New Documentary on Allergies

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Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen wrote and produced the best new new movie about low-carbohydrate diets – Carb-Loaded. Lathe Poland is now working on a new documentary – Allergic, which may be released next year.

Poland writes on his homepage that in the process of making Carb-Loaded he came in contact with many other exciting diet-related areas, such as the enormously increased number of people who have suffered from allergies of all kinds in recent decades.

I’m looking forward to this movie. Many people who change their diet to a low-carb diet with focus on real food – or a Paleo Diet – report reduced allergy symptoms. I myself very rarely feel any of my earlier (moderate) pollen symptoms. What is the cause of this?

Possibly the biggest culprit behind the epidemic of allergies is the vastly increased amount of polyunsaturated omega 6-fat in modern industrial food and margarine (from new vegetable oils). Such fats are easily converted to inflammation-inducing substances in the body.

Science in this area is still shaky. But eating real old-fashioned food may be a wise insurance against new epidemics of chronic disease.

Have you improved your allergies with a lifestyle change and if so, which?

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More on the movie Allergic

Carb-Loaded: the Best Low-Carb Movie Ever?

Previously on asthma and allergies

21 comments

  1. Boundless
    re: Possibly the biggest culprit behind the epidemic of allergies is the vastly increased amount of polyunsaturated omega 6-fat ...

    Sadly, it's just one of a long list of suspects, which also includes pretty much everything for which exposure has risen over the last century, all of which might correlate, but not all of which cause.

    I'd put near the top of the suspect list: gluten-bearing grains, novel proteins cross-bred or engineered into other crops, pervasive sugars, food colorants, and various industrial chemicals commonly used in processed foods and their packaging.

    The safest thing to do, of course, is sweep all of that away by, at the outset, reverting to an ancestral diet for your genotype, which means real food.

    I'm not sure we can even expect that at some point it will be known with certainty exactly which of the modern food-like substances causes what. If people spontaneously switch to real food diets, and allergies (not to mention diabetes, ASD, cancer, and other modern ailments) plummet, it will be impossible to run an ethical trial to confirm it (just as no one is running trials on tobacco at this point).

  2. Martin
    I attended a training session at work and I was pleasantly surprised to hear from mainstream trainers that a Ketogenic diet with emphasis on under strict supervision could improve the quality of life of people with Autism.

    In another training session on diabetes a Ketogenic diet was advocated as unhealthy due to dangers of high protein and a foul smelling breath. I had to sit quietly and grit my teeth!

    Lathe Poland and Eric Carsen are film producers who are jumping on the LCHF band wagon. They are merely regurgitating and repackaging what is already known about LCHF diets. They have nothing new to offer except perhaps reaching and educating new converts to LCHF. But they are doing so out of a vested interest to earn a living from LCHF.

  3. smc
    For many years I suffered with increasingly severe allergies. The allergen list increased each year, but the main culprits were bird feathers, cats, various trees, weeds, grasses, etc etc. I was taking steroids and antihistamines on a daily basis. I was also getting painful allergy shots once a week. I had to wear a mask when outside the house or inside when near our bird or cats. These allergies had reached a point where I was despairing of ever living a normal life again.

    Then, four years ago, we embarked on a LCHF lifestyle, never expecting that this dietary change would have any effect at all upon my allergies. To our great surprise (my physician wife and I), after two weeks of this new diet, my allergy symptoms began to abate. After 1 month they were gone together. I was able to dis-continue all treatment and all medicines.

    For the first year, we were wary, expecting that maybe the allergy relief was related to the long-term allergen shots that I had been taking. After two years, we fully realized that the diet was the cause of this seeming miracle.

    Now that we understand so much more about the relation of diet and inflammation, this all makes sense. The daily deluge of carbs, the increased insulin output, were having a deleterious effect upon my immune response, putting it into "high gear" so to speak, so that innocuous substances became the target of various immune factors.

    I did return to my allergist one time after the complete quieting of my symptoms, really to just report what had happened. She discounted that there could be any dietary influence on my erstwhile symptomology. How little do doctors know about diet and its relationship to health.

