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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. […]

Food Allergies & Proper Testing: 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 […]

What Causes a Food Allergy?

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A quick Q&A with Dr. Stephen Wangen from the IBS Treatment Center. What Causes a Food Allergy? It is most likely that food allergies are genetically predetermined. In the big picture, humans have only recently introduced many current day foods into the diet, so it’s not surprising that the immune system doesn’t recognize every food […]

What Exactly is a Food Intolerance?

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To begin, let’s look at some examples of food intolerance. There are two very good examples, one of which everyone has heard of, and the other, most are likely 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 […]

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 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 […]

Getting a Better Understanding of Allergies and Food Allergies

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Let’s start with the word allergy. When people hear the words food allergy, some people think that they have a pretty good idea about what that means. The first thought is often of anaphylaxis, which is swelling of the tongue or throat that could be life threatening. This is typically the assumption when we are […]

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 […]

Understanding Food Allergies (Part 1)

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Food allergies and intolerances are still widely misunderstood by both the public and physicians. What is a Food Allergy? Food allergies are much more complicated than most people (including most physicians) realize. Food allergies are typically thought of as relatively uncommon reactions to a few select foods, such as peanuts, that usually result in anaphylaxis, […]