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Parents of Food Allergy Children And Their Frustrations

Monday, January 16th, 2017

The parents of Food Allergy children are getting frustrated. The children of America are increasingly becoming allergic to many foods. Most of the allergen foods are: cow’s milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, and eggs.  A great deal of the children are developing anaphylactic responses instead of just intolerance.  So we are getting more and more intense responses to food allergens.  The immunotherapy that will reduce the anaphylactic response has been under study for years.  What is available is very expensive and some what reliable.  The researchers keep promising that this therapy readiness is just down the road, but they have been promising that for years.  Parents should be frustrated. So far the only reliable therapy is elimination of the allergen.  This  is difficult, and time consuming for the parents and now schools

Data is showing that food allergies are on the rise and becoming an epidemic.  Food Allergies are doubling every 10 years.  Experts are still wondering if the reason is genes or environment.  I would like to inject my opinion on this.  I have been watching the experts and researching this problem since 1979, and I have come up with a theory.  It is: while some allergies were noted back in the time of the Roman Empire; the proliferation of processed food with milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, and eggs, mixed into our food and non-food products such as cosmetics cause our bodies to react to these allergens in what is called an “Iceberg effect”.  That is it reacts with our body and causes changes without the awareness of the individual.  Sometimes it is a gene change, sometimes it is sensitivity and inflammation of the body that is explained away by scientists or physicians as abnormal.  Whatever happens, the true effect seems to happen worse on the second or third generation in the family.  What I am trying to point out is, when we try new products that have processed food in them, we may be affecting our generations to follow.  Eating natural foods may be the best gifts you can give your children and grandchildren.  It takes generations for a species to adapt to new environments (and foods).  Try not to ingest new foods unless you know what is in the food.  Stay away from fast food restaurants whenever possible to prevent new allergies in your family tree.

Recent Research And Some Words of Wisdom

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

While there does not seem to be a great deal of new research on Food Allergies, there are some good studies to discuss.  The first new research is about peanut butter.  Some of the recent studies suggest that individuals with this allergy will outgrow it while others with milk and egg allergies may never outgrow their allergy.  Research has projected that food allergies are going to become more prominent in the population.  The research notes that food allergies occurrences are paralleling the rise of other diseases such as asthma, diabetes, and other autoimmune diseases.  It has also been noted that when someone from another country comes to the United States and start ingesting foods different from their country, the first generation does not seem to have many problems.  However, the second generation is the group that has most problems with food allergies.  I remember what a dietitian told me when I was having so many problems health wise with my children.  She told me to go back to what my ancestors ate.  Since my ancestors were Irish, potatoes were the carbohydrate of choice, not wheat.  By keeping my children off wheat, making cakes with potato starch etc., I found some relief from their health problem and this was the starting point of my first book.  So I will repeat these Words of Wisdom, ” If your children are having health problems research and eat what your ancestors ate”.  As human beings, it takes generations for us to mutate and accept new and different foods.  The problem comes from new types of foods being offered too fast to the population at large.




The Difference Between Food Allergies and Food Intolerance

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

It is time to revisit the difference between food allergies and food intolerance or sensitivies.  An allergic reaction to a food is severe, immediate, and can be life threatening.  While a food intolerance/sensitivity is not life threatening and can be ambiguous.  Food Intolerances can show up to three days later.  Food allergy reactions are many, the worst being anaphylactic shock, swollen tongue, problems with breathing, asthma, loss of consciousness,etc.  Food intolerance symptoms are many and can be difficult to recognize.  Visit my blog entitled: “The 35 Symptoms of Celiac Disease” dated April 23rd, 2011, for the unusual and unknown symptoms of gluten intolerance.  The symptoms can range from a rash, G.I. tract disturbances, to slight inflamation, slow growth, and many other symptoms.  Foods that cause food allergies are specific such as crustaceans, fish, and nuts; the worst being peanuts.  Just the oil from the peanut or the smell of the fish can cause a severe reaction.  Food intolerance foods are sometimes a mystery, however, gluten and dairy products are becoming well know as two foods that cause food intolerance. 

The word “Food Allergy” is used loosely by both the health professionals and lay persons.  It has made the communication and discussion of food allergies and food intolerance difficult.  Until another word is used to distingish between the two, lay people and health professionals will stubble along many times misundertanding each other.

Sugar in My Peanut Butter (Part 2)

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Once you start walking on the outer edge of the Supermarket, the second step is reading the ingredients of the items you purchase.  If you are gluten intolerant or have any other allergies you probably are already reading the ingredients for food allergies.  Now you need to look at the sugar and salt content.  Some items will shock you with the amount of sugar and salt added.  Another tip: try using other forms of sugar in your cooking such as pure maple syrup, honey, and apple sauce.  Try using a blend that have spices but little or no salt for seasoning.  Example: my favorite for potatoes is Zhug.  It is a spice made from Tianijin Chili, garlic, coriander, cardamom, clove, cilantro, and a dash of salt (cannot always find the spices without a little salt).  Zhug can be found in most spice stores.  Most of all cook with fresh and pure foods.  This type of shopping and cooking will help to prevent heart disease and diabetes.

High Risk for Food Allergies starts Before and After Birth

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

The newest research out is validating most of the information produced in this blog.  First is the research on identifying food allergies.  The recent research shows that an elimination diet is the best way to find true food allergies.  This author has been promoting this idea since my first book published in 1984.  A double blind study for 10 years seems to confirm the idea of elimination diets.  Second, two studies that promotes the avoidance of allergen foods such as soy, wheat, eggs, fish and peanuts during pregnancy and after birth show to reduce the occurance of food allergies.  High intake of margarine, vegetable oils, and other highly allergenic foods such as soy, and some allergenic fruit and vegetables during pregnancy had a factor of increased risk for the baby later on in life.  The most important time in the infant’s life if the first 12 months.  This is the time when the allergens of dairy, wheat, eggs, fish, and nuts, should be avoided.  Some physicians also want honey held back until after the first 12 months.  Children that are breast feed for the first 12 months are showing to be healthier and less prone to allergies.  Peanuts should not be given to a child until after 36 months according the recent studies.  If a peanut allergy is in the family history, great care should be taken before exposing the child to peanuts.  Once a child becomes allergic to certain foods his/her life involves more management.  The best solution is prevention.

At Last some Good News On Food Allergies

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

As you may or may not know, humans as a species will take about a hundred years to mutate to any new influences be it food or environment.  When the new influence is overwhelming to the population it results in a phethora of reactions.  Food allergies is just one the reactions to processed foods that are barely 30-40 years old.  In the past only a minority of individuals and children reacted to the foods.  However, recently a pandemic of reactions is affecting individuals in both the USA and Europe.  Most of these reactions are due to the constant mutation and changes to the food we are ingesting.  Our bodies cannot mutate fast enought for the new foods.  A couple of studies will hopefully give relieve to individuals reacting negatively.  One study that shows promise is a study on animals to get individual immune system not to react  to food allergies as a threat.  This is in it’s early stages of the study.  Another study, an old one, is to give the individual tiny amounts of the allergen to cause a small reaction and start building the individual’s immune system to the allergen.  This is done under strict medical supervision.  Another study closely connected to the prior study will put tiny amounts of the allergen under the individual’s tongue.  Again trying to build up the immune system and under very strict medical supervision.  The last study is based on Chinese Medicine.  an herbal formula is given to the allergic individual.  The theory behind this study is that the solution will alter the immune response.  These studies and other will someday find a solution for allergic individuals.  Until that day the best medicine is to stay away from processed foods.