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 Post subject: "Trend" to intolerance?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 7:18 pm 
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A story from the BBC in London:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4605006.stm

I'm sure we've all had people tell us they, too, are allergic only to have it become quickly obvious that they don't know much about "real" allergies.

But what do you make of the stat that 94% of UK doctors surveyed believed their patients didn't know the difference between an allergy and an intolerance? Could so many be so uninformed?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:53 pm 
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I'm not that surprised. I find that some doctors can be dismissive of their patients' experiences without actually listening to their patients and allergy tests aren't that reliable so maybe more people are allergic than the doctors think. Also, I don't think that very many people distinguish between an allergy and an intolerance....or even realize that an allergy involves the immune system.

From what I've gathered (and I might be wrong on this) naturopaths tend not to distinguish between allergies or intolerances either.....they just refer to everything as allergies.

In my family, these terms have been the cause of some discussion. One person suggested that I ought not to tell doctors that I think I'm 'allergic' to wheat...saying that one is 'intolerant' goes over better. Also, because I'm not severely severely allergic she considered it an 'intolerance'. I think we got this one straightened out though because I explained that the scratch test and blood test were specifically for an allergy.

Avoiding foods like wheat and dairy does seem to be a trend these days.


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