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(Note: I am not a doctor but this is what I have experienced and have found from my research on the web.)
I have hay fever (year round), congestion, and mucous. These are
some reasons why I think I have a milk protein allergy. (It
mention it here too: Milk
allergies.) I have gone to see an allergist to have an
allergy done to see what I'm allergic to. I did show from the skin
test I am allergic to 29 things (grasses, trees, weeds, molds, and
inhalents (cat pelt) which I knew). I was tested for 38
things. 29 out of 38, Wow, that's a lot! No wonder I
have hay fever year round! We have hardly any congestion and
mucous since not using dairy products. (We are glad of
that!) Also, I've read that milk products is additive and I
know it it after being off of it for so long.
allergies might cause a lot of different types of health
problems. Casein (caseinate) causes mucus. Some can
be: symptons in the digestive or respiratory system, skin
reactions, allergic "shiners" (black eyes). Go to the
previous link to read more milk allergy symtoms. Make sure you go
to the links and read more about them; especially the previous
According to PCRM
-- Health -- What's Wrong with Dairy Products?, milk can
cause: ADD, asthma, hyperactivity, inattentiveness, digestive
system reactions (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, bloating, or
abdominal cramps), respiratory system (runny nose, sneezing,
watery eyes, itcy eyes, nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing,
shortness of breath, or anaphylactic shock), reddish ear lobes,
glazed look in the eyes, eczema, sinus infections, colds, colic,
ear infections, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer,
diabetes, lactose intolerance, vitamin D toxicity, contaminants,
health concerns of infants and children), cancer, Crohn's
Disease ("mycobacterium that is present in milk that appears to
infect the person with the genetic weakness"), depression,
diabetes, bone loss, ringing of the ears, depression, thyroid
problems, gluten intolerance, etc.
The milk industry (and others) has told everyone, "It does the body good!" but that is FALSE. You have to use more dairy products because milk takes it out of your bones. Go to osteoporosis to read more.
I will explain four of these health related problems (the others
you can read more up on in the links listed in the previous
paragraph, links listed further down, or research them on the
internet). First of all, you probably have read infants can
have eczema due to being allergic to the proteins in milk.
This can also happen to older children, or even adults.
Secondly, I have read and heard that singers won't drink or eat
milk products before they sing because it causes mucous.
Using milk was part of my mucous problem. I have noticed
that I don't have as much mucous since not using milk. I
still have some mucous since I have airborne allergies but it
mainly not being able to breathe as much through my nostrils and
hardly any mucous in my throat. I know my husband does not have a
mucous problem since he uses rice milk with his cereal and not
milk. Thirdly, in my dairy-freerecipes
group, one lady says that her asthma is almost
completely gone from not using milk products. That is her
experience. Other foods or things can cause asthma
(including cats, etc.). Fourth, that several ladies in my
group mention that dairy causes ringing in the ears. One
person said it took 6 months for the ringing to disappear and
others have noticed it leaving sooner. These are just some
examples what using dairy products can cause.
I didn't show I was allergic to milk on the test but I feel so much better not using it. There is only a 50% chance of reacting to the skin test (I'm not sure about the blood test) so you might be allergic to something even if you don't react to it on the test.
You may have a food allergy and you don't know it. So be careful and go to the sites I listed above and watch for the reactions these foods my cause.Go to these links to find health related problems milk products cause.
Is it Milk Allergies or Lactose Intolerance?
You might think you (or someone you care for a lot) might be lactose intolerant but they really might have a milk allergy. Milk allergies and lactose intolerance can have the same digestive system reactions. Go to: Milk allergies and What is it, Lactose Intolerance or Milk Allergy? to read more about the two health problems.
Comments about Dairy, Lactose Intolerance, and Gluten
The following comment is from my daughter in law (5 1/2 yr old son who is sugars (all) and dairy sensitive):
Check it out - The medicine I have given my kid for years to help him feel better has been making him sick! ARGH!!! I think I'd better educate my stinkin' pediatrician!!! This is beyond frustrating...
Lactose intolerance is when your body does not produce or have some of the enzyme lactase as a result your body can not break down lactose in milk products. Many people don't realize it, but they might be lactose intolerant. It is found in lots of MEDICINES, VITAMINS, and FOOD. Some allergy medicines include: Zyrtec, Claritin, Benadryl, Sudafed (the little red pills), etc. (Allegra is fine.) Some thyroid medicines include: Levoxyl, Synthroid, etc. Gluten intolerance can also bring about lactose intolerance. You can read more about lactose intolerance and milk protein allergy at Milk allergies and Milk Allergy and Lactose Intolerance.
Calcium is an important part of our diet. You can find more information at these sites: PCRM--Vegetarian Starter Kit -- Calcium in Plant-Based Diets,
PCRM--Heath--Protecting Your Bones, Going Dairy-Free Diet by Laura Morton, and The Calcium and Bone Disease. Read the amounts of calcium listed on the label. Some foods that are high in calcium are calcium enriched orange juice, bread, and cereals.
Foods With Calcium
Here are some things I have found high in calcium:
1. Calcium Enriched Juices:
You can also drink fortified orange juice and other juices that have non-dairy calcium in them.
2. Cereals High in Calcium:
We use to eat Honey & Nut Toasty O's, and Tootie Fruities from Malt-O-Meal. This brand of cereal is very good (except the Tootie Fruities have added food dyes in them, which are made from petroleum), plus their cereal has 10% calcium per serving. I know most Safeway cereals have 10% calcium in them and probably other store brand do too. At least right now, Safeway brand bag Fruit & Frosted O's (made from petroleum) are from Malt-O-Meal so if you want to safe money, buy Safeway. All you have to do is compare what the cereal looks like both bags and if it says on it "A Good Source of 12 Vitamins & Minerals Including Calcium, Zinc & Iron", it probably is produced by Malt-O-Meal.
3. Enriched Rice and Soy Milk (Click here to see some Non-Dairy Beverages substitutes.)
Most restaurants have dairy products in most of their foods. We use to go to a Chinese Buffet and Buffets, Inc.. We had to ask to make sure what we could eat. At Home Town Buffet/Old Country Buffet, you can ask them to get you some of their rolls without butter on it. Most of the vegetables are just steamed, most meats are fine, etc. You need to ask the manager to help you out (make sure you know the name of hidden milk ingredients that are found in foods.) If you want to go out to eat, be very careful. You might have to call the home office to find out if these restaurants wash off their equipment before they make their dairy-free products. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
Fast Food Restaurant Ingredient Lists
Here is a list of restaurants: McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Taco Bell (or if the information is not there contact them at this number 1-800-TACO BELL), KFC (if it is available, it was not there when I looked at their site), and Jack In The Box. There are some more restaurants that I have not listed, they are located at Fast Food Knowledge Featured Restaurants.
With any food allergy, you need to be careful at any restaurant.
"Vegan" means someone that does not eat products with meat, dairy, eggs, and animal products. They also do not use any products that have animal products in them. Vegetarian lacto-ovo is a vegetarian diet that includes dairy products and eggs.So if you are looking for a "dairy-free" recipe, search for "vegan" or "vegetarian" and you will probably find something you might enjoy. If you eat meat like we do, just add meat to the recipe. Go to Recipe Links to find some vegan and vegetarian recipe web sites.
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