Wheat and Corn Allergies: Answering Questions from one of our Readers

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.

Hi!

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,
Joy

How We Managed our Son’s Wheat and Corn Allergies

Joy,

Advice for people with 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.

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4 Comments on Wheat and Corn Allergies: Answering Questions from one of our Readers

  1. The testing was done by a natropathic Doctor on the whole person, meaning he was tested for everything. The whole family was tested. At the time we had no idea that he was allergic to anything. The Doctor discovered his allergies
    and informed us that he should try to avoid these foos as much as possible, but a little bit on special occasions was okay. While he told us that it was not celiac, he did say that if he continued to eat these foods as often as he has been,it could develop into celiac in the long run.
    There was no mention of mold or fungus. Thank you for mentioning that – I’ll look into it.
    If you have not heard of Natropathic Medicine, please take a look at my post, Medication-Heal or Harm ? Natropathic Medicine Reveals at http://homemaker7.wordpress.com

  2. Thank you so much for this information! It has been very helpful. The peanut allergy hasn’t been that much of a concern, seeing as they never were a big part of my son’s diet. That was the easy part! He is used to eating white bread with every meal, including snacks! Yes, he always was a bread eater, and that is the hardest for him to deal with. I have looked at the sites you mentioned and am very grateful. :) This is all very new to us, and I just needed to know where and how to shop. Thanks so much for everything!

    Joy

  3. Joy,
    I visited your site and it is wonderful. We are Catholic too, and very faithful. You had quite a feast for St. Joseph’s Day! Have you seen our most popular post of all time this year? I made Jesse Tree ornaments for Advent and posted free downloads.

    Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with. Since your son really enjoys white bread, you may want to try the Katz brand. If he finds the bread too dry and hard just wrap it in a damp paper towel and ‘steam’ it for a couple of seconds in the microwave to re-moisten it. Every microwave is different. It may take 15 seconds up to a minute. Just experiment with it. We’ve brought back to life some stale tasting bread many times using this trick. It’s hard to get used to gluten free bread. Keep in touch about how he’s doing! I’m not sure if he likes toast, but gluten free bread is often better toasted. You could also make french toast out of it too. We’ve done that with almond milk and regular milk. It works great to revive homemade loaves that didn’t turn out quite right.

    • Thanks for all of your suggestions. We’re taking this change slowly and have reduced, but not completely eliminated wheat and corn. He has done well with the transition to the Gluten free bread. It contains cornstarch, so he only eats it twice a week. He is not celiac, as I have said, but has minor allergic reactions, such as cold symptoms that seem to last forever. Also, his hearing is “foggy” as he described it. Thanks alot for the ideas on breads that are both wheat and corn free. I’ll look into it.

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