Apr 2, 2010 9:43 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Food intolerances cause pain, weight gain

Michelle Seeber was tired of chronic stomach aches and bloating. She had no idea some of her favorite foods were causing her problems.

The Immunohealth 3-d diet is a scientific approach to weight loss by determining what foods you're sensitive to.

"What we do - we find a diet for you, a nutritional program for you, for actual individual. And program for you may not be the program for your sibling, or your parent or your children," Dr. Vlad Kim, the Immunohealth Medical Director, said.

Clients give a blood sample and a lab checks for intolerances, sort of like an allergy test.

"It will be nice to have the freedom of knowing just what you should or shouldn't stay away from and then two, if I lose some weight because of it, even better," Michelle Seeber said.

Michelle got her results and learned she's intolerant to dairy products and a few other things.

A nutritional consultant and a doctor explain her food sensitivities and her options.

"In our program if you can't eat white rice, you can usually eat brown rice. If you can't eat wheat, you can eat rye. If you can't have cow milk, you can have goat milk. I mean there are lots of substitutions available," Dr. Kim said.

Michelle totally changed her eating habits in four and a half weeks.

"I don't have stomach problems anymore. I'm not in pain which is great and I feel great," she said.

Her fridge and pantry are full of substitute products mostly found in health food stores or in organic aisles.

"It really was easy once you figure out what you can and can't have. It's something I can live with," Seeber said.

It's been a real education.

"You just learn to read ingredients and you plan ahead. So I know what I'm going to have for dinner tonight, I know what I'm going to have tomorrow," Seeber said.

Aside from feeling better -- an added benefit.

"As of yesterday, I lost eight pounds so that was exciting and I just feel healthier," Seeber said.

The Immunohealth 3-D diet has been used in Europe for more than a decade and claims an 86% success rate among 50,000 clients.

However, it's not cheap ... $700 for the program.



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