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Published: Tuesday, May 31 2011 6:00 a.m. MDT

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kerplunk
alpine, utah

The peanut/tree nut allergy is a very real, life-threatening one. There is a big difference between an allergy and a "tolerance" issue. Gluten intolerance is not a true allergy, nor is lactose intolerance - both produce symptoms that are uncomfortable, but not life threatening. Gluten-free has almost reached "fad-diet" status these days...

liahona
Westbank, BC

All these food allergies and in-tolerances that is so prevalent these days is it because of genetically modified foods? I know bread eaten in Europe has no affect on me than the bread I eat in Canada and USA. Any comment on this?

Susan in VA
Alexandria, VA

My daughter had a wheat/milk allergy when she was little... I would never have thought of asking someone to adjust what they were making... I simply asked to be informed if treats were being served and I supplied hers. She outgrew it, but she did not suffer from bringing her own... nor from not having anything. She is an adult now and allergies have been around for a long time... just not so much made of it then.

TheWalker
Saratoga Springs, UT

My wife is from the Philippines and, like many Asians, is gluten intolerant. Unfortunately, she didn't know it, and was suffering severe stomach bloating, abdominal cramps, and more. Her symptoms became so severe that she was hospitalized, once for over a week, but a cause for her condition was never diagnosed. We went to several specialists, to no avail. She was eventually diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It wasn't until she read an article in a newspaper that she realized the cause.

Gluten intolerance, left undiagnosed and untreated, eventually leads to Crohn's disease, which is a serious, often life-threatening condition. Since the condition is genetic, those afflicted with the condition very often died before being able to pass it on to their offspring, which is why many of those that have gluten intolerance are from countries where rice, not wheat, is the main source of carbohydrate.

Gluten intolerance is serious business, and most likely has been with us for centuries. It's only recently, however, that we have recognized it as a problem.

Freedom
Huntsville, UT

@TheWalker Thank you for sharing your experience and insight. Gluten intolerance can also be celiac disease which is most certainly deadly. However, in my case, I didn't realize I was intolerant until I was 48. Eating gluten makes my life miserable. However, I don't expect people to bend over to take care of me. For example, yesterday we had dinner with another family. Of course, barbecued hamburgers were the main dish. So...I just had hamburger patties. :-) Tasty! I don't know why the increase in food intolerances, but I am amazed. Just recently, nuts make my mouth break out in hives. My kids are having similar reactions. Sad. Something is going on. I just don't know what.

CindyM
Eagle, ID

It takes just one time seeing your child's reaction to contact with peanuts to understand the severity of this allergy. After watching my 18 month old daughter almost die as a result of eating a food containing peanuts, I committed to do everything in my power to keep her safe. My now 10 year old daughter has missed out on enjoying those chocolate chip cookies and other treats that are routinely passed out at Church and at school. It is difficult being the one that is "different". This isn't a matter of placating to a parent's whim or oversensitive feelings. This is a matter of life and death. I don't expect special treatment for my daughter. I tell her that this is her life and she needs to understand it in order to live her life. What may seem as an inconvenience or "tiptoeing" around the issue to some, is a matter of life and death to those who pray every day that as they send their child out the door, that they will return home safe and sound at the end of the day.

hc1951
Bend, OR

Why have these issues become so prevalent? My oldest daughter is both gluten & lactose intolerant. She was actually facing severe thyroid issues until she changed her diet. I know locally-produced honey can prove effective in treating some allergies & wonder if the Localvore movement might best be considered as more than a social fad?

Dadof5sons
Montesano, WA

@ Hc1951 & liahona what most say is gluten intolerance is from eating a diet stripped of the real whole foods. if your lactose intolerant one can eat yogurt made from whole milk not fat free. the body can break it down easier. as for gluten intolerance one needs to get a biopsy of the cilia of the small bowl. and then you know if its cilliacs or something else. as for Asian diets and then having problems well it takes time I know when I traveled a lot over seas eating the food over there i got the same thing till my body adjusted.

5
Orem, UT

Many people want to know why allergies are increasing at an alarming rate. The research I have done indicates that allergies along with add, adhd, asthma, and a host of other diseases have increased as the levels of nutrients, especially minerals, have decreased in our food supply. The USDA reports that our soils have 85% less nutrients than 100 years ago. Minerals in plants have decreased so we are not getting what we need. Animals eat mineral deficient plants so the meat we eat is deficient. Weaker plants and animals need more and more chemicals to resist disease which puts more chemicals in our food supply. The answer is to rebuild our soils to healthy levels and get our health back.

MPeace
Provo, Utah

Certain Foods used to give me severe allergic reactions when I ate them. Not peanuts, but things like Bananas, Melons, and certain vegetables, and even oranges, and nuts - even some Ice Creams.

Not all available types of these things did this allergic thing, though, - Some produced by certain farms gave me no reaction.

Before the 1970's, though there was no problem. Nearest I could figure was that my allergic problem was caused by whatever farmers were putting on their farm produce to grow it - recently. - Of course, not being that connected with the farms - I have no way of knowing what has changed.

Now, I say - used to - because for the past 10 years - I have found that Alpha-Lipoic Acid taken daily got rid of this problem - gradually. For People having allergies, I'd check with a doctor before deciding if this might work for them.

I am wondering if all this problem found in people today is from what is stuck on food before we get it. - Not on what is depleted out of the soil. Minerals added to replenish those in the soil wouldn't do anything like this.

Chieftess
Ivins, UT

@5 - that's exactly what I was thinking. Over the years our society's demand for cheaper food has resulted in techniques that overuse the topsoils and eventually lowers the quality of the food. If taste is any indicator, our food is not healthy at all, even when we do eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. I've also noticed that beef from animals raised in feedlots on cheap corn tastes so bad it must be doctored up with barbecue sauce and steak sauce just to be palatable. Even meat from grassfed animals can taste great or lousy depending on the grass the animals were eating. Some pastures are very healthy, with roots reaching down to deeper levels mining for more minerals, while other pastures are re-planted and tilled under every year and the roots never reach that depth. Weaker soils means weaker plants which means more pesticides and chemical fertilizers. I have also noticed that produce from the store is often tasteless compared with local homegrown produce. In southern Utah, my garden's desert soil has to be amended with rich compost every year, or even my homegrown produce will be tasteless.

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