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Old 05-04-2009, 11:53 AM   #11
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Wow, linicx! I thought I was the only one with the whole list of corn allergens! After many years of being unable to eat corn, any corn products, or any product containing corn syrup, I am now able to eat small amounts of corn (such as on the cob, cornbread, popcorn). However, even the slightest amount of corn syrup causes me to get hives.
Hives???? I hope you carry an Epi-pen. I do. I stepped in chiggers and had hives every where except my eyes and throat for almost nine months. I looked like a Dalmation. I got antibiotics, Medrol and Zyrtec. And I selpt round the clock for 4 months. The nurse said she had never seen anything like it. Me either. I'd never seen a hive. I've been pretty sensitive to bug bites ever since. And four years later I was diagnosed with an incurable skin disease.

If I had your problems with corn, I wouldn't look at it, much less taste it. Allergies are very strange in that they show up when you least expect it. One of the unexpected is you suddnely cannot breathe because your throat swells shut. I don't think the risk is worth corn. Seriously, I think it is one thing to have a sensitivity and quite another to have an allergy. The fact that corn syrup gives you hives, suggests to me that you are highly allergic to something in the plant. When I think about it, I don't believe I would handle corn or any corn product withont gloves.
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:03 PM   #12
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It's kind of you Linicix to share this with us after your extensive research. It's always good to have the knowledge. I am so sorry about what you are all going through. Here's a hug from me.
Thank you for the hug. I have a wonderful friend who lives in Switzerland. Which country do you like to cook in best and why? I'm curious. I know nothing about European or Kenyan appliances or the foods available - except what I see on American TV.

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Old 05-04-2009, 02:31 PM   #13
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I am Kenyan, and live in Switzerland with my Irish hubby and two kids. I just about cook anything for the love of cooking. I wanted to share Kenyan cuisine with others, and it's a great feeling hence the many Kenyan recipes. Food to me is like poetry if you don't share it, then what's the point! It's like lighting a lamp and putting it under the table.

P/S From one mum to another, I can only imagine your heartache over your daughter's illness. Hope you find some comfort somehow.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:06 PM   #14
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I am Kenyan, and live in Switzerland with my Irish hubby and two kids. I just about cook anything for the love of cooking. I wanted to share Kenyan cuisine with others, and it's a great feeling hence the many Kenyan recipes. Food to me is like poetry if you don't share it, then what's the point! It's like lighting a lamp and putting it under the table.

P/S From one mum to another, I can only imagine your heartache over your daughter's illness. Hope you find some comfort somehow.
Actually I don't feel and I don't really want too. I'm numb. It the only way I can cope. Kris will be the second child I lose to death in 4 years.

I wondeer if you could find a simple Kenyan receipe for us?. I live in rural Aneruca. I am surrounded by farms and ranches.. Without driving 50 I can only get basic foods: beef, chicken, pork, carrots, celery, Bell, Pepper, sweet and whiite potatoes, mushrooms, asparagus in season, green beans in season, brocolli and brussel sprouts. and pf course milk, creams, chicken livers, It is basic American farm food. I don't see well enough to read cookbooks anymore so I kinda depend upon others who post recipes I can read online.

I have to be very careful about the sprouts and brocolli because of the nigh amount of Vitamin K. It upsets the balance of the blood thinner my spouse takes. Rat poison is very dangerous drug. It doesn't damage to the heart. It causes the doctor to freak out and order blood tests every three days for two weeks.

FYI: There are only two vegetables in the American diet that do not have vitamin K. Parsnip is one. I don't remember the other; I think it is in the same family as celery.

Thank you for your concern. It really is appreciated.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:09 PM   #15
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In light of a discussion in the baking thread, I thought it was appropriate to bring this forward again. When you are in the middle of special diet cooking or allergies it is sometimes hard to remember that some people aren't aware of them or how serious they can be.

Linicx has taken the time to educate all of us and to tell her story. I think it is a very good read for everyone.
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Old 08-25-2009, 05:20 PM   #16
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That's a long list you got there. It takes a lot of patience and love to make that list. Kudos to you. :)
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:08 PM   #17
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I eat gluten-free. It is really great to see that people are recognizing this allergy and helping those who suffer from it. I am happy that the word is getting out about gluten-free items. The flour replacement recipe is very helpful thanks!
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:28 AM   #18
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Greetings. I just joined the forum today and stopped in to review the food allergy list. This is indeed impressive and I want to thank you first for sharing it as well as share my condolences of the condition of your daughter's health. Unfortunately, I can relate (to a degree).

My sister has quite a large number of food allergies, some of which are related to what you have listed. She has had to go on a completely organic, vegetarian diet with absolute zero processed foods and beverages in order to restore her health (which was rapidly deteriorating and threatening her business) to a manageable point.

I got off lucky....as far as foods are concerned to my knowledge I have only a zinc allergy(airborne allergens are another matter). I have known about my zinc allergy for some years now, but only recently came to appreciate how sick it was making me. Just by stopping my multivitamin which contained a megadose of zinc, my general well-being improved about 60%. Then I started doing research to determine which foods may contain high levels of zinc (respective to our daily recommended dose).

The list I've found through various websites includes:
* Most beef cuts
* Lean Ground beef
* Beef liver
* Oysters
* Most pork cuts
* Baked beans
* Lentils
* Kidney beans
* Mussels
* Shrimp
* Chicken (dark meat)
* Cheddar cheese
* Yogurt
* White rice
* Chickpeas
* Almonds
* Walnuts

Unfortunately this list made up a rather significant portion of my diet. After my research into the symptoms experienced by zinc allergy sufferers I decided I should experiment with monitoring my intake of certain foods and even trying some meat replacement by subbing in tofu with some of my favorite recipes.

I even started keeping a food diary to monitor what I was having a reaction to. I started discovering some foods make me break out in a rash, some aggravate my respiratory allergies, some cause me to be irritable, unable to focus, etc.

The conclusion is clear: All these years when I've been miserably sick with allergies, at least part of the blame lies with my zinc intake. Since I started monitoring and reducing the zinc in my diet, I have experienced about a 90% improvement in the frequency and severity of my allergy symptoms. And of all the foods I react to, I have the most severe reaction to red meat.

I thought I would share this with your list here, in case there are other zinc allergy sufferers present. This seems to be a relatively new development (at least our understanding of it) as zinc is still widely considered to be an immune system booster and a healthy thing. For most people it seems that it is a healthy thing to intake. But for those of us allergic to it, we may not realize how sick it is making us.

I am thankful that the Internet makes it easier for regular people to find this kind of information and share it with one another. When my sister was first diagnosed with her yeast allergy, Candida was not a word most doctors had even heard of and most of them rejected it as a "false illness"....just a fancy name for some nondescript symptoms. Those are the physicians that think allergies means stuffy noses and itchy eyes, and don't understand that allergies truly affect your entire being.

This is my first post here. After my allergy experiences and my sister's allergy experiences, and the numerous other health issues that exist in my family, I had already made some very significant changes to my diet....and by necessity, what I cook, where I buy my food and how I cook it. After seeing Food Inc recently I have determined that I need to make even more radical changes in my diet to preserve my long-term health. This is especially challenging because I live and work in Kuwait...where almost all food is produced somewhere else and flown or shipped in. Finding true organic products with a small carbon footprint is challenging. When I try to switch to locally produced goods bought from small markets, I have to deal with labels in Arabic that I cannot read. But I am definitely making improvements.

I joined this forum to get some ideas and share some of my lessons learned about healthy cooking. I absolutely love to cook and I look forward to interacting with each of you.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:57 AM   #19
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Wow! Thank you for sharing your story and your acquired knowledge. I sure hope that we can in some small way help in your personal journey.
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:30 AM   #20
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Thanks, Alix! If we all share our knowledge there is nothing to lose. I look forward to conversing with you all. :-)
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