Recently, I was invited to speak at the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association (SEMDA) meeting on Food Allergies, Sensitivities and Intolerance’s. So what did we discuss?

The presentation began with an explanation of what immune and non-immune reactions mean . We discussed food intolerance’s that are non -immunologic and then moved on to immunologic reactions such as allergies and food sensitivities.  Key concepts related to food allergies were explained along- incidence of allergies, how do you identify food allergies and how to manage food allergies. We had  nice discussion on cross- reactive foods and how inhalant allergens such as birch pollen or ragweed cross-react with certain foods .  A discussion on  Genetically Modified Foods – GMO’s  and potential effect on cross-re activity gained a lot of interest.  One of the resources shared was a link to the movie, Genetic Roulette .

After recognizing the  gut, brain and immune connection, we explored the world of food sensitivities – non Ig E immune reactions, how to identify food triggers in individuals with IBS,  Fibromyalgia, and Migraines supporting with scientific studies, published papers, case -studies and physician testimonials.

It was a well received presentation . On a personal note, I enjoyed delivering this presentation and help stimulate interest my fellow colleagues to explore this very field that I am passionate about.

These are some comments  received from the dietitians who attended the meeting –

  • ” She was wonderful! The meeting was packed, and she did a great job. I think people left more informed and intrigued!”
  • “Excellent presentation. Very informative and moving presentation.”
  • ” She gave new insight and sources on topics. Important and great topic!”

Thank you SEMDA for giving me this wonderful opportunity! If you know of an organization or group that will benefit from a presentation like this one, do not hesitate to call me at 517 290 6041.  Identifying trigger foods and incorporating and anti-inflammatory diet is the key to health and wellness.

Thomas Edison once said “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the  human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Cheers to good health!