Are Phenolics Making Me Sick?

In 15 years of practice, I often have patients come to me with “unexplained illness” that conventional diagnostic tests, CT scans, MRI’s and Xrays do not seem to pick up. Conditions such as migraine headaches, autism, ADHD, chronic stomach or abdominal pain, IBS, chronic fatigue (CFIDS), fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity, joint pain, asthma, eczema, insomnia, anxiety and many others, often have no known etiology. Conventional treatment attempts to help stop the symptoms with no real understanding of the true root cause. However, they may be hope for those suffering from these type of illnesses. Research conducted by Robert Gardner, PhD back in the 1980’s showed that many of these vague or poorly understood symptoms tended to be triggered by a group of compounds called “phenolics”. Phenolic is a chemistry term that refers to the chemical structure of the molecule. All phenolic compounds have a similar chemical backbone, with differing side chains. Phenolic compounds naturally occur in all foods and may also be found in pollens, chemicals and other non-food substances. They are tiny molecules that have the ability to stimulate the immune system, much like allergens such as dust mite or mold spores. While environmental allergens tend to cause runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing, food phenolics tend to cause delayed reactions, which can affect any tissue in the body. My clinical observation is that these reactions can occur hours to days after ingesting the compounds, unlike anaphylactic allergies which occur with minutes. Research by Dr. Joseph McGovern found that exposure to certain phenolic compounds lead to toxic damage to the immune system. He was also one of the first people to report on foodborne phenolics causing hyperactivity in children. It is unclear why these naturally occurring compounds cause immune dysfunction. I have successfully treated thousands of patients with sublingual desensitization immunotherapy to these phenolic compounds, so that they no longer become immune triggers. If you have been suffering from chronic health problems and are looking for solutions, getting evaluated for phenolic sensitivity may be the next step toward better health.

Spring Into Health With Our 3-Week Detox!

Springtime is the time of year where the planet sheds the winter gloom and brings new life and energy to our world. Naturopathic physicians have long held the belief that spring is the best time for our bodies to “renew” as well. Spring gives us the opportunity to spend more time outdoors to get more natural sunlight (and hence, vitamin D) and be out in nature. If you are like me, then the long winter months here in the Northeast have meant more time indoors, less time exercising and less time taking care of myself. Now that our weather is being more cooperative, its time to start making those changes to feel energetic, strong and clear minded.

Concussions and Craniosacral Therapy

Mark Sanders, ND

The seriousness of concussions and head injuries has reached a new level…

Dr. Mark Sanders joins Ingels Family Health!


Ingels Family Health and Dr. Ingels are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Mark Sanders, naturopathic physician, to our staff. Dr. Sanders and Dr. Ingels both received their naturopathic training at the prestigious Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA and have been friends for many years.

Dr. Ingels chapter from “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism 2011-2012″

Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism By Darin Ingels, ND Allergies and asthma affect more than 50 million people living in the United States and comprise the sixth leading cause of physician office visits. Children with autism often have impaired immune function and may be predisposed to allergy symptoms.[i],[ii] Studies also show that…

“Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism”


The latest edition of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism has just been released and I am one of the contributing authors! My chapter on Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism is the first chapter of the book and discusses how allergies and sensitivities to foods, mold, pollen, dust, animal dander, chemicals and neurotransmitters…

Sublingual Immunotherapy Effective Alternative Treatment for Allergies and Asthma


By Darin Ingels, ND People who suffer from allergies and asthma now have a viable alternative to conventional injection immunotherapy in treating their symptoms. Although injection immunotherapy has been the gold standard for allergy desensitization for almost 100 years, over 300 published studies shows that sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is equally or more effective than allergy…

Melatonin Effective Treatment For Chronic Insomnia In Children

Children that have difficulties falling or staying asleep may benefit from taking melatonin before bedtime, according to a new study in Clinical Pediatrics (2003;42:51–8). The findings of this study suggest melatonin may help children fall asleep faster and prevent waking during the night. In the new study, sleep habits from 32 children aged 2 to…