People who are allergic to pork products suffer from Type I allergy or Contact allergy. Pork contains proteins that make the immune system to over-react. At this point in time no cures for food allergies have been found. This issue has foxed scientists who cannot fathom the reason for some food proteins, such as those found in pork to harm the immune system.
Harmful proteins that are foreign to the immune system can destroy many inherent defense mechanisms in the body. These symptoms largely depend on the severity of the allergies, caused by eating pork. They can range from mild to fatal. Some people develop it within a few minutes of eating pork while for others it may manifest itself after a few hours.
This type of allergy caused by consuming certain meat products is not common. Most often, the chemicals used to process the meat before putting it out for consumption may be the cause. Papain is used to tenderize meat and Casein is used as a stabilizer. Both these chemicals can cause allergies that people may confuse as pork allergies.
Another reason that can be attributed to creating allergies is the antibiotics that are generally used in farms. In 2001, pork products were sent back by Mitchell’s Gourmet Foods Inc., when they realized that the hogs were injected with Penicillin before they were sent to the processing centre.
If you have contracted the food allergy and the symptoms are not that sever, you could try using Quercitin, Vitamin A, Bromellain, Iron, L-Carnitine or Eucalyptus to ease the symptoms.
One of the most powerful antioxidants is Quercitin, which is a reputed flavonoid. They help to reduce redness, swelling and makes the blood vessels stronger and improve the immune system as well as general circulation. When histamines are blocked, they reduce or prevent these allergy symptoms from escalating and Quercitin works well in this direction. It is advisable to take 500 mg twice a day.
Bromellain helps the body to absorb Quercitin and should also be taken twice a day in 100 mg strength.
Vitamin A stimulates the immune system effectively. According to Dr Nauss, patients who suffered from a deficiency in Vitamin A found that their T-cell immune responses dropped lower.
It is important to take the recommended dosage of Vitamin A to prevent deficiencies, which could cause high risk dangers, such as cancer of the lung, bladder, esophagus, larynx, stomach, rectum, prostate and colon. Excess Vitamin A gets deposited in the liver and fat cells and could become highly toxic.
Inhalation, using Eucalyptus or olbas oil in boiling hot water, helps to effectively treat a blocked nose that is the direct cause of a cold, allergy or flu. Since these oils diffuse easily into the air, they help to clear nasal and bronchial allergies most effectively.
Iron is essential for producing blood, as a component of hemoglobin, which is the substance that carries oxygen in red blood cells. This is excellent source for boosting the immune system. Iron helps the body produce collagen, which is necessary for repair and growth of tissue as well as bone.
The role of L-Carnitine in the body cannot be undermined. It helps the body turn food into energy levels. It increases fat burning and this in turn increases energy at the cell level. Toxic compounds are quickly expelled to prevent diseases in the body thereby aiding in the longevity of cell life.
One has to be especially watchful of cross contamination, especially if they are allergic to pork product. It is important to know whether the pork is processed along with other meats. People, who suffer from nut allergies, have to ensure that the products they buy are not processed in the same factory as nuts. Since pork allergies are quite rare, you do not find this information on labels of packaged foods. If one wants to make doubly sure, they should buy their meats from a Jewish or Muslim meat shop, as these places do not sell pork for religious reasons. They are labeled as “Halaal” or “Kosher”. You are assured that there is no cross contamination.
A person, who suffers from pork allergies, would do well to avoid foods cooked in lard or with gelatin. Baked foods normally could contain lard and many foods such as candies, ice cream, marshmallows and jell-O contain pork gelatin generally. Here again, opt for foods that are labeled “Kosher gelatin” or “Halaal gelatin” failing, which you can eat foods that are made from vegetables. One should also be aware that many flu vaccines may contain pork gelatin.
Unfortunately, no cure has been found for food allergies. People who are prone to this allergy have to be doubly careful about the products they consume. Look out for cross contamination and read all the labels carefully before purchasing. If you suffer from this rare pork allergy, you need to be very vigilant, as you have to deal with a major problem. It is advisable to inform your friends and people around you of your predicament and tell them how to treat you, if you develop a sudden adverse reaction. Always check where the nearest hospital is when travelling. This awareness could save your life.