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7/24/11 9:18 P

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Hello group. My name is nicole. Let me start w saying I have been sp on and off for several yr and time is different. For tthe first time in my life I am focus on me and not someone else. I have soe even decided to good back to school for health and fitness. As so the allergies I am allergic to the world basicly. Wheat, dairy, fish, peanuts. U know the stuff that's in almost everything. I became a vegan because I was always sick. Well that's my story
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7/23/11 10:56 A

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emoticon back! Glad to see you all have come back. The neat thing with Sparks, the door is always open! Lots of people restart and are successful with it the second time around. Wishing you all the best with your goals!
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7/21/11 9:37 A

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Hi My name is Lora. I am rejoining Sparkpeople after a long while and after a health illness. I a married with 4 children. ages 23, 20, 9 and 7. (second marriage)
I am unemployed at the moment but am going back to school in september.

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7/20/11 10:52 P

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hi my name is Charity and I have rejoined Spark after being away for awhile.. I need to actually do better this time and will do it for my sanity

We have to know that sometimes people will let us down. Caring about others and loving others takes risk and probably more than we have in us most of the time. But I think the more we put out there, we'll have something returned greater than we could have imagined.


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7/20/11 6:30 P

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Hello, my name is Phyllis and I have rejoined after almost a year hiatus. I want to lose 25+ lbs within a year and increase my water and fruit/vegetable intake. I suffer from seasonal allergies year round plus have asthma.My asthma does not flair up often but I have a stuffed nose constantly. I rarely can breathe through both nostrils. I am also allergic to any 'cillin' medications(found this out late in life). I am hoping to gain knowledge which will benefit my overall health and reduce allergy suffering.

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7/20/11 5:20 P

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Hello, I am Sara. :)
I joined this site to hopefully reach a healthy weight by my birthday. I am an animal lover and am working to become a Veterinary Technician. Unfortunately, my main allergy is to animals. Basically anything with fur stuffs me up and suffocates me. I've owned animals my entire life and have been taking medication for my allergies along with that too.

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7/17/11 8:22 A

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Hi everyone,

5 years ago I developed an allergy to a group of medicine called piriton. Ironically, it is a medication to treat allergies. A form of piriton, chlorpheniramine can be easily found in most cold medications here, so doctors tend to accidentally prescribe them to me whenever I get a cold.

I joined Spark to lose weight and stay healthy and away from any form of medication. emoticon

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7/15/11 8:45 A

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Hi - I am new to this and really excited. I have severe food allergies to some foods like raw carrots, raw celery, peaches, certain apples, fresh cherries, just to name a few. Also have some environmental allergies. I was a smoker but I did quit about 3 years ago June. That has been a life saver just in itself. Now my focus is to get my general health and weight back on track. Spark seems to be a good place to start. I will start with small goals and work my way up. I just have to remember not to get discouraged.
Well that is me in a nut shell. Have a wonderful day.

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7/14/11 2:54 P

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New to the team and trying Sparks. I have allergies that pop up and ten go dormant again.
My latest is a gluten intolerance and a chlorine (tap water) allergy that turns my skin to leather so all water must be filtered. I many allergies to various things.

I tend to go more natural for treatment as taking medications backfires on me. I can generally take a medication once but as soon as I stop my body forms antibodies against it. Taking it a second time will cause rashes, hives and vomiting.

I love to go for walks (as my body lets me) photography, kayaking, quilting, crafting, traveling and many more things.

Most my life I have been told my body is not digesting food properly so it just turns everything to fat until it can figure out what to do with it. I have always eaten healthy so it has been a puzzle as to the reason I was gaining weight steadily over the years. A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance. I had to wait until my intestines seemed to be healing to get the ok from my doc to try weight loss again.

I don't know if Spark will work for me since there is not anything here for GF people specifically but I'm going to try it and see how it goes for me.

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7/7/11 1:09 A

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Hello everyone, I am allergic to pollen, birch trees, wool, tobacco and I have food allergies to shellfish, nuts, celery, persimmon, corn, sesame seeds and I have an intolerance to dairy products. Some days I feel like I live on allergy medication.

