Allergens cause allergic reactions, but why do some people react to allergens and others do not?
Understanding how to treat allergies depends upon knowing how they arise. There are three main causes of allergies that I have experience with and can speak about.
When a person is exposed to a toxin, the immune system reacts. The perplexing question is how do people become allergic to so many things that do not seem to be toxic? For example, pollen may be a common allergen, but pollen itself is not dangerous. Normally pollen is just washed off by mucous and is not naturally toxic enough to do any harm or cause much reaction. However, th pollen we encounter in the modern world is much different than in the past. Pollen is no longer simply a tiny piece of a plant. As it floats through the air on the breeze, it picks up dust from the air. The dust could include very tiny particles of toxins such as mercury (a heavy metal) from coal burning power plants, chemicals from refineries along the Gulf Coast (petrochemicals), or even radioactive iodine from Fukushima fallout
(radiation). The immune system is a complex multi-tiered system that consists first of the bacteria that protect your skin, eyes, mouth and all other mucous membranes. Certain helpful bacteria are provided for and nourished by the skin and mucous membranes, because they ward off harmful pathogens and even toxins. A second part of your immune system is stimulated by histamine, and it consists of mucous production that washes away pathogens or toxins, and inflammation that rushes blood and lymph to the site, bringing immune cells to the area that will attack enemies.
A third part of the immune system is the intelligence of your body to mount an attack against a proven foe. In Chinese medicine, the heart (which includes your thymus gland), and in Indian philosophy, your heart chakra (which is centered over your thymus gland), serve as the place in your body where you
know what is good for you and what is bad for you. People say things like “follow your heart,”to imply that you will do what you know is best for you, and “your heart is in it,” when you are doing what is best for you.
And your heart is a great location for the center of information, because it receives and releases every drop of blood and lymph that flows through your body. Like your blood, your lymph also travels throughout your body, and lymph fluids are collected into lymph vessels, and end up back in the blood vessels through an entranceway in the subclavian veins. Thus, every cell in your body communicates with those fluids, so the fluids can carry messages back to the heart from every cell in your body. So your heart listens to these messages, and heart cells entrain. They sense the rhythm of the cells that surround them and take up the beat. Thus the heart sends its own messages out to coordinate every cell, tissue, and organ to work together for the good of your entirety. Therefore, even in a physical manner, your heart truly knows what is good for you and what is not.
The thymus gland is a small fatty endocrine organ that sits on top of your heart. I think of it as sort of the brain of the immune system. After all, the thymus is involved in coordinating information about toxins and pathogens that attack the body. It is the organ that “educates” T-lymphocytes. So when something harmful like a heavy metal, toxic halogen, petrochemical or radioactive substance or some kind of pathogen, parasite, or even a natural toxin enters your body, its effect registers with the thymus gland. The toxins become known by the body as an enemy, and if the pollen is the bearer of the toxins, that pollen grain becomes associated with the enemy and is also known as an enemy. The next time your body sees that pollen, although the pollen itself is not harmful, your body remembers it as an enemy, and mobilizes the troops to defend your body from those dangers.
This is an amazingly intelligent manner in which the immune system works.
However, just as we people may become prejudiced, the immune system may also do this. For example, when the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center was blamed on Muslims from the Middle East, many Americans became afraid of Muslims and Middle Easterners, and feared that they hated Americans, and were expecting to be attacked again at any moment.
Thus, the prejudice leads people to cause harm to innocent people who fit the category, just as our immune system will wage an attack on a pollen grain even when it is not a bearer of toxins.
So a treatment that I call an allergy elimination treatment is able to communicate with the body to call a truce and re-educate the soldiers not to be prejudiced anymore. This will work as long as your body doesn’t experience harm from the allergen again, and as long as your immune system is supported by healthy adrenal glands. So this can even help in the emergency situation of anaphylactic shock.
But if you have chronic health problems, or continue to be exposed to toxins, it is only a short term solution.
