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Об аллергии как способе выживания [Mar. 25th, 2014|09:54 am]
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Большинство иммунологов считают, что аллергия — это ошибочная острая реакция организма на безвредные вещества. Группа ученых Йельского университета во главе с Русланом Меджитовым выдвинула другую теорию: аллергия защищает организм от вредных веществ, в том числе ядов, ксенобиотиков (чуждых организму химических веществ) и других раздражителей.

Согласно этой теории аллергия развивалась в процессе эволюции человека как ответ на появление в окружающей среде и в пище все большего количества потенциально опасных веществ. Например, аллергия на пыльцу растений могла появиться, чтобы человек не употреблял их в пищу, так как есть вероятность, что они токсичны для

организма. В современном мире аллергия на конкретные продукты может развиться у человека после того, как он употреблял их в неблагоприятном с экологической точки зрения окружении. По словам Меджитова, аллергическая реакция полезна для организма, так как позволяет либо удалить опасное вещество (чихание, насморк, кашель, рвота), либо избегать контакта с ним в последствии. Тем не менее, организм может зайти слишком далеко, провоцируя интенсивную реакцию, вплоть до анафилактического шока, который сам по себе опасен для жизни.

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Soy allergy resources? [May. 8th, 2013|11:30 pm]
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Hi all, I'm looking for good forums/groups/blogs/resources for a very sensitive soy allergy. We're talking can't cope with "shared facilities" warnings and seemingly reacting to things that are contaminated but not labeled as such, meaning the traces are below the legal limit for labeling requirements.

As an example of the kind of thing I'm hoping for, for corn allergy there are several forums and groups where a ton of good information can be gotten:

Delphi Avoiding Corn Forums: http://forums.delphiforums.com/avoidingcorn
^^ frequented by very sensititive corn allergics who have been doing the corn free thing for a long time.

^^ 900 people and counting, so lots of noise, but also a lot of responses to questions

And then here a number of blogs by those who are crazy sensitive to corn with all kinds of good info on the "basics" of surviving corn free.

It's my friend who's allergic. I am somewhat soy sensitive but it doesn't seem to be that bad compared to corn for me. The Facebook Soy Allergy board doesn't seem to have a lot of people on it. I'm hoping there is somewhere on the net, somewhere, where soy allergics are all talking to each other, but Google isn't bringing it up. Anyone have any leads?

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Introduction. . . [Apr. 16th, 2013|07:20 am]
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Just wanted to say hello. Hi!

Den. Moderate Dairy Allergy, with many other contact allergies. I get excema on my hand and IBS-like symptoms when I consume milk/dairy products. Soy and eggs seem to be ok. After attempting to manage my eczema and only reaching a certainly point with it (avoiding known contact irritants), I went DF one day and the eczema began to clear up and my IBS symptoms are nearly non-existent. (go figure! *g*) I feel SO much better, but am just so anxious for my eczema to continue to clear up. It isn't helping that I also recently had a wretched reaction to homemade Goat's Milk Soap, so I'm waiting on that to clear up as well. (I'm in the itchy as it heals stage, which I think is nearly as bad as the itchy from a break out stage)

Patience has never been a strong suit of mine. ;-)

I did have a question though. We camp a LOT in the summer time and we usually eat pot luck style with the other campers. Obviously that won't be an option for me, so what are some easily portable DF food items I can take with me? (We do have a camper, so space/refrigeration is not an issue)

But anyway. Hi! :D
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New here [Mar. 21st, 2013|06:29 pm]
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and allergic to all dairy proteins, though not life-threateningly so. I love Alisa Fleming's _Go Dairy Free_ book. I get atopic eczema. To indulge I eat gourmet nut butters.
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GF crackers [Mar. 11th, 2013|07:34 pm]
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My daughter's just been diagnosed with gluten intolerance and I'm looking for a crackers (savoury biscuits to be eateen with cheese) recipe. She doesn't like any of the store-bought varieties.

Also, has anybody ever made their own GF sourdough bread? I can't have active yeast and if we could all eat the same things it'd be brilliant...

Thanks in advance!
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Food intolerances and elimination diet [Jan. 13th, 2013|10:17 pm]
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Hi all,

I was just wondering if anyone has any experiences with food intolerances and elimination diets.

