Posted 9/2/2016 1:25 PM (GMT -6)
I am probably having sulfite reactions to water (I am pretty sure of it.) I am having a really hard time. Is there a brand of bottled water without any listed or unlisted sulfites? I need specific brands of bottled water with absolutely no sulfites, hidden or not. How about distilled water? They sell it in gallon jugs at the grocery store or drug store. Is there a specific brand of distilled water without any sulfites? Is it safe to drink distilled water? Due to other reasons I quit drinking tap a long time ago (I had other types of bad reactions to it).

Smart Water is an actual bottled water that claims to be distilled, that is kind of interesting, though it does have some minerals added back into it. Is this water sulfite free?

I am extremely sensitive. I think I am reacting to low amounts below the detection limit. I am reacting to Ozarka, which I have seen people say is safe for them. Also, I reacted to Aquafina, which many people say is safe. I will not try the waters I see a lot of people complain about.

Post Edited (marry the night) : 9/2/2016 12:39:11 PM (GMT-6)

Posted 9/2/2016 1:30 PM (GMT -6)
Please as much help as possible. If you don't have any advice, please see if anyone else might. if you think someone else does, please ask them for me. It is just getting really difficult with these cumulative reactions. I am having too much trouble tolerating food, water, pills. Cumulative reactions.

If I can try water that I KNOW FOR SURE does not have sulfites, then I can compare and see if I have a reaction to it. I need to narrow this down to be sure. I am desperate. I am extremely sensitive. It's ridiculous. Tolerance is extremely low.

Post Edited (marry the night) : 9/2/2016 12:34:02 PM (GMT-6)

Posted 9/3/2016 8:47 AM (GMT -6)
Somebody, maybe Razzle, posted a list of water in the forum. You may be able to find it with a search in the archives (search box at the top of the page).

I wouldn't try anything with minerals added. No telling what they added. Distilled should be clean, but it's not really healthy. Make sure you get enough vitamins and minerals, NOT BIOTIN.

I'd suggest looking more at your food and what else you are drinking. Keep the famous Food Journal! (See archives) You may find it's not the water, unless you are only drinking water and nothing else for several hours.
Posted 12/19/2016 4:12 PM (GMT -6)
hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and desperate. I have had no luck or help by going to the doctors back and forth. I hope maybe I can find some advise, help, wisdom here!

about six months ago my allergies and asthma flared up after 2 years of having great health. I stared to use my Qvair inhale again but found that it caused trush and it was just too disgusting to handle waking up in the mornings to that, I also started to have an adverse reaction to this and would feel neck pain that I believe was from lymph nodes swollen and hard as rocks. So Qvair provided more side effects than it did any relief. I discontinued use of it but struggled with asthma still, recently I experienced allergic reaction to my albuterol inhaler as well. I experienced fatigue and mind fog beyond what I could tolerate I felt I was going mad! So along with asthma, allergies I have had night sweats for about 2 years and thought nothing of them, I thought it was related to hormones but it wasn't until I started to have this skin rash all over my body with no specific trigger I started to worry and put all these symptoms together.

My fear would be the worst of the worst and that is Lymphoma, since I have al the symptoms except weight loss. My blood test only show SED rate and Eosinophils to be high but nothing else showed on the blood work. I have an appointment with my doctor this week but have little hope as I usually experience the "its all in your head" treatment. I am also waiting for ct scan to rule out lymph node issues.

Being puzzled by my terrible reaction to the medications I so desperately needed I came across info about possible allergic reaction to certain medications, than it led me to certain food and now I found my self here at this thread...

I use essential oils almost daily, I did a detox in may 2016, I eat a lot of fruits, the air quality where I live is not good due to a fire back in july and high winds don't help....I am so confused to what is wrong with my health!!!

summary of symptoms:
-asthma flare up
-allergy flare up
-diarrhea with dairy (which I try to avoid as much as possible)
-night sweats
-low grade fever through out the day, 99.3
-itchy skin, hives that swell

all this started 6 month ago with the itchy skin starting about 2 months ago

please any info would be greatly appreciated
Posted 12/22/2016 6:49 PM (GMT -6)
It would be a good idea to write your own thread - hit the new topic button. This is an old one and not related to your problems.

