May, 2014 - IBS Treatment Center

MAY 2014
1...Food Allergies and
Upper Respiratory
2...Welcome Dr. Coy
3...Support Groups
4...Xanthan Gum
4...Wanted: Your Referrals
& Stories
The IBS Treatment Center
is the nation’s leading facility
for the successful treatment of
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
and other digestive disorders
11300 Roosevelt Way NE,
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: (206) 264-1111
1260 - 15th Street,
Suite 1101
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 319-1500
[email protected]
Food Allergies As Triggers for Ear Infections and
Other Upper Respiratory Problems
Here at the IBS Treatment Center, we are experts at diagnosing food allergies
and sensitivities associated with digestive symptoms. But did you know that
these same food allergies can also be the cause of symptoms that occur in your
ears, nose, and throat?
What does ‘upper respiratory’ include?
The phrase ‘upper respiratory’ refers to the parts of your breathing system that
reside in your head and neck (as opposed to the parts that are in your chest,
like your lungs). Ear symptoms, such as plugged ears, ringing in the ears,
and—most commonly—recurrent ear infections, are complaints suffered by
many patients. Nose symptoms can include chronic sinusitis, recurrent sinus
infections, stuffy nose, and the development of nasal polyps; these symptoms,
when caused by food allergies, frequently do not resolve with surgery or other
Other upper respiratory symptoms include tonsillitis, chronic swollen lymph
nodes, seasonal allergies, and frequent throat clearing. All of these symptoms
can have strong associations with food allergies and can often be successfully
treated with appropriate elimination of allergenic foods from the diet.
How do food allergies cause upper respiratory symptoms?
Food allergies cause inflammation. And where is the first place that food
Dr. Kelly Baker, ND LAc
Dr. Amy Nelson, ND
Dr. Stephen Wangen, ND
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touches your body? In your mouth. Since the back of your mouth is directly connected to your ears and your
upper respiratory tract, consuming allergenic foods can cause inflammation in the Eustachian tubes (which
are located at the back of your throat, and help to drain the ears into the throat) and nasal passages. This type
of inflammation is similar to the digestive distress experienced by many patients when they ingest foods to
which they are allergic or sensitive. Reducing this inflammation through strict allergen avoidance can help
to eliminate or greatly reduce the severity of associated upper respiratory symptoms.
Which food allergy is most commonly associated with upper respiratory symptoms?
An allergy to cow’s milk is frequently associated with upper respiratory symptoms (as well as digestive
symptoms). However, food allergies to virtually any and all foods can trigger these frustrating symptoms.
An upper respiratory reaction can also be extremely delayed, sometimes lasting days and even weeks, making
it challenging to see a connection between diet and symptoms. For these reasons, we advocate appropriate
food allergy testing, as opposed to guessing and checking indefinitely by removing foods from the diet for
varying lengths of time (commonly called an elimination diet).
The big question is: how do you accurately test for food allergies?
Food allergy testing is very complicated, and most doctors have not been trained to understand or utilize
it. Even traditional allergists rarely connect food allergies to ear infections or upper respiratory infections.
We use the best labs from across the country to identify specific allergic responses to a wide variety of
foods, including cow’s milk, eggs, gluten, soy, corn, cane sugar, and many others. This testing can identify
reactions that may trigger digestive symptoms as well as upper respiratory and other systemic inflammatory
symptoms throughout the body. Using this information we have been able to help thousands of our patients
of all ages, from infants to seniors, live happier, symptom-free lives!
Welcome Dr. Catherine Coy to the IBS Treatment
Center - Seattle
Dr. Catherine Coy will be joining the Seattle clinic this summer to fill in for
Dr. Kelly Baker during Dr. Baker’s maternity leave. Dr. Coy is returning to
the IBS Treatment Center, having interned with Dr. Wangen several years
ago. Dr. Coy recently completed her post-doctoral work at the University of
Washington School of Medicine. She is not only a wonderful clinician, but also
an accomplished medical researcher; and fluent in Spanish. Dr. Catherine Coy
brings a wealth of experience to the IBS Treatment Center and we are fortunate
to have her with us.
Dr. Wangen has a new video to share with patients and friends.
To view, click here.
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Seattle Support Group to Meet for
Dinner at Cafe Piccolo
Please join Dr. Stephen Wangen for support group
and social meeting at:
Cafe Piccolo on Tuesday, June 3 at 7PM
Cafe Piccolo is a family owned and operated
restaurant located in the heart of the Maple Leaf
neighborhood of Seattle. Cafe Piccolo serves Italian
comfort food prepared with the freshest and best
ingredients. Gluten free pasta and bread is always
available and almost every menu item can be made
gluten free.
Cafe Piccolo
9400 Roosevelt Way NE, Maple Leaf
Support Group Information
Tuesday, June 3, 7PM
IBS Treatment Center, 11300 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125
RSVP is requested: [email protected] or 206-264-1111 or see our MeetUp page
Saturday, June 7, 3PM
IBS Treatment Center, 1260 - 15th St. Suite 1101, Santa Monica, CA 90404
RSVP is requested: [email protected] or 310-319-1500 or see our MeetUp page
The IBS Treatment Center hosted support groups welcome anyone with IBS; chronic food allergies or intolerances;
celiac disease, or any other food/digestive related disorder. Come learn about these conditions and share your
health and food related tips with others in a supportive, caring environment.
“We provide a great place to meet and talk with others about gluten intolerance,
food allergies, or just digestive symptoms. Come join us.”
-- Dr. Amy Nelson, ND
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What IS Xanthan Gum?
Xanthan gum and guar gum are both commonly used in gluten free baking to provide some of the textural
properties which normally would be delivered by gluten. Xanthan gum is a thickening agent which will give
baked goods some “stickiness” and add to its elasticity. Xanthan gum is the result of bacterial fermentation
of carbohydrates from various sources, while guar gum comes from the guar bean seed (originally of Asian
origin). For bakers who do not want to use xanthan gum, alternative ingredients that offer some of the some
characteristics are chia seed and psyllium husk.
Xanthan gum derives its name from the strain of bacteria used during the fermentation process, Xanthomonas
campestris. X. campestris is the same bacterium responsible for causing black rot to form on broccoli,
cauliflower, and other leafy vegetables. The bacteria forms a slimy substance that acts as a natural stabilizer
or thickener.
[Credit to ‘Celebrate Gluten-Free’ Spring 2014, published by Gluten Intolerance Group,
and Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia]
Referrals are the Highest Compliment
Did you know? Patient referrals are one of the most common ways new patients learn about the IBS
Treatment Center. When you refer someone to the IBS Treatment Center you are not only doing them a favor
but you are giving us the highest compliment possible.
We are grateful for the many referrals we receive.
Thank you!
When you refer someone to us, be sure to let them know to list you on their intake form under the section:
How did you hear about the IBS Treatment Center. When they do you will receive a small thank you gift in
appreciation of the referral. Gift is 25% off your next supplement purchase.
Together we can help your friends, family, and co-workers find relief from symptoms of IBS.
We’d like to hear from you
Would you like to share your own story with others? Real-life accounts
of experiences with food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities are
always welcome.
Send to: [email protected]
Subject line: Story to Share
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