    No allergies at all for 4 years and counting. One more star in the firmament of LCHF.

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  4. Boundless
    re: How little do doctors know about diet and its relationship to health.

    It's not just little. For the vast majority of them, it's below zero:
    http://wheatfreeforum.com/index.php/topic,275.0.html

    Reply: #8
  5. erdoke
    I would definitely add vitamin D deficiency to the shortlist of causes for autoimmune disease.
  6. smc
    Excellent essay at link provided by boundless. Well done boundless!
    Reply: #7
  7. Boundless
    re: Well done boundless!

    Thanks, and in case anyone thinks my skepticism of consensus medicine is exaggerated, see this little gem posted by Dr. "Grain Brain" Perlmutter today:
    http://www.drperlmutter.com/better-outcome-humpty-dumpty/

  8. bill
    Boundless:

    I've been following WFF since it started. I can't
    believe I missed that great post. Thanks for
    the link.

  9. Jamie Hayes
    For my first 50 years I suffered allergic rhinitis and lived on steroid sprays and anti-histamines. I was a chronic asthmatic, as were two of our three sons and my brother who died of asthma at 22. When you adopt a well-formulated LCHF lifestyle, you get selective about food quality, dropping grains (especially glutenous grains), processed foods and polyunsaturated seed oils. Dr William Davis reports multiple observations of dramatic improvement in allergies and asthma when people eliminate wheat. Dr Stephen Phinney quotes Nakamura et al. Nutrition & Metabolism 2014, suggesting a ketogenic diet mitigates immediate hypersensitivity. I have lobbied the Asthma Foundations in Australia for decades. They simply don't want to know. Inconvenient. They quote "Lack of evidence." I argue that the level of evidence required should match the risk. With powerful drugs the side effect risks are high. With food the side effects are negligible. With LCHF it becomes "self-evident". It makes a difference or it doesn't. A few months ago I suggested LCHF (wheat free of course) to a heavily medicated software pro who suffered asthma and allergies all his life. I said "Try it. Keep up your medications. See how you feel." Within 6 weeks he had dropped 7 kg (without hunger or effort) and stopped using his reliever medication. (Cost NIL) It's a pity he isn't a doctor. They only seem to learn when they are personally affected and experience benefits first hand. (Australia)
  10. Apicius
    As I got fatter and fatter following the insane low fat diet with discipline, I had also developed joint pains and asthma. The asthma got so bad at bedtime, I would wheeze. When I converted to LCHF diet, the joint pains and asthma disappeared!

    Wow, the big pharmaceutical companies are in for it. If LCHF solves a great majority of joint pain, asthma, diabetes, obesity, etc...wouldn't that take a huge chunk of their revenues?

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  11. Boundless
    re: Wow, the big pharmaceutical companies are in for it.

    Indeed. Most of the various real food movements are not fads. When people make a simple dietary changes that cause distressing chronic aliments to vanish (along with the meds that typically only "managed" the condition), they never go back to eating the old way. Wheat re-exposure reactions, for example, can be quite harsh and unmistakable.

    This is not like changing your religion, political party or giving up alcohol or tobacco. It's permanent. The drug cabals and their pushers are never going to get these customers back.

    They need to figure this out now, if they are to have any chance at a sustainable business plan (which needs to include products that actually are a net benefit to human beings).

    The credibility of consensus medicine is also going off a cliff over this, and it's going to take a very long time to climb back up, starting with public admissions that "mistakes were made, and by us". Don't hold your breath.

  12. BobM
    I have dramatically reduced my allergies by following a LCHF lifestyle. My allergies are not totally gone (I still take an allergy pill every once in a while), but they are dramatically reduced. Maybe 5-10% of what they once were.
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  13. Boundless
    re: ... dramatically reduced my allergies ...

