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Increase in Food and Environmental Sensitivities
The incidence of allergies has increased exponentially in our society. As soon as I began treating allergies, patients seemed to come out of the woodwork. There has been a great increase in asthma, especially in children. More and more patients with environmental illnesses or multiple chemical sensitivities come to see me with masks and oxygen tanks. These people have a hard time coping with the chemicals of our modern society. More and more churches and offices are becoming perfume and scent free to accommodate people with allergies. There is an increase in buildings being designated as “sick” due to chemical toxicity. Recently, a seven-story office building owned by DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware was completely evacuated and closed. I am also seeing an increase in patients who are unable to tolerate their prescribed medications. I work in a physician’s office one day a week where patients will often refuse to fill their prescriptions until I muscle test them to determine whether their body can handle the medication.
There are many reasons for the increase in food and environmental sensitivities. The most obvious reason is that we are being exposed daily to more and more chemicals and substances that our bodies were never exposed to during evolution. Through thousands of years of evolution our immune systems learned to determine what substances were good for our bodies and which were poisonous. On a daily basis, we are inhaling and ingesting chemicals whose names we can’t even pronounce, yet assume our bodies will be able to determine if they are healthy for us.
Even our food sources are not as pure as they used to be. For example, soybean plants are now being crossed with almond plants to make the soybeans more hardy. It seems reasonable that soybeans may get some of the characteristics of the almond. As we know, nut allergies can be one of the most serious. Therefore, tofu or miso may develop more negative characteristics. Also, in order to prevent salmonella our meats have recently begun to be injected with 39 “harmless bacteria”. As we know, bacteria can easily mutate and then present a danger.
Indoor inhalant allergies have increased in buildings constructed after the 1970 fuel crisis. The buildings are now more airtight to conserve fuel, but are also trapping in more chemicals and molds.
Allergies increase after traumas. Therefore as our culture continues to have traumas and stress, we will continue to have an increase in allergic reactions. Allergies can arise when a person is traumatized while being exposed to a specific food or chemical. One of my patients came to me complaining that she could no longer eat most foods without getting very ill. She was getting thinner and thinner and was very worried. While working together she realized that her negative reactions to food began following a gourmet meal she had in Germany many years ago. She had numerous courses with all types of food, spices, wines, and desserts. Following the meal she found out the United States had just bombed Libya. In her mind, she believed her son who was of draft age, would die in that conflict. Her knees buckled and she fell to the floor. Her food allergies began soon after. She had been traumatized while having all types of food in her system that were now conditioned to the trauma.
This type of association of food with trauma follows the findings of Dr. Robert Ader, who coined the term psychoneuroimmunology. He did the first study of how our body can quickly become conditioned to associate whatever is going on with the foods they are eating. Dr. Ader gave mice an immune suppressant drug in a saccharine solution. A month later, he gave the mice just the saccharine solution. In response to the taste, the immune system function of the mice decreased. The immune suppression had been conditioned to the taste of the saccharine just as a trauma is conditioned to a certain food or smell. Dr. Ader felt this was highly significant for humans. For example, if you have pistachio ice cream for the first time when you have the flu and are immune compromised, whenever you eat pistachio ice cream your immune system function will decrease. The implications are endless.
As most people are aware, allergies tend to run in families. There seems to be a genetic component that predisposes some people to having allergies. It is the tendency to have allergies which is inherited rather than necessarily having the same type of allergic reaction. For example, someone with allergic respiratory symptoms may have a child with digestive problems brought on by certain foods. When determining whether there is an allergic component to a patient’s problem, always ask if there tend to be allergies in the family.
Another important reason for increase in allergic reactions is the “rain barrel effect”. The immune system is continually processing information to determine the safety of certain foods and chemicals and continually adjusting its internal environment in order to maintain homeostasis in relationship to those substances. Sometimes the rain barrel becomes full. The immune system can no longer continue to adjust to the chemicals to which it is being exposed. It gives up. The rain barrel overflows and the person begins to experience reactions in relationship to those substances.
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Definition of Allergies and Energy Toxins
Allergy: A weakening of the body’s energy system.
Allergy Treatment: Treating the energy disturbance, not the symptoms.
I first became aware of the importance of food and environmental sensitivities through the work of Dr. Roger Callahan, the founder of Thought Field Therapy. Even though T.F.T. is highly successful, Dr. Callahan wanted to know why some people can not be successfully treated and others can lose their treatment and have the negative emotions return. He discovered that when certain people are exposed to particular substances they go into psychological reversal and return to their symptoms. He called these substances energy toxins since they are toxic to or weaken the energy system of the body. I am calling this weakening of the body’s energy system an allergy. When I refer to allergies, it is, therefore, not in the strict medical definition of allergy involving a histamine reaction.
I feel that the cleanest and simplest definition of an allergy for the purpose of this manual is one given by Dr. Doris Rapp in her book, Allergies and Your Family. In her book, she states that, “an allergy is an abnormal response to a food, drug or something in our environment which usually does not cause symptoms in most people.” It is not known why some people develop these abnormal responses and others do not. Substances that cause allergies are called allergens. Allergens can run the gamut from non-toxic substances like food or pollen to toxic substances such as petrochemicals or auto exhaust fumes. The allergic person reacts to quantities that are harmless to most people.
