News You Can Use (Food Sensitivities) April 18, 2010Posted by FCM in health, news you can use, thats random.
Tags: food allergies, inflammation, weight gain
this may or may not be the start of a regular column here…the “news you can use” series. or one post that never goes any further, whatever. i havent decided yet. i would like to dedicate this one post that never goes any further/series to my mother, who told me, very helpfully, when i was four years old: “if you are sick with diarrhea and you feel like you have to fart, go to the bathroom.” largely thanks to her, and that one piece of sage advice, i havent crapped my pants since i was 4. and i know for a fact that there are many, many people who cant say that. so, thanks, mom!
now thats news you can use, right there. seriously. if people never flapped their gums except to say something that was *that* fundamental, and *that* helpful…well this would be a very different world, wouldnt it?
so heres what i wanted to say, and i hope it will be helpful to someone. when you go to the doctor for anything, there are rules in place regarding what that doctor is able to say to you, and what they are able to advise you to do. this is called the “medical standard of care” and it basically means that there is a generic, all-purpose body of information from which they are all tapping, and they cannot deviate from the script, or they could lose their medical license. they arent going to put themselves in that position for you, or for any patient, because they worked too hard for it. and many of them are still paying off student loans, and it absolutely requires a doctors’ salary to pay it off. they arent going to lose their licenses and become a walmart greeter, or a taffy puller, or a circus clown, or any other shit profession that they long ago decided they werent interested in, for you, or for anyone else.
so even if they KNEW for a fucking fact that something that wasnt in that generic body of information was going to be useful to you, and help you with your medical problem, they couldnt tell you. its not that they just might not tell you, or they wont tell you. they CANT tell you. what they can do, and must do, is order tests, write prescriptions, and offer referrals. so…this is the context in which we are all living, and the backdrop against which we are accessing medical care. not to mention of course most mens disdain for women, and “wimmins trubbles” generally. but i digress.
one of the things that medical doctors cant tell you (although there is a growing body of research that suggests its true, and it someday might become part of the medical standard of care) is that many, many people are allergic to or respond poorly to certain foods, and that long-term exposure to allergens can make you extremely ill. one of the biggest things that food allergies do is make you gain weight, or make weight extremely difficult to lose. thats because you are retaining water due to a histamine response. you are swelling up like a big old balloon. and chronic inflammation can also cause chronic joint and muscle pain. duh. and…other stuff that makes you feel like shit, day in and day out.
if you feel like shit, you might want to try avoiding the “big 8” foods that are the most common allergens in a western diet. here they are:
gluten; corn; fish/shellfish; soy; nuts; dairy; beef; and eggs.
many people are also allergic to latex, and the foods that are related to latex. these foods are:
apples, bananas, kiwi, peaches, plums, figs, grapes, melons, papaya, passion fruit, cherries, nectarines, pears, pineapple, strawberries; carrots, celery, potatoes, avocados, tomatoes; chestnuts, hazelnuts; wheat, and rye.
i have also heard of people being allergic to peppers, but i cant remember why. here are the things that i realized that i personally cannot eat:
gluten; eggs; nuts; soy; shellfish; and many if not most or all of the latex cross-reactors.
gluten is like poison to me, and i cant eat it at all. the others will make me sick in various ways if i eat them daily. once-a-month is a good rule for those. unfortunately, the only way you will ever really know if you are allergic to any of these foods is to eliminate all of them, completely, for a month or so. then add them back in one at a time and see how you feel. then eat that food daily for a week and note your symptoms (or lack thereof), and then take it back out and add something else.
of course, this makes it almost impossible to live a normal life, (it becomes normal after awhile though, like most things) or to eat out with your nigel. i finally had to tell mine to shut the fuck up about it, and i decided that i was going to radically alter my diet because i had to. he can eat whatever he wants, as long as he doesnt contaminate me, or my food.
i always thought pineapple tasted like numbness and burning. i thought that was how its supposed to taste. its not.
that is all.