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acute allergic food reaction

Acute Allergic Food Reaction

Be aware of stress triggers to avoid allergic food reactions

by Dr. Bill Rawls  July 14, 2015

This morning I experienced an acute allergic food reaction. Within minutes of finishing breakfast my face flushed and started tingling. My hands and arms developed a mild rash and started itching. It would have been somewhat disconcerting, but this sort of experience is not new to me. Oddly, however, the foods I was eating normally do not cause a problem.

I eat blueberries almost daily and have never had any sort of reaction to them. About once a month I make buckwheat waffles. The fresh batch I made this morning consisted of the same ingredients I always use: pure buckwheat flour (no wheat or other grains), baking soda, sweet potato, a farm egg, sea salt, and a combination of oat milk and 2% milk from grass fed cows. A drizzle of local honey on top was the only other ingredient.

So why the acute reaction to foods that do not normally bother me? And which food did I react to?

It’s really all part and parcel to my medical history. Though my gut is now healed, all those old sensitivities are still present in my immune system. I actually do still have very mild sensitivities to eggs, milk, and possibly even a few of the other food items. Eating them in small amounts, however, is generally not a concern.

So why the acute reaction this time?

For several days prior to this event, I had been on a trip. I was in unfamiliar environments and possibly exposed to low levels of toxic substances. I ate out frequently and even ate some foods that I know I shouldn’t. I probably didn’t sleep quite as well as I normally do. I was adding up subtle insults to my system that caused no symptoms at that time. Something that I ate this morning acted as a trigger for that cumulative stress.

Five years ago, even brief travel was very unpleasant. Now, at a point that I consider myself fully recovered, things are quite a bit different. I actually felt great during the entire trip. I knew I was taking liberties, but I was also comfortable with what I could get away with.
And that reaction this morning? It was gone in an hour and now I feel fine. This week I will get back into a normal routine and be more careful. I will probably never know exactly what food I reacted to and very likely I can eat those same foods again in a week and they will not cause any problems.



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Dr. Bill Rawls


Dr. Rawls' groundbreaking approach to wellness comes from decades of practicing medicine, extensive research in alternative therapies, and firsthand experience helping thousands find their path to wellness. Dr. Rawls is a best-selling author and Medical Director of Vital Plan, an online holistic health company in Raleigh, N.C.

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