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Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a functional medicine expert, has done extensive research on the connection between amino acid sequences and food sensitivities, and how this can lead to autoimmune disorders. Amino acid sequences are specific chains of amino acids found in various foods, and some of these sequences can closely resemble amino acid sequences in human tissues. When the immune system detects these similar amino acid sequences in foods, it can mistakenly attack the body’s own tissues, leading to autoimmune disorders.

Dr. Kharrazian’s research has identified several foods that contain amino acid sequences that closely resemble those found in human tissues. For example, the amino acid sequence in gluten is very similar to that found in the thyroid gland, and this can lead to autoimmune thyroid disorders, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Similarly, the amino acid sequence in dairy proteins is similar to that found in the pancreatic beta cells, which can lead to type 1 diabetes.

In addition to gluten and dairy, other foods that can trigger autoimmune reactions due to similar amino acid sequences include soy, corn, and even some fruits and vegetables. Dr. Kharrazian has developed a specific testing method to identify these food sensitivities and determine which foods are most likely to cause autoimmune reactions.

One of the key takeaways from Dr. Kharrazian’s research is that food sensitivities can play a significant role in the development of autoimmune disorders. By identifying and eliminating these trigger foods from the diet, individuals can reduce their risk of autoimmune disorders and potentially reverse existing autoimmune conditions. This is particularly important for individuals with a family history of autoimmune disorders, as they may be genetically predisposed to food sensitivities.

It is important to note that food sensitivities can be challenging to identify, as symptoms may not appear immediately after eating the trigger food. Dr. Kharrazian’s testing method involves measuring specific antibodies in the blood, which can indicate a sensitivity to a particular food. This testing method can be an effective way to identify food sensitivities and develop a personalized diet plan that can help prevent and treat autoimmune disorders.

In conclusion, Dr. Kharrazian’s research on amino acid sequences and food sensitivities highlights the important role that diet plays in the development and treatment of autoimmune disorders. By identifying and eliminating trigger foods, individuals can reduce their risk of autoimmune disorders and potentially reverse existing conditions. If you suspect that you may have food sensitivities or autoimmune disorders, it is important to work with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Meet the Author

Dr. Matz DC

Dr. Jeffrey E. Matz, DC, MS, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician. He is licensed to practice in SC, NC, and GA. Dr. Matz is passionate about functional medicine and strives to help patients achieve optimal health. His focus is on helping our members with hormone imbalances, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain conditions, and diabetes. Among the thousands of people Dr. Matz has treated include Carolina Panthers football players, PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfers, collegiate athletes, and local and international celebrities. Dr. Matz was a semiprofessional cyclist, and has competed in triathlons for the last 7 years, including completing an IRONMAN triathlon.

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