Life Journey Lessons & Corn Allergy Life, Life Journey Shares

Thanksgiving & Corn Allergy

First, I’d like to kick this off with a big ole’ Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there who celebrates and enjoys this holiday with friends and family. I especially want to applaud and give mad respect to those with food allergies who still brave the so called ‘norms’ of social gatherings and deal with the interactions seamlessly and effortlessly. You are a role model and should most definitely provide your perspectives and experiences on how you got to that level. I think we’re all different and develop and struggle through things on different levels but that we are all capable of shifting on this spectrum of perception and life that we share. May your thanksgiving and holiday season be filled with lots of love, laughter, joy and more. 

Secondly, I want to say I hope that everyone finds time to be thankful, no matter your situation this time of year. The holidays can be hard for many of us. I especially understand this as a difficult time of year for myself, between deaths, empty chairs around the table growing each year and my allergy development in my early twenties to what I would now say a pretty bleak social life to nonexistent family life outside my and my husbands interactions… I can honestly say I don’t really personally care for Thanksgiving or the holiday season itself. I have a litany of fond and warm memories though that I cherish and while this Thanksgiving will be spent working at the grocery store and dodging any invitations to social gatherings, I am more than than thankful for my life as it is regardless of the trials, setbacks, strife, mishaps, or what have yous of anything considered the negative. It is perfect just the way it is and it will continue to improve in all it’s perfections. Challenges are blessings in disguise and any mountain I must climb will be an adventure to be made fun of, even if I’ve almost lost my life over a few of my mountains before, I’m sure they won’t be the last. 

For this post I want to share from my personal perspective and journey, seeing as it seems to be a thing every year in my allergy support groups for people to come express their tragedies with dealing with family or friends who are seemingly just committed to misunderstanding our food allergies, the nightmares of getting poisoned by a spouse or other family member. These moments of betrayal, isolation, rejection and even accusations of being a hypochondriac or something else other than your doctor diagnosed allergy. They’re all more than troublesome on the minds of those who undergo it. We are all different in how we handle these situations though. I’m aiming to power through these moments humbly and kindly, but as of right now, I’m a bit bitter and I know I am. It’s okay though, I have a right to be. We all do at some point. It’s part of a grievance process. I want to remind everyone that you’re not alone in your troubles, somebody somewhere is dealing with something very similar. Stay strong, you will get through it. This moment will pass and you will triumph and learn from it. 

Thanksgiving used to be one of my favorite social gathering times of the year. We get to load up on booze, food and music or good shows are never in short over at family or friends houses. Games and more. Each year since my allergy though, my circle has died down more and more. We’re herd animals afterall, and if someone doesn’t fit in with the crowd – they tend to step off on their own if the crowd doesn’t shun them out one way or another. Having a corn allergy in my early 20’s after having established 80% of my life long connections, has been beyond difficult. The attitude of my given circle wasn’t allergy friendly nor tolerant and even I had an identity crisis at many points through adapting to the necessities to achieve feeling better and getting my health back from this allergy and intolerance. My doctor even gets hopeless with me when it comes to treating certain situations, the pharmacist too – both scratching their heads not knowing what to do or how to treat or get treatment that’s both accommodating and affordable for something as simple as a skin infection that doesn’t have some level of allergy trigger consequence to it. When my herbal remedies and research comes up empty in results and I have to turn to them, it’s an uh-oh kind of situation. I hope to see this die down as time goes on and technological or scientific advancements are made. Sometimes they can really help guide me, other times we’re all left scratching our heads on what to do to help my situation without causing other problems treating the one. 

Others with a corn allergy probably understand this, some are blessed to have a great doctor and pharmacist as well as resources and support. I’m not so lucky in this aspect to some perspectives – even my own. I count my blessings though that I have the resources and support that I do. I will not waste my energy wishing I had better or being jealous of others online and their boasts about getting a cooperative doctor or supportive father-n-law. I have a great naturopath to lean on for advice and while my father-n-law is not even remotely emotionally supportive or understanding of my allergy and has literally poisoned me at a past thanksgiving gathering only to laugh about it and taunt me hours afterward as I’m puking in their bathroom – he does help us with things around the house when it comes down to repairs for it or our cars. His strong suit is not keeping us healthy or safe feeling, but mobile and independent. 

My viewpoint on this seeming to be atrocious behavior from my father-n-law though? Glass is always half full – Everyone has their strengths, know them, play on those to get the best results of any situation. Don’t go to a thanksgiving dinner and eat with them if I can’t bring my own food and be prepared mentally for the taunting – as they’re just playing in their minds and its nothing short of a fight to make a deal about it – play along and dismiss it, do what I have to do, wear my mask or stay outside and eat my own food I bring, I can make my appearance if I want to and it’s that simple. I can also choose to have a good time there as well so long as I don’t expect them to be someone they’re not and expect their lifestyle to be in line with mine for my comfort. Misery and unhappiness is a direct result of expecting things to be different and not accepting things as they are. The second you start expecting a fish to fly like a seagull or a seagull to swim and hunt like a dolphin, you’re living in a fantasy world. People are people and are exactly what they show you. Some can change, if they want to, but many will remain exactly the same throughout most of their lifetime. It makes no sense to spend a lot of time and effort fighting people on what they are after they’ve shown you.

My point on this post is in summary right here. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a lot of things in image and in mind as well as in tradition. For some of us though, it is not what is in the standard mental picture frame taught to us growing up. Happiness is always with something or someone else. Our health is someone elses responsibility, our food safety, our products, etc. All of it. Nothing is ever what it seems and only what you make it out to be at the end of the day. We’re all limited to our own views and perceptions of our own experiences, sometimes we are able to read or hear something and it shifts us in ways that are profound. I hope that what I share here, can help some of us who struggle with these holidays and the allergy can find a shift from obstacles and misery to acceptance and happiness. 

