Posted 12/30/2012 2:54 PM (GMT -6)
My boyfriend has been plagued with Urticaria for many years, and most recently had another outbreak cycle start last June. Four years prior to that, he had to endure Urticaria for four years before it mysteriously went away. After watching him suffer daily for three months and take heavy duty medication with underwhelming results, I decided to start surfing around to see what I could learn. To make a long story short, I have discovered there is a direct relationship between Urticaria and a severe intolerance to wheat, gluten and to a related degree, possibly dairy. I was overjoyed to discover this and after sharing it with him was dumbfounded to hear that he didn't want his addiction to bread and love of Wheaties every morning with milk to be threatened in any way. I was also shocked to be told by his sister to back off and mind my own business. If you are reading this and are suffering from Urticaria, can you answer the following questions: Do you have digestive issues or problems? Do you enjoy eating bread, pastries, cookies or crackers? I am convinced this is a food related problem, and the problem with this being seen as a medical mystery, is that most traditional MD's are not trained in nutrition, not do many of them understand the relationship between food and disease or illness. It is my understanding that Urticaria is caused by the body being overwhelmed over time by too much wheat / gluten and for whatever reason is a body type that can't handle this kind of food. In fact, wheat / gluten and possibly dairy could be experienced more like a poison by an Urticaria sufferer. There are excellently trained Dr.'s out there who have been trained with the proper background to help you. They are called Naturopaths and you can find a certified one in your area. The Naturopath I found is fully informed about Urticaria and told me that 90% of Urticaria cases are caused by what people are putting into their mouths. (i.e. certain kinds of foods they can't handle) She also told me that wheat that is grown and produced today has about 60% more gluten in it today than it did in the 1920's. I would also recommend to get yourself tested for Celiac disease. If you have violent reactions to wheat, wheat products and gluten, your digestive system can be damaged, and last time I checked, you can't go down to a store and buy a new one. My naturopath also told me that the majority of auto-immune diseases can get started with a compromised digestive system. So, these are your bread crumbs, sorry for the pun! Start by taking wheat, gluten, dairy and alcohol out of your diet. Don't get bummed out about what you can't eat. Focus on what delicious and foods you can still eat. There are a lot of meats and vegetables you can eat all day long. For example, I happen to adore avocados. Some people might tell you to not eat meat that is grain fed or take alcohol that is made from grains, you can take it that far too. Read the labels. Did you know that Soy Sauce contains wheat? So, drink water for awhile. Let the poisonous food start working its way out of your system. It may take some time depending on how overwhelmed your body is. Find a naturopath who can give you support. The one I talked to said the digestive system will need some time and treatment to heal, and diet is imperative. They can help you with this. Go to a natural health food store that has gluten free foods. You can also make or buy alternative flours and still bake. I have found many delicious muffins, fruit breads and other kinds of gluten-free sandwich breads at Whole Foods. My mother who is on a gluten free diet, uses Quinoa Flakes for a hot cereal and Quinoa (an amazing alternative grain) as the source for alternative bread products. Evidently they also make a Quinoa tortilla. Novak Djocovich who is the number one tennis player in the world right now, has attributed part of his success and health to his new gluten-free diet which he started a year ago to improve his game. So, embrace this as your next adventure. Drop the toxic food and start learning about what your body can handle. I have every confidence that you can do it and become Urticaria free with this knowledge.