Allergies occur when a person reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless to most people. The offending substance is called an allergen and can include; dust, dust mites, grass pollens, certain foods, food additives, chemicals, some metals like nickel, and animal hair to name but a few. Initial exposure to the allergen leads to the production of specific antibodies. These antibodies attach themselves to body cells (such as mast cells and basophils that form part of our immune system). On subsequent exposure, the allergens can then bind to the sensitized cells by bridging the antibodies, like a key fits into a lock. Once unlocked, the mast cells release histamine and other inflammatory chemicals.
These chemicals are responsible for such symptoms as inflammation, swelling, redness, itching, dilatation of blood vessels, constriction of the airways and increased mucus secretion. Typical allergic reactions include; asthma, hayfever, sinusitis, swelling of the throat (anaphylaxis), hives, eczema, migraine headaches and abdominal bloating and cramping.
The liver and allergies
Allergies are related to poor liver function, which reduces the liver’s efficiency in cleansing the blood of toxins (such as antibodies and chemicals). Such toxins overstimulate the immune system causing it to pour out inflammatory chemicals (histamines, etc) which may cause; itchy rashes, hives, etc.
Some people have multiple food and chemical sensitivities, which make it difficult for them to follow a set diet. These problems are generally associated with reduced ability of the liver to break down chemicals and proteins (antigens) in the detoxification pathways. Therefore, it is always necessary to improve liver function in such cases, and the use of a powerful natural liver tonic will assist in improving the detoxification pathways in the liver.
There may be a build-up of fat-soluble toxins (such as insecticides, plastics and pesticides), drug metabolites or waste products of metabolism in the fatty tissues and liver. This slows down the metabolism of the fatty parts of your body and also overburdens your liver. This means that the liver burns fat less efficiently and you put on weight more easily. Gentle and regular detoxification is very helpful when trying to balance the immune system. Drinking plenty of water and raw vegetable juices will aid the detoxification process. You can also benefit from my Dr Cabot 15-day Cleanse. I have had many successful detox stories enabling people to gradually discontinue drugs that they have previously needed to suppress allergic symptoms. Why suppress the sneeze and wheeze when one can remove the cause? If you are taking medications for allergies such as hay fever or asthma, do not discontinue them without the supervision of your local doctor because these medications can only be reduced very slowly as you gradually improve.
- Raw Juices Can Save Your Life book contains specific recipes for various health conditions including anti allergy juice recipes designed to calm the immune system. There is also information about juicing and the best juicers to purchase. I have known about the incredible healing power of raw juices from a very young age. My grandmother’s life was saved by raw juicing back in the 1930s. My raw juicing book contains carefully designed juice recipes to help with common health problems. Raw juices are an incredibly powerful healing tool and can improve the function of the liver, bowels and kidneys to increase the elimination of toxins.
Available allergy tests
To identify the possible offending allergens, blood testing (RAST) or skin prick testing can be performed.
Alternatively, to detect food allergies, an elimination diet can be followed. This involves a moderately restricted diet for about four weeks to exclude likely problem foods. If your symptoms are caused by a food reaction, then there should be some improvement after this time. Now comes the challenge part of the test. Foods are re-introduced one at a time, every three or four days, looking for any recurrence of symptoms. Always check with your doctor before commencing an elimination diet and do not continue it indefinitely – it is meant as a test only.
It is essential that patients with severe food and/or chemical intolerances consult a specialist in allergies; the specialist will perform extensive tests to accurately determine the offending allergen that must be avoided.
Those with severe manifestations of allergies (such as asthma, severe swelling of the lips and throat, hives) and those on cortisone, can suffer fatal reactions to chemicals, foods and insect bites. These people should remain under the supervision of an allergist at all times. They should carry a syringe of adrenalin for self-injection should an anaphylactic reaction occur and immediate help is unavailable – this is often life saving.
Common problem foods
The most common problem foods include; gluten (found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and oats) peanuts, shellfish, dairy products, eggs, soy, corn, yeast, amines and salicylates (found in many plants and herbs).
Artificial sweeteners and food additives can build up in the body, eventually causing severe allergic reactions. The most common offenders are MSG (monosodium glutamate), aspartame (see www.dorway.com), sulphites, benzoates and nitrites and artificial colorings. Check labels to see if these things are present and if so, avoid them.
If some foods cause the release of large amounts of unwanted histamine in the gut, you can try capsules of sodium cromoglycate 200mg, 15 minutes before food to prevent the release of histamine; these are very safe to take but need to be made up by a compounding chemist. Sodium cromoglycate is also available in a puffer/inhaler form (known as Intal) and can prevent asthma caused by histamine release in the bronchial tubes.
Once the causative allergens are known, avoidance is obviously the key. Offending foods should be eliminated. For allergens like dust and dust mites, meticulous vacuuming, airing of bedding and removal of carpets, curtains and blankets or eiderdowns may be required in extreme cases. Low-allergenic pillows and mattresses can be purchased. Damp living conditions will harbor the growth of molds and aggravate allergies. If animal dander is the cause you may have to find a new home for your pet! Unfortunately, avoidance of pollen is virtually impossible.
Help for the adrenal glands
The adrenal glands also need to be supported in cases of severe chemical and/or food sensitivity, as they may not be producing adequate steroid hormones such as cortisone, pregnenolone and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). This will increase the severity of allergic reactions. Thankfully, it is easy to test the levels of these adrenal hormones with a blood test. The adrenal glands can be helped with supplemental Vitamin C as found in our Allergy Relief formula. Adrenal Glandular capsules can be taken in a dose of one capsule daily with breakfast or lunch. Some people find that pregnenolone in a dose of 100 to 200 mg daily helps a lot. Trial and error is involved, but at least these things are safe to use long term.
Recommended supplements for allergies
- Fish Oil
Take BEFORE meals – Fish oil is useful for allergic skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, itchy/dry skin and allergies such as asthma and hayfever.
- MSM Plus Vitamin C
Take 1/2 teaspoon daily in juice or water. – MSM is organic sulphur and is very beneficial for the liver as it is required for the detox pathways. This will help to detoxify the liver and calm down the immune system. MSM helps to strengthen the lungs against allergic responses.
- Livatone Plus
Take 1 teaspoon in water or juice daily or 2 capsules twice daily – Livatone Plus supports the Phase One and Phase Two liver detoxification pathways, ensuring optimum detoxification with reduced allergies.
- N Acetyl L Cysteine (NAC)
Helps your liver to produce glutathione, which is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory substance. N-Acetyl-Cysteine also helps to clear up excess mucus in the lungs and sinuses. Take 1 to 2 capsules of 600 mg of NAC twice daily.
- Allergy Relief
Take 1 to 2 tablets twice daily with food. Prepare your immune system ahead of time to ward off allergies by taking Allergy Relief tablets.
CAUTION: ANYONE WITH ALLERGIES MUST CONSULT THEIR DOCTOR BEFORE TAKING ANYTHING NEW. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO START WITH VERY LOW DOSES AND THEN SLOWLY INCREASE TO THE DOSE WHERE YOU GET GOOD RESULTS.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.