An allergy is an abnormal, unfavorable physiological and biochemical reaction to certain substances, whether toxic or non-toxic, known as allergens. Allergy reactions are a series of events that cause the release of histamine in the body. Consequently, antihistamines are taken by allergy sufferers to block the histamine. The liver is important to fight allergies since its methylation pathway is responsible to breakdown histamines. Allergies are additive and cumulative which means “the more you get, the more you get.”
We typically think allergies produce such symptoms as itchy or watery eyes, runny or stuffy nose, itchy skin or sneezing. However, allergic reactions can be more covert and cause issues you may never suspect:
- Food cravings
- Joint pain, muscle pain (fibromyalgia)
- Increased heart rate after eating
- Burning abdomen
- Hot flashes
- Bloating and edema
- Chronic fatigue
- All kinds of digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea, colitis, Crohns, IBS, etc.
- Eczema, acne, hives, boils or other skin disorders
- Depression, anxiety
- Anger, aggression
- Weight gain/obesity
- Unexplained weight loss
The body produces an excess of an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE) when an allergic person is exposed to an allergen. The IgE antibodies react with allergens to release histamines that produce various allergic symptoms. In other words, the immune system mistakenly identifies harmless substances as dangerous invaders and activates antibodies to defend the body.
IgE is the specific antibody related to airborne allergies and a very limited number of food allergies. IgG is the specific antibody related to food allergies. Allergens find many pathways of entry into the body. We can inhale environmental and chemical toxins. By way of the mouth, we ingest chemicals such as preservatives and additives found in foods, water, and medicines. And the skin can come in contact with various agents, drug injections, and other substances.
What Causes Allergies?
Allergies have many causes, but many of them are due to stress and a depressed immune system. Toxicity in the environment, abuse of chemicals, and refined foods create an undue burden on the immune system. Chemotherapeutic drugs, excessive antibiotics, steroids, exposure to toxic chemicals, radiation, and improper nutrition all contribute to a depressed immune system. Steroids stop inflammation, but in the long run make the situation worse because they block the body’s natural immune function—the immune system is paralyzed by the cortisone and unable to fight.
These substances lead to candidiasis fungus, which is an overgrowth of the C. Albicans bacteria in the intestinal tract. A suppressed immune system is unable to destroy the yeast cells that can eventually scar the intestinal villi. This allows toxins, undigested food particles, and yeast to enter the bloodstream through the intestine, and leads to a systemic yeast problem.
Reviving and restoring the gastrointestinal tract are of paramount importance when seeking to eliminate allergies. We become allergic to our own bodies if we cannot eliminate the residue. Some intestinal toxemia symptoms are fatigue, depression, asthma, arthritis, nervousness, gastrointestinal conditions, malabsorption, impaired nutrition, skin disturbances, low back pain, sciatica, and others.
The Chinese medical viewpoint suggests that allergies reflect internal imbalance, mainly of the wood (liver) and metal (lungs and colon) elements, as well as a result of general energy congestion. Therefore, it is very important to cleanse the colon and other organs and systems of the body in order to restore proper function and to eliminate allergies. For seasonal allergies it is often helpful to do a one or two day fast a week or two before the usual onset of symptoms. The focus of detoxification and cleansing should be the liver, the lymphatic system, the colon, and the lungs.
Increase the amount of purified and filtered water. A basic rule of thumb is to drink ½ ounce for each pound of body weight. Also increase foods such as fruits and vegetables which have high water content. Histamine release is the body’s way of stopping water loss. By drinking adequate amounts of water, less histamine will be released.