Yes, You Can Reverse Food Allergies: How I Did It

Did you know you can reverse food allergies? Did you know that 99% of food allergies can be cured? I cured my gluten intolerance a couple decades ago, when I was in my 20s. In this post, I’ll share with you how I did it.

Yes, You Can Reverse Food Allergies: How I Did It

Can You Reverse Food Allergies? How I Did It

Diagnosed with Arthritis at Age 25

When I was 25 years old, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a degenerative disease that doctors could do nothing to heal. They offered me drugs for the pain, and said the only thing that I could do is have surgery.

But they couldn’t cure me. I was told that I would probably end up in a wheelchair one day. Not fun to hear when you’re only in your 20s.

In addition to the arthritis, I also suffered from chronic fatigue, chronic sinus infections and seasonal allergies, and chemical sensitivities.

There is Hope for People with Food Allergies

I did reverse my food allergies. It took about two years but I did it. My experience taught me not to give up when you are given a prognosis.

Are there foods you just can’t eat? Is ordering in a restaurant an ordeal? Do bread and pizza leave you bloated and tired? Do dairy products give you gut pain or diarrhea? Do your symptoms manifest as IBS, bowel issues, arthritis or breathing problems? Do your kids have these problems – or spectrum disorders?

I know how you feel. And I want you to know that there is hope!

What if I told you that if you can heal your gut, you can eat anything you want – with no symptoms? That you can reverse these problems?

It is absolutely possible. I know it is because I reversed mine.

Not everyone can recover from food allergies, but the vast majority of people can.

It took two years to fully heal my gut, but I got my life back. Chances are, you can too!

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Instead of just accepting what the doctors told me and going the conventional route of drugs and surgery, I went to the library to research alternatives. Eventually, I discovered that my problem was my immune system. It’s a condition called Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Here’s how leaky gut works… When we don’t have adequate good bacteria in our digestive tract, we don’t secrete the enzymes to break down complex carbohydrates. These undigested carbohydrates cause pathogenic bacteria to grow. As pathogenic bacteria increases, their toxic waste proliferates.

In the gang wars going on in your gut, the good guys are losing and the bad guys have the upper hand. The good bacteria are so busy trying to deal with the onslaught of pathogens and toxins, they don’t have the ability to protect the gut lining, which causes gut damage (also known as “leaky gut”).

Yes, You Can Reverse Food Allergies: How I Did It

Leaky gut is surprisingly common. It affects a significant number of adults and children, including most (if not all) people afflicted by ADHD, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.

Once I learned that the root of my problems was a leaky gut and abnormal gut flora, I started on my journey to healing my gut.

I started by going on an elimination diet for 4 weeks. An elimination diet means you remove all possible allergens from your diet: all grains, all sugars, all dairy, eggs, beans, and starches. For 4 weeks, I basically ate non-starchy vegetables, meat and fish.

And you know what happened? 100% of my symptoms disappeared — just like that! I felt like a million bucks!

But I knew I couldn’t eat such a restricted diet forever… I missed pizza and bread and cheese! (You know how I love my cheese…)

So I started reintroducing the allergens one at a time (one new food every 3-4 days, just like you do with a baby starting solids). First I tried eating a small amount of dairy. No reaction. Then I tried eating more dairy the next day — nothing. No return of symptoms.

I had no problems with eggs, beans, starches, rice and other grains… But when I ate gluten (wheat), I reacted. My symptoms came flooding back — itchy nose and mouth and eyes, sneezing, drowsiness and fatigue, arthritis pain, thrush on my tongue. Same thing happened when I ate sugar.

So I stayed off sugar and gluten and started taking therapeutic grade probiotics to help heal my gut.

After making the lifestyle changes that included eating nutrient rich real food, as well as supplementing my diet with therapeutic grade probiotics, I was able to reverse my gluten intolerance and reaction to sugar. It took about 2 years.

99% of Food Allergies Can Be Cured

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor and nutritionist whose three-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. According to all the “experts,” this was an incurable condition. But Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride cured her son of his autism. She says that 99% of food allergies can be reversed with diet and probiotics.

Dr. Campbell-McBride refused to accept fate as handed down by her son’s doctors, and like me, began to do her own research. Eventually she began to see a direct link between a number of disorders (learning disorders, psychological disorders, eczema, asthma, allergies, etc.) and digestion.

By changing her son’s diet and getting him on quality probiotics, his prognosis changed and his autism was reversed.

How to Reverse Food Allergies with Diet

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride used her discoveries in order to create the GAPS diet, which is an effective tool in reversing food allergies and other symptoms of leaky gut. She detailed her findings in her groundbreaking book, [easyazon-link asin=”0954852028″ locale=”us”]Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia[/easyazon-link].

The GAPS Diet is based on SCD or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Dr. Campbell-McBride modified this diet by making it more Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF)-friendly. She added bone broth, cod liver oil, and quality traditional fats (ghee, lard, butter, tallow) to SCD.

Unfortunately I can’t recommend the GAPS book or diet anymore for the same reason I no longer recommend the WAPF Diet. This is because they still recommend FCLO (fermented cod liver oil). Please see my series on FCLO and why I DO NOT recommend this supplement and believe it is dangerous to human health.

That said, I do still recommend the teachings of Dr. Weston A. Price and I recommend his book, [easyazon_link identifier=”0916764206″ locale=”US” tag=”cheeseslave0e-20″]Nutrition and Physical Degeneration[/easyazon_link]. So I will continue to recommend that people try the SCD Diet, or simply follow a Paleo Diet, slowly adding back in foods such as butter and cheese one at a time as they can tolerate them. I recommend a 30-day elimination diet, and then slowly add in foods one at a time.

