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Symptoms of Food Allergies (Part 2)

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As discussed in part one, food allergies can cause many 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. Symptoms list continued from Part 1: Acne Yes, acne really does have a lot do with your diet. If you […]

Symptoms of Food Allergies (Part 1)

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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 […]

Food Allergies As Triggers for Ear Infections and Other Upper Respiratory Problems

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Here at the IBS Treatment Center, we are experts at diagnosing food allergies and sensitivities associated with digestive symptoms. But did you know that these same food allergies can also be the cause of symptoms that occur in your ears, nose, and throat? What does ‘upper respiratory’ include? The phrase ‘upper respiratory’ refers to the […]

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 […]

Stand Up For Your Health by Dr. Stephen Wangen (part 1)

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As a physician and one who specializes in food allergies and sensitivities, many times I’ve heard patients say, “I don’t want to be one of those people.” Even a friend of mine said that to me recently. She has food allergies. She really likes how she feels when she doesn’t eat those foods, but she […]

Lactose Intolerance and Digestive Aids

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Lactose intolerance is a deficiency in the enzyme lactase. Lactase is the enzyme that digests the milk sugar lactose. People with a lactose intolerance typically experience an upset stomach, bloating, gas, and loose stools. These are also common symptoms of a dairy allergy. Many patients complain of a lactose intolerance. They usually say that taking […]

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

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  REASON #1 One very common 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 […]

Are Food Allergies Causing Your Sinusitis & Runny Nose?

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Chronic congestion of the sinuses, ears and/or the nose can be an extremely frustrating sinusitis problem that does not ever truly seem to go away. 
 All too often I hear patients state that they have not found relief even after many rounds of antibiotics or multiple surgeries. This is because antibiotics and surgery often don’t […]

Weight Loss Products and Food Allergies

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Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem…there are many products and services out there that are designed to help you lose weight. If exercise & working out isn’t really your thing (or isn’t working), perhaps you want a company that will count calories for you and feed you pre-made meals. If that is what you want, then […]

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 […]

Study Explores Intolerance Based on Eating Habits

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This is an interesting study. Researchers looked at a random group of over 1,500 people in China and found IgG food intolerance in a large percentage – between 40-60% of the population, depending on the region. The most common reactions were to egg, crab, fish and dairy. Excerpt from the National Institutes of Health and […]

The Importance of Food Allergy Testing

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Food allergy testing is a highly specialized procedure performed only by doctors trained in recognizing and treating non-anaphylactic food allergies, and only in laboratories especially equipped to handle the sophisticated testing required. In order to give you an accurate result, this test must be a blood test, and must include both IgE and IgG antibodies. […]

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 confusion due to conflicting definitions […]

The Emotional Side of Food Allergies

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This article is courtesy of Jennifer Leeson, LCSW. As a therapist, Leeson specializes in working with individuals affected by food allergies. For more information about Jennifer and her services as a counselor please visit FoodAllergyTherapist.com. Living with life threatening food allergies, celiac disease, or other significant food restrictions can be challenging in ways that go […]

Why So Tired? Fatigue, Thyroid Function and Hypothyroidism

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Hypothyroidism is a serious condition found in many people with and without food allergies. However, people with food allergies, particularly those with celiac disease (a gluten allergy), frequently suffer from hypothyroidism. 
 Hypothyroidism causes fatigue and weight gain as well as other problems, and is often overlooked and misdiagnosed due to complexities in thyroid testing and […]

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 […]

Skin Testing for Food Allergies: Does it work?

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For several decades skin testing has been the standard way to test for allergies. The potential allergen is injected under or scratched into the skin, and any resulting inflammation (also known as wheal) is measured. The size of the wheal supposedly determines whether or not an allergy is diagnosed. This technique leaves much to be […]

Heartburn & Food Allergies Q&A

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Acid Reflux and Heartburn: The Underlying Causes Heartburn or acid reflux or GERD — whatever the name, if you are like millions of others, you are experiencing this gastrointestinal malady. You may take your acid reflux problem for granted and buy your antacids at Costco, but you should be aware of the negative effects this […]

What are the Symptoms of Food Allergies?

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Food allergies can cause a lot more problems than you (or your doctor) probably realize. Having worked with thousands of patients with food allergies, we at the IBS Treatment Center 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 […]

Food Allergy Testing: ALCAT and Signet/LEAP/MRT aka LRA or ELISA/ACT

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Food allergies and food allergy testing are some of the most misunderstood issues in medicine. Many people seem to have an opinion about allergies and allergy testing, yet most people don’t understand how different one test is from the next. We have summarized the key strengths and weaknesses of each test so that you can […]

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 […]

Which Foods Contain Lactose?

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Obvious Sources of Lactose All cheeses Butter, many margarines Goat’s milk Half-and-half cream Ice cream and many sherbets Milk (whole, skim, dry powdered, evaporated) Yogurt Hidden Sources of Lactose Artificial sweeteners containing lactose Breads, biscuits and crackers, doughnuts made with milk Breading on fried foods Breakfast and baby cereals containing milk solids Buttered or creamed […]

What is a Food Intolerance?

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Yesterday we discussed what exactly an allergy (and food allergy) is. Today, we’re going to explore what exactly an intolerance is. Intolerance Intolerance is much easier to define. I’ll bet that is what you’re thinking. Or, maybe by now you’re starting to wonder? Let’s look at some examples of food intolerance. There are two very […]

Protein Shakes for People with Food Allergies?

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We received a good question from a former patient about finding a decent protein powder that is dairy, egg, and soy free and wanted to share. I was a patient of Dr. Wangen’s several years ago and have sent many friends to see him since.  I have felt so much better after seeing him and […]

Food Labels are Sometimes Wrong

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The article below just reinforces how important it is for our food industry to properly manage the entire food manufacturing process and label food with all the ingredients so that consumers can make intelligent choices.  Labeling properly is a life and death issue, in terms of ingredients.  We have a right to know when the […]

Study Shows That Any Food Can Be An Allergen

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Anything can be an allergen. Even carrots! I never assume that any one food is good or bad for everyone. Everyone is different. Study: Component-resolved in vitro diagnosis of carrot allergy in three different regions of Europe. BACKGROUND:Carrot is a frequent cause of food allergy in Europe. The objective of this study was to evaluate […]

Study Confirms Various Kinds of Milk Allergies

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This paper is a nice confirmation out of Italy that there are all kinds of cow’s milk allergies, not just immediate reactions. These include IgG and IgA reactions, for which we can and do testing for. They also correctly note that reactions can occur hours or many days after ingestion of the dairy product. It’s […]

Arthritis Q&A

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What Does “Arthritis” Mean? 
 The word “arthritis” simply means “joint inflammation.” There are basically two types: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 
Osteoarthritis is inflammation caused by degeneration of the joint and is due to chronic wear and tear. Osteoarthritis is most commonly found in the knees. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a more generic term for inflammation, pain, and […]