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Nutrition can be thought of as an idealized, abstract look at the possible (but not real) outcomes after eating foods. The role of foods themselves, as regulators of internal body dynamics, are relatively ignored. The possibility of things going wrong with digestion, absorption, metabolism, and with immune surveillance of these processes, while considered in medical science, is seldom a concern in medical practice. The dietitian often assumes that nothing will go wrong with food-body interactions - nutrients that are in the food are available to the body without complications. The physician generally assumes that nothing will go wrong or will consider a small number of adverse effects ignoring a number of pathological possibilities which may be the key to enigmatic disease.
The colon can be compared to a septic tank, distinguished by its unpleasant contents: fermenting, putrefying food-waste. Enteros, the space inside the tube, remains "outside" the body. Trillions of microorganisms live in the colon. If the contents of the colon are spilled into the abdomen, thru a perforation, a life-threatening infection, peritonitis, ensues. The "septic" compartment is useful for the further degradation of undigested food and the liberation of additional nutrients. It is impossible to eliminate microorganism growth in the colon. All the people who seek colon cleanliness, with enemas, laxatives, purges and herbs are engaged in a futile and sometimes self-damaging exercise. The strategy of the Alpha Nutrition Program is to change the microbiome in beneficial ways. A food holiday using the elemental nutrient formula, Alpha ENF, quickly reduces nutrients available to the colon microorganisms. Populations of pathogenic bacteria and yeasts decrease and healthy microorganisms increase.
Five methods of diet revision.
The elimination diet became the allergists main tool of diagnosis and treatment. Often elimination lists were based on skin or other tests. The IgE model of allergy postulated that single foods were responsible for symptom production and that their avoidance would leave the patient asymptomatic. Dietitians are usually equipped with avoidance lists that show a variety of products which contain the food or food group to be avoided.
The assumption is that the patients existing diet is perfectly adequate and eliminated offending foods will leave the patient intact with good nutrition. If skin tests were positive to several foods the patient would have several elimination lists and would often feel frustrated and confused about what to eat. Elimination diets are seldom constructed from a positive image i.e. a program which shows the patient what to eat, how to construct nutritionally adequate meals, how to answer other health needs by diet revision.
The "hypoallergenic or oligoantigenic" diet is a selection of foods that are thought to be well-tolerated. The idea is to retreat to these foods in an attempt to clear symptoms. Many different "few-foods" list have appeared in the literature - they vary with local taste and custom. The consensus has always been that the high risk foods - milk, wheat (rye, barley, oats), eggs, soya, corn, citrus, nuts, chocolate, coffee - and processed foods with additives and preservatives - are avoided. Egger and his colleagues, for example, chose lamb, chicken, potatoes, rice, banana, and apple as the first foods in their oligoantigenic diet. Supplements of vitamins and minerals are included to improve the nutritional value of the diet. Following a successful remission of symptoms, foods are reintroduce one at a time to assess their reactivity.
Elemental or chemically-defined nutrient formulas (Alpha ENF) have been used to obtain more complete control of antigen-entry and to assure nutrient intact during a symptom remission period or "washout". The concepts and applications of an elemental formula are detailed below.
The Alpha Nutrition Concept
A systematic method of diet revision with full participation of the patient in evaluating and selecting foods has never before been introduced into medical practice. There are important difficulties in attempting diet revision. Any attempt to fundamentally alter a patients lifestyle is bound to encounter resistance from many directions. More time and effort is required to educate, motivate, and support any patient who wants to change.
Since resolving the problems of; delayed patterns of food allergy in common disorders such as eczema, migraine, asthma, irritable bowel is a priority, the Alpha Nutrition method of diet revision was influenced by allergy practice. The initial concept of an elimination diet was that patients began with a few foods until symptoms cleared.; We recommend re-introducing a set of normal, nourishing foods that have the least probability of causing problems. Common foods such as milk, wheat, and eggs are often involved in causing problems and long-term success depends on creating an alternate diet which features other staple foods.