I’m not saying be a pushover, for sure, do stand up for yourself if a situation arises. My situation with my father-n-law poisoning me at a past thanksgiving was a deal over sour cream brand used in mashed potatoes. I did not take the time to double check the ingredients used to make homemade mashed potatoes. I can tolerate Daisy Sour Cream, all other brands I cannot. He used potatoes, sea salt, black pepper and sour cream. I asked but did not check for myself, what brand, and literally asked him, “Did you use the Daisy brand sour cream?” to which he responded, “Yes.” and it wasn’t until we were midway through eating that my stomach started flipping.  My husband, not sure what could have possibly been the problem got up to double check his father as I was excusing myself to the bathroom. Come to find out, he had actually used the cheap kroger brand in the potatoes. His dad was chuckling and laughing and making jokes of the situation as I spent an hour emptying my stomach. Gasping for air. Wishing I was anywhere but there. I had brought over 3 homemade, corn allergy friendly, delicious pumpkin pies that his father even took delight in, 2 were for them that day. My response to all the taunting and lack of care? I’ll be damned if you get my pies now!!! My husband took me home as soon as we had a break and had no problem backing me up on taking those pies back home as a punishment. Sorry, mom! You weren’t the offender but you get punished too, you can come by if you want a slice of this homemade pumpkin pie though! And that’s how I handled that situation. I won’t ever again let someone else cook for me. That was a lesson on personal responsibility for me. I waste no time playing victim more than a day – it’s their fault until I realize it’s all my fault, every bit of it. We take risks in trusting people on any level and when that trust gets violated, it is our responsibility to act accordingly without blame. People are people. You’re a person too and do the same kinds of things in different ways on different levels of the spectrum we all live on and share. 

I’ve had friends try and offer to assemble a thanksgiving dinner under my direction with no serious dedication to looking into what they have to do on their part for such a feat, which is a lot to ask of me. I have a hard enough time in my own kitchen and am having to constantly research every step I make in the kitchen. They were flat out offended when I kept declining to let them assemble my food and then when I did give instruction and guidance, they were still confused so I settled on I’ll bring my own food, and told them don’t take offense if I don’t touch your food. Their pride got in the way and it crumbled connections between us. I take no pity on their lack of understanding of my situation and its complexity as they are the same kind of people my father-in-law is – they’ll make jokes and facetious jests about suicide being an option for me – I have distanced myself from these kinds of people. My thoughts to them: Your kitchen is filled with McCormick seasonings and regular-ass American-style typical chemical-laden cooking crap – none of it is safe for me! Don’t take it personally and if you do, not my problem. I gotta look out for me! 

My point here is, take care of yourself first. Deal with your health the best way that you know-how and learn how to be as independent as you possibly can. I’ve been learning how to hunt, fish, shoot, garden, and cook. I’m juggling all of this with 5 animals, a fish tank, a part-time job, design contracts, and plenty of old trauma work I’m working through. The health complications and setbacks are just setups for something better coming up. Life is getting better and things aren’t always as bad as they seem. No matter where you are on your journey with this allergy or just discovering this allergy with a loved one, things are only as hard as we make them. Just start and keep doing what works best for you and don’t worry about the rest. It will fall into place! 

While I am not celebrating this year, I am planning to in the future. Right now I am struggling to get organized and set up in our new home and things seem more complex than ever, but we are most definitely maneuvering in the right direction. I hope that by this time next year, I can have recipes available and out for folks to use with this allergy – of course, the products and their sources will vary from person to person with a corn allergy but at least I can share what is working for me, some of it may be great ideas for those who are struggling to figure it out. As we all work through the process of getting used to a different lifestyle and trying to streamline some things – we are learning new things each day as new complications and obstacles arise.

I just hope this article helps some of you understand that there is a grievance process to this allergy and an adaptation socially. Your circle will shift. If you find yourself with no friends and even your family seems like enemies – I can relate. Most of my family is 3k miles away, don’t care, and won’t even click a link to sign a petition on behalf of all corn allergy sufferers to make labeling a thing for us. When I go to visit, I am bombarded with a combination of hugs and facetious comments toward the allergy and my lack of ‘meat on the bones’ because it has caused me to lose every bit of weight I ever had. I don’t foresee me getting it back either with the dietary restrictions. I have hardly any of the same friends I had when I discovered this allergy and quite frankly, that’s okay. It hurts, yes, and I miss the good times we had but with the differences, I can understand and accept that things shifted for the better. Some people stay connected with me at a distance and still root for me and I absolutely love this. I limit my time with some of my friends for some of the attitudes and perceptions, only because it is something I am still struggling with accepting. Yes, I want some lay’s chips too, but I cannot. Taunting makes it harder and avoiding that is simple. I’ve shifted most, if not all, my social interactions around fishing now. It is double beneficial, I get to hang out with friends in the outdoors and catch food. One of my best of friends has done everything he can to teach me how to fish for myself and even got me geared up towards hunting which I am now jumping into. I’ve focused on shifting my time used to research and action rather than wallowing and reactions and trying to gain social traction for a very small group of people. I’m not shutting up though, I mean, I still tell everyone at every opportunity they’re being fooled by food and pharma industries and that I don’t think my allergy development was natural and even if it were, it was a blessing from God himself to take me out of the brainwashing fog that so many people are sheepled into. Shifting my focus from external validations to internal ones. It’s not an easy process as none of us are really brought up to focus on ourselves so much as we are to focus on getting accepted and making our way in the world via a career and social status. We will always do more for others than we will for ourselves and it is more out of our own selfish desires to be accepted and recognized as important on some level, it is human nature.

I appreciate those who have supported me along the way and taught me what I have come to learn now. Those who follow and wait for my posts, thank you. I know it’s been quiet here. I’ve been busy as I mentioned though, focused on action rather than reaction. As I start gaining my momentum again and get myself organized through the holiday craze in retail, I will be making more posts. This year has been a year of recovering for me and while I am not doing Thanksgiving this year, I wish everyone else a very good one and if you’re like me this year, I hope you see the glass half full and all the opportunities and blessings hidden inside this obstacle that is a corn allergy development.

Corn-Tamination Alert Graphics

SLIDE #16 – Corn Allergy List item #13 – Blended Sugar (Sugaridextrose)

Right Click and save image if desired, feel free to share to inform and spread awareness!

