Since I felt that ER physicians must understand the difference between dextrose and corn-derived dextrose, I posted the following message on their Facebook page on 4/11/16. If you have ever experienced an adverse reaction due to the administration of IV fluids with corn-derived dextrose after you have notified the hospital of your allergy to corn, you should notify the NAEMSP in addition to your state hospital association (each state hospital association contact is listed in this blog for your information).
It is critical that EMS physicians know the difference between dextrose and corn-derived dextrose, citric acid and corn-derived citric acid, ascorbic acid and corn-derived ascorbic acid, etc. for the corn allergy community.
If you are one of the estimated 10 million American citizens diagnosed with an allergy to corn, you know that you have few safe sources of nutrition, medication, or water. The corn allergy community can consume very few processed foods and no commercially-processed non-organic meat, poultry, fish, produce, or fruit due to government-authorized corn-derived antimicrobial chemical washes. Most flour, oats, sugar, etc. have been contaminated through cross-contact with corn leaving the corn allergy community with even fewer sources of safe food. Corn is in most medications (requiring many to have their medications compounded to exclude corn) and tap water due to corn-derived purification chemicals.. Since there are no commercially-manufactured corn-free formulas, many corn-allergic infants have been diagnosed with "failure to thrive," and their physicians and nutritionists can do nothing to help them. The corn-allergic patient must avoid IV fluids with corn-derived dextrose (also iodized salt with corn-derived dextrose); and since corn derivatives are added to blood transfusions, the corn-allergic patient is at risk should this need arise. In addition, since hospitals are ill-equipped to safely nourish the corn-allergic patient, most patients require their family/guardian to supply them with previously-prepared safe foods during their hospital stay. An allergy to corn can be contact-reactive, inhalation-reactive, or ingestion-reactive and many members of the corn allergy community are anaphylactic to corn/corn derivatives. We are witnessing an emerging world-wide corn allergy crisis.
"CORN: IT'S FEED. IT'S FUEL. IT'S FOOD. IT'S EVERYTHING!" Iowa Corn
March 15, 2018 Tweets:
National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), @NAEMSP