Dr. Allen is a firm believer in the importance of good nutrition for all of his patients in order to achieve optimal wellness and longevity. Unfortunately, though, a majority of medical doctors in the U.S. are not given proper training in what should constitute healthy nutritional practices, and conventional medicine in general tends to downplay the role of nutrition plays in a patient’s health status, though this is slowly changing.
Those of us who live in developed Westernized cultures, and particularly here in the U.S., find ourselves in a paradox: We are constantly bombarded in the media with endless diet regimes for weight loss, airbrushed and Photoshopped images of impossibly thin and fit people, and a tremendous amount of information about foods that are supposed to be “bad” or “good”, yet close to two-thirds of all Americans are now considered overweight or obese.
The truth is that Americans are getting heavier and less healthy with every passing year, and rates of chronic disease in our country continue to rise rapidly as well. Many chronic illnesses can be attributed to poor dietary habits and lifestyles. Such conditions as Type 2 diabetes, gastrointestinal illnesses, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and perhaps even some forms of cancer are often linked to a person’s diet and lifestyle (i.e. exercise, stress levels, etc.)
Another area of concern is food sensitivities (often incorrectly labeled food allergies). These sensitivities are usually related to gastrointestinal permeability and malabsorption. If a person continues, usually unknowingly, to eat a particular food (or foods) that is not tolerated well by the body, his or her intestinal tract will over time often become inflamed.
This inflammation causes weakness in the wall of the intestinal tract, and allows small amounts of partially digested food to be released into the blood stream. The immune system, ever-vigilant for invaders, will then mount an attack on these “foreign” objects, and a myriad of diverse symptoms can then result. These symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, sore throat, fatigue, sinus congestion, diarrhea and/or constipation, skin rashes – to name just a few.
When a patient presents with many undefined, seemingly unrelated symptoms and/or generalized gastrointestinal distress, Dr. Allen will most likely order a sophisticated panel of tests for the GI tract, in order to determine the status and functioning of their digestive processes. Depending on the results, he will then formulate an individualized treatment plan to heal the GI tract and restore normal, healthy function. Once the intestinal tract is healed, most food sensitivities will tend to disappear.
Whether you want to lose weight and get fit, develop more energy and vitality, take care of your heart, or just find the right diet that will keep you healthy, Dr. Allen will work with you and your individualized needs to develop a plan of healthy eating and appropriate lifestyle modifications that will help you achieve your optimal state of wellness.