Sea Salt Allergy

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   Posted 3/19/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
You know the stuff they put into everything these days that make your lips pucker. Here's what someone said about it:

" after eating a good deal of it in my adult life. Naturally I stopped eating it after that, which left me as a vegetarian, basically. Then I tried to eat mostly organic foods and found that if I ate prepared foods at health food stores or restaurants, I would frequently have the same reaction as though I had eaten shellfish.

I finally determined that the culprit was Sea Salt , and was informed by a doctor at the Mayo Clinic that sea salt contains "marine copolymers" (which another doctor told me was a fancy word for the microscopic shellfish that are contained in sea salt). So while I admire the properties of sea salt and all the wonderful things it can do for many people, I feel that those who are allergic to shellfish should be warned that sea salt may cause them to have allergic reactions. (In my case, that's a huge swelling of the glands in my neck, and lots of pain.)"

I have shellfish allergies and can't tolerate sea salt. And now I know why. They should be labeling those products as "sea salt" and not just salt due to the copolymers.

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   Posted 3/19/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I had no idea! I am going to have to watch out for my daughter then because she has shellfish allergies - breaks out into hives. Thank you for letting us know.
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   Posted 12/3/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been eating sea salt for 5-6 months and just recently, after stopping everything I eat/cutting out all processed foods, and STILL had allergic reactions, figured out it was the sea salt that was causing my allergic reactions. From what I read there are anti-caking agents to keep the salts separated, as well as sand and shellfish traces.

I was breaking out in hives on my legs, arms, chest - only part of the time - but mainly was having a reaction on my "lower" lips - I guess when you urinate the salt/additives in the salt were touching the area and bothering the skin down there. Went to 2 girl doctors to no avail - they couldn't find anything and never thought to go to an allergy, but quick to prescribe antibiotics and Y.I. creams/pills.

Now that I am not putting sea salt on basically everything I eat, my allergic reactions have gone away. It's been just over a week - I think there may be traces of the salts in my sweat glands, as now that I can exercise again (first time last night), I'm getting a minor reaction to the excretion process from the salts. All I can do is take Benedryl until it's all out.

Let me tell you, I can't wait for it to be all out of my body. 6 months of pain and allergic reactions is enough to make you cry, scream, be angry, and certainly isn't healthy for your relationship!

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   Posted 12/9/2008 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow. . . I never would have thought of that. They need to put some warnings on the bottles of sea salt then. Just when you think you are doing something good for your body. . . Oh, my. . . :) Sorry for all of you that have had bad reactions to this.
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   Posted 5/14/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
SEA SALT!!! I have been blessed with a very good quality singing voice and have been singing almost my entire life. For almost a year now my singing voice has left only to taunt me by coming back out of the blue for a day or so off and on!!! I've been to three doctors and even just saw the specialist at Duke. They could not explain it! They just wanted to recommend voice therapy and others blamed it on acid reflux – later ruled out. This has been an on going mystery for almost an entire year - with not one day going by with me trying to figure it out. Through non-stop detailed notes I finally found out it was Sea Salt! I later found out I was consuming it in all my organic canned vegetables, tomato sauces, soups, peanut butter, and on and on... If I get away from it which is almost impossible my voice totally returns as if I never had any problem. If I have sea salt my voice gets breathy and breaks constantly into falsesetto. Also, if I lay flat on my back and speak after having it for a day or so my speaking voice breaks constantly and is very breathy. This has been such a nightmare to say the least - and is almost a miracle that I was able to find this out after looking and testing thousands and thousands of items literally. I can also confirm this by when my voice is 100% good then… taking a little sea salt and eating it directly. If I do this it even begins to hurt to talk as if I had yelled all day without any rest of the vocal cords. I really hope this helps someone!!! It was such a needle in the hay stack so to speak - you have no idea!!! My singing career/enjoyment I feel is basically over - because so many restaurants sprinkle it and use it in and on EVERYTHING NOW... barbecue sauce, over potatoes, vegetables, meats, salads and on and on – even in the special sauces you squirt on your sandwiches!!! My question now is who do I write or where can I send an e-mail to make it mandatory to label Sea Salt and not just salt when it is sea salt???
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