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Bethenny Frankel has been open about her severe fish allergy and how she has to avoid enclosed spaces where they are cooking fish. She went into anaphylaxis a few months ago after eating a soup that had hidden fish in it and had to be hospitalized. Bethenny tweeted recently that she was diagnosed with something called “leaky gut syndrome” and that she also has a wheat allergy. She didn’t specify whether she was given a test for gluten intolerance or not, although I suspect she wasn’t. Many wholistic health practitioners claim that people have “leaky gut” and gluten and diary intolerances just based on patient symptoms and history. That’s not to say that they’re always wrong, just that it’s not a widely accepted diagnosis and it’s often used to sell supplements and services, as one of the top voted commenters mentioned. Here’s part of that thread on Twitter.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get sexier, I was diagnosed today with “leaky gut syndrome” and a wheat allergy. Could there be a more vile title? That I wouldn’t have put on my dating profile. Ok tweeps, hit me with the info. 😘
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) March 8, 2019
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) March 9, 2019
I am sorry to learn you have been unwell. A few important points: 1) "leaky gut" is not a true medical diagnosis, but rather a catch-all term that is used to help explain gastrointestinal distress in the absence of a clear etiology.
— Sakina Bajowala, MD ⚕️ (@allergistmommy) March 9, 2019
In the article linked above, published by the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, they point out that intestinal permeability, where larger particles can pass into the bloodstream than usual, is a real condition that is seen in people with disorders like Chron’s disease and with damage from taking too many NSAIDs for instance. However the potentially negative effects are thought to be overblown and it is a not a medically recognized condition. It’s thought to be a fad diagnosis. People with various conditions do say that they have been helped by going on an elimination diet meant to treat it, for whatever reason.
I’m surprised that Bethenney tweeted this given how controversial the diagnosis is, but she likely just wanted to get attention and it worked. She did ask for help and she definitely got answers on both sides. At least she’s open to them.
I’m always astounded by how educated, informed and experienced you all are. You’re a personal concierge medical, culinary, motherhood etc. xoxox
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) March 9, 2019
I think this tweet sums it up:
Oh definitely. While the internet can help people realise what's wrong with them (literally happened in my case purely by accident), often they find an answer attached to an accompanying pseudoscience and carry on down the rabbithole.
— sour-faced joy vampire (@notwaving) March 10, 2019