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  •  I'm allergic to metal (7+ / 0-)

    So unless acupuncture is or can be done without metal needles, it's not a good idea for me unfortunately. I also haven't had the money for it.

    Just got home from a grocery run. We knocked our grocery bill down by more than $40 using coupons and a Winn Dixie card. A week's worth of food, human, dog and cat for about $75. We do have some other things to pick up yet, like we'll go to the bread store for that (.99/loaf as opposed to $1.50 +), and Dollar General for Peanut Butter, TP and swiffer mop pads because those are cheaper there. It was a week of half days for Caedy last week, so we had to really watch our budget this week as her paycheck was just over $100.

    Two of our tomato plants are now in flower, so maybe we'll have more tomatoes coming in soon. YAY!

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 09:14:36 AM PDT

    •  I did not know one could be allergic too all metal (6+ / 0-)

      Though I remember my mom saying she was allergic to anything other than gold, I used to think it was just to get my dad to never buy costume jewelry. LOL

      Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

      by kimoconnor on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 09:31:53 AM PDT

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    •  ...acupuncture needles are sterile... (5+ / 0-)

      ...stainless steel. It should be impossible to have an allergic reaction to that. Other metals like tin, silver, gold etc. are able to react with other things...including human fluids.

      Stainless steel has been made incapable of reacting...thus the reason it won't rust.

      People who have "andrographic" skin react to anything, including simply being touched. It's not so much an allergic response (which in the skin would have to be Type I allergic response histamine mediated [anaphylaxis] as happens with pollens in spring and contact dermatitis...or...Type IV allergic response, which is T-cell mediated...the type you get to poison oak for instance).

      People can't literally have an allergic response to sterile stainless steel...hence why that is used in hospitals and hypodermic needles as well. People can have extremely sensitive skin that reacts to anything...even if it isn't an allergic response per se...

      Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

      by paradise50 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 10:49:46 AM PDT

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      •  ...if you get hives due to stainless steel... (5+ / 0-)

        ...you have the type of skin that is hypersensative to practically anything. I'm sorry you have that because likely any number of things touched, eaten or otherwise consumed will cause what is either a true allergic response or a response that damned well looks and feels the same...

        Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences. -7.38; -3.44

        by paradise50 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 10:52:02 AM PDT

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        •  My allergy started with getting my ears pierced. (5+ / 0-)

          My whole neck broke open and was raw and weeping for weeks. Stainless steel earrings. Now any metal causes a similar reaction, though not as severe because I don't let it touch my skin for long enough. I also corrode guitar strings at an unusually high rate if I try to use metal ones. They only last me about 2 months. It may be more a chemical reaction than an allergy, the effect is the same. I can't get a tattoo either for the same reason.

          "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

          by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:29:35 AM PDT

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