When you look in the dictionary under ”adverse drug reaction” you will find my name. But a new world of pharmacogenetics (that uses genes to determine drug intolerances) has changed all of that. You see we all have our own bio-individuality.
First a little background.
In 2007 I had a CT-Scan and had an adverse reaction to the contrast. Then another. And another. I was prescribed a series of medication to deal with the severe adverse reactions, but developed severe adverse reactions to the medications, prescribed for the adverse reactions. It caused a histamine tornado in my body.
If you regularly use complementary medicines, and have an auto-immune condition, intolerances, or allergies, there is a thing or two you need to know about reading complementary medicine labels, and a consumers right to know about the ingredients. This information applies to Australia, where I live, but may also be of interest elsewhere.
Firstly, let me share a personal experience, to paint a picture as to the current state of affairs.
I am intolerant to many things. I know what those things are (having been at this for a while) and one of those things is synthetic colours. When I say intolerant I mean I need medical assistance.
I made these delicious Sweet Potato and Ginger Muffins, froze them, and took them with me for breakfast on a recent trip to Sydney. They were not only delicious, low histamine, low amine, but fructose free and gluten free.
The fibrous nature and water content of sweet potato make this vegetable extremely adaptable in cooking. In this recipe the amount of flour used is much less than a traditional muffin and yet the muffin remains intact whilst perfectly moist.