Allergies can occur when the immune system has undergone a loss of normal immune tolerance or dysregulation. This is normally due to a powerful inflammatory immune response where IgE antibodies are produced and binds with the allergen, triggering the release of histamine and other potent inflammatory chemicals (mediators) leading to common allergic symptoms. Refer to Diagram 1 below.
The allergens targeted can be proteins in foods, chemicals, environment, people (I may have to explain this one in person), materials / fabrics, airborne particles, electromagnetic field and many more substances that we have contact with daily.
Adverse reactions to food are also by non-immunologic mediated mechanisms. Also called food intolerance or food hypersensitivity, food reactions can occur because a person lacks digestive enzymes, such as lactase for the digestion of lactose in milk. Sensitivity may also occur to common preservatives and additives, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), sulphites and gluten.
Other adverse reactions may be caused by food-borne microbial pathogens and toxins.
Food allergies can be severe and life threatening in some patients events, such as anaphylactic shock or severe asthma, making food allergies a serious condition.
Common signs and symptoms of allergies can be highly distractive and annoying. These include:
- Swelling or itching of lips, tongue, and mouth
- Patches of swelling (urticaria, angioedema), atopic dermatitis, hives
- Itching or tightness in the throat
- Runny and itchy nose
- Nausea, cramping, vomiting, flatulence, diarrhea, bloating
- Respiratory distress
- Moods changes, uncontrollable anger
- Sleep patterns
Allergies are becoming more and more prevalent with children in the western world (not in developing countries) possible due to extreme hygiene including excessive use of antibiotics and vaccinations. Epigenetics plays a role where there is an increase in the severity of allergies through the generations. Preconception care can help with this.
I have been investigating new natural solutions to provide better relief than ever before. The natural solutions include the combination of medicinal herbal formulas, NAT, clinical nutrition as well as diet and lifestyle recommendations.
I have seen the elimination of some allergies completely and I look forward to helping your immune system to become more balanced.
Mackey IR et al. Allergy and Allergic Diseases. N Engl J Med, 2001. 344(1):30.
Diagram 2 below is a little graph of the changes in diseases from 1950 to the year 2000. Isn’t it interesting how allergies have increased? And that diseases where vaccinations were used have diminished to virtually nonexistent?