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So your Doctor tells you that you can't be allergic to Mustard because the Allergy is 
too rare! And, others tell you that you are more likely to be struck by lightning. Did 
you know that the truth is you can be allergic to anything? Did you know that they normally 
only test for the most common allergies? Did you know that many people with Rare Food 
Allergies only received that diagnosis after doing the Elimination Diet and Food Journal? 
Did you know that some Doctors still do not take Rare Food Allergies seriously? Did you know 
that some Doctors insist that the food allergy is so rare is is impossible for you to have 
that allergy? 

The problem your doctor is having is the same problem society is having. They are both 
so focused on the stats that they have lost sight of the possible truth. The other problem 
is that lightening striking you in your lifetime is 1 in 6,250 according to NOAA, the 
national weather service. This is far more rare then the probability of you having a rare 
food allergy. How so? Let’s do the math. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s population 
estimate for Feb 1, 2011 coupled with the Medical Science community tells us about percentages 
of people with food allergies, we get this:

The Subject:										The Stats:
U.S. Citizens	                  							311,991,833 	
% with food allergies								4%	
Sub-total	         									12,479,673 	
Results: 											1 in 25 US Citizens have a Food Allergy


% of those with allergies who have the most common ones	90%	
Sub-total: # with common allergies	         				11,231,706 	
Sub-total: # with rare allergies	      						1,247,967 	
Results: 											1 in 250 US Citizens have a Rare Food Allergy

What this chart tells us is: 
1) The odds are low that your Doctor is going to be looking at someone with a rare 
food allergy. Only 1 in 250 have a rare food allergy, but 1 in 25 have a common 
food allergy. This means that for every class in school meeting at the same time, 
1 person is allergic to a common food – one of the top 10 foods. Sunflower and 
Sesame Seeds tie for number 9, so I'm calling it top 10 for now. 

2) Truth is, when we look at 2 identical products to buy, we will choose the one 
labeled $2.99 over $3 every time because $2.99 appears to be a lot lower! Unfortunately, 
that’s how we tend to look at 4%. 4% just isn’t a very high number when we compare it 
to 96% of the population that doesn’t have any food allergies at all. No, they may 
not have a food allergy, but still the fact remains that at least 1 in 250 people 
are having allergic reactions to rare foods. The other fact remains that you can 
still die from Anaphylactic shock. Whether that food you react is a "common" allergy 
is a moot point. If you die, from a food allergy, you are still dead. What makes 
it not a moot point is that you are less likely to die from a common food allergy 
because you are protected with priviledged food labels that those of us with rare 
food allergies don't have the luxury of having. We are discriminated against, by law. 

3) It is not practical to test for every single food, spice, drink, additive,  
preservative, and so on, thats out there. The cost is just too prohibitive when 
we consider how many we would have to test for when  only 1 in 250 people even 
have a rare allergy. This is where the Elimination Diet comes in. This is also 
where you advocating for you comes in. Thats because after you have successfully 
did the Elimination diet and found the foods you react to, you still have to 
convince your Doctor that a Allergy Test for those specific items is warranted. 
Furthermore, you may not react to the RAST or Skin Test even though you know that 
when you eat the food, you are definitely reacting. Yes it is possible to not 
react to the test even though you just got out of the hospital because the only 
thing you ate that day was the offending food and you did go into shock. 

4) This chart also tells us how many people are affected each day by ignorant laws 
passed by congress. Did you know that not every item in that food you buy is on the 
label? Take Veggie Broth for example, specifically the kind found in canned Tuna. 
FDA: CFR Code of Regulations Title 21  concerns what is legal for canned Tuna. 
It was revised as of April 1, 2010. In short, Soy Broth must be listed if used, 
but that broth can also contain the following 13 items...
Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Garlic, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Potatoes, Green 
Bell Peppers, Red Bell Peppers, Spinach and Tomatoes!

This means that those with Nightshade Allergies are out of luck. Fortunately for 
those with Legume allergies, soy is considered a legume and thus they are forewarned. 
I, on the other hand, react to 6 on that list, but not all of them am I anaphylactic 
too, thankfully!  Personally, I believe that every item for human use if ingested 
or used topically, should have on its label every single ingredient. 

I’m allergic to the more rarer foods: Radishes, Horse Radish, Mustard, Cinnamon – just 
to name a few.  But, what is more important are the signs to look out for, as not 
everyone gets Hives. Faintness, unconsciousness, swelling, food getting caught in 
the throat, asthma, vomiting or nausea, cramping, Stomach pains, diarrhea, burning 
in the mouth, nose or throat, tingling sensation in the lips or mouth, extremely 
low blood pressure, itching sensations... are all possible signs of a true allergy. 

When you do get tested, be sure you eat Wheat every day for the previous eight 
weeks, and get tested for Celiac Disease as well. 1 in 200 people are estimated 
to have a Gluten Intolerance. This intolerance when undiagnosed can cause many 
health issues due to anemia from the gluten attacking the intestines, and creating 
holes in them. 

Please allow me to put in a plug for EGID....
If you find food, pills, Vitamin tablets all seems to get stuck in your throat 
and acid-reducer meds don't help you stop food from coming up, then do get tested 
for EGID. EGID is Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders, and causes Eosinophils 
to develop. However, EGID is still being studied and understood, so I recommend 
going to   APFED Org  for more information.  You also may not react to 
histmamines when tested for food allergies. If you don't react, ask the doctor 
to check your blood for an over abundance of white blood cells, specifically 
Eosinophils. This is a rare disorder, but for me, this was one of the signs. The 
other sign is reacting to too many foods, but not necessarily, anaphylactically. 
Bananas cause EGID issues in me. A very tiny amount of Banana ate when I have 
extreme diahrea will cause me to be very constipated, instantly. 

With 1 in 250 people having a rare food allergy, you can be allergic to anything. 
Incidentally, there are approximately 6,897,688,139 people in the world. Of 
these, 27,590,752 have a rare food allergy.  That is still a lot of people with 
Food Allergies that are said to be so rare, that they might not exist. The only 
one who is going to give you the care you deserve is you! If you don't like the 
results of what one Doctor says, get another one! Only you can be your best Advocate. 

Copyright by Kytriya, February 1st, 2011