When I reversed my food allergies, I did the elimination diet for one month, and then found that I could reintroduce all dairy foods almost immediately (I introduced them one at a time but had no reaction to any dairy products) and I was able to reintroduce all non-gluten grains as well. So I was off gluten and sugar for two years while I healed my food allergies and my gut, but I was able to eat all dairy products and all grains and starches including rice, potatoes, I also ate honey and fruit in moderation.

Some people do need to avoid foods like dairy, starches (potatoes and the like) and grains for a longer period of time. It really depends on your specific situation. If you have a child on the autistic spectrum, it may take longer and they may need to be on a stricter diet than I did for a longer period of time.

Not All Probiotics Work

What I didn’t learn until much later is that most probiotics on the market don’t work.

After my daughter was born 6 years ago, my doctor prescribed birth control pills. I didn’t think anything of it and started taking them. About 6 months later, I started experiencing all the old symptoms again — stiff and painful joints, seasonal allergies, thrush on my tongue, fatigue…

I did not know this at the time, but the birth control pill kills the good gut flora that keeps your digestive tract healthy. Needless to say, I stopped taking the pills, and then went to work to repair my gut again.

Yes, You Can Reverse Food Allergies: How I Did It

I went straight to the health food store and bought some probiotics. I also eliminated gluten and sugar from my diet. Thirty days later, after avoiding gluten and sugar and taking the probiotics religiously, I still had all my symptoms.

You may have found this to be the case as well. You might have tried taking probiotics and they didn’t work for you. It very well may be the brand of the probiotics you are taking.

Around that time, I read the book Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism by Jenny McCarthy. (Highly recommended!) In the book, Jenny told the story of how she reversed her son’s autism by keeping him off gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) and giving him therapeutic grade probiotics.

After reading that book, I realized maybe I should try the brand of probiotics she used with her son. You couldn’t find this brand at the health food stores — it is only sold online. So I ordered the brand she recommended and guess what happened? Within THREE days of taking it, my symptoms were GONE. (See below for brands of probiotics that are therapeutic grade that I recommend.)

That’s when I knew that not all probiotics work. You see, back when I was in my 20s, my naturopathic doctor was special-ordering the probiotics I was taking. These were not your run of the mill store-bought probiotics.

Also, I don’t think fermented foods are anywhere near strong enough to help you recover from food allergies. I do know people who have actually eaten kefir grains, and that worked for them. But generally speaking, most people will need a powerful probiotic supplement.

Where to Find Therapeutic Grade Probiotics

I only recommend one brand of probiotics that is therapeutic grade and in my opinion, the best probiotic on the market: Smidge Probiotic (formerly GutPro). (That is my affiliate link, so I will earn a small commission if you order through that link. That said, I only work with brands I trust and personally recommend.)

There are other brands of therapeutic grade probiotics out there but I don’t recommend them. For example, the one I referenced above in Jenny McCarthy’s book did work for me in the past, but I no longer recommend because they started adding canola oil to it.

I also don’t recommend Dr. Natasha’s probiotic, Biokult, because it has additives and it also has soil-based organisms which can cause problems. I’m working on an extensive post on how to choose probiotics which I hope to have up soon.

How Will You Know If the Probiotics Are Working?

If you already have a healthy gut, you are probably not going to experience any changes when you take probiotics. But if you have abnormal gut flora/leaky gut, when you start taking probiotics that are therapeutic grade, you will start to experience either a reduction in symptoms right off the bat, or, more commonly, a condition they call “die off”.

Die off refers to the bad bacteria dying off. It happens when the good bacteria come rushing in and start doing what they are supposed to do — killing off the bad bacteria.

Die off symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, acne or eczema or other skin rashes, itchy mouth and watery eyes, excess mucus, cold and flu symptoms, etc. These are all signs that your body is trying to detox the bad bacteria that is dying off.

Yes, You Can Reverse Food Allergies: How I Did It

If you experience die off, the best thing to do is slow down with the probiotics. You may need to stop temporarily and then after your symptoms go away, start again with a tiny amount and very slowly work up.

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Yes, You Can Reverse Food Allergies: How I Did It

Ann Marie Michaels

I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

124 thoughts on “Yes, You Can Reverse Food Allergies: How I Did It

  1. The gut ecosystem is very complex. I’m guessing that besides some brands being better than other, there’s also the question of finding the right probiotic for the right person. I wonder if there’s any way to do this other than trial and error.

    I would so love to fix my sensitivity to my favorite cheeses. It’s unrequited love. I love Parmesan, but he doesn’t love me back. 🙁

    1. Ruth – have you ever looked into bioenergetic testing? That may be an option for finding out if a specific protibiotic works for you 🙂

  2. Great article and boy would I love to think that it’s true for me. Do you know what the exceptions are? I’m going to assume that anyone with a true allergy……stops breathing when they eat peanuts – cannot heal that.
    I was also curious about the circumstances when you add heavy metal toxicity and or candida to leaky gut syndrome? And then there are fatigued adrenals – messed up hormones……it can feel like one big ball of wax! However, I’m glad you found a way to be able to enjoy the food you like. I can only hope that one day I will feel well again 🙂

    1. I highly doubt you can fix a severe peanut allergy with this, just normal food intolerances. I react even when peanut dust is in the air, which has nothing to do with the gut. I wish I knew a good way to fix it…

      1. Allergies are more severe than sensitivities or intolerances, but they are still a (hyper)reaction of the immune system. 80% of your immune system is in your gut, so even severe allergies depend a TON on gut health. It all comes down to the gut!

      2. Please do not dispense medical advise on your blog regarding food allergies. You would do well to change the word “Allergy” in the title to “Intolerance”. Thank you.

