Everyone is welcome here! Whether you have allergies, sensitivities, hypersensitivities, or intolerances, this blog is for you. While the primary focus is for allergies, I have all of the above and welcome anyone to my blog.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

ALLERGY ALERT: Peanut in Giant Eagle Candy Place Santas

From The Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire/ -- Candy Place Chocolate Santas packages were voluntarily recalled by Giant Eagle due to an undeclared PEANUT allergen. While the individual peanut butter filled candies reference "peanut butter", peanuts are not listed as an ingredient on the primary package label, creating the potential for a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if consumed by those with a peanut allergy. The product is safe for consumption by those who do not have a peanut allergy.
Candy Place Chocolate Santas packages were voluntarily recalled by Giant Eagle due to an undeclared peanut allergen. (PRNewsFoto/Giant Eagle)

 You can read more information at this link.


To see other allergy alerts for this month, click here.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/12/28/6031739/giant-eagle-issues-allergy-alert.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, December 27, 2013

Last Post of 2013

So that I can enjoy the New Year holiday with my family, plan my blog for the next year, and have a little time off; this will be the last post of the year. 

I'll see you back here on January 2, 2014 for the start of a great new year!

I hope all of you have a safe and wonderful New Year Celebration! See you next year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Purple Hair Lady

Merry Christmas from the Purple Hair Lady!

I hope all of you have a safe and happy holiday today! 
Enjoy the day with your family and friends.
Eat good food and open presents
Just keep close your epi-pens.

Love to you all,
Purple Hair Lady

Monday, December 23, 2013

My Plans for this Blog 2014

With the holidays approaching, not a lot of people are focusing on blogs and internet. They are focusing on family, trimming the tree, and trying to make it through the holidays in one piece. Me included! Because of that, I wanted to make this week brief. 

Today's post, I am posting what I want to see for this blog in 2014. I have two other holiday greetings coming up this week, but the rest will be taking off until the New Year! I will still check comments and emails though, so keep them coming! I will also still post any Allergy Alerts that I find in my email or the web. I won't leave you all hanging like that!

My 5 main goals for Purple Hair Lady in 2014 (Jan-Mar)

Goal #1: Consistency. This was pointed out to me by my blogging buddy, Donna. HI DONNA! She is helping me behind the scenes to get this blog going and make it the best there is. She was right too. When I started out, I wasn't very consistent. That is going to change in 2014! I practiced this the last couple of weeks too and I think I got a lot better. I am getting into a blogging groove that I love and can work with, even with all my real life things I have to get done. 

To start, I will be posting every Monday - Thursday and then once on Saturday. It seems to be working well for me so far so I am sticking to it. Thank you, Donna for helping me get on track! I am also thinking of making Friday a link sharing day. Have an allergy link? I'll post it that day. If I see a link that I find helpful, I'll post it then too. 

Goal #2: An Allergy Sidebar

I ran this by Donna also and she likes the idea. But with the holidays, I haven't had time to sit down and plan it out fully. One of the first things that will happen in 2014 is that you will see a new sidebar (on the left-hand side of the page) with links to allergies. I did one week on corn allergies. So the sidebar will have a link to a page with all the links I have for corn allergies. Every allergy I cover will start going over there. And I'll have a link for "a wall of links" that will have links we find helpful. I am still working out the logistics on this.

Goal #3: Hoping for a give away or two!

I love give away contests and I LOVE giving people prizes! This may not happen right away though. But I want to encourage people to interact with the blog and what better way than giving away free stuff in contests? I can't think of a better way! I would like to do a give away a month, but I will definitely have to plan for that one. I am currently in the brainstorming process of this goal. I am looking for prize ideas, what people should do for the prize, and maybe a special place on the blog for the winners? LOTS of work ahead of me on this one!

Goal #4: Work on the Facebook page more

I also need to be a little more active on the Facebook page! I am going to get a few friends to help me on this too. Because I am only one person, I can't do it all, even though my kids think so LOL. That way all of you will have a place to go and chat about allergies, or just random every day life. I want it to be a place to interact a little more. That was my plan when I started it. I need to keep up on that plan, but I also have a side job cleaning houses and I need to work on the blogs and not play on Facebook all day (as much as I love to LOL)

Goal #5: Start a vlog... for Purple Hair Lady

I am writing this one down to make me more accountable to this goal. You all can poke me in the sides if I don't do it. I have had a few requests for video blogs to go with this blog. Something like a YouTube channel. I am nervous about this one, I won't even try to lie about how nervous I am! I am missing teeth, I get nervous being taped, I am scared of putting myself out there on YouTube... but I am going to do it anyway! 

