My Struggles with Food Allergies

As I start this new section on Health & Lifestyle, I wanted to give a bit of background on my struggles with food allergies. As an engineer, we’re trained to look for the root cause of any issue. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in the medical industry.

Growing up, I knew I was allergic to dairy. But even staying away from dairy didn’t alleviate many of the digestive issues I continued to have throughout my childhood. I had constant bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

I went to many specialists in my early teens and was finally diagnosed with Acid Reflux, which turns out wasn’t the issue at all mainly because Acid Reflux isn’t the problem, it’s the result of a problem. It’s a symptom. Asking more questions didn’t help as the specialists had no idea and only wanted to prescribe medication that suppresses the symptoms.

Fast forward about 30 years and I’ve started to experience new symptoms. I started to experience joint pain starting in the knuckles. Then a few months later my right knee. Later on my left knee as well. Then my hips. At times, both of my knees would be in such pain that I couldn’t walk, let alone stand.

Again, I went to specialists for joint pain and they could find no cause. I was checked for Rheumatoid Arthritis and so forth with negative results. The orthopedics (plural as I saw multiple specialists), pain management specialist and my primary care physician can only tell me to do my stretches and exercises. They all had no clue as to my problem and at one point wanted to direct me to a psychologist.

So, I had to find my own answers. I saw this show on PBS called “No Grain, No Pain” and many of the conditions they discussed hit close to home. That’s when I decided to go Gluten-Free.

Within 1 month of going Gluten-Free, I could not believe how well I felt. All of my digestive issues since I was young disappeared and my joint pain all went away as well. I felt ALIVE again!

However, even though I did discover that food allergies were the cause of all of my health conditions, the struggle continues. Gluten is everywhere. Even a little bit of cross-contamination causes all of my symptoms to return immediately and last for days, if not weeks.

The moral of this story is that modern medical knowledge is woefully lacking when it comes to nutrition and food allergies. They are only taught to treat the symptom, not find the root cause. With that being said, I am now going after the root cause of food allergies and many new studies on the gut’s microbiome may hold the key. Stay tuned…

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