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Sensitive Woman – How My Food Sensitivities and Allergies Developed Post Taper

Published: October 21, 2016

I have become very sensitive to all kinds of foods and allergic to many personal products

It seems that I am giving excuses for not having posted for so long but seriously I do have an excuse. I have developed a truck load of allergies in the past couple of years and so have a few other people in my staff room at work – women who can’t wear makeup, use skin care products or eat foods that they could eat in the past. Whats going on ?

So, here’s a bit of the history to my recently developed allergies and food intolerance’s

Not long after I finished my taper I began having problems with my adrenal glands. I had been through an enormous amount of stress, suffered from PTSD and my adrenals packed it in.  I sought help from overseas and the adrenal nutritionist advised me on various supplements but I couldn’t take any of them without having an adrenal crash but along the way, I stopped using the probiotic that I had been taking because she didn’t know anything about Australian products.

Itchy Welts Within Weeks

I sought the help of a dermatologist who gave me a skin patch test which revealed many allergies that didn’t have before. It seems that I am allergic to a group of plants called Compositae – some of them include, Chamomile, Chicory, Artichoke, Marigold, Dandelion, Lettuce, Echinacea and Sunflower – there are around 20, 000 plants in this group. I have also developed allergies to the preservatives in skin and personal care products called Methylisothiazolinone, Isothiazolinone and an allergy to Nickel, Cobalt and Black Rubber. I also developed food sensitivities to Salicylates.

What are Saliciylates?

If you are like me and have never heard of salicylates before let me briefly explain what they are. Salicylates are the natural poison in plants – fruit, vegetables and nuts designed by nature to ward off insects and animals from grazing too much on them – most people can tolerate salicylates but not sensitive people like me.

The Sunflower was (and still is) one of my favorite flowers but it doesn't like me at the moment

The Sunflower was (and still is) one of my favorite flowers but it doesn’t like me at the moment

Ending on a positive note

I want to end this on a positive note because I have learned so much from this experience. My body was under extreme stress and I was determined to heal it. I tried Paleo, Ketogenic and various other ways of eating because I was, and still am, convinced that the more natural our food the better it is for us. What I didn’t do was to really check to see if those diets were right for my body at that time in my life. This experience has taught me to really tune into what my body is trying to tell me, to be patient with myself and to take things slowly. My allergies are well managed now though I do get the occasional flare up if I eat something different but it is much easier now.

So there it is

If we don’t look after our guts we can begin to develop a host of nasty symptoms. Pharmaceutical drugs of all kind erode our gut health as does stress and chemicals in our water, air and environment. My probiotic was helping me to hold my own but once I stopped taking it, things went rapidly down hill. So please people look after your guts!



Wishing you a wonderful itch free day