Rachael Lake

Allergy Therapist, NAET® Practitioner and Nutritional Adviser. Birmingham & Wombourne

Food Intolerance

The identification and treatment of allergic disorders


The British Institute for Allergy link


There are few food allergens that cause antigen/antibody reactions – shellfish and peanuts are perhaps the best known, indeed some food intolerance sufferers have no classical allergies and for this reason may never suspect that their arthritis, migraine or panic attacks are caused by an unusual reaction to common foods. People allergic to the same food may have entirely different symptoms, just as people with the same symptoms may be allergic to quite different foods.

Symptoms of food intolerance can be surprisingly varied. Catarrh, digestive and stomach trouble, backache, swollen glands, depression, anxiety attacks and phobias, palpitations, irritability, headaches, mouth ulcers, aching joints and muscles, childhood hyperactivity are all possible, as well as more serious conditions. Because onset of symptoms are often delayed, they seem to bear no relationship to diet at all, so it is not-surprising that many allergic people have had a variety of tests, diagnoses and treatments, and are often told they are suffering from stress, hypochondria or ‘nerves’.

Many food ‘allergies’ are masked, that is they seem to be more like addictions as the sufferer may have withdrawal symptoms if the food is not eaten, but there are a number of symptoms that commonly point to food intolerance – persistent tiredness, not helped by rest; over- or underweight or fluctuating weight; occasional palpitations after food; occasional excessive sweating, unrelated to exercises; occasional swelling or bloating of hands, face, ankles or abdomen.

Elimination diet is a very common method of identifying food allergies. During a period of fasting, an allergic person usually suffers ‘withdrawal’ symptoms and feels unwell, but by the fifth day, many will feel much better (though some symptoms, like arthritis, take much longer to improve). Then foods are tried, one at a time and because tolerance has been lost even a tiny amount may bring on a rapid return of symptoms.

This can be quite a lengthy process, so it is fortunate that nowadays your therapist can use the ‘muscle testing’ method to identify foods to eliminate or to balance.

The advice I offer is not intended to replace the advice or treatment offered by your G.P., but as an adjunct to this.
List of Foods and Environmental Allergens Tested


Meat & Poultry


Mammals: Rabit, venison, bacon, pork, ham, lard


Pheasant: Chicken, eggs, pheasant


Turkey: Turkey


Duck: Duck, goose,


Ovine: Goat, lamb, mutton


Bovine: Beef



Fish & Shellfish


Cod, haddock, herring, kipper, mackerel, place, sardines, tuna, sole, herring, anchovy


Salmon, trout


Crab, lobster, mussels, prawns/shrimp, squid, oyster, scallop



Dairy/milk products


Milk, cows, cheese, mould ripened


Milk, goats, cheese


Milk, sheeps, cheese








Buffalo mozzarella




Plant families


Amaryllis familiy


Agave, tequila


Banana family


banana, plantain


Birch family


filbert, hazelnut, wintergreen


Buckwheat family


buckwheat, rhubarb, sorrel


*Carrot family


Angelica, anise, caraway, carrot, celeriac, celery,
chervil, coriander, dill, fennel, parsley, parsnip


*Cashew family


cashew, mango, pistachio


Citrus family


citron, grapefruit, kumquat, lemon, lime, orange,
tangelo, tangerine


Cola nut family


chocolate (cocoa), cola (kola) nut, cocoa butter,


Composite family


Burdock root, chamomile, chicory, dandelion, endive,
globe artichoke, sagebrush, wormwood/absinthe, artichoke, camomile, chicory,
dandelion, endive, escarole, Jerusalem artichoke, lettuce, salsify,
safflower, sunflower seed/oil, tansy, tarragon, echinacea, romaine




mushroom, truffle, yeast (baker’s, brewer’s,
distiller’s, margarine, lactose-fermenting, lager, beer), nutritional yeast,
citric acid (food add, Aspergillus niger), cheeses, inhalant moulds. MSG
E261, Hydrolysed vegetable protein, vinegar, alcoholic beverages


