Friday, 2 January 2015

LIFE OR DEATH: Sulphite Allergy or Sulphur Sensitivity My Recent Life Threatening Experience

As far as I can tell, in South Africa, It is not legally required for any food manufacturers / restaurants to declare Sulphur presence in their foods :( 

Sulphites are substances that are naturally found in some foods.  They are used as an additive to maintain food colour, shelf-life and prevent the growth of fungi or bacteria. Sulphites are also used in food packaging like cellophane.

This link will take you to a comprehensive list of FOODS WHICH MAY CONTAIN SULPHITES

This is what happened to me in the last two weeks: 
When someone comes in contact with an allergen, the symptoms of a reaction may develop quickly and rapidly progress from mild to severe. The most severe form of an allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis. Symptoms can include breathing difficulties, a drop in blood pressure or shock, which may result in loss of consciousness and even death. 

A person experiencing an allergic reaction may have any of the following symptoms:
Flushed face, 
hives or a rash, 
red and itchy skin
Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, 
Throat and tongue
Trouble breathing, 
speaking or swallowing
Sense of doom, 
A drop in blood pressure, 
Rapid heartbeat,
Loss of consciousness

I also personally experience:
Pain in all joints: leg, arm, skull intense pain.
Spinal stiffness and pain - (Schedule 5 Pain relief did not help)
Stiff neck - lessened mobility.
Pelvic stiffness and immobility.
Shaking of the hands. 
Migraine behind the eyes.
Hallucinations - very scary images.
Pain in all internal organs. 
Open sores in the mouth and on the tongue.
Swelling in the ear canals - like bad infection.
Asthma - tight chest.
IBS - twisting of the intestines, trapping gas.

Food and products that often contain sulphites
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beer and cider
Bottled lemon and lime juices and concentrates
Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables
Cereal, cornmeal, cornstarch, crackers and muesli
Condiments, for example, coleslaw, horseradish, ketchup, mustard, pickles, relish and sauerkraut
Dehydrated, mashed, peeled and pre-cut potatoes, and frozen french fries
Dried fruits and vegetables, such as apricots, coconut and raisins, sweet potato
Dried herbs, spices and teas
Fresh grapes
Fruit fillings and syrups, gelatin, jams, jellies, preserves, marmalade, molasses and pectin
Fruit and vegetable juices
Glazed and glacéed fruits, for example, maraschino cherries
Starches, (for example, corn starch, potato starch)
Sugar syrups, for example, glucose, glucose solids, syrup dextrose, corn syrup, table syrup
Tomato pastes, pulps and purees
Vinegar and wine vinegar

Always look out for the following: 
Sulfuric acid 
Sulfur dioxide 
Sulfiting agents 
Sodium dithionite 
Sodium metabisulfite 
Sodium sulfite 
Sodium bisulfite  
Potassium metabisulfite
sulfur dioxide 
E 220, E 221, E 222, E 223, E 224, E 225, E 226 , E 227, E 228 (European names)

This is a link to a ​
​PDF of Foods that are Sulphite Safe, and foods that May Contain Sulphites. 

Let me know if you also suffer with Sulphite Sensitivity - find me on Facebook or get my contact details on my website

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