Holistic Path To Wellness: Food Allergies

I. Spotlight on Ann Arbor Holistic Health and Treatments
Ann Arbor Holistic Health offers a comprehensive approach to facilitate the natural healing process of the human body through Acupuncture, Digestive Health, Nutrition, Food Allergy Testing, Herbal Medicine, Supplements and Natural Hormone Balancing. Our newsletter is an excellent way to learn about the efficacy of these methods, and the many issues they treat.

Symptoms do not exist separately from the rest of our bodies. They arise when the body has exhausted its reserves and can no longer compensate for life’s demands. Resolving those symptoms can be simple, but often times they are not and chasing them alone can prove frustrating. The most important question about your health is: What is stopping your body from healing? A complete approach to wellness will give your entire body what it needs to heal.

II. Phil's Story: Personal Accounts of Healing
Many people have food allergies even though they don't exhibit familiar symptoms such as hives or digestive problems. Phil is a great example of how allergies affect us in unbelievable ways.

Phil, a 63 year old patient at the Ann Arbor Holistic Health clinic, had a chronic cough for nearly half his life. He worked with people every day, and the cough interfered with his ability to perform his job. Sometimes he would be forced to leave work early, other times he would wake to the sound of his own wheezing. At the age of 48, he began seeing a pulmonologist. His pulmonologist was extremely knowledgeable, yet nothing they tried seemed to help Phil. When Phil was hospitalized with bronchitis and pneumonia after 15 years of doctors visits, he accepted that he would live with his cough forever.

Frustrated, but still intent on improving his quality of life, Phil began to look into other influencing factors. He started to read more about how food allergies may be affecting his respiratory system. Journal articles, doctors and websites continuously highlighted the correlation between the two, and Phil decided to make a free consultation with Gary Merel at Ann Arbor Holistic Health. During his consultation he was screened for food allergies using a simple blood test that examined 96 of the most common food allergens. His results were positive for a significant number of foods. Phil removed these allergens from his diet, and his respiratory problem resolved itself within a month. Phil has been cough-free ever since.

III. What is an allergy?
An allergy is the immune systems response to a protein usually found in a food, such as peanuts, eggs, wheat or milk that it perceives as a foreign body.

IV. How can you know if you may have an allergy? Check these 14 Warning Signs:
1.    Tiredness, drowsiness, no energy.
2.    Frequent headache or migraines.
3.    Stomach bloating, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence.
4.    GI disorders including, Crohn’s disease, Ulercatice Colitis & IBS
5.    Mouth Ulcers.
6.    Chronic cough, bronchitis, asthma, colds and 'flu'.
7.    Eczema, psoriasis, and chronic skin problems.
8.    Aching joints, backache.
9.    Gradual weight change.
10.    Tinea or Yeast (Candida) infections.
11.    Clumsiness, lack of coordination.
12.    Miscarriage, infertility.
13.    Hemorrhoids and Ear pain.
14.    Cravings, addictions.

V. The Need to Heal a Leaky Gut
Food allergens trigger inflammation in the digestive tract which leads to the many symptoms listed above. This inflammation creates increased permeability in the walls of the intestines, leading to a phenomenon called Leaky Gut Syndrome. By removing the allergen, we can heal our “leaky” guts and begin the process of improved health.

VI. How is a Food Allergy Diagnosed?
The most comprehensive diagnostic tool is the ELISA blood test, which examines the bodies reaction to 96 different potential food allergens, including gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and peanuts. This simple test also allows health professionals to efficiently check for the severity of allergies, ranging from IgE (most severe), IgA (moderate) and IgG (least severe). 


Our office offers appropriate therapies to help guide people seeking help towards a comprehensive and holistic strategy to healing. Restoring your body to health will restore the quality of your life. In the coming months our newsletter will address nutritional factors to keep you health, natural ways to balance hormones, gluten intolerance, women's health, and other related subjects.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation and evaluation, please call our office at (734) 222-8210.