I will probably only be able to do one a week to start, but I think that will be helpful. I love going to blogs that have a YouTube channel, so mine should too! I know if it's something I look for, then other people look for it too. SO *deep breath!* I am going to work on getting a vlog going to go hand in hand with this blog.

What do you want to see in this blog?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Purple Hair Picture is Up!

I had my friend take my picture for the blog. The first couple tries didn't turn out. Luckily, tonight the camera read my card and worked for about seven pictures. WOOHOO! Here is the picture that will stay in the corner (for now, I want to do one when it's more purple. It's washing out some and looks pinkish in the pic from the lighting). 

This is my new pic for the blog! It looks pinkish but it's purple. I promise!

And this is my favorite picture of me being silly :P It looks a little more purple here.

In a couple months, I will be able to redye my hair purple again. I'll take pictures then because it will be spring and we'll have more sunshine to help the color show better. But for now, see, I really do have purple hair!

Safe Substitutes for Peanut Oil

Question from a reader:
I have a recipe that looks good but it has peanut oil in the recipe. Can I just substitute it with something else?

Substitutes for Peanut Oil

YES! I usually substitute peanut oil with olive oil. If I don't have that, or if my olive-allergic child is eating the dish too, I use canola oil. This works great if you are going to saute the food.

If it's a hot dish, like soup, and you aren't allergic to dairy, you can also try the recipe with butter instead. 

I've heard that rice bran oil is a great alternative also, but I haven't tried it yet. If you have, let me know how it works as a substitute for peanut oil.

Have a food substitute question? Email me and I'll find a substitute for you.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mock Potato Soup Recipe

I really miss potato soup since I am allergic to potatoes. This last week I had three teeth pulled and eating anything solid is too painful. So I made a soup that sounded pretty okay, just experimenting with what I had, and the taste was SO good! It tasted like potato soup!

This mock potato soup was so good, I just had to share it!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ALLERGY ALERT: Gluten Free Blueberry Mini Muffins May Contain Walnuts

From Perishable News:
Pin Hsiao & Associates, LLC of Bellevue, Washington is recalling the Gluten Free Blueberry Mini Muffins – 12pk, because it may contain undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
Gluten Free Blueberry Mini Muffins – 12pk was distributed in Washington and Oregon. Customers would have been able to purchase this product through retail grocery stores.

You can read more information at this link.


To see other allergy alerts for this month, click here.

Peanuts by Any Other Name... Can Kill You

I hope you found the basic information on Peanut Allergies helpful. I am separating some of the main post so the main peanut page isn't so long. 

Other Names for Peanuts

Peanuts are also known by other names. Learn these names and keep a list with you so you will know what to look for. Don't worry though, remembering what to look for will get easier in time.
  • Arachis oil
  • Beer nuts
  • Goobers
  • Goober nuts
  • Goober Peas
  • Kernels
  • Nu-nuts
  • Mandelonas
  • Monkey nuts
  • Nut Meat
  • Valencia
If you know of another name for peanuts that you don't see on this list, please email me and I will add.

Need some other helpful peanut allergy shopping precautions? I have a list of things that will help you in this post.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Peanut Allergy Shopping Precautions

When you are reading labels looking for peanut ingredients, you have the government on your side. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (in effect since January 1, 2006) requires that food labels declare major food allergens, including peanuts, in an easy to understand language. The food label can list peanuts as an allergen in the main ingredients list or in warning statements, like:
  • Contains Peanuts
  • May contain peanuts
  • May contain trace amounts of peanuts
  • Processed on equipment that also processes peanuts

These warnings let you know that the food you are about to buy has, or could have, peanuts.

Monday, December 16, 2013

ALLERGY ALERT: MILK in Zanocap Capsules

From 4-Traders:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 13, 2013 - Stone Independent Research, Inc. of Syracuse, NY is recalling 1,040 units of Zanocap Scientific Weight Loss 500 mg capsules because it contains undeclared MILK (whey protein). People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the affected product.
Zanocap was sold to one customer who further distributed the product nationwide through internet sales. The affected lot was distributed beginning on June 1st, 2013.

You can read more information at this link.


To see other allergy alerts for this month, click here.

