Chapter 3

Environmental & Chemical Sensitivities
and Asthma

What causes allergies and chemical sensitivities?
Over the last decade, important breakthroughs have occurred in the identification and treatment of allergies. Dr. Robert Gardner, Ph.D. professor of nutrition at Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), discovered that specific key chemical agents cause allergic reactions including hayfever. These naturally occurring chemical agents called "phenolic" (aromatic) compounds, are regularly found throughout our environment in thousands of items including most foods, pollen and chemicals.

Our clinic can now identify and isolate these phenolics, then neutralize the allergic effects homeopathically with gentle, painless natural methods thus helping to desensitize the allergy.

Think of it! People no longer have to restrict their diets (unless these foods will provoke severe reactions) and no longer need "allergy shots"! A list of phenolic compounds and the common foods with which they are associated are included in Appendix B.

What is the relationship between allergies and asthma?
Many forms of asthma are caused by allergic reactions from both airborne phenolic compounds and those found in foods. Asthmatic individuals can be helped in the same way as others suffering from allergies. Airborne phenolic compounds are often found in pollen, tobacco smoke, house dust, air pollution, kapok, wool, feathers, animal hair or dander, building materials, furniture stuffing, cottonseed, and chemical odors. Some examples of foods that are most likely to be factors associated with asthma are those eaten daily such as wheat, eggs, chocolate, corn, peanut butter, citrus fruits, potatoes and tomatoes. We have helped many people suffering from asthma by first testing for those phenolics and other agents that can cause or contribute to asthma. We then screen and treat allergies, if indicated, utilizing our clinics' painless techniques. This treatment also helps strengthen the immune system.

Do I have to restrict my diet to avoid allergies?
Not usually. Since phenolics are found in so many foods and other materials, it would be virtually impossible through dietary restrictions to avoid the phenolics causing the reactions. For instance, one of the phenolics, gallic acid, occurs in about 70% of the foods we eat! Restricting a persons diet or giving injections of whole food extracts in an attempt to avoid this compound seems impractical in light of these discoveries.

However, there is a small, select group of people that are critically sensitive to some foods and should still avoid those items. These people require special therapeutic programs and instructions.

Why should I have allergies and feel tired even if I eat only "good foods"?
The fact that a person eats only "good foods" or even "health foods" may have little to do with whether or not they suffer from allergies. Phenolic compounds occur in "good" foods as well as those items commonly thought of as "junk" foods.

The solution is to strengthen the body's immune system by neutralizing and desensitizing phenolic compounds within the foods, NOT by avoiding the foods themselves!

What are some of the symptoms of allergies?
Allergies affect people in differing degrees. In fact, many people suffer the effects of allergies but often don't recognize that their problems are related to an allergy! In the course of treating allergies, the patient is often quickly benefitted by being relieved of symptoms (such as fatigue) that was not originally associated with the allergy. For example, Dr. Abram Ber, M.D. has found that sensitivity to gallic acid contributes to chronic lower back pain, nasal congestion and fatigue.

Furthermore, many other problems such as depression, bedwetting, hayfever, headaches, stomach and intestinal disorders and skin problems have been helped by phenolic neutralization.

Remember, the body is a very complex system. Relief from a stressful condition (such as an allergy) can very easily relieve stress in other parts of the body. In severe cases, it is like removing a crushing pressure from the body which has been held in a "vice-grip" for years!

Are there ways I can tell if I or someone in my family, especially my child. has an allergy? Many of the symptoms of allergies in children are similar to allergies in adults. Doris J. Rapp, M.D. has reported that some children with allergies show black, blue or red circles under the eyes (called allergic shiners) which appear after a person gets near or eats something to which they are allergic. Another clue is bags under the eyes. Some children have puffiness directly below the eyes and others also have little bags below the outer edge of each eye. Deep creases or wrinkles under the eyes are typical of persons with an allergy. [9]

Allergies to foods and chemicals are also linked to learning disabilities, hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children (and adults).

How can allergies be treated painlessly?
Physicians using the homeopathic phenolic neutralization and desensitization techniques utilize advances in technology to help hundreds of people overcome their allergy problems. The use of painless, non-injection methods of diagnosing and treating allergies is the most effective method we have personally witnessed.

These methods have been especially welcomed by parents with children who have suffered from a fear of needles and the discomfort of skin reactions, nausea and other unpleasant reactions caused by conventional provocative allergy testing.

                                  TABLE 4

               Some Possible Common Signs, Symptoms
            and Conditions Related to Hidden Food,
            Chemical and Environmental Allergies

   (These symptoms, like those of Candida infection, require the expertise
   of a physician to diagnose their exact cause.  It should be emphasized
   that many illnesses and disease conditions have identical symptoms.)

   Acid indigestion         Ear drainage               Poor coordination
   Acne and pimples         Earache                    Poor memory
   Aggressive behavior      Eczema                     Poor concentration
   Anxiety                  Epilepsy                   Psoriasis
   Arthritis                Faintness                  Rapid heart rate
   Asthma                   Fear                       Rashes
   Back pain                Frequent colds and         Rectal itching
   Bad breath               sore throats               Restlessness
   Bed wetting              "Fullness" in head         Ringing in the ears
   Bleeding gums            Hair Loss                  Runny, stuffy or
   Brain allergies           Hallucinations             bloody nose
   Bronchitis               Hayfever                   Seizures
   Canker sores             Headache                   Sinus congestion
   Chronic cough            Hearing loss               Sluggish in morning
   Chronic fatigue          Heart palpitations         Slurred speech
   Cold hands and feet      Heartburn                  Sneezing
   Compulsive behavior      Hives                      Sore tongue
   Compulsive eating        Hormonal imbalances        Sore throat
   Confusion                Hyperactivity              Stiffness
   Constipation             Hypoglycemia               Stomach ache
   Cracked lips             Inability to concentrate   Stuttering
   Cramps                   Insomnia                   Sugar Cravings
   Crying                   Irritability               Swelling of the hands,
   Dandruff                 Joint aches and pains      feet or ankles
   Dark circles under the   Learning disabilities      Swelling around eyes
   eyes                     Loose teeth                Swollen lips
   Daydreaming              Low blood pressure         Ulcers
   Depressed or excessive   Lowered resistance to      Underweight
   sexual drive             infections                 Urinary pain
   Depression               Mental lethargy            Vomiting
   Desire for tobacco or    Motion sickness            Weakness
   alcohol                  Muscle spasms
   Diarhhea                 Muscle aches and pains
   Dizziness                Overweight


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