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Patient Success Story: Food Reaction Not Always a Food Allergy

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Laura is a 35-year-old mother of two who had been experiencing fatigue, headaches, bouts of constipation and diarrhea, and obnoxious bloating. At times she looked and felt six months pregnant due to the bloating. When Laura first came to see us, she was certain she must have a food allergy or intolerance. She knew she […]

What Exactly is a Food Intolerance?

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Let’s start by looking at some examples of food intolerance. There are two very good examples, one of which everyone has heard of, and the other, most are familiar with as well. Let’s first consider lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is well understood to be a deficiency in the enzyme needed to digest lactose. Lactose is […]

5 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Detect Your Own Food Allergy

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REASON #1 One major obstacle to figuring out which foods are problematic is that, even on an elimination diet, you may not have truly eliminated all of your allergenic foods. Assumptions are often made about which foods are allergenic and which foods are not. These assumptions are often wrong. Even on an elimination diet you […]

Understanding Food Allergies: IgE and IgG

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The immune system functions like a sentinel standing guard against foreign invaders. In the case of an allergy, the invaders are called allergens. The primary weapon that it uses against invaders is the production of antibodies. The antibodies cause reactions that result in the offending allergens being removed from the body. In many people, foods […]

Let’s Review: What is a Food Allergy

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Food allergies may be one of the most prevalent health problems in our country and are certainly the biggest problem that I (Dr. Stephen Wangen) see in my clinic. But if you’re like most of my patients, you’re probably thinking, “Not me, I don’t have a food allergy.” 
Most people think they have a pretty good […]

15 Common Symptoms of Food Allergies

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Food allergies can cause a lot more problems than you or your doctor probably realize. After having worked with thousands of patients with food allergies, we know this to be true. Although there is plenty of published research on the symptoms of food allergies, there is also a lot of misunderstanding due to conflicting definitions […]

IgE and IgG: A Deeper Understanding of Food Allergies

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The immune system functions like a sentinel standing guard against foreign invaders. In the case of an allergy, the invaders are called allergens. The primary weapon that it uses against invaders is the production of antibodies. The antibodies cause reactions that result in the offending allergens being removed from the body. In many people, foods […]

What is a Food Sensitivity?

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In our two previous posts, we discussed what exactly is meant by a food allergy as well as a food intolerance. Today, we’re going to discuss food sensitivities. Food Sensitivity Now with the word sensitivity, things are starting to look up. It’s not being misused as much as the other words; however, it has even […]

What is a Food Allergy?

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Food allergies may be one of the most prevalent health problems in our country and are certainly the biggest problem that I see in my clinic. But if you’re like most of my patients, you’re probably thinking, “Not me, I don’t have a food allergy.” 
 Most people think they have a pretty good idea about […]

What is an Allergy?

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An allergy is what results when your immune system is inappropriately activated. Your immune system is designed to attack bacteria, viruses and parasites. It is not intended to attack the food you eat. But this is exactly what happens with some people. This is called a “food allergy” or “food intolerance.”  When your immune system […]