SLIDE #16 – Corn Allergy List item #13 – Blended Sugar (Sugaridextrose, CORN SUGAR, DEXTROSE)
Blended Sugar, Sugar Dextrose, Dextrose, also Corn Sugar. Dextrose has some baffling search results when searching for Blended Sugar and Dextrose or Sugaridextrose. Sugar was once on the list of corn derivatives and it is still on mine as an ingredient to dodge, I am not entirely sure of all the details surrounding sugar debates but current FDA standards for Sugar on labels can only be applied for sugar that comes from cane sugar or beets. However, if you see blended sugar be on high alert, corn is more than likely in the mix! Corn starch under certain amounts will still be allowed in processing for things without it having to be on a label so be very cautious with any sugar products. I like to think of sugar as something corn can always be hidden in as both are typically white in appearance or can be blended together without detection.
I want to focus on Sugar on this one, Dextrose will be the next one that I break down in more detail. Sugaridextrose/Dextrose is Corn Sugar and if you see it on a label it’s a safe idea to avoid it when you’re living with a corn allergy. I have not seen this much in recent years and don’t see what happened but I imagine it was a legality issue which made sugar go to being mandated as cane or beet only by the FDA. Most of the time you can probably say your item is safe for a ‘Sugar’ item – unless it‘s specified from another source, proceed with research and caution. Blended sugars require reaching out, I just assume to avoid for my personal situation.
As an educational point, Sugar Cane and Corn are within the same plant family, while not everyone has a sensitivity to all of the different particular grass family member and their products, you may find, like I have, that you’re a bit sensitive to sugar, especially after processing. Just food for thought!

references
https://sugaralliance.org/frequently-asked-questions
https://cornallergygirl.com/2013/06/03/wheres-the-corn-in-foods/
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=101.4

*Asterisk Items are items that are not always corn derived and require in depth research on the item in question.

See any errors or want to have a conversation? Reach out to me using the form below!

If you would like to see more and would like to support the Ginger’s efforts in keeping this page up, please use the form below to submit a donation!

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Make a one-time donation

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Corn-Tamination Alert Graphics

SLIDE #15 – Corn Allergy List item #12 – Bleached Flour*

Right Click and save image if desired, feel free to share to inform and spread awareness!

SLIDE #15 – Corn Allergy List item #12 – Bleached Flour*
Bleached Flour, Flour, or even Enriched/Fortified Flours* should all be looked at through a thorough microscope. Corn allergy people must be very cautious and reach out to manufacturers about their flour processing. FDA Guidelines permit manufacturers and food companies from having to outline on the label whether or not they are using corn starch or other diluent for bleaching agents or other processing measures.
If Flour is labeled as “Bleached” we are all supposed to understand that it could contain any one of the many bleaching agents used to do bleached flour. For us with a corn allergy this means we need to reach out to determine what they’ve used to make their flour white. Essentially what happens when they bleach flour is that it takes out the carotenoids that make natural grain breads brown or orangish. Searching the support groups is a great way to find some solutions for your bread finds, a lot make their own using a safe for them flour. Everyones level of sensitivity is different, so trial carefully! It might be tough but finding a bleached flour you can use might be really beneficial for some tasty snacks! Flour bleaching has been common since 1906 and it does extend the shelf life of flour and products using bleached flour. For beginning bakers it’s preferred as it is easier to work with.

To those with a corn allergy, as always, wishing you happy ventures! You’re never alone!

*Asterisk Items are items that are not always corn derived and require in depth research on the item in question.

references
https://cornallergygirl.com/2013/06/03/wheres-the-corn-in-foods/
https://sciencemeetsfood.org/bleached-flour/
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=137.105

Corn-Tamination Alert Graphics

SLIDE #14 – Corn Allergy List item #11 – Barley Malt*

Right Click and save image if desired, feel free to share to inform and spread awareness!

SLIDE #14 – Corn Allergy List item #11 – Barley Malt*
Barley Malt – this has an asterisk next to it on the main list. This means it is not always corn derived. Generally Barley Malt can be considered safe but be wary as it is more often than not contaminated. Malt is germinated grain by definition and in processing is where oftentimes things get corny. You’ll have to reach out to manufacturers to see if the product at hand is safe for you to try.
Corn is always cheaper and easier in the food industry so be wary that many places that process barley will also likely process corn, this is where a lot of products become a no go for the more sensitive corn allergy folks, even if they’re 100% on the label, considered safe. You know those little disclaimers for people with a nut allergy? That really applies with everything with a corn allergy as it is so broad spectrum in its uses in processes and manufacturing.
Barley Malt’s major uses are in food and beverages and confections. It is used in making beer, breads, bagels, tea biscuits and many other items. In cereals you can find its’ extract being used. It is known for being used as sweet meal so to speak. If you’re nifty enough, you might be able to make your own!
Happy research adventures!

references
https://cornallergygirl.com/2013/06/03/wheres-the-corn-in-foods/

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/4793/Malt___The_Malting_Process-Kelly_Kuehl.pdf

https://beerandbrewing.com/malt-your-own-barley/#:~:text=Place%20the%20raw%20barley%20in,should%20emerge%20from%20the%20kernels

See any errors or want to have a conversation? Reach out to me using the form below!

If you would like to see more and would like to support the Ginger’s efforts in keeping this page up, please use the form below to submit a donation!

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Make a one-time donation

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Life Journey Lessons & Corn Allergy Life, Life Journey Shares

#cornallergy Life – Adapting Tangent – Flavonoids, Addictions, Restrictions

This entry really doesn’t have a focal point. I need a place to lay out some things for everyone in my life but don’t really have a means to express it in a way that they’d understand. This entry is more of an outlet and tantalization of thoughts on Addictions, Mental Health, and the allergy triggers correlation with mood swings. I don’t really have anyone in my personal life that gets it, just people in the Corn Allergy Support groups. I feel the need to publicize the struggle, because I’m not the only one living this nightmare. My life is literally falling apart as I type this out. My marriage is starting to crumble and my career already took a dive and I’m not making any headway anymore in that industry. My mental health is not as strong as it needs to be in my personal opinion. Therapists tell me I’m strong and doing well, but I don’t believe them. 

While my marriage has some possibilities for recovery as that has more to do than just allergy related restrictions and dynamics – it’s a matter of communication really and compromise alongside some patience and understanding. Maybe my husband isn’t going to adapt to living this lifestyle required of this allergy with me, and that’s a huge pain to the heart and soul, but it’s not the end of the world. I’ve had worse in my face, I think. I’m not sure what I’d do without him as he is my entire world, he just doesn’t seem to realize it sometimes and takes what happens with my allergy reactions – personal. That’ll smooth over or the ship will sail. I’m letting the chips fall where they will as I am not trying to hold anyone hostage to this lifestyle. I didn’t even know what he was signing on for with me with this allergy as I didn’t forecast it causing me not to be able to work for 3 months straight and then taking me out of being able to do what I was just doing last year. It’s insane. 

