Finally a show tackles food allergies and gets it right!
Dr. Oz addresses food allergies, symptoms and how to use the EpiPen in the video below.
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Edited to add: There has been some online discussion regarding several points from the above video. Dr. Oz tells the volunteer to grasp the EpiPen like a pencil or pen, when one should grasp it in their fist. Grasping it in the fist gives more control over the spring action of the needle. However, in fairness, grasping it like a pencil in theory could still work–just not as comfortably. There was also concern over the symptoms mentioned. Several people thought Dr. Oz should mention other symptoms like vomiting and stomach pain. There certainly are many different symptoms of an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis. Dr. Oz covered food allergies and reactions in a short segment of his show and we feel overall that it was a good representation given the time he had. Our hope is that this will pave the way for he or another show to cover food allergies in more depth.