Allergy Elimination Treatment
This is a simple technique for getting rid of allergies temporarily. It can be helpful in case of a bad allergic reaction. It is not a permanent fix, although in some cases it may be. Furthermore, I have to say that this is a home remedy, not a diagnosis, treatment or cure. I will explain this as though you are doing this for your child, but you can use this for any friend or relative.
There are sixteen simple steps, in two main parts.
First, prepare for the treatment. Whatever your child is allergic to, put a little bit of it into a little glass jar, and close the lid. You want it to be contained, because you don’t want to get it all over your child; that could make her sick, and it could keep the treatment from working properly. Then before you
proceed, explain the procedure to you child, so it’s not a surprise when it happens. Then, have your child hold the little jar with the sample of the allergen in it against her skin. That could just be in her hand, or against her leg in her sock; whatever is comfortable and convenient. Have your child sit on a stool or on a chair backwards or someplace where you have easy access to her back. It is also important for your child not to hold arms or legs across the center of her body.
Ask your child to take a deep breath in and hold it. As she does, tap her with your fingertips soundly down either side of her spine. When you tap, hold your fingers so the fingertips rap against her back (see photo), and tap briskly about every inch, or once for each spine, all the way from the top of her neck down to her tailbone. You have to do this pretty quickly so she doesn’t run out of air, so you might want to give it a practice run first. The photo above illustrates the acupuncture meridians and points that run down the back on either side of the spine. These are the streams of energy that you are communicating with during this part of the treatment.
Next, ask your child to breathe out her breath and hold it. As she does this, repeat the tapping procedure down her spine.
Then ask her to take little panting breaths, and do the tapping as above.
Finally, do the tapping with regular breathing.
Next, your child must lay or sit in a relaxed position for at least 10 minutes. The important thing is that you have access to her arms, hands, feet and legs while she does this, and that she doesn’t cross her legs or arms across the middle of her body. Check the clock at this point, because following the taps, you want your child to be in contact with the jar of allergens for the next 10 minutes at least. After 20 minutes, however, you want your child to avoid any contact with those things, even if they are in a jar, for 25 hours. This helps the procedure be most effective.
As your child relaxes, still holding the allergen jar in contact with her skin, you will massage the following acupressure points. Acupressure points are places in your body that hold an inordinate amount of life-force energy, or chi:
First, on her right hand, find the point where the thumb separates from the other fingers (see illustration). This is called point 4 on the large intestine meridian by acupuncturists. The Chinese name for this point translates as “Joining the Valley”. Place your thumb or a finger (watch that your fingernails don’t poke) on the point and press softly while you make 50 gentle tiny circles, or just infuse the point with subtle energy.
Next, move up to your child’s elbow, and on the top side, press the point where the elbow bends (see illustration). Give it 50 or so of the same kind of massage circles you did for the thumb joint. This point is number 11 on the large intestine meridian, and is called“Crooked Pond”.
On your child’s left side, massage the elbow point just as you did on the right.
Next, do the left thumb point.
Next, move to your child’s left leg. On the inside of her leg, just a few inches above her ankle, there is a point called Spleen 6 or “Three Yin Crossing.” It is on the inside of the tibia or shinbone, between the bony area and the soft, fleshy area (see illustration). Give that spot a light massage of 50 little circle ubs.
The last point is on the foot between the bone that leads to the big toe and the bone that goes to your other toe (see illustration). This point is known as Liver 3, or “Bigger Rushing.” Give that point a hearty rub, not so it hurts, though. Do 50 or more circles there, as with the others. It should be gentle and relaxing, not ticklish or unpleasant. In fact, it works perfectly well to just press your finger in gently, and not even make tiny circles.
Finally, do that same point on the right foot.
Move up, and do the point on the right leg equivalent to the one you did on the left leg.
Then go to the elbow point, and
Finish with the left thumb joint, repeating the spot you started on. The rest is
Remember that you checked the clock after you did the back-tapping?
