Dr Oz: Food Allergies
Could you have a hidden food allergy in your body? The answer is yes, and Dr Oz wants to help millions of people find out what’s behind their health problems. The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck struggled for five years before getting the right answers about her health and Celiac Disease diagnosis.
Dr Oz Hidden Food Allergies
She explained her various symptoms and was diagnosed with everything from stress to irritable bowel syndrome. Being a contestant on Survivor changed her life, because her diet was mostly rice and fish.
Six weeks after removing Gluten from her life, “I was back to normal,” she said. She has written two books to share what she’s learned with others: The G Free Diet and Deliciously G-Free, a cookbook she showed off on Dr Oz last year. (Have you tried her Gluten Free Veggie Pad Thai recipe? Yum.)
Dr Oz: Food Sensitivity vs Food Allergy
Elisabeth isn’t just concerned with Gluten allergies. Apparently, more than 2 million of us have allergies we aren’t aware of. Dr Oz wondered why she has taken this up as a cause. She said that women tend to cope with symptoms better than men do.
“It took me so long to get a proper diagnosis,” she said. “What that did was open up the dialogue for me with others about what they’re feeling, and why they’re feeling so poorly.”
Just like other guests, such as Andrew Weil, she believes that our diets are a huge key to the picture of health. Though parents pay attention to their children’s food allergies, adults aren’t always as quick to pick up on symptoms.
Before being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, she considered many other explanations for her bloating, fatigue, and other symptoms. Multiple doctors couldn’t give her the answers she was searching for. She said that finding doctors who look at the whole picture of your health is key.
Dr Oz: Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Celiac Disease
Elisabeth strapped on the purple gloves so Dr Oz could explain why people miss their food allergies for so long. He demonstrated how there is an extreme, immediate reaction when you eat something you are allergic to.
But with hidden food allergies, nothing may happen when you first eat an offending food. Clues and symptoms could crop up days or weeks later, in the form of rashes, bloating or other symptoms. You wouldn’t be able to associate it with the trigger food or ingredient.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Gluten Intolerance
Elisabeth said we are so busy and distracted that it’s easy for people to ignore their symptoms or cover them up with over the counter symptoms. She admits that she would mask her symptoms for years before getting to the bottom of them.
“There are…visits to the doctor where you leave with…a medication instead of an investigation as to what’s going on,” she said. If you’ve spent any amount of time running up against medical problems, this makes a lot of sense.
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Getting the right diagnosis changed Elisabeth’s life. Her thyroid was better able to regulate itself, and she says her body stopped attacking itself. She was even able to finally get pregnant.
“My entire energy system was rebooted,” she said. “I was actually back to myself.”