I have never been able to stand people in their late 30's, early 40's, droning about their health. I swore up and down that I would never get this way. I am. It started with me getting a rash on my leg whenever I drank wine or beer, so I didn't drink wine until a good friend turned out to be a connoisseur and my friend is an angel and I enjoy this person's company so the wine problem because a bigger problem. On my birthday I tried a wine so I could tell him that I'd tried it and I woke up with bad itching. So. . . I went in for an allergy talk with a doctor.
This doctor asked me many, many questions, saw the rash and said that I am probably not allergic, but that my immune system is shot because my body was reacting to the yeast in the foods and it was getting worse. (I get sick several times each season-- she says that this is not normal.) She held a mirror up to my face and said I was pale. She pointed out the blue pallor in my nails, the ridges in them, and she felt my face, it being "lumpy" under the skin. These are all signs of sever mineral deficiencies. She has prescribed some vitamins for me and is testing me for food intolerances and allergies, but really thinks that my intolerances are due to absorption problems caused by the mineral deficiencies.
These problems are not age related, but she said that the calcium loss in me may cause issues should I Heaven forbid break a bone. She doesn't think these issues are age related but due to me having been pregnant so much in the last 20 years.