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Re: MAOIs & hypertensive chicken

Posted by Gretchen on June 3, 1999, at 23:08:10

In reply to Re: MAOIs & hypertensive chicken, posted by JD on June 3, 1999, at 10:25:11

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I haven't been on the computer for a while.

Your ideas are great! I really appreciate all of the information and support.

I had never heard anything about being careful regarding things cooked at very high temperatures, but it will be something I can keep in mind.

I guess I wasn't considering protein breakdown on a wide enough scale. For instance, I have marinated things before, but I have checked to make sure the marinade only had "safe" foods in it (I considered fruit based marinades OK.) I didn't think to consider this a meat tenderizing method, but that makes perfect sense.

I had considered the possiblity that both times the chicken was badly refrigerated or in some way contaminated, but it seemed like too much of a coincidence. I have never heard one needed to be especially careful with chicken.

Since I never had problems with the MAOI diet before and I have a problem with low blood pressure, I have never carried anything to help in case of a tyramine reaction. I will talk to my doctor (who thankfully is letting me continue taking Parnate even after I told her about the second incident) about carrying nifedipine. I know that would make my husband feel better.

Thanks so much for all this information. I might be able to eat something besides bagels and milk again finally! I have been too scared to eat anything else -- intense pain, having to go to the ER and the possibility of the MAO being taken away -- quite the aversive stimulus.

> The possible reasons for a reaction to store-bought chicken get even simpler... Check out the comprehensive (and not always conclusive!) info under the "MAOI Diet" link listed on the main page of Dr. Bob's "Tips" One MD writes:
> >>> The hardest thing to get patients to understand is that any protein containing food if refrigerated poorly or too long becomes dangerous. I specifically warn people about open cans of tuna or salmon and about left-over poultry.




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