I always have great talks with the egg guy, formally known as Lamar from Faith Farms. He’s been working hard at building up Fayetteville’s Farmer’s Market, and is one of the bigger farmers. But he primarily brings eggs to the market, so that’s why I call him the egg guy. He has farmland in 4 different counties and sells to IGA and Food Lion too, though.
So last Wednesday we were chatting and talking about Ada.
“We’ve screwed up our food supply so badly I don’t know if there is anything we can do to fix it. And she is the one that is paying for it. Farmers and the USDA that care nothing about money have done this to her and its not fair,” he said.
He sounded so passionate about it and he’s not even the one dealing with a kid whose immune system reacts to the world.
We talk about so many topics it would be hard to explain them all or even remember each detail, but I imagine you could read that quote from him and wonder what the hell we were talking about.
He tells me so much stuff about farming and raising animals that people don’t know and, at least according to him, the FDA and USDA don’t want people to know.
I’m gonna start blogging about it after I talk to him each week.
I was thinking about it today because I got this book at the library called The AutoImmune Epidemic which looks like it should be interesting. The author talks about our autoimmune system and how it takes thousands of years to cope with environmental changes, but that basically we’ve introduced so many toxins in the past 100 years that our autoimmune systems are going haywire trying to cope.
I haven’t gotten to the chapter on food allergies yet. Actually I’ve only read the forward and chapter ages, but like I said, it looks interesting.
And it mentions how diabetes, chrohn’s disease, celiac disease and autism are or are related to autoimmune disorders.
Earlier today I was reading about histamines in foods. Allergies trigger histamine release in the body (hence, “true” allergies has only to do with whether or not the food causes the immune system to react), but some foods have histamines too, which is why some food intolerances causes symptoms similar to allergic reactions.
So banana, cheese, wine, preserved meats and others have lots of histamine in them, which means Ada or someone else might react after eating them, but possibly because the food is pushing their histamine level up, but not that they are allergic to that food itself.
Many of the foods on that list, like bananas and tomatoes, seem like they’ve caused her issues at some point, but not always. So we’re back to that whole idea that if I keep her big allergens out of her way, she can eat a wider variety of food
Anyway, this coupled with the environmental/chemical aspect of what our bodies cope with makes it feel like some amazing mystery story that I’m unfolding. Not only for her health, but for mine and anyone else who will listen to me.
I don’t think the whole world has celiac disease or allergies to corn and soy. But based on my talks with the egg guy, the situation in the world with GMO’d crops, the fact that there are chemicals in our shampoos and detergents that we pretend don’t affect our bodies— I think we have to eat the purest food possible so that our bodies can cope with all that.