Around the same time we were discovering the severity of his allergies. He began having reactions to almost everything he was eating and soon began reacting to art supplies that he worked with. More than once therapists had to end sessions because his face had turned red and swelled up from having magic marker or glue on his skin. Soon I figured out the maze of art products, who to call ,what to verify and what he could safely use. I created a portable art box that travelled with him, one for home and one for school. The website www.gfcfdiet.com is an excellent resource for this to start out, but if there are more allergens than gluten and casein you need to call the companies yourself.
Then my son went allergic to beef. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why. He was on a rotational diet, he only ate beef once every 4 days. I'd known he was allergic to something for a while. I'd seen the telltale signs he gives off. Dark circles under his eyes, loss of appetite, lethargy, intermittent stomach pain and constipation and diarrhea at the same time (believe it or not). Certainly not one sign pointing to a specific food. Eventually one night he vomited up all the beef he had eaten the day before, nothing else just the beef. Ah, the final clue. A week later it was the pork. I couldn't understand why, though. We rotated his food religiously, we still do!
Then one day in the health food store I saw vegetarian pill capsules and asked the owner about them. He told me that gelatin capsules were derived from pork and beef! Maybe I'm just a big dolt, but I never imagined in a million years that the gelatin capsules (supplements) I was giving my son, daily, contained traces of beef and pork. It turned out he was having beef and/or pork everyday! I ran home and read every box of Knox and Jell-O I had in the house, they all contained "Gelatin". Infact, Knox is nothing but gelatin. Yet there is no clue as to it's origin on the box. Probably because most people would be grossed out.
Almost needless to say, we switched to vegetarian capsules immediately. I complained to all of the supplement companies I dealt with, and it helped. Apparently, I wasn't the only one with problems. We still use all the same supplement companies now that we did then, but they all use vegetarian capsules now. Power to the people! Never doubt that your opinion is important to a company that wants your money!
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