        1. I was thinking the same thing. Our son was born with severe food allergies to milk and eggs. I wish people would understand the difference between true food allergies and an intolerance.

          1. I was reading with an open mind until she spoke of a “friend” mind you, “curing Autism.” This makes me so angry. Do you know how desperate families are to go to any expense when dangerous claims like this are made? It’s insulting to all families with their entire days spent taking their children to occupational therapy etc; aside from how insulting it is to individuals on the Autism Spectrum that they need to be “cured.” My son is now 18, and I will never forget those people who tried to capitalize on our pain with a sale. The other commenter had it right in telling you it is dangerous and irresponsible to make medical claims.

      3. I just read about a girl allergic to tons of foods. This was diagnosed by an allergist. Allergists test for igE mediated allergies. He put her on an elimination diet for months that eliminated the allergens. When she was retested she no longer was allergic to a number of the foods she had previously been allergic to. So it is possible to heal true allergies.

  3. Probiotic question:

    How can you determine if it is therapeutic grade? Are all of the ones on the village green network?

    1. Yes, I am interested in finding this out too! I am not in the US and not able to purchase the listed pro-biotics so would like to know how I find one to work along the lines of your article!

  4. Hi Cheeseslave, have you heard of resistant starch? A common source is uncooked potato, or cold cooked potato. There are some discussions about RS encouraging the growth of beneficial microbes. May be more powerful in repopulating the gut than probiotics.

    1. I actually heard that someone gave advice to a person which crohns disease and the advice was to soak potatos in water and then drink the water. the person then felt much better and was able to go off many of the meds she was taking! I guess this may be the reason why! so cool

  5. You said it took 2 years to reintroduce gluten and sugar. Could you explain exactly what you did during that period? Did you keep trying? Did you introduce low doses?
    I discovered I was reacting to corn (headaches, muscle spasm, feverish. typical 3-4 day allergen reaction) After cutting it out of my diet for 2 years, I became allergic to wheat and soy. I am also sugar free for inflammation reasons, not because it bothers me that I know of – I’ve been off for 2 years. I have been off of corn for almost 4 years, and wheat and soy for almost a year. I still react to them. I also get immediate hive reactions to lots of different foods. My gut flora is excellent. It has been tested by a holistic allergist. I take probiotics, eat fermented foods and a completely clean diet. Any advice would be appreciated. There are about 20 foods I can safely eat right now.

    1. While probiotics (and prebiotics for that matter) are beneficial on the whole, please exercise caution in regard to your nut allergy and do not conduct unsupervised food challenges.

  6. Our family takes biokult. My husband has had no reaction (but also has a healthy gut and no food sensitivities). The kids and I get little red bumps all over our body if we don’t go REALLY slow. It’s tempting to just start taking one a day in hopes of getting further down the road to recovery, but the rashes keep us from going full speed ahead. Has anybody else had trouble with this?

  7. Regarding the benefits of probiotics:

    I had an issue where the vision in my right eye would intermittently get blurry, at first it seemed to be happening after eating certain foods (so i was experimenting with removing foods like gluten, casein, corn, etc), but then I noticed it was happening right after waking up in a fasted state. I couldn’t figure out why. My eye dr couldn’t figure out why my vision was changing. This wasn’t blood sugar related.

    After experimenting, I noticed that the problem would clear up for almost an entire day when I would take something like cat’s claw or olive leaf extract. After spening some quality time with Dr Google, I was starting to think that maybe I had issues with gut dysbiosis.

    Yup. The blurry vision problem went away after a few days of taking one capsule daily of Prescript-Assist, a probiotic consisting of soil based organisms.

    Other probiotics (that i later learned were lactic acid producing), fermented foods (also lactic acid based) and resistant starch only seemed to exacerbate issues.

    Fermented foods are great and can be very helpful for some peeps, but I’m really starting to think that they are played up way too much as THE probiotic source for everyone to be consuming. If you are not benefiting from lactic acid producing fermented foods and probiotics, maybe try some soil based organisms and see if that helps.

      1. Jonathan, I am histamine intolerant and the GAPS diet is very high histamine! All fermented foods are high histamine. Do you know how I can cure it? Thx.

        1. Can’t say I know how to cure it, but like anything else, it’ll require you to get more and more involved in the what/why/how of your situation.

          Are you eating a low histamine diet?
          Are you taking probiotics whose strains are histamine enablers?
          What supplements are you taking for it?

  8. Thanks for the great info. Curious if there are other probiotics you suggest aside from these 2? Was a bit concerned about the other ingredients in the Three Lac. Thanks!

  9. This info is really exciting. It would be awesome to reverse my husband’s and my dairy allergy. I do have one question, though- what about celiac disease? Can that be reversed, or just a gluten intolerance?

  10. What you are describing are food ‘intolerances’, NOT allergies. Using the wrong terminology can very dangerous! Parents may get the impression that they can cure their kids food ‘allergies’ with pro-biotics, and end up killing them. Food allergies are an immune disorder, and currently have no cure. I would hate for anyone to be hurt from this misunderstanding.

    1. Thanks for saying this, Leah. Self-diagnosing oneself as being intolerant to certain foods is NOT the same as having a medically-diagnosed food allergy.

    2. Actually I discovered there is a cure for true food allergies, I just wouldn’t recommend it.
      I use to be so severely allergic to fresh and granulated garlic that even the fumes would shut down my respiratory system. (Garlic powder and garlic salt still made me seriously ill, but apparently what ever I was reacting to was reduced enough my respiratory system was only distressed)
      Nine years ago I had to have 2 back to back bone-morrow transplants. Afterwords I discovered my allergy was gone.