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7/3/11 12:45 A

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Hi I'm Sandra, I have heaps of intollerances to chemicals and consequently foods. I have sorted most of the chemicals and now avoid them like the plague. Foods are a different thing. I am constantly loosing foods esesially afer a viral infection. I am currently intolerant of all grains, lentils, beans, starchy vegetables like potato and pumpkin, some fruits like pears and babana's, almost all green vegetables, these are the ones that I am currently loosing, So consequently it is becoming very hard to get vatiety and even calorie some days. It is becoming a real challenge. Providing I eat only the foods that I am safe with then I feel wonderful and energised, If I begin to react to a food then I begin to feel unwell untill the reaction is significant enough for me to pick up on and test properly. Otherwise I just keep on keeping on. I live down under in sunny Port Stephens.

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6/28/11 4:53 P

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I am new to the team today. I have seasonal allergies and an allergy to tomatoes, but that doesn't stop me from eating them. My allergies are going absolutely going crazy this week. emoticon

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6/26/11 1:53 A

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Hi. My name is Sarah, and I have fall allergies. I'm also allergic to peanuts and cats (mildly). :)

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6/16/11 2:01 P

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Hi, my name is Lillian and I have allergies to something but I have never figured out to what I am allergic too. I have the sneezes and my nose stays stuffed up, particularly around dust or right after eating. I need to lose 60 pounds but I like myself the way I am. I am doing it for health reasons so I can reduce or eliminate all of medications. I am a positive person but I am determined to live up to my dreams, goals, and plans. emoticon

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6/15/11 12:27 P

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Hello every one. I am new at this but boy do I have allergies. I am looking forward to communicating with others who are suffering with allergies. Mine are from the out doors, I have a cough that will not stop. I am tired of taking cough syrup and sucking on cough drops.

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6/14/11 5:29 P

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I don't have a true allergy. I am lactose intolerance but my husband is very allergic to allot of environmental things and allot of different type of food so I thought if there was any suggestions etc here that it would help me with planning on foods for him as well as me.
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6/14/11 10:34 A

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I am so glad to enjoy this team. I always has to be taking care of my weight for it is very easy for me to gain weight. also I have severe allergies. So i never feel energy to do exercise but i push my self to have some physical activity, specially in the morning. I walk tread meal for 10 min., some abdominal excercise, and some lifting weight. Total: 20 minutes 2 to 3d/wk. It make feel better when I do it.

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6/13/11 2:38 P

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I am a yo yo dieter until now! Listen to Dr. Oz in TV. Tip that really works is to take 2 cinnamon capsules & 1 ceyenne pepper capsule 30 minutes before you eat. This has worked for me to cut down on cravings and am eating less. Also, I eat my King size meal for Breakfast, Queen size for lunch, and eat like a pauper at dinner. Never hungry but have to force myself to eat as I don't want my body to go into starvation mode reducing amount I should eat!
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6/13/11 2:29 P

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I am putting together a spread sheet on 'Foods that Heal' so am very interested in Foods that help or hinder allergies.
Personally, I have only a couple of allergies and am 73 years old. Just this spring I discovered a new allergy to pine trees. Others are: morphine, Penicillin, & Tarmarisk (wild bush along rivers. But know many people with many more.
I live very healthy, eating natural foods, no Fast Food, sugar, or High Glycemic foods. This has kept my weight down for more than 10 years as I was obese (high 244 pounds) most of my adult life!

We run rivers, quilt, do genealogy, lots of volunteering, and are very happy!

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6/8/11 5:48 P

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Hi!!

I have allergies to dust and seasonal stuff, also chemically sensitive. I also have exercise induced asthma. But none of these get in my way of running. I love running and I love how I feel after a great run. I just make sure I take my meds and bring my inhaler when I run.

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6/3/11 10:28 A

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Hi I am new to the team today. I have seasonal allergies and they stink. I think my biggest problem is with ragweed. I have had breathing problems during those times. I also have sinus problems and ear problems related to the allergies. My son has a peanut allergy so that is fun.

I joind SP almost a month ago and I love it! This is a great program. I found this group on my lil sis page who joined SP last night.

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5/30/11 11:01 A

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Hi. My name is Jacintha. I have sinus problems almost continuously. I don't know exactly what I'm allergic to because I never had the test done. When I have a bad reaction to something I generally just avoid it from there on. So far there's shrimp, lamb, pineapple. Also dairy products make my sinus problems worst. And dust. I'm working on eating better. I'm trying to lose 30 lbs.

