UPDATE: If you have IBS, then please see your Doctor and ask to be tested for Celiac Disease. It is a simple blood test. If your Doctor refuses, then get another Doctor! My own Doctor found that 9 out of 10 patients with IBS, really had Celiac disease and NOT IBS.
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After I dealt with the stresses and PTSD in my life, I was still sick all the time. It was then that I decided to research food sensitivities. Psychosomosis had by this time, been professionally ruled out. It took many years, as I wanted to be absolutely sure. To be fair though, it is impossible to ignore a faux appendicitus attack that Onions would give me. I'd be doubled over in pain. Thus, I gave up onion BEFORE we dealt with the stresses in my life.
Also, the skin test I took was NOT accurate. Unless they draw blood, my skin does not react. Plus, with food sensitivities, the ONLY test they've found to be accurate is trial and error. This is why they did not find the allergies to Alcohol and other substances. My mother had to instead, and was shocked, as she also thought it was "all in my head" and that one can't possibly be allergic to Alcohol applied topically. Also, I do not understand why benzoyl peroxide will result in burning on my skin, but my skin won't react to histamine. Very odd!
As I started to pay attention to my body, I found a new food item that my body stopped digesting altogether, I decided that I had to do research to find out what was really going on. I used elimination diet to pin point what worked and what didn't. What I found was that in my case, I had Adult onset food sensitivities coupled with undiagnosed Onion and cabbage family sensitivity. I do not go into Anaphylactic shock, therefore, its called a sensitivity. However, this does not mean that I should eat it anyways. If you have severe cramps, tingling of the tongue, or vomit, I highly recommend seeing your doctor and stop eating the particular food item. Due to the high number of foods I can not eat, ignorant society believes that its all in my head. Ignorant Society needs to go to med school and stop harrassing us! Unfortunately, this includes my dad. Those who have been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, DO TEND to be SENSITIVE to foods in the Lily and Mustard families (Onion, Garlic, Cabbage, Radishes, Mustard, etc.) Of course, I have IBS, and was diagnosed with this as a teenager. I've recently been diagnosed with Celiac. I'm also trying to go Dairy free as both gluten and dairy can cause bloating if you are allergic.
My Food Sensitivities: Yes, you may laugh now. I do!
Lily Family (except Asparagus);
Mustard Family [threatens to become full blown allergy] (includes Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Collard, Colza Shoots, Kale, Kohlrabi, Kraut, Horseradish, Mustard, Mustard Greens, Radish, Rutabaga, Turnips, Watercress; except I tolerate Canola oil, but don't recommend it.),
Grass Family (except Corn);
Composite family (except Head Lettuce, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds);
Laurel family (except Bay leaves);
Myrtle family (except Allspice, Cloves);
Parsley family (except Anise, Cooked Carrots, Coriander, Cumin, Fennel, Parsley);
Plantain family; (Plantain, Banana, Psyllium)
Flacourtia family; ( Kei apple, Ceylon gooseberry, Kiwi)
Pine family; (Juniper, Pinion ) [Juniper causes severe Asthma attack in me.]
Nightshade family (except Cayenne; Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper; Potato; Tomato);
Pomegranate, Poppy Seed, Litchi, Kiwi, Starfruit;
Alcohols, Vinegars, Creme of Tartar (grape family), Cucumbers (gourd family), Fenugreek (legume), Carrots and Dill (Parsley family), Kidney Beans (legume family).
The jury is still out on Chili Peppers, a night shade member. I use it in small quantities on purpose, but do get a mild reaction that suggests a sensitivity. I'm trying to pretend it doesn't exist unless it gets worse. I mean, how else am I going to make Chili if I can't add chili powder either? O_o LOL Actually, nutmeg, cumin and coriander are good substitutes, so I really don't mind having to give up chili powder.
Alcohol (My Mother, Sister and I tested this on an open cut on me, and found that as long as I used it, the cut stayed infected. I found that Neosporin had the same effet on me. Thus, I ONLY use Antibiotics in TABLET form.)
Per Oxides (includes Zinc in Oxide format)
Hydrogen Peroxide (don't know. I throw this up the second it touches my lips)
Benzyl Peroxide (hives)
I do believe I'm suppose to be Vegan, however, being that I do keep down some cheeses, I'm still eating them. Besides, I've yet to find a Vegan cheese that is vinegar free! Okay, I admit it! I LOVE my Cheese, especially the very rare Red Leicester cheese that I can no longer get.
Update on the Cheese: The only cheese I'm eating now is Parmesaan and that is only when I'm bored with what I have on hand. I will be saving my $$$ and buying lots of Tofu, then learning how to create my own cheeses. After I am successful, then I'll be completely Dairy Free with only 'eating out' as the exceptions. I still can't imagine eating a Allergen free Salad at Old Country Buffet without cheese on it. O_o If I could eat radish, cucumbers, mixed greens, etc. then it would be no problem. However, I can't. LOL