pain was gone and I had acquired a level of health and well-being beyond what I remembered as a child. A later blood panel given by a disbelieving medical doctor showed that everything was normal--better than normal--and that I had the vascular system of an athletic teenager.
The treatments were necessary in my case, and the supplements assisted in the healing process, but the digestive enzyme deficiency food intolerances were the key components of my disease conditions, and the resulting food intolerance elimination diet the foundation for healing and maintaining health. I found out this is a problem most people have and few are aware of, because unlike immune system-generated "allergies" which trigger immediate reactions, food intolerances seldom do so that the symptoms are rarely connected to food causes. This remains a little known underlying or contributing cause of many if not most disease conditions.
Dr. Dick's Own Experiences With Food Intolerance: Why He Became a Naturopath
Food Intolerances--most people have them; few people know about them. These are individual foods such as eggs or potatoes, food groups such dairy or fruit, and food combinations such as fruit + sugar or dairy + cereal grains that are incompatible with your basic body chemistry and result in incomplete digestion and faulty assimilation, creating toxins (toxic metabolites) which cause inflammation and infection and can evolve into chronic/degenerative disease of almost any kind, depending on the individual's makeup and the susceptibility of the organs and tissues of the body, whether that be the brain, the heart, the liver, the kidneys, the lungs, the bowel--everyone is different and everyone responds to a condition of toxemia in their own way. The Carroll Test requires very specialized training. This is a blood chemistry analysis of the cell's response to different foods, food groups and food combinations. The analysis involves electrical responses of blood cells to food, related to VOLL testing.
Food and blood are closely related, chemically speaking. And just as someone with blood type O, A, B, or AB can't take a different type of blood (A, B. or AB) during transfusion, all four types can accept type O blood--the "universal donor". Likewise one's body chemistry is incompatible with some kinds of foods or combinations of foods, while other foods appear to be universally compatible with all people, such as fish and vegetables.
Food intolerances involve the digestive system and differ from food sensitivities, which are poorly understood and food allergies, which involve the immune system and require a different kind of testing procedure.
Most people have one primary food or food group intolerance and one or two food combination intolerances. These are foods which can be eaten separately if spaced apart by a specific number of hours, however long it takes to digest one food before consuming the other one. The Carroll Food Test is so specific it determines the number of hours one must wait in between eating one food and then the other one in a combination intolerance. It also isolates the primary tissue salt deficiency, which needs correcting to bring about a tissue salt balance (also referred to as cell salts or mineral salts, which come in homeopathic preparations). Identifying and eliminating wrong foods and detoxing their poisonous wastes, and correcting nutritional and glandular deficiency or imbalance states (glandular protomorphogens) is critically important to getting and keeping good health.
information on testing/diagnostic work:
G. Carroll is considered one of the most significant naturopathic
physicians of this century. He practiced through the 1920s, in Spokane,
Washington. His clinic was the most famous west of the Mississippi, and
was the primary teacher of those who taught my teachers, Dr. Bastyr, Dr.
Dick, and others. His clinic was a “Mecca” of healing, drawing
people from all over the world. His work was based upon the European nature-cure
approach, which favored a simple, vegetarian diet, hydrotherapy, homeopathy,
and herbal medicine.
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If one of the most important functions of naturopathy is to detoxify the body for bio purification, then one of the most important functions of healthful nutrition is to prevent intoxication. In our treatment protocols when we say, "remove the injurious foods," we mean to remove the foods which cause intoxication of the body. In general, this may be done by eating a diet rich in fresh, well-grown, well-prepared whole foods that are low in total calories, total fat, refined carbohydrates, food additives, and stimulants, and eliminating the foods to which one is intolerant, allergic, or sensitive to.
