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Study: Relationship Between Adenoids Hypertrophy and Food Intolerance

Published date: September 18, 2013 | Modified date:
by Dr Stephen Wangen
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(photo: commons.wikimedia)

Out of China comes a wonderful study on a link between IgG food allergies and enlarged adenoids. The researchers noticed a significant difference in IgG food reactions between children with enlarged adenoids and a control group.

Adenoids are in the back of your throat and are part of the immune system. People with enlarged adenoids often suffer from chronic ear infections or snoring.

Adenoids increase in size when the immune system is responding to something. Therefore something must be triggering the adenoids to enlarge. This study shows that there is a strong link to food allergies.

This is not the first study to show such a link. It has long been my suspicion that enlarged adenoids and enlarged tonsils are primarily due to food allergies. The secondary infection that develops in tonsils comes after the tonsils are enlarged and pockets have already developed, which are easily infected.

This is not the first study to show a link between food allergies and enlarged adenoids. Studies out of India have also demonstrated this connection.

Tonsils and adenoids should be able to handle infections. That is what they were designed to do. It’s only when overcome by other immune triggers (such as food allergies), which trigger chronic inflammation, that they fail at their job.Removing the adenoids or the tonsils is only a temporary solution. It doesn’t address the original cause of the problem.

The top 3 foods that they found were related to enlarged adenoids?  Egg, Dairy, and cod.

Hopefully we’ll get more research like this in the future.

Excerpt from National Institutes of Health:

To explore the relationship between food intolerance and adenoidal hypertrophy and accordingly to provide evidence for intolerance and adenoidal hypertrophy.

Food intolerance is the possible cause of adenoidal hypertrophy. The detection of specific IgG antibodies of food have positive significance in the prevention of adenoidal hypertrophy.

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