ALLERGY ALERT: EGG in "Sweet Spots"

From EIN News Desk: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 16, 2013 - Bee International, Inc. of Chula Vista, CA is recalling its 2oz. packages of candy Sweet Spots because they may contain undeclared EGG PROTEIN. People who have allergies to egg may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
The recalled Sweet Spots were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through food distributors.

A complaint was filed in Raleigh, NC. You can read the details at this link


To see other allergy alerts for this month, click here.

ALLERGY ALERT: Undeclared SULFITES in Dried Lily Flowers

From Food Poisoning Bulletin:

Blooming Import of New York is recalling dried lily flowers because they contain undeclared SULFITES. People with asthma can have severe reactions if they consume more than 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving. And people with a severe sensitivity to sulfites could have a serious reaction if they eat this product. No illnesses have been reported to date.

You can read more information at this link


To see other allergy alerts for this month, click here.

Basic Information for Peanut Allergy

A peanut allergy, for me, is something I take more seriously than any other allergy. Each exposure to peanuts can cause a worse reaction and eventually lead to anaphylaxis. I learned this the hard way

Because of this, I won't have a long list of ways to substitute peanuts, peanut oil, or peanut butter (coming tomorrow). I'll offer my suggestions but, ultimately, it will be up to you to protect yourself. My main advice for peanut allergies (or any other that causes you anaphylaxis) is "When in doubt, chicken out." 

Always carry an epi-pen if you are allergic to peanuts!

Or if you have ever reacted to peanuts. With any allergy that causes an anaphylaxis reaction, it's better to be safe than sorry (and in the ER and miserable for a week). It's just too risky for someone who is new to a peanut allergy, even if your first peanut reaction was mild (my first reaction was nothing like my last reaction! You can read about it here). 

Educate Yourself on Peanut Cross-Contamination

Before you go off exploring other foods, like nuts for example, I highly suggest that you do a lot of research on cross-contamination. This link has some great advice on avoiding cross-contamination in your home.

My advice for anyone who has a family member who experiences anaphylaxis as an allergic reaction is to not have the food in your home, at all. It is just too easy to cross-contaminate.

Read your labels!

If a label says "processed in a facility that also processes peanuts", "may contain peanuts", "may contain trace amounts of peanuts", or anything else to that effect, AVOID it. One time you may be fine, but the next time you could end up in the hospital, or trying out your epi-pen. 

What would a reaction to Peanuts be like?

Reactions can vary from person to person. Your reaction may be mild or severe. Here are some signs of an allergic reaction to look for:
  • Itching, this could be all over or just on the face
  • Flushing of the face (my face also felt hot)
  • Flushing of the skin on other parts of the body
  • Hot feeling skin
  • Rash
  • Tingling, numbness, or pain on the lips and/or tongue
  • Angioedema (swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes, throat, and/or face)
  • Hives
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • A barking cough
  • Anxiety
  • Distress
  • A sense of doom
  • A sense of "something isn't right"
  • Difficulty talking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness 
These are all signs of anaphylaxis which is a serious, life-threatening reaction.

Should I worry about Peanuts in medication?

YES! Some medications include an ingredient called ARACHIS OIL which is PEANUT OIL. Here is the list I found from this link, of medications that contain arachis oil.
  • Cerumol (for removing ear wax) 
  • Siopel barrier cream
  • zinc and castor oil ointment
  • Calamine oily lotion
  • Dermovate (a potent topical steroid cream used for difficult eczema)
  • Naseptin cream
  • Abidec multivitamin drops
  • Isotretinoin capsules (for treating acne)
  • Sustanon (a testosterone injection)
  • Calogen (a high fat calorie supplement)

Other names for Peanut

Peanuts are also known by other names. Learn these names and keep a list with you so you will know what to look for. Click here to read the list.

Helpful Peanut Allergy Links

I wanted to end this post with helpful links on peanut allergies since I am not an expert... I'm just passionate about allergies! Even as passionate as I am about allergies, peanut allergies scare me. I wanted to make sure you all have the best links I could find to educate you. Here are the best links I could find, in no particular order. Some of them are written with parents in mind but they are all very helpful.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Share Your Allergy Story. From Donna C.

