BY BETH BUCZYNSKI
My partner recently saw an ear, nose and throat doctor. He was looking for an explanation for the chronic sinus issues that have lingered for most of his adult life. In addition to a CT scan, and a DIY nasal rinse, the doctor requested allergy testing. To our surprise, the results indicated significant intolerance for wheat, eggs, peanuts, dairy and brewer’s yeast. I’ve got another friend who can’t eat Stevia without breaking out in hives, and yet another who treats gluten like the plague.
It seems like food allergies have moved from the realm of little kids into the mainstream, and it’s not all a weird diet bandwagon. Research confirms that food allergies are on the rise, and are currently the fifth leading chronic illness in the United States.
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