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Dr Oz anti-allergy diet

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I’ve been feeling a little low on blogspiration lately so I decided to pay a visit to good old Dr. Oz’s website. He did not let me down. One of the posts on his home page was for an “anti-allergy” diet. This diet was devised by Dr. Mark Hyman. Starting to read the preamble about allergies I wondered about this doctor when he stated,

Foods with dairy can cause unhealthy bacteria to overgrow and produce toxins that cause systemic inflammation that swells the intestines and prevents normal digestion, causing weight gain, among other conditions such as irritable bowel. In fact, you can gain up to 30 pounds a year due to a dairy allergy.

Pretty sure there’s no legitimacy to these claims. Food allergies occur when your body believes a non-toxic substance to be a toxin and launches an attack on it. Symptoms can be immediate and severe, such as anaphylactic shock. They can also be more insidious, such as rashes. I have never heard of food allergies causing bacterial overgrowth and weight gain.

I did a little googling of Dr. Hyman and found this article bringing his credibility into question. Apparently he’s been known to peddle questionable cures upon which he garnered a profit.

His elimination diet is nothing new. It’s common to remove potential allergens to see if symptoms improve and then to gradually reintroduce, noting if symptoms recur. However, his recommendation to replace milk with almond milk, “which tastes good and has high quality protein and fat in it” is totally wack. Almond milk is pretty tasty but it’s very low in protein, one gram per cup. He also recommends seeing your doctor for a blood test to determine if you are allergic at the end of the three week diet. IgG Blood tests are not an accurate method of allergy testing. Other blood tests may be used if skin prick tests are precluded due to circumstances such as extreme eczema. Yes, go see your doctor, but ask for a referral to an allergist who will perform a skin-prick test.

This anti-allergy diet is also misleading in that it only addresses dairy allergies. There are a myriad of foods which may cause allergic reactions. An allergy to milk may not be the cause of any or all of you symptoms.

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Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

5 thoughts on “Dr Oz anti-allergy diet

  1. Wow – you are not on target on Dr. Hyman. A skin prick test does not determine food allergies. It is great for tree, grasses, pests, dog, cat, etc… These items will cause a contact dermatitis or similar reaction. But someone allergic to gluten? He is a traditionally trained doctor, who switched to alternative methods, but he still recommends traditional medicine for specific illnesses. I think you are missing the point when it comes to his philosophy of looking for the cause and not just treating the symptoms.

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    • From my experience in a hospital allergy clinic, skin prick tests are the standard for all types of allergies. Admittedly, they are not 100% accurate. However, they are currently the best technique we have.

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    • It’s Sue who is off target with Dr. Hyman, acting like the type of allergy test is the real problem here. How do you explain away all
      his factual errors in the linked article Sue? He’s a quack peddling his DVDs to gullible people like you.

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  2. There is a confusion in terminology. A skin prick test is commonly used for food allergies. What Dr. Hyman is referring to are food intolerances. Gluten is a common food intolerance which is very different from an allergy. It seems these terms are often used interchangeably but should not be.

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