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Food Families (for Allergies)

I found an interesting link since I am still looking into possible food allergies with Lincoln. It lists foods by the botanical group they belong to - for example, Asparagus, Chives, Garlic, Leek, Onion, Sasparsparilla are all in the Lily family. So, if your dog is allergic to Onions, s/he may also be allergic to Asparagus.

For some foods, it seems obvious that they would be in the same family, but for others, it is not so obvious.

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http://www.foodallergygourmet.com/Fo...20Families.htm

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Hi Jane,
Is Lincloln still suffering from food allergies? I hope you are able to pinpoint the cause soon. Wishing him all the best.

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Jane, thanks for the link- for me not my boys. I just got allergy tests back for myself -- out of about 100 foods tested- there were 5 I was NOT allergic too.

coffee, flounder, swordfish, shrimp and basil.

There were about 10 more foods that had low allergies. But the rest were all very responsive. Not sure what I am going to do yet-- a diet of coffee, flounder and basil sure doesn't appeal to me.

luckily, I don't get an anaphalactic reaction. I just feel crappy all the time- sometimes I get rashes but I pretty much know what to stay away from for those.

Now about Lincoln. Are you still on rabbit and sweet potato? I know it is expensive, but it may be worth your while to have him allergy tested! you could start with just the foods panel (for jasper that cost $175- he was allergic to nothing- LOL) re-adding a food at a time will take so long- and can be confusing. Even though I hate my test results it at least gives me a map.




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That's a helpful site! Thanks for posting it. I am always so afraid to try anything I haven't eaten in awhile, lol..I wish there was a better way to manage/control food allergies. They stiiink.

I hope Lincoln is feeling better too!

Gucci seems to be allergic to seafood, I've fed it to her twice and both times.. But I'm allergic to it too (sadly, I love it!) we'll suffer together. lol

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I'm sorry for all of you dealing with allergies in either (or both) you and your dog.

My children are highly allergic to tree nuts and have to carry epi-pens. I took my DD to Chicago last year and although a restaurant told us there were no nuts in a dish, there were, very finely ground up. She only took a nibble and we ended up having to make an emergency trip to the ER. It was very scary, as she could have died!

My DD is also allergic to many foods like apple, raspberries, cantaloupe...the list could go on and on. Anyway, our allergist told us that there is a link between many foods and trees. Without getting up and looking at the list I can't remember the associations but I do know in the Spring when trees are blooming she is miserable!

Thanks for the list! It's so interesting how many foods (and trees!) are linked. I hope all of you find some relief and help soon!
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That's interesting Jan, I have some of the same allergies as your daughter to tree fruits/nuts. I've found its hard to trust restaraunts! I've left a few restaraunts and headed to the ER. Blackberries are probably my worst allergy, and canteloupes..

The oddest thing is, as I get older...I am becoming allergic to more things that I was able to eat when I was a kid. It's baffling! On any given day, my immune system can just decide that something is now 'dangerous'. The Christmas tree is driving my NUTS this year and its only been here a few days. I may throw it on the curb. lol

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Kara, we gave up and have been using an artificial tree for years. They really do look better than they did in the past. Although it's not as much fun heading to the basement or attic for the tree as it is to your cool tree farm

Sorry, this is OT, but I have an AI disease too. Have you read any of the books dealing with dietary control of AI diseases?
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About a year ago, I decided to eat a green leaf jelly candy. Well, that's when I found out I was allergic to spearmint. I never was before, but now I have to check labels on everything. I can't use toothpaste that has spearmint flavoring. I can't even smell spearmint anymore. I'm also allergic to coconut.


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I have alot of foods that give me migraines, with chocolate topping the charts. Twice I've had severe reactions (anaphylaxis) when under alot of stress and having eaten alot of fish over 2-3 days-mostly salmon. I never went to the hospital and tried to play it down and quietly struggle through the severe asthma, hives, and diarreah. I've since been tested for allergies to fish and came up negative but the doc gave me a script to pick up an Epi-pen to carry to be on the safe side. It took awhile before I would try fish again and didn't react, but I sure am careful not to have it too often. I've had similar problems with reacting to more foods as I've gotton older.

Jane I sure hope Lincoln is doing better now. Is he still on a carefully controlled diet? Have you found any answers yet?
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I'm glad that the link has been useful for humans too, Missy and Kara! But I am sorry to hear that you are troubled by allergies. And Missy, I just cannot think of way to combine those 5 foods you can eat into anything appetizing. Ewwww!

It is weird, but my latest hypothesis (keeping in mind my previous ones have all been WRONG....) is that Lincoln may be allergic to things in the Morning Glory family. Scout has been dragging in dried seed pods, leaves and stems of our Morning Glory plants (they are blowing onto the patio) and I found both dogs munching on them. Lincoln has a new skin eruption right now - just a couple of scabs I'm keeping an eye on. The last time he had a bad outbreak was with sweet potato (but it was also a day after the ivermectin shot). Morning Glory and sweet potatoes are in the same botanical family.

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