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Interesting Article about Food Allergies

January 9th, 2008

super size me

There was a very interesting ARTICLE in the New York Times today about food allergies…specifically about the alarming increase of food allergies in children.  It spoke to me, because as I MENTIONED a few days ago, I suffer from a number of allergy-like symptoms which started after a prolonged exposure to toxic sewer gas.  To me, as a person suffering from this problem, it is more than obvious what the cause of the problem was.  But it’s interesting that our medical community often has trouble connecting the dots.  It’s often not until they are confronted with overwhelming evidence that they are able to look beyond their established paradigms.  I thought it was interesting that in the article they easily drew the connection between food allergies and asthma and the strong role our intestinal system plays in our immune function.  Here’s hoping that the medical community will figure it out soon enough.  Until then, I’ll be drinking organic fruit and vegetable smoothies and toasting myself for being on the right track despite them.  🙂


My 'friend', Darryl

January 8th, 2008


Well, I finally got it…my diagnosis. I’ve ELUDED to this somewhat previously and you can get an inkling from what propelled me on this journey in my ABOUT page. But essentially, I have a few chronic health problems which started after I unwittingly lived over an open sewer main for four years. In the beginning, things were much more acute. I had a horribly persistent cough which was very very loud and made it very difficult to breathe and very persistent diarrhea. Since then, things have broken up a bit. Now, I experience the problems more as flare-ups whenever I breathe some bad (to me) air or eat the wrong thing (and often even when I don’t). Noone can say specifically what is causing the problem. The way I experience it is like an immune system issue. As if my immune system is extremely overly sensitized and will blast off at full guns from the slightest implication. The way that it has been categorized by the doctors is that I have asthma and IBS. IBS is kind of a catch-all diagnosis – like bronchitis. It basically just means that I have chronic diarrhea and they don’t know why. I feel weird talking about this on the internet. But what I’m finding is that people who haven’t experienced this problem really don’t want to hear about it. And while I do my best to suffer in silence, I’m feeling overwhelmed lately with how to deal with it. I feel like it’s slowly taking over all aspects of my life and ignoring that it exists is not going to make it go away. Still, it’s not exactly the most sparkling topic of conversation. So I’ve started referring to it as visits from my friend, Darryl.

Well, Darryl has really been on a rampage this week, and I’m feeling a little worn out. So, we’ll talk more later…