Tag Archives: Research

Nut Proteins in Olive Oil?

Because the only oil that we have safely added to my son’s diet is canola oil, we were looking to see if we could try olive oil despite his multiple food allergies.  After we briefly researched online, we came across articles stating that there may be nut proteins in some extra virgin olive oils.  We also emailed my son’s main allergist about this.   He responded back with one of the articles that we had already found and that I was planning on posting this week anyways.

Check it out and let me know your thoughts. 

Reality Check: Dr Oz on Nut Proteins in Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Source: Allergic Living


If you have nut allergies or are dealing with a family member with them, what type of oil and brands do you use? 

After reading, we must research more before any change is considered.  Instead of getting frustrated, we play detective and smile on…

Why are There So Many Food Allergies Today?

Here is another article discussing the many factors that are believed to be causing the “epidemic” of food allergies.  I pray that one day there will be more definitive answers and guidance, but for now we continue to stay updated and smile on…

Why are There So Many Food Allergies Today?

(Source: Allergic Living)

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Antibiotic Overuse and Allergies?

In my personal life, I really try not to take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary and always try natural methods first.  In the past couple of months, I have even become interested in and intrigued by essential oils.  While I still have some research to do about these oils before I decide whether to purchase them for myself, this next article really encourages me to continue this research asap.   Check it out….and smile on with us for it’s almost the weekend…

 

Antibiotic Overuse Might Be Why So Many People Have Allergies

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Research Article: Atopic Dermatitis & the Peanut Allergy

“History and severity of atopic dermatitis (AD) are risk factors for peanut allergy. Recent evidence suggests that children can become sensitized to food allergens through an impaired skin barrier… “

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Read more about this research here: Atopic dermatitis increases the effect of exposure to peanut antigen in dust on peanut sensitization and likely peanut allergy

Source: http://www.jacionline.org/


And we smile on because….

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Food Allergies on the Rise – What do you believe to be the cause?

According to FARE, it is estimated that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies, affecting 1 in every 13 children under the age of 18. What is causing this increase? There are a bunch of theories out there as well as tons of research being done to try to figure this out.  However, we are interested in your thoughts. Please participate in the following poll and help us smile on…

Newly Discovered Cell May Be Key Contributor to Severe Allergic Reactions

The following link is about some new research being done about anaphylaxis.  Definitely check it out and help us smile on in hope…

“Our study suggests that although you need to have some level of IgE to trigger a food allergy response, you also have to produce MMC9 cells to get a severe response and anaphylaxis,” says Yui-Hsi Wang, PhD, lead investigator and a researcher in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “Without these cells you will not get severe food allergies.”

Read the entire article here: Newly Discovered Cell May Be Key Contributor to Severe Allergic Reactions

Source: http://snacksafely.com/

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Tbt – How Do You Like Them Apples?

Aside from learning how to handle and about TJ’s multiple food allergies, last winter was a challenging one also filled with daycare sicknesses, stomach bugs, eczema flare ups, and the infamous teething. Therefore, we greeted Spring with open arms and full of hope. What we didn’t know was that this new season would also bring new challenges of its own. One of these new challenges would be pollen season.

While both my husband and I have or have had seasonal allergies ourselves, I did suspect that TJ would too. I did not consider how it would complicate matters a bit though.

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It was also around April that we started to gradually add baby food jars, by our trusted brands, back into TJ’s diet. From January through March, we made all of TJ’s food as we found that was the best way to control his allergies. He had experienced some skin reactions (not anaphylactic) to a couple jars so we decided that a break may be in his best interest. This had also been suggested by our doctor. Therefore, Saturdays involved many hours of making, storing and prepping all his food for the week. It was exhausting and time-consuming, but we knew it was the best option for him then. Since he had been doing so well, it was around the start of spring we decided with the guidance of our doctor that adding back some of the organic baby food jars was the next step.

So right around the start of a brutal pollen season, we gradually added back jars of carrots, sweet potatoes, pears, and apples. We continue to make his other foods. For the first few weeks, everything was going so well. I felt a sense of relief. Don’t get me wrong, I loved and still love making TJ his meals. However, it was definitely a load off of our shoulders knowing that his body could tolerate some store bought products too.


Thank you Earth’s Best

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& Beech-nut.

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TJ’s breakfast involved apples and bananas with buck wheat baby cereal mixed in. Everything seemed to be going so well. That was until one early spring morning when after a couple spoonfuls of this mixture, TJ’s lip and mouth became irritated, red and itchy. Thus, he became fussy and refused to eat. We became confused, frustrated, and scared.  Apples were one of TJ’s few safe foods at the time and even in the puffs he was starting to love had apple in them.

How could this be affecting him?

He wasn’t allergic to apples or was he?

Or wait, was it the bananas?

Or buck wheat?

Ugh!!!!!!!!


The next day we only gave apples and sure enough, it happened again. We contacted both allergists and even our pediatrician, asking for guidance.

  1. One allergist told us that she had seen this with another child recently too. Since TJ did have a slight cold as well, she suspected it was his body reacting to the virus. She suggested continuing to give him the apples.
  2. The other allergist, our main one, suggested we take a break from apples for a week and then gradually reintroduce them again after. Both stated they did not think he had grown allergic. The world of food allergies is beyond confusing…

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We decided to take the conservative approach, like we usually do. After a week and a half break from apples, we were able to reintroduce them back. For the most part, his skin and mouth no longer reacting to them. ( minus a couple days here and there ) Strange! Or so we thought until learning some additional information about allergies …


From this experience, here’s what we’ve learned as it relates to TJ.

  1. Cross reactivity with pollen is real. TJ just experienced this again. Here are two articles that discuss this.  Pollen & Food &   Does Your Mouth Itch When You Eat Apples or Other Fruits?
  2. Teething wreaks havoc on these little sensitive guys like TJ.  We have noticed a pattern: When TJ is about to cut a tooth or two, berries cause him a minor mouth and lip reaction.   For TJ, berries and teething don’t mix.  Check out this article explaining more about teething and eczema flare ups. http://www.livestrong.com/article/323625-eczema-teething/#page=1
  3. Everyone’s body with or without food allergies is different. Therefore, figuring out what works best for TJ is a complicated process of doctors’ guidance, trial and error, mother’s intuition, and most importantly, trust that God is guiding our steps on this staircase of smiles…

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Probiotic formula reverses cow’s milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants

One of the common theories of how to outgrow food allergies is to restore one’s gut by increasing the healthy bacteria in it.   To do this, we use allergen-free probiotics twice a day in addition to eating foods that we have heard do this as well (avocado, bone broth, etc.) (But, I’ll post about that another day.)

With that being said, this article is not only worth the read, but definitely keeps us hopeful for more definite answers in the near future so we smile on…

Source: Probiotic formula reverses cow’s milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants