According to Roger Deutsch, author of “Your Hidden Food Allergies are Making You Fat,” it certainly is a possibility. He begins by explaining the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity. A food allergy causes a rapid, severe onset of symptoms while a food sensitivity yields delayed low-grade symptoms. The body’s reaction to an allergy vs. an intolerance is also different. A food sensitivity is handled by the innate immune system of the body compared to a food allergy which is handled by the specific immune systems. Food sensitivities and allergies involve different chemical pathways and thus require different tests for detection. A standard allergy test cannot detect a food sensitivity. Food sensitivities can cause migraines, chronic arthritis, fatigue, and chronic inflammation. Long-term chronic inflammation can lead to asthma, arthritis, and some gastrointestinal problems.
The test for food sensitivities, the ALCAT test, can be purchased from achooallergy.com. It’s an easy test that can be done in the privacy of your home. You do not need a prescription. You simply place an order on the internet.