When I initially began researching wheat allergy, I knew that there was an association between allergy to grass pollens and positive IgE testing to the wheat protein. I had read that low positive results on the wheat food IgE tests are rarely clinically significant in those with grass pollen allergies. I ended up requesting grass pollen allergy tests from my allergist to see if this association existed for me. I knew that I reacted somehow to grasses. If I didn’t wear a mask when mowing the grass during the spring, I would experience nasty symptoms for the next few days. I would always take Benadryl before bed in those cases to calm things down and help me sleep. Every grass pollen that was tested at that time, including cultivated rye, came back at Class IV or higher. Did this mean that the

Some of my grass pollen allergy test results

Some of my grass pollen allergy test results

wheat food IgE test result that I had at the beginning of the year was truly a false positive as suggested by the allergist who ordered it? Read More →

Your desk job could be making you sick in ways you're not expecting!

Your desk job could be making you sick in ways you’re not expecting!

At the beginning of August, my department moved to a different building on the college campus where I work. We moved into offices that already had used furniture in them. My office had a really nice desk, a corner-type desk with a hutch. The surface had the appearance of wood. Once I got set up and settled into my new desk and office, I really liked it and didn’t even miss where we were before. However, it wasn’t long before I started having problems. At first, I thought environmental allergies were flaring up. I tossed some facial wipes that I thought were causing problems due to their fragrance. I only had a few left, so it wasn’t a huge waste. There was a trial garden and ecology pond near our new building, and I wondered if the presence of those nearby was adding more pollen into the air, more than I was used to. I didn’t normally feel symptoms or illness with pollen exposure. It was usually run-of-the-mill hay fever symptoms. However, I could think of no other reason for the symptoms. I was already taking Allegra daily to see if it would help with throat irritation. Read More →

Dragon*Con is a sci-fi/fantasy convention in Atlanta, GA that takes place over the Labor Day holiday weekend every year. Attendees go to panels, meet stars, cosplay, and do much, much more. I’ve been going with a close friend almost every year since 2007. We’ve only ever gone for one day, either Friday or Saturday. 2013 was the first year I went where I had any food restrictions, and they’ve changed over the years since then. My foods-to-avoid list hasn’t changed as much as my sensitivity to the foods I’m currently avoiding. What I had to do in the past for meals was quite different from what I have to do now since I have to be so much more careful how I handle things. This would be my first year going where I really had to be careful how I handled my food. Read More →

I’ve decided to update my original post on the vitamins and supplements I take to reflect my new regimen. It seems to be working well for me so far. I’ve been on the regimen since the beginning of April, with minimal changes. My iron was last checked in June, and while things were not exactly where they needed to be at that time, they did seem better. My doctor only suggested taking a good multivitamin, which I was already doing. I’m hoping with time my levels will get to where they need to be. Here’s a link to the original post with my updates.

Vitamins and Supplements I Use

My hope is that others will also find this regimen helpful.

I discovered last weekend that I don’t react to vinegar!  I cut vinegar out of my diet almost two years ago when I began to notice symptoms after ingesting food items that contained vinegar.  Recently, I really began to question if I truly reacted to vinegar.  I’ll share how I decided to reintroduce vinegar and what I think is truly the cause of my reactions that I thought were being caused by vinegar. Read More →

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My old dishwasher

Over the Fourth of July weekend, my dishwasher broke. I put dishes in it to wash Saturday evening and started the cycle. Over time, I noticed a smell of burning plastic, a smell I recognized as one that happens when plastic pieces land in the bottom of the dishwasher and melt. However, when I opened the door of the dishwasher, I saw nothing amiss. I closed the door of the dishwasher and got ready for bed. The next morning, I decided to check the dishwasher again to make sure all was well. That’s when I saw the standing water in the bottom of the dishwasher. Read More →

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My container of Anthony’s Xanthan Gum

I use xanthan gum when making baked goods from scratch. Guar gum is a no-go since it’s one of my reactive foods, and other alternatives either are not readily available or are harder to work with from what I’ve read. Xanthan gum has become one of my staple items to have on hand for gluten-free baking. I’ve been gluten-free or at least trying to be for over three and a half years now, and I’ve never noticed a problem with xanthan gum until recently. Read More →

Sometimes my grandmother would take leftover mashed potatoes and make pancakes out of them.  They were always so good.  I’d always wanted to make them myself but would never have the necessary amount of mashed potatoes on hand.  When I started buying potato flour, I wanted to find a recipe to make the pancakes using potato flour rather than leftover mashed potatoes.  Read More →