What is it?
Lactose intolerance is a very common form of lactase deficiency, an enzyme that is necessary for the metabolism of milk lactose and its derivates, present in about 50% of the global population. Around 30-40% of the Italian population is affected although not all people may present any symptoms. There exists a congenital form and an acquired form: the congenital may become evident from birth, or later on in life; the acquired form is instead secondary to other pathologies, acute (Salmonellosis, Cholera, Acute Enteritis) or chronic inflammation of the intestine (Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, Lymphoma).
Among the diagnostic methods for food intolerances, often opposed and criticized, the Cytotest method has been the most appreciated for research and reliability.
The modification of leukocytes caused by the reaction antigen-antibody has been subject of several studies and it was observed under different aspects.
In 1947 some important Anglo-Saxon immunologists, Squier and Lee between the others, observed in vitro a decrease of the number of leukocytes (until a maximum of 33%) in allergic patients after being in contact with food reagents.Leggi tutto...