I have all different kinds of allergies – from dog and cat dander to cockroaches, mold and pollen, certain hygienic products, perfumes and other environmental irritants. However, food allergies are the worst by far. Even folks who barely know me know when I’ve been “naughty.” I can’t hide the cough, laryngitis, debilitating stomach cramps and labored breathing that occurs after eating something bad for me.

I’m not supposed to earsoy, wheat, peanuts, dairy, eggs, shellfish, spelt and gluten, and the list goes on and on. Oh yeah, most fruits are also out. That leaves few things on my list; hence, when I do “fall” off the wagon – I don’t fall – I fly off.

What about you, do you have allergies? Maybe you do and don’t even know it. That nagging post-nasal drip, migraine or dry cough after you eat can be a food allergy or sensitivity—even an environment irritant or hygienic product (such as the lotion your spouse wears). It’s a growing problem as more and more individuals have severe reactions to what’s in products and our foods – from pesticides, additives, and genetically modified foods, to name a few.

Food sensitivities can also interfere with a good night’s sleep. Did you know the seasonings in your foods could be the culprit? For example, monosodium glutamate (or MSG) is a processed-free glutamic acid that goes by many names and can cause insomnia. It’s also called Aji-no-moto, Vetsin, calcium caseinate, and soy protein isolate and can be found in nuts, soy sauce, beef bouillon, chips, canned soups and sausages.

If you or a loved one suffers from mysterious symptoms that continually go undiagnosed, get tested. I did, and after years of suffering with multiple disconnected symptoms, I had answers. You can, too. Your false diagnoses of irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, chronic mucus or bronchitis can have a root cause in the foods you eat. 

Do you have any experiences with allergies? What has and hasn’t worked for you?


A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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Rachel Kaser
Rachel Kaser

I haven't ever been tested, but I also had those reactions rarely. It wasn't until my doctor mentioned sterling silver as hypoallergenic that I realized most of my jewelry was made of that.

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro
Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro

I hear ya. Glad its not something you have regular problems with because its no fun having to deal with that. I stay away from all jewelry that's not clearly labeled hypoallergenic, so your doctor's advice is sound.

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro
Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro

Rachel, I had the same problems growing up too. In fact, now I chose my jewelery very carefully. Strange how the body warns you about what's not good for it, huh? We just have to listen. My wedding is platinum (its worth the investment). I'm so glad you found out before it got worse. Have you ever been tested to see what you're allergic to?

Rachel Kaser
Rachel Kaser

I discovered less than a month ago that I might be allergic to nickel. When I was younger, my fingers would swell up when I wore certain rings, but then I'd just do the home solution of clear polish on the inside of the band and I'd be fine. Then I put on a new necklace and had an outbreak the next day. My doctor told me I can't really buy anything less than 28k gold and surgical steel. If I want a wedding ring, I'll probably have to invest in platinum.

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