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5/29/11 1:54 P

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Hi I have allergies but I don't know what care. I had a kidney transplant in 05 and about 7 months I was put on Allergy medication. When I asked my new doc why I was on allergy medication she she didn't know why so I stopped the medication. With in a week I was back to taking the medication. I know the name but my spelling is bad so I'll have to wait until I get up from the computer to get the pills.

Why I joined sp is I need to lose weight. About 80lbs. I restarted my program on Thursday of this week and hope to stick with it this time

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5/27/11 9:47 P

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Thank you so much. I am going to try the local honey and pickled ginger asap :).

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5/27/11 12:41 P

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Hi my name is Heather and this is my third time to attempt SparkPeople. I have a ton of allergies (almost three pages of test results lol) and take medication to help me maintain my sanity in a world that hates me. :) Pollen of any kind is NOT my friend! I have food allergies, pollen, dust mites, animals, etc.

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5/27/11 3:29 A

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Hi,

I'm new to this site. I'm a college undergrad that's always been slightly overweight, and I'm trying to change that. I'm allergic to gluten, milk, peanuts, shellfish, and various pollens, although the airborne allergies are more mild now that I have undergone allergy shots.

I'm curious, does anyone know how to set the meal plan settings to accommodate your allergies? Is there a way? Or am I stuck making my own meal plans?

Thanks.

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5/24/11 11:57 A

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Hi, I agree with limiting what you are allergic to. My grandmother told me that if you took a teaspoon of "local" honey every day for 30-60 days in a row, it would help with pollen and plant allergies. I was raised on that and followed it all of my life and with my children and grand children. I moved around the US a lot. Every place I went I searched out the local honey and the process began. I never had problems with the pollen, nor have my children or grand children.

You can find 'local' honey at some of your local farmers market's or a local health food store. If all else fails, look up 'bee keepers' on line for your area. Generally, if you ask around, you will find some.

What I found interesting - is the difference in taste of the honey from area to area. That surprised me. It was all good, just different.

Also, if you are suffering from allergies - especially food or chemical - your body is exhausted all of the time. No one knows chronic fatigue - until they suffer from it. Your body is literally being poisoned by what ever it doesn't like. So, it is worth it, to you, to try to figure it out. And when you are too exhausted to think, we all understand.

Just start with the obvious stuff first, milk, eggs, wheat, gluten, nightshades ( potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) - just work to deal with them one at a time. you have to give your body a couple of weeks off of the offender to notice the difference. But, sometimes, you will know right a way.

A thought on natural stuff for 'upset stomachs' -- I learned this from the chef at my local grocery store. I had eaten a teaspoon of wasabi green pepper with sushi. I had never had a sushi plate before and thought it was avocado. Wrong! The tears were running down my face, because I ate and wrongly swallowed a mouth full of it. He came over and had me eat the pickled ginger on the plate. I was astonished at the result. It fixed it.

Since then, my husband and I started taking a piece of pickled ginger and eating it every time our stomach was upset or had gas - or just uncomfortable. it works really fast. At first he thought I was crazy. But after experiencing it, he swears by it.

We also give it to the babies and children in the family. For the babies, just put some of the juice on your finger and let them suck it off.

Many of the mothers who have watched my daughter give it to her children have become believers.

You can buy pickled ginger in a jar at your grocery store in the 'oriental foods' sections. It is only sliced ginger in pickling juice. Most of it is more on the sweet side. Depends on brand. About $3.00 a jar.

My experience is that if you have eaten something that is really bad for your body, like ecoli on lettice or spinach - the pickled ginger will bring it all back up and out - so be prepared. If that is happening, take more ginger after and see what happens. It will work until the last little bit of the offender is gone, then it will settle your stomach.

If what the problem is - is only over indulgence or incompatible foods with you -- the pickled ginger will settle your stomach.

I think this works with raw ginger - but the pickled can be put in a little container and carried with you. If you don't like the taste, just swallow it and wash it down with water. It still works.

It is hard to watch your children have problems, especially when you are too -- you will find a way to help her, trust to your instincts as a mom. You have them, we all do. Try to listen to them.

