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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.

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.