Dr. Oz: Food Allergies
Elisabeth Hasselbeck said everyone is at risk to have some type of food allergy or food sensitivity. And Dr. Oz agreed, saying no one is exempt from food allergies. And to help people combat hidden food allergies, Dr. Oz came up with the food sensitivity scale.
Gina, a member of the audience, said she has been having a lot of abdominal cramping and diarrhea for the past 20 years. She always attributed the cramping to menstruation, even when she was not menstruating.
Dr. Oz: Food Sensitivity Scale
The food sensitivity scale can be found below.
The food sensitivity scale works like this. A number of symptoms are listed below. For symptoms you never feel, score yourself a 0. For symptoms you may feel once or twice a week, score yourself a 1. And for symptoms you feel all the time, score yourself a 2.
How often do you experience the following head and mood symptoms?
- Trouble concentrating
Dr. Oz said it can be hard for women to connect cramping with something other than menstruation. They often believe it to be stress as well, more often than not leaving the cramps to subside by themselves for lack of time to go to the doctor. Dr. Oz said it can difficult to see how headaches can be connected with intestinal problems, but it can be the case.
How often do you experience the following sensitivity symptoms in your mid-section?
Gina said she had all these symptoms. Hasselbeck said some of these symptoms can be game changer. They can stop you right in your tracks at work, making it very hard to get anything done.
How often do you experience these top to bottom sensitivity symptoms?
- Aching joints
- Skin rash
Dr. Oz said even though these last four symptoms seem to be all over the place, they are all related to food allergies.
Dr Oz Food Sensitivity Scale Score Results
Gina scored a 15 after adding all her points together. Dr. Oz said over 10 points and you should be worried about a hidden food allergy. When he asked the audience to stand if they had a score above 10, nearly 70% of the audience stood up. Hasselbeck was shocked.
Robin, another member of the audience, said she has some symptoms. She said anytime she eats bread or pasta she will be immediately bloated and start having cramps. If she eats diary, she is going to have diarrhea. She also said she has been living with the symptoms for over 20 years because she does not have time to go get tested.