Along the journey, I discovered allergies from my early adult years returning with a vengeance.
I had known for several years that I was allergic to celery. This allergy started when I was around ten years old and worsened over time. It took me hours of research to discover that there's several reasons for that. As one grows older their immune system weakens and allergies which hardly bothered them before now wreak havoc with them. Celery is part of the Parsley Family and that is related to Birch Trees. I'm allergic to Birch Trees.
I have several skin conditions which I've now linked to my food allergies. As long as I stay away from the offending products, my skin flareups are kept under control. I don't use any medication on them because I don't need to.
My skin conditions:
Eczema in various places; outside back of hands, forehead, right shoulder, and hips.
Rosacea with breakouts of pimples around my mouth and on chin.
Acne and boils on my head and chest
Along with the skin conditions, I linked my IBS-D to the allergies. Again, as long as I steer clear of the offending products, my IBS-D is non-existent.
These are the allergens I discovered during the summer of 2016. I spent quite a few months this last summer in the bathroom suffering with side effects of eating something my body didn't like. As I look back at the experience now, I consider eating allergens akin to taking poison. Now though I've learned what those allergens are and I don't eat them any more. I know many who suffer from food allergies like to cheat and eat them every so often. Not me. After being sick for a good part of the summer, I'd rather not spend my time hatching out the products of my allergens on the porcelain bus. I'd prefer to spend my time writing stories.
Here's my allergens in no particular order:
All Artificial Flavors and Colors
Artificial flavors in chocolate are especially problematic for me. Who wouldn't have a problem with them after awhile. All artificial flavors are made with petroleum. Have you ever stood in line at the gas station and chug-a-lugged a bottle of motor oil? It's simply not normal nor natural to drink/eat petroleum.
Blue Food Dyes - Discovered 2015
Yellow Food Dyes - Discovered 2015
Annatto - Discovered 2016
Parsley Family (Common in Switzerland and France)
Celery: Is one of the few foods like peanuts which can cause anaphylactic shock.
Miscellaneous Cross Allergies. I have allergies to the bold italicized ones below. Sensitivity to the underlined italicized ones below.
Birch related to Apple, Apricot, Cherry, Kiwi, Peach, Pear, Plum; Carrot, Celery, Parsley; Peanut, Soybean; Aniseed, Caraway, Coriander, Fennel; Almond, Hazelnut (non-roasted only)
Grass related to Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Orange, Tomato, Watermelon; Swiss Chard, White potato; Peanut
Mugwort related to Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Garlic, Onion, Parsley; Aniseed, Black Pepper, Caraway, Coriander, Fennel, Mustard; Chamomile
Ragweed related to Banana, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Watermelon; Cucumber, Zucchini
Latex related to Avocado, Banana, Fig, Kiwi, Peach, Tomato; Bell Pepper, White Potato; Chestnut
Newest allergies in the last group are: Orange, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Black Pepper, and Peanuts includes peanut butter.
Possible allergies in the last group are: Tomato, White Potato, Watermelon, Cucumber, Zucchini, Garlic, Onion. I have shown sporadic reactions to these foods.
It's aged in successive caskets one which is Chestnut and that's related to Latex. Another is Mulberry and that's related to Birch.
Sherries, Port Wines, Sweet Wines, and Spanish Brandies
All made like Balsamic Vinegar
Discovered this in 2007 during the painting of my home. I wore latex gloves and afterward I had bright red hands.
And as a consequence, I'm allergic to Shea Butter, because of its relationship to Latex.
Benzalkonium Chloride aka BZK and Tricolsan
I suspect all preservatives and steer clear of them in products.
Drug Allergies or Untoward Reactions
If made from birch trees.