Ginger family


cardamon, East Indian arrowroot, ginger, turmeric


Goosefoot family


Beetroot, lamb’s quarters, spinach, Swiss chard,
quinoa, sugar beet, tampala


Gourd (melon) family


Cantaloupe, casaba, citron melon, cucumber, gherkin,
honeydew melon, pumpkin, butternut squash, watermelon, courgette/zucchini


Grape family


champagne, grape, raisin, vinegar (wine), wine
(grape), brandy, cream of tartar/tartaric acid, muscadine grape


Grass (cereal) family


Bamboo shoots, barley, barley grass, corn (maize,
sweet corn, corn syrup, popcorn, cornflour), hominy grits, maltose, malt
(germinated grain), millet, oat, rice, rye, sorghum, sugar cane, wheat, wheat
grass (bran, germ) lemon grass, citronella, sorghum, spelt, molasses, teff,
bulgar, gluten, wild rice.


Heath family


black huckleberry, blueberry, cranberry,
wintergreen, sloes


Laurel family


avocado, bay leaf, cinnamon


Lily family


Aloe vera, asparagus, chives, garlic, leek, onion,
sarsaparilla, shallot


Mallow family


Cottonseed oil, okra


Mint Family


Lemon balm, basil, catnip, lavender, marjoram, mint,
oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, savory, spearmint, thyme, bergamot, chia
seed, thyme, hyssop, horehound.


Morning glory family


sweet potato, yam


Mulberry family


breadfruit, breadnut, fig, hops, hemp


Mustard family


broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower,
collards, garden cress, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard green, mustard
seed, radish, rutabaga, turnip, watercress, swede


Myrtle family


allspice, cloves, guava,  eucalyptus


*Nightshade family


Peppers, bell, green, red, yellow, cayenne pepper,
chili (paprika) (red pepper), pimento, eggplant/aubergine, ground cherry,
potato (white), strawberry *tomato, tobacco, tomato, tree tomato, belladonna,
goji berries.


Nutmeg family


mace, nutmeg


Olive family


jasmine, olive


Palm family


cabbage palm, coconut, coconut oil, date, sago


Papaya family


papain, papaya


Pea (legume) family


acacia, black-eyed pea, broad bean, carob bean,
carob syrup, chickpea (garbanzo), kidney, navy, string or green, lentil, liquorice,
lima bean, mesquite, pea, *peanut, tamarind, alfalfa sprout, baked beans,
mung, fenugreek, acacia gum, peanut oil, red clover, *soya bean, lecithin,
soy oil, soy milk, kudzu. 


Pine family


juniper, pine nut


Pomegranate family


Pomegranate, grenadine


*Rose family – Apple


apple (cider vinegar), crab apple, pear, quince,


*Rose Family – stone fruit


almond, apricot, cherry, peach/nectarine, plum, sloe hazlenut


Rose family – Berries


blackberry, boysenberry, dewberry, loganberry, red/black raspberry, strawberry


Saxifrage family


currant, gooseberry


Spurge family


Cassava , tapioca, castor bean, castor oil


Walnut family


black walnut, butternut, English walnut, hickory
nut, pecan


Plant Foods without Relatives:


maple syrup


Brazil nut, macadamia, water chestnut


coffee, tea


vanilla, black pepper, saffron, capers, flaxseed, annatto, sesame seed/tahini, poppy seed


lychee, passion, fruit, pineapple, Barbados cherry elderberry,*Kiwi, olive



*Connection to pollens




Vitamin a/carotene


Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, B15, B17, PABA, Choline, Inositol


Vitamin C


Vitamin D


Vitamin E


Vitamin F


Vitamin K


Vitamin P








































Heavy metals


Other Nutrients:


Omega 3: fish oils, flax seed


Omega 6: sunflower, sesame, evening primrose, starflower


Omega 9: avocado oil, almond, cashew, rapeseed, mustard seed, animal fat, olive oil.


Saturated fat


Amino Acids











Alcohol Mix


Animal hair/dander


Artificial sweeteners


Crude oil






Flower Mix


Food colours/preservatives/additives


Food Phenols






Gum mix


Hair products mix


Insect Mix


Mould mix




Perfume mix


Pesticide mix




Smoke mix


Vaccine mix




Wood mix