"The chief reason these reactions to commonly eaten
foods are not readily recognized is that they are part of a pattern
of constant reactions in which periods of heightened
stimulation may give way to periods of letdown, or withdrawal effects.
In the beginning of the problem, eating the food has a
marked, immediate stimulatory effect lasting up to several hours.
Simply by eating a particular food, such as coffee, wheat
or corn, as often as necessary, this up effect may be
maintained for a relatively long period of time. It is
only when such foods are not eaten regularly that a kind of hangover,
or withdrawal reaction, occurs.
Since the delayed withdrawal effects can usually be controlled by eating some form of the same food, the whole cumulative
process of reaction can be called a food addiction. A food addiction differs only in degree of severity from a drug
addiction. In all other respects, the two phenomena are remarkably similar.
When the exposure to an allergy-causing substance is
constant, however, eventually the acute symptoms [of allergy] will give
way to either a period of no symptoms, or to chronic
symptoms such as headaches, depression, or arthritis. In other words,
the acute symptoms have been suppressed because of the
constant nature of the exposure, and the body has reacted by attempting
to adapt itself to the problem.
It is this phase which we call addiction, and this most
often occurs in response to commonly eaten foods. Unlike the drug
addict, however, the food addict does not usually know the
object of his desire. In fact, the food addict may not consciously
crave any particular food, but may simply arrange his
eating schedule so that it always includes the unknown addicting
...Unfortunately, there is no single word which connotes
the longing for an unknown substance, or a craving for something which
is hidden not only from the world but usually from the
victim himself, but the word addiction comes closest to that meaning.
The addictive response is broadly
composed of two phases: 1) an immediate improvement of chronic symptoms
of illness, such as tiredness,
headache, fatigue, or aches and pains, when the food is
eaten and then
2) a delayed hangover unless the addicting food or
drink is taken on schedule. Each individual establishes
his own addiction routine, his own pattern of ever-decreasing
periods between food fixes. By taking his addicting food, the addict keeps himself in a relatively high state
and postpones feelings of letdown, hangover, or pain which follow withdrawal of the addicting food."
An Alternative Approach to Allergies, by Theron G. Randolph, M.D., Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
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