    You might be able to eliminate them entirely. If you haven't already, try:
    - zeroing out the gluten-bearing grains (wheat, rye, barley) forever
    - eliminating any other gut biome antagonists (e.g. antibiotics in oral products)
    - adding 20 grams prebiotic fiber to your diet, and
    - doing a 60-day course of quality probiotics to ensure decent gut flora
    - eliminating non-gluten grains with suspect proteins (oats & rice in particular)
    - doing a trial of dairy elimination (adding it back later is often possible)

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  14. Lorraine
    My only allergies are to grass pollen and cats. My grass pollen allergy developed my senior year of high school while cats are a fairly new thing, developing after huge exposure from helping my sister clean her house after a year of remodeling (she had 2 cats).

    I haven't noticed a reduction in allergy symptoms since adopting a keto lifestyle 16 months ago, but since I have to ramp up Claritin D before symptoms start (end of May), it may be better without me knowing it. I did notice that the Claritin D doesn't disrupt my sleep as severely as it did before.

    Maybe this year I'll wait for symptoms to start and see if things have improved.

  15. BobM
    Thank you. I do not eat any grains whatsoever. I eat a small amount of dairy, cream in my coffee and butter (in my coffee) and some cheese. I haven't tried pre/probiotics, but I'll give that a go. I can give up dairy, but it's harder then to increase my fat content and also harder to find a mid-day snack if I need one.
  16. CarolineW
    Coconut oil can increase your good fats, in place of butter, as a creamer in coffee, added in juices, use in cooking and tastes good
  17. kay
    hi to all just started the new way of eating hoping it will help me loose weight as I am ashmatic and on perment steroids hope this will help me but where can I find a low carb food list any help please.
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  18. smc
    to Kay:

    To learn about low carb foods and LCHF in some detail, look no further than this very same web site. There is an excellent section called "LCHF for Beginners" which I recommend to you strongly.

    http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

    I can say with some confidence that your asthma will definitely get better if you improve your diet by reducing the carbs and pro-inflammatory oils. It may vanish entirely. This will enable you to get rid of the steroids.

  19. Zepp
    You dont realy need a foodlist, just buy fresh food that you need to cook by your self.. take a closer look at carbcontent, and dont be afraid for fat!

    But here you get some tips so you get started;

    http://authoritynutrition.com/low-carb-diet-meal-plan-and-menu/

    http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/lowcarbmenus1/

    http://www.fitintegrity.com/uploads/9/5/1/6/9516119/no_sugar_no_starc...

    I did lose my asthma.. but im still kind of allergic, but its good to breat whitout medications anyhow.

    I only use cortisone for my nasal problems at bed time occasionaly.

  20. Elizabeth A Craft
    I've been lchf since Jan 1, and yesterday, Jan 16, it occurred to me that I haven't taken an allergy pill (benedryl) in 2 wks! I used to wake in the night from allergy attacks and take 3- 4 pills over the course of a day. I googled allergies and low carb and this is the first thing to pop up! I followed the advice from this site for several months last year and lost 39 lbs. I regained 11 after falling off the wagon. I've lost 8 since restarting the 16 days ago. Also found out I'm pregnant after being back on the diet for 1 week. Hoping that this way of eating keeps morning sickness and excess weight gain at bay. The allergy reduction was certainly a nice side effect!
  21. Angela Blasius
    This has happened to me several times in my life but I never made the connection. I finally did!! Thank god!! This past February I went Keto for about a month. Fell off the wagon...and didn't make it back to Keto until recently. I had the worst allergies I have ever had in MY LIFE this spring/early summer on a high carb diet. I spent several hundred dollars on inhalers and doctors visits. I thought I just had a virus. I virus that kept me in bed for a solid 4 days and sick for two months. I had two rounds of prednisone and still suffered on all these other drugs (not listed) to keep my allergies at bay. Not to mention due to my allergies I was in an asthmatic state.

    Since the the 5th of July I've been back on keto. I am not taking any clariton. I am not on my 2 prescribed inhalers (one that cost me 400 dollars) and my itchy eyes are getting better everyday. My allergies are almost gone and it has only been 2 weeks.

    It's amazing. I truly believe there is a strong correlation and I am never abandoning this WOL again. Not only do I feel great but it's way cheaper in the long run!!

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