Food Allergy or Detox Reaction

When you begin taking organic sulfur, you may experience dizziness or nausea that may lead you to believe you are allergic to the product, when it is very likely that you are going through a temporary detox phase that will quickly pass.

Many people worldwide take organic sulfur, also known as methylsulfonylmethane or MSM, as part of a detoxification regimen. Organic sulfur is technically a food supplement found naturally in many food products such as leafy green vegetables, raw milk, and even beer. However, cooking, pasteurization, and modern food processing remove much of the natural MSM from our diet.

Almost any food can cause an allergic reaction in our body. While a food allergy and a detox reaction may display similar symptoms, there are significant differences. Let’s compare the two.

Food Allergies

According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common food allergy signs and symptoms are:

• Tingling or itching in the mouth.
• Hives, itching or eczema.
• Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat or other parts of the body.
• Wheezing, nasal congestion or trouble breathing.
• Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
• Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting.

According to WebMD, about 90% of food allergy reactions are caused by just these 8 items:

• Milk (mostly in children)
• Eggs
• Peanuts
• Tree nuts, like walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, brazil nuts, and pecans
• Soy
• Wheat and other grains with gluten, including barley, rye, and oats
• Fish (mostly in adults)
• Shellfish (mostly in adults)

Peanuts, nuts, fish, and shellfish are blamed for a majority of severe food allergies. While the first signs of a food allergy can be mild, symptoms can worsen quickly. Symptoms such as breathing difficulty, chest pain, or an uneven heartbeat usually appear in minutes or up to several hours after eating food that is triggering an adverse reaction that can affect the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, or the cardiovascular system. The potentially life-threatening state called anaphylaxis occurs when an over-release of chemicals puts the person into shock. At the first sign of anaphylaxis, call 911 and transport the patient to the nearest emergency facility, even if you have already administered epinephrine, the standard drug used to treat severe allergic reactions.

Detox Reaction

According to an article published on the Healthy Bliss website, a detox reaction typically consists of any of these symptoms:

• Mild headaches, nausea, chills, sweating.
• Fatigue, aching muscles.
• Mucous, body odor, rashes.
• Dizziness, weakness or even foggy brain.

While detox reactions share aspects of a food allergy, they are fundamentally different. Detox reactions generally lasts only a few minutes to a few hours.

If you are experiencing a true “healing crisis” caused by a detox protocol, that normally will conclude within 1 to 3 days. After undergoing the initial bouts of chills, nausea, or intense exhaustion, you should feel amazingly energized and not experience that symptom again.

Since beginning the Cellular Matrix Study in 1999, study director Patrick McGean has learned that a majority of individuals who report a “detox” or healing crisis were only taking a 1⁄2 teaspoon of organic sulfur, either once or twice a day. Should you experience “detox” or flu-like symptoms, take another standard dose (1 teaspoon) of organic sulfur with food and water immediately. Our bodies are able to tolerate taking in more sulfur that it requires, versus taking too little. You cannot take too much!

In addition, proper hydration is absolutely necessary for organic sulfur to perform optimally, since the water we drink contains the oxygen used for healthy cellular regeneration. We recommend drinking 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight. For instance, if you weigh 160 pounds, we recommend drinking 80 ounces of water daily.

Food Sensitivities or Intolerances

A food sensitivity (such as to gluten, lactose, or beans) is different from an allergy in that it is not caused by a response by the immune system. Strange as it may seem, a percentage of the general population can experience intolerance to foods such as tomato paste, sesame seeds, celery, miso soup, seaweed snacks, or vegan butters and mayonnaise. Once the offending food is removed from the diet, the reaction should go away and then we can conclude that the issue was due to food intolerance.

I am not a medical doctor and this is not a medical site. Information is provided for your education and general interest, only. If you have a specific question or concern about a specific medical condition, please consult your medical doctor.


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