What doesn’t have a possibility of recovery is getting back to where I was before this allergy took over my life. It has literally destroyed my social connections, my foodie habits, my drinking habits, (some of this is good), it has destroyed my ability to be able to attend family dinners, company events, be part of teams who coordinate food and team events due to airborne and otherwise triggers that lead to hives, stomach, neurological responses amongst a litany of other issues. It is not as simple as a lactose intolerance, it is not so simple as a nut allergy. I can’t just “Avoid Corn” and be all good. 

The typical person doesn’t understand what is used in their food, medications, clothing materials, bedding and mattress materials, cleaning chemicals, perfumes, laundry detergents, cigarettes, alcohol, sanitizers, and so much more. We live in a world where everyone is dependent upon these multi million dollar industries to provide us with food, clothing, cleaning supplies, health care, and so much more. We no longer live in a day and age where it is necessary to raise a family of 20 to hold down a farm and pass down a family business. Matter of fact, most people are spending their time jumping job to job to try and get their income up or they’re struggling check to check. There is no question on what is being done to our food and otherwise supplied materials that we spend our hard earned money on. 

I was about 22 when I started developing debilitating symptoms and reactions that didn’t even remotely look like anything of a typical allergy. I already had my baggage from a hard knocks life and traumas I was learning how to overcome before this allergy seized me – and my life dreams. Doctors don’t even have a well substantiated education or understanding of the immune system or allergies because medical science is still seriously developing in this area. Which is why it is so freaking expensive and difficult to get any kind of productive medical guidance on this situation we #cornallergy folks are dealing with. 

I want to touch base on a few things in this post, mental health is always something I touch on as it is something I struggle with personally. My worth has been equated to just how much money I make and well – I don’t make much anymore. I’m pretty much worthless in the eyes of those who are money driven. I’ve had to learn to separate myself from the way that makes me feel because it is so very detrimental to my mental health and  if I spend too much time looking through that lens, I’d break. You have to choose a different one to look through, consciously, or you are going to be absolutely miserable. It is easier said than done. I’m pretty miserable right now to be honest. I don’t see any hope.  

Addiction is something I really want to touch on, and I’ll probably do some digging and researching to add another whole post eventually in regards to it with references but something I do know from my research and learning on this Corn Allergy Life struggle is that what is in our food isn’t what you think it is. On top of the corn derivatives used, ‘they’ put flavonoids and all kinds of addictive additives meant to wire your brain to a flavor or substance in the foods. Something I’ve discovered on my journey as I eliminate more and more corn and corn derivatives from my diet is that these flavonoids are something your body really freaking misses when you drop them out all together. As with any addiction, there are withdrawals. 

‘Corn Rage’ is a term you’ll find in the corn allergy support groups and it is in reference to the neurological inflammation that occurs when an allergy trigger affects the neurological system on top of everything else it also affects. At least that’s my understanding.  I think it is possible, especially remembering when I first started eliminating and the mood swings I had, that it’s not just an allergy or immune system response. It’s a combination of withdrawal symptoms and allergy responses. There are a litany of things going on in our bodies that we do not know about. 

For a time, before 2020s’ COVID shut downs, I actually had my food resources down and my diet pretty much stable. I was pretty much stable, happy, organized, and useful to my husband and friends.  I was still able to buy produce at the stores without consequences. I still purchase store bought produce today, but not without reactions, especially with apples, bananas and berries now. I’m financially and morally restricted by my situation not to cost my husband more money in what I need to resource in order to avoid neurological reactions and otherwise. Afterall, I’m only banking in about $120 a week and costing myself half that in benadryl every few weeks that I work retail. I’m struggling to figure out how to work from home, I’ve always been a task oriented employee. My entire identity is having to shift around this lifestyle change. 

Mentally, I’m exhausted from all the research I’ve done for the last 4-5 years. Every twist and turn I’ve found yet another isolating restriction that derails me further from participating in society. In the main and big corn allergy support group, I’ve been slammed for trying to provide free awareness graphics, and shut down and threatened to get booted from the group. People wanted stickers, I wanted to collaborate ideas and start looking for ways to spread awareness. 

This lady running the group wasn’t going to have it and shut my post down from collaborative commenting, changed her group rules about PMing because I had stated to PM me if interested in getting the stickers or some custom graphics. All in one fatal swoop over me posting a graphic I made, mentioning I worked at a print shop and had free printing that I could do every year and I wanted to offer it up for the benefit of us struggling with this allergy to help spread awareness. That is self promotion in her eyes. I have never once asked for money for graphics I create and provide openly online. I would never either because we aren’t like others – we’re seriously isolated completely from the rest of the world, not just our country or state that we reside in individually. It’s a different story if someone reaches out to me for custom made logos and printing – I can’t just whip that up for free. But awareness graphics? If I have the time, I’m definitely jumping on helping someone out. 

My Printing costs now aren’t free because I’m no longer in that industry and no longer run the printers nor do I get that free printing I used to get every year. Part of my dive out of the career was the emotional damages done between that incident online in the group and a litany of incidents that had a lot to do with the lack of empathy in my workplace. People think it’s a fucking joke for someone to have a corn intolerance/allergy. Especially if you’re not needing an Epi-pen and stuck in your house unable to come out. Even then I see people with some pretty screwed rhetoric about the allergy being all in someones head and that people are killing themselves by choosing not to eat food laced with allergy triggers. It baffles me. Like, what is wrong with people? So heartless! 

I took a poll in the groups recently to see if anyone else other than me got these kinds of comments, and to see how people handled the situations:

People commonly say things like this to a person with an allergy or intolerance, completely ignorant to the facts that this is psychologically damaging to the person they’re making these comments to. 

“C’mon, A little won’t hurt, just eat some!” Offers a corn laden snack – this is all too often the same thing as bullying and peer pressure to do drugs in school. It is a high school level response. A careless one at that. Yes a little can hurt a lot for someone with these allergies and especially something as complex and misunderstood as a corn and corn derivative allergy. Neurological inflammation is something I discovered I’m dealing with more often than not and the mood swings are seriously hard to handle some days making me look absolutely insane -emotional – and unable to function. 

“Oh my god, what do you eat? How do you survive? I’d kill myself” – the first 2 questions are okay, but the last comment is all too often out of place and very suggestive to the person with the allergy that their life is too hard to live. Respect the person living a harder life than you, don’t judge them and don’t put them down. Lift them up! 