I just take lactase tablets if I have to eat dairy that is not lactose free. It won't work if you are truly allergic to the milk protein, but it's great if you don't tolerate milk sugar - lactose.

I can't help with your allergies, so please see your allergist.

I get a bad reaction to albuterol, and this is not unusual. I get tachycardia - rapid heart beat.

I suggest that you get off all the stuff you have added - oils, etc., as they might be worsening your allergies. Get your conditions under control by eliminating your triggers, not adding a bunch of stuff that is made who-knows-where and from-what.

Detoxes aren't proven and don't really work. Just eliminate additives and things you know you don't tolerate, and your body will detox itself.

Don't diagnose yourself. Google is great for helping us understand conditions, but it's not a very good doctor/diagnostician. Go back to your allergist.

Keep a journal/diary. There are lots of posts about keeping a food journal - see the search box at the top of the page.

If you post your own story as a New Topic lots more people will read it.
Posted 1/3/2017 10:00 PM (GMT -6)
Does anyone react to lettuce like romaine? If so, do you only react to the outer leaves?
Posted 1/8/2017 5:28 PM (GMT -6)
I read that plain corn chips are safe. What about plain tortilla chips? Tortilla chips often have Lime (aka calcium hydroxide) listed in the ingredients. Is this okay?
Posted 1/8/2017 6:30 PM (GMT -6)
Lettuce shouldn't have sulfites added anymore.

For tortilla chips you'll have to ask the manufacturer about their lime. Fresh or frozen lime is safe. Bottled lime or the stuff in the little plastic containers is labeled as having more than 100 ppm, a large amount. Jam and jelly has the same problem with the lemon juice used.

Please, both of you, start your own topics. You'll get lots more readers. I wrote this in the post just above where you tacked on. We love having new people and reading new topics.
Posted 1/8/2017 6:48 PM (GMT -6)
Thanks I will keep that in mind about new posts. By lime I meant calcium hydroxide. Lime is another word for calcium hydroxide. I thought that the lime on the chip bag was the fruit lime also at first. I later found out that the lime was calcium hydroxide.
Posted 12/9/2017 5:34 PM (GMT -6)

Am I interpreting correctly that sulfite is part of the sulphur
family???? I had NO idea.

Now, I'm wondering how much of my challenges is due to
my sulphur allergy, since I was in the dark all along.

I appreciate all the info offered by much more enlightened
folks than I. Thank you so much. And, I will surely get
hold of the ebook/sulfites....

Again, many thanks.

Posted 12/10/2017 8:06 PM (GMT -6)
Yes. There are SO2, -SO3, and so forth. And they are different from -SO4, sulfates, which we need!

The free e-book explains the chemistry.

When reading lists of foods with sulfites you will find many are just copies of other lists. The thing to understand is that most people with sulfite intolerance or even sulfite allergy can tolerate some. It's not usually like a peanut allergy. The book explains how to calculate your level of tolerance.

My tolerance is about 2000 micrograms. That's not especially low as others have much lower tolerances. I can have a glass of my homemade wine, but not the commercial stuff with sulfite added to stop the yeast and sterilize against bacteria. It's not hard to make wine! I just get a 6 gallon bucket of grape juice and put a plastic tube from the pressure stopper into a bottle of water for a few weeks to let out the CO2 qnd not allow oxygen to get in! (Actually, first I open the bucket and add 2 1/2 lbs sugar (cane only!) because I like sweet wine.) Then, after it's done working, I siphon it into any screw-top glass bottle or even plastic bottle. Even a milk bottle will do in a pinch.

I can have 1 beer but not 2. I can have a can of soda, but not 2. I can't eat beef or pork at all. I can have chicken or fish, most vegetables, even onions, but not onion soup.

The things to mainly avoid are the processed foods, deli meats, and my much-loved spare ribs. sad Oh, well. Keep a food journal and figure out what YOU tolerate, even if you find it's not really sulfites. It's possible to be intolerant to other things and more than 1 thing at a time. I don't tolerate a few other things not related.

