THE FACTS ABOUT an actual immune reaction in his patients. This
meant they could not be classified as true allergies.
In general, there are eight foods that are con-
sidered to be allergenic and these account for 90
percent of all food allergy reactions. These include
dairy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, soy and
o you love pizza, red wine, pastrami or ham wheat. But, even eliminating these foods from his
This elusive and cheese sandwiches, even hot dogs? How patients’ diet did not eliminate their problems. That’s
about Gouda, parmesan, cheddar and Swiss
epidemic is cheese? Tuna herring, or mackerel? Even certain
what led Dr. Jarisch to decide that his patient’s
symptoms could not be that of a true allergy. After
no allergy vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach, all, their immune systems were essentially unaf-
eggplant, avocado, mushrooms or fected. He enlisted the help of Dr. Missbichler, an
commercially prepared salads can expert in food allergy and food intolerance diagnos-
the difference, cause food intolerance. Do you
tic tests. Dr. Missbichler made an extraordinary dis-
understand the adore bananas and papayas, as covery: these patients lacked adequate activity of an
cause, and get well as count on your daily bread enzyme called diamine oxidase (DAO), necessary to
your life and pastries made with yeast? digest histamine. Could it be this simple?
back! But do you hate the way you feel Well, once these people began eliminating cer-
30 minutes or perhaps a few hours after tain histamine-rich foods from their diets such as
enjoying some of these foods? According to Dr. red wine, cured meats, and tomatoes, they began
Marcus Laux, N.D., renowned naturopathic physi- to improve greatly.
cian and leading authority on science-based natu- “In the general population, about 25 percent of
ral medicines, "Most all food intolerances are people have highly reduced DAO activity," says Dr.
confused with food allergies, and this has led to Missbichler.
lack of help and treatment. People live for years Yet, our systems are being exposed to higher
with the broad-ranging discomforts associated with amounts of histamine than ever, thanks to our con-
food intolerance without realizing what is causing sumption of yeast-based foods, preserved meats
their symptoms." and more servings of processed foods. Some
Symptoms can range from common digestive drugs for high blood pressure and nervous system
complaints including abdominal pain, spasms, diar- disorders can also interfere with DAO activity.
rhea, constipation, and flatulence, to headaches, “Another important inhibitor is alcohol,” he says,
skin rashes, eczema and hives, all due to the body’s and, couple that with the fact that some alcoholic
inability to deal with certain food ingredients. beverages like red wine are high in histamine
The difficulty many people have had with prop- already; it is a sure set up!
erly managing their food intolerance is that they con- Histamine has a powerful vasodilating inflam-
fuse it with a food allergy. This has led to faulty matory effect that can be very challenging when
diagnosis and treatment for patients for decades. levels are too high. Now here’s some good news:
But, finally, scientists have successfully explained much like lactose intolerance greatly benefits from
the difference between the two. A food allergy the lactase enzyme that breaks down this milk
involves a direct immune reaction that produces cer- sugar, histamine intolerance benefits from and can
tain substances called immunoglobulins and results be tamed by the enzyme, DAO. DAO specifically
in an almost immediate reaction. Food intolerance and effectively renders histamine harmless.
involves a buildup of an offending dietary substance So how to tell the difference between a food
such as histamine or lactose; symptom onset can be allergy and food intolerance? “The key question is:
delayed thirty minutes or longer. when do the symptoms occur,” Dr. Missbichler
But sorting out the difference between food says. “If it is within five minutes it is allergy. Half an
allergies and intolerance hasn’t been easy. This hour or later, it is food intolerance.
was the issue that Dr. Albert Missbichler faced “Also, an allergy does not depend on the
when he started developing a diagnostic system in amount of food you eat, as even small amounts can
2002 for the renowned allergist Reinhart Jarisch, be highly problematic. But food intolerance symp-
M.D., both from Austria. Dr. Jarisch was finding that toms can get even worse as you consume more
certain reactions from eating food were not inciting and more of the triggering foods.”
10 the doctors’ prescription for healthy living
Common Types of
Food Intolerances Symptoms Causes Foods to Avoid Solutions & Options
Histamine Abdominal cramps,spasms, Lack of DAO enzyme Highly processed or fermented: Histame is clinically shown to regulate the histamine levels
Intolerance headache, fatigue, skin rash, wine, aged cheese, yeast-con- in the body by replenishing the body’s digestive enzyme
nausea, dizziness, watering taining foods, and sauerkraut. DAO. Histamine-related food can also be avoided.
eyes, diarrhea, exhaustion, Spinach and tomatoes are also
chills, constipation, flatulence high in histamine. See more
foods mentioned in this article.
Fructose Gastro-intestinal distress: Lack of aldolase B enzyme High fructose corn syrup, Follow a fructose-restricted diet, however restricting fructose
Intolerance flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, table sugar (sucrose), fruit, eliminates fruits and most vegetables, so it is important to
fatigue, low iron or other honey, regular sodas, flavored replace their nutrients with a daily vitamin supplement;
nutrient deficiency water, sorbitol, sports drinks Dextrose can be incorporated into the diet. Dextrose helps
to absorb fructose in the GI tract to relieve symptoms.
