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Men And Food Allergies What’s Healthy and What’s Not

Men And Food Allergies What’s Healthy and What’s Not Part 2
Robert Walker

Tips for Managing Specific Food Allergies
Milk, Egg, Peanut, Tree Nut, Fish/Shellfish, Soy, Wheat
Traveling with Food Allergies
Other Resources
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The Basics of Food Allergies

Food Labels
Food labels usually list all the ingredients in any given food thats why its important to

read the labels. If you see one of your food allergens listed, dont eat the food. The problem,

though, is that a food protein can have more than one name. Different names for some food

ingredients, along with some tips for managing the specific food allergy, appear below:

Tips for Managing Specific Food Allergies
Milk Allergy

Other names for milk proteins may include:

Casein, caseinates, rennet casein
Lactalbumin, lactalbumin phosphate, lactoglobulin, lactulose
Some hidden sources of milk:

Many restaurants put butter on steaks after they have been grilled for extra flavor but the

butter it is not visible after it melts.
Some brands of tuna fish contain casein (a milk protein).
Some meats contain casein as a binder be sure to check the labels carefully.
Deli meat slicers are frequently used for both meat and cheese products.
Commonly asked questions:

Q: Is goat milk a safe alternative to cow milk?
A: No, it is not a safe alternative. Goats milk protein is similar to cows milk protein and

may cause a reaction in milk-allergic individuals.
Q: Do these ingredients (Calcium lactate, Calcium stearoyl lactylate, Cocoa butter, Cream of

tartar, Oleoresin, Sodium lactate, Sodium stearoyl lactylate, and Lactic acid) contain milk?
A: These ingredients do not contain milk protein and need not be restricted by someone avoiding

milk. However, lactic acid starter culture may contain milk and should be avoided.

Egg Allergy

Other names for egg proteins may include:

Albumin (also spelled albumen), and meringue or meringue powder.
Some hidden sources of egg:

Some commercial brands of egg substitutes contain egg whites.
For you coffee drinkers be aware that, in some instances, eggs have been used to create the

foam or milk topping on special coffee drinks and are used in some bar drinks.
These items may include egg protein: artificial flavors: lecithin; macaroni; marzipan;

marshmallows, and nougat.
Most commercially processed cooked pastas (including those used in prepared foods such as soup)

contain egg or are processed on equipment shared with egg-containing pastas. Boxed, dry pastas

are usually egg-freefresh pasta is usually egg-free, too. But, as always, it is important to

read the label or ask about the ingredients before eating pasta.
Eggs are used in some salad dressings.
Commonly asked questions:

Q: Is a flu shot safe for an individual with an egg allergy?
A: If you are allergic to eggs, speak to your doctor before receiving a flu shot. Influenza

vaccines are grown on egg embryos and may contain a small amount of egg protein.

Peanut Allergy

Some hidden sources of peanuts:

Arachis oil is peanut oil.
Artificial nuts can be peanuts that have been de-flavored and re-flavored with a nutty taste,

such as pecan or walnut.
Peanut butter, peanut flour.
Mandelonas are peanuts soaked in almond flavoring.
Cold pressed, expelled or extruded peanut oil.
African, Chinese, Indonesian, Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes often contain peanuts, or are

contaminated with peanuts during preparation. Dishes to avoid include: baked goods; candy; chili;

egg rolls; enchilada sauces; flavoring; marzipan; nougat, and sunflower seeds.
Foods sold in bakeries and ice cream shops are often in contact with peanuts.
Many brands of sunflower seeds are produced on equipment also used for peanuts.
Keep in mind most experts recommend peanut-allergic individuals avoid tree nuts.
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Commonly asked questions:

Q: Can a peanut allergy be outgrown?
A: Recent studies indicate up to 20 percent of children diagnosed with a peanut allergy outgrow

it.

Note: Peanuts can be found in many foods check all labels carefully as they can cause severe

allergic reactions. If your doctor has prescribed epinephrine, be sure to carry it with you at

all times. Individuals allergic to peanuts are often told to avoid tree nuts as well.

Tree Nut Allergy

Some hidden sources of tree nuts:

Artificial nuts can be peanuts that have been de-flavored and re-flavored with a nutty taste,

such as a pecan or walnut.
Mandelonas are peanuts soaked in almond flavoring.
Mortadella may contain pistachios.
Tree nuts have been used in many foods including barbecue sauces, cereals, crackers, and ice

cream.
Kick sacks, or hacky sacks, and bean bags are sometimes filled with nut shells.
Commonly asked questions:

Q: Should coconut be avoided by someone with a tree nut allergy?
A: Coconuts are not usually restricted in the diet of an individual allergic to tree nuts. But

some people have reacted to coconut, therefore, discuss this with your doctor before introducing it into your diet.
Q: Is nutmeg safe?
A: It is considered safe for someone who is allergic to tree nuts but, as always, consult your

physician.
Q: Should water chestnuts be avoided?
A: They are not a nut but an edible portion of a plant root, and are considered safe for

someone who is allergic to tree nuts.