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5/23/11 10:27 P

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Hi! My name is Shelley, I'm a nurse and I am allergic to milk, strawberries, latex, wheat, sugar, peanuts, tuna, dust, cats, dogs, grass, lilacs, a lot of pollen, mold and numerous trees. I have had the dairy allergy all my life and suffered a lot as a child because I went undiagnosed until I was 13. Since then I have learned to manage my allergies by completely removing the severe ones and only eating whole organic foods such as organic wild caught tuna, strawberries, peanuts and sugar along with limiting my intake. I also visit a chiropractor once a week and take immune system building supplements, which have greatly increased my ability to manage life with allergies. I used to feel like it was the end of the world but now I don't see myself as that limited.

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5/23/11 9:59 P

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I am really having a hard time with the allergies. I can't seem to find anything that works for my daughter and I. It is so horrible. I feel so bad sometimes I feel like I'm dieing. I don't like taking medicine especially when it does not work. I would love to be able to do something natural to cure it. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

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5/23/11 8:17 P

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Welcome to the group. Happy to have you with us. Everyone here is very supportive.

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5/22/11 4:06 P

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Hello,

My name is Deborah. I am a single mother and former army girl that has gotten out of shape while attending college and taking on family members stress. I am ready to get back to the real me. I am really happy to be a part of the team and I hope I can get the support that I need to succeed. I look forward to making new friends and supporting team members when ever needed.



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5/20/11 11:10 P

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Hi, I read -- some how on you message ( I'm a beginner at this messaging thing - ) that you are in pain. I am very sorry to hear that. I think you are here with supportive folks.

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My goodness - no gluten? Isn't that wheat? Is that in Oats and Rye, too? My goodness!! How does it affect you? How did you find out? Isn't MSG - mono sodium glutamate - gluten too?

I have given up egg-plant. I used to eat that a couple of times a week. I made a wonderful stuffed egg-plant that was baked with ground beef, onions, and spices. Even my teenage son liked it. Also, there is a great chinese version of egg-plant which is wonderful. One of the nice restaurants in the area does a very nice version of a backed egg-plant lasagna.

But I have done pretty well. Haven't had any eggplant in over three months. I have removed all peppers - any color, sweet or hot - from my eating efforts. Only if they are so small I can't pick them out of my food- they may get eaten. I specifically ask that any food I eat out - has no peppers.

Next, I am reducing the amount of potatoes and tomatoes. Initially I thought that sweet potatoes were ok -- ( found out they were still potatoes---- but I plan to deal with only one serving per week of either. That is my plan for this week starting on Saturday.

Do you have a plan of action? Sometimes I think that we eat so much out of habit. We get used to what routine we get into. Good luck - I will provide you with any effort of encouragement that I can.

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5/19/11 4:45 A

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That is so interesting! I love that your aunt was able to find such a natural remedy, thats really cool. My mom always taught me to rub a plant, which I only know as being called 'Doc Leaf' on nettle stings, I love when nature helps to out in an emergency!
I hope you manage to give up the nightshade foods and hopefully some day soon you will be able to eat them again, even if just in moderation. Its always the nice foods isn't it?! I mean I found out a while ago that I can no longer tolerate gluten...goodbye beloved cakes and breads, I will always cherish the memory of our time together emoticon
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5/18/11 11:25 A

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Hi, WOW I'm glad to hear that your friend was able to go back to eating potatoes after a year! I really like them, and it would be great to think that if I left them alone for a year, I could try them again and not have problems.

I discovered that I was allergic to the 'deadly nightshade' plant first. It apparently grew wild on some land that my uncle and aunt had. I went to visit them and brought my dog. The dog went off to frolic in the woods, and I stayed at the house. When the dog came back, I petted her, like we all do with a dog. Then I went home with the dog. Within about two hours of arriving home, I had blisters all over my hands and arms. I put calamine lotion on them - thinking it was poison ivy.

A week later, my blisters were getting worse, and all over my body. I went to the doctor who thought it was poison ivy too, and gave me something stronger to put on it.

Long story - short. It took several doctors from three major hospitals in the city to finally figure out what the problem was. They seemed to have a bet going with a pool of money as to who could figure it out first. It was finally the 'pathologist' in the morgue at one of the hospitals who sorted it out.

It seems that I am NOT allergic to poison oak, ivy, or sumac. I am allergic to this nightshade plant. Most people are not at all allergic to it. It is used for heart medication and for anesthesia for people undergoing surgery. Also used in most bug sprays, because it is not usually harmful to people.