“You should just get yourself an island or bubble” – if it were that easy, don’t you think we would have already? 

“Why don’t you just shoot yourself? That’s too much to deal with.” – Again this is just disheartening commentary that people mindlessly let fall out of their mouth. Verbal diarrhea we have to glaze over and try not to let the words stick in our minds as an option out of this god forsaken lifestyle we’re forced to live. 

There’s a litany more of commentary that gets said to us who struggle with these allergies. I feel for those with multiple allergies to dodge. I really have a handful that I have to dodge and it’s hard just with the corn alone. Corn is like the ultimate “Fuck you and your life” allergy in my opinion. 

For me though, the hardest thing is trying to explain the cause and effect to those I’m closest to and hoping they see it for what it is instead of what they wish it were. I wish it were something simpler. It’s just not.. I don’t know how to explain the headaches and brain fog and the disconnect to reality when it hits. The moodswings that set in because of it are also a reality. Who doesn’t get frustrated when they can’t focus or connect dots?

I can’t seem to win for nothing with this allergy or it’s trigger effects. From stomach issues to headaches, nosebleeds, lymph node swellings and other issues I won’t color in the details here on – I just can’t seem to get a break! None of us can when I start looking around the groups. Where is #cornfree at? #cornallergylabeling – it’s needed! 

Life Journey Lessons & Corn Allergy Life, Life Journey Shares, Real Life Journey History

Allergy vs. Intolerance Discussion Topic

I have to start off by stating that I am no medical professional on any level nor should any of the content of my article be taken as medical advice. I am not responsible for your choices and actions in association to reading this article or the information that it provides, however, it is food for thought. I believe what I have to share here has some grounds to be heard and carry some level of benefit for others struggling with adapting to a life with adult onset corn allergy or intolerances. Whether you’ve been told you have an allergy or an intolerance, what you’ll likely come to discover is the same as I have: The two ultimately need to be treated the same for best overall health results. The groups can be confusing when trying to identify what ‘level’ your allergy or intolerance is because some people can eat some things while others cannot. Allergies and intolerances aren’t fully understood is the bottom line. We learn best from others and their experiences. My goal here is simply to share my experience and findings in hopes that it will benefit someone else. I wish I knew what I know now, when I started this journey. My health would be in such better shape. I feel if everyone in the world that had this intolerance were to come together collectively and had some legitimate support from their family and friends on the notion, that a change in the industry could be made to provide us a little breathing room and less confusion.

The medical community is a complex network intertwined with making profits and helping the public manage their health. Once upon a time, being a medical professional was more or less being an educator and guide for those seeking medical guidance for ailments and ongoing issues. A real doctor or healers goal was not to see you back ever so often to re-prescribe or ‘up’ and adjust medications, but to help find and eliminate the cause of ailments. Medications were only used in absolute necessity and in temporary bouts of time for most issues. True life long medical issues were relatively rare back in the day – times however have changed. So has our food, our social lives, our industries, everything. It has all shifted. The show “House” is not how medical communities actually operate today, if they did, our individual health would be better cared for in my opinion. Doctors don’t look at your diet under a microscope, nor do they look at the medications they rolodex you on after running blood tests on you to find an allergy or intolerance. Many medications have the very allergy or intolerance triggers you should be avoiding and therefore continue adding to the plethora of issues your body is having. This was my discovery with my doctors over the years. The medications were contributing to the issues I was having, because they had the allergy triggers in them. It was leading up to me not being able to function at all basically. Muscle seizures and temporary bouts of literal fog and falling out were happening. They thought I had MS or something along those lines. I tested negative for absolutely everything other than a corn and pork allergy IgE wise – later on when IgG tests were ran, I found a litany of other things I needed to be avoiding too, or at least minimizing my intake on.

I think it a valid point to say that science and medicine go hand in hand. The human genome is not entirely understood and still being researched to this day. The discovery of DNA was short come and the evolution of medical science has rapidly taken off. There have been many things in many other areas such as the food industry and pharmaceutical industry who have taken delight and benefit in many discoveries. While all this can appear amazing, the reality is that DNA was never fully ‘decoded’ or understood by scientist and is still being discovered and studied today. Topics like GMO are often a debacle of a debate but this can’t be denoted as not a important highlight. Messing with something we don’t fully understand, making vaccinations for things, the questions and debate is endless in potentials and possibilities. Setbacks are just as many as jumps in this area in the medical and science fields. It is ever evolving. 

With all that being said, it is my bottom line to point out that Allergies and Intolerances no matter what substance or food it is to – is not fully understood, medically or scientifically and the questions are out on the table to be had for us with the anomaly situations. I’d say the numbers have grown and it’s high time that we collectively speak out as a change is really needed, either in public responsibilities or in the industries we rely upon. We also need to individually and personally understand that while there are people out there dedicated to living their life on a research cloud or being a doctor, studying whatever it is they specialize in on what is available and supplied – there are a litany of things these people doing the research do not know outside their studies. There are things not documented in studies because they’re not repeated enough to document. 

We on the ground, living life firsthand with certain conditions, are all too often unheard by these people and we go unstudied. Us with the corn allergy, we’re considered anomalies. Science tends to record repeatable trends, not anomalies. Medical science would be no different than regular science. Seeing what I’ve seen in the last 7 years living with this allergy, I must say, especially after 2020, that I have a lot to say about health and personal responsibility. I’ll keep it simple as this though and get onto the topic at hand about allergies and intolerances. It is our personal responsibility to learn and understand things like food, medication, resources, our health and body, then take the actions and discipline necessary to safeguard our health. Mentally, physically and otherwise. To rely on anyone else outside of ourselves to take care of us and our issues 100% is just absurd, and to push that notion on society that we need to rely on someone else to feed, clothe, provide for us – is a problem. Not knowing where your food comes from or how it grows, is a quick way for us to lose our rights to even do so and the fact that it has been proven that what you eat directly affects your health – there’s a lot of grey area here for the public to be taken advantage of. It’s unfortunate but it does go back to the fact that people don’t know what they don’t know and can’t know what to ask if they don’t know to ask things. However, not knowing how leaves you open to being manipulated or taken advantage of. 

