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Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

Can the fda approve genetically modified foods (gmo) for human consumption?

YES but...: GMO foods are approved by the FDA before being sold for human consumption. See http://www.fda.gov/food/foodscienceresearch/biotechnology/ucm346030.htm However, I feel the FDA has been derelict in its duty to protect consumers by ignoring evidence that GMO foods may be harmful. Many high-ranking FDA officials have worked for Monsanto- see http://tinyurl.com/ao96zvp and http://tinyurl.com/pkh43g3 ...Read more

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Has the U.S. Food & Drugs Administration approved the use of both Co-Enzyme Q10 as well as Ubiquinol?

Has the U.S. Food & Drugs Administration approved the use of both Co-Enzyme Q10 as well as Ubiquinol?

No: both of these are considered dietary supplements and as such are not subject to regulation or evaluation by the FDA. ...Read more

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Clarifying allergy ALL NSAIDs, need safe topical. Some natural ings act as NSAIDs. Is Topricin safe? Ingredients on topricin.com, tab in prod desc.

Clarifying allergy ALL NSAIDs, need safe topical. Some natural ings act as NSAIDs. Is Topricin safe? Ingredients on topricin.com, tab in prod desc.

Depends: Since you did not mention nasal or sinus polyps, I presume that you do not have Aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease in which patients would react to all NSAIDs except Celebrex (celecoxib). There has been no study on whether topical NSAIDs would trigger systemic symptoms and thus the answer is unknown. It appears to me that you need a good neurologic and orthopedic evaluation. ...Read more

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What are probiotics and used for? What lowest amt taken daily recommended? Any brand rec at rx? Allergic to dairy egg peanut soy, gluten sensitivity.

What are probiotics and used for? What lowest amt taken daily recommended? Any brand rec at rx? Allergic to dairy egg peanut soy, gluten sensitivity.

Probiotics: probiotics are not yet studied well enough to recommend routine usage. Except for particular circumstances, such as infection with C. Difficile, the studies that have been done have not shown any benefit in healthy individuals. I would not recommend them yet unless you have been advised by your physician that you should give them a try. Good luck. ...Read more

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How are food additives tested by the fda to prove they are safe to use?

How are food additives tested by the fda to prove they are safe to use?

Good question: The fda cannot absolutely "prove" any additive is safe to use. However, the fda is charged with determining whether there is "reasonable certainty" of no harm to consumers when additives are used as the company proposes. They use the best available science to examine this. Even if generally safe, a given additive may still cause individuals trouble. For more info: http://tinyurl.Com/mxkau9p. ...Read more

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Girl, 6, allergic to nuts 40, 80 kua/l, soy 4, 62 kua/l and others. Should we avoid soy lecithin? What about food that "may contain traces of soy"?

Girl, 6, allergic to nuts 40, 80 kua/l, soy 4, 62 kua/l and others. 

Should we avoid soy lecithin? What about food that "may contain traces of soy"?

Lecithin is safe.: Now for the "traces of soy" question: it all depends on the reaction that triggered the soy allergy discovery. If she had a severe reaction when she ate something which contained soy, then you have to be careful with those products. Be extra careful. They are warning you. Would you feed it to her if it said "this may poison your child." now, if her reactions were mild, see comment below. ...Read more

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Is drinking human milk products go against vegan code?

Is drinking human milk products go against vegan code?

Yes: Vegans eat no animals or animal by-products, which milk is considered. ...Read more

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If the oral allergy syndrome is due to x-reactions between homologous proteins in ingested food and aero-allergens why aren't food skin tests +?

If the oral allergy syndrome is due to x-reactions between homologous proteins in ingested food and aero-allergens why aren't food skin tests +?

Too complex...?!: The gut is both an immune privileged site and responds adversely (and often unpredictably) to ingested materials (e.g. Bacteria, food, dirt, etc.). There may be too many variables to easily answer your question. A case in point is eosinophilic esophagitis. Sadly, given our knowledge gap, too many patients take too many supplements or exclude too many products for questionable reasons. ...Read more

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Is smoking additive free cigarettes like american spirit less harmful then cigarettes that contain ammonia, glycerol, sugar, flavors and other stuff?

Is smoking additive free cigarettes like american spirit less harmful then cigarettes that contain ammonia, glycerol, sugar, flavors and other stuff?

No difference: It is a proven fact that effects of smoking are serious. It can harm nearly every organ of the body. It causes nearly one of every five deaths in the United States each year. Regardless of the brand, flavor or additives tobacco smoke contains more than 7, 000 chemicals. Approximately 70 of them are known to cause cancer. Rec.: ask your pcp for smoking cessation program. ...Read more

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20/21 weeks pregnant Can I use a lush bath bomb with these essential oils as ingredients: Grapefruit oil, cedar wood oil, and peppermint oil. No concentrations are given. They are not the first ingredients listed. ?