    3. I agree! This shows a total lack of understanding of a true allergy. I’m not naive that clean eating will solve my daughter’s anaphylaxis. We already eat clean. If that’s all it took, she wouldn’t have gone to the ER two months ago. Food sensitivity is much different from a true allergy.

      1. @Leah, Isabella, Kate: AGREED! Thank god for your common sense.
        @ don o’hare: Agreed, not recommended : ) Several studies have reported people developing allergies to peanuts and other foods following liver, kidney and bone-marrow transplant. Hope you are doing well!

  11. Whenever I take probiotics, I wake up with massive bags under my eyes that don’t go away (until i stop taking the probiotics). Is this normal? What might be causing this?


  12. Hi,
    I was wondering what your relationship is with the makers of Three-Lac? You state at the bottom of your posts that you sometimes receive compensation, which is wonderful. But I am really asking because Three-Lac contains GMOs and wondered if you made the suggestion of this product because you really do like it or if this is one of the promotional situations. I ordered this product recently because I have only read good things about it, but after it came I looked at the ingredients list and decided to give them a call. They were upfront and forth coming with the information, unlike Juice Plus which decided that I needed an education that GMOs were fine and they couldn’t remove them because the product would be too expensive for their customers, (I tell all my friends about them). Three-Lac told me it is included in the Pre-biotic portion of the product that feeds the pro-biotics. Still I decided that the product wasn’t for me but sits under my cabinet because I had a hard time tossing $50 in the garbage. But now that you bring it up I thought I would ask you your opinion on the matter. Please let me know what you think.

    1. I was wondering about the GMO’s too! I looked at the ingredient list on Amazon and saw canola oil! Why in the world does it have to have canola oil in it! Interesting to know that they also feed the prebiotics. I wouldn’t have even thought of that. I just e-mailed them to let them know my disappointment and that I couldn’t use their product because of it. I’m disappointed because I have some yeast issues currently and it gets such good reviews! It’s not worth the other damage it would do to my body though. 🙁

      1. Paranoid much? While it is odd that they use canola, the amount in a tiny packet of Threelac has got to be maybe 1/16 of a teaspoon, if that. And if that can ‘damage bodies’ as you suggest, then it wouldn’t have the 300+ positive reviews on Amazon…

        1. The tiniest amount can aggrevate a sensitive system. Read up on intolerances or allergies to foods. You have not been informed properly.

    1. Doctors aren’t prescribing it because she is talking about food intolerances, not food allergies (even though she stated differently). Food allergies cannot be cured by probiotics, and it is dangeorus that the author suggested that they could.

      1. Yes, Leslie D and the others who pointed out this huge, dangerous error. People need to understand the difference between intolerance and true food allergies. I’d like to know why Cheeseslave has not made any statement. If Cheeseslave loves and eats her cheese, it’s obvious she does not have a true allergy to dairy (milk).

  13. Hi! Loving your site. I have been wanting to overhaul my diet for the past year, and started in March by eliminating gluten. It has helped to improve my mood and some fatigue, but my eczema and and anxiety are still there. I’m pretty sure I have leaky gut and want to go on the GAPS diet. I have been using a raw probiotic and vitamin and it seems to be working okay, but not great, however I’m still eating some dairy. It’s the one from Garden of Life. Do you know that one and could recommend it? Thanks!

  14. Hi.
    I’m not trying to be rude, but as someone who has lived with food allergies for over 5 years, I feel that what you’re talking about is an intolerance. There is a HUGE difference between an intolerance (which can be “cured”) and an allergy (which can be outgrown in small children). Allergic reactions don’t just happen in the intestines, they can happen anywhere in the body. In my case, corn makes my entire respiratory system swell and bloat. It doesn’t even have to be ingested for that to happen. My body goes into “attack mode” on itself when I ingest it, but corn starch in the air and even being in a corn field sends my sinuses and breathing into haywire. So please consider that 99% is such a high number that you may give false hope to those newly diagnosed with true allergies, may have to live with them. And that realization is a hard one to accept.

  15. Allergies have to do with the immune system. 80% of the health of the immune system is derived from the gut. Even if one has a true allergy to a food, healing and nourishing the gut can make a significant impact on the body’s overall health.

    1. Yes, but it cannot CURE food allergies and it is dangerous to suggest it could. it is also inaccurate for her to say it cured her daughter’s food allergies when her daughter never had any food allergies. Food intolerances maybe, but it is a completely different thing. You normally won’t die from a food intolerance. You don’t have to give an epi-pen and pray your child makes it to the hospital from an intolerance.

  16. Hi Ann! Very interesting post – thank you for the info! I have a question for you though. I have mild allergies and intolerances to gluten, soy, and refined sugars. I also have asthma and ezcema. And I have endometriosis and interstitial cystitis. My husband and I want to start trying for a baby by this time next year, but until then, to keep my severe endometriosis from rearing its ugly head, I need to stay on my high-dose birth control pills. If I were to start taking the theraputic grade probiotics now, without stopping my bc pills, will it still help with my leaky gut? I realize it probably won’t go away yet because of the pills, but if it would help even a little bit with my other issues and symptoms, I am very willing to try it. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!

    1. If you have real allergies probiotics will not cure them. If you just have gut issues the probiotics may help with those.

  17. Health follows nutrition, bottom line. I’m sure you’re familiar with these books, but I highly recommend Gut and Psychology Syndrome and It Starts With Food.