Here is the email from Donna C on her allergies. I've also replied to a few of the comments. 
I'm glad you posted that corn free baking powder recipes. I think you need to put a picture of your purple hair and your face on your blog since it is the purple hair lady. No it can't be a wig. 
Nope, it's not a wig! I really do dye my hair purple! I'll have a picture up by this week.
Just an update so far the foods which have repercussions are as follows:
Any corn product. Corn syrup, corn, high fructose corn syrup, cornstarch... well you get the idea.
I also cannot have milk products without repercussion. I have found hemp milk and rice milk and coconut milk to be acceptable.

By the way, for the holiday season, Whole Foods carries the So Delicious coconut milk holiday eggnog drink, I think and rice dream also makes dream also makes an egg nog, dairy-free of course.
I found the So Delicious Coconut Milk Nog at Super 1 Foods in Bonners Ferry, Idaho! I bought one box for each of us in my home. It was the BEST treat EVER! That is the one thing I look forward to each holiday season! Thanks for the heads up on the Rice Dream Nog. I will have to look for it.

I cannot have any form of yeast without repercussion although I must say this is the one I cheat on the most as it is very hard to find yeast free products.  Yeast free bread and yeast free alcohol simply do not exist or are very hard to find. And the whole thing just gets better.

I cannot have any kind of a mold fungus. This means no mushrooms or I will immediately start wheezing deep down in my lungs.  I have to say the yeast and mushroom fungus, mold, what have you is the worst of my allergies.

I also do not tolerate chemicals that are man made.
I don't tolerate candles very well, hair sprays, hair gels, perfume, some soaps and the heck of a lot of other things.
An example of my reactions is that 1) I can't breathe well 2) I start coughing like I have pneumonia, after I take my inhaler that is. My doctor said it sounded like pneumonia. It was bad and yes it really did happen to me today.
I believe you! I was near you when you had one of your bad breathing problems from, I think perfume. Although it may have been a candle. I can't remember. It was years ago!

I have many environmental allergies, including dust and every pollen plant and tree that I've been tested for, which sucks in the Deep South! Because its warm nearly all the time. We have flowers here year round I wish I was kidding. If we are lucky we will get a few days of 20 degrees Fahrenheit at night and that's it.
Oh I also have a meat allergy which I hear is quite rare but then again I also read they're becoming more common. I've heard that especially about beef.
My youngest son is allergic to beef. I was told lamb is a rare one to be allergic to, but I am allergic to it.

I have the least reaction to Whole Foods meats because they are not shot up with stuff that I'm allergic to.
I have found this to be true with me also. I do better with the grass-fed beef I find here. Although, the chickens and eggs give me issues because most of them are fed corn so I react to some of them like I would if I ate corn. That's something else to watch out for with a corn allergy!
So if you've perfumed your body or just cleaned your home with Lysol don't invite me over and please stay far away from me!
And I can't find a font larger than this to help stress this enough! People, a lot of times, don't understand that allergies can kill you!
I think about everything I'm majorly allergic to. I am shocked at the number of things that have milk in them from potato chips (or crisps) to non-dairy creamer. 
I've learned that just because it says "non-dairy" doesn't mean it is.  Non-dairy creamer actually has milk casein in it. Also, a milk allergy is not the same thing as lactose intolerance.  Maybe that's one things that you could put on your purple hair lady blog after you take the picture of you with the purple hair and put it as your avatar hahaha.
Picture coming soon! I did explain the difference between an allergy, an intolerance, and a sensitivity in a blog post (click the link to read it). I got the idea from you! Thank you for that! 

I am lactose intolerant. I know that drinking milk will just make me very regular and keep my bowels clean for me :) But I also know that for someone who is allergic to milk, it's much more than just the discomfort I get when I drink it or ingest it. It could kill you! It just makes me uncomfortable.
Donna.......who is another friend allergic to the planet we call home.  Let me know when the rocket launches to a planet where there are no allergies.   I'll be sitting there right beside you.  I'll bring whatever kind of water you like (that should be safe for both of us) and you can provide the snacks as you have more allergies than I do.
I can't wait for that rocket to launch us! I am bringing hummus and sweet potato chips! 
What meats are you allergic to?

Meats I am allergic to (Hold on, let me grab the list!)

  • Catfish
  • Lamb
  • Pork (Delayed anaphylaxis)
  • Rock Fish (cod)
  • Salmon
  • Sole
  • Tilapia
  • Tuna
  • Turkey (anaphylaxis)
At first, I missed bacon and turkey. But now, it's been so long that I barely notice it's absence. I still by pork for my kids to eat but we sanitize the dishes before I use them again. I'll have to write a post on how to do that! (takes note)

I hope all of you enjoy your week. Thank you to Donna for sharing your allergy story.