It has been baffling to me to watch what I did in 2020 during the pandemic, everything that would safeguard a person’s immune system sat overstocked on the shelves while toilet paper got wiped out and your poison ladened canned and microwave ready meals. All those things detrimental to the public health, nobody is batting an eye at and getting pushed more matter of fact, but we want to shut everything down? It was insane to see this. People like me got really screwed because small ma and pa shops that produced our food resources were shut down. Entirely. My garden at the time wasn’t producing either, so food became a problem. Intolerance or allergy aside, not having options and not being understood put me in a position to really want to scream and shout. Not just for myself, but  others I saw pouring out their stresses in the only place we can pour out our stresses and seek support and understanding about our unique situations. 

Convenience was already not part of our lives and this pandemic shut down was the nail in the coffin one way or another for many, I’m sure. We’re a bunch of anomalies spread out and the only place we’ve been able to connect even before covid was online through facebook and other platforms. Look up groups for Corn allergy and we find each other and those who have had this for a lot longer, they’re not so lonely anymore. The numbers have grown exponentially. This leads me to the topic of discussion at hand. Allergies vs Intolerances, what’s the difference? Is there one? 

To me, there is not a difference between an Allergy and an Intolerance. I believe there are different levels in which each person can individually tolerate any given allergy trigger. A person can have seasonal allergies to pollen per say and never need an Epi-Pen. The immune system is a complex system, still being studied mind you, to this day. The human genome is not 100% understood, we’re better now than what we were in the times of Lobotomies and exorcisms for sure, but there’s a lot more ground to be discovered. As I stated before, science tends to only encompass the repeatable and trackable. Anomalies and one offs, that are spread out and not consolidated enough aren’t going to get tracked as well, much less understood. You also have the scope of quantum science and subjective theories, I won’t go jumping down that rabbit hole but I’ll throw it in here for the research junkies. Quantum science and health – that’s one to blow your mind for sure. 

An Allergy is commonly understood in regards to food as something that triggers Anaphylaxis. Someone with a shellfish or nut allergy – that is typically and commonly understood. The image that might come to mind is someone choking and turning purple and needing to be stabbed with a pen of lifesaving liquid. Immediately. People have died from these kinds of allergies, which is why FDA regulations are out and laws are laid down to protect some of these common allergy folks. An intolerance is similar in the understanding as an allergy although it is pictured to be something along the lines of IBS or food poisoning responses. Lactose Intolerant will be what is most commonly understood as there are a plethora of options on the market for that particular intolerance. Nobody really asks why these are better understood than anything else, I won’t delve into it but I think a lot more should be asked. The fact is, these industries are profiting off of the publics’ health anomalies that are well tracked, why are they well tracked? Food and Pharma kind of go hand in hand in their profit margins in my opinion when you step back and look at the bigger picture of things. 

After all, nobody asks to be an anomaly. The way things are today though, options and resources are set in such a way that really push for you to absolve yourself of any personal responsibility in raising your own food or even paying attention to where your food is coming from. The way our system and society is set up – it really does gaslight us on a lot of levels as to what, when, where, how, etc. Not many people are even remotely curious enough to ask these questions nor would they care to. Unfortunately, the consequences are reflected through mass health issues that have become too common nowadays. The debate is there, but the point at hand is that common allergies are labeled for. The not so common is not labeled for.

I can only speak from my personal perspective and how I’ve come to understand things, this too is evolving as I learn new things every day about these different industries. Developing a corn allergy jerked me right out of the society that gets to absolve themselves of these kinds of questions, and take part in the modern conveniences of fast foods and boxed goods. I’ve had to literally stop eating and learn how to make my own way, ask where my food comes from on a whole different level, and it’s not a virtue signal anymore of “I eat healthier than you and maintain my weight” kind of competition with my siblings or proving point to my grandmother who is concerned about us developing diabetes. I apologize if this article comes across really abrasive with the opinions, but they’re just that. The questions I think are better worded by others that might understand what I’m trying to get at here under all this rant between the points. 

Regular people hear me talk and they think I’m just uppity about my food and want to be a survivalist – this is not the case. I want to see honesty and thoroughness from everyone on all levels in all industries, but this is a world run by humans, not angels. That’ll never happen! Laughing point here! Back to the topic now!  

Allergies and Intolerances both affect the immune system in different ways. Allergies are understood on different levels by different medical professionals. In my experience over the years in discovering my allergy, I’ll simply explain that allergy tests are not reliable or the same across the board. Science has many avenues and debates going on, medical science no different. A doctor’s choice in what testing methods to use is subjective to their education, experiences and resources they’ve picked up along the way in their life. I’ve had several doctors over the years with different approaches to the same problems and symptoms I’ve had. For a long time many doctors would just pill rolodex me to treat my symptoms, but would never search for an underlying cause. As time progressed and my issues got worse, it became apparent to me that the pills weren’t working and I needed to ask more questions.  This led to doctor hopping, specialist seeking, and many, many different kinds of tests. That’s where I learned that tests aren’t reliable. 

Your immune system is responsible for a lot more than just protecting you from getting sick and managing viruses laying in your system. I’ve touched on EBV before in a previous article but there are a plethora of viruses not fully understood or studied in the medical community that just about everyone in society comes into contact with. Your body is constantly suppressing these viruses, they never actually go away. Some viruses and illnesses there are vaccinations for and they are absolutely effective, that is not even up for debate for me. I’m no anti-vaxxer by any means but I will say vaccines need to be researched better and the understanding from society needs to be known that anything like that for public good can also be used in reverse – going back to: We don’t know what we don’t know and can’t ask what we don’t know to ask. Don’t let our education get diluted and too misinformed and don’t let our freedom to ask questions become illegal due to political correctness or whatever the case. I have a lot of animosity with the way the COVID pandemic was and is still continuing  to be handled. Joking point in regards to the comments I’ve received on my respirator mask because of the corn allergy airborne triggers: Mask debate me not, I will slay you with my respirator on. LOL you don’t know what filters out a virus and what doesn’t folks! You really don’t! 

Explaining immunoglobulin to the average person is like speaking in chinese to someone who only speaks english. Even for me, I have a hard time understanding it all. Allergies and intolerances play off your immune system basically, and there are different things with your immune system such as IgE, IgM, IgG, IgA, and IgD. Some immune responses will affect the gut flora over time, doing damages slowly. These damages will be reflected in your body in other areas such as skin, hair growth, digestive irregularities. In the simplest of terms, your lactose intolerance, if left unchecked, could be doing more than just causing extra runs to the bathroom, if it’s even causing those kinds of reactions in your immune system. It could be causing that patch of eczema on your left leg that won’t go away no matter how many prescription lotions you put on it. 

