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December 13, 2006

What About the Less Serious Food Allergies?

As parents of children with food allergies, we spend most of our thoughts on keeping our children from exposure to the life threatening allergens. Whether your child is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, shell fish, soy, wheat or some other allergen, if anaphylactic reaction is a possibility, you are going to do whatever it takes to keep them safe. But what about those other food allergies? What if your child has milder reactions to some foods?

One of our kids reacts very easily to wheat. This is not a life-threatening situation (for her, that’s peanuts). She can eat some wheat products with no symptoms. There are other times when the hives flare-up and she is so uncomfortable. We try to provide lots of wheat free food choices and, at the age of seven, she knows what she likes and doesn’t like. And because she can tolerate some wheat, we’ve let her make food choices for herself.

What is the “right amount” when the allergy is not life threatening? I believe in letting our children make their own choices, yet the food allergy deal sometimes seems more like art than science and I feel better keeping my kids away from anything they are allergic to. I wonder if I'm alone on this one?

Posted by David at 3:07 PM | Comments (2)

December 1, 2006

Experience with Alternative Medicine to Eliminate Food Allergy Symptoms?

I received this message as a post looking for food allergy PR for a particular site. I am skeptical regarding these things and have had a So Cal friend talk about alterntive medicine solutions for my children's food allergies.

"...About 3 years ago, a technique was invented that allowed children and adults to be relieved of all allergy symptoms, permanently! I know that this sounds too good to be true... but it is. I, myself, have witnessed countless number of people who have walked through our door with allergies of all sorts coming in. From food to environmental to chemical to molds to dust... the list goes on and on. Even those suffering from anaphylactic reactions. That's right, let me repeat this, even those suffering from anaphylactic reactions have come through our door.

...I must admit that I too, was once an unbeliever in any form of allergy symptom removal. There is a way to test for the allergies through applied kinesiology and there is a way to remove the allergy symptoms through a new technique called electro-acupuncture, which has no penetration of the skin. This technique has only been licenced for use over the last three years....Results are guaranteed and 80% of the clients have their allergy symptoms removed on their first visit, permanently!"

Do any of our readers have experience (good/bad) with this type of food allergy symptom solution?

Please note: If you are in the biz of alternative medicine, please hold your thoughts... for now.

Posted by David at 8:23 AM | Comments (4)