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  • Rhinitis/sinusitis from grains?

    I have had rhinitis/sinusitis my whole life. Finally got allergy tested and it was determined I am allergic to cats. This was blamed for my chronic rhinitis. Funny thing is, when I'm around cats, I don't notice anything. I don't sneeze or get a runny nose. The only thing I notice is that if I pet one and then rub my eyes they get a little itchy.
    Besides, I don't have a cat and am rarely around others' cats.
    So when I asked my allergist why I continue to have rhinitis/sinusitis when I'm not around cats he just shrugged and said I must have "non-allergic rhinitis" which, to me, means he has no clue.
    I had read a couple stories online about people resolving sinus problems after cutting wheat from their diet. My allergist won't test for food allergies because he believes if I was allergic to a food I would know it instantly, such as hives, rash, or anaphylactic shock. He doesn't believe in food "sensitivities" or "intolerance".
    So my question is, have any of you found relief from chronic upper respiratory ailments by cutting grains?

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    It's a little early to tell, but my husband's allergies and exercise induced asthma haven't bothered him much (if at all) since we went Primal at the beginning of the year. We have high hopes for this coming spring!
    You don't have to be sick to get better.
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    • #3
      Yes, I was exactly like you, except they told me I was allergic to horses - we bred them at the time! - but it was only when I gave up all gluten containing products that it went. I have not had any symptoms since then (Sept 2005).
      Odille
      F 58 / 170cms / SW 131.5 kgs / Current 112.4/ GW 65
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      • #4
        As soon as I gave up grains I could breathe freely out of both nostrils for the first time in many, many years. When I eat corn they slam shut immediately. Other grains stop me right back up but more gradually than corn does.
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        • #5
          My husband and I went 100% primal in January, prior to that we were 80% for about 18 months. I think I am seeing an improvement but the allergies haven't completely gone away. I have a long history of sinus issues; polyps, sinus infections and allergies. I had a sinus infection from October until January and went through 3 rounds of antibiotics and steroids and nothing worked. When we went primal in January and I still could not breath through my nose I decided to take another approach, I wont go into all the details, but suffice to say I used colloidal silver, vitamin C and xylitol sinus spray. I can now breath through my nose but I still have occasional days where I need to take some sort of allergy pill. My husband is not snoring as much as he was.
          I suspect that my allergies are environmental ie., our dogs or maybe a mold. On the whole I feel like our allergy symptoms have decreased since we went 100% primal.
          Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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          • #6
            My husband has a history of chronic sinus headaches and infections. He is not on the primal bandwagon with me (major sugary tea and daily snickers habits), but because I pack his lunches for work and prepare his other meals at home for him, he seldom has a non-paleo meal. Last week at work, they ordered pizza in, which he'd not had for months. He pigged out, and paid for it with a whopping sinus headache that lasted the entire weekend. He hadn't had one in months. But he insists there's no connection.

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            • #7
              I've definitely been sleeping better. The apnea is gone.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by EileenC View Post
                My husband has a history of chronic sinus headaches and infections. He is not on the primal bandwagon with me (major sugary tea and daily snickers habits), but because I pack his lunches for work and prepare his other meals at home for him, he seldom has a non-paleo meal. Last week at work, they ordered pizza in, which he'd not had for months. He pigged out, and paid for it with a whopping sinus headache that lasted the entire weekend. He hadn't had one in months. But he insists there's no connection.
                My experience is very similar to your husband's. At least once every several weeks, I would get the debilitating headaches, slight nausea and tiredness. I haven't had the symptoms since switching to Paleo/Primal (it has been over a year).

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                • #9
                  Yes I had chronic rhinitis until I cut out all grains apart from white rice.

                  Now I only get occasional rhinitis plus low blood pressure attacks when I eat too many foods high in histamine, and sometimes still experience a short attack lasting about 30 mins at about 3 pm when I'm subjected to poor air quality (air con, lots of computers/electronics).
                  Last edited by paleo-bunny; 03-17-2012, 09:50 AM. Reason: grammar
                  F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                  • #10
                    Yes, sinusitis disappeared when i dropped grains. Cheat and it returns.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Adrianag View Post
                      Yes, sinusitis disappeared when i dropped grains. Cheat and it returns.
                      +1
                      Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                      Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                      • #12
                        I've stopped eating grains, legumes, dairy (apart from butter which I cook with), and even nuts and seeds to avoid mold, but my rhinitis hasn't gone completely. Improved greatly but not gone.

                        If you don't like to use drugs, there are plenty of natural remedies to help with symptoms - I use coltsfoot leaf tea, it's not something you can drink frequently but it works wonders when the coughing gets bad sometimes.

                        I suspect the final factor I need to remove is mycotoxins from mold in my house. So, I'm saving up for a hepa air filter. It's scary how many houses in the UK don't have proper ventilation/air conditioning and are overrun with mildew! Even if you can't see any mold anywhere, there may still be mycotoxins in the air.

                        I think probiotic supplements might also help, although I haven't gotten round to buying some yet. Anyone have any success treating allergies with probiotics?
                        Start weight: 238 lbs (March 2012)
                        Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
                        Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
                        WOE: Primal + IF
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                        • #13
                          ^ +1 for me for reducing exposure to mycotoxins.

                          Have you tried taking quercetin supplements or eating 1-2 small red onions daily? Quercetin is a very powerful anti-histamine and could help ease your symptoms. Some of mine are allergic, but more non-allergic.

                          Probiotics can help too. Best to mount a multi-pronged attack!
                          F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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