I don’t even fully understand the immune system and how it works, I just get the gist and basics and am regurgitating it the best way I know how, my references are below for anyone wanting to get more involved in understanding this stuff. I highly recommend it. Don’t take what I have here and just run with it. I’d be highly disappointed with you if you didn’t take some time to look into this yourself and take some time to understand it for yourself. 

The different Immunoglobulins are found in different areas of the body, IgA for instance is in the lining of your gut, respiratory and saliva. IgM is mainly in your lymphatic system, in lymph fluids and what your body’s first line of defense is against new infections. IgE is found in the blood and is the body’s initiated response to allergens and also the one that overreacts causing anaphylaxis in response to certain triggers, venom, or infection from parasites. IgA is found in the mucous membranes. If your heads not spinning and all this makes sense to you, great! My head is spinning as I type this out, lol. As I re-read and regurgitate over my articles, immunoglobulins such as IgD are not entirely understood, and are still being studied. As you can see, this area is very cloudy for anyone trying to actually help you with your condition with any kind of allergy or intolerance. The information taught in medical schools are often provided as hardline guidelines to be followed within set parameters in the industry. This makes it very hard for us to make any headway to have convenience in our lives like those who have more understood and recognized allergies. 

The allergy immune response that is severe enough to cause anaphylaxis is not the same as the body’s immune response to something it lacks enzymes to process. An intolerance is understood as something the body doesn’t have the tools to process properly, therefore causing damages in a litany of ways I don’t really feel necessary to get into. It’s everything from having irritable bowel syndrome or food poisoning and days of inflammation. 

Some of us in the corn allergy community also have multiple chemical sensitivities on top of an allergy or multiple allergies. They have a more in depth understanding on this than I do. I simply have an IgE and IgG response to corn. Albeit, according to doctor blood tests and what not, it is, and I quote “So low, it shouldn’t be causing you issues. It’s like having an allergy to pollen.” as the doctor had declared, and I should be able to take zyrtec and be okay but low and behold that has corn in it too, triggering not only my bodies IgE but also IgE responses. Doctors don’t realize that my immune system is being constantly bombarded on all levels by this allergen trigger. It’s in literally EVERYTHING. Toilet Paper, Foods, Medicines, Textiles, Clothing, Fragrances, Cleaners. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  It wouldn’t surprise me one bit to say that miscarriages and newborn deaths could be associated with allergies that aren’t fully understood or recognized. Nobody would even think to ask this question or analyze this, I don’t think anyway. How could we know when the immune system is offing you before anyone has a chance to ask what it’s responding to and it’s to a substance that is literally used in every aspect of our society today. There could be a number of other things this same notion applies to, but we’re talking about corn allergy here so that’s the point here. Corn is in everything, there are a lot of people with this allergy/intolerance and their immune system doesn’t process it. It’s causing a litany of health complications and the bottom line is these things are fully understood enough to really have a wholesome approach from the medical community. Hence the reason for the groups and why we come together to try and find products that don’t make us sick. 

So understanding your immune system and how it affects your systems in the body and their functions is the crucial point of discussion in all this mess I’ve typed up here. This literally is a topic for discussion within our community, and hopefully offers some insight and understanding as to why it is so confusing to figure out what level you are. 

So this leads me to the conclusion of this article: Allergies vs. Intolerances, are you corn lite, corn moderate or need to be corn free? I don’t think it really matters as any level of exposure over time to the immune system is either going to do damage or it’ll work itself out over time. Allergies do come and go as life goes on for people, some people are born with an anaphylactic level allergy to something such as shellfish and then one day when they’re 25, suddenly accidentally have shellfish and discover they can eat it whenever they like with no issues. There are a lot of anomalies in life that aren’t well understood. With a corn allergy though, we don’t really have any options from society, we’re looking for an industry to start up that recognizes our needs. From toilet paper, medicine to food and other things such as hygiene essentials. 

It’s broken my heart and humbled me, developing this allergy. I’ve seen stories in these groups that make my heart bleed for children and adults alike. I, myself, becoming isolated and having had issues prior to the development of this allergy with handling and managing stress and traumas – have discovered a whole new level of challenges in managing and handling stress. Being overwhelmed has become a state of normalcy for me, as everywhere I turn I am faced with both a financial challenge and an allergy trigger challenge. I am fortunate enough not to need an epi-pen and understand that if I eat too much, go around without a respirator on and had continued smoking regular common branded tobacco: I’d need an epi-pen and a wheelchair to get around. My life has completely changed for the better in many ways since developing this allergy. My health has certainly improved in many areas, while I’m battling nutritional deficiencies and triggers on the daily, other things such as hypoglycemia are not an issue in my life anymore. My thyroid tests normally when I go to get it tested now. The immune system affects your different systems, adrenal and otherwise. To constantly be bombarded by something you’re even intolerant to can have major setbacks for you down the road. It’s like a diabetic who constantly eats sweets, it’s eventually going to be costly. 

My allergy response isn’t the standard streamline response that is commonly understood by the medical community, it affects me on every level from neurological to muscular to, well, yes, runny nose and puffy eyes, and the response is low enough to just cause enough damage over time to break me down faster than if I didn’t have the allergy or if I had options available to help me get the nutrients I’m missing because there is nothing available for people like myself, not affordable enough anyway. 

Prior to developing this allergy, I was well on my way in an established industry on a career path that I was fully focused and involved in. The lifestyle changes and total isolating factors in realizing the triggers are everywhere, no matter where I go, and things such as the respirator mask or lack of certain typical hygiene product tolerances, displace me socially. Even now with the mask mandates, it creates an awkward conversation and social dynamic. I walk into a store who expects everyone to touch the sanitizer wipes and squirt some purell in your hands – I’m allergic to the unnecessary ingredients in those items. I get the meanest looks sometimes. It’s just sad and baffling how things are at the same time, but it is what it is and we have to make the best of it with what we have. 

