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StephenX
12-14-11, 12:56 AM
I have unusual allergies. I cannot eat raw tomatoes or avocados. A raw cherry tomato could actually kill me. It's a bummer as I really enjoy growing them, I love the smell of the plants. My wife was doubtful about my allergy to avocados. Until the night we were at a conference. We ate at a Mexican restaurant. I had tostados. As I swallowed my first bite I realized that they had put guacamole under the beans and lettuce even though I had requested no avocado. By midnight my stomach looked like I was nine month's pregnant. I was in agony. My wife finally realized I was serious about my allergy to them. No, I did not sue them. There's too much of that going on in this country. Now, when I go into restaurants (a very rare occurrence) I come right and tell them no tomatoes or avocados. If you put them in my food you will kill me. That gets their attention. Tok'sha.

Read more: http://www.healthy-eating-politics.com/toxins-in-food.html

Julieanne
12-14-11, 04:18 AM
Hi Stephen. I feel for you not being able to eat tomatoes or avocadoes! What a shame! I hope there are a lot of other yummy foods you can enjoy.

Reesacat
12-14-11, 10:14 AM
That is a good link to toxins in food — thank you StephenX.
I have very bad gluten, soy, dairy, corn and MSG sensitivities so I can understand your severe reactions to tomatoes and avocados.

Reesacat
12-14-11, 10:21 AM
What does the word 'Tok'sha' mean? I have enjoyed the phrase 'Akita mani yo' (Observe everything as you walk your path) if I have the translation correct.

StephenX
12-14-11, 02:05 PM
Reesacat,

Tok'sha means "later" As in Tok'sha mita kola (later, my friend) You have got Akita mani yo right; but it can also denote a philosophy of a lifetime of gaining knowledge and wisdom. Never stop learning. Those "sneaky" Lakota often have a higher meaning to phrases. Hoka hey is often misconstrued as "it's a good day to die"; but no day is a good day to die. It means "let's go!" or let us proceed with great enthusiasm. Could be used as a war cry. If you've ever seen the movie Hildago, (if not you should) As Viggo and his horse get ready for the sprint to the finish line. He reaches down and whispers in the horse's ear "hoka hey; and off they go with great enthusiasm. Hoka hey, mita kola washte (washte means good). In Lakota the adjective follows its noun. Akita mani yo!

StephenX
12-14-11, 03:40 PM
Alas no tomatoes or avocado. But I love organic peanut butter, my snack of choice; and I feel sorry for people with peanut allergies

Reesacat
12-14-11, 07:18 PM
@StephenX

::::::folds hands, respectfully bows head::::::
Thank you.
Hoka hey, mita kola washte!

StephenX
12-15-11, 10:50 PM
@StephenX

::::::folds hands, respectfully bows head::::::
Thank you.
Hoka hey, mita kola washte!
Lila washte. Reesacat, good Lakota. Gungwagaya (I am proud):o

Good-day
12-15-11, 11:03 PM
I enjoy the language too! Is organic peanut butter considered non-toxic?

Good-day
12-15-11, 11:06 PM
How do you do that?

StephenX
12-16-11, 12:23 AM
I enjoy the language too! Is organic peanut butter considered non-toxic?

For someone with peanut allergies no peanut is non-toxic. Although I am a tomato and avocado sissy, I can eat peanuts all day. Although it is expensive, I eat nothing but organic. Because I am getting a rep for Lakota, I am getting a new dictionary and some CD's. It may be time to go to the Black Hills again. Akita mani yo! I know this is off the topic of health: but if any of you wants to learn about Lakota philosophy, the book "The Lakota Way" by Marshall is wonderful. I often give a copy to my favorite students. Their feed back is always "wow!" Hoka hey!

Reesacat
12-16-11, 12:48 AM
StephenX, what subject(s) do you teach?

Reesacat
12-16-11, 01:02 AM
There is a mold toxin on peanuts, which may include organic, called aflatoxin.
It has been linked to cancer and other health problems.
You can get aflatoxin-free peanuts.

According to Swaze Foster at Fit on Raw there are 2 types of peanuts that are aflatoxin free:
http://www.fitonraw.com/2011/06/raw-peanuts-avoid-or-enjoy/

"There are two types of peanuts that are free of aflatoxin: Jungle peanuts and Valencia peanuts. Jungle peanuts are completely free of the stuff, while Valencia peanuts are grown in arid climates resistant to mold.
I’ve tried Jungle and Valencia peanuts and they are both seriously delicious. Next to pistachios, peanuts are my favorite (non) nut!"

