Food Allergies and Sensitivities

Food Sensitivities

A word from Dr Joneja:

Although I am no longer working for Vancouver General Hospital and the Ministry of Health of British Columbia as Head of the Allergy Nutrition Clinic, I am continuing to provide a private consultation service in the dietary management of food allergies and intolerances for adults and children of all ages. I provide counselling by Skype (preferred), phone, fax and e-mail. I prefer a doctor’s referral because that ensures that any other cause for a person’s symptoms has been addressed before we move on to explore food sensitivities as the culprit, and the patient’s physician or other health care provider remains an essential participant in the management team.

The service I offer is based on medical records, usually provided by your, or your child’s, doctor or health care provider; food and symptom records provided by you; and the results of appropriate medical tests for food allergy and intolerances.

An elimination diet will be individually formulated that removes the most likely symptom triggers, and supplies complete nutrition from alternate food sources. You will adhere to this program for a period of up to four weeks. This will be followed by sequential incremental dose reintroduction (challenge) of each food component to determine your, or your child’s response to it. Based on the results of this challenge phase, a diet will be developed to exclude the “reactive foods” while providing complete balanced nutrition from alternative sources.

The initial questionnaires can be found in the following links: AdultsBabies and Children. When you have completed and returned these forms to me, together with the diet and symptom records, a mutually convenient time will be arranged for your first consultation session.

The consultation fee varies according to the nature of the consultation. Typically I charge an initial fee for three sessions: the initial consultation, which usually lasts an hour and a half to two hours, and two follow-up visits or calls, which normally last up to an hour each. The fee can be paid by cash or cheque.  My services are not covered by the BC Medical Services Plan, but some insurance companies do pay for dietetic services through extended health benefits.

Regretfully, Dr. Joneja is not accepting new clients at this time in order to concentrate on research and writing.  If your concerns are related to histamine intolerance or sensitivity please contact Wendy Busse, MSc, RD. Wendy Busse is a registered dietitian specializing in the histamine-reducing diet. Wendy was a student of Dr. Joneja when she was running the Allergy Nutrition program at Vancouver General Hospital and teaching at the University of British Columbia. Wendy provides video conference counselling on this topic throughout the world. Please see her website at

Thank you for your interest in our work, and I hope that we can be of assistance to you in your quest for the best possible health for you or your child.