Lactose Cramps, bloating, gas, diar- Lack of lactase enzyme Milk, yogurt, ice cream, hard Supplement with a lactase enzyme, necessary for proper
Intolerance rhea, and nausea cheese, cottage cheese, cream digestion of milk sugars; choose dairy-free foods, and take
cheese, whey, curds, bread, a daily supplement to replace nutrients. Lactose-free milk
breakfast cereals, potato chips, and cheese are available as well as alternatives to dairy
margarine, salad dressings milk such as almond, soy, and rice milk.
Gluten Bloating, gas, constipation, Inappropriate immune system Breaded foods, wheat, barley, The body has a gluten-specific digestive enzyme known as
Intolerance diarrhea, aching joints, eczema, reaction to gluten that causes flour or cereal products, dipeptidyl peptidase or DPP IV that, when supplied in supple-
headaches, exhaustion, inflammation in the small intestine. starches, hydrolyzed vegetable ment form, plays a significant role in the breakdown of
cramps, depression, irritability protein, malt gluten’s peptides. Look for a proteolytic enzyme blend with
and behavioral changes DPP IV activity; gluten-free foods are also available.
Food Allergies Allergens include similar True allergic reactions to food There are eight foods consid- Strict avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction.
symptoms to food intolerances involve the body's immune sys- ered to be allergenic. These Check ingredient labels carefully and seek out food
only reactions are almost tem. When the body identifies a include dairy, egg, peanuts, alternatives.
always immediate. food as harmful, it produces anti- tree nuts, shellfish, fish, soy
bodies directed against that food. and wheat.
Food intolerance is different from
food allergy in that it does not
involve an immunologic reaction.
Food intolerance is on the rise. According to the exogenously,” says Dr. Missbichler. “DAO had been All conditions should be confirmed
by a doctor using reliable testing
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and the studied in the past but ours was the first team to methods. Consult a registered dieti-
National Institutes for Health, as many as 30 million consider its clinical use. Eventually we were able to tian for a complete list of foods you
people in the United States have food intolerance, purify a very high potency enzyme product that should eat or avoid.
which is four to five times the number with food aller- would pass through the stomach and arrive intact
gies. Also known as enteral histaminosis, food intoler- in the small intestine, where its ability to breakdown
ance is now considered by a growing number of histamine would be able to help.”
doctors and health experts to be a vastly more serious Hundreds of thousands of Europeans have
health problem than all food allergies put together! already been helped with Histame’s diamine oxi-
However, those with food intolerance still have a harder dase. In 2008, DAO was acknowledged by the
time knowing if their symptoms are related to food. Food and Drug Administration as a new dietary
So where do you start when it comes to track- ingredient to aid in histamine management. This Resources
ing down the cause of your own symptoms? First, breakthrough achievement offers the first real hope Histame can be purchased online
learn to recognize them. Digestive problems, bloat- to the millions of Americans and people throughout at www.histame.com and is avail-
able in health food stores nation-
ing, stomach pain, heartburn, tension headaches, the world who have suffered from this widely expe- wide. To learn more about Histame
migraines, heart palpitations, low blood pressure, rienced, yet misunderstood condition until now, his- or to request a free sample,
urticaria (also known as hives, a kind of skin rash tamine-induced food intolerance. Now you know, call 1-800-899-4499.
notable for dark red, raised, itchy bumps), hay fever now you can do something about it. I
and asthma can all be signs of food intolerance.
But then you have to connect these symptoms
with certain foods. That usually requires keeping a
Q & A with Dr. Albert Missbichler
HL: What does the diamine oxidase proven dietary supplement can help regulate and
diary and utilizing an elimination diet that rotates cer- balance histamine levels in the body.
tain foods in and out of your meals to see when you AM: Normally, histamine is broken down by the HL: How should people use Histamine?
feel better and when you feel worse. This is time- body’s own enzyme called diamine oxidase, or AM: For optimal results, take 1 to 2 Histame cap-
DAO. If you don’t have enough DAO, or something sules within 15 minutes of consuming histamine-
consuming, and unfortunately is rarely full proof. is preventing your DAO from working properly, rich food/drinks known to cause food intolerance.
you may experience an increased histamine expo-
sure inside the body, which may result in the
HL: Who should take Histame?
NO WORRIES THOUGH, AM: This product is for children (5 years and
effects of histamine food intolerance.
THERE IS AN ANSWER older), teenagers and adults consuming foods rich
HL: What makes Histame unique? in histamine. Histame is not intended for those
“My idea was if there was an enzyme that was not AM: The Histame formula is the first worldwide who have immune system-related food allergies. It
working properly perhaps it could be provided to decrease histamine levels that cause food intol- may help their food intolerance symptoms, but it
erance by replenishing our DAO. This clinically is not help for true food allergy.
the doctors’ prescription for healthy living 11