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Frequently Asked Questions

Food Sensitivity

Does my medical insurance cover treatment for a food sensitivity by the Amsterdam Kliniek?

It all depends on your insurance company. In any case you will need a supplementary package, because basic insurance per definition is not enough. Some insurance companies will provide partial coverage, unfortunately the days when everything got reimbursed are definitely over. Dr. Boeken is a member of the Artsenvereniging voor Integrale Geneeskunde (AVIG) and the Maatschappij ter Bevordering van de Orthomoleculaire Geneeskunde (MBOG). You may want to mention this when inquiring with your insurance company, since membership with the AVIG and/or MBOG may make reimbursement more likely.

I’ve already undergone a food allergy test in the hospital that didn’t show anything. Does this mean that I don’t have any problems in my diet?

Not necessarily. Intolerances or hidden food sensitivities do not show up in conventional blood tests.

My doctor says I have to live with my food allergies and intolerances, because there is no cure.

This is not true. There are effective ways of treatment available.

If I do a food test and you find sensitivities, will I have to be on a diet for the rest of my life?

No. The diet is only a temporary thing. If allergies or intolerances don’t go away  during the diet, there are treatment options.

I’ve already been on a Candida/hypoglycemia/gluten-free or other restrictive diet, but have not improved at all. My problem clearly does not lie with food.

This is not true. All these diets, although restrictive, are general diets. The Amsterdam Kliniek generally prescribes tailor-made diet plans based on individual test results.

I seem to always get anxiety attacks during or after eating certain food or drinking certain beverages. My GP can’t find anything wrong with me and thinks I should see a psychologist. Could this be caused by food sensitivities?

Absolutely. Although often unrecognized by conventional doctors, emotional complaints may be brought on or stimulated by food sensitivities.

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with my heart racing and in a pool of sweat. I’m way past menopause, but my GP thinks that it probably still has to do with that. Can it also have something to do with my food?

Quite often this is a sign of hypoglycemia (a low blood sugar level) frequently seen in people suffering from food allergies and intolerances.

I have almost constant nausea, dizziness, and I feel extremely tired.  I’m in a constant fog.  My doctor can’t find anything wrong with me.  Can you help?

Probably, since you may have a problem in your diet.

My 4-year-old daughter has a thick, crusty rash over 90% of her body.  Nothing we have tried so far has had any effect.  The entire family is suffering along with our daughter.  According to our GP it is atopic eczema and nothing can be done about it. Is this true?

Many people with atopic conditions, such as eczema, turn out to be suffering from hidden food sensitivities. Once the offending foods have been identified and the diet has been adjusted, dramatic improvements can occur. So even when suffering from atopic complaints, it makes sense to look for food intolerances.