The Psychological Aspects of Food Allergies & Celiac Disease

Guest article courtesy of Jennifer Leeson, LCSW. Living with life threatening food allergies, celiac disease, or other significant food restrictions can be challenging in ways that go beyond knowing what to eat and what to avoid. The negative impact of having food allergies can greatly affect one’s emotional and social well being and their quality of Read more…

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Gluten Intolerance Case Studies

Gluten Intolerance Case Study #1 27 year old male with loose stools, gas, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, inability to gain weight, acne on back, poor endurance, and hypoglycemic/needing to eat every 2-3 hours. Patient was very athletic and in most respects would be considered extremely healthy. Allergy testing demonstrated a severe allergy to gluten. Removal of Read more…

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WSJ.com: Deciphering the Ailments Tied to Gluten

Very interesting article on understanding the ailments tied to gluten, from theblogs at the Wall Street Journal. Researchers are making slow progress in understanding the numerous ailments that a growing number of people suffer after eating foods with gluten, a protein found in wheat. As the Health Journal column reports, a group of 15 experts Read more…

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I Can't Possibly Have a Food Allergy

This is a comment frequently spoken (or thought) by patients and non-patients alike. You probably assume that it would be obvious if you had a food allergy. Or you may not have had symptoms until more recently, and you’ve been eating the same kinds of foods all of your life. So how can you possibly Read more…

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Alopecia and Hair Loss

We recently received this email on alopecia and wanted to share. What are your experiences? Please feel free to add your thoughts in our comments section. From a reader: Hello, I have a 12 year old daughter that has alopecia totalis and has lost nearly 100% of the hair on her head. I have done Read more…

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What is the Standard Food Allergy Profile

The Standard Food Allergy Profile test takes the guesswork out of treating your IBS and saves you a great deal of time, effort, and discomfort. And if by chance your test happens to be negative, you can quickly move on to other potential causes of your problem without spending valuable time on an unsuccessful elimination Read more…

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What's the difference between Crohn’s, Colitis, and IBS?

There is a lot of confusion concerning Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). There are differences between the IBD and IBS, but they are not necessarily exclusive conditions and may occur simultaneously. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) often presents as a group Read more…

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A Deeper Look at Probiotics

As many of you know, probiotics are products that contain bacteria. These bacteria are the “good” bacteria, and they are called probiotics to make it clear that they are designed to produce the opposite effect of antibiotics which kill bacteria. The most familiar of the good bacteria are the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacter. The GI Read more…

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Understanding and Defining Celiac Disease

What is celiac disease? You may have never heard of celiac disease, but it is actually a fairly common problem. In fact, 1 out of every 133 people has it. That is over 2 million people in this country. It is really more of an allergy than a disease, although it is typically called an Read more…

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Digestive Problems Can Run in the Family

Many patients describe having digestive problems similar to other members of their family. A patient recently expressed that her sister, mom, and even grandma all had digestive problems. So she assumed that her problem was genetic. Fortunately, she didn’t assume that there was no hope for helping her. That is why she came to our Read more…

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Everyday Painkillers, High Blood Pressure and Stomach Damage

Americans consume an estimated $2 billion per year in over-the-counter painkillers like Tylenol, Advil and Motrin. The most common reason for taking them is for arthritis. However, these drugs are not without side-effects. It also doesn’t take as much as you might think to cause damage. And the variety of side effects includes high blood Read more…

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Stress Reduction and IBS

So you think that you carry your stress in your abdomen. It’s a common belief. If you have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it is likely that you have been advised to reduce your stress level. You may have been told to get regular exercise and adequate sleep, and to practice stress reduction techniques such Read more…

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