  18. I am confused. How can you recommend the ThreeLac probiotic? It contains casein which my son and I need to avoid even an amount that is 30ppm per their product statement. And it also contains Canola Oil. Purists don’t want to consume Canola oil because it is genetically engineered, even if it is traditional plant breeding and NOT GMO, it still isn’t pure. Although I do think some of it today has gone the GMO way unless you get organic Canola oil. But also, I need to avoid it because it is a relative to mustard seed and I am allergic to mustard as well as my daughter to mustard and it’s cousin dill. A good thing I always look at the ingredients. Just wanted you to be aware of this for those who have not successfully reversed their allergies yet…

    1. She recommends it because she did not deal with real allergies so she didn’t have to worry about little bits of casein.. Probiotics cannot cure real allergies. She incorrectly called food intolerances food allergies. There is a huge difference.

  19. While I agree that probiotics can help with gut issues and I appreciate your article, I think it would be better if you changed your title and similar posts to food INTOLERANCES, not food allergies. A food allergy is an IGE-mediated reaction for which one would also normally test positive through allergy testing such as skin-prick tests and blood tests. Food allergies can result in anaphylaxis and can be life-threatening. A food intolerance is where the body may have a negative reaction to a food that is not IGE-mediated, and it is not life-threatening. It is a huge difference. As the mother of a child with severe food allergies I don’t love articles like this where the title says “99% of food allergies can be cured”, because you are not talking about food allergies and those of us who deal with them already have enough people thinking it’s all in our head or there is some easy fix. Truthfully what you are talking about is food intolerances, and some of the things you are recommending could be dangerous for someone with REAL food allergies to try. For instance, when somebody is prone to food allergies it is dangerous to stop eating certain foods because it can actually CAUSE a food allergy to those things to show up once they reintroduce them because the body may start to view the missing foods as intruders once reintroduced (that is almost straight out of my daughter’s allergist’s mouth). If you could correct your article I would appreciate it. Thanks :).

    1. Leslie D wrote the above post, not the other Leslie. Just realized there were two of us and people may get confused since we have differing opinions :).

    2. I couldn’t agree more. Is suspect the title generates page visits because many people confuse an intolerance with true allergies.

  20. It is very dishonest and dangerous to title your post as you have. As others have said, true food allergies are tremendously different than the food intolerances you describe. I understand your point that the majority of the immune system is in the gut (although I doubt the percentage given). However, if someone has a true food allergy that is systemic, probiotics and slowly re-introducing foods are not immediately going to halt true food allergies. Anyone with serious food allergies that attempts your protocol above and dies or ends up in the ER should sue you.

    My husband has the ‘new’ food allergy to mammalian food products (meats, cheeses, and even minuscule amounts of contaminates). This allergy is different than most and is a reaction to a sugar (alpha galactose) not a protein. It can be truly deadly and entirely unexpected (it’s a delayed reaction 2-6 hours after ingestion). Allergists who’ve studied this allergy their whole lives (including those that actually have the allergy) do not claim 99% cure rates. In fact no documented scientific paper would claim a 99% cure. It is irresponsible and downright dangerous to do so.

    1. That’s not a good basis to not believe Ann’s recommendations are any good. It looks like this blog is her livelihood, in which case, of course she’s going to try and make money from affiliate earnings on the products she recommends.

      Regardless, you’ll have to find what works for you, Threelac might not. I do agree that this post should be labeled as ‘intolerance’ rather than ‘allergy’ considering the two are very different.

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  22. Hi, wondering how long you took the probiotics, was it the full two years, or is it an ongoing maintenance supplement? Thank you! 🙂

  23. Reading this has finally given me the hope that I have been needing for the past two and a half years. When I was 23 years old my body changed for the worse, I lost 20lbs, always extremely tired, dizzy to the point I can’t drive and an anxious mess. I learned I had food sensitivities last year by taking a few blood tests that showed I am sensitive to eggs, casein, soy, sunflower, asparagus the list goes on. I found it very hard to believe that someone could be allergic to all of those things. I have cut out dairy and eggs, eat soy occasionally and I still feel horrible. My dizziness is getting unbearable and has sent me into a few panic attacks. I’m 25 years old and I just want to be like the rest of my friends and have my life back. I am going to fully dedicate myself into healing my gut and I am so hopeful this is going to the answer to my prayers. Thank you so much for posting this and creating a cooking class. It feels good to know you’re not alone and there is a way to get through this.

    1. Brittni, you may want to look into thyroid or hormone testing. A lot of those are thyroid symptoms. Best wishes!!

  24. As someone with a small child with severe food allergies, I am not amused by the claims you make in this blog and it is in fact, dangerous, as others have pointed out.

    My son has been on theraputic grade probiotics since birth as I had to have an emergency c section due to complications, so we choose to help his gut populate with healthy bacteria and ideally, help control some eczema symptoms that he suffers from. He eats a diet of breastmilk, organic fruits, vegetables, meats and fish. However, he cannot be cured of said food allergies (that require EPI-pen admission) and he would be lucky if he was able to outgrow all but his nut allergies. The claim that you make that 99% of food allergies can be cured is false, and implies that those of us with children with allergies are not excercising all possible remedies to “cure” something that cannot be cured. Honestly. People are dying, others are discrediting the rising incidence of food allergies calling it all the “allergy hype” and then you post an article like this further downgrading the seriousness of food allergies. It is totally deplorable on all levels.

    1. Lindsey, thank you for putting that out there. Others have done so too without the author ever responding to our protest. I was infuriated when I read this. The first thing that came to my mind was… this is intolerance, not true food allergies. Our 17 year old son has lived with severe (anaphylactic) food allergies to milk and eggs since birth. He doesn’t just get a stomach ache or become bloated when he accidentally ingests an allergen. The author of this blog either needs to remove this or correct the verbiage. Shame on her. She attempts to come across as doing her homework, and yes, perhaps she has “cured” her own INTOLERANCE, however, she needs to be properly educated on this “allergy” subject.

