Hey Teri :)
I have been pondering this for a while aswell, it is very interesting and a bit confusing. But how I think it is, if you are allergic to what the chicken is being fed (i.e. grains and corn) then you should of had a positive RAST or skin prick test, or any other test for those specific foods. Then again when we eat chicken we don't eat there intestines.. do we?? .... anyways, we are eating the meat (muscle) not sure how much of there food is going into us. The same idea is for the antibiotics ... if you are allergic to the antibiotics then you should be aware of which things have antibiotics. However if you are not allergic to the medication then there should be no worries or ideas of that being the part that is causing reactions. When someones is allergic to something it is the protein that they are allergic too. I believe reactions to medications are actually called an 'anaphylactoid' reaction. These reactions are not IgE responsible. So when people have a positive skin prick test or RAST test then they are allergic to the protein within the chicken. Also when someone is allergic to chicken they are advised to stay away from all fowl. ... as the cross reactivity is very high.
The part about
free range vs. organic, from my experience it is all chicken. Didn't matter where they were from, how they were raised, I still had anaphylactic reactions.
Take care :)
Post Edited (firemt) : 6/29/2005 11:59:37 AM (GMT-6)