Hidden Food Allergies & Cravings

One of the most troubling aspects of hidden food allergies is that we tend to crave what we are allergic to. As you scanned over the list of allergens on the previous page, did you recognize any of your favorite foods? If you have been experiencing some of the symptoms of allergies, you may be creating these allergic reactions through the foods you eat.

Even though you want to eat anything and everything, sometimes you have to face your allergies and just your life under control. Once you start to feel better you can then re-introduce the food allergies back into your life little by little and see how your body will react.

The body is not logical. It doesn’t make sense for your body to crave a food that causes a harmful allergic reaction. However, the key to why you crave the foods that harm you lies in the chemical reactions that take place in the body.

Remember that when you eat an allergen, you cause a reaction in your body that produces histamines. The

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Top Benefits of a Global Atlas for Allergies

Allergic diseases today are an important health concern that affects the lives of millions of people around the world. Comprehensive documentation and effective strategies are the need of the hour to tackle allergy epidemic in a systematic way at global, regional and national levels. However, there are several areas such as education, research and development, training and clinical care where needs are still unmet. A global atlas of allergy developed by expert opinion leaders from around the world is the perfect platform and reference tool for all those involved in dealing with allergic diseases.

Building Awareness of Allergy Epidemic
Although it is estimated that over half the world’s population is sensitized and more than thirty percent have one or more allergic conditions, allergy diseases do not receive priority in national healthcare programs. This is even more evident in developing countries due to their insufficient resources and heterogeneous inhabi

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Australian Scientists Breakthrough on Peanut Allergies

This has been hailed with excitement today as scientists announce that trials conducted to overcome peanut anaphylactic shock has been successful. Although it won’t be available for some time for the general public they demonstrated that at their subjects are now free of the condition after the experiments ended. Children have reportedly died after coming into oral contact with the nut that has set up an immediate reaction.

The danger they face is horrendous as they cannot eat anything from school canteens, in public restaurants, or anywhere else that may serve something that has nut residue in it. Even drinks are apparently not always advisable without they are known to be nut free.

This has prompted manufacturers to label their products with a warning that they may have been in contact with peanuts or words to that effect. This puts a lot of stress on the shopper who must read every label to ensure the safety for such an allergy sufferer.

While my health

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Cilantro Allergies — How To Combat This Difficult To Avoid Food Allergy

Cilantro is a herb commonly used in cooking. In Europe and much of the rest of the world, it is known as coriander. A hairless and relatively short plant, it is used throughout the world — Asia, Latin America and the Indian subcontinent make heavy use of this ingredient in local cuisines. It is even used for medicinal means and can assist with cases of insomnia and anxiety. Unfortunately, a growing number of people will experience adverse reaction to cilantro in the form of full blown cilantro allergies.

Diagnosis of a Link Between Symptoms and Cilantro Allergies

Naturally, as with many others, cilantro allergies are notoriously hard to diagnose. First of all, the person may develop this allergy so, despite no change in lifestyle, they will gain painful or uncomfortable symptoms that they cannot identify. Also, cilantro allergies will often produce a whole variety of different systems depending on the individual. For instance, some people may break out in a skin

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Genetics of Food Allergy and Intolerance

Can genetics explain if you are allergic to some pollens or foods?

White blood cell patterns determined genetically and designated as HLA DQ and DR genes have been identified with an increased risk of pollen, dust, latex, and food allergies. The intriguing part of this story is that there is an advantage to knowing your HLA DR and DQ type when evaluating your risk for pollen allergies and their associated food allergies or cross reactions.

Genetics of Food Reactions and Allergies

As I explain in more detail in my articles on the genetics of gluten sensitivity, we all have proteins on the surface of our cells that are genetically determined. These patterns are easily detectable by testing cells from blood or from the mouth obtained by a Q-tip type swab. Specific patterns have been associated with increased risk for autoimmune conditions, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.

HLA DQ Genetics and Celiac

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Why Do More People Have Allergies Now Than Ever Before?

