Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Smell of allergies

I'm allergic to milk and all milk-related products: milk, cheese, anything else dairy, and a whole bunch of stuff that you'd never think from looking at an ingredients list is actually milk. This is different from lactose intolerance; I can digest milk; I'm just allergic to it. My tolerance to it has dramatically increased over many years by gradually increasing my milk intake, so I can have a glass of milk or a few pieces of cheese a day easily without getting sick.

In the mornings, if I'm hungry, I have a bowl of Quaker Squares, the most delicious cereal ever created. But I can't stand the smell of the milk. I don't know what it is about it—if it's somehow related to the allergy (huh?) or some weird psychological thing. I just find the smell of milk revolting. If I eat the cereal right away and then get rid of the bowl it doesn't bother me. But if I'm busy and that bowl sits on the far edge of my desk for too long, eventually the whole office smells like milk. And it's gross.

5 comments:

Louise said...

Might just be all in your head. I know I am allergic to a specific red dye. Well, you'd be amazed what things have that red dye in it - certain hot dogs for one (yes, they put it in to give the meat a more "natural" color...scary!!) For the longest time I would feel the urge to puke any time I even smelled hot dogs cooking. The smell and the allergy clearly got linked together.

Either that, or you're just letting the milk sit out too long and it's spoiling. Nothing is nastier than bad milk!

Travis said...

Nah, it's not a spoiled milk smell. And we're just talking like thirty minutes here.

Andy Misle said...

I have the same thing with products containing Vitamin A, from being on Accutane (which is some sort of Vitamin A derivative) for a year. For example, Pop Tarts are artificially enhanced with Vitamin A (it might also act as a preservative). I still find them tasty, but they smell revolting.

That being said, there is a growing raw milk movement. All of our milk is pasteurized to kill the naturally occurring bacteria within. In many states, it is illegal to sell raw milk... but if you can find it, it might be worth a go. Many proponents swear that it tastes completely different and has many health benefits that are removed by pasteurization; I'm still working my connections to get my hands on some :)

At the very least, seek out some hormone-free milk to see if it's any better...

Travis said...

Hmmm, those milk products would not be free from the refrigerators at work. I don't usually buy milk for home because it will go bad before I can manage to use more than about a cup of it. I usually just substitute water and dry milk in recipes...

Luke said...

Soy is the future! ;)