Here is a fun fact: One of the former Disney chefs,
Joel Schaefer, was very influential when he cooked in Disney
World and his own experience with severe milk allergies allowed him
to create a position as Special Dietary Needs Manager. Chef Joel
suffered from Bladder Allergies as a child.
For your reading list:
Fruit and Vegetable Allergies are Surpassing Peanut
Allergy 101: Understanding Early Warning Signs of Food
A Growing Awareness About Food Allergies in Infants and
Many traditional allergists think allergies only affect one area
of the body, particularly in the sinus cavity and lungs. In advance
of Food Allergy Awareness Week next week, I want to bring attention
to a more unknown area, bladder allergies.
Food allergies of the bladder cause spasms, which results in
children wetting their bed and wetting their cloths. Think of the
spasms that occur in the sinus cavity (aka sneezing) and lungs (aka
asthma) equal to spasms in the bladder.
Once you have ruled out constipation, genetics, small bladder,
UTIs and other urological or physiological issues, then it may be
time to look at foods that irritate the bladder and possible
Signs of potential bladder allergies:
Major beverages and foods that cause frequency or
Cow's milk and juice (apple, orange, pineapple, or grape)
Gluten/wheat, corn, soy, dairy, citrus fruits, high acid foods
such as tomatoes
Food dyes, additives, artificial and processed white sugar
Foods can cause a reaction within six to 24 hours after the
problem food has been eaten. Delayed medical symptoms include ear
fluid, sleepiness, hyperactivity, canker sores, eczema, leg aches,
joint pain and bedwetting.
What you can do:
First determine if your beverages are a factor. If you don't
serve juice, then just omit all dairy and all fruits.
Eliminate all dairy, fruits and fruit juices for seven days
Then add dairy one day, wait two days
Add citrus fruit or citrus juices one day, wait two days
Apple or apple juice, wait two days,
Grapes or grape juice, wait two days
If you figure out a particular beverage, avoid those drinks
Types of allergy tests:
Scratch Tests (IgE), not entirely reliable, but are important
for determining life-threatening allergies
Blood Tests (IgG, IgA, sIgA), not 100 percent conclusive, but
still a good marker
Stress Assessment, not recognized by FDA, a noninvasive way of
determining allergies in the body
Elimination Diet: Best and proven method to determine food
allergies and sensitivities. Best done when food is eliminated for
21 days. Keep a food journal and denote any physical, emotional and
Do not discount environmental allergies and chemical
sensitivities. Certain times of the year can cause an increase in
allergies in the body.
Using Essential Oils:
Cypress Oil: Rubbing 2-4 drops on the bladder
area before sleep has been shown to help reduce bed-wetting in the
evening. Just be sure the essential oil is Certified Therapeutic
Grade Oil, often denoting a label on the bottle of oil.
This is not meant to be medical advice. Always have an open
discussion with your doctor and seek a second opinion if you are
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