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Food Allergy/Intolerance

Posted by Sharon Eason on 13 November 2012 | 0 Comments

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Just what is healthy eating?

I lost yesterday to a flare-up of ezcema, so this morning I started doing some surfing, not so much as new research, more as a means of reminding myself what I should and should not eat, and taking a look to see if there is any new thinking out there. I stumbled across this website from the Wexner Medical Centre which has linked an increase in skin rashes to an attempt to "eat healthily".  It struck a chord with me as I have been trying over the past few years to introduce a wider range of vegetables to my own diet, and guess what - it seems that I have hit my personal limit yet again.

Dr Zirwas of Ohio State University has shown that over the past five years, in the USA, there has been a steady increase in the number of people with skin rashes, many of whom have had the rash for some time, and a correlation with those people changing their diet to include more vegetables.  In doing so, they are actually eating more nickel.  Unfortunately, the problem is cumulative and everyone will have a different tolerance level before their immune system starts to react.  He calculates that around 15% of the population of the USA are affected by an allergy to nickel in food.

Children are the most sensible of all of us.  If they don't like a food, they will refuse to eat it.  Their dislike can be their systems recognising a potential poison which could in time reach a level in their system which will cause a reaction.  It is high time we listened to our children and stopped forcing vegetables and fruit on them, when clearly these foodstuffs are not the healthy option that we have been lead to believe. Christmas can be hell for kids who are presented with a brussel sprout next to their turkey.

I am not suggesting that everyone should cut out all vegetables from their diet - that would be plain stupid, but I do ask people to question exactly what they are putting into their bodies, and please, please do not tell me or anyone else who suffers a similar allergy that we are doing harm to ourselves by avoiding that which causes us pain!!  Our immune systems are reacting adversely and we are simply preventing the reaction by eliminating the allergen.  A guide to the foods containing nickel can be found here.

Interestingly, the only cases of people being allergic to meat are where the individual has been bitten by a specific type of tick.  Click here for more information.

Perhaps it is high time that we gave more thought to what constitutes a healthy diet, and bring back fresh, unprocessed, unadulterated meat as a high priority food and first class protein that it has always been.

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Can the Can

Posted by Sharon Eason on 8 November 2012 | 0 Comments

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Did you watch Junior Masterchef last night (7 November 2012)?  Young Georgie deserved her win - but why, oh why was she allowed to use such an enormous *TIN CAN* of processed whatever it was in her meal?

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