Your child should continue to hold the allergen jar and rest without crossing arms and legs until the clock shows it is at least 10 minutes from the time you did the taps on her back. Be sure to take away the allergen jar at the 20-minute point.
In 25 hours it will be okay for your child to be exposed to the allergen directly again, and she shouldn’t have an allergic reaction to it. If it turns out that she does, you might try it again, or enlist the assistance of an alternative medicine practitioner to figure out more details.
This treatment can be used for just about anything that causes allergies. If your child is allergic to wheat, for example, you can put bits of cereals, breads, bulgur, pasta, couscous, etc. in the jar, as many forms of the allergen as you have available. If the allergen is pollen, you can collect it on a tissue off of your car, your porch, or wherever you see the pretty yellow dust, and put the tissue in the jar. You can collect pet dander and fur for pet allergies off a pet brush, and put that in the jar. Even if you’re not sure what your child is allergic to, you can collect bits of suspected allergens and put them in the jar. Since the procedure is harmless, it won’t hurt to do it on a person for something they aren’t allergic to.
Does this treatment have side effects?
Yes, and they’re almost all good. However, this treatment should not be used on pregnant women, because massaging some of these acupressure points might stimulate premature labor. And for a person with severely compromised health, it would be best to work with a medical practitioner when using this procedure.
If you have repeated allergies, you most likely have a chronic disease. Chronic means“long-term,”
and chronic health problems are long-term diseases. Chronic contrasts with acute, which are short term problems that may be more severe, such as viral and bacterial infections or injuries that you either
heal from shortly or you become overwhelmed an die from. In order to get long-term allergy relief, you have to heal your chronic health problem.
Thus, chronic health problems start somewhat gradually and are not severe enough to kill you for a relatively long time. This would include things such as allergies, osteoporosis, cancer,
autoimmune disorders, diabetes, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, anemia, anxiety, depression, asthma, arthritis, heart disease, digestive disorders, acid reflux, hearing loss, vision problems, tooth decay, insomnia, and on and on. These are the diseases of civilization that primitive people did not get and that we are suffering from more and more now.
Underlying perhaps all chronic disease is the condition of depleted adrenals. The adrenal glands are small fatty crowns on the top of the kidneys. The adrenals are endocrine glands, so they secrete hormones into the blood. They are controlled by the hypothalamus and pituitary glands in the brain.
Adrenal glands secrete steroid hormones, which they make out of cholesterol. There are two major
divisions of the adrenal glands, and four subdivisions; each type of tissue secretes a different set of hormones.
The inside of the adrenal gland is called the medulla. It is directly innervated, and secretes
the fight-or-flight hormones, epinephrine and norepinephrine, as well as dopamine. Epinephrine,
norepinephrine and dopamine are known as catecholamines. Epinephrine and norepinephrine used to be known as adrenaline, and they control fight-or-flight reactions. They function to dilate bronchi, blood vessels to the muscles, and increase rate and strength of the heartbeat.
Dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter, is important in reward motivated behavior, including addiction.
Dopamine also plays a major role in Parkinson’s disease ADHD and restless legs syndrome, and possibly even schizophrenia.
The adrenal cortex is the outer portion of the adrenal glands, and is primarily regulated by neuroendocrine hormones from the pituitary gland, controlled by the hypothalamus.
The cortex occurs in four layers.
The outermost layer, the zona glomerulosa, is where the mineralocorticoids are
produced. Aldosterone is the primary mineralocorticoid, and it regulates blood pressure through its primary function of increasing sodium retention by the kidneys. Aldosterone is a pro-inflammatory hormone required to initiate a healing reaction.
The innermost layer of the adrenal cortex, the zona reticularis, produces androgens such as DHEA and androstenedione, precursors to sex hormones.
