Unfortunately, allergies, both food and inhalant, are extremely common. Allergies alone affect billions of people and account for millions of office visits to healthcare practitioners world wide each and every year.
Some of the associations with developing allergies or food sensitivities are exposure in utero, if the mother consumes a lot of the same food during pregnancy, infant exposure to highly allergenic foods (wheat, corn, dairy), poor digestion resulting in increased absorption of macromolecules, decreased secretory IgA, decreased adrenal function, and increased exposure to various toxins and allergens increasing sensitivity.
As far as seasonal allergy symptoms or food allergy symptoms, common signs tend to be, but are not limited to:
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Sinus drainage, with accompanying permanent indent in the nose line from rubbing your nose (referred to as the salute sign)
- Itchy, watering eyes
- Bed wetting
- Bruxism (grinding of your teeth)
- Stomach aches
- Chronic ear infections
- Chronic tonsillitis
- Chronic dermatitis (itching)
- Alternating diarrhea and constipation
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Food cravings
- Inability to concentrate
- Joint pain
- Gallbladder pain
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn's disease
- Digestive problems
- Autoimmune diseases
- Weight gain and edema
The pulse test is based on a simple, easily proven premise that your pulse rate is often accelerated by foods and other substances ingested, inhaled and exposed to because your system is allergically reacting to them. This test can help you identify and eliminate food and environmental allergens.
- count your pulse for one minute:
- just before each meal
- three times after each meal at half-hour intervals
- just before going to bed
- just after waking, before rising in the morning
- all but the count upon waking are to be done seated.
- record all the items you eat at each meal or inhalant exposure to weeds, dust, pollen or dander
- continue the pulse records for three days
- make single-food tests or single inhalant allergy exposure for two or more whole days following this procedure:
- take your before-rising pulse count each hour for 12-14 hours
- eat a small portion of a different single food or expose yourself to a small portion of a single different inhalant.
- Do not test any food or inhalant that you know to disagree with you.
A drastic increase in pulse rate is a good indicator that you have an allergy to a particular food or inhalant.
As far as treatment for allergies, whether they be food allergy symptoms or seasonal allergy symptoms, great success has been shown with the following guidelines:
- Eliminate allergenic foods through a rotation diet. And eliminate inhalant allergies by avoiding exposure. Any introduction of these substances in a 2 week period negates the entire test period.
- Improve and normalize bowel flora as there is an increased incidence of food allergies and inhalant allergies with parasites and candida.
- Decrease bowel transit time with the use of probiotics. ( I do not recommend long-term use of laxatives, even natural, as these can lead to dependency.
- Improve digestion with enzymes, HCL, no fluid with meals.
- Invest in air filters in every environment you spend a lot of time.
- Increase your intake of Vitamin E (not more than 800 IU/day), Selenium (not more than 200 mcg/day), Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Quercetin, Hesperidin bioflavanoids, EFA's, B6 (too high of doses over 200 mcg/day can lead to neuropathy), B12, Molybdenum and glutamine.
- Support the adrenals, there are a few good combination supplements for this. (do not take black licorice for extended periods of time).
There is absolutely no need for you to live your life around your allergies and suffer needlessly. There are plenty of natural alternatives to combating both your seasonal allergy symptoms as well as your food allergy symptoms. Just be diligent, stick with the program and don't underestimate the power of natural remedies.