Some time ago, a psychologist who specializes in eating disorders began to send her clients to me because she had heard that antidepressant medications worked for these patients. I had shifted to a more holistic way of looking at things, so I said before I did anything with antidepressants I would try some other things. With certain eating disorders, such as food cravings, the underlying problem is a food allergy. We crave the foods that we are allergic to. Often, it's the very things we want to eat that are the most damaging, that create the symptoms. In fact, it's like an addiction to alcohol: As you withdraw from the foods you're addicted to, you begin to have withdrawal symptoms and so you want to have more of those foods. In order to break the cycle, which is the same as breaking the cycle with drinking (alcoholics are actually allergic to alcohol), you need to supply the body with the appropriate nutrients. It's not just a matter of willpower, of staying off these foods. In addition to gradually going off of the foods that you should not be eating, you have to supply the body with a good, supportive nutritional program of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Often, the cravings will then simply go away. It's quite remarkable; with a good vitamin and mineral product, you can stop the food allergy and its accompanying symptoms. Often magnesium is deficient and when you get enough of an interceullular magnesium level, the allergies will be greatly ameliorated. The amino acid glutamine is really useful for reducing the cravings. I also use the same treatment for alcoholics.
With some people I will administer an amino acid analysis: a blood test to see which amino acids are low, and by replacing them, the body comes into balance. Again, the food cravings and the symptoms of food allergies will start to go away.
There are other things to do for food allergies as well. Acupuncture has been shown to help, especially some new techniques that can actually eliminate the food allergies. The point is, there are many ways to approach what at first seems like a psychological problem, such as depression, besides administering an antidepressant.
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