20/21 weeks pregnant Can I use a lush bath bomb with these essential oils as ingredients:
Grapefruit oil, cedar wood oil, and peppermint oil. No concentrations are given. They are not the first ingredients listed. 
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Yes: Based on the information provided, fetal harm is unlikely, as long as the temperature is not too hot. There is a small risk of fainting from the vasodilatory effect of a hot bath which could cause drowning. Also, some people could be allergic to some of the ingredients themselves. Dipping your toes in the bath for a few minutes to ensure no allergic reaction may help eliminate this concern. ...Read more

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Is laundry detergent that use enzyme better to maintain our health?

Is laundry detergent that use enzyme better to maintain our health?

Perhaps, economical: In the sense that you can use less detergent and lower temperatures to get the same stains out, they are cost-effective. They are biodegradable, but could cause respiratory allergies in large quantities such as in factories. http://www.scienceinthebox.com/enzymes-in-laundry-detergents ...Read more

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Which states have banned junk food or have a policy against junk food?

Which states have banned junk food or have a policy against junk food?

None: Some states have public policy information about the risks of junk food and there are attempts to limit them. So far only labeling has been altered so you can determine what is in the package. The junk food industry is huge, well financed and will fight any meaningful change with all that is possible to do. ...Read more

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Is the product sensa is safe. Main ingredients are maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, silica. Sprinkled on food works w/senses aiding weight loss.?

Is the product sensa is safe. Main ingredients are maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, silica.  Sprinkled on food works w/senses aiding weight loss.?

Safe,no magic bullet: Sort of sensory fooling "tastant", flakes in different "flavors"/smells. No good studies, no good data. Not cheap. Until more and better data support its use and effects, i wouldn't recommend it. ...Read more

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As for chitosan being used as a hemostatic derived commercially from shrimp chitin, does it have the potential to aggrevate seafood allergies?

As for chitosan being used as a hemostatic derived commercially from shrimp chitin, does it have the potential to aggrevate seafood allergies?

Chitosan: Chitosan reportedly comes from the shell of shell fish i t is the meat of the shellfish which causes the allergy so chiosan should be okay to use. ...Read more

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Which vaccines contain thimerosal? What are egg protein and formaldehyde used for in vaccines?

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Which vaccines contain thimerosal? What are egg protein and formaldehyde used for in vaccines?

Flu - but no worries: Only (some of) flu vaccine contains thimerosal. It and formaldehyde are to inactivate bacterial toxins and 2 kill any contaminating viruses/bacteria. Some worry that thimerosal causes autism; however autism continues to increase despite removal of thimerosal from vaccines in 2001. Most formaldehyde is removed during processing, and egg proteins are there cuz some vaccines need 2 grow in eggs ...Read more

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Wh foods to avoid / which foods or supplements are good when living w autoimmune disease? No processed foods of course. ?Dairy? ?Animal protein?

Wh foods to avoid / which foods or supplements are good when living w autoimmune disease?  No processed foods of course.  ?Dairy? ?Animal protein?

No GMO, anti-inflam.: Diet is best individualized but i advise an anti-inflammatory diet: see http://www.Drweil.Com/drw/u/art02012/anti-inflammatory-diet dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian diet would also be appropriate: http://www.Drfuhrman.Com/library/what-is-a-nutritarian-diet.Aspx do your best to avoid gmo's & foods high in pesticides: http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/04/22/organic-food-diet/ see my comment for more:. ...Read more

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Is sorbic acid allergy related to other food allergens?

Potassium sorbate: Sorbic acid can cross-react with potassium sorbate. It is a rare cause of contact dermatitis (a rash) or contact urticarial (hives). ...Read more

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I feel fatigued after cutting out food allergens. What do I do?

I feel fatigued after cutting out food allergens. What do I do?

Insufficient info: What do you mean by cutting out food allergens? Did you do that at the advice of an md? If it was self treatment or the result of an unaccredited advice, you may have nutritional deficiencies. I would recommend seeing your md for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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I have suddenly developed many food allergies(see profile). I've been on a strict organic diet with no allergens and still having problems. Why?

I have suddenly developed many food allergies(see profile). I've been on a strict organic diet with no allergens and still having problems. Why?

Complex pks c ur MD: U r on multiple medications, for different diseases, central nervous system medicines can interact with other meds/foods, or themselves can cause rashes, u need 2 b evaluated by ur allergist and ur neurologist. ...Read more

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How can I find information about allergens in my food?

How can I find information about allergens in my food?

Elimination diet: Try an elimination diet. You'll remove suspected allergens like wheat or dairy for a week, if symptoms improve, try reintroducing them one at a time in 2-3 day intervals. If you react negatively to a food, you may have a sensitivity to that food type. You can also see a provider for "rast" blood testing. ...Read more

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Can a food intolerance cause itching? And related, can a food allergy not respond to small amounts of the allergen (fine at <5 g, sick at >30)?

Yes and yes: Food allergy is not a trivial matter. Food allergy can change from itching one time to fatal anaphylaxis the next. It is important to have allergy testing, have a consultation with an allergist, avoid all foods you are allergic to, have an epipen (epinephrine) and an emergency action plan handy, and carefully examine the contents of everything you eat for contamination with the allergy triggers you have. ...Read more

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After eating a problem food allergen, how long does it take to show up in body symps? And how long does it take to exit system? Thanks Dr!

