a Medical Food-Supplemented Detoxification Program in the Management of Chronic Health Problems

Altern Ther Health Med. 1995 Nov 1;1(5):62-71.


Objective * To evaluate the effectiveness of a medical food-supplemented detoxification program versus a hypoallergenic, calorie-controlled diet alone in the management of symptoms in chronically ill patients. Design * Outcome-focused study of patient response to dietary interventions. Setting * Clinical outpatient research facility. Patients * 106 chronically ill patients. Intervention * A medical food supplement designed to provide nutritional support for gastrointestinal healing and hepatic detoxification in addition to an oligoantigenic, calorie-controlled diet, versus an oligoantigenic, calorie-controlled diet alone. Results * The 84 patients in the experimental group, who consumed the medical food supplement, had a 52% reduction in symptoms over 10 weeks as measured by the Metabolic Screening Questionnaire. In comparison, the 22 patients on the control diet had only a 22% reduction of symptoms. Symptom reduction in the intervention group occurred concomitantly with the normalization of hepatic phase I cytochrome P450 activity in relation to phase II glycine conjugation detoxification function measured before and after intervention. The intervention group also had a statistically significant increase in urinary sulfate-to-creatinine ratio after treatment, suggesting improved reserves of sulfur-conjugating nutrients and glutathione status. Enhanced nutrient absorption after intervention was implied by the increased absorption and urinary excretion of mannitol after the 10 weeks of therapy, although the results were only marginally significant. Conclusions * These results suggest that this supplemental medical food program may provide an important adjunctive therapy for the management of many complex symptoms associated with the chroni