In her book Winning the War Against Asthmas and Allergies, Ellen Cutler, D.C. states that in allergic persons the “immune system mistakenly identifies harmless substances as dangerous invaders and activates antibodies to defend the body.” Dr. Cutler takes the “wider view of an allergy as any negative or abnormal response in the immune system.” She believes, for instance, that there is no such thing as a simple cold. Rather, the cold is the response of a compromised immune system, whether it is being attacked by a pollen, food or virus. Since a virus can also be seen as an allergen, Dr. Cutler treats a cold like an allergy with excellent results.
This conceptual view of an allergy as anything that weakens the immune system allows us to expand our ideas about what is triggering symptoms. Suddenly, infectants like bacteria, viruses, and parasites, as well as hormones and bodily organs, and injectants such as immunizations become available for our testing and treatment techniques.
It is important to note the purpose of these Energy Psychology treatments for allergies. As Jimmy Scott, Ph.D. states in his book Energy and Allergy, “treatment means that it is the energy disturbance which is being treated, not the psychological or physical symptoms.” He continues that, “if the energy balance is regained then any symptom which may have developed will now be eliminated by the body itself.” Therefore it is clear why Energy Psychology techniques work so well with allergies. The allergies cause an imbalance in the body’s energy system. The Energy Psychology treatments balance the body’s energy in relationship to that substance. As the body energy system flows freely again, the symptoms no longer exist.
There is an intimate connection between T.F.T. concepts and allergies or energy toxins. The “sore spots” on the chest used to correct psychological reversals in T.F.T. are actually neurolymphatic drainage areas. Rubbing them helps to drain toxins from the body. These spots are sorer if you are exposed to more allergic substances. Exposure to energy toxins causes psychological reversals and the treatment for reversals physiologically is helping drain toxins from the body.
Any Symptom Can Be From Food And Environmental Sensitivities
Besides the familiar respiratory disorders, allergies can cause a myriad of other symptoms. Essentially, any symptom can actually be caused by food and environmental sensitivities. Therefore, regardless of presenting complaints, it is useful to ask questions to determine whether allergies are a possible cause. The following is a partial list of symptoms caused by allergies:
Here are a few unusual examples I have seen in my practice:
Is This Symptom From Allergies?
Our society has been unaccustomed to viewing symptoms other than the traditional respiratory problems or rashes as being caused by allergies. In fact, if a person has an unusual symptom that cannot be diagnosed, the person will often be told it is “all in their head.” Especially if the symptom is emotional in nature, people will ascribe solely psychological causation even though panic attacks, agoraphobia, depression, anxiety or brain fog can all occur upon contact with certain foods, smells, or materials.
It seems easy to ascribe psychological motivation to our symptoms. Even though the anger, fear or anxiety can come “out of the blue,” we seem to always trace it to something someone said or did to us then or in the past. What if the propensity for this emotional reaction was triggered instead by an allergen? The treatment would then certainly be different. The patients’ perception of themselves would be different and their connection with people in their environment would be different.
Dr. Roger Callahan is a strong advocate of energy toxins being very responsible for negative emotions and pathologies. He stated during his diagnostic training seminar that the more energy toxins a person has, the more severe the pathology. He believed that people with the most allergies would be found in mental institutions.
An interview with Dr. Richard G. Jaeckle, M.D., called “Yeast-Related Mental Disturbances,” brings data to this hypothesis. The author documents psychotic episodes being triggered directly by exposure to certain common yeasts. A 12 year old girl went from normalcy to needing to be restrained to prevent biting, hitting and totally uncontrolled behavior after exposure to tricophyton, monilia, and epidermophyton yeasts. She returned to appropriate demeanor following injections of benadryl to counteract the allergic reaction.
A less severe example was exhibited by one of my very bright, educated patients who had become very aware of the effect of allergies on her body. She was feeling fine when she began grocery shopping. Upon walking down an aisle, she became aware of the scent of potpourri. By the time she reached the end of the aisle, she reported feeling anxious and scared. She was aware enough to check her body and realized she was having a reaction to the scent. As she left the area, her body and her emotions returned to normal. How easy it would have been to attach the allergy induced emotion to some random event in her life. How easy it would be to become angry at or fearful of a person or an event that coincided with contact to the allergen and further, how easy it would be to begin avoiding situations where this scent may occur.
I have another patient who is a bright, responsible registered nurse. She has been in and out of mental hospitals her entire life. We have found her admissions coincide with having dental work done. She tested very allergic to fluoride and had always been given fluoride treatments. We cleared it; however, I advised her to avoid further fluoride treatments. She has had several mouth infections and yeast problems with her dentures that occur just prior to her mental regressions.
We can always devise a “psychological cause” for problematic emotions. It is time to look at physical causes, especially allergic substances, as contributing to emotional reactions.