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  26. I just wanted to say that this post inspired me over a year ago. I have been taking a combination of therapeutic grade probiotics, as well as adding fermented foods to my diet. I’ve had allergies since I was born, by my mid 20s I was reacting terribly to gluten. In fact it disabled me, I literally needed a walking stick. I got better with food restrictions but didn’t heal. After the birth of my 2nd child my allergies were so out of hand I the world was becoming toxic. I couldn’t eat gluten, soy, dairy, coconut, and almonds. On top of this, my kids had terrible allergies too.

    A year on and our allergies have healed! I can eat ANYTHING, and so can my kids. It is all thanks to therapeutic probiotics.

    I know people on here say it would only work for intolerances, but my gluten reaction was immune based, it showed up on blood tests. This really works, and if it can work for me I don’t think there are many it wouldn’t work for.

    I can even have lactose now, that is incredible for me. I sincerely hope others out there give this a go, it is harmless to try (except for anaphylaxis). I also now have a normal immune system, I don’t get every bug that comes my way, and I fight anything I get now quickly.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Kebbster — very inspiring!

      Can I ask how you determined which probiotics you needed to take? Did you work with a doctor? I’ve read that certain strains are good for certain issues, while those same strains may make problems a lot worse for other things.

      Hope to hear from you soon!



      1. Hi Kelly,

        I lost faith in doctors many years ago, but I am a Registered Nurse so I was fairly confident with my research. I’ve tried a few over the years but ended up finding one with 10 different strains that can be given to babies too. I believe the difference is the L. Rhamnosus & L. Reuteri, both of these are linked with allergies. I am fortunate that I don’t have some of the problems others seem to have, like a histamine sensitivity, so I didn’t check if that would be a problem or not. I have heard that about probiotics, but my experience was either they did nothing or they would help. This one was the first one to make a significant difference, I don’t believe the fermented food healed, it just supported the process. From my research I did find a high fibre diet was crucial to supporting the process, I don’t have colitis so I haven’t held back with that. My healing journey isn’t complete, while my allergies are healed I haven’t beaten the fungal overgrowth (which you can see in my mouth, certainly not an imagined problem), but I have my vitality back. I believe I am 90% better, and healthier than I have ever been. I do wish others would try this, so many people seem to be sick with one thing or another.

  27. Can you offer any advice for someone who is unablee to digest a lot of un-starchy vegetables and potentially has an allergy to meat? The only thing that doesnt give me stomach pain is starchy food – but the starchy food aggrevates my pain, asthma and joints.
    Really lost for answers…
    Also have not found a naturopath or any doctor that can help.
    Thank you

  28. What I’m suffering from pretty much just like what you’ve described in this article. I was wondering if you could take a quick look at the probiotics used in the product in the link below & tell me these are capable of doing the same thing you’ve done in reversing your allergies.

  29. Great article, do you have any ideas for someone who has to remain on birth control? I was diagnosed with RA at 18 and have endometriosis and many many food reactions which have worsened. I gave up gluten 3 years ago. But i get a birth control injection for my endometriosis and it is extremely valuable to me
    Any ideas if this would work if im still on it? i am constantly trial and erroring my diet and i have made headway it has taken a long time but any ideas would be much appreciated thank you

  30. Hey I’ve been looking into the reversing food allergies subject, I’m not allergic to anything but its a great thing to know and your persistence to cure your allergies is very admirable. I do in fact have a sister in law who is technically allergic to everything, she is living a vegan lifestyle but even then she’s still allregic to half the vegetables out there! It breaks my heart and not to mention it worries me that her food resources are so limited, would her case be different or can she cure her allergies?

  31. Your experiences with the
    Leaky gut are mine. A very helpful article. I am on my way to recovery now. Thank you for sharing .

  32. Thank you for this article. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the gaps diet, but then I hear others such as Matt Stone (180 degree health) say these diets are not good as it lowers your metabolism. I would love to hear your view on this as it totally confuses me hearing these contradictory views.

  33. I “think” I have leaky gut sundrome b/c I starting getting intolerant to rice and grains ( causes me taveling joint pains all over my body about 8hrs after consumption.) and I’m only 30yrs old. Had the whole conventional allopathic medicine workup to a rheumatologist. Had all the blood work done indicating that I don’t have rheumatoid arthritis so I started lookin ginto naturapathic healing and have been undergoing a huge awakening.

    Taking Dr. Natasha McBrides advice on healing the gut. I’m grateful that I don’t have any gut pains, or digetsive problems, nice smooth easy going bowel movements and all that Jazz. It’s just the Joint pains all over my body that I’m, fighting tooth and nail against.

    So here’s the thing, I’ve been taking Dr. McBride’s “Bio-Kult” Therapeutic Dose probiotic capsules for about 1 month 1/2 now and Im taking about 9 pills a day (with no die-off/detox reaction) and I’m still having joint pains, although a lot less painful, everytime I eat any rice, grain, noodle etc. My baseline diet that I stay mostly on is Organic quinoa, curry and fermented sauerkraut.

    I’m wondering why with such high doasges of a good quality probiotic, I’m still onot healing from these joint pain inflammations? Thinking of doing the Doctor’s Data 3x stool analysis with parasitology.

    I feel that I’m close to curing me, I thiink I either have Leakygut or maybe heavy metal toxicity.

    Thoughts on why my probiotics arent oding much for me other than heavenly bowel movements on the throne?

    1. If you are taking other supplements, your problem may be magnesium steasrate and other flow agents used in mst common supplements and some foods. This additive plasters the villi in your guts against the walls of the intestine causing leaky gut.

  34. Since your food allergies are reversed, do you still follow the GAPS diet? And are you still on your probiotics regimen?

