At your suggestion I am posting our email exchange in case these points are of interest to others on the BB.
Pam: Everything was going so well and then...along came grains :) With traces of wheat staying present in my system for so long (4-7 days as I understand it), and my reaction being so strong to it, it seems that I can't clearly read reactions to other new foods I introduce. Is the reaction from the new food, or is it left over from the wheat?
Bob: This is one of the reasons that I didn't want to tell folks that some grains like wheat may take as long as 4 days to cause a reaction. Even though it IS RARE it does happen. It won't stay in your system 7 days. If you had a reaction on day 4 it would clear fairly rapidly since it would be
reacting in your colon (large intestines) rather than the small intestines. Therefore it would have less distance to travel before being eliminated.
Once you have a STRONG reaction you do have to wait until it clears before continuing to test new foods. I'll re-iterate that the great majority of food allergens (even grains) cause a discernable reaction within 4 hours after ingestion. They generally take about 8 hours to clear. Milder reactions can take as little as 4 hours to clear.
Pam: I'm wonderding if I should just stay with the foods that have already tested safe for the next few days and let the wheat totally clear before introducing anything else?
Pam: I am now also wondering about my reaction to rice. While I tolerate it better than wheat and have had no acute allergic reaction, there seems to be a cumulative effect. It is definitely a challenge to my digestive system, causing gas, churning and bloating. While I don't have definitive evidence yet, I'm beginning to think that, like you, I'd do better just avoiding grains altogether. But how do I reconcile that with following a diet that instructs me to eat grains every day?
Bob: You have made another insightful observation here. Some foods may yield a rather mild reaction but they do inflict some inflammation in the intestinal tract. Repetitive eating of this mild food allergen will cause a slow, cumulative loss of well being as inflammation in the gut accumulates. I'm sure that you have heard of a 'rotation' diet. Basically
the rotation diet is a strategy to space certain foods and certain food groups apart by anywhere from 4-7 days to avoid this cumulative effect. This doesn't mean that on one day that you are allowed to have several ingestions of rice -- rather only once and then wait a week before you eat it again.
After trying to rotate some of the grain and grain alternatives I finally came to the conclusion that my physiology is simply not well adapted to ANY kind of grain. You may find the same or you might be able to tolerate them
on a rotated basis.
You have brought up one of the areas of disagreement between Dr. Wiley and myself. His perception was that if folks ate the appropriate metabolic diet that they might find that they didn't experience food allergies. I have found that if you do eat the proper metabolic diet that reactions from
food allergies will be much less severe yet they will still be there -- creating unwanted inflammation along the gut.
Dr. Wiley also urged folks to get enough fiber and roughage through the daily consumption of WHOLE grains. At the time of his book BioBalance, there was lots of breaking research showing the beneficial effect of fiber. I think it biased his opinion. With some hindsight I now see that the public is intimidated into believing if they don't eat oatmeal every day that their cholesterol will skyrocket, they will be at higher risk for colon cancer, and of course they will be constipated (when in fact most constipation is ACTUALLY CAUSED BY EATING AND REACTING TO GRAIN FOOD ALLERGENS).
I sense that we've been duped here as in the past with things like milk. There are folks that are terrified once t