If you want to share your allergy story, email me.

Reader Request: Purple Hair Picture!

I've had several requests for me to post a picture of me with my purple hair. I am currently working on getting my camera working. I just need to get my camera working. I will have a picture posted by the end of the week. Hopefully as soon as tomorrow. 

I am working on a post for "Share your allergies" for today. But I wanted to post this so you all will know I haven't forgotten about the picture and I'm not ignoring you. Just having a minor camera malfunction. Why does it always malfunction when I really need it? 

Friday, December 13, 2013

ALLERGY ALERT: Jext Auto-injector Recall

Thank goodness I was browsing other allergy blogs. I'm not sure how this one slipped through my filters.

Alk-Abello, who manufactures Jext Auto-injector pens, sent out an alert to a safety concern of some of the batches. 

From the PDF I found, thanks to What Allergy?, it states (sorry about the way it pasted. I can't fix it)
Routine testing conducted by ALK-Abelló has revealed that during the production process of the batches
listed below the needle may have become bent, causing the needle to curl up inside the injector housing
upon activation and consequently causing the pen not to deliver the required adrenaline dose.
This seems to affect the UK as I haven't seen anything about it in the US. I know I have UK readers and I wanted to alert you all to this. 

You can read more at What Allergy? or you can continue to the PDF flier that has information on it, including which batch numbers are affected.


To see other allergy alerts for this month, click here.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

ALLERGY ALERT: Health Matters America Inc Chocolates may contain MILK

From Bakersfield News:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 11, 2013 – HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC. of Cheektowaga, New York is recalling specific lots of 
because they were found to contain undeclared MILK.
People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
You can read the whole article by clicking here


To see other allergy alerts for this month, click here.

Is there corn free candy?

I had my teeth pulled today so I am really hungry. I went surfing the net for food stuff because I can't eat anything solid. That makes me Google food for some reason. Of course, looking for something good meant that I ended up on the Internet surfing a candy sight.

Website logo from Natural Candy Store

One thing that was hard for us to give up was candy. We had to though because almost all of it has corn, a corn derivative, or something else we are allergic to. Each of us has our ONE candy we can eat. Mine is enjoy life chocolate chips. Sometimes, we just want to feel like we are eating junk food!

At Natural Candy Shop, I realized they have a lot of candy categories, including one that is specifically for corn-free candy. I have found heaven on the Internet RIGHT HERE.

I even found a VEGAN treat! It's a Vegan "Milk" Chocolate Santa Lollipop and it is cute! 

Remember to read the ingredients! Just because we found a candy mecca for allergic friends doesn't mean they will all be safe. I found one that looked great! But it had beet sugar in the ingredients. I did find a couple of candies I want to buy when I have to money. And I think Valentine's Day this next year, will be a little more exciting for us. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Substitutes for Cornstarch

Ever find that perfect recipe that you want to try and it looking pretty good as far as being allergen-free. And then, you see it on the list... "1 tsp cornstarch". 

Well, crap! You can't use cornstarch because you are allergic to corn. What do you do?

You can try the recipe without the cornstarch. Or you can substitute cornstarch in the recipe with few other starches instead.

Here are a few examples to get you started.

Arrowroot Starch is a little sweeter tasting but works well for thickening soups and such. The only downside is that the foods don't save overnight in the fridge the same. I really like it in breads or biscuits that I've tried making with it. It seems to help hold the breads together better.

Potato Starch seems to be the best option for most things. Soups last overnight better. My taste-tester said that she doesn't notice a difference in the bread taste or texture when I used potato starch (I am allergic to potato).

Tapioca Starch wasn't my favorite for soups but it wasn't bad either. I liked it for making my homemade baking powder pretty well. It does great in sweeter tasting things, like pudding. I only used it in bread once and the bread came out fine.

Sweet White Rice Flour is one of my favorites for substituting in gravies for. It thickens up quickly and smoothly with almost no problems about clumping up. The gravies come out smooth and with a nice flavor.

Tip for substituting cornstarch 

Don't be afraid to play with the different starches you find. You may find that you love one for your veggie soup but like another one for your chicken soup. One might be your favorite for biscuits. Or you might find that you like the flavor of both starches in a soup. 

Don't be afraid to get crazy in the kitchen and mix them up! Try them out and let us know what you used them in and how you liked them.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Allergy to Corn? What Contains Corn?