  35. I have the same problem of traveling muscle and joint pain….for the past 30 years. It has grown to unbearable. Just recently I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). There is an AS Society than can help you determine if this is your problem. Either way, starch of any kind causes inflamation and should be avoided. Take a complete enzyme (such as Digest Gold) before every meal especially meat. Undigested food escaping from the gut is traveling through the body may be the source of your pain. Also check into biofilms. It prevents the gut from healing. Good luck!

    1. WRONG. Starch isn’t the problem, it’s the “undigested food escaping from the gut”. Digest Gold won’t help that, in fact in the long run will make it worse because it also digests PREBIOTIC FIBER which helps — along with specific probiotics — to tighten gut junctions, which resolves leaky gut/intestinal permeability.

      And biofilms don’t ‘prevent the gut from healing’. Biofilms aren’t all bad. Some — like those that LINE THE GUT, are essential to gut health.

      Sorry for the ALL CAPS, but there’s so much misinformation out there it drives one crazy at times.

  36. This is very encouraging to hear! My 6 month old daughter was just diagnosed with a dairy and egg allergy that gives her a terrible eczema rash all over her body. I’m going on an elimination diet, but I’m also looking into probiotics and how they can improve your overall health. Thanks for sharing your story 🙂

    1. There has been a lot of studies where dogs introduced at a very early age can help kids outgrow allergies.

  37. Hi, I have SNAS (systemic nickel allergy syndrome). This goes far beyond your standard nickel allergy where you just avoid skin contact with nickel….I react to nickel in food. Because I had such horrific and debilitating symptoms, my allergy is considered very severe. My face was swollen and covered in oozing often bleeding eczema, my sinuses swollen and my nose ran more after meals. I had headaches and constant nausea. I had sores in my mouth, bloating, diarrhea. I was often hospitalized for dehydration due to vomiting and diarrhea. In my case my allergies were also ramped up from repeated exposure to nickel via needles and IVs used by doctors and hospitals (yes they say stainless but further investigation revealed that the needles and IVs have a LOT of nickel in them).I had been getting multiple injections with Botox every three months all over my face and head as a treatment for migraines. People with SNAS have to avoid any nickel in dental implants or joint replacements, orthopedic surgery, or braces and fillings. These implanted nickel bombs can wreck havoc on us. The low nickel diet is VERY unhealthy (basically you are told to eat meat, dairy and eggs and white rice.) Most healthy foods are banned completely or limited severely. NO chocolate, beans, soy, nuts, seeds, whole grains, etc etc. Most veggies and many fruits are banned or severely limited. I am vegan and gluten free so this diet has been a nightmare for me. BUT, my symptoms did dramatically improve on this diet!!!! My face is now 85% clear after 3 months on the diet. I can actually contemplate leaving my house. Before my rashes made “Faces Of Meth” ads look like beauty queens. I was subjected to all kinds of cruel comments. People either assumed I was a drug addict or dying of AIDS. The pain from the swelling and rashes was unbearable. I could not sleep well for many years. I recently went to Bastyr University medical school in Seattle WA and started a protocol for hyposensitization used by two studies done in Italy. Basically you are ingesting a minute amount of a nickel tincture every day, gradually increasing every three days. After a year (while still on the low nickle diet) many study participants were able to resume eating nickle heavy foods. In addition to this protocol, I have read further evidence that the protocol was MORE effective when combined with taking probiotics. So I am investigating this now to see WHICH species and HOW MANY they were taking. As you said, all probiotics are not created equal. I have always taken some, as well as eating many healthy foods with contain them. Sadly most of my former foods are now banned. Unfortunately, my allergy did not get diagnosed for 6 years. The doctor at Bastyr considers it to be very severe so he started me on less than half the dose used in the Italian studies. Therefore it will take TWO YEARS for me to get to the point of even attempting to reintroduce foods with nickel. I am SO SO unhappy on this diet, two years seems like an eternity. And there is no guarantee it will even work. Some did have adverse reactions requiring rescue meds and a few even had to drop out. Not everyone was successful in returning to foods with nickel. My rashes are so horrific and primarily on my face, so I am stuck with this diet and therapy. There is no other option for me at this time. I hope in the future there will be more research in treating this awful malady.

  38. I read this post about 8 months ago when I was allergic to everything I was eating all of a sudden. I didn’t believe the doctors when they told me I had EoE and would eventually need a feeding tube. I am now very healthy and have been able to add all the foods back. I have learned a healthier life and would never go back to how I was eating. That being said I just want you to know this blog changed everything. Thank you for giving people like me hope. All I did was probiotics-gut pro brand. And added L glutamine as a supplement.

  39. Please be careful with believing that you are fully cured of your gluten intolerance forever. I know someone who had a gluten and caffeine intolerance and after being off of both for years she tried to slowly introduce them back into her diet. She succeeded in doing this without obvious symptoms–to her. She now has senile dementia and is slowly losing her mind which she seems to be unaware of. This is actually a symptom of cerebral allergy and both gluten and caffeine are common foods that can create this type of cerebral allergy.

    I believe the reason why she is slowly losing her memory is due to the fact that she has a natural inability to properly digest gluten–for many this is inherited and it does affect the bacterial balance in the gut. This then led to her redeveloping leaky gut syndrome but perhaps not as severe as in the past. However that still would have allowed undigested food particles to enter the blood stream and to irritate the blood vessels in the brain. This can lead to hyper permeability of the blood brain barrier, which allows those partially digested food particles into the brain. The brain's immune response causes inflammation of the brain and damages the blood brain barrier more as a natural result–allowing more undigested food particles and other particles that normally wouldn't be allowed past the blood brain barrier into the brain. Unfortunately this is becoming more common and that is the way that a leaky blood brain barrier tends to form.

