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Was it something you ate?
1: Reactions to food
2: Food allergy
3: Food intolerance
4: How are food allergies diagnosed?
5: Web sites to browse etc


Talking Point
June 2001
In this issue:

Vice-President’s Report
Pesticide Blues
Was it something you ate?
Research Update
Medical Seminar (Aug 25)
ME/CFS/CFIDS Project
Support Groups

Was it something you ate?

By Sabine Spiesser BS, Grad Dip Dietetics

Reactions to food

Many people with CFS believe that they react adversely to some foods. Although there are no good statistics about this, the experience of dietitians in the field, and information from the ME/CFS Society of SA, suggests that possibly 20 to 30% of people with CFS are so affected.

There are many ways that food can cause reactions, including true food allergy, and more commonly, a drug-like intolerance to natural or added food chemicals. Some people with CFS may also experience problems with maldigestion or malabsorption of food.

A true food allergy can be life-threatening in some cases. Most reactions however, are less severe. Neither food allergies nor food intolerances are trivial, as they can cause tremendous discomfort for sufferers.

Types of reactions to foods:

Food allergy

Food intolerance or pharmacological reactions

Histamine intolerance

Food indigestibility

Food poisoning

Enzyme deficiencies

Coeliac disease

Food aversion

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