Between the zona glomerulosa and zona reticularis of the cortex, the zona fasciculata is where glucocorticoids such as corticosterone are produced, primarily in the form of cortisol. Cortisol allows the body to respond to stress, enhancing stress reactions and protects the body from excessive stress
damage. Cortisol mobilizes fats, proteins and carbohydrates for use for energy.
Cortisol also has cardiovascular effects that include contraction of the mid sized arteries and lowering blood pressure (hypotension). It regulates the sodium-potassium balance in heart muscles.
In the nervous system, cortisol affects behavior, mood, excitability and the electrical activity of neurons.
Deficient or excess cortisol can lead to sleep disorders.
Cortisol is very anti-inflammatory. In this way it mediates the immune reaction, so that it does not escalate out of control or into an autoimmune or allergic condition.
Too much cortisol may suppress immunity. Cortisol and aldosterone levels should be highest around 8:00 am, and lowest between midnight and 4:00 am, but they often dip between 3:00-5:00 pm.
The morning peak of cortisol helps wake us up, and eating and exercise can elevate cortisol levels.
A balance between aldosterone and cortisol is necessary to maintain health. If aldosterone
secretion is high relative to cortisol, inflammatory conditions such as gastritis, colitis, arthritis, bursitis, sinusitis and autoimmune disorders may occur. This often corresponds with a high ratio of sodium to potassium on a hair analysis. If cortisol secretion is high relative to aldosterone, diseases such as
diabetes, immune-deficiency syndromes, infection, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, cataracts, glaucoma,
coronary heart disease or cardiomyopathy may prevail.
Adrenal insufficiency is commonly associated with a wide variety of symptoms, which can vary from mild
to extreme. These include fatigue, decreased tolerance to cold and poor circulation, low blood sugar
(hypoglycemia), low blood pressure, allergies, apathy or depression, low stamina, low self-esteem due to low energy output, joint aches and pains, low levels of stomach acid, tendency to constipation, muscle weakness, great need for sleep, anxiety due to low energy and secondary copper toxicity,
lowered resistance to infection, subnormal body temperature, and more.
Nurturing the Adrenal Glands
Nurturing the adrenal glands requires avoiding stress, whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual or mental. Stress is closely related to fear, and fear reactions are enhanced when cortisol is depleted.
Therefore, when people start saying that stress causes adrenal deficiency disorders, they are only half right, because stress is also caused by cortisol insufficiency.
In the physical realm, one of the major stresses on the adrenals is the consumption of carbohydrate foods. Every time the blood sugar rises above about 100 mg/dL, there is the threat of cellular damage, and this is considered an emergency by the body. High blood sugar is so damaging that it forces the body rush to to stash the sugar away in a safe place. It attempts to put the sugar into the cells for immediate use for energy, but the cells may not be able to handle the sugar, and become insulin resistant
in order to minimize damage inside the cells. The body attempts to store some of the sugar as glycogen in the liver and muscles, and converts the rest of it to tri-glycerides for fat storage. This is accomplished by the production of large amounts of insulin released by the pancreas. When insulin is in the blood, stored fat is off limits as an energy source. And until glycogen stores are depleted, the body will use those instead of stored fat for energy. This causes low blood sugar and severe hunger, and is why overweight people are so hungry even though they are carrying extra fuel on their body.
If the pancreas overshoots insulin production, blood sugar can drop severely, signaling an emergency to the adrenals. The adrenals produce catecholamines (epinephrine, norepinephrine and
dopamine) to put more sugar into the blood (causing a “sugar rush”). When this goes on many times a day, year after year, the adrenals eventually become exhausted. Fat is the only macronutrient that does not raise blood sugar. Thus, to rest the adrenals and avoid stress, even 200 to 300 grams of carbohydrate per day is a very high intake for most people. For many people, the best adrenal fatigue diet is a low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet where fat is the primary fuel for energy. A ketogenic diet promotes dietary ketosis (the burning of fats), and in order to do this, the daily intake of carbs, not counting fiber, is 50 grams per day or less. The original Atkins diet is a well-known example of a ketogenic diet. Saturated and mono-unsaturated fats are preferred by the body as fuel.