Once they figured out my allergy - I had to thoroughly clean the dog, the car, all clothing, furniture, anything the dog may have touched, so that I didn't touch it.

My aunt, who is kind of a plant person - found the antidote -- a little flowering plant called 'Jewel weed' - it has little white flowers and grows near the nightshade plants. She picked some of the flowers, ground them up and mixed with some mineral oil, and rubbed it on the blisters. It was amazing to watch them go away. I had them EVERYWHERE! I brought in the flower to show my doctor and he watched as I rubbed the flower over the blister and it went away.

I was the 'darling' of the dermatology medical students for the biggest share of that summer and their 'project'. It was a real pain for me!

But, it wasn't until much later that I learned about all of the foods connected to the nightshades. I didn't mean to talk your ear off --- but I am much more motivated to give up these foods -- even to think that when I do -- I might be able to eat them -- even in moderation later. Thank you for your message.

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5/18/11 10:34 A

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Wow that is an unusual allergy! Have you had this allergy all your life? I only ask because I have a friend who became extremely allergic to potatoes. She avoided them and all their associated foods for about a year, which alleviated all the symptoms. Strangely enough shes absolutely fine with them now. Your allergies do sound a lot more severe than this, but it always fascinates me how some allergies just come and go apparently for no reason!

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5/18/11 10:27 A

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Hi, I am new to this forum and happy to find you. I was wondering if there is anyone out there that is allergic to the 'nightshades'. I am very allergic to them. They are all of the wonderful foods that I love - potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant,-- and tobacco, which I don't care about. I can rub up against the deadly nightshade plant or a tobacco plant and break out like it is poison ivy.

I can appreciate how much of a problem allergies are, I have many beside the nightshades. I have read how some of you appreciate the opportunity to be free from them for a while.

My doctor has told me that if I would quit eating these foods, I would feel much better. I have to admit that I used to eat at least one or two servings of one or the other of these foods daily. My doctor was concerned that I was eating a large bottle of Tums every week because of the stomach problems. She bet me that if I would just give up one of these foods for a week, I would notice a difference.

I gave up eggplant and peppers. After a week of not eating them, I noticed less need for Tums. Then I tried to limit the amount of these foods I ate in a week. I felt much better.

Now, my goal is to not eat any of these items in one week. So, I will see how that goes.

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Hi - my name is Jovan and I live in Dayton, OH (one of the worst places to live with allergies). I have asthma and allergies. I've been on medication for both for the past 10 or so years. Had asthma since I was 7. Just recently (in April) stopped taking Singulair when I realized it was actually causing my anxiety which I had the entire 10 years I'd been taking it. I would call it social anxiety - so eventually I turned into a hermit basically. Stopped taking singulair and its like a calming comes over me now instead of anxiety in social situations. Its AMAZING! I've been doing things all the time now - constantly going out and meeting up with friends and meeting new people! ITS GREAT! However, the downside is...singulair really worked on my asthma allergies. I've been constantly sick since I stopped. Allergies and Asthma. Its one thing after another - asthma is pretty constant. I have different allergy symptoms from day to day - had humming in my ear for a month or so straight...real bad cold/flu type symptoms...sore throat (drainage?) and right now coughing that won't go away! So anyways - my last resort is allergy shots and I start them this week or next. Plus I bought a ton of stuff today for my allergies (air purifier, dehumidifier, dust mite sheets/pillow cases).

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5/14/11 10:33 P

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Hello.

I am new to the site.

I am allergic to the environmental triggers: Second Hand Smoke (I don't smoke myself and I have severe asthma attacks when around smokers), Pollen, Dust, Ragweed and Mold

I am allergic to the following food items:Severely allergic to Eggs (Raw especially, but even cooked causes problems), perservatives, and chocolate. Though the chocolate and perservatives have only developed in the last 6 years. I'm also allergic to horseradish, and carrots but only get a runny nose with them.

My stomach does not tolerate red meats, and half the time it also won't handle any other kind of protein. Proteins often make me physically sick. Needless to say I am a flexatarian at best, and I have to be very careful to get a balanced meal.

