Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cornnnnn Breath

It seems that eating corn has an effect on David's ability to breathe. It's an interesting effect that David is deciding is in fact occurring. Watching and avoiding corn intake has become that much more imperative. Seemingly his allergy symptoms to corn are getting worse, not better. We had hoped that it may be something that passes but probably not with the corn, at least.

Other than that, the allergies are getting more manageable. David's learning to be more assertive when asking about items on menus and avoiding the things he knows will make him sick.

We went to a Whole Foods last night. While we had shopped them before in other states this was our first time in one for quite some time. It's amazing. All of the case meats were labeled with exact ingredients. Not just "spices" but "spices (fennel, garlic, onion powder)". This is a store that is a breath of fresh air for both of us. We didn't find anything that had tricky labels or hidden ingredients. They have a reputation of being a high cost grocery, but in reality they were very competitive with the grocery stores that I typically shop. Especially because I am already purchasing quite a bit of organic and natural foods. (THANK YOU PILS* on behalf of David for the generous gift card. He had such a good time buying things like sausage and hot dog buns and other things he loves to eat but we can't find anywhere else.) Our only problem with WF is that they are soooo far away (an hour). Hopefully they will put one in that's closer so we can shop there more frequently.

*PILS: parent in laws


  1. Ok, I'm still reading through your blog. This is one of the reasons why I'm not wanting to go completely soy-free - because when I do then I'll have to completely avoid it otherwise will have a major reaction on just the smallest amount. And I've heard others express the same concern. I wonder if that is what has been happening with David.

  2. Leslie, I don't think that his tolerance has decreased or that his allergy has increased, I just think that as his body becomes more corn free his sensitivity and ability to pin point reaction causes has become more acute. What he/we once would have attributed to say a cold we can now trace those symptoms back to an encounter with corn.
    Thanks for reading!! I write just about everything because few people are willing to discuss some things because they are personal and uncomfortable but without knowledge people can't make informed decisions. We recommend everyone get food tested. Especially if they have insurance that pays for it.

  3. Hey! I just found your blog and love it, thanks for sharing everything! I too am corn allergic and super sensitive - just a few things about Whole Foods because I used to shop there too and had to give up many of the products I bought there due to my increased sensitivity - all of their meats are exposed to lactic and/or citric acid sprays (derived from corn) which the meat absorbs... its to help kill bacteria, but actually all meat in the us (fish, beef, pork, lamb) is required by law to either be sprayed with the acids or dipped in it. If you feel like your hubby is still having allergy symptoms I would cut out all grocery store meat and find a local provider that can ensure these sprays aren't used. I love that you guys have a veggie garden though, we're starting one up too in order to stay safely away from corny products!

    1. Hi thank you for the comments!
      When we first discovered the corn allergy Whole Foods was one of the few places we could purchase safe foods! Thankfully, that has changed! For a while we ordered some meat on-line, then we found a small farm that could facilitate our needs. Now we have a smaller grocery store that works in a co-op fashion providing local products that have been safe so far.