2 hours: Most allergic responses occur within 2 hours although reaction to red meat may not come on until 3-6 hours later. Most allergic responses from food should subside in less than a day. As for how long traces of the food may remain in your body, it would depend on the kind of food. ...Read more

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I want to go get a blood test for allergies. Will this assess for all types of allergens? Will it tell if I'm allergic to food dyes?

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I want to go get a blood test for allergies. Will this assess for all types of allergens? Will it tell if I'm allergic to food dyes?

Uncertain: Every single test needs be interpreted with the history and physical findings in context. Food dye allergy. other than to red carmine dye, is very rare if non-existent although it was in vogue over 40 years ago. ...Read more

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Could someone with a food allergy possibly breathe something they are allergic to and have a reaction with hives? My son is allergic to something so we have been avoiding a lot of the most common allergens but is still breaking out in hives.

Could someone with a food allergy possibly breathe something they are allergic to and have a reaction with hives? My son is allergic to something so we have been avoiding a lot of the most common allergens but is still breaking out in hives.

Allergist: Finding the cause of recurrent hives is very elusive and in these cases an allergist is best qualified to do the investigation. The offending agent could be internal or external including temperature change, exercise, etc. While waiting for the allergist's appointment, the pediatrician may prescribe an antihistamine for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Are allergens in all foods, or just the ones that cause allergies?

Yes: Allergens are most commonly a protein although other molecules can sometimes be recognized as an allergen. So, yes most foods are allergens. An allergic reaction is caused by your immune system recognizing those unique proteins and causing a reaction. Luckily it is fairly rare, so other foods don't cause a reaction and you can eat them. ...Read more

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What are common food allergens?

What are common food allergens?

Eight foods : Milk eggs peanuts tree nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts. Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder) shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp) soy wheat the eight foods included in food allergy labeling account for an estimated 90 percent of allergic reactions. ...Read more

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What are the major food allergens?

8 foods/ food groups: The major food allergens are milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. These are responsible for roughly 95% of food allergies. ...Read more

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Does risk for anaphylaxis vary with type of allergen from immunotherapy? Example: pollen, stings, mites, cat, food, etc..

Does risk for anaphylaxis vary with type of allergen from immunotherapy? Example: pollen, stings, mites, cat, food, etc..

Complex: Risk of anaphylaxis from immunotherapy depends on many factors: identifying the allergens causing the symptoms, severity of symptoms, whether well controlled prior to start of therapy, choosing the right allergens and right concentrations, assessment at each visit prior to administration of therapy, and observation for at least 30 minutes. Very rare in the hands of a competent allergist, good luck ...Read more

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I've never had food allergies & tested neg for them, but do have eczema & chronic hives. does this mean i'll react to big allergens like nuts & fish?

I've never had food allergies & tested neg for them, but do have eczema & chronic hives. does this mean i'll react to big allergens like nuts & fish?

Not necessarily: In fact, your own experience with eating nuts and fish is a much more reliable indicator of whether you're actually allergic than the results of skin testing will be. I think your allergist will tell you the same thing. The best way to determine whether your skin issues are due to allergy is a few weeks' trial of an elimination diet. Ask about it. ...Read more

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With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?

With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?

Dust mite barrier: Covering your mattress with an impermeable dust mite barrier and washing sheets in hot water weekly as well as removing extra pillows and thick comforters are the most important steps to avoid dust mite allergy reactions. ...Read more

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I have tiny itchy blisters that are spreading on my chest, back, legs and arms. Very small clear liquid filled. What could it be, no food allergens?

I have tiny itchy blisters that are spreading on my chest, back, legs and arms.  Very small clear liquid filled.  What could it be, no food allergens?

Shingles: Sounds like the rash that goes along with shingles. The rash is usually more isolated and in a pattern. I would seek care and evaluation asap as this can benefit from early intervention with medications. ...Read more

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4 yr son.Had respirtory&food allergy blood tests.results only very low cows milk allergen.Cld it cause stuffy nose&snoring?adenoids&tonsils remvd 2015

Milk allergy: generally food allergies are outgrown by the time the child is 2 yrs old if your child is still allegic even if mild you should avoid milk he should be fully tested to see if there are other allergies if not he can have congestion and wheezing ...Read more

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How do you read a food label in indian store?

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Indian store: Look at picture & ask the store attendant to interpret the item. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a food product has GI label on it?

GI=Glycemic Index: Read about it in: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/1/244S.full

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Food labeling question. How many grams of sugar is 1 packet?

Food labeling question.  How many grams of sugar is 1 packet?

15 to 16: A packet of sugar weighs 4 g. Since sugar contains roughly 4 calories per gram, 1 sugar packet contains 15 to 16 calories. This is the equivalent of 1 tsp. Of sugar. ...Read more

Allergen (Definition)

A substance that can cause an allergic reaction. Common allergens include ragweed pollen, ...Read more