How allergies form is an unknown phenomenon and many theories have been made. It’s extremely sad to say, but the Medical Field has not been able to definitively explain the origins of Food Allergies. They treat them, but they do not know how to prevent them. Maybe they should listen to non-medical people who are in the trenches in the Battle of Staying Safe From Allergens. I believe the ideas in this blog post will help prevent the onset of a very dangerous Sunflower Seed Allergy. They might sting some people, but that usually is the basis for a lively discussion.
With regards to my experiences and research with the Sunflower Allergy, I realize there may be several approaches to a variety of ways that one may develop a Food Allergy. One approach, and in very specific cases, that Allergies form is thru a constant and repeated exposure to an Allergen. The body’s immune system becomes overloaded, freaks out, and all of a sudden attacks a very normal Allergen. By attacking this Allergen, the body, in essence, fights with itself, and, depending on the severity of the Allergic reaction, beats itself up. Not a pretty picture here in writing, or in the hospital.
When my son was diagnosed with the Sunflower Allergy, I thought to myself, “How did my son have constant and repeated exposure to Sunflower products?” The answer was amazingly simple – he ate Sunflower products, and he ate them often. He ate them many times each and every day. That was the constant and repeated exposure. This blew my mind when I finally realized this.
Feeding a person an Allergen can happen in a number of sneaky and unnoticeable ways. For example, several years ago, most processed foods were made with Peanut Oil. Everyone was shocked when the number of Peanut Allergies exploded. Food companies responded by replacing Peanut Oil with Sunflower Oil, an even cheaper substitute. There are entire grocery store chains where I can’t shop because most everything they sell is made with Sunflower Oil. Most types of goldfish crackers are made with Sunflower Oil. It seems that young children eat a bag of goldfish crackers per week. This is just one extremely popular product. Many chocolate sauces include Sunflower Oil. Kids eat chocolate sauce all the time in their milk or on ice cream. Most margarines are made with sunflower oil. These are very clear cases of constant and repeated exposure to the Sunflower Allergen on a very large scale. Look at the major labels. You will be surprised when you look at products and they mention Sunflower Oil.
Now what do you think will happen to the number of Sunflower Allergy cases? Yes, it’s already happening. Sunflower Allergies are popping up in many places in a variety of degrees. My son was diagnosed with the Sunflower Allergy in 2010. I soon Googled “Sunflower Allergy”, and, unbelievably, at the time, I found only 5, yes five, hits for it. Now when I Google the same term, I get a million hits. Clearly more people are talking about it.
Furthermore, Food Allergy sufferers have inherently demonstrated a sensitivity towards developing an Allergy. If constant and repeated exposure to a known Allergen already exists, this might just overload their already sensitive immune system and cause their delicate bodies to develop yet another Allergy. It’s better to follow age old advice and to eat a wide variety of foods. Trust me, you do not want the Sunflower Allergy! Once you develop the Sunflower Allergy, and provided it’s not a life threatening version, you can go to your Allergist for a very long regimen of desensitization treatments.
Just my non-medical two cents worth. These opinions are my own. Each case of Allergy is different. Please refer to your Doctor’s professional advice. If you don’t like your doctor’s advice, then get another doctor. There are plenty of them out there, and there are good doctors, and not so good doctors. A million dollar education doesn’t always teach common sense.
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