Milk Allergies problemsI knew I had to tell you about the illnesses caused by milk.

I was the guest on a radio talk show, and the hour was speeding along nicely. Calls poured in from listeners with questions about their allergies, and as usual, the callers’ questions were astute and insightful. I was doing what I love to do - tell my patients’ stories to people who can learn from them.

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List of FruitsIncluded in the 1991 Backgrounder from the FDA was a helpful (although according to their disclaimer not comprehensive) list that I am reproducing below in its entirety:

A. The following ingredients contain glutamates (including MSG), with the percentages of glutamate content indicated in the parentheses:

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Sugar in the DietRefined sugar does not hide in the diet; it announces its presence like a garishly painted clown. We find it everywhere. Unless sweetened by

one of the low-calorie sweeteners, any deliciously sweet manufactured food or beverage contains sugar. A partial list of these foods and beverages

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Diet and Allergy on AcidsCitric, fumaric, malic acids - the names are familiar. Each of them participates in the Krebs cycle, the process that changes food to energy, the process we will examine in category 3 under the section “Why We Are Allergic to Foods.” As energy is released, the acids are torn apart, which changes one acid into another. Citric acid changes to succinic acid, succinic acid to fumaric, fumaric to malic, then - after a little repair to the tattered

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Skin Alergy TestBlood tests measure allergy to proteins, classic food allergy. They measure quick-appearing food protein allergies (immediate classic food allergy) best, although at times they miss this diagnosis. They poorly measure or completely fail to measure delayed food protein allergy (delayed classic food allergy)

Therefore, for all practical purposes blood tests for foods measure only quick-reacting classic food allergy. They

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Allergy Disease AnaphylaxisFor those struck by this frightening reaction, the danger is real. The figures are not precise, but between one hundred and five hundred people die of anaphylaxis each year. We need to fear this threatening reaction, but we also need to put its danger in perspective.

Foods do not cause all anaphylactic deaths. Stings from insects

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Abnormal function of the glutamate receptors have been linked with certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea. Injections of glutamate have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain