Too bad people aren’t allergic to getting medical advice from the Internet

Allergy specialists are annoyed with the internet misinformation about gluten, hypoallergenic dogs, mold and food allergies. They want you to go to an EXPERT with regards to allergies, not look for answers from unreliable, fear mongering sources.

Allergy myths busted: Guess what you didn’t know about gluten? – TODAY.com.

Two truths about allergies that may blow your mind: Bo Obama isn’t a hypoallergenic dog, and nobody is actually “allergic” to gluten.

These are just two examples of the myths allergists would very much like to bust, according to a presentation being given today at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. David Stukus put the presentation together after years of patients coming to him with fiercely held, but totally incorrect, beliefs about allergies — something that’s only gotten worse in this age of medical Googling.

Two words these days that make any allergist sigh: gluten allergy.

“Gluten has been blamed for all that ails humanity,” Stukus says. But there are only three disorders you can attribute to gluten on a scientific basis, he says: celiac disease, wheat allergies and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

“It’s not really a recognized allergy. Wheat is a recognized allergy — but a lot of people will misinterpret that as gluten.”

The article also mentions the myths about not getting flu shots if you’re allergic to eggs, black mold can cause terrifying diseases and the rule about baby diets such as no milk until age 1, no eggs until age 2, and no nuts until age 3. And, there is no such thing as a perfect pet breed for people who have pet allergies. Each breed is a bit different and you may be able to find one that does not cause a reaction to the proteins they secrete. But instead, the internet gives us generalized answers that are wrong.

More:

Gluten Free Diets | Skeptoid.

NeuroLogica Blog » Gluten Free Defined.

Hypoallergenic Dogs Do Not Produce Less Allergen | Science-Based Life.

Hypoallergenic Dogs Aren’t | Skeptoid.

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  2 comments for “Too bad people aren’t allergic to getting medical advice from the Internet

  1. November 8, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    So wrong.. Grass doesn’t belong in anybody’s diet, it isn’t food, it’s what food eats.

    • Anthony
      November 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Hi Alan,
      Grasses were domesticated at least three and possibly four to eight times independently in human history all around the world. This suggests to me that our ancestors had a regular and compelling use for grasses. I agree with the author that our species is not necessarily adapted for grains but that does not mean we shouldn’t eat them.

      I think this particular article sums the grass in our diets a little more accurately. http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2008/07/grains-and-human-evolution.html

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