Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.


Dairy Allergies

Wednesday, 26 Aug 2009 10:03 AM

Question: How common are dairy allergies?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

My estimates are that more than 60 percent of my patients are allergic to dairy. I routinely check my patients for dairy allergies via blood tests for casein antibodies. When the casein antibodies are elevated, I counsel my patients to avoid dairy. Dairy allergies can have many, varied symptoms. Some patients will have a runny nose, others may wheeze and yet others may get eczema or psoriasis as well as other skin rashes. Gastrointestinal symptoms of dairy allergies are common and include diarrhea, constipation, and bloating. I have seen many patients diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome completely overcome their illness by becoming dairy-free. I believe anyone suffering from allergies, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis deserves atherapeutic trial of being completely dairy-free for two months.

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