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Hidden Food Allergies: Is What You Eat Making You Ill? [Paperback]

James Braly Patrick Holford
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Piatkus Books (2006)
  • ISBN-10: 0749926023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749926021
  • ASIN: B007ZHH0GS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,647,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Holford BSc, DipION, FBANT, CHNC pioneers new approaches to health and nutrition. He is the founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London (Europe's leading training centre for nutritional therapists), is Chief Executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation and the author of over 30 books.

He is widely regarded as Britain's best-selling author and leading spokesman on nutrition and mental health issues, hence being frequently quoted in national newspapers from the Daily Mail to the Guardian. Patrick is also popular on radio shows and national television as a presenter, interviewer and guest.

Patrick started his academic career in the field of psychology. While completing his bachelor degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of York, he researched the role of nutrition in mental health and illness. He became a student of the late Dr Carl Pfeiffer, director of Princeton's Brain Bio Center, and later a student of Dr Abram Hoffer, Director of the International Schizophrenia Foundation in Canada, who were leading the field in mental health and nutrition. In 1980 he started treating mental health patients with nutritional medicine.

In 1984 Patrick founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), a charitable and independent educational trust for the furtherance of education and research in nutrition. Today, ION is the largest training school in the UK offering a diploma course in nutritional therapy and is widely respected as a leading edge organisation by professionals and media alike. Patrick formed a relationship with the late Dr Linus Pauling, who became the Patron of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition.

In 1986, Patrick started researching the effects of nutrition on intelligence, collaborating with Gwillym Roberts, a headmaster and student at ION. This culminated in a randomised controlled trial testing the effects of improved nutrition on children's IQ - an experiment that was the subject of a Horizon documentary and published in the Lancet in 1988. This study was the first of its kind in the world and considerably raised awareness of the role of nutrition in intelligence.

During his years as director of ION, Patrick ran many educational campaigns that brought attention to the importance of zinc and pyrolluyria, disglycaemia, antioxidants, methylation and homocysteine, IgG food allergies, essential fats in mental health - factors still greatly underestimated in the treatment of mental illness. Patrick retired as Director of ION in 1997 to focus on writing, teaching and researching.

Patrick was awarded an honorary Diploma from ION and is also an Honorary Fellow of BANT (the British Association of Nutritional Therapists), and a Member of CHNC (The Complementary and Natural
Healthcare Council). In 2003 he founded the Brain Bio Centre at ION, a treatment centre pioneering the optimum nutrition approach for mental health, to formalise the treatment of mental health with nutrition and to act as a research centre. The Brain Bio centre is owned by the Food for the Brain Foundation, a registered education charity set up by Patrick to promote awareness of the link between learning, behaviour, mental health and nutrition. In 2007, Patrick was appointed Patron of South African Association for Nutritional Therapy, and in 2014 he was inducted onto the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame.

Patrick lectures and conducts workshops throughout the world on a wide range of topics, to the public, health professionals and the medical profession. In the UK he presents around 50 workshops and lectures a year. His knowledge, personality and enthusiasm, together with his strong scientific approach, helps him to stimulate lively debates, simplifying complex issues and help the public and professionals expand their understanding of health issues. Patrick is frequently involved in government campaigns and debates concerning optimum nutrition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great info 29 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
Great info, well written, in a nice, clear, easy to read format.

If I had one complaint it's that they assume that you have the money to spend on getting tested for intolerances, which at over 250 quid is, for me at least, prohibitively expensive.

Because they make that assumption and don't account for using, or give any real information about, an elimination diet, I found the useful information ended quite abruptly with no real way forward for me. I've had to get another book to research how to find out intolerances by elimination.

The irony for me is that of being too ill to work and therefore too poor to afford the things that might actually help me get better. However I would highly recommend this book to people who can afford to get tested.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem 28 Jan 2013
By DJ
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is a hidden gem because it tells you how to find the foods you are allergic to and what to do about it. There are many health benefits in doing this.

Like Chickybiker I thought that the allergy test was expensive and I initially didn't have the test. However I did the The 9-Day Liver Detox: The definitive detox diet that delivers results before Christmas and afterwards I was pretty certain that I had a yeast allergy so I wanted to have the test to know for sure. Anyway I found that I did infact have a yeast allergy but the test also highlighted four other foods that were in fact hidden allergies at level 1 and one food at level 3 together with two other borderline allergies. Now to find these out without the test would have been really difficult and would have taken a really long time. I have now eliminated the food with the level three allergy and all the hidden allergies except one where I have only partially eliminated.

It has been about 4-5 days since I have started eliminating the foods I'm allergic too and I have noticed a partial improvement. My sinuses are starting to clear at nighttime and I think that my shape is starting to improve as well.

Concerning the actual book - it is easy to read and well laid out. The only improvement I could suggest is that the avoidance/reintroduction test for allergies (p192 the LOW-GL DIET BIBLE) is included in the hidden food allergies book as I find this helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good info 28 Jan 2012
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book provides good information about how prevalent hidden food allergies are and how to identify them in order to improve your overall health.

This book explains that:

- The major cause of IgG allergies is a leaky gut
- Your immune system can unlearn IgG food allergies
- Once you've had the food allergy tests done, avoid those foods for 3 - 6 months
- To help heal the gut, the following can be helpful: Vitamin A, the B vitamins, zinc, selenium, glutamine and enzymes
- Butyric/caprylic acid can help heal the gut wall
- Once you've avoided problematic foods for 3 months, add them back slowly and use a 4 day rotation diet
- Trial new foods for 3 days
- Trial one new food a week and no more

For information on how to heal a leaky gut I would recommend the book No More Heartburn: Stop the Pain in 30 Days--Naturally! : The Safe, Effective Way to Prevent and Heal Chronic Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Most or even all of the information in this book, and information on many other health topics besides, is also contained in Patrick Holford's other book The New Optimum Nutrition Bible and so that book may be a better value choice than this one, depending on your needs.

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 19 Jun 2014
By Doobrey
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting book, I read it from cover to cover straight off. It covers most food intolerances & is clearly written & will be a handy reference tool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must read 7 Oct 2013
By Michal
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really recommended. Very few people realise how many allergens hide in foods we eat every day, especially wheat and diary.
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