Review of: Gastrointestinal disease in Sjogren’s syndrome: related to food hypersensitivities
Christine Kim-Lee, Lakshmanan Suresh, and Julian L. Ambrus, Jr. [corresponding author]
SUNY at Buffalso School of Medicine

This Review Written by Dr. James M. Blum

Sjogren’s syndrome (SS) is an uncommon chronic autoimmune condition marked by dysfunction of the salivary and lacrimal glands leading to extremely dry eyes and dry mouth.  It is found between 0.2 and 1.2% of the general population depending on race and geography.  It affects women about ten times more than in men.  It was formally described in 1933 by Henrik Sjogren...

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Review of: The Evolution of Food Immune Reactivity Testing: Why IgG Antibody for Food May Not be Reproducible From One Lab to Another
Alternative Therapies, Vol. 23, Supplement 1, Aristo Vojdani, PhD., MSc, CLS

This Review Written by Dr. James M. Blum
Biotrinetix, LLC

Dr. Vojdani summarizes the much-published criticisms of food testing into three categories, which are (1) reproducibility within a given lab and correlation from lab-to-lab, (2) clinical outcomes of using IgG for identifying reactive foods, and (3) the role that the actual food antigens play in testing for food sensitivities.  Each is summarized...

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Review of: Food elimination based on IgG antibodies in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomised controlled trial
W Atkinson,1 T A Sheldon,2 N Shaath,1 and P J Whorwell1

This Review Written by Dr. James M. Blum

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a relatively common condition, characterized by abdominal distension and pain, diarrhea, constipation, or a fluctuation between these two extremes.   This condition significantly impairs quality of life and places a large burden on health care resources. Treatment of IBS is largely based on the use of antispasmodics, antidepressants, and medications that modify bowel habit, depending on whether diarrhea or constipation more common...

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