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    I had a food allergy panel ordered by a doctor. This test screened for IgG and IgE reactions. IgE reactions are the type that constrict your throat and can be dangerous. IgG reactions are less acute and more systemic -- indigestion, sinus congestion, aches and pains. I already knew I had IgE reactions to lobster, crab, and shrimp, but didn't know about IgG


    The culprits?

    Wheat

    Soy

    Milk and milk products

    Cane sugar and cane juice


    No reaction at all to:

    Beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, and eggs, all fruits(except cranberry) and vegetables.


    Wow.


    Well, now I have even more motivation to go primal!


    I was bummed out to find that commercial coconut milk is sweetened with cane juice, though. Beet sugar is ok. If I don't go primal, I'll have to learn to bake with buckwheat and beet sugar! Will probably give up on that and stay primal.


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    That is VERY interesting! Did your regular Dr. order the tests or did you go to a specialist?

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      I have coconut milk and it doesn't have any sugar in it?

      that is very good motivation for going Primal and I am sure your body will thank you for it! xoxo Darlene

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        Why would there be cane sugar in coconut?

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          I went to a Naturopathic Doctor, a graduate of Bastyr University. In Washington state, NDs have the same standing as family practice/primary care MDs.


          There's cane juice in the coconut milk by So Delicious, which I guess is processed to taste more like regular milk. http://www.turtlemountain.com/products/Coconut_Bev_Plain.html


          Apparently there is an unsweetened version that I didn't see at the store. I'll have to look for it.


          What brand of coconut milk do you use?

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            I've noticed a lot of common allergies are to food that's not exactly healthy anyway. I have a friend who's allergic to wheat and soy. Two of the worst foods you can put in your body, and she's forced not to eat them (unfortunately by horrible allergic reactions!). It means avoiding a lot processed food because it tends to often contain wheat and soy. She's also severely allergic to bananas though...


            Other common allergies are peanuts and dairy: both things that aren't nutrionally optimal.


            I've certainly never heard of anyone being allergic to good healthy foods like meat and fat!

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              True immune-based allergies are to proteins. I had a friend in high school who was allergic to beef, a friend in college who was allergic to chicken and fish, and there are plenty of us who have shellfish allergies.


              Then there are reactions classified as sensitivities and intolerances, which do not involve a reaction by the immune system, so they will not show up on an IgG or IgE screening, but you sure know if you're lactose-intolerant (as does everyone around you).

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                One of my friends goes to a Naturopath regularly, after Allopathy and strong medications wreaked havoc on her. She's doing much better now and the diet recommended by her Naturopath is low-carb and very Primal-like. She's now cured of all her previous disorders that the allopath medications only suppressed with some bad side-effects, but never cured. And sadly, it's the naturopaths who are called quacks by the mainstream.

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                  adipocyte, dump the So Delicious brand. They claim to be urbo-healthy but always end up adding stuff that doesn't need to be in any of the foods they sell.

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                    Hey I am in WA state what ND did you see? I am looking around? thank you xoxo Darlene

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                      @MightyMite: Allergies are reactions to proteins, yes, but that doesn't mean meat. That means the basic simple proteins that make up the food. My allergy to wheat, for example, means my body makes an antibody (itself a protein) that binds to the protein in wheat. People allergic to feathers and mold are also responding to the proteins in those things. (Sorry, I'm a biologist, so I can be pedantic.


                      @Chocolatechip6: I didn't buy So Delicious, just read the ingredients at the store. So, WHAT brand do I get?


                      @PrimalGoddess I saw Dr. Stephen Wangen at the Center for Food Allergies in Seattle.

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                        adipocyte: Sorry, should have specified that my response was to gazb's statement that they'd never heard of anyone being allergic to meat. Yes, there are proteins in many non-meat foods, such as grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables to name others. (Sorry, I'm a Research Biochemist and probably even more pedantic than you are.)


                        You might want to check out "Dealing With Food Allergies" by Janice Vickerstaff Joneja, PhD. More than you probably wanted to know about food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances of all ilk.


                        And you might want to check out the Positive Predictive Value of the IgG and IgE testing that they do at Center for Food Allergies. Here's a link to an interesting series of articles put out by the folks over at Bastyr University:

                        http://www.betterhealthusa.com/public/282.cfm

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                          @MightyMite That's what I get for posting so early in the morning! Thank you for the book recommendation and the link. I was wondering if there was a questionable aspect of IgG screens since MDs don't seem interested in them at all. In the past 15 years I've had two surgeries on my small intestine with utterly no clear diagnosis (not ulcers, not Crohn's disease, just inflammation) so I was willing to pay for some nontraditional testing.


                          At any rate, it's interesting that this screen, at least, told me to go primal.

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                            Seattle Center for Food Allergies uses this lab, which claims to run duplicates of each test: http://www.usbiotek.com/Services_ant...ent-Panels.php


                            Mightmite: Thanks again for the article. The information about the make-shift antibodies in the Oklahoma lab was scary! Do let me know if you know anything about US Biotek's reputation.

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                              @adipocyte: Yeah, one of these days I really have to learn that trick with doing embedded quotes so it's obvious if I'm referring to a specific post. And I will amend my statement to read that I am UNDOUBTEDLY more pedantic than you are. Yes, anal-retentive does have a hyphen, why do you ask?


                              That is a real bummer about your digestive tract inflammation issues; my SO and a good friend both have Crohn's and have both had major resections and treatment with immunologics (Remicade and Humira, respectively). My SO has experimented with going gluten-free and it has no effect on his symptoms. Right now (knock on wood) he is experiencing an absence of symptoms and he can't correlate it with doing ANYTHING differently--the bummer being that if he knew what worked, he could keep doing it.


                              As to your test results, it couldn't hurt to remove all the "culprits" and see how you feel. Wishing you the best of luck in your quest.

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