    One of the ways this is often inherited is by the person inheriting the tendency to produce less metallothionien. A protein that lines both the intestinal lining and the blood brain barrier. Having less metallothionien can cause gluten or casein intolerance as metallothionien helps the body to break down gluten and casein. If the body doesn't have enough of it (which can be hereditary, or dietary, etc), then the person will have a much more vulnerable gut lining and a much more vulnerable blood brain barrier and brain. It is important for people with this deficiency to avoid environmental toxins.

    Also there are supplements that one can take to increase the amount of metallothionien they have in their system, but they should probably be taken under the supervision of a doctor who practices functional medicine and/or nutrient therapy because it can affect brain chemistry. Most doctors don't understand very much about nutrition and the body. There is a supplement that one can buy that increases metallothionien that I found online–but it's by prescription only.

    Anyway the point is that the inability to break down gluten can be genetic in nature and may require more than probiotics in some cases. Like in the case of that poor woman that seemed to have developed a cerebral allergy to gluten or caffeine and couldn't tell because her mind was too affected.

  40. Metallothionien deficiencies are especially common in people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Alzheimers. Both appear to be curable if caught early enough, or at least treated well enough to eliminate symptoms. I'd be interested to see studies in the future done on the connection between healthy metallothionien levels and other disorders.

    My credentials? A lot of personal research done over the past few years to help heal myself of my own food intolerance issues and leaky gut.

    L-glutamine is a good supplement for people with leaky gut who may have low metallothionien levels. It helps to raise the amount of metallothionien the person has.

  41. I was so intrigued by this article's title. I've been drinking Au Bon Broth for months now and I've felt great. I'd love to recommend it to my friend but she's having second thoughts about it because of her food allergy. I guess I'll show her this article so I can persuade her.

  42. This is SO misleading and could be harmful to so, so many people with true, anaphylactic reaction to dairy. Just awful.

      1. It sounds like they do not have a true allergy but just an intolerance. As someone else recommended you should change the title from "allergy" to "intolerance."

        1. To add something that shows the difference between an allergy and how it's not caused by leaky gut syndrome and an intolerance, when I eat the food I'm allergic to, it starts in the back of the throat and affects my glands causing a number of problems. All this happens before the food can even reach my gut. Even if I never swallow the food and let it sit in my mouth, it will cause a severe reaction.

  43. Hello,

    Thanks for sharing such an informative detail on food allergy. But as others have pointed out can you throw more light on the difference between the cure for food allergy and food intolerance.
    My CMD has recently done a food allergy test which shows he is allergic to various food and doctor has advised him to avoid those altogether. After reading your article he is quite positive now that he too can reverse his food allergy like you. Request you to provide personalized solution for him to start with the same.

    1. I go into more detail in this post:

      Also, watch this:

  44. Although I agree this article was written to sell probiotics, I also believe we have been brainwashed by the medical and pharmy business. Why do you all think allergies are on the rise? People didn't have these severe allergies centuries ago. People in other countries don't have allergies as severe as those in the USA. My kid was diagnosed with tree nut allergy and continues to carry an epipen with her, so I am aware of the severity of a reaction to allergens. I, however, refuse to believe allergies and intolerances are completely separate. At 52, I recently developed what my doc called athsma. He said I would be on inhaler meds the rest of my life. I tried it, it helped, but refuse to believe the diagnosis and med/pharmy solution. I noticed by eliminating gluten and dairy my symptoms are greatly reduced if not eliminated. I'm not trying to sell anything because I no longer take OTC probiotics like I did for 10 years to try to fix my dairy intolerance. I have had some successes with probiotics, but the chances of getting dead OTC probiotics is very high. My wife and I are gradually leaning toward an elimination meal plan like this. I still can't drink a whole bottle kambucha. Not sure how we will reintroduce good bacteria, but we will find a natural way. I do believe many of the medical problems we are diagnosed with are related to an imbalanced gut bacteria caused by antibiotics, our diet, and stress. I am encouraged by this article (even though she is trying to sell something) and hope all the nay-sayers here consider, just for a moment, that they too have been brainwashed into believing we are chronically and irreversibly sick by the med/pharmy community. Try something different people. You've been brainwashed. And I advocate fully supervised reintroduction trials for those with peanut and tree nut allergies. Anaphylaxis is serious business. BTW, my daughter has successfully reintroduced some tree nuts into her diet. Have a blessed day.

  45. Hello! You have made a grave mistake in your title referring to food allergies. What you should have written was food intolerances or food sensitivities. Food allergies can be life-threatening as in the case of my child who is anaphylactic to certain foods. Please make a note that this is a mistake that can inflate hope in ours that their anaphylactic food allergies can be cured at home following your advice, where instead it can cause a lot of harm, even death, by people misunderstanding your words. I’m sure you would not want that on your conscience.

  46. Yearly deaths related to anaphylaxis in the US is between 63 and 99. Fatality rates are 0.25-0.33% of cases. That’s a quarter to a third of a percent. That’s incredibly low. While I am not trying to downplay the fear of people with this possible outcome, anaphylaxis is rare and dying from it is rarer still. But I would rather try to cure myself of an allergy, than live my life in terror at the slightest bit of peanut dust. That seems completely illogical to me. And if I were a doctor, I would rather try to cure my patients, than subject them to a lifetime of fear. Because as we all know, just because the medical industry has decided a treatment is the only option, doesn’t make it so (hello leeches, lobotomies, and a million other wacky medical treatments)


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  51. I’m don’t have allergies but I am sensitive to everything I eat due to an autoimmune gastritis. Will this probiotic help?

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