Adrenal glands also require substantial amounts of cholesterol, vitamin C complex, B complex vitamins (especially pantothenic acid and B6), and the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K2 as in fermented cod liver oil and butter oil). The adrenal glands thrive on a mineral rich diet, requiring sea salt, magnesium and calcium to function. Bone broth or raw milk in abundance is very nourishing, and the fat soluble vitamins in fermented cod liver oil/ butter oil blend assure that your body will be able to absorb and
use the minerals in your diet.
Glandulars are an old-fashioned and proven way to support the adrenal glands. These can be
obtained through the Standard Process brand supplement called Drenamin. Consuming organ meats such as liver and kidney, and the cavity fat of animals is one way our ancestors kept their adrenal glands healthy.
Tobacco is stressful to the adrenals. Regular use of stimulants such as caffeine in coffee, tea, chocolate and yerba maté also stresses the adrenal glands. Nettle infusion can be substituted for
caffeine drinks. Nettle infusion nourishes the adrenals (particularly with magnesium, but minerals and many other important substances, also) so that you are relaxed when it’s time to go to bed, and you wake up feeling refreshed. There are many other herbs that nourish the adrenals. Adrenal nourishing herbs are called“adaptogens,” and include astragalus, holy basil, ginseng, hawthorn, schisandra, licorice, cinnamon, ginger, rhodiola root, ashwaganda, eleuthero, rhodiola,
Leaky gut is the condition where food and waste particles within the digestive system can penetrate the lining of the gut and enter the body. With leaky gut, the gut flora and lining of the gut is permeable to larger particles than it should be. Damage to the gut flora causes damage to the cells of the gut lining.
Our beneficial bacteria can be damaged by many factors, such as antibiotics (including herbal antibiotics), birth control pills, genetically modified foods, many herbicides, pesticides, and pharmaceutical drugs, and a diet lacking in naturally live fermented foods. Even just being born to a mother who has a sick gut flora, or being born by Cesarean section can produce an unhealthy
Dysbiosis can also be caused by toxicity. Mercury (Hg) in particular, such as from dental fillings, can seep down through the digestive tract and poison the gut on its way through. When detoxified by the liver, mercury is then released into the gut through the gallbladder. This allows it another opportunity to again damage the gut. Improperly prepared grains and pasteurized milk can also cause inflammation that leads to leaky gut. Candida or yeast is also associated with leaky gut. The hyphae of the fungus can grow through the cells lining the gut, poking holes in it. The priority with leaky gut is to heal the gut.
Bone broth, especially high in gelatin, is one of the most healing substances you can use. It should
be consumed daily in as great quantity as possible. Coconut oil is nourishing and soothing to the gut and discourages candida and other gut pathogens. Avoiding processed foods, grains, and allergens can help protect the gut from inflammation.
Repopulating the gut is the other priority. Fermented foods such as raw, live-culture kefir, sour cream, kvass, kombucha, and well-fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchee, and pickles
will renourish the gut flora. Taking a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar with meals can also
help. Gelatin added to food soothes the gut lining.
Ridding the body of candida can help eliminate leaky gut. For serious or stubborn cases, the GAPS
diet is effective, and has been used widely to treat digestive disease and restore gut health and integrity.
Some supplements can be helpful. Bio-Kult is a powerful probiotic in capsules. If leaky gut is a
product of hypochlorhydria, then taking zinc and/ or hydrochloric acid (HCl) supplements will help, and if digestive enzyme production is low, supplemental enzymes can also be helpful. A
substance in cabbage known as Vitamin Q can be taken in supplemental form.
do not take this information or any part of it as being a diagnosis or prescription, because I am not qualified in any official manner to diagnose or cure any illness, as I do not have any official degree in medicine. This information is provided from my experience and informal study, and it is for y