Note: Individuals allergic to specific tree nuts are advised to avoid all tree nuts and peanuts

as well.

Fish and/or Shellfish Allergy

Allergic reactions to fish and shellfish are commonly reported in both adults and children.

Fish-allergic individuals should be cautious when eating away from home. You should avoid fish

and seafood restaurants due to the potential risk of cross-contamination in the food-preparation

area of your non-fish meal from a counter, spatula, cooking oil, fryer, or grill exposed to

fish. Also, fish protein can become airborne during cooking and cause an allergic reaction some

individuals have had reactions from walking through a fish market.

Some hidden sources of fish/shellfish:

Suriimi (imitation crab meat) contains fish.
Caesar salad dressings and steak or Worcestershire sauce often contain anchovies.
Caponata, a traditional sweet-and-sour Sicilian relish, can contain anchovies.
Commonly asked questions:

Q: Should iodine be avoided by fish or shellfish-allergic individuals?
A: Allergy to iodine, allergy to radiocontrast material (used in some lab procedures), and

allergy to fish or shellfish are not related.

*Allergic reactions to fish and shellfish can be severe and are often a cause of anaphylaxis. It

is generally recommended that individuals who have had an allergic reaction to one species of

fish or positive skin tests to fish avoid all fish – the same rule applies to shellfish.

Soy Allergy

Avoiding products made with soybeans can be difficult since soybeans have become a major part of

processed food products. Keep in mind, soybeans and soy products are found in baked goods, canned

tuna, cereal, crackers, infant formulas, sauces, and soups. Some brands of peanut butter list soy

on their labels. Soy-allergic individuals should consult their doctor whether or not to avoid

soybean oil and soy lecithin.

Wheat Allergy

Some hidden sources of wheat:

Keep in mind to read food labels carefully some brands of hot dog buns and ice creams contain

wheat.
Some types of imitation crabmeat contain wheat.
Wheat flour is sometimes flavored and shaped to look like pork, beef and shrimp, especially in

Asian dishes.
Many country-style wreaths are decorated with wheat products.
Commonly asked questions:

Q: Are kamut and spelt safe alternatives to wheat?
A: No. Kamut is a cereal grain which is related to wheat. Claims that spelt is safe for

wheat-allergic individuals are untrue. Wheat-allergic individuals can react as readily to spelt

as they do to common wheat.

Note: If you have food allergies, dont be shy about asking restaurants, friends, or anyone else

serving you food to list the foods ingredients.

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Traveling with Food Allergies
Remember, your food allergy will always travel with you. To ensure that your next trip is

relaxing and enjoyable, you should plan for the changes in your environment that may affect your

food allergies.

Pack all medications you will need on your trip in your purse, briefcase or carry-on luggage so

you dont lose them if your luggage is delayed.
Make sure you bring more than enough, and store your medications in their original containers,

which list instructions on how to take the medication and obtain refills. Also, when flying

abroad, the original container identifies the medicines for custom officials.
Be extremely cautious when eating airline food. Since the food comes from a vendor, no one on

board may be able to tell you the specific ingredients of the foods.
Make sure to carry your portable, injectable epinephrine in case you have a severe reaction while

in flight.

About the Author

Robert Walker is a health information marketer and writer that writes for
The Men’s Health Advantage Report at http://todays-man-health-advocate.com.


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Men And Food Allergies What’s Healthy and What’s Not

Men And Food Allergies What’s Healthy and What’s Not Part1
Robert Walker

The Basics of Food Allergies In Men

Allergies affect the lives of millions of people around the world. Fresh flowers, a friends cat

or dog, even dust can make people itch, sneeze and scratch almost uncontrollably. But what about

that seemingly innocent peanut butter sandwich, glass of milk or fish fillet? Learn more about

food allergies and steps you can take to reduce your risk of exposure to potentially dangerous

food allergens.

The Basics
Common Symptoms of Food Allergies
Most Common Food Allergens
Diagnosing Food Allergy
Treatment for Food Allergies
Other Resources
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The Basics
Each year more than 50 million Americans suffer from a variety of allergic diseases such as;

atopic dermatitis and other eczemas, hives, allergies to venom of stinging insects (honeybees,

wasps, and fire ants), allergic drug reactions and food allergies. According to the National

Institutes of Health, approximately 5 million Americans, (5 to 8% of children and 1 to 2% of adults) have a true food allergy.

