Allergy Trends for 2013: Salicylates, oxilates, ghee and "nightshades"
Gluten allergy is so 2010, darling!
What is threatening to kill the most on-trend children of the Pacific Northwest for 2013?
[quote]Depending on who is attending, we need to have options that are vegetarian, gluten free, egg free, dairy free, diabetic friendly, nut free, turkey free, mustard free, and cantaloup free. Ok, that last one is pretty easy. A vacation with extended family required a color-coded spreadsheet. -- J.
[quote]I know of people allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, gluten, soy, citrus, berries, stone fruits, apples, pears, nightshades (tomato, eggplant, etc), lavender, cumin, cilantro, coriander, curry, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, cinnamon. And then there are those with religious food restrictions. -- Lynn
[quote]This article brings up a lot of strong emotions for me. My boy can't have gluten, most grains, dairy (except ghee), any sugars including fruit and honey, most nuts and anything high in oxalates. -- Mamasita
[quote]Our family vacation this year consisted of people who are lactose intolerant, kosher, vegetarian, allergic to nightshades, deathly allergic to potatos (it's amazing, potatoes are in EVERYTHING!) and just plain picky eaters. ... Thank goodness my niece with the migraines wasn't there...then we would have all been on (filtered) water and nothing else! -- Debby
- If you cannot eat food, you really were not intended to surviv.
- Totally, R1.
- What the hell is ghee?
- R3 clarified butter. You don't get out much do you?
- "Let's see, little Holden can't have gluten, most grains, sugars, fruit, honey, nuts, anything high in oxalates, and dairy?"
"But he can have ghee?"
"How very fucking convenient."
- Last year DLers took a very funny field trip to troll at Urban Mamas on this very subject.
- Perhaps they are all Mongolian.
- [quote] She has reactions to foods that are cross-contaminated in non-vegan kitchens
- Don't forget sulfites!
- R9, What's the true deal about sulfites? Was told that both roast chicken, as well as broccoli salad, at Albertsons and Smiths contain that perservative, and that some get headaches after eating it.
- Thanks, and actually I don't get out much.
- r10, sulfites occur naturally in some food, but are used as a preservative in a lot of food (wine, bread/dough, see attached list). It can trigger asthma attacks in some people. It used to be used to preserve produce, especially at salad bars, but the FDA restricts that now. Instead, restaurants are using sodium nitrates as a preservative, which is worse, in my opinion. At least for me, I can't eat salad out anymore, or even have lettuce on a sandwich, without having to run for a toilet 20 minutes later.
- R7 made me laugh.
- I'm going with R1. Medicine today is truly keeping kids alive who would have died 100 years ago.
What will happen when these genetically damaged folks start breeding, more than likely with another allergic to everything person, because, let's face it, who the hell else is going to put up with them?
- Actually that article brings up another issue. Why do so many people think they need to bring snacks and treats everywhere now? You see parents loaded down with baggies of food now. When I was kid we ate at home and were very, very lucky if we got something out and it was rare to go for ice cream, etc.
I'm guessing they use food as a bribe for good behavior. We used to get a swat across the ass or really got it at home later.
- Food allergies are mostly an eating disorder. In young children, it's almost like allergy by proxy - the mothers need to control every aspect of the kid's life, including what he eats. Her quest for her child's sustainable nutrition gets her the sympathy and attention she needs.
If your kid is truly allergic, teach them what to do in case they accidentally eat something they shouldn't (Benadryl, Epi pen, etc.). Too many kids are being raised with a fear of food.
- I work with a guy whose wife has taught in an inner-city school where most of the children are on free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch programs.
As far as allergies among those kids go: "A couple of peanut allergies, which aren't too difficult to handle. That's about it."
I think a lot of this is just a combination of neurosis and suggestibility.
- I think a lot of new mothers are reading articles and trying to diagnose their own kids. Many doctors will go along with them just to appease the moms. Same with giving out prescriptions for antibiotics when not really needed. I know a few women who are constantly running their kids to the doctor at the slightest hint of a sneeze or snotty nose and demand that they get antibiotics. They won't leave the doctor's office without them. I think they just wear the doctor down.
- In spite of all these "allergies" that seem to keep children from being able to eat hardly anything, I sure do see a lot of fat kids these days.
- I've always been highly allergic to cloves and cinnamon (to a somewhat lesser degree). I was rushed to an emergency room when I was a young child and after allergy testing, that was the determination.
I was taught from as far back as I can remember not to eat certain foods because they might contain cloves. It helps that the smell of cloves is abhorrent to me and that helps me to be on guard. I don't make a big deal of it, but I never eat pumpkin pie I haven't made. I was also taught what to do.
