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Yale Studies Food Sensitivity Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Yale Studies Food Sensitivity Testing for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Yale University has just published a study in the British Medical Journal which shows that patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome who follow diets based on food sensitivity testing improve, having fewer and less severe symptoms.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that can cause gas, abdominal pain, and either diarrhea, constipation or both.
A double-blind study of 58 patients was performed. Blood samples were used to measures immune cell activation in response to many foods. The study participants were then placed on individualized diets that restricted the intake of the foods the subjects showed sensitivity to.
After several weeks the study participants were assessed for their IBS symptoms.They found that participants who restricted their intake of offending foods improved more than those given general dietary instructions.This study provides scientific evidence for this medication-free approach, which may lead to further recognition in the medical community of the importance of food sensitivity testing.
Amazingly the lead researcher Ather Ali said was quoted as saying,
“We didn’t expect results like this.” Why this was so surprising is unclear, but unfortunately may reflect a bias in medicine against dietary / natural treatments compared to drug treatments used for most conditions in medical practice today.
Hopefully the credibility that a Yale study may lend to this drug free appraoch will encourage more physicians to take an interest in food sensitivity testing for their patients.