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12/8/13 9:47 P

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Thanks for all your info. I do currently take some supplements and may have to add some when I sort out what I can eat. I have dealt with a lot of food allergies in my daughter when she was young so have a good idea of what to look for. It is just the getting it all sorted out. But that will just take time. I have said more than once my lung health is far more important than anything I can eat. I have felt extremely tired over the last year. That was a combination of this coughing and also the fact I have had 4 car accidents so lots of physio and recovery from them. But at least I now know that probably the lungs not functioning well is a big part of it. My brother is a smoker with asthma and he said even his were better at 80%. But it will just take a while to sort all these things out. With Christmas coming it may be hard to sort out the environmental issues as well but that will be first priority for the new year. Thanks for any help and support!

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12/8/13 5:40 P

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Welcome to people with food allergies team, Jannand. Here you go in about 500 words!!

I happen to think I understand what you are feeling. I have often felt lost and want quick answers. I have been avoiding most of your list for a few years and wish you well.

Most people this far into daily deep tiredness are truly if not literally allergic but at least face those complications as a heading the doctors call intolerance factors or food sensitivities. Some people have both allergies and intolerances which still mean that avoiding those foods/irritants is still the rule. I have heard of people recovering their strength back and getting some of those foods back. Nutrition and more long sleep sessions can improve a lot. I just wrote a comment to one of the other teams I am a member. I covered the popular doctor prescribed nutritional supplements of extremely tired or immune challenged people. Is this you?

An allergy is blood antibodies flooding the system seen in lab testing. Intolerance is just as annoying with a lesser form of inflammation and pain with so much less antibody action and often from a different type of antibody. The ache is real. Both are just the body’s inability to ward off unwanted things breathed in rubbed on or consumed.

I found the particulars of sulfur content in all foods and many preservatives, citric acid in fresh whole fruits/vegetables (some higher than others I can have a small serving of those low ones) and as a preservative, yeast and gluten captured into processed foods-vitamins-medicines: and I find that classic fermented stuff to be serious trouble foods when I am reviewing my no-no’s while shopping or selecting a menu for the day. There is no distinction between organic or standard market supplies when I fight to stay within my own limited sulfur and citric acid limits in my daily boundaries. I sleep better for it. I once adored many recommended fresh foods I must now distain. Each one of those mentioned things on your list are ripe with sulfur and citric acid.

I have since learned about being adrenal fatigued. People lose the ability to digest foods comfortably when the strain and drain is this sensitive. The next downward step is to ignore these findings assume they may change on their own. At this point the rest of the system is feeling the strain and the drain. With proper care from the good doctors we can turn this around to not be afraid of food.
We see a nutritionist to fill in the many holes newly created by not eating that list and ensuring all bases are nutritionally covered.
We learn to shop mostly on the perimeter of grocery markets in the fresh zones and to emotionally work past the anger to accept the new you with all the weird awkward eating changes.
Watch out the emotional bitterness tends to make the real food I can eat bitter too. I can not have table salt. The preservatives and anti-clumping agents cause pain. Absolutely everything commercially packaged with it are pushed off my I can eat this list!

I am not a doctor but a nice range of vitamins and minerals may be needed here. When I stopped that list you mentioned and took up supplementing to clear up gaps the strong desire for certain foods faded because the body was getting enough of what that food item possessed.

May you land on the fast recovery side to reacquire all those beloved foods.


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12/7/13 11:35 P

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We got a new puppy last Jan and within 10 days I started with this horrendous cough. Originally they thought is was just a cold that hung on. After 4 months my Dr. questioned allergies and put me on several medications that helped somewhat while I waited for the testing. After looking closer we did figure out the puppy had instigated this and eventually had to admit we couldn't keep her. Just had the testing and have all kinds of allergies (some I did know about). I have always been slightly congested and a tickle in the throat but nothing like this was. Turns out my lungs are only working at 60% and my lung age is 12 years older than I am which at 55 is kind of scary. The Dr. figures I have had a lot of these allergies for years and just got used to living with them and the puppy was the catalyst that sent everything into overdrive. Besides grasses, trees and dust/house mites I am allergic to apples, cherries, hazelnuts, almonds, peaches, nectarines, apricots, carrots, celery, tomatoes, chili peppers, kiwi, peanut, papaya, pineapple, melon, bananas, potatoes, chicken & yeast which also encompasses cheese, vinegar, mushrooms, bread and alcohol (basically anything fermented). That works out to about 80% of what I eat as I am a picky eater. I think it is going to be a real challenge to figure out what I can eat and still stay healthy and lose weight. Definitely going to need support!!

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