FOOD ALLERGIES & MS EXACERBATIONS
Several symptoms (migraine, facial pain, and neck pain, etc) associated with multiple sclerosis are also associated with allergies to certain plants, both edible and non-edible.
People who are allergic to birch pollen frequently have allergic symptoms when they eat several kinds of food. The majority of these allergic reactions are caused by certain parts of proteins that are in the birch pollen that can cause a cross-reaction to the foods that are eaten. Of all the things, celery is one of these foods. Many people who are allergic to birch pollen are also allergic to celery, but they just don’t know it.
Grass and weed pollen can also sensitize the body and cause a cross-reaction with food. However, these seem to cause less of a problem than birch. But, you never know.
Generally, pollen-related substances in edible foods that cause migraine, facial pain, and neck pain tend to be destroyed during the cooking process or destroyed in the digestive tract. Here again, celery is a problem. The substance in it is not destroyed and the response to it is still there. Other foods can do a similar thing. So, it is wise to keep a diary of what you eat to determine if an allergy to a food may be causing a flare-up of your MS symptoms.
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Dr. Rudy Cartwright
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