Six Signs of Food Sensitivities


Today, many physicians are seeing an increase of allergy symptoms, skin rashes, and asthma in their patient population. This increase is generally in the younger population.

Of course, the two biggest culprits are usually dairy and gluten (the protein in wheat). Other contributing factors are synthetic additives like colors, oils, flavors and sweeteners; plus many genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s).

If the symptoms are determined to be a dietary reaction; become a detective and look for clues to assess what the cause may be and then try to eliminate the offending food!

Here is what to look for:

Spitting up could be an intolerance to casein, which is a protein in cow’s milk, and in many prepared foods, also. Casein tends to irritate a child’s gut lining and cause gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), or can cause chronic ear infection and constipation. Remove dairy (cow) from diet or from nursing mother’s diet for at least a week and add a probiotic to help healing.

Chronic Diarrhea may be intolerance to gluten or lactose, a dairy sugar. This may include gas and bloating. Physicians and Nutritionist have found that if you are gluten intolerant, then you are likely lactose intolerant, also. A  blood test for Celiac disease can confirm a gluten sensitivity. Eliminate the offending products; unfortunately, wheat is in many processed and packaged foods!

Only consume fermented dairy products like yogurt or kefir, which have lower lactose levels. If your child is just being cranky, this also may be linked to gluten issues, with symptoms from moodiness, headaches, ADHD and neurological symptoms.

Chronic Ear Infections have been linked to dairy and soy sensitivity. Quit dairy and any soy products for a month or more including many processed foods containing soy by-products.

Itchy skin is common to gluten, casein and egg sensitivities. Other suspects to skin irritation could be oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple.

These could be a histamine response so see an allergist for a Rast test to detect food sensitivities.

Hyperactivity is usually associated with sensitivity to artificial colors and sugars. According to Dr. Barry Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier has increased vulnerability to toxic effects of chemicals like food additives, artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

So when possible buy organic foods with no additives and no artificial colors. Also, avoid all added sugars.

 Children with Stunted Growth have been found to be gluten sensitive or have zinc deficiency. This is due to gluten intolerance, it interferes with nutrient absorption and causes a failure to grow or thrive. Small size in height or weight is a classic symptom of Celiac disease.

Zinc can normalize appetite and help growth hormones to function better. Symptoms include: not being hungry, picky eater, or complaining that food tastes funny or smells bad.

Eliminate gluten and check for low zinc. Zinc rich foods include chicken, beans, cashews, and garbanzo’s (Hummus).



The Green Pharmacy Guide to Healing Foods by James Duke PhD

Cindy Burrows
Cynthia Burrows, M.T. CWC, Herbalist

Cynthia Burrows, from Austin, Texas, owns Cindy Burrows, Natural Health Consultant; assisting individuals with health issues they would like to change. She will set up a program giving choices of foods, herbs, teas and homeopathic suggestions. Cindy is past owner of Nature’s Healing Herbs, an Herbal, Green Tea, and Tincture product line, and a rare product line of Green Tea Foods. She has certificates for Herbalist at East West School of Herbology, and as Wellness Consultant with the Wellness Forum in Ohio.

Cindy is also a Medical Technologist, with a B.S. degree from Mansfield University in Mansfield Pa., she has been in healthcare for over 30 years. In 2005, she started using a new device founded in Europe, Quantum Biofeedback, “an energy rebalancing of the body”, by using our bodies electricity or frequency waves it can detect stress points in the body, she has added this to her consulting practice. She now has her Certification as a Biofeedback Specialist. She helps her clients by working with the synergy of herbs, food, homeopathy, and aromatherapy within her practice. She is a speaker, writer, and teacher. Cindy has been interviewed on TV; about the benefits of Green Tea and has been on radio about her small business tour to Ecuador.

Cindy has been an herbalist for over 20 years and has spent 6 years learning through the East West School of Herbology with Michael Tierra. She has studied Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic Herbs with a strong emphasis on nutrition. Along with many other continued studies of alternative and complementary medicine. She is a Certified Wellness Consultant, through a special program, The Wellness Forum, which has its nutrition program, now part of the curriculum at Ohio State University, providing educational seminars and workshops designed to impart relevant nutrition information to individuals to take control of their own health. These programs give healthier options and choices that can impact your longevity and quality of life. Cindy has been a speaker to many groups and has conducted many of her own classes on food and healthy life style programs.

Cindy has been involved with a hands-on healing program for the past 4 years and offers energy healing, through donation only, to anyone who needs her services.

She is Co-president of the Austin Herb Society and a member of the American Herbalist Guild. Cynthia has been a board member on many programs in the past including; La Sertoma, Arthritis Foundation, Toastmasters International, National Association of Female Executives, Handicapped Equestrian Learning Program, Entrepreneurs Association, and Austin Integrated Health Care Program.

Cindy also loves nature, animals, reading, blending teas, juices, etc.; likes to hike, and work with plants and, of course, cooking., mostly vegetarian.
Cindy has an adventurous streak.
She has organized and taken tours with business and artists groups to Big Bend, Texas, New Mexico, USA, and Ecuador, South America.