Allergies seem to have styles, that is, over the years allergens
that weren't so popular in the past, have become the allergins of choice.
When I was tested--I won't say how many years ago--the specialist was an Englishman who had come over to the Hospital for Sick Children
Among the things he said I was allergic to include: dogs, cats, horses--or any animals with shedding hair or fur--birds, dust and mites, wool,
rayon, ragweed--Toronto is known as a world center of ragweed--pollen.
I have hay fever. I was told I would be very unhappy on a farm.
I grew up in a hypoallergenic room; that is, other than a chair and bed, blind, no curtains, there was nothing! My mother vacuumed it many times
There were family stories of me being given fine woolen pants by my grandfather, only when I took them off--after complaining to high
heaven--my thighs and legs were red.
I was never given penicillin. I was told there is so much of it floating around in the environment, that someone with as much sensitivity as I
have, would be allergic to it already. And there is no need to risk it--there are so many other antibiotics on the market--for a while at least.
In grade 7, I took sulfamide of some sort for months for something. I reacted to that! It was far worse than whatever I was sick with. And it is an
allergy I am left with.
My brother was allergic to eggs. I have had friends who were allergic to milk, salt, chocolate. For years I thought myself lucky not to have such.
Growing up, my parents were of the philosophy that they wouldn't force me to eat foods I really did not want; they believed I might be aware of a
So, it was with great surprise that I discovered, as an adult, an allergy to shellfish. Digestive reactions are always an unpleasant surprise.
I am happy to have grown up when there were far fewer synthetic chemicals in the environment. I had so much less opportunity to develop
allergies than today's children. And I grew out of most of mine, with the help of regular desensitization shots.
I am not confident children today will be as lucky as I. The trade-off between their health, and the economic benefit to the company making
some new thing, is always to the company. And the justification given is there is no definitive proof of danger.
Surely the last 50 years have taught us something.
This was removed when the GTKY node it was part of was removed, without being correctly evaluated. It is one I am still proud of.