My restless leg twitching that always would occur when I’m at the movies is gone. I only thought of this the day after I went to the movies. I recalled that “hey my legs didn’t twitch at all the whole time like they usually do”. I could never figure out why my legs would do that. Since I took the allergens out of my diet, i just don’t have the restless legs. This is huge for me. I was always so worried that i would irritate the person sitting next to me. Going to the clinic and getting tested for allergies is one of the smartest things I’ve ever done. The restless leg problem was an added benefit since I didn’t originally go there for that. I’m very thankful to the doctor and staff.
Susan from Renton, WA
After seeing Dr. Wangen my life has improved to a degree I'm unable to express. I was in constant pain, unable to leave my house for fear of diarrhea and a lack of a bathroom, unwilling to even eat simple meals, and hopeless of ever resolving my situation. Its been 5 months since I saw Dr. Wangen and discovered I suffer from 16 food allergies. Though I now must follow a careful diet to control my problem I am in control of my life. Thats all I could have ever asked for. I had seen too many other doctors and specialist who had simply dismissed me to think this could work. Eventually my mother convinced me it was worth a shot. It was the decision that has made my life enjoyable again. The fact stays the same that my life is immeasurably better. As the months go by it's only getting easier.
You asked me to email after a month of my [food allergen-free] diet. WOW! I am absolutely amazed! For the first time in 30 + years, I have been virtually symptom-free for four weeks! As an added plus, I have lost ten pounds, and now weigh what I did in the 70's! I guess I can see what was keeping me from my optimum body weight - [my food allergy foods]. I love the lean feeling.
I've been waiting ... until I had more consistent results to report. As I am sure you have heard often the process of completely altering your diet in our culture is frustrating and difficult and it has been extremely hard to avoid dairy, egg and wheat products. But after 6 months or so I finally have been able to truly say that I am doing it and the results are phenomenal. I am healthier, and fitter than I have been in years. Last year at this time a 5 mile easy bike ride was daunting. Now I am racing my bike twice a week. I guess I am a success story, and I don't really miss the foods I cant eat, but I do hate how high maintenance the diet is, particularly when it comes to eating out. But, the results are worth the pain. Thanks to you all for finally offering objective data to prove I wasn't just a loon.
When I first met Dr. Wangen, I was suffering with mysterious bladder pain. I decided there might be a food allergy connection and saw Dr. Wangen and was tested for food allergies. I have now been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, a painful illness that affects the bladder. My urologist agrees that eliminating the foods that cause inflammation is an important part of my treatment plan. After months of pain, I feel normal. The side benefit is that my skin glows and everyone who sees me comments on how well I look.
It's hard to believe that it's been close to a year since I traveled to Seattle to meet you. Nearly a year later, I AM DOING SO GOOD!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
After years of illness, I was diagnosed in late 2004 with Celiac Disease (along with Thyroid disease, B-12 deficiency, and peripheral neuropathy) by a gastroenterologist. After treating all of those diseases, I felt much better (don’t get me wrong – I felt a hundred times better), but I was still not “normal”. My doctor basically implied that I should be thankful for how much better I was (which I was – I was finally able to function as a human being) and that the rest of my symptoms were just stress.
I've been doing quite well by skipping all of my allergic foods. If I get a little milk or egg in accidentally I get flatulence and a bit of constipation three days later. All very manageable. I now require no extra fiber either. So you can count me as a great success, thanks. I'm delighted with the outcome.
After ten years of nearly constant pain, nausea and discomfort, Dr. Wangen and the IBS Treatment Center finally discovered the underlying cause of my diagnoses of Irritable Bowel Syndrome--I have food allergies. Sounds simple, but it has been a long journey. Dr. Wangen was my seventh doctor. The other doctors did dozens of tests with the end result of a diagnoses of IBS. But never a course of treatment, other than reduce stress, drink less coffee and avoid fatty foods. I was miserable.
With the identifying of specific foods that I am allergic to, I have modified my diet to exclude those foods. The major culprits are milk and eggs (with a number of others that I rarely eat). Eliminating milk and eggs is actually quite easy to do--there are a lot of substitutes that are entirely acceptable.
I feel great. I can now sleep up to 7 hours undisturbed--rarely did I get more than four hours of undisturbed sleep. I am mostly pain free. My ability to concentrate is greatly improved and the really odd IBS symptom of increased anxiety has plummeted. There are other minor symptoms that are either gone or greatly reduced.
I have only been following this treatment for about two months and I feel better every day. I expect that I will continue to improve.
Thank you Dr. Wangen!
I came to Dr. Wangen after no one else could figure out what was wrong. I had severe abdominal pain and was on strong pain meds. Dr. Wangen discovered that I was having a reaction to the foods I was eating. Since then my pain is gone. I can’t thank him enough.
Along with the resolution of my pain was the enlightenment of how food allergies affect so many things in my general health. His enthusiasm for maintaining overall health made me much more aware of caring for myself.
I suffered from “IBS” for over twenty years, seeing a number of medical
internists and general practitioners without results. In my first office visit
to Dr. Wangen he was able to correctly diagnose me and get me started on a path
to wellness. An allergy/sensitivity test, followed by a diet change, has made
all the difference in the way I feel. I no longer need to take medications and
am completely symptom free.
My constipation is gone, blood pressure is down, energy is up and I feel great. Hallelujah!
I am a 43 year old female and I have been having stomach/digestive trouble since I was a baby. My mother used to say I had a “nervous stomach.” Well, things reached a peak when I was 39. I got to the point where I couldn’t eat or drink anything (even water) after 2:00 in the afternoon or I would be very nauseous and throw up. I spent a year going to the doctors. First my primary care doctor, then a gastroenterologist. They ran repeated tests and only determined that I had GERD.
After a year of throwing up 4 or 5 days out of every week (I lost 65 pounds), the gastroenterologist finally said, “I can’t do anything more for you. This is just what you have to live with.” Well, no way was I going to put up with that answer!!!
I made an appointment with Dr. Wangen and he immediately suggested that I might have food allergies. He took some blood for testing and while we waited for the results, he suggested that I give up wheat and dairy. Within 2 weeks I stopped being nauseous!!! The test showed that I was highly allergic to dairy, eggs, wheat and beef. All the things I had been eating. I was poisoning my body every day without realizing it!
Dr. Wangen gave me some very good literature on food allergies, told me of some cookbooks I could get to help me find alternative ways to cook, as well as prescribing herbs and vitamins to get my body healthy again.
It has been 3 years since I stopped eating the foods I am allergic to and I am so much better! No more Tums! No more Pepsid! No more drugs!!!!
I really feel that Dr. Wangen has saved my life; I no longer have to cancel vacations or invitations from friends because I am not feeling up to it. (You should have seen me on my honeymoon; I know every bathroom at Disneyland!) The quality of my life is so much better after seeing Dr. Wangen. I would (and do!) recommend him to anyone who is tired of having their MD just prescribe drugs to fix a symptom instead of trying to find out what is behind the symptom and treating the cause.
Dear Dr. Wangen, Thank you for finding the source of my problems. I am much happier and healthier thanks to your knowledge and caring. I truly believe health is the greatest wealth. You are a truly caring physician.
Dr. Wangen has worked with my whole family. I was so pleased with the results that I sent my kids and my grandchild to see Dr. Wangen. The food allergy test has helped each of us to identify exactly how we can feel better.
Nancy Van der Wel
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