First, some statistics to illustrate the challenges.
At least 30% of the population complains of adverse food reactions.
The majority of these individuals cannot reliably identify the
offending food component. Food reactions can change during the
different stages of life.
Food intolerances, i.e. reactions not primarily involving the
immune system, are common in adults (at least 20%) and less common in
children. Lactose and fructose, or milk and fruit sugar, and sorbitol
intolerances are most frequent and often co-exist in the same
Food allergies, primarily reactions of the immune system, are
encountered in 2-8% of the population and are more common in children.
Adverse food reactions exist in at least 30% of patients diagnosed
with functional bowel syndromes, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome
(IBS), and significant symptomatic improvement has been documented
with dietary modifications in these individuals.
Then there are the increasingly recognized cross-reactions between
non-food (e.g. pollen, skin) and food allergies. At least 30% of
non-food allergies are accompanied by adverse food reactions.
The strategy of Food Intolerance Diagnostics is to provide
diagnostic tools and clinical expertise to help identify and relieve
adverse food reactions. In our clinical practice we often witness the
tremendous changes in quality of life and functioning this can
achieve. Consequently, we have undertaken to provide test and
treatment resources and are actively engaged in clinical practice as
well as in research with motivated patients, physicians, dieticians
and the food and pharmaceutical industry.