Elimination Diet

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The elimination diet is a modification of a diet developed by William Crook, M.D. This diet is one of many diets used by naturopathic doctors to identify hidden food allergies and food sensitivities that may be responsible for some or all symptoms.[1]



The elimination diet involves:

  1. Eliminating all common allergens for 2-3 weeks.
  2. Reintroducing foods into diet one at a time once symptoms improve, in order to determine which foods are causing symptoms.
  3. Foods that are eliminated include: dairy products, wheat, corn, eggs, citrus fruits, coffee, tea, alcohol, refined sugars, food additives, food that are eaten 3 times a week or more, known allergens, and tap water.


Article Eosinophilic Esophagitis, A Time for NDs to Shine, NDNR [1], 2011 September
  • The elimination diet has been used to treat eosinophilic esophagitis (EE), a food-hypersensitivity disorder.[2]
  • The elimination diet has also been used to treat atopic dermatitis.[3]


  1. Gaby, AR (2011) Nutritional Medicine. Fritz Perlberg Publishing.
  2. Kagalwalla AF, Sentongo TA, Ritz S, Hess T, Nelson SP, Emerick KM, Melin-Aldana H, and Li BUK (2006) Effect of six-food elimination diet on clinical and histologic outcomes in eosinophilic esophagitis. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology;4(9):1097-1102.
  3. Juto P, Engberg S, and Winberg J (April 2006) Treatment of infantile atopic dermatitis with a strict elimination diet.Clinical and Experimental Allergy;8(5):493-500.