- Good Christ. "Colton's Spreadsheet":
[quote]In June of 2011, Colton was diagnosed with a food allergy to milk, soy, wheat, egg white, sesame seed and peanut. After removing these foods from his diet, Colton’s dermatitis cleared 75%, but there was still something affecting his dermatitis. In November of 2011, almond, barley, oat, pea, sunflower seed, beef, coconut, green bean , corn, squash, rice and melons were added to his list of food allergies after a second IgE RAST test. In May of 2012, Colton’s latest IgE RAST test revealed food allergies to pork, strawberry, lemon and garlic.
[quote]This is the Excel spreadsheet I use to track Colton’s food allergies by date, classification, and micrograms per milliliter. You will also see a list of safe food in which Colton had a negative result via an Ige RAST test. I carry this Excel spread sheet with me everywhere on my smart phone. Due to his multitude of food allergies, I want to be able to easily transfer his known allergens to any doctor or hospital as needed to protect him during treatment.
- Little Colton sounds like he should be put down. Sorry but if you have to keep a spreadsheet for your kid's diet he shouldn't be a survivor. What the heck are these kids going to do if there is ever a cataclysmic event and a shortage of food? Die, that's what.
- Women blame everything on "chemicals" and "toxins" and "allergies."
- This is madness. It's MADNESS I tell you. For the love of god!
- There's no such thing as allergy to dairy. That's a red flag.
- More from Stacy:
[quote] Everywhere we travel, even as short of a trip as school drop off and pick-up, we have to be prepared and pack a cooler of food because of the unknowns which could happen on our trip. What if we’re in a car accident? What if we breakdown? What if school needs us to stay and volunteer? What if there is some other type of emergency that prevents us from going straight home where his safe food is at?
This has got to be a joke.
- OK, which one of you bitches is Stacy?
- R26 I agree it has to be a joke. If you're in a car accident, I think the last thing on your mind would be eating. This woman is nuts. So what exactly does her kid eat? I think it would be easier to list what the kid does eat instead of what he can't eat.
- I bet Colton has fibromyalgia, too.
- And in addition to all of his other problems, poor little Colton is named Colton.
- Actually, I bet he's "Colton R.," to differentiate him from all the other unique snowflakes in his class, like Colton B., Colton D., Colton V., and the truly unique Coltyn McC.
- They should all die off soon, of pure neurotic stress.
- You want to know what it is? It's this. It's mothers who need to get a fucking life and stop thinking their little Coltons are frail and sickly.
- Shit, r20, I fucking LOVE cloves and cinnamon.
So WTF can these oh-so-sensitive children eat? Pot?
- I grew up with a kid who had "deathly allergies" to everything under the sun and whose mother was always going on about all the things he could never be exposed to, or else. He missed birthday parties, was regularly pulled out of school, wasn't allowed to go trick-or-treating, etc.
Imagine his surprise when he went away to college and discovered that he wasn't actually allergic to anything, including those deadly peanuts and shellfish.
"Oh, I guess he outgrew all of that," his mother told us with a shrug. No biggie. He missed out on normal childhood because she wanted attention, but oh well.
I'm highly suspicious of these "allergy moms" with their spreadsheets and websites and coolers full of "safe foods."
- You use ghee butter to make pot brownies.
Sulfites in hot dogs I had a problem with when I was a kid in the late 60s. We called them hot dog headaches at my house and had no clue at the time what caused them.
So I don't eat hotdogs. Everything else is fair game.
- I definitely had a sensitivity to eating salicylates (in most fruits and vegetables) and even chemicals on my skin.
It kept getting worse until I could only eat meat and grains and one vegetable. I also was horribly fatigued and foggy headed.
I finally figured out I have a gut microbe imbalance/overgrowth in my small intestines. Unfortunately the only medical cure is the same thing that helped get me in this condition in the first place-- ANTIBIOTICS! (I increased my troubles with Nexium lowing the microbe-controlling acid in my stomach/small intestines and at the same time gobbling probiotics.
I tried an elemental diet for 6 months and now I feel like myself again but I still have to be selective in my food choices. It could that 2 years for my gut flora to be in a healthy balance again.
Until then low carb, low fiber & no sugar. Sigh.
- Every day in 9th grade (1969-1970) I got a headache in the afternoon at school. I would go to the nurse's office and ask for aspirin. I was miserable. My mother took me to the doctor who prescribed --- as per all MDs in the late 60s to late 70s when confronted with a female -- Valium. Yep. I was 14 years old. This same generation who introduced the draconian Rockefeller drug laws were prescribing (and popping) Valium, Darvon, Librium, Talwin and Seconal at the drop of a hat. (Not to mention the "diet pills" my mother was taking.)
Anyway, toward the end of the year there was a strike by truck drivers who delivered some of the food to our cafeteria. I drank lemonade every day at lunch. The lemonade was on the strike list, so I had to drink something else and my headaches disappeared.
There must have been some powerful hoodoo chemical in that lemonade.