Food allergies are immune system mediated, and may be immediate or delayed reactions up to seventy-two hours later. With food allergies we can observe immune system activity in the body. Food sensitivities are not immune system mediated. We don't know what pathway they follow in the body; our science hasn't quite caught up to understanding exactly what is happening. We may get a blister on our tongue every time that we eat a particular food, but we can't observe any immune activity in the body. Food intolerance is the oldest approach to identifying food reactivity that we have. It is the enzymatic inability to properly digest or absorb a particular food or combination of foods. Since many food allergies and sensitivities can be managed by elimination and then reintroduction at moderate levels, we believe that food intolerances are the most important since they are constitutional, we are born with them.
There are numerous methods for determining food allergies and sensitivities- the elimination diet, challenge diet, Coca Pulse test, cytoxic test, RAST test, ELISA test, skin test, sublingual test, VEGA test, EAV, and others. None of these is entirely satisfactory. The main method that we use for bio purification is the food intolerance method developed by Dr. Abrahms, a medical doctor and physiologist, of Stanford in the early 1900's and used by Dr. Otis G. Carroll and his followers. It is the method that has been used the longest with good clinical results and is the method which has been used most extensively in conjunction with hydrotherapy and bio purification.
Dr. Carroll practiced in Spokane, Washington from 1908 until 1963. During the early years of his practice he had a number of difficult cases which he could not cure. His auscultory (stethoscope) exam showed him that the problem in such cases was usually in the stomach (this was a time when physicians used their stethoscopes as an art and science, listening to the heart with such subtleties as an Oriental practitioner listening to the pulse). The concept of food allergy was almost unheard of, but Dr. Carroll experimented with different foods to find which were causing the problems. From these findings he was able to devise a method for identifying a patient's intolerance to a food, food group, or combination of foods which should be avoided because they cannot be digested and/or assimilated properly by that patient. Such an intolerance appears to be constitutional and unchanging, similar to one's blood type.
In the words of Dr. Carroll, "Health must at all times come from and be maintained by digested foods." When a person eats foods to which he is intolerant, these foods are not properly digested and assimilated. If these foods are high in carbohydrates, fermentation occurs; if they are high in proteins, putrefaction occurs; if they are high in fats, rancidification occurs. All lead to a slow poisoning of the intestinal tract and eventually of all the body systems. Each unique, individual person will respond differently to eating his food intolerance, depending on his constitutional strength. A person with a weak constitution is more susceptible to developing early symptoms of toxemia such as intestinal discomfort, asthma, skin eruptions, fatigue or mental confusion with ingestion of even minute amounts of the irritating food. Another person, with a strong constitution may eat his or her food intolerance several times a day without the slightest noticeable discomfort. However, it was Dr. Carroll's hypothesis, based on over sixty years of clinical observation, that even though a person's constitution was strong, if they ate their food intolerance, a strain was placed on the whole organism, and sooner or later systemic damage would occur. One is reminded that a tumor of the colon takes about twenty years to develop before the person experiences any symptoms. Similarly, a tumor of the breast takes about twelve years of development before it becomes palpable. During these years, the person may have felt great. Prevention is always the better cure."
- Food sensitivities and disease
Dr. Otis Carroll, a naturopathic physician who practiced in Spokane Washington from 1908 through 1962, was one of the first modern physicians to systematically screen his patients for food intolerances. Carroll, who was also an accomplished Thomsonian herbalist, was trained to look for food sensitivities as an obstacle to cure in stubborn cases during his study early in the century with Henry Lindlahr, M.D., N.D. of Chicago. He cured a number of difficult cases by removing offending foods during the 1930s, and began to screen for them routinely. He eventually applied an intuitive screening method which usually was verified by withdrawal and rechallenge of the food.(This was the older method before he developed a testing procedure.) Carroll came to believe that everyone has one or more foods that they are constitutionally intolerant of, and which, if consumed by that person, will impair digestion and health. Carroll’s students were in turn teachers of many of the older generation of naturopathic physicians practicing today. More complete discussions of Carroll’s methods are available in Nature Doctors (Medicine Biological; Portland, Oregon, 1994) and Lectures in Naturopathic Hydrotherapy (Eclectic Medical Publications, Portland, Oregon, 1988)
Dianne Jacobs Thompson Est. 2003
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