The first study, published in December, 2007, looked at two groups of children. The first group was overweight and the second was normal weight. The researchers measured three key factors connected to inflammation.
First, they looked at high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker that shows the general level of inflammation in the body. Then they looked for plaque or thickening in the carotid arteries (arteries that supply the brain) with an ultrasound. Third, they looked at blood tests for IgG, or delayed food allergies(intolerances).
What they found was startling.
The overweight kids had a three-fold higher level of CRP and a two and a half fold higher level of IgG antibodies to foods. This is astounding, since in most medical studies a difference of 20 to 30 percent is considered significant. And in this case, the differences were 300 and 250 percent, respectively.
The overweight children also had much thicker carotid arteries, which are a sign of early atherosclerosis and an indicator of heart disease. The study suggests that these food allergies/intolerances are a CAUSE of the inflammation and obesity, not a consequence.
The authors of the study explain that damage to the gut can lead to a leaky gut, allowing food particles to be exposed to the gut’s immune system. This then triggers a system-wide immune response, leading to inflammation all over the body and producing obesity by increasing insulin resistance.
We already know that inflammation from any cause—bacteria, food, a high-sugar, high-fat diet—will produce insulin resistance, leading to higher insulin levels. And since insulin is a fat storage hormone, you store more fat—mostly around the belly.
The authors of the study go on to say that we should consider elimination of IgG food allergens/intolerances as a way of treating obesity and preventing heart disease. That means you don’t limit calories, just foods that cause allergies that in turn cause inflammation. Food Intolerance testing is available as an in-clinic test with results in less than one hour. Only a finger prick sample of blood is needed and the test is the same as the test performed in a Pathology Lab. Phone Romi to arrange this test 07 5554 5661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org