Dr Mehmet Oz – star of the “Dr Oz Show” on the Fox network – was a guest on Wednesday’s episode of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Now” with Andy Cohen.
During one segment, Cohen asked Dr Oz about Bethenny Frankel’s severe fish allergy. Frankel had lost consciousness in December after consuming soup that she was unaware contained fish. She was rushed to the hospital by her boyfriend where she spent two days in the intensive care unit being treated for the life=threatening effects of anaphylaxis.
Dr Oz replied with a 30 second stream of consciousness where he seemed to conflate food allergy with environmental allergies and implying that shots will help you beat all allergies:
I spoke to Bethenny on [my] show. I think she’s got remarkable insights about her own problems; she almost did die. She didn’t have just a little rash. By the way, if you’ve got like a penicillin allergy, 95 percent of the time, you’ve outgrown it already. Bee allergies, which I used to have? They’re gone. So most people outgrow their allergies, some people get new allergies, and she almost died in December from one.
She had a crisis on a plane, because if she gets exposed to anything through the air, crustaceans, for example, if could be problematic. But most of the time you get allergy shots, and along the way you get a little support, most people can outgrow their allergies.
For the record, do not assume you have outgrown your allergy to penicillin or insect venom nor should you assume you will outgrow your food allergy with allergy shots and “a little support.”
We’re not sure whether Dr Oz was surprised by the question or not, but we are sure that you should never take allergy advice from a doctor on TV… consult an allergist.