Third Child Dealing with Allergies
I wanted to write and commend you on writing your book. I am a short way into reading your book, and feel compelled to write and share my story with you. I can really relate to your story. I have three children. Like your experience, my older two children have been able to eat everything. (Although I think this is something I will be reassessing.) My third child has been dealing with horrible eczema, egg and dairy allergies, and is soy and gluten sensitive. I am so glad you are sharing all of information with the rest of us dealing with food allergies. For what it is worth, I thought I would share some background information on my pregnancies and the health of my kids. Pregnancy #1: I ate whatever I wanted. (I am a vegetarian who eats egg and dairy.) I had undiagnosed gestational diabetes. My son weighed 9lbs. 5oz. At age 6 he is generally healthy, but struggles with reading and attention. Pregnancy #2: Diagnosed diabetes. I ate tons of soy products in effort to control blood sugar. I also consumed many products containing artificial sweeteners to “help” with sugar cravings. My son had eczema at one month. (It cleared up quickly and never came back) He was very sensitive to soy – major vomiting. He tested negative on the allergy test to it. As an interesting side note, he also had undescended testis. Pregnancy #3: I had learned a lot about nutrition and was going to do thing right this time! I ate mostly organic, avoided all artificial sweeteners. Other than a handful of occasions, I avoided artificial colorings, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogonated oils. Due to my second child\’s soy sensitivity, I limited my soy intake. I did consume whey protein powder and lots of organic eggs. I avoided nuts/peanuts due to a mild tree nut allergy that I developed after the birth of my second child. During my last pregnancy I took no medications, had no meds during or after giving birth. I also did not allow this baby to have any vaccines and skipped the eye antibiotics and vitamin k injection at birth. It has been very frustrating to try to do everything “right” and still be dealing with allergies in the child of my (by far) healthiest pregnancy. So again, for what it is worth, I am leaning towards these factors in creating my child’s allergies: 1. Over exposurelarge quantity of the same proteins (egg and dairy in my case) 2. GMOs (I think we are at the tip of the iceberg on this issue, and would not be surprised if this is the root of the massive increase of allergy). 3. Family history Thanks again for all of the info you are providing, especially for bringing to light all of the corruption/funding issues. I would love to help your (our) cause in any way possible!
- Jeanette H.