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance

Food allergy, also called food hypersensitivity,is a reaction of the bodys immune system to

something in a food or an ingredient in a food usually a protein. Food allergens are not broken

down by cooking or the digestive process. As a result, they enter the bloodstream and cause

allergic reactions throughout the body. Food allergies can cause life-threatening reactions.

Other reactions to foods are called food intolerances or food idiosyncrasies. Food intolerance is

an adverse reaction to a food substance or additive that does not involve the immune system.

These reactions are generally localized, temporary, and rarely life threatening. Lactose

intolerance is an example of food intolerance.

Note: It is very important for individuals who have true food allergies to identify them and

prevent allergic reactions to food because these reactions can cause serious illness and, in some

cases, be fatal.
Common Symptoms of Food Allergies
Symptoms of food allergy differ greatly among individuals. They can also differ in the same

person during different exposures. Allergic reactions to food can vary in severity, time of

onset, and may be affected by when the food was eaten.

Common symptoms may include: skin irritations such as rashes, hives and eczema, and

gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.
Sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath can also result from food allergy.
Some individuals may experience a more severe reaction called anaphylaxis a rare but

potentially fatal condition which may include swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing,

lowered blood pressure and unconsciousness.
Symptoms usually appear rapidly, sometimes within minutes of exposure to the allergen.
Seek immediate medical attention standard emergency treatment often includes an injection of

epinephrine (adrenaline) to open up the airway and blood vessels.

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Most Common Food Allergens
The eight most common food allergens include:

Milk (including yogurt and ice cream, and anything that is made with milk)
eggs
peanuts
tree nuts (such as walnuts and almonds)
soy
wheat
fish
shellfish (such as shrimp, crayfish, lobster, and crab)
Note: These food allergens cause more than 90% of all food allergic reactions. However, many

other foods have been identified as allergens for some people.

Diagnosing Food Allergy
If you suspect you have a food allergy, get a medical evaluation. Treatment is basically avoiding

the food(s) after the specific food allergy is identified. You should see a board-certified

allergist to get a diagnosis, and a dietician to plan the proper diet.

Making a diagnosis may include a thorough medical history, analysis of a food diary, and several

tests including skin-prick tests, RAST tests (a blood test) and food challenges. Once a diagnosis

is complete, an allergist will help set up a response plan that may include taking medication by

injection to control allergic reactions.

Treatment for Food Allergies
Currently, there are no medications that cure food allergies. Strict avoidance is the only way to

prevent a reaction. Once the specific food has been identified, it must be removed from your

diet. It is important to read lengthy, detailed ingredient lists on each food you are considering

eating. The Food and Drug Administration requires ingredients in a food to appear on its label.

You can avoid most food allergens if you read food labels carefully, and avoid

restaurant-prepared food that might have ingredients to which you are allergic. Dont be shy

about asking for more information if the menu isnt clear.

Unfortunately, you cant take a medication in advance to reliably prevent an allergic reaction to

a specific food. However, there are several medications that will relieve food allergy symptoms

that are not part of an anaphylactic reaction. These include antihistamines to relieve

gastrointestinal symptoms, hives, or sneezing and a runny nose, and bronchodilators to relieve

asthma symptoms. These medications are taken after you have inadvertently ingested a food to

which you are allergic, but are not effective in preventing an allergic reaction when taken prior

to eating the food.

Note: Randomly taking different food groups out of your diet can cause other health problems.

Seek the help of a doctor before making significant changes in your diet.

Other Resources
This is just a brief overview. For more information, check out these resources:

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Food Allergies:
Websites*:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
Asthma & Allergy Foundation
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Food and Drug Administration
International Food Information Council
USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center

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Consumer Focus: The Basics of Food Allergies

Tips for Avoiding Food Allergies
Eight percent of children in the U.S. are estimated to be affected by food allergies, along with

up to 2% of adults. The eight most common food allergens milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy,

wheat, fish and shellfish cause more than 90 percent of all food allergic reactions. However,

many other foods have been identified as allergens for some people.

About the Author

Robert Walker is a health information marketer and writer that writes for
The Men’s Health Advantage Report at http://todays-man-health-advocate.com.


