Am I Actually Allergic? The Truth About Food Allergies, Intolerances, & “Sensitivities”

Wellness: Fact vs. Fiction

Sep 14 2022 • 1 hr 1 min

Join Dr. Danielle Belardo and her expert of the week, pediatric allergist and immunologist Dr. David Stukus, for a myth-busting episode about food allergies, intolerances, and "sensitivities." Danielle and David crack down on food "sensitivity" scams and unnecessary, unvalidated tests that people all over social media are falling victim to. Even allergies have a dark side, so tune in to learn what is fact and what is, simply, fiction.         Danielle and David discuss:        The basic terminology and meaning of food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances   The difference between IgG and IgE and why IgG testing isn’t validated or accurate   Low histamine diets and the pseudoscience claims these diets make  How to use a trial, elimination, and reintroduction diet to discover food intolerances   Why an oral food challenge is the gold standard for allergy testing   Ways to find a provider to get an accurate allergy diagnosis    Red flags for spotting allergy misinformation on social media      David Stukus, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology. Prior to becoming the director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center, Dr. Stukus started the Complex Asthma Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital in 2011, which treats children with severe or difficult-to-treat asthma. He holds multiple leadership positions in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and is one of twelve allergists invited as a member of the Joint Task Force for Practice Parameters. He is the Social Media Medical Editor for the AAAAI, where he produces and hosts their podcast "Conversations From the World of Allergy." He has been named a Top Doctor in Pediatric Allergy every year since 2015.    Thank you so much for taking the time to contribute to a generation that values fact over fiction! Be sure to rate, review, and follow on your favorite podcast app and let us know which not-so-wellness trend you’d like to hear debunked. Follow your host on Instagram @daniellebelardomd and the podcast @wellnessfactvsfiction. All studies discussed can be found @wellnessfvfjournalclub. Follow Dr. Dave @allergykidsdoc.   Thank you to our sponsors for making this episode possible. Check out these deals just for you:  COZY EARTH - Go to and enter WELLNESS at checkout to SAVE thirty-five  Percent.  ZOCDOC - Go to and download the Zocdoc app for FREE. Then start your  search for a top-rated doctor today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit