Food Allergies/headaches

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Have you ever seen food allergies "present" with headaches? I'm a daily headache sufferer for more than 10 years.  My GP had a blood panel done a few years ago and it showed no food allergies but environmental ones - ragweed, pollen etc.  I never knew I had those allergies b/c I never had the typical symptoms of runny notes itchy watery eyes etc.  And the headaches do not seem to have any seasonal changes.  So fast forward and b/c I'm still convinced that it must be something I'm eating or processing - I'm now on the Eat2Live diet (no processed foods - just fruits and vegs).  I've eliminated everything possible from my diet even remotely linked to headaches (6wks now) nuts, dairy, bread, bananas, eggs etc and have had only a very small change in my headaches.   How long does it take to truly clear your body from any build up of toxins (usually related to animal proteins)?  Most of what I have read says to stay on the headache diet for 3 months to see a difference.  It is very difficult.  Also I had egg whites 2 times and my chest got very tight right after I ate them - couldn't tell of any change in headaches b/c I had one before and after so hard to tell.  I'm thinking of going to an allergist and or a naturopath next but wanted to check here first.  Sorry for the long story!  Thanks in advance!  Karen

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Hi Karen,
If you read David Perlmutter new book called "Grain Brain" the first thing I would eliminate if I were you is gluten.  Do an elimination trial for one month and see if headaches abate or attenuate.  It does sound like you have issues with egg whites too. I would avoid genetically modified ingredients like corn, soy, canola and cottonseed.  Get on organic corn or soy because then it is not genetically modified.  See a NAET practitioner in your area.  If you are in the Pgh area I know Vanessa is a very good NAET practitioner in the north hills area.  Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions. NAET should help you greatly.

Dr. Lukaszuk

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Judith Lukaszuk

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I can answer questions related to nutrition, food allergies and food sensitivities, how to identify and avoid genetically modified ingredients, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, gluten intolerance or celiac disease, autism spectrum disorder, ADD, ADHD, vitamin and mineral supplements, sports nutrition, diet, exercise and I specialize in a technique called "NAET" which involves muscle testing people for food allergies and then applying acupressure to the spine to attenuate food or environmental allergies.

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I have been teaching nutrition in a University setting for the past 20 years. I have been practicing NAET since Summer, 2012.

Publications
Lukaszuk JM, Prawitz AD, Shokrani M, Umoren J, Norman E. Methylmalonic acid levels in non-elderly adult chronic PPI users. Journal of Human Nutrition and Food Sciences. In Press. Stark M, Lukaszuk J, Prawitz A, Salacinski A. Protein timing and its effects on muscular hypertrophy and strength in individuals engaged in weight-training. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 2012;9:54. Lukaszuk J, Prawitz A, Johnson K, Umoren J, Bugno TJ. Development of a Noninvasive Vitamin D Screening Tool. Family &Consumer Sciences Research Journal. 2012;40:229-240. Lukaszuk JM, Schultz TM, Prawitz AD, Hofmann E. Effect of R-Alpha Lipoic Acid on HgbA1c, Lipids and Blood Pressure in Type-2 Diabetics: A Preliminary Study. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. 2009;6:1-14. Lukaszuk JM, Luebbers P, Gordon BA. Preliminary Study: Soy Milk as Effective as Skim Milk in Promoting Weight Loss. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2007;107:1811-1814. Lukaszuk JM, Robertson RJ, Arch JE, Moyna NM. Effect Of A Defined Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian Diet and Oral Creatine Monohydrate Supplementation On Plasma Creatine concentration. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2005;19:735-740. Lukaszuk JM, Robertson RJ, Arch JE, Moore GE, Yaw KM, Kelley DE, Rubin JT, Moyna NM. Effect of Creatine Supplementation and a Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian Diet on Muscle Creatine Concentration. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2002;12:336-348.

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh M.S. Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh B.S. Coordinate Program in Dietetics with a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hill College in Greensburg, PA R.D. Registered Dietitian through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commission on Dietetic Registration LDN. License Dietitian and Nutritionist in the State of IL F.I.A.M.A. Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture Certified NAET practitioner

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