While many of us deal with allergies to specific foods, such as peanuts or shellfish, others have a wide range of food allergies, making their diet much more restrictive. But is it possible to be allergic to almost all foods? Anderson Cooper recently interviewed the family of one 9-year-old boy who is unable to digest nearly all foods.

According toYahoo,Joshua is a boy with a disease known as eosinophilic esophagitis. Though not a ‘true’ food allergy, it causes similar symptoms, making him unable to eat almost any food. Name a food, and it’s likely that Joshua cannot eat eat, or even smell it or taste it.

Instead, Joshua receives his nutrition through a feeding tube and a special formula prescribed by his doctor. He lives his life with extra caution; he is homeschooled because of the dangers presented by the school setting.

His parents, Brant and Cara, showed Cooper what a day is like in the life of a child who’s not able to eat any foods. If he was to eat one of the many foods that causes a reaction, it could result in serious pain or even death. Cara sums up the problem, saying “There’s not a minute that goes by that I’m not afraid.”

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