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Re: Corn Allergy Support Group

Postby Mrs. Doodlepunk » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:00 am

My son is sensitive to corn, and he was heartbroken when we found out in May. No sweet corn for him this summer! Also, his favorite snack food is popcorn, so this was devastating news. He also has several other foods that he can't have, soy and almonds are big allergens, along with gluten, asparagus, lettuce, etc. Oh, and ONIONS. :duh: :crybaby:

We did find something that REALLY helped a lot, popping sorghum. It tastes just like popped corn but no husks. There is a company who makes it all bagged up, it's called Mini Pops. We also bought some from Barry Farm that is whole sorghum grain and we pop our own. There is a learning curve with popping it but he is now one happy boy. :unibrow:
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Re: Corn Allergy Support Group

Postby stephanie » Tue Nov 16, 2010 7:59 pm

I too am corn-free. I've never had an allergy test done, but I know from experimentation that life is just better without it. :) I find that it's a blessing in disguise in some ways because it keeps me from eating most processed foods since, as I'm sure you know, it's in almost EVERYTHING!

I wanted to reply because I wanted to pass along a piece of information that I heard somewhere (a lecture by Dr. Pam Popper, I believe). She said that some people with soy "allergies" actually have *GMO* soy problems, and when they switch to organic (and hence non-GM) soy, their problems go away. I don't have any further evidence, and I haven't experimented with it myself yet, but since non-organic corn is almost always GM, I wonder if it's a similar situation as with soy. One day, maybe I'll try eating some organic corn and see whether it bothers me.

I just thought I'd pass that information along, even though I don't really have any further information on the subject. Maybe organic corn, or whole organic corn, might be okay for you...?
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Re: Corn Allergy Support Group

Postby Rob » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:24 am

Jellen wrote:Now that's interesting. I had a saliva test done that showed me allergic to gluten and soy. But I didn't test corn that way. On a skin test, corn is a non-offender. I wonder? I know that GM issue is going to prove more of a problem than folks believe right not. I personally believe it's a root cause of allergies for lots of folks.

A agree that GM corn is an issue. I love corn. But I no longer consume any product that is made from corn unless it is USDA Certified Organic so that we can be assured (to some degree) that it does not contain genetically modified corn.

I got a rash a year ago to a corn-starch-based medicated powder that I had previously used for a decade without problems. I stopped using the powder and the rash went away. I sent a sample of the product off to their labs for testing along with a note including the batch number; however, they never informed me what they found in the product, despite my repeated requests. I retained a sample, so at some point may still pursue it.

The corn genome was only sequenced in 2009 although GM corn has been on the market for years. The scientists identified 32,000 genes (human genome has 23,000) with 2 billion base pairs of nucleotides. The scientists have the a map of the bits of information but they don't know what they all do, much less the impact that artificial changes to the genome will have on the environment or any animals or humans who may consume the GM corn. There simply have been no longer-term studies of the effects on human or animal health on these GM crops. We are being used as guinea pigs in an experiment with our food supply and health that is unprecedented in human history. Once these organisms are out in the environment, you can't recall them.
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Re: Corn Allergy Support Group

Postby rickcutler01 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:15 pm

I have very recently developed a sensitivity to GROUND corn. I say sensitivity, because I don't develop a rash, itch or other typical allergy symptoms.

I get Indigestion, upset stomach, and other digestive track symptoms including diarrhea.

This is after 43 years of no symptoms. I am fine with fresh corn, popcorn, But I get the symptoms quickly after eating a corn tortilla, Masa, tortilla chips and even tortilla soup. All of which I have never had a problem before.

Any ideas about what is causing this?

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Re: Corn Allergy Support Group

Postby Burgess » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:31 am

I eat no seeds of any kind, including corn kernels in any form. That approach has almost completely eliminated my inflammation (-itis) problems.

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Re: Corn Allergy Support Group

Postby Rob » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:26 am

Here's a link to a presentation by author Jeffrey Smith on the dangers of genetically modified foods:

http://vimeo.com/6575475
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Re: Corn Allergy Support Group

Postby Drivian » Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:40 am

I’ve suffered from corn allergy for one-third of my life and it has been a frustrating journey. It has been hard to find any one site with comprehensive, up-to-date information on how to live with a corn allergy. There are some great blogs with regard to cooking without corn products; however, if your cooking skills are fairly basic, as mine are, just getting a variety of things to eat can be difficult.
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Re: Corn Allergy Support Group

Postby Rob » Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:56 am

Drivian wrote:I’ve suffered from corn allergy for one-third of my life and it has been a frustrating journey. It has been hard to find any one site with comprehensive, up-to-date information on how to live with a corn allergy. There are some great blogs with regard to cooking without corn products; however, if your cooking skills are fairly basic, as mine are, just getting a variety of things to eat can be difficult.

In what year did you first experience your allergic reaction to corn?
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