Dr. Oz: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Celiac Disease
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, from the morning talk show The View, may have looked very healthy from the outside, but inside she was suffering. Hasselbeck said she had a very healthy diet bit everything was making her sick or constipated or bloated or a combination of all three. She always thought the problem was diary or stress, no doctors could diagnose what was wrong with her and she was continually taking medications.
But when she went on the show Survivor, Hasselbeck said he diet consisted of mainly rice and she felt great. After returning to the States, a week later she was sick again.
Finally after some research, Hasselbeck realized she has celiac disease, a disease that can cause bloating, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue and number of other symptoms when the person eats gluten. It is essentially a gluten allergy.
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Dr. Oz: Hidden Food Allergies
Nearly 200 million people, half of America, has a hidden food allergy. Hasselbeck said she feels so passionately about informing people of hidden food allergies because she does not want other woman to have to go through having the symptoms for upwards of 10 years, like she had to. She was able to open a dialogue, after getting diagnosed, to help other women understand some of the things they are feeling in their bodies are not from stress or menstruation. It could be a serious food allergy.
Hasselbeck said we know exactly what kinds of allergies our children have, but most people do not look at themselves and see hidden food allergies. And that needs to change.
Dr. Oz: Celiac Symptoms
Hasselbeck said she thought she was getting very sick. She felt sick all the time, was very fatigued, always felt bloated, her thyroid was not working correctly and none of the doctors could diagnose her. She said she is now glad she was able to find doctors who would look at the whole picture and ask questions to try and figure out the mysterious ailment.
Dr. Oz: How Food Allergies Work
A lot of people can miss food allergies for one simple reason. The symptoms do not show right away.
For example, if a person has an allergy to peanuts, Dr. Oz said the symptoms would be immediate. The stomach would burn and there would intense irritation, which is the body saying it does not like that food, be careful when eating it.
But for more than 200 million Americans with hidden food allergies, nothing may occur for sometime. Symptoms may not show for a few days to a few weeks. Most people will not realize immediately that something is wrong.
Why Are Food Allergies Hidden?
Hasselbeck said most of the time it is easy to miss a food allergy because people are busy. And as a society people will put off the symptoms and try to mask them with medications. Also, meeting with a doctor may not fix everything. The doctor needs to investigate the entire body and lifestyle of the person, not just give them medications.
Hasslebeck said her life changed when she got the diagnosis. She mentioned celiac disease affects 1 in 133 people in America. And when cut gluten out of her diet, her body stopped attacking itself. She was finally able to get pregnant after cutting out gluten, as well as her energy coming back, no pain and she was back to herself.