Thursday, December 14, 2017

Oral Challenge of Mazola Corn Oil to Test Hypothesis Presented by Dr. Phil Lieberman

WARNING:  NEVER ATTEMPT AN ORAL CHALLENGE IF
YOU ARE ANAPHYLACTIC TO YOUR ALLERGEN, WHICH SHOULD ONLY
BE CONDUCTED IN THE PRESENCE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN

December 14, 2017, Oral Challenge of Mazola Corn Oil
Since I am not anaphylactic* to corn, I conducted this oral challenge today to test the hypothesis presented by Dr. Phil Lieberman in the "Ask the Expert" article that appeared on the American Academy of Asthma Allergy & Immunology (AAAAI) website.  Thankfully, for the safety of the corn allergy population this article has since been removed from their website.

“Avoidance of Corn Allergen," AAAAI, Ask the Expert, 2012
https://www.aaaai.org/ask-the-expert/avoidance-corn-allergen

Statement by Phil Lieberman, MD
". . . the issue is complex because some products, such as corn oils, are labeled as having corn, but actually do not contain corn allergen."

Before conducting this oral challenge, I called ACH Food Companies, Inc. (manufacturer of Mazola corn oil), and read them Dr. Lieberman's statement.  They told me that Mazola corn oil contains corn; and, therefore, should be avoided by anyone with an allergy to corn.

My 12/14/17 email to Dr. Lieberman:
Dear Dr. Lieberman:
Per my email to you yesterday, I conducted an oral challenge today of Mazola corn oil.
Results prior to consuming corn oil:
Resting pulse rate: 56 bpm
BP: 96/65
Reactions after consuming Mazola corn oil (2 teaspoons):
Pounding heart with increased pulse rate (101 bpm) within 25 minutes of consumption. Two hours later, still experienced pounding heart w/increased pulse rate (92 bpm). I didn't experience any significant increase/decrease in my BP. Since I also experienced acute abdominal swelling, I took an antihistamine.
Conclusion:
Corn oil should be avoided by anyone with an allergy and/or intolerance to corn.

*Since I have never experienced an anaphylactic reaction to corn, I felt safe conducting this test since I had epinephrine auto-injector pens available (prescribed for my allergy to most antibiotics).  I strongly recommend that you do not attempt any oral challenge unless you are in the presence of your physician.

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI)
"Because of the possibility of a severe reaction, an oral food challenge should be conducted only by experienced allergists in a doctor’s office or at a food challenge center, with emergency medication and equipment on hand."
http://acaai.org/allergies/types/food-allergy


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5 comments:

  1. Hmph! I was told corn oil was safe "because it contains no corn protein". After eating a french fry fried in it, my mouth starting hurting and the food burned all the way down to my stomach. I don't remember the rest. I certainly learned the hard way that CORN OIL IS CORN. I don't think they would say the same to someone who was allergic to peanuts, to go ahead and eat peanut oil. What's with the resistance?

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    1. This is the reason I conducted an oral challenge on myself to refute the false claim by Dr. Lieberman. Thankfully, the paper that posted this "expert" opinion was removed from the AAAAI website since it endangered the lives of individuals allergic to corn/corn derivatives. I'm sorry you also experienced an adverse reaction to corn oil.

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  3. Yes! Being subjected to any corn derivative has given me tachycardia. It has also put me into a state of a fib. These symptoms along with others were terrifying until I realized that the common denominator was corn or corn derivatives.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that you are also suffering similar reactions to corn ingestion. My usual reactions begin within approximately 20 minutes, beginning with pounding heart and tachycardia, followed by acute abdominal pain and swelling ("corn baby"). If I don't take an antihistamine, my reactions last for 7 hours. Thank you for your contribution to this post.

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