Lab tests returned;severe food allergies

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Lab tests returned;severe food allergies
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Tue, 05-20-2003 - 5:43pm
I just had my 5 year old daughters lab tests results come in. While the heavy metals testing (by Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory) done from hair samples were all good, the food allergy tests surprised me. This tests done by Metametrix labs, indicated my dd is severely allergic to milk, eggs, wheat and soy. And moderately and mildly allergic to handful of other foods like citrus, onions and more. I imagine I will embark on an allergy free diet now (gradually) and hope my dd's delays improve and her seizure disorder (controlled with meds) goes away. Has anyone else had this type of testing done? It was a total of $600 rounding up including doctor's visits. It was really insightful since I wasn't expecting so many allergies to exist! In a few months, I plan to have my 9 year old tested as well. She is diagnosed with ADHD so maybe there is some correlation there for her as well.
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Wed, 05-21-2003 - 11:35pm
Hi! Just wanted to add my two cents about food alergies. My 9yods was on a gfcf diet for two years with good results. I never did the testing. I just decided to try the diet, and if it worked it meant he had allergies. With the diet his constipation disapeared and his vocabulary and comprehension increased. I also supplimented with DMG, Magnesium, B6 and Folic Acid. ABout a year ago a joined a yahoo group called enzymesandautism and learned a lot. I started giving him digestive enzymes from Houston Labs. After a couple weeks with the same kind of regression he had when he started the diet, I got the same or even better results. I gradually added back the wheat and milk to his diet, and he is doing great. You may want to try these enzymes. Go to www.houstonni.com. If it works it's so much easier than the food elimination. I decided against the chelation because to tell the truth, I'm just afraid of it. Good luck.

Theresa

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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 10:36am
Wow! Thanks for writing. I've never heard of enzymes or chelation mentioned before so I will go research it. I was wondering if wheat or dairy allergies could be outgrown. How long did you wait to reintroduce these things? I really appreciated you writing because I have so little knowledge of this! I am afraid of making mistakes!
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 7:02pm
Children do often outgrow wheat and dairy allergies. There is a good board here for children with allergies. It's a slow board with only occasional posts, but the cl is very knowledgeable and does eventually get to all questions. I've found her to be a great resource, plus you'll get input from lurkers. She also refers questions to a board certified pediatric allergist if she doesn't know the answer. The board is at:

http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-psallergies

Good luck with the allergies.






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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 7:58pm
I went through lots of allergy research and a little experimentation with DMG and B6, neither of which had much impact. I asked all sorts of practitioners, and while none recommended AGAINST food elimination, none could speak personally of having seen the kinds of improvements described annecdotally by moms and dads. I'm curious: how do you manage to track improvements with diet change (as opposed to other therapies that you're using simultaneously, like speech therapy, ot, etc.)? Also, why did you go to these particular labs instead of more traditional allergists? (I'm just a little concerned because I don't know whether they are selling a product?)

Thanks!

Lisa

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Mon, 05-26-2003 - 4:29pm
I guess I don't have any real way of tracking progress other than my daughter talks a lot more. It could be a growth spurt. She's in speech therapy, but has only had a handful of classes. I suppose it could be that, too. She has had no other help of any kind. I just found it to be a strong correlation between my removing dairy from her diet to her sudden use of sentences. Sentences that she has created on her own, not simply sets of pre-memorized phrases. I went to a DAN! doctor since I didn't know there were such things as allergists, to be frank. I also thought they could guide me with test results. The DAN! doctor was the one who selected those labs, I just typed the names of the labs in my post in case anyone wanted to know.

I also feel she may have food allergies because she started having seizures when I began to give her cow's milk when she was about a year old, although I never made the correlation until last year. I didn't know about food allergies, but I always suspected she had a hard time with milk. I didn't know it could cause problems other than an upset stomach if you've had too much. Anyway, that could all be a correlation and I realize it. I also know that doctor's tend to treat symptoms. My oldest daughter had a rash around her mouth for over a year. I kept taking her to the doctor and he'd hand me a tube of cream. Her rash went away as long as I applied cream 3 times a day every day. So, evidently, she was to use cream until she was 80? We found out she is allergic to laundry detergent, dryer sheets, etc. That's the moment I realized it was time to trust my instincts.

I could be wrong about the food allergies and I hold the highest hope that I am not, but I don't dismiss the idea of other unrealized factors contributing to her talking more. I have this goal for her to be off these foods she's allergic to. In 6 months, she will have an EEG and if it comes up that the seizure activity is all gone, I will feel like that is fairly good evidence that food allergies were causing her severe problems. (Not scientific evidence, but strong correlation...I know.)