This is called an “elimination diet” because you will be removing certain foods and food categories from your diet. These modifications allow your body’s compromised detoxification machinery to recover and begin to function efficiently. The dietary changes help the body eliminate or “clear” various toxins that may have accumulated due to environmental exposure, foods,
beverages, drugs, alcohol, or cigarette smoking. This is not a calorie-restricted diet.
I find that those patients who can follow the diet report increased energy and mental alertness, decreased muscle or joint pain, and a general sense of well-being. However, some people do not tolerate the change in diet well. Don’t be surprised if you experience changes in sleep patterns, lightheadedness, headaches, joint or muscle stiffness, and changes in gastrointestinal function during the first week. The good news is that these symptoms rarely last for more than a few days.
Functional medical practitioners believe that a low level inflammatory state contributes to bronchial irritability and the likelihood of bron - chospasm. An analysis of 2,000 child
■ Corn starch in baking powder and any processed foods
■ Corn syrup in beverages and processed foods
■ Vinegar in ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard is usually from
Eat only the foods listed under “Foods to Include” and avoid foods listed under “Foods to Exclude.” If you have a question about a particular food, check to see if it is on
The “remove” aspect of functional medicine (the first of the 4 Rs) includes dietary changes, particularly when there has been a history of antibiotic misuse. When necessary, I
The following list includes only a few of the substances that functional medicine practitioners use for CAID symptoms. They believe that if taken daily, these nutrients will reduce
(Functional medicine advocates refer to this as the 4 Rs.)
1. Remove: Eliminate infections that are found. Stop taking antiinflammatories and drinking excess alcohol. Begin an alle