so this is the plant that caused me to blow up like a puffer fish and end up in the ER. i found a medical study that talks about people have really severe allergic reactions to psyllium. it's found in metamucil, and most laxatives and some bran cereal. it causes a reaction similar in some folks like bee stings or peanut allergies. it's good to know i'm not the only one who had this reaction!
of course i do have a history of some pretty bizarre medical problems.
i have to say that the decision i made saturday night, to "skip the wine and have a glass of metamucil instead!" is one i've come to regret. i've learned a valueable lesson: that eating healthy can kill you.