Food allergies have become much more prevalent in our society. A recent syndicated newspaper article gave a good review of the medical impact of food allergies, but failed to mention you can screen for food allergies at home. If you or someone in your family is suffering with difficult to explain conditions (see the Food Allergy Initiative web site: http://www.faiusa.org) use food elimination diets to help identify if there is a dietary culprit. For instance, if your child has endless ear infections or grinds their teeth a lot at night, try a dairy elimination diet by eliminating all dairy for one month (substitute soy or rice milk). Many conditions such as chronic headaches, chronic stomach problems, as well as skin/mouth lesions can be directly related to food allergies.