Learning From Success

November 1, 2011

      COEM Health Alert

           Learning From Success                                                                                                    November 2011

In This Issue
Foods Available To Test
Inhalants Available To Test
Pollens Available To Test

Allergy Testing


To schedule an appointment for allergy testing, please call our office at (843) 572-1600.


Avoid taking the following medications 3 days prior to coming in for testing: NSAIDs, Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Anaprox, Medipren, Naprosyn, Tricyclic, and Anti-Histamines.


At the Center, we offer PBZ drops and Sodium or Calcium Potassium Bicarbonate to replace anti-histamines. These do not affect your allergy testing results.

I often say, “I never learn anything from failure, only from success.” And, after over 30 years of practicing Environmental Medicine, I have learned that reducing the allergic load as part of the total body load always yields the greatest success. Food is the most important part of the allergic load and those willing to make the sacrifice of a trial of food elimination often find that their chronic signs and symptoms disappear. This is true for all pain syndromes, fatigue, and alterations of thinking, perception, mood, and behavior. There is no sign or symptom which cannot be caused by a food allergy.


It has been a standard joke in my practice that you can suggest to a patient that they go on an elimination diet to see if they can find the cause of their disease, but you will never see them again. We are all so addicted to our commonly eaten foods that we refuse to even consider giving them up for 7 days. But, these most frequently eaten foods and craved foods are most often the cause of our disease.


Addiction is allergy and allergy is addiction. We have learned from our very successful Healthy For Life weight loss program that if we fail to neutralize the patient to the foods they are most likely addicted to the patient will fail to loose weight. Neutralization requires skin and or sublingual testing and treatment using the neutralizing doses of the foods. When we did this, patients were able to give up their addictive foods without the usual adverse withdrawal symptoms.


Also, many foods cross-react against pollens. You may notice a seasonal pattern to your symptoms. This may then require neutralization of the prevailing pollen to be completely successful.


The question remains, “Are we ready to give up some foods to achieve ultimate freedom of our chronic disease?” Below is a list of the antigens we have available for testing in our office. Ann, our allergy tester, is ready when you are!



Allan D. Lieberman, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.

Foods Available To Test At COEM


The most common foods on our basic food board are:


Baker’s Yeast, Beef, Brewer’s Yeast, Cane Sugar, Chicken, Chocolate, Corn, Egg, Milk, Orange, Peanut, Pork, Potato (white), Soybean, Tomato, Wheat


Also available are:


Almond, Apple, Avocado, Banana, Barley, Basil, Bean Mix (Lima, Navy, String), Black-eyed Peas, Black Walnut, Blueberry, Brazil Nut, Buckwheat, Cabbage Mix (Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower), Caffeine, Carrageenan, Carrot, Cashew, Celery, Cherry, Coconut, Coffee, Coke, Cranberry, Cucumber, Date, English Walnut, Fish Mix (Cod, Perch, Salmon, Trout, Tuna), Flaxseed, Flounder, Garlic, Gliadin (Metabolite of Gluten), Goats Milk, Grape, Grapefruit, Green Olive, Green Pea, Haddock, Hazelnut, Hops, Lamb, Lemon, Lentil, Lettuce, Malt, Mexican Tea, MSG, Mushroom, Mustard, Nutrasweet, Oat, Onion, Peach, Pear, Pecan, Peppermint, Pineapple, Plum, Rabbit Meat, Rice, Rye, Safflower, Sesame, Shrimp, Spice Mix A (Clove, Nutmeg, Allspice, Ginger), Spice Mix B (Black, Green Bell Peppers, Sage, Parsley, Paprika), Spinach, Strawberry, String Bean, Sunflower Seed, Sweet Potato, Tapioca, Tea, Tuna, Turkey, Vanilla, Watermelon, Yellow Squash


Inhalants Available To Test At COEM


Inhalants are made up of the following three categories:


Dusts- Dust Mite


Molds- Aspergillus, Cephlasporium Acremonium, Candida Albicans, Trichophyton, Epidermatophyton floccosum, Calvatio, Grass Smut Mix, Hormodendrum, Alternaria, Penicillium, Pullularia, Epicoccum, Fusarium, Rhodotorula, Phoma, Mucor, Nigrosporia, Rhizopus, Geotrichum, Helminthsporium, Stemphyllium


Animal Danders- Cat, Dog

Pollens Available To Test At COEM


Pollens are made up of the following three categories:


Trees- Oak, Pine, Southern Pine, Mesquite, Tree A Mix (White Hickory, Black Walnut, Red/River Birch, Hackberry, American Elm), Tree B Mix (Boxelder, Red Maple, Sweet Gum, White Ash, Eastern Sycamore), Pecan, Mountain Cedar, Privet, White Birch, Mulberry, Bayberry, Cottonwood, Malaleuca


Grasses- Southern Gras Mix (Bermuda, Johnson, Kentucky Blue, Orchard, Redtop, Sweet Vernal, Timothy), Tertiary Grass Mix (Bahia, Meadow Fescue, Orchard Grass)


Weeds- Dog Fennel, Ragweed, Goldenrod, Marshelder, Weed 7A (Sagebrush, English Plantain, Lamb’s Quarter, Sheep/Red Sorrel, Spiny Pigweed), Secondary Weed (Yellow Dock, Cockleburr, Firebush/Kochia, Russian Thistle)

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