I occasionally notice connections in my
life that set me to thinking. (A bad habit
thinking is, often leading to more trouble than
itís worth.) For example, a book Iíve been
studying, FOOD Allergies, by William Walsh,
M.D., has caused disturbing thoughts about what
I eat and how it might affect me. Iím
wondering if Iím the way I am because of the
foods I eat. (So much for my theory that Iím a
homicidal maniac trapped in a pacifist body.)
Iíve been enjoying sinus headaches, various
muscle spasms and cramps for about 15 years now.
(They may have been occurring longer than that,
but a beer-induced haze obscures much of my
memory/misery before 1985.) Iím thinking now
that I made some major changes in more than my
drinking habits 15 years ago.
I gave up tobacco in Ď82, began drinking
diet cola and eating stir-fried meals with lots
of soy sauce. In fact the sugarless sodas
eventually replaced beer, and soy sauce became
my favorite seasoning.
As the alcohol haze slowly lifted, I began
eating foods I hadnít bothered with since my
childhood. To my surprise I had trouble eating
some of them. (Iíve always had a problem with
walnuts, bananas, raw carrots and celery causing
my lips to swell and my throat to feel raw, as
if I were getting a sore throat.)
One evening I lost my voice after eating some
of the best watermelon Iíve ever hadóhomegrown,
to add insult to injury. My Aunt Hilda urged me
to have another slice as soon as she realized
what it was doing to me. Never had I had that
kind of reaction to any food! (I occasionally
take flowers to Hilda now, hoping to find
something she is allergic to.)
Since then Iíve reacted badly to raw button
mushrooms, salads, raw sweet corn, broccoli,
peanuts, pistachios and horroróHAZELNUTS!
I could live without most foods that make me
feel bad, but HAZELNUTS? Now that ainít fair!
I just found a recipe for seasoning nuts and now
I canít use it! I eat them once a year at
Christmas time, except this year when I found
them by the pound at a supermarket in November.
I ate one, just one. A wave of nausea and
dizziness sent me staggering for the porcelain
My lunch stayed put, the attack passed, but I
knew my life had changed direction again.
Hazelnuts are now a memory. I wonder, how many
other foods I enjoy will become memories?
Fortunately I think senility is setting in so I
wonít remember any of this tomorrow anyhow.
Which leads back to the foods I may be having
Some foods are believed to cause a breakdown
of nerve cells and may (Continued from page 23)
cause senility or help it along. Of course the
foods that aid in crippling the brain are among
my favorites and Iíve been eating or drinking
them for years. I think.
Oh well, I donít smoke or get drunk
anymore. So now I can look forward to not
enjoying foods that may cause me to forget-
something- uh. Um, I had a story about dogs and
curry, but the editors didnít- uh.
Books can cause you to think. I read one
once, I think. Excuse me, I have a headache. I
think Iíll lie down now. Lying down is good
for you isnít it? I canít remember, but Iím
going to do it anyhow.
Maybe Iíll reread FOOD Allergies. If I can
find it. I seem to have misplaced it, AGAIN!
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