This past Sunday, I received an email from one of my allergy friends who I've met via this website, Kerry (Hi, Kerry!). She sent me a great research paper written by her which I'm turning around and I just have to share it with YOU :-)
But first, here's a little bit about Kerry:
She's a retired elementary school teacher (who is currently volunteering as a tutor in a first grade classroom). Kerry has a keen interest in chemical allergies since her propylene glycol/polyethylene glycol allergy diagnosis almost two years ago. Because of her own digestion issues, she's also done a lot of research about the importance of our intestinal flora for good health. As Kerry says, "I have learned that there truly is a "Leaky Gut Syndrome" and believe it plays a major role in the development of allergies".
THIS. IS. WHY. I love blogging about allergies and eczema - we learn an incredible amount from each other! While this website is not a substitute for the doctor, I look at it as a VERY VALUABLE supplement and a necessary one, at that. My health improved because of advice you guys have given me and it's changed my world.
After my allergy and eczema diagnosis, the doctors could only do so much. They couldn't tell me all of the ingredients propylene glycol is hidden within and they couldn't follow me around every day to give advice on how to avoid touching things like doorknobs which could potentially contain nickel. I figured out that stuff on my own.
Kerry's story started with the diagnosis of propylene glycol (which I share) and polyethylene glycol allergies. Then a GERD diagnosis topped it all off.
She is SUPER awesome and aaall about the research. In fact, she's emailed me in the past with other helpful tid bits she learned. Kerry rocks.
This time, she's worked up a research paper delving into the relationship of allergies, our digestion and holistic medicine. It's called "The Allergy-Gut Connection". I touched on the subject of leaky gut in the past and think it's an important thing for all of us to learn more about.
Here's a snippet of Kerry's story:
Go grab a nice hot mug of tea or hot water and enjoy this informative read:
(The 14 page document will open immediately within your browser. Then hit save or print in the upper right hand corner. The file is in PDF format and is pretty tiny - just 750 KB)