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Soy Sensitive Symptoms

Symptoms of a soy allergy may be limited to one area of the body or may involve many areas. They can include flushing and/or itching skin, swelling lips and/or tongue, wheezing, shortness of breath, hoarseness or tightness in the throat, nausea and vomiting, colic, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Fatal, anaphylactic reactions to soy have been reported but are rare. Symptoms can occur within minutes to a couple hours after soy is ingested.

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Fishing for a Cure

Parents will go to incredible lengths to help their children when they’re sick, so when mainstream medicine fails to ease a child’s suffering, many parents predictably search for answers elsewhere. For youngsters with severe or life threatening food allergies, the mainstream has so far offered few options. Avoiding allergenic food is the only established method of preventing reactions and the enduring possibility of accidental exposure keeps parents constantly vigilant.

Digest This

Frandi Mars didn’t set out to become a nutritional expert. For years, the Maryland mother of three worked as a clinical social worker. But when her daughter Sydney started having digestive problems, Mars decided, out of necessity, to learn as much as she could about diet and nutrition. She enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York and graduated. Now a certified holistic health counselor, she advises patients on improving their diets and…

Surprising Dairy-Free Alternatives

When Rachael Epstein, owner of Sprout organic hair salon in Baltimore, Maryland, discovered that her 4-month old son, Ezra, was allergic to cow’s milk, she went on a hunt to find a substitute. For a while, she tried a soy-based formula but he reacted to it in the same way, with constant congestion and alarming episodes of breathing difficulties. Ezra’s pediatrician didn’t believe the formula was the problem — he diagnosed the baby with asthma. But after Ezra was rushed to the emergency room one night because he couldn’t breathe, Epstein changed physicians. Ezra’s new doctor, a naturopath, took Ezra off the soy formula and all dairy products and recommended rice milk. Ezra liked it and, fortunately, it didn’t cause a reaction. The difference was notable. On dairy or soy formula, Ezra suffered constant allergy-induced asthma attacks. After quitting both, the episodes stopped. The doctor’s advice to quit dairy and soy and start on rice milk “was single-handedly responsible for curing Ezra,” Epstein says, who adds that her son was a skinny baby. For the next five years, Ezra, now almost seven, continued drinking rice milk. Although generally healthy, he was underweight. He just couldn’t seem to put on the pounds the way his dairy-consuming friends did.

Probiotics: Good Germs for Your Gut

When Renee Deyo’s 7-year-old son, Bryan, gained several inches and six pounds in four months, she knew it wasn’t your run-of-the-mill growth spurt. She attributed it to the healing Bryan’s body had undergone since she began giving him cultured, or fermented, foods and probiotic supplements. Deyo has tried many biomedical therapies to treat Bryan’s autism, with which he was diagnosed at age two. She tried the gluten-free/casein-free diet, digestive enzymes, B12 shots and chelation, among others. At one point, using a nutritional protocol developed by Amy Yasko, Ph.D., Bryan was taking 120 supplements per day.

Probiotics are Good for You

Probiotics contain live and active cultures that can benefit anyone, not just people with leaky gut syndrome. They help promote proper digestion, optimizing vitamin and mineral absorption and proper nourishment.

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Asthma and Food Allergies

When Donna O’Mara watches her 16-year-old daughter, Keri, compete in high school track meets, she gets nervous. She wants her daughter to do well but that’s not what creates the anxiety. Keri has asthma and O’Mara is concerned that the strenuous activity might prompt breathing problems. When Keri finishes her events without incident, as she normally does these days, O’Mara’s anxiety melts into gratitude. “Ten years ago, Keri’s asthma was so bad that we weren’t even sure she would live to be 16, let alone be a competitive runner,” says O’Mara of Nassau, New York. Born six weeks prematurely, Keri weighed only 4 pounds, 13 ounces and had health problems from the start. Although her breathing was fine as an infant, Keri did not tolerate formula. “She cried a lot from gas pains,” her mother says. Keri continued having stomachaches into her toddler years. When she was three and attending nursery school, she would get sick regularly.

Back to School: Tips for your Food-Allergic Child

Most mothers feel a little trepidation when their children start school for the very first time but Terri Esterowitz, MD, had a lot more than the jitters when she prepared her little girl for kindergarten. Understandably so. Her daughter Ellie has life-threatening allergies and Esterowitz knew that sending the 6-year-old into class was introducing her to a whole new world of risk.

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