2014-02-12 Wednesday

Pilates with Angela at home this morning, piano lesson this afternoon.  Domestic Goddess this evening!  While searching for the Waldorf Red Cake recipe, I found a copy of National Bio Technology Laboratories IgG4  Antibody Assay/General Food Panel that I had done in 1992.  I suspect I had this done in an effort to figure out my dermatitis.  It finds me Highly Reactive to:  American Cheese, Casein, Cheddar Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Cow’s Milk, Goat’s Milk, Lactalbumin, Mozzarella Cheese, Swiss Cheese, Yogurt, Egg White, Egg Yolk, Almond, Gliadin, Gluten, Rye and Wheat.  Moderately Reactive to:  Blueberry, Grape, Buckwheat, Lentil, Lima Bean, Peanut, Pecan, Rice, Sesame, Soy, Brewer’s Yeast, Coffee, Alfalfa, Cucumber, Garlic, String Bean, Lettuce, Pea, Sweet Potato, Squash and Tomato.  Lowly Reactive to:  Chicken, Clam, Halibut, Lobster, Oyster, Red Snapper, Salmon, Shrimp, Sole, Tuna, Turkey, Apple, Apricot, Banana, Cranberry, Grapefruit, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pineapple, Plum, Raspberry, Watermelon, Barley, Corn, Kidney Bean, Oat, Pinto Bean, Sunflower Seed, Walnut, Beef, Lamb, Pork, Baker’s Yeast, Cane Sugar, Chocolate, Honey, Asparagus, Beet, Broccoli, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Green Pepper, Lemon, Mushroom, Olive, Onion, White Potato and Spinach.  Not At All Reactive to:  Cod, Crab, Sardine, Trout, Nectarine, Pear, Avocado and Cabbage.  It would be extremely difficult, but might be an interesting experiment, to eliminate all the highly reactive foods from my diet for a month.  This from the Mayo Clinic’s website; “Some people develop a form of celiac disease called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), which causes an itchy, blistering rash. This skin disorder is also linked to gluten intolerance. But although it involves the skin, DH is caused by ingesting gluten, not by skin contact with gluten. So, eliminating gluten from your diet will help clear up DH as well.”