What’s this corn thing doing on my blog?
Added new page: How I do my elimination diet December 2017
Important note added Sept. 2015 down below
I seemed to have picked up this corn intolerance or allergic thing a while back, likely about ten years ago. I didn’t know I had a problem until about four years ago. I developed an itch in the crotch, I know, sounds great, which I asked my Doc about. There was no rash, just a severe itch. He gave me some cortisone type cream that was useless and only seemed to make it worse. Now, that itch was so bad, it sorta hid the fact that my whole body itched, but the crotch was the worse, if you started to itch it, it was hard to stop until you hurt. Even knowing this it’s hard to stop. Eventually, I realized that my whole body itched. Places I noticed the greatest itch was the crotch, the tops of my feet, ankles and chins and forearms and my back and inside my ears too. I’m also starting to get a greater itch in my chest, as I’ve been working on getting rid of corn.
Well, I knew from keeping honey bees and getting stung too many times, because I had developed an allergy to their stings and know one of the reactions was a severe body itch that felt so good when you itched it. This was a clue that I must be allergic to something.
I changed lots of things, clothes, soaps, bedding to no avail
I started with the easy things, I got new different bedding, new clothes, new towels, new soaps and that didn’t help at all.
So, it must be a food that I’m allergic to?
But what, where do I start. I decided to eliminate dairy products and gluten products for a start, mostly because these things would be easy to eliminate. But, I needed something to replace all the bread I wouldn’t be able to eat, so I bought a big stack of corn tortillas which I would eat like the Mexican people. I’d eat four or five with my meals and sometimes use them for a snack.
That was a big mistake, things just got worse.
Well, that didn’t go well at all. After a few days, I started to get worse. In addition, the roof of my mouth felt like I burned it with something and my forearms felt really tired and lethargic. I went back to my regular diet and at least things got a little better, meaning I still itched all over, but my mouth roof burning sensation stopped and the forearm pain went away. I still didn’t realize it was the corn yet. I was stumped and thought about it a while and finally realized maybe it’s the corn?
Was it the corn causing me these problems?
It seemed to be the corn, when I ate corn things my itch got worse for a while. How can I know for sure? I was going on three years with this problem by now. I looked at my packaging ingredients and eliminated all the stuff that said corn and I mostly got a little less itch, but it wouldn’t go away and I’d get a more increased itch and check ingredients on the stuff I was eating and eliminated them, if I could detect something that was derived from corn. As I got rid of some of this stuff, I seemed to able to tell when I ate something that got me, so I got better at looking for ingredients. I found that corn starch is in almost everything and corn syrup too, but that was only the beginning. Those things where fairly easy to get rid as a lot of times they are actually marked in the ingredients on the package. But, I’m still getting corned, so what else?
What, Best Foods Mayonnaise has corn in it?
The ingredients in Best Foods Mayonnaise say eggs, canola oil, I think and vinegar and I think salt. Ha, ha, what is the vinegar made from. Seems you have wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white or distilled white vinegar, as far as vinegars go and rice vinegar too. The white can be made out of many things, but it’s usually made from corn. the distilled comes form distilling petroleum, I think, but not sure on that?
So, I went to the Best Foods web site and looked up ingredients of vinegar. Damn. This is bad. It said that they use the finest corn available to make their vinegar. Damn again. So many things people make with mayo. That just kicked out most of the condiments and salad dressing available or made by people at home,……… shoot, I’m screwed, is what I was thinking. This also meant that most of the processed foods that use vinegar are likely to be made from corn. Not good.
So, I got rid of the vinegar things, but still?
I was still having reactions and this is about a year into trying to eliminate corn stuff. Time to do some more searching on the internet as I’m running out of ideas. Ugh. I found that xanthan gum is derived from corn and acidic acid and citric acid and a whole bunch of other things. You needed to be a rocket scientist to know all this stuff. Corn products are in almost everything and it’s not listed as corn on the ingredients, how can this be? Can’t eat any ice cream, unless I make it myself carefully selecting the ingredients and that isn’t easy to be corn free. Why aren’t corn things listed? This seems like an insane thing. Peanuts are and even if they just processed in the same building it’s listed. The allergic reactions to corn can be the same as what people get with peanuts, so why isn’t it listed? The are eight things that must be listed if they are in a product, but things derived from corn are not.