This week I want to focus on corn as an allergen. What most people don't realize is the vast list of things that contain corn or MAY contain corn. Food and non-food products have it in them but don't announce it as corn because some of these items are derived from corn. 

As I create more substitute recipes or find links to substitutes, or just information about the item, I will add them next to the item on the list. I did add some ideas into the list to get you started.

This list is by no means a complete list. It's something I started back in 2011 and have been compiling for years. If you find something is missing from the list, please email me and I will add it. Or you can comment on this post and I will add it to the list.

I hope you find this list useful and helpful. 
  • Acetic Acid (Wikipedia information)
  • Adhesives and "glue" papers, like envelopes
  • Alcohol
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Aspartame
  • Baby Powder
  • Baking powder (substitute recipe here)
  • Body Powder
  • Breath Sprays
  • Calcium citrate 
  • Calcium fumarate
  • Calcium lactate
  • Candy
  • Caramel and caramel color
  • Cellulose microcrystalline
  • Cellulose, powdered (found in pre-shredded cheeses)
  • Chapstick
  • Charcoal
  • Chicken (if corn-fed, you may react to it like you ate corn)
  • Citric acid (Also made from fruits. Know your source)
  • Coffee (instant)
  • Confectioners’ sugar (AKA Powdered Sugar)
  • Contact lenses solution
  • Corn alcohol
  • Corn gluten
  • Corn extract
  • Corn flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Corn oil
  • Cornstarch (Substitute with arrowroot starch, tapioca starch, or potato starch)
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Cornstarch
  • Crystalline dextrose
  • Crystalline fructose
  • Dairy Products (usually as modified food starch. Read the labels)
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose (also found in IV solutions! Ask for SALINE ONLY)
  • Dextrose solution (check your injections, they may contain it)
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Erythorbic acid
  • Erythritol
  • Ethanol
  • Ethylene
  • Ethyl acetate
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Ethyl lactate
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Food starch
  • Fructose (may be derived from corn)
  • Fruits that are wax coated (the wax can be made from corn)
  • Fumaric acid
  • Germ/germ meal
  • Glucosamine
  • Glucose
  • Glucose syrup (Found in IV solutions)
  • Glutamate
  • Gluten
  • Gluten feed/meal
  • Glycerides
  • Glycerin (may contain corn)
  • Glycerol
  • Grits
  • Hair Spray
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Hominy
  • Hydrolyzed corn
  • Hydrolyzed corn protein
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Invert syrup or sugar
  • Iodized salt
  • Lactate
  • Lactic acid (May contain corn)
  • Lauryl glucoside
  • Lecithin
  • Linoleic acid
  • Lotions (especially those with Vitamin E, this includes suntan lotion)
  • Lysine
  • Maize
  • Malic acid
  • Malonic acid
  • Malt syrup from corn
  • Malt extract
  • Maltitol
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltol
  • Maltose
  • Medications (like ibuprofen and benadryl)
  • MelaGel from Melaleuca
  • Margarine
  • Methyl cellulose 
  • Microcrystaline cellulose
  • Milk cartons (the wax coating on the cardboard cartons)
  • Modified cellulose gum
  • Modified corn starch
  • Modified food starch
  • Mono- and di- glycerides
  • Monosodium glutamate
  • MSG
  • Natural flavorings (May contain/ be derived from corn)
  • Olestra/Olean
  • Paper items (plates, cups, bowls, cardboard, boxes)
  • Polenta
  • Polyvinyl acetate
  • Powdered sugar
  • Pregelatinized starch
  • Propionic acid
  • Saccharin
  • Salad Dressings
  • Salt (iodized salt)
  • Semolina (unless it’s from wheat)
  • Simethicone
  • Soaps
  • Sorbic acid
  • Sorbitol
  • Splenda (Their FAQ page)
  • Starch (if they don’t specify, assume it is from corn)
  • Stearic acid
  • Sucralose
  • Sucrose
  • Toothpaste
  • Vanilla, (pure or extract, coming soon: How to make your own!)
  • Vanillin
  • Vegetable anything that's not specific
  • Vinegar, distilled white
  • White Vinegar
  • Xanthan gum
  • Xylitol
As you can see, the list is quite long and as the years go on, I am sure it will get longer. Don't fret though! With patience and practice, you will learn what things contain corn and learn to avoid them.

Take a deep breath! It will be okay.