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Food Allergy?

Posted by Tony on February 01, 1999 at 21:15:28:

Often when I take the first bite of something, especially when I'm very hungry, I get a wave of weakness and a dazed and pressured feeling in my head. Sometimes it goes away, sometimes it lasts for a while. Could this be some kind of allergy, or some kind of vagal response?

It may happen with one food and then not happen with the same food the next time, and it may not happen for a while, and then start happening frequently. I can't figure out a pattern.

Any ideas?

Tony


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Re: Food Allergy?

Posted by Mike Kramer on February 02, 1999 at 12:57:27:

In Reply to: Food Allergy? posted by Tony on February 01, 1999 at 21:15:28:

Tony:
Your post reminded me of something I have experienced on occasion. As I take my first bite, when I haven't eaten for a long time and am hungry, I sometimes get a sensation in my mouth it's almost painful. It subjectively feels as if my salivary glands have not been used for three months and are now being asked to accelerate to 100 mph.

I can't remember this happening recently, nor can I remember any pattern related to the foods consumed.

Maybe this is related to your experience and maybe somebody else has a plausible explanation.

"A meal of many courses begins with a single bite."
Anon.



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Re: Food Allergy?

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 02, 1999 at 13:27:38:

In Reply to: Food Allergy? posted by Tony on February 01, 1999 at 21:15:28:

Tony,

Food allergies can be EXTREMELY complex. You might only react to wheat (for an example) when you have had potatoes the day before (or even as many as 3 days before). OR, to make it even more complex, you might react to dairy only when you have had wheat & rice at the same meal. These are only examples, you understand.

ANY complex of combinations is possible. That is why a detailed diary of intake AND, symptoms for 6-12 months, is sometimes necessary if the elimination/provocation diet doesn't work it out.

Finally, this probably is BOTH a hypersensitivity AND a vasovagal response. They are related.

Walt



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Dr. Stoll - Vasovagal Response

Posted by Tony on February 02, 1999 at 15:03:09:

In Reply to: Re: Food Allergy? posted by Walt Stoll on February 02, 1999 at 13:27:38:

Dr. Stoll,

I apologize if this has been discussed on the BB before, but I haven't seen it. Can you explain some more to me about the vasovagal response? I've been told by doctors during the course of my life about different conditions I've had before and since I've been ill, being a 'vasovagal' response - getting weak or fainting when having blood drawn, getting very weak after bowel movements, getting very dizzy and weak when in a large building (mall, supermarket), or when searching for things, etc. I've also been told that my headaches and my getting dizzy and pounding in the back of my head when getting up from a seated or lying position may be triggered by a vascular response, although I'm not sure if that's the same thing.

I know that basically the vasovagal response has something to do with the vagus nerve, but I was hoping maybe you could explain it a little more in depth. And even better, if you could tell me if there's any way to control this response. (Let me guess - 6-12 months of SR, right!)

Thanks,

Tony


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Re: Food Allergy?

Posted by Tony on February 02, 1999 at 15:05:20:

In Reply to: Re: Food Allergy? posted by Mike Kramer on February 02, 1999 at 12:57:27:

Mike,

That was really interesting. While it doesn't bring either of us any closer to finding out why, it does make me feel like less of a freak with these weird symptoms I'm having.

Thanks

Tony



Re: Dr. Stoll - Vasovagal Response

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 03, 1999 at 10:04:40:

In Reply to: Dr. Stoll - Vasovagal Response posted by Tony on February 02, 1999 at 15:03:09:

Hi, Tony.

You got the solution right!

If you need to understand why, you need to read Dr Pelletier's classic: "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer".

The vagus nerve is how the hypothalamus tells the rest of the automatic parts of the body to respond. Acupuncture would help your symptoms as well but the answer is SR.

Walt



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Re: Dr. Stoll - Vasovagal Response

Posted by Tony on February 03, 1999 at 23:56:13:

In Reply to: Re: Dr. Stoll - Vasovagal Response posted by Walt Stoll on February 03, 1999 at 10:04:40:

Thanks Dr. Stoll. I've been looking for that book at all of my bookstores and libraries, but no luck. I don't have a credit card, so I haven't been able to order it through the website. I have to get my hands on it though.

Tony



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