I’ve stopped eating most things by now.
I’ve gotten a lot of corn derived things out of my system, but not all. I think I am very close at the time of this writing. It’s been four years since I got the first itch. One of the problems is if one gets corned it can take a couple of weeks to get it out of your system, so it takes a lot of time to try to track this.
I ate an ear of corn to test.
I decided to eat an ear of fresh corn to see what would happen, maybe all I needed was some real corn? :O) I ate it, it tasted so good. didn’t have a reaction until about eight hours later. After that, about four days of severe itching, so it really does look like it’s corn.
I can’t be sure?
I was about ninety percent sure I had a corn problem, but until I get rid of this itch, I can’t be one hundred percent sure it is corn. About a month ago when I found corn was in so many other ingredients, I added three more percent for ninety-three percent, but that other seven percent is illusive. Until I can get rid of the itch, which would mean getting whatever it is out of my system, I can’t be one hundred percent sure it is corn. If I can get rid of the itch then I can try a product to see if it gives me a reaction, one at a time. Right now, there isn’t really a one at a time test, because I haven’t got it out of my system so I don’t really know how many times it’s getting into my system.
Added September 2015: Important information about corn detection in food
Here’s the real problem of detecting what has corn in it that is getting you. If I eat something with corn in it, it takes about nine hours or so for the real itch to start, sometimes less. And every time I eat something even without corn, in nine hours or so, the itch gets worse again and this lasts for about two weeks or so. The intense part lasts for about four days each time you consume some corny stuff and will be intense each time you eat something even if you don’t consume anything corny in that period.
In other words once you’ve been hit, every time you eat corn stuff or not, it’s going to get you for about two weeks or so, every time you eat, even if you don’t eat any corn. And if you eat some more food with corn, it’s still going to be two weeks or so of itching every time you eat some more food. And each time you consume something corny, it’s going to be intense for about four days or so.
Can you see that it’s going to be hard to detect what has corn in it. Lots of things are going to get blamed for having corn that may not. I think this is one of the things that makes this thing so hard to figure out. I’ve been trying to rid corn out of my diet for about five years now and haven’t succeeded yet. I’ve been close for a few days, but I’m still working on it.
Update: January 2016
I was working on getting the corn out of my system when last month, things got worse. I think they got worse because as I was getting corn foods out of my system, I had to eat more and more of the little foods that I trusted and some of them have corn stuff in them, so I ended up eating more of the bad stuff as I was trying to get away from the corn stuff.
In addition to the already body itches which are the worst in the crotch area, that has expanded to my full pubic area. The intense itching has also moved into my chest and shoulders and back with some minor hives. I now have a rash on both sides of my pubic area that may be hives? The rash is mostly most intense when I eat something with corn in it. In addition to all that, I also have pins and needles in my forearms and legs and chest, shoulders and back which is most intense after I ingest some corny stuff.
My most trusted stuff has some corn stuff in it. The most trusted olive oil from Costco proved to be one of my undoing’s as I trusted it and used it everywhere I needed some oil, a bad mistake.
I now don’t use any olive oil, but am trying peanut oil and grape seed oil very sparingly as I don’t trust any oils anymore as they are too easy to get some corn stuff in them and each time you have to buy another bottle, it’s taking a big chance. Olive oil has too great a chance to get some corn in it as it’s tempting to cheat by adding some corn oil to the batch.
I think I also discovered the beans I’ve been eating may also be bad for me as I seem to be getting a reaction from them, so I may also be allergic to them. When you are allergic to one thing, it’s easy to be allergic to some other things.
My plan right now is to see an allergist to see if I’m allergic to anything else, even though I don’t have much confidence that an allergist can help me out much.
Even the tooth paste had to go.
Sorbitol is in tooth paste and is derived from corn, so I dumped them and went to using baking soda, which seems to help prevent that burning mouth thing. There are also other corn things in the store bought tooth pastes. After awhile I got some Squiggle tooth paste which seems to be working better than the backing soda.