From the category archives:

Allergy

Gluten Free Restaurant Rules

April 23, 2010

If you enjoy a gluten free diet, then dining in a restaurant warrants a certain level of caution.
Firstly, ignore the complimentary bread!
Yes, you’re hungry.  Yes, it is free.
But it’s almost certainly not going to be wheat free.
The solution:

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Nutritional Treatments

March 18, 2010

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such as gluten sensitivity, these are the basic treatments that are most likely to occur.
The first step doctors will take is to identify targeted nutritional needs.
All doctors will perform check-ups, using various methods but they’ll all achieve the end result of gaining a comprehensive understanding of [...]

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Lifelong Asthma, A Thing Of The Past?

December 21, 2009

Joan reported that she has had severe asthma her entire life. “My memories of childhood were the loneliness of being awake in the night with asthma, unable to lie down because that made it worse, unable to sleep and not wanting to call my parents because there was little they could do.”
She had asked her [...]

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Do I have Allergy or Intolerance?

August 7, 2009

In my many years in this industry I have often listened to people’s health problems and symptoms and how they have responded to traditional medical intervention.
If I suggest they may be gluten sensitive, their response to me is often, “Does this mean I have an allergy?”
The answer is “No!”
Gluten sensitivity is not an allergy. It [...]

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Help for food allergy sufferers – GF health link guide

June 30, 2009

People with life-threatening allergies are advised to carry an adreline (Epipen) injection, wear a medic alert bracelet and have an anaphylaxis action plan.
This is downloadable from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at www.allergy.org.au
Anaphylaxis Australia provides a lot of useful information on their website, from food recalls and alerts to tips on living [...]

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Celiac, Coeliac and Food Allergies explained

June 23, 2009

What’s the difference between an intolerance and an allergy?
A food intolerance is quite different from a food allergy. Intolerance is a diverse reaction to a food that does not involve the immune system. Lactose intolerance is a good example, where sufferers lack the enzyme needed to digest the lactose in milk and some milk products.
Symptoms [...]

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Cure worse than the problem – Gluten and skin diseases 3

May 19, 2009

David began to develop tiny water blisters, which burst and left scabs.
Because he had been working long hours in a stressful job, his family doctor initially diagnosed stress related psoriasis.
The condition did not clear up.
For 18 years, David endured the problem, with only periodic, short-term relief.
One doctor prescribed a corticosteroid cream. This, however, was a [...]

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A 5-year+ problem – Gluten and skin diseases 2

May 12, 2009

Continuing my previous post about the relation gluten – skin disease – celiac
During the year he was exchange student in Germany, Eric ate a lot of bread and pastry. Shortly after he returned to Australia, he developed a small purple blister on his right buttock.
Within a year, the rash grew to include his other buttock [...]

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Is food intolerance the same thing as a food allergy?

April 14, 2009

No.
A person who suffers a food intolerance is not allergic to that particular food.
However, some people, particularly children, are allergic to certain foods.
Common culprits include:

strawberries
peanuts
milks products
eggs
gluten

When someone eats a food to which he or she is allergic, there’s usually a fairly swift and obvious response. Allergic reactions can be caused [...]

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ECZEMA: Another Aspect of Gluten Sensitivity?

November 25, 2008

Eczema afflicts possibly one person in five per head of population and up to one child in ten.
Eczema, and related afflictions such as psoriasis and dermatitis, can affect people of all ages from newborn, breastfed babies to elderly adults. In infants and toddlers more than 80% of eczema, some extremely acute, is caused by allergic [...]

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