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150519FoodIntollerance-300People frequently come to us with digestive issues, wondering if they have food allergy. Food allergy in adults is uncommon. When it comes to recurrent bloating, cramping, diarrhea and/or constipation, food intolerance is often to blame.
 
There are certain carbohydrates in foods that are considered FODMAPs, which is short for sugars that are highly osmotic, meaning they pull water into the intestine and are hard to digest or absorb.
 
Examples of such foods include:

  • Fructose (fruits, honey, high-fructose corn syrup)
  • Lactose (dairy)
  • Fructans (wheat, garlic, onions)
  • Galactans (beans, lentils, soybeans)
  • Polyols (sweeteners, such as isolate, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol and stone fruits, such as cherries, peaches, plums, etc.)

Could one or more be the cause of your symptoms? The Stanford Digestive Health Center has come up with a low FODMAP diet that may help.

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Tagged in: Food Food Allergies

150505FifthyShadesofGrey2-300"Fifty Shades of Grey" is a hugely popular erotic best seller with a film version recently released. This book, which started out as "Twilight" fan fiction, is the U.K.'s fastest-selling paperback book of all time. Dubbed "mommy porn," the book has surpassed even "Harry Potter" in sales, with over 100 million copies worldwide.

One reason for its popularity is its depiction of sex, in our society, as abundant and highly charged. This myth is indicative of our prevailing culture. As women, we think we should be full of desire, and "swept away" by all sexual encounters. If we aren't, or don't, then there must be something wrong with us.

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150421OralAllergySyndrome-300Some people who are allergic to pollen develop itchiness or swelling of the mouth, face and throat when they eat certain fruits and vegetables. This is known as oral allergy syndrome. Symptoms usually occur within minutes of eating the food.

Oral allergy syndrome is caused by a cross-reaction between various pollens and certain proteins in fruits, vegetables and nuts that are structurally similar to the proteins in pollen. The immune system becomes confused and causes an allergic reaction that can lead to an itchy, tingly mouth and sometimes a mild sensation of swelling in the mouth or lips. Occasionally, blisters may result.

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Tagged in: Food Food Allergies

150407NotYourMothersIUD-300One of the most common reasons for a young woman to visit me at Oak Street Medical is because she has questions or is unhappy with her current birth control method.

When I provide her information about contraceptive options, I always include the intrauterine device (IUD). This is one of the safest, most effective and easiest methods for preventing pregnancy. But frequently, I hear this: "I don't think I should use an IUD because my mother said they can cause a lot of problems."

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150324MutipleSclerosis-300Since March is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Month, I thought I would share our experience with the disease.

My wife, Mary Beth, developed MS at age 22 in 1971. Like the majority of those with this disease, she was young and female. In fact, in most cases, symptoms develop in women age 20-40, at a ratio of 3:1 over men.

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