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5/14/11 6:14 P

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Hi, everyone,

I'm new to this site and I'm also new to the Allergy world. Tuesday of last week, I was informed that I, indeed, have allergies - cat, pollen, dust, and more. So, if you have any tips for me - best meds and home remedies - please let me know!

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5/14/11 3:49 P

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We went to AZ on Spring Break and had 10 days of allergy free living. Windows down on the car, open in the house and spent tons of time outside. Then, when we came home to MO, I forgot myself and left the windows down on the car and my allergies came roaring back with a vengence. Have fun, but don't do what I did and lose your head when you get home. LOL!

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Hi! I totally understand how difficullt it is working with gluten/wheat and dairy intolerance. The sickness associated with eating these foods is very strong negative reinforcement! My main problem is quite similar to yours because I find that I gained weight when I tried to just stick to eating gluten free dairy free foods, like specialty breads, cereals, cookies and cakes which can be so much higher in fat and sugars than their gluteny cousins!
I wish you the best in this life style change it can be a tough one!

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5/1/11 9:06 P

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Hi Everyone!

I found out I have Gluten/Wheat/Dairy intolerance/sensitivity a few months ago. Having to eliminate these foods from my diet has been challenging, but intensely needed. If I eat Gluten/Wheat/Dairy, I get incredibly sick and I have found it is just not worth the risk to eat it. I have dropped a little over 20 lbs. since eliminating these foods from my diet. What I have learned though, is that until I start watching portion sizes and exercising etc...the weight will eventually come back and Ido not want this to happen. I have a long way to go to reach my health and weight-loss goals, but I am determined to do it this time and make this my new lifestyle and not just another diet! :-)

~“Dreams are like stars...you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.”~


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5/1/11 5:27 P

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I'm allergic to dust mites and cats. But I also am very sensitive to smoke. A couple of years ago I developed asthma which is under control most of the time. It will flare up if I am exposed to smoke or if there is very high humidty.

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4/29/11 7:29 P

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Hi everyone, my name is Karen. I'm allergic to milk, wheat, corn, my cat, horses, and anything that gives off polline.

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4/29/11 1:07 P

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Your allergies clearing up when you leave your city is a little think called Allergy Vacations. It takes about a week to acclimate to the new allergies in a certain area. So for that week you are blissfully free of reactions. I am really looking forward to that on my next vacation!

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Hey all!
I'm Stacey and I am allergic to myself... literally. I have idiopathic urticaria and a gene thing that was so long I can't even remember what they told me. Basically on top of allergies to things like trees, grass, and rag weed, my body is constantly producing histamine even when there is nothing to trigger it. I am on Xyzal daily and probably will be for the rest of my life. I get hives when stressed and if I consume too much citric acid I end my day in the shower trying to steam my lungs open again. My husband calls me a disaster, lol. I am trying to get healthy again but sometimes my body won't let me. I am careful to watch what I am putting in and on my body for Citric Acid. However, I love being outside so I usually suffer for it even with the meds. I have tried sinus flushes but after about a week of those I end up with nasty bloody noses. That is no fun! I am curious to see if anyone else suffers from the same Gene problem that I do. I've never even heard of it before I was diagnosed.

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4/28/11 3:53 P

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Hi Alehurst.... I'm allergic to everything corn as well. Makes me massively itchy and I break out in what the doctor calls "acne" quite badly, but it isn't. It's some sort of hive.

Also allergic to all dairy, including goat and sheep. Can't drink coffee unless it's decaf, and also have hayfever, and a severe wheat intolerance (but am not coeliac).

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Newbie here, daughter also joined.. Both have very severe latex allergy... I can't do pineapple (makes sores) and we both avoid bananas because of the cross reaction to latex. Most of the rest of my allergies are insect or med related.. Bit of a PIA, I get the GI anaphylaxis to some foods and situations, most are backtracked to latex. For example, worst reaction of my life was last nov 1 from m&ms my boss had bagged for Halloween..... using latex gloves. I carry benadryl, epi pen, aspercreme, xopenex inhaler and benadryl cream for emergencies. The aspercreme is for insect bites. If you apply it within the first half hour, the reaction actually reverses. Awesome for mosquito bites and chigger bites. Doesn't work on spider bites or actual stings for me. Those are a racing trip to the ER. Unfortunately, all the steroids in the last 5 years have really battered the body badly.

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