Did you know that allergy symptoms have everything to do with your immune system’s response to foods and particles? So if your immune system is in a poor state, your chances of having allergies increases. You may have noticed that more and more children are growing up with allergic reactions to pets and foods. You also see more people with eczema, hay fever, lupus, multiple sclerosis and asthma due to a poor immune system. You’ll find more and more families trusting and utilizing naturopathic care center to obtain allergy testing and natural treatment.

All of the aforementioned diseases are caused by the immune system not being able to recognize common substances that are harmless, like peanuts and pollen. If this is a problem you have, then your body’s defense systems are out of whack. MS, lupus, Type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease are all considered autoimmune diseases.

An autoimmune disease is when your body attacks itself, such as the n

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Allergies and Yeast Infections – Do They Go Together?

Allergies and yeast infection are closely connected. Just as yeast infections are very common, so are yeast allergies. A yeast infection does cause and aggravate allergy. The yeast allergens cause symptoms of hives, itching, nasal congestion, bronchitis, skin rashes, asthma and irritable bowels.

Put in simple terms, yeast infection or its overgrowth is the real underlying factor behind the development of allergies. All of us just think that yeast infections causes itching in the closed hot and moist private areas, but studies reveal that a yeast overgrowth could lead to a weakened immune system. This could further lead to more complicated problems such as asthma, food sensitivities and other health challenges that are otherwise unrelated to an itchy skin rash.

Causes of allergic yeast infection:

Did you find yourself recently developing seasonal sneezing and coughing? Or some kind of lactose intolerance? If yes, then you have very well developed some alle

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Are Your Cold Symptoms Really Allergies? Find Out

The symptoms of a cold and allergies are very similar – runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, sore throat and stuffy head. As the seasons change, so does your body. It’s common for people to catch a cold each time the season changes, which can make it difficult to know if they’re experiencing seasonal allergies or just a common cold. A naturopathic family care provider can offer natural allergy testing and treatment.

Another way to tell if your symptoms are related to a cold or allergies is to look for telltale signs, such as a fever. This is normally associated with the flu and cold. People are typically confused because allergies are sometimes called hay fever, but this isn’t actually a fever. How long you notice the symptoms also provides a clue to the cause.

If you have a cold, the symptoms will normally last no longer than two weeks. Allergies, on the other hand, last a whole lot longer. Some people witness allergy symptoms an entire season or

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Why Families Are Using Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent To Prevent Allergies

It is common for at least one family member to suffer with some kind of allergy or related health condition. Allergic reactions are often caused by the use of common store products, especially laundry soaps. To avoid these issues, more and more consumers are learning about hypoallergenic detergents.

Types of Allergens Found in Store Products

Common laundry products that line your shopping cart may be filled with harmful chemicals, which lead to skin and other allergic reactions. Some of these ingredients have been linked to asthma attacks, cancer, eczema, and other skin irritations. Some of the most dangerous chemicals include:

  • Formaldehyde. Although formaldehyde is commonly used during the embalming process, it is a chemical often found in everyday products, including baby wipes, toothpaste, and shampoo. The Center for Disease Control explains the importance of monitory exposure to this substance. Allergic reactions to formaldehyde manif

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Help, I Am Allergic To Pickles

If you are allergic to pickles then you suffer from Allergies Type 1, also called Contact Allergies. Ahh, pickles. We all love them! From the big juicy dills that go just perfectly with a sandwich and chips, to the sweet gherkins that grace our dinner tables. Pickles are a commodity that most everyone enjoys. But sadly, many people suffer from pickle allergies, and they aren’t even sure why. These allergies generally appear suddenly, and can be present in both children and adults. If you’ve started having strange reactions to your favorite snack, read on for more information about why pickle allergies occur.

The thing that most people don’t realize about pickle allergies, is that they are typically caused not by the pickle itself, but by the preservatives used in the pickling process. These pickling agents often cause allergic reactions in people who are then unable to pinpoint the cause of their reaction. The worst part about it, is that these prese

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