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I Am Healthy

I Am Healthy
Kay Kopit

I Am Healthy
By Kay Kopit
It is amazing to be able to say that! I will say it again, I am a whole, happy, healthy, loving woman. I was sick for the first 40 years of my life. Like millions of other human beings I grew up immersed in the family disease of alcoholism. For generations it has plagued my family. The unbalanced life I led is so common in our society; I didnt know anything was wrong. I was a participant in the chaos, confusion, neuroses, pain and suffering, which is present in dysfunctional families. I call it The Dance of Death.

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri in the community of Clayton. The only memories I have of my father are when he would beat my brother and me with his belt so severely my clothes would cling to the bloody strap marks on my legs. He would make us wait for our punishment in our room before he dealt the ugly blows. My mother closed her eyes to what was happening. Both of them partied on weekends where I would find empty highball glasses scattered all over the living room. I had holes in the soles of my shoes while my mother would model a new diamond cocktail ring, winnings from a weekly poker game. My dad was also a compulsive gambler. He died at the age of 45 when I was nine years old.

My mother attracted another alcoholic to her life soon after my fathers death. They had a symbiotic, codependent and alcoholic relationship. Every ten days they would consume a case of scotch, which was delivered to our apartment from the local liquor store. My mother never appeared drunk but she was distant, selfish and narcissistic. My stepfathers disease had progressed to the point he was visibly drunk most evenings. His attitude was condescending, nasty and self-righteous. He was verbally abusive and drove his car while intoxicated on many occasions. When I think back to that period of my history I remember keeping my personal life secret!!! I was ashamed of their behavior. I pretended all was well and I began developing neurotic habits for self-preservation.

In my teens I danced several days after school, participated in theater groups, worked in a department store and had creative life in my head. I imagined the way I wanted my world to be and was in denial as to the truth in front of me. I became obsessive, compulsive and an over achiever. Because I worked so hard I accomplished a lot for a young girl but the reality was it was inspired by fear, insecurity and a need for control.

In college I devoted myself to art and earned a B.S. in Education and a M.A. in Painting and Ceramics from the University of Missouri. I was hired as a college instructor soon after graduate school. I felt happy for a time because I was away from home and involved in teaching. I took my job very seriously but the loneliness I felt when I was by myself was debilitating.

I longed for love . . . any kind. I didnt realize it at the time but I had never felt affection. I became preoccupied with thoughts of men. I had guys on my mind constantly! I was popular and had many choices but I picked the ones who I thought needed me. Most often they were from dysfunctional families. I dated a lot of drunks during my 20s. It felt familiar. In spite of my success as an artist and a teacher, I had low self-esteem and I knew something was wrong with me.

In l969 I began a new life in another city. Within a week of moving to Boston, Massachusetts, I was brutally raped and hospitalized. I never received help with this trauma and didnt properly grieve until years later. I pushed down the pain and was then, more than ever, resolved to create the perfect life for myself, (as if it were in my hands?)
This was made easy for me when Joey Haudel entered my life. He filled the position of my Knight in Shining Armour, albeit, distorted. He was young, handsome, and alcoholic and had just been released from prison. We needed each other like ducks need water. We bonded in a codependent relationship that lasted 12 years.

Our experiences together were astounding. What I learned about myself was profound. Our journey is almost unbelievable. I have told this story in a dramatic narrative, I Survived: One Womans Journey of Self Healing and Transformation on DVD. It is filled with the dark world of illness and moves to the light of wellness. I reached my bottom after years of suffering. I was contemplating suicide but was saved by the Grace of God and the dear voice of a telephone operator who kept me on the phone for over an hour.

I spent years in recovery; beginning with Al-Anon meetings in 1973, several series of Adult Children of Alcoholic Therapy Sessions, individual therapy with numerous therapists and devouring self help books. I had the courage to look within and face the demons. It wasnt easy and many times I wanted to quit. I often felt I was too crazy to get well. One step at a time I forged ahead and never looked back! I visualized a healthy prognosis. Today I am living that beautiful picture!

I am happily married to a man 19 years my junior. I am older than his mother. We just celebrated our 17th anniversary and continue to share the most fabulous life. We have one child, a precious daughter, who we adopted at birth 8 years ago. I was 54 at the time. I am grateful that I am able to be a good parent and relish every moment I spend with both of them as a family. Sometimes I almost gasp for air when I realize I am living a balanced life. Each day I thank God for the gifts I have been given.

Sadly, Joey wasnt as fortunate as I. He died at the age of 42. My dear friend Debra took her own life in 2002. She too was alcoholic. I feel their presence; they are the angels guiding me in my mission to inspire people to their own healing and recovery. Lets continue to get well. We are all loving souls on an enlightened path of a new way of being, HEALTHY.

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Kay Kopit, accomplished artist, actor, writer, speaker and gifted teacher.


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