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Dr. Richard Isaacson

Do I have food allergies?

Food allergies are among the most misunderstood and neglected aspects of health and wellness in our country.  It is estimated that anywhere from 25% to 60% of the population has some kind of food related immune or non-immune reaction.  Often there is confusion between the different types of food allergies, and many times a food intolerance is misdiagnosed as an allergy, which can lead to even more confusion with the treatment.  Food allergies can be present in many conditions; they manifest in digestive problems, anxiety, fatigue, arthritis, hives, migraines, skin problems, ear infections, accelerated pulse and many other symptoms.  Food allergies and intolerances can create eating disorders in susceptible individuals. While more than 160 foods can cause allergic reactions in people, their are eight foods that account for 90% of reactions.  These eight foods include milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

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