Wednesday, May 4, 2011


It's been a few weeks since I've posted as we were out of town, and quite frankly I need a break from the allergy world from time-to-time.  Although it's impossible to fully escape it at this point, we're getting closer.  There were a few reactions while out of town.  It's clear that my son has an issue with processed meat as he reacted to conventional pepperoni and mild italian sausage.  He does fine with certain brands like Applegate Farms pepperoni and Whole Foods sausage, but breaks out in hives to the regular stuff.  I'm thinking there's an issue with nitrates, so that's on our list of things to treat for.  He also got a hold of a juice box with splenda, which he's never had before.  I totally detest artificial sweeteners, but I had left without his Honest Kids juice box and all the other kids had one so I caved--immediate hives.

The good news is that he ate plenty of broccoli without issue after I did a home treatment (we have a long history with broccoli, my kid's most favorite food in the world.)  I also attempted to treat him for blueberries and cumin which we have yet to try.

Our last treatment was for Salicylates, as they're natural chemicals found in most fruits, vegetables, and various other food and non-food items.  According to this WebMD site, Some people have a low level of tolerance to salicylates and may have reactions if more than a small amount is consumed at one time. Symptoms of a salicylate allergy vary but may include:
  • Asthma-like symptoms, such as trouble breathing and wheezing
  • Headaches
  • Nasal congestion
  • Changes in skin color
  • Itching, skin rash, or hives
  • Swelling of the hands, feet, and face
  • Stomach pain
In severe cases, a salicylate allergy can lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction involving a severe drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and organ system failure. Avoiding products that contain salicylates is the best defense against an allergic reaction--I'm hoping NAET is actually the BEST defense!


  1. My guess is with the processed meat it's histamines. You find histamines in aged or fermented products like pickles or cheese or red wine. Whenever I am having a bad stretch of eczema, I eat only fresh or cooked food that I have made myself so I know what went into it.

    Evidently food is only part of the problem. Our daughter eats only nine simple foods and still has unexplained flareups.

  2. Thank you for your insight. Histamine has been on my radar for some time, but now that you mention it I think i should take a closer look. Just seems like there's been so much to work on, and I keep putting that one off.