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Thanks...that's helpful. I especially like the explanation of the difference between the immune allergic response and the chemical response of "inability to process" a certain "toxin." That makes it easier to explain to people who don't comprehend the difference. My sister (We both have Celiac) has, on the occasion of finding herself unwittingly "glutened," been known to remark: "I've just been poisoned."
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Thanks for the helpful information!
Hi Margie100%pure, I read with interest the definitions below. I found the concept of an 'immune response' for allergies especially helpful.
My doctor defined it more simply - allergies are something your body reacts against (not necessarily eaten) and tend to be progressive and immediately life threatening whereas intolerances are something your body is unable to process properly (usually by eating) resulting in a reaction that can result in discomfort, pain and/or certain medical conditions such as: asthma, RA, etc.
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I just got this thread from Tgoal and wish to get your input on this.
I find the two can mean the same thing in some discussions. Here is the rule; but rules can be broken!
To be a Celiac is to be allergic to the proteins in the grains are detected in laboratory tests; while food intolerance is a reaction the doctor must witness.
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Sulphite (allergy/Intolerance?) Used since Roman times, sulfites are compounds used to preservative flavor and color in some drinks, foods and medication. They inhibit bacterial growth, reduce spoilage, in processed and fresh food, and help increase shelf life.
- What is a person to eat when everything is a no-no?-
Food allergy and intolerance
Some people are sensitive to particular foods like nuts, shellfish and cereals. The symptoms of food allergy can include breathing problems, stomach upsets and skin rashes. They are caused by an immune system response or a chemical reaction in the body. Some severe food allergies can be life threatening. Professional diagnosis is important, because other medical conditions may share the same symptoms.
Most reactions to food are actually food intolerance. About one in 20 children and one in 100 adults have food allergies.
Allergy is on the increase
Allergies in general are on the increase worldwide and food allergies have also become more common, particularly peanut allergy in preschool children. About 60 per cent of allergies appear during the first year of life. Cow’s milk allergy is one of the most common in early childhood. Most children grow out of it before they start school.
Food allergy can be inherited
Children who have one family member with allergic diseases (including asthma or eczema) have a 20-40 per cent higher risk of developing allergy. If there are two or more family members with allergic diseases, the risk increases to 50-80 per cent.
Allergy is an immune response
Allergies are an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a specific part of a food, usually a protein. These proteins may be from foods, pollens, house dust, animal hair or moulds. They are called allergens. The word ‘allergy’ means that the immune system has responded to a harmless substance as if it were toxic.
Food intolerance is a chemical reaction
Food intolerance is a ‘chemical’ reaction that some people have after eating or drinking some foods; it is not an immune response. Food intolerance has been associated with asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Food intolerance is much more common than food allergy.
Symptoms can be similar
It can be difficult to tell the difference between the symptoms of food allergy and food intolerance. Usually symptoms caused by food allergy develop very soon after consuming the food but, while symptoms caused by food intolerance can be immediate, they may also take 12-24 hours to develop. Food intolerance reactions are related to the amount of the food consumed or not occur until a certain amount (threshold level) of the food is eaten, but this amount varies for each person. -See your doctor for a medical diagnosis.-
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