Dealing with wheat and corn allergies is not easy. Healthy Family recently received a letter from a reader on the subject. I decided to share the letter from Joy along with my response. I’m hoping my answer will benefit those struggling to cope with wheat and corn allergies, and others with multiple food allergies.
Joy contacted me yesterday about her son’s wheat and corn allergies through email. I decided to post my response in order to help other readers who are diagnosed with wheat and corn allergies, too.
I have really enjoyed your post on wheat and corn allergies. It was very informative. To let you know where I’m coming from, my 10 yr. old son was recently diagnosed with allergies to wheat, corn, and peanuts. We were reassured that it is NOT celiac disease, but that he just has allergic reactions to these foods. (sinus problems, fluid in ears, swollen glands…) We were also told that he does not have to completely avoid these products, but should eliminate them from his everyday diet, with the exception of special occasions, birthday parties, holidays, etc. So, my question is how do we shop for foods that are both gluten free and corn free ? I made the mistake of purchasing gluten free breads, only to discover that it contained cornstarch. Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you and God bless,
How We Managed our Son’s Wheat and Corn Allergies
I’m glad the post on wheat and corn allergies was helpful. After reading your letter a few things came to my mind. I’m wondering what kinds of tests they did. Did the doctors test for celiac disease and rule it out? Or did they only test for food allergies? Was the test an IgE test or an IgG test? Was your son also screened for gluten antibodies and they came in the normal range?
I’m not sure if you read about my son’s diagnosis, but his initial testing was similar to your son’s testing. We had done an IgG test which discovered his wheat and corn allergies, along with 15 additional food allergies. Our initial test also revealed gluten antibodies but we needed to do additional testing to confirm celiac. We also tested to see if he had the celiac gene and he does.
This was in 2007 when he was 4. Our son is now 10 and he’s doing fantastic. He no longer has symptoms of multiple food allergies. He’s on a very strict gluten free diet and he’s able to eat corn again. But we only give him organic corn because we discovered that GMO corn was an issue.
You mentioned in your letter three food allergies: wheat, corn, and peanuts. Did you know that these three foods are known to contain the highest mold counts? I wonder if your son was tested for fungal issues as well. Chronic sinus problems can be caused by a variety of things, but fungus is the most common one. I used to have chronic sinus infections for years. Antibiotics seemed to make them worse over time. Eventually I learned it was a fungal issue.