Islander
12-16-11, 09:53 AM
Definitely not a peanut fan, but Thai and African cuisine often call for peanuts and I'm good with that. I get house brand jarred dry roasted peanuts, not organic but no other ingredients except — peanuts!

mellowsong
12-16-11, 10:08 AM
I cannot tolerate peanuts because of aflatoxin, not because of peanuts themselves. Like most of my sensitivities, it is like playing Russian Roulette so I don't even try. I have reacted to Valencia peanut butter. Although, like Reesacat said, Valencia peanuts tend to be safe, if they have been stored for long periods of time or if they get damp while being stored, then they can contain aflatoxin. There are limits set but many many people react at well below the limits plus, very very little is actually tested. Aflatoxin may be the cause of people having reactions to walnuts, grains and legumes also. Jungle peanuts are amazingly tasty and amazingly expensive. I usually substitute cashews for peanuts. Although not organic, I do seem to tolerate cashews. YAY!

Islander
12-16-11, 10:14 AM
Mellow, do you think it possible that kids who are allergic to peanuts are really reacting to aflatoxin?

mellowsong
12-16-11, 10:40 AM
Mellow, do you think it possible that kids who are allergic to peanuts are really reacting to aflatoxin?

Reactions to aflatoxins are basically due to poisoning not allergy although in some people the symptoms could overlap and in a few, there could be an actual allergy to the mycotoxin, rather than to the peanut itself. However, I'd say the vast majority are actually allergic to peanuts. Everyone has different threshholds of sensitivity to toxins and a lot depends on the body's ability to detoxify.
Allergy: Itching, hives/rash, sneezing, difficulty breathing, facial swelling, facial or generalized redness
Aflaxtoxin: Brain fog, confusion, headaches, extreme fatigue, anxiety, palpitations, vision changes, swollen/painful lymph glands, joint and muscle pain and lots more. If a person is very sensitive and/or cannot detoxify aflatoxin, chronic low dose exposure (below the levels set as safe) can lead to cancer, seizures and liver failure.

For me, I get headaches, pain levels go through the roof, feel profoundly weak, bloating, flushing, palpitations. It took some experimenting to figure out what was causing it. So, to me, it's not worth it.

StephenX
12-17-11, 08:46 PM
StephenX, what subject(s) do you teach? I usually teach biology and botany. I also give talks on Civil War topics. I give herbal walks, birding walks, mushroom and edible wild plant walks. Teach folks how to track and make snares.

Good-day
12-17-11, 10:10 PM
Could my achy leg muscles be from wheat? I ate Christmas cookie dough/cookies!

StephenX
12-17-11, 11:27 PM
You could be reacting to the gluten in the flour: but gluten reactions are usually gastrointestinal . Statins cause muscle pain and is helped by ubiquinol (the form of CoQ10 one should take when over 40). I do not know if it would help general leg pain; but it might be worth a try. 100 milligrams a day for a week then drop off to 50. I get my supplements from Swanson's Vitamins. They have a wide variety of products.

Aaltrude
12-18-11, 12:19 AM
The gluten may have interfered with magnesium absorption and a low magnesium could be a possible cause of leg muscle aches.

I get my supplements from iherb Stephen (I have not had any of the delivery problems mellow was mentioning in another thread) and recently did a check of those I use against Swanson. I found that although the prices were comparable, Swanson carry very few of the products I use. For instance Swanson have 315 Source Naturals products in comparison to iherb having 755 Source Naturals products and most of the ones I want were among ones I can get from iherb but not from Swansons.

Reesacat
12-18-11, 12:21 AM
Gluten sensitivity can cause much more than GI reactions — the newer wheats are much higher in protein and are wreaking havoc on people who are sensitive.
Chronic muscle-skeletal pain is a common reaction to gluten.
Migraines, rashes, thyroid problems, seizures, balance problems, loose teeth, gall bladder and liver problems, infertility, reflux, etc. etc. can have gluten intolerance as underlying cause.

Reesacat
12-18-11, 10:55 AM
I usually teach biology and botany. I also give talks on Civil War topics. I give herbal walks, birding walks, mushroom and edible wild plant walks. Teach folks how to track and make snares.

I would so enjoy the herbal walks and edible wild plant walks. I was able to take a few classes on herbs before I got ill and really enjoyed it. Right now I grow a few herbs for culinary uses and to tuck into flower arrangements.

bmc65
05-18-12, 10:50 AM
Stephen I'd forgotten about this post and had someone in the ER not to long ago that told me they were allergic to avocados. I was shocked, because I love them so.... So sorry to hear that you are unable to eat them. For me it's MSG and soy, which is really not bad at all since I want to avoid that garbage anyway.

KKItalia
06-02-12, 08:02 PM
Your comment is very good:)