I’m trying to make a difference by providing the graphics here and my journey shares. I don’t know what impact it’ll have, but hopefully it’ll raise some questions and provide some guidance and insight for others dealing with this allergy/intolerance. You’re not crazy, the doctors don’t listen, and the situation is not understood. Those are the facts. Tests are not consistent, and science is not a hard line, black and white. Ever. We need recognition as a community I think, seeing as we’re so spread out and isolated, we still deserve to have some options the same way those with a gluten, lactose, nut or otherwise labeled allergies. If not just that, I also want to point out that special cases shouldn’t have to spend more money. Our lives are hard enough not being able to go with the crowds, why make it break our wallets and potentials as productive society members too?  

I fully encourage doing your own research, to start here are some of my research References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3109135/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/allergy-tests/about/pac-20392895#:~:text=A%20positive%20skin%20test%20means,allergic%20to%20a%20particular%20allergen.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1354570/

https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/allergic-reactions#:~:text=Your%20immune%20system%20overreacts%20by,chemicals%2C%20causing%20an%20allergic%20reaction.

https://www.immunology.org/public-information/bitesized-immunology/receptors-and-molecules/immunoglobulin-iga

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/?term=Immunoglobulin+G

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4201912/

https://labtestsonline.org/tests/immunoglobulins-iga-igg-igm

https://www.mayocliniclabs.com/test-catalog/Clinical+and+Interpretive/8156

See any errors or want to have a conversation? Reach out to me using the form below!

If you would like to see more and would like to support the Ginger’s efforts in keeping this page up, please use the form below to submit a donation!

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Make a one-time donation

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Corn-Tamination Alert Graphics

SLIDE #13 – Corn Allergy list items #10 – Baking Powder

Please feel free to download/share and use this image as needed to spread awareness and education on #cornallergy

SLIDE #13 – Corn Allergy list items #10 – Baking Powder
Baking Powder is typically a mix of Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), cream of tartar, and a lot of times in processing and manufacturing it has Corn Starch added in or other elements such as aluminum. You can always make your own homemade blend of Baking Powder without the corn starch. Most times on a ingredient label however you will not always be able to discern if the baking powder has corn starch added in it or not. Many are not required to label certain additives if they are within a certain range, according to the FDA labeling requirements.
Baking Powder has many uses from baking, cleaning all the way to cosmetics, so be cautious of any products with baking powder on the label if you have a corn allergy.
Contacting the manufacturer is always suggested if you are trying a product or food with baking powder on the label. While it could only be a mix consisting of Sodium Bicarbonate and cream of tartar, other additives such as corn starch and aluminum are often added to baking powder mixes for a plethora of reasons from shelf life preservation to chemical reaction reasons.
*Asterisk Items are items that are not always corn derived and require in depth research on the item in question.

references
https://news.ncsu.edu/2014/05/baking-soda-powder/
https://bakerpedia.com/ingredients/baking-powder/
https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=182.1

See any errors or want to have a conversation? Reach out to me using the form below!

If you would like to see more and would like to support the Ginger’s efforts in keeping this page up, please use the form below to submit a donation!

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Make a one-time donation

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Corn-Tamination Alert Graphics, Life Journey Lessons & Corn Allergy Life

SLIDE #12 – Corn Allergy list items #09 – Astaxanthin

Please feel free to download and share image for awareness and education!

ITEMS #09 – Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a versatile compound used from skin products to help reduce sunburn effects to food supplements for egg producing chickens. It can be found in cosmetics all the way to being part of color additives to your salmon and crab products at the food market. It is derived most often from corn, olive oil or soy beans. Astaxanthin can be marketed independently as a supplement or used in the above mentioned industries in processing and agriculture. It has a reddish color and belongs in a group called carotenoids.
FDA Guidelines have outlined the amounts allowed in our food products but it states that “…Certification of this color additive is not necessary for the protection of the public health…” There are a lot of additives and other assortments of containments actually allowed by public health standards and requires no thorough and transparent labeling or communication to the consumer base.
It is up to us to do our due diligence in researching the items we use and what the manufacturers are putting in our products we use. Keep an eye for color additives on labels when shopping as when that is present, you can almost guarantee some level of astaxanthin is being used for items with reddish tints and hues such as salmon and crab.

references
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3917265/

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1063/astaxanthin#:~:text=Astaxanthin%20is%20applied%20directly%20to,supplement%20for%20egg%2Dproducing%20chickens.

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=73.35

See any errors or want to have a conversation? Reach out to me using the form below!

If you would like to see more and would like to support the Ginger’s efforts in keeping this page up, please use the form below to submit a donation!

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Make a one-time donation

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly
Corn-Tamination Alert Graphics, Life Journey Lessons & Corn Allergy Life

SLIDE #11 – Corn Allergy ITEM #08: Aspartame

Right click and save as to save to your computer. Please share and use as needed to spread awareness!

Aspartame (Artificial sweetener), trade names NutraSweet, Equal, and Canderel. It is a non-saccaride sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than sucrose or sugar. Aspartame has some pretty broad debates surrounding it and all it really takes is a quick google search to find out why. I won’t join in the debate as it is rather irrelevant to me. I have to avoid aspartame all together anyway and would advise that to anyone without a corn allergy. I just kind of figure if I can’t have it, it’s probably not all that good for everyone anyway. It is an artificial sweetener and as I’ve mentioned before; artificial is pretty much a nope zone for those with a corn allergy.
As a tabletop sweetener, Aspartame is spray dried with hydrolyzed Corn Starch, this is why it is not safe for those of us with a corn allergy. While the corn proteins may be removed in processing, this does not guarantee no reactions for those with an allergy to it. I experience reactions with no corn protein present and while my reactions vary both in response time and actual reaction, it’s safe to say aspartame has definitely caused me a reaction or two in some pretty otherwise would be safe foods.
While aspartame has its uses in beverages to snacks, it’s a commonly used sugar substitute. It is not broken down in labels as to how the aspartame is processed. I always avoid aspartame in all my products due to my allergy and would highly suggest anyone dealing with a corn allergy to avoid it all together.

References:
https://foodinsight.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-aspartame/
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Aspartame
https://cornallergygirl.com/2013/04/19/corn-allergy-emergency-room-safety-doc-text-only-version/

See any errors or want to have a conversation? Reach out to me using the form below!

If you would like to see more and would like to support the Ginger’s efforts in keeping this page up, please use the form below to submit a donation!

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Make a one-time donation

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00
$5.00
$15.00
$100.00

Or enter a custom amount

$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

Your contribution is appreciated.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly