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funnytummy
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posted 03-18-1999 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for funnytummy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there everyone, has anyone tried resticting their diet from cetain things, or getting tested for food intolerance, wheat and milk intolerance seems to be 2 of the biggies that can cause problems, has anyone seen this site http://www.nutramed.com/alpha/index.htm

got me thinking, sounds difficult to restrict your diet so drastically (if you leave out 'wheat' for example that covers so many things you wouldn't normally think of...including beer! So how do you know what to avoid?) but if it helps? Let me know if any of you have found out anything about food intolerance?

I'm sure there must be a way for us to beat this thing!!!

Renee
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posted 03-18-1999 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Renee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't been formerly tested, but have tried to eliminate caffeine in my diet. I rarely have episodes and feel much more comfortable getting groceries, shopping, taking the kids places, etc. I am usually still very nervous, but haven't had an attack for weeks. It is hard to determine which foods have caffeine, but stay away from the basics. I still have stomach cramps usually every day, so I know there is more that I can do. I did some research on the internet and found that food allergies or intolerances may be linked to a lot of other problems, too.

Ty
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posted 03-18-1999 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ty   Click Here to Email Ty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a tough time even CONSIDERING restricting my diet to exclude things like wheat, dairy, etc!

Fortunately for me, I can't find anything specific that causes any problems. I still keep a journal on what foods I eat, when and how I feel. Well, I guess I can't say there isn't ANY food - pizza. It's a guarantee - but now I take Levsin and I can eat anything. My problem is when and how much I eat. And that's still hard for me to do!!

I guess my recommendation is the journal - everyone is different. It does take time, but it'll help in the long run.

Good luck!

Ty

pearl
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posted 03-18-1999 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pearl   Click Here to Email pearl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well Funnytummy today is your lucky day cause you have the attention of one of the world's most allergic - I've stopped short of living in a bubble !
I have been researching my allergies for 20 years now and I am only just getting my individual portfolio together. It does take a long time of elimination and testing to be absolutely sure you've got it right. And I believe it takes this long to bring your thinking around to accepting your situstion and working with you instead of against the great restrictions you have to place in your life just to feel as good as healthy people feel. You can improve your health by sticking to it and you sure learn a lot about your body, food and the immune system.
I'm very happy to pass on my information and experiences to you or anyone else out there who would like it.After all there aren't too many in the know(doctor's etc) who we can call on.
My allergies include:
Gluten; milk; yeasts; eggs; corn; pumpkin; honey; and the big ones salicylates and amines; as well as airbornes; chemicals and furry animals!
These intolerances and allergies also contribute to my IBS and Migraines.

funnytummy
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posted 03-23-1999 04:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for funnytummy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
goodness, it sounds like it may be worth investigation. I think maybe keeping a journal is a good start, I read that you should eliminate all suspect foods for a week or two and eat very very plain and simple things, and then gradually introduce suspect foods one by one and note the effects. I tried a home patch test on wheat and milk at the weekend, but found no reaction! Has anyone tried getting tested professionally, by a homeopath or something?

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posted 03-23-1999 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JeanetteC   Click Here to Email JeanetteC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The foods to eliminate for me also included raw vegetables and fruits. Yeast is my biggest problem and I used to love to bake bread and rolls and all that. I have had to learn the hard way which foods make more pain bloating and gas than others.

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posted 03-23-1999 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Note that true food allergy (e.g., IgE-mediated) is rare and not related to IBS or to food "intolerances" whatever they are.

Exactly how a homeopath could help with anything other than taking your money is not clear to me.

[This message has been edited by flux (edited 03-23-99).]

gal4
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posted 03-23-1999 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gal4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the only way you can really test for wheat and milk is by elimination diet. My gastro had me do that. I never heard about a home patch. If you think you are sensitive to wheat, I have found a very good bread that is made of sprouted seed or grain. It is called Ezekial Bread and is available in health food markets. I love it. It comes in regular, sesame, and cinnamon raisin. I have found that I am not really sensitive to wheat, but eat the bread anyway. I found out about it in a very good book called Eat Right For Your Type, which suggests diets for different blood types. My doctors have not poopooed it and think that it may have some merit. Good luck!

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posted 03-23-1999 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for flux   Click Here to Email flux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The "Eat Right for Your Blood Type" diet is a typical fad diet. The premise behind it, in particular, is baloney.

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posted 03-23-1999 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poopsies   Click Here to Email Poopsies     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FunnyTummy, I have food problems alot. I recently went to an allergy doctor. That was a wasted $400. Thank God I have insurance that will cover most of it. I have been keeping a calendar for quite some time. I'm sensitive to Eggs, Diary, & Wheat. I clear my throat after eating these foods and find myself on the toilet anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of hours after ingesting them. The doctor swears I don't have any food allergies. Yeah! Well, guess what? My other doctor didn't think anything was wrong with me when I kept telling him I had colon problems. How do some of these people graduate from med school? I did finally find a young doctor who knew exactly what I had and told me he saw at least 4-5 patients per DAY that has the same problem. Wow! If he's seeing that many I wonder how many the other doctors in this world are seeing?

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posted 03-23-1999 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fuzz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I notice that nobody's paying any attention to you, Flux.

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