Best wishes!
Posted 3/14/2018 7:31 AM (GMT -6)
Hello to all the sulphur allergy suffers out there!!!

I am now 47 and having suffered with eczema my whole life, which only started getting worse in my early 30's...that is when the real sulphur allergy kicked in.

Firstly I would like to say that if you think you have an allergy of some sorts GOOGLE is your best friend!!! And if you want some really good advise STAY AWAY FROM DOCTORS AND ESPECIALLY SKIN SPECIALISTS....THEY WILL SEND YOU ON A DOWNWARD SPIRAL!!!!!

Also don't believe anyone that says there is no relation to between sulphur and sulphite OR between medicinal sulphurs and the sulphurs/sulphites in foods/cosmetics....if any word contains "SUL" in it then you can be rest assured there is some form of either in it....

It has got to be one of the worst allergies out there and everyone reacts differently, my own allergy has also changed over the years it used to be on my face now it is on the palms of my hands.

Just a quick break down of "SUL" containing cosmetic and foods/beverages;

Cosmetics: avoid all;
Shampoos, bodywashes, liquid hand soaps, face washes and scrubs....ALLLLLL contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate
(some shampoos don't but it will say so on the bottle)

Well I think there is will be easier to give the list of what doesn't as almost all foods do but just in different levels, so depending on how allergic you are, also depends on your tolerance, but what helped me a lot was to Google, "Sulphur content in foods", there it gives you a good idea of what to avoid and what levels all the different foods contain but the real POWERFUL SULPHUR BOMBS are


Anyone wanting more advise or help I am willing to share my years of researching and knowledge if it can help someone and give them relief...

kind regards

Post Edited (Michj0203) : 3/14/2018 7:08:48 AM (GMT-6)

Posted 3/14/2018 4:37 PM (GMT -6)
Even knowing sulfites for years, I got sick yesterday at a restaurant. It was probably the cole slaw. (vinegar) Delicious. Tach at 145 until I took 2 Inderal.

BTW rice vinegar is OK.

We need to fight unlabeled sulfur in foods. I've noticed it's not always reported on labels, because it's coming in from the companies who produce the product before it is packaged. Look at cashews! If they are white, they are bleached! By sulfite! Avoid the plague! Report food intolerances to the government!
Posted 3/14/2018 7:00 PM (GMT -6)
Most plain vinegars are just diluted acetic acid, but I have a red wine vinegar in my kitchen that has been treated with sulfite (to preserve color). My balsamic vinegar also contains sulfites (from the wine vinegar in there).
Nevertheless, isn't it more likely that the cole slaw was treated with sulfite to keep it (looking) fresh?

PS: As has been pointed out repeatedly in this thread, sulfates are not known to cause problems, but sulfites can cause problems for people sensitive to this group of chemicals.

Post Edited (Sr Sailor) : 3/14/2018 6:14:23 PM (GMT-6)

Posted 3/15/2018 10:45 AM (GMT -6)
I was reading about bleaching nuts today. If the company that packages and distributes the product doesn't add sulfite they apparently don't have to report the sulfite, or other bleaching agent used by the original processor. We might be able to take a chance on nuts labeled "organic," but depending on which country the nuts came from, I'm not taking chances. I got sick a while ago on a small handful of macademia nuts - not labeled as treated with anything!

No, my cole slaw was not treated/sprayed by the restaurant. That's illegal and I haven't even seen shiny salad bars around here for 20 years or more. Cabbage has sulfite, and combined with vinegar and a nice large scoop, I just went over my 2000 microgram tolerance. Our go-to spot is a small, local ma-and-pa, family- owned for generations place where the food is truly home-cooked. Salad dressings, condiments, of course are bought from suppliers. Only thing I'd like them to change is their mashed potatoes - from flakes or a can, which are always sulfited. So I get their terrific home-fries or a nice baked potato. I'm OK with their thick bacon too, but can't eat a single sausage of any type, or a piece of ham; as we know, pork is naturally full of sulfite.

I avoid chain restaurants, especially American- Italian ones. I love the food but it doesn't love me back. Garlic!

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