I have been experiencing digestive troubles as well as eczema on my arms over the past few months. Every test at my GP has turned out fine so they sent me off to a naturopath to have food intolerance testing. The naturopath took a blood sample and results were that I am severely intolerant to eggs, moderately intolerant to wheat/gluten/cow's milk/cashews/peanuts and mildly intolerant to legumes/almonds/soy. I'm not sure how reliable science behind the test is (I think it was this one http://www.food-detective.com.au/)
but I've cut out all of the above foods for now. The naturopath recommended I stay off them for 6-8 weeks and then start re-introducing one food group at a time to see if there is a reaction.

It's been a week now without any of those foods and I was just wondering for others who have eliminated particular foods, how long was it before you stared to feel better? Should it be immediate? Or does it take some time? Any other tips you have to navigating this process would be great because it's all a bit overwhelming!

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Food suggestions [Oct. 19th, 2012|02:05 pm]
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I am looking for crackers/chips/snack ideas that I can feed my 3 and a half year old son. He cannot have any gluten, oats, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, nuts, sweet potato. We have to limit potatoes, rice, and tomatoes due to sensitivities. I am just looking for some other ideas for snacks and side dishes. The crackers we used to eat have corn in them, as do the chicken nuggets we used to eat. It is so hard with so many limitations. I feel so bad telling him he can't have foods he used to eat, but I know it will make him feel better. Any suggestions for foods or even recipes would be greatly appreciated. I tried to make mashed cauliflower one night and he was not a fan. I have made him tomato free ketchup since he eats ketchup on everything, and that works good. I am planning to try carrot fries, and we just found plantain chips that he loves. It was one thing before when we just had dairy, wheat and eggs, but now to take away more foods from him that he has already had is hard. Thanks!
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(no subject) [Aug. 29th, 2012|12:29 pm]
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I am about to start an elimination diet for myself to determine what is causing my 4 week old to have severe gas, spitting up terribly, and rashes popping up on his face and neck. My 3 year old has a whole list of allergies, and we tried a chiropractor for my newborn and it hasn't helped, so I am thinking allergy/sensitivity to something I have been eating. I am already dairy, egg, and wheat free... We have some venison so I can use that as meat in combination with turkey and fish... I will try to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, but I know beans, peas, and lentils are out... What about broccoli, lettuce, asparagus etc (I know some of these can cause gas so I am trying to figure out the best foods to eat that won't give me false results). The hardest will be tomatoes as we eat a lot of ketchups and salsas and that sort of thing. Would avocado be ok? The guide I have looked at says not to use chicken, but could a person try chicken for so long and eliminate other meats, then if things don't improve sub out chicken for say beef? I have a suspicion of potatoes... As that is something I eat regularly, but sweet potatoes are ok right? Any tips anyone can offer would be much appreciated!!!! X-posted

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testing was negative [Aug. 16th, 2012|10:07 am]
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I just wanted to post and update and vent a bit. I took the blood test for celiac and the results came in negative. My dr seems to think this is the end of the story, which I find hysterical/annoying considering her daughter was recently dx with celiac and I thought she was more knowledgeable about the possible false negatives than this.

I'm frustrated because I was just going to go gf regardless of the results and only wanted to have it "on the record" for insurance and to get my family to stop side-eyeing me about the need to be gf. But it's been over a month since I stopped going gf and now I'm second guessing myself. I was thinking i'd do a 2 month gf trial this time, and this time i'd also keep a consistent food/symptom/emotions log to determine if there's any change, but I'm starting to think maybe I'm just crazy to be thinking this at all considering howmuch of a PITA going gf is.

Can someone help me take a reality check? The only significant difference I can remember from gf to not-gf is that I vascilate now between diahrrea and constipation, and more headaches. But there doesn't seem to be a direct correlation in time between me eating gluten and these instances. Oh, and my weight loss has gone down (I am overweight and been tryong to lose) since I switched back to gluten.

What'cha think?
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Recipe for sandwich bread that is gluten, egg, dairy, and nut free? [Jul. 3rd, 2012|03:37 pm]
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Any one know a good recipe for homemade sandwich bread that is gluten, egg, dairy, and nut free? It does not have to be a soft or white bread, just yummy. Thanks!
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