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a caffeine allergy?

i've begun to suspect recently that i might be allergic to caffeine. at first i thought the asthmatic-ish response that i could repeatedly self induce it might be specific to coffee but it seems that caffeinated tea and soft drinks also produce the effect, albeit in milder form.

interestingly ( at least to me ), i only noticed it after once again attempting to go wheat-free to alleviate the effects of my presumed wheat allergy. what's amusing is that as i've previously written i've always been a little suspect of people who claim to be allergic to foods:

"i've always binned food allergies and intolerances in roughly the same category as sick building syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome. i won't deny your right to claim that you might suffer from these broadly defined and difficult to prove maladies, but i was quiet sure i'd never suffer from them and was always a little suspicious of people who claimed to fall victim to them."
but it's hard for me to deny that if i don't eat wheat and cut down on the caffeine i don't have to take supplemental allergy medicines and i can breath much easier.

and beyond all that, why-oh-why does it need to be wheat and caffeine, which were two staples of my diet? maybe next i can develop a response to eggs and nuts and make it effectively impossible for me to eat anything.

i suspect that the conspiratorial homunculus has somehow figured out how to confound me once again.

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12/20/2005 03:53:00 PM 1 comments


Food allergies are horrendous. I am allergic to eggs and it is horrible. Having to read ingredients in everything you buy, questioning waiters about what certain foods are made with (it tends to make for grouchy waiters when questioned about ingredients), and missing donuts!

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