Many subjective complaints have been ascribed to adverse food reactions
, including neurologic (dizziness, weakness, headaches, numbness, loss of concentration, depression), gastrointestinal (generalized bloating, abdominal distention, constipation), musculoskeletal (muscle cramps, myalgia, arthralgia, vasculitis), and miscellaneous complaints (sweating, chest pain, fatigue, itchy earlobes) (National Research Council 2000b).
Other than avoidance, there are no known cures for either food allergies or most adverse food reactions
Burks' research focuses on the molecular identification of allergens in specific foods, better understanding the mechanisms behind adverse food reactions
, and the development of treatments for food allergies, including immunotherapy, a promising treatment currently undergoing clinical trials.
Learning whether the foods that they eat and beverages that they drink cause a healthy or inflamed reaction in the body is invaluable for understanding if adverse food reactions
are part of the problem with reaching and maintaining a healthful weight Based on the results of this personal nutrition assessment, the patient and doctor, working together, can craft a treatment plan that helps the patient lose weight that was gained in reaction to food intolerances.
Similarly, nearly one-third of parents perceive adverse food reactions
to be responsible for a multitude of symptoms in their children and modify their children's diets in response (Bock 1987).