I finally picked up my new book “Detecting Your Hidden Allergies” by William G. Crook, M.D. (great name for a guy, eh?? crook?) last night and started from page 1 instead of jumping right to the chapter i’ve been wanting to read. And i’m so glad i did! Here’s what I learned from the book so far.
The word allergy is from two greek words – allos which means other and ergon which means work or action. Hence, an allergic person reacts to things that other people don’t. (Now, aren’t we special??) I’m going to explain this in my words : what you develop an allergy to is termed an allergen – the substances in your body which react to the allergens are called antibodies. When they come together, reactions occur – histamines and other chemicals are released in your body. they make automatic muscles tighten and go into spasm; blood vessels to leak fluid; glands to put out mucus. (makes sense why i feel horrible…)
Allergic reactions are like an iceberg – about 1/7 of them is seen above the water while the rest is submerged. And here are some of the indicators of hidden food allergies :
- Paleness -pale with bags or dark shadows under the eyes – that’s me!
- Stomach pain – suspect hidden food allergies if also fatigued – that’s me!
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Persistent Colds, Bronchitis, Asthma and ‘Sinus’ – that’s my OH!
- Headaches – that’s me!
- Urinary Problems – When one eats a food he’s allergic to “the muscular coat around the bladder contracts” – which makes the bladder smaller and keeps it from holding the normal amount of urine. – this one is a bit harder to admit to online, but this is me too. Not only did i cause myself problems in high school by not wanting to use the filthy public bathrooms and waiting until i got home, food allergies are wreaking havoc too!
- Irritability and Nervousness – nervous system reactions are often food related
- Fatigue – that’s me! i’ve been tired since i was an early teen.
So i have 5 out of the 8 symptoms listed here! i couldn’t believe it! All these problems that i’ve been dealing with could very well be related to the food allergies i have. What frustrates me is that for almost 2 years now i’ve been on a diet cutting out any gluten, dairy, eggs, beef. and recently processed sugar. So why do i still have these symptoms? I am hoping to figure that out!
What else i learned :
A lot of the foods that you are allergic to are ones you eat every day, so eat a rotated diet. It will help identify problem foods and prevent new food allergies from developing later on. I want to start implementing this as soon as life settles down for my OH and I. I have hopes that it will help with both of our digestion and keep us from cheating as we aren’t bored of the same old same old!
Not sure what a rotated diet is? click here and read more! http://www.20somethingallergies.com/what-is-a-rotation-diet-part-2/#more-1364
I am actually excited to read more on that blog, it looks like it has a lot of information for me as i get going on a rotated diet! Here are a few books that “Detecting Your Hidden Allergies” talked about :
“Alternative Approach to Allergies” by Theron G. Randolph and Randy Moss
“Guess What’s Coming to Dinner” published by ASF in 1987 – both of these books are older so i’m hoping they are still in print and readily available!
I have made it to the Chemical Problem chapter and am eager to read more! I will share more with you as i go along.
Until next time – Happy Chanukah!
gluten free sufganiyot (jelly donuts) that my OH made! Yummy!