Most people agree that hayfever, rashes, watery eyes, itching and sneezing are typically associated with allergies. But would you imagine that asthma, depression, pain, psoriasis, indigestion, alcoholism, obesity, high blood pressure, recurring infections, migraines, eczema, arthritis, chronic fatigue, sinus trouble, learning difficulties and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) can be caused by underlying allergies?
What is an Allergy?
An allergy is an exaggerated and abnormal response of the body to allergens such as foods, food colorings and additives, clothing, plants (poison oak, pollen, weeds, etc.), pets, vitamins, tap water, vaccines, insect bites, furniture, plastic, metals (amalgam- mercury fillings in your mouth, nickel in braces, wedding rings), piano keys, water, dust (mites), molds, medicines, chemicals (chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, etc.), cosmetics, viruses, bacteria, parasites, cold, heat, hormones, acrylic fingernails, saliva, sunlight, even your own adrenaline-the list is staggering. This abnormal response can take any imaginable form.
Types of Allergies:
We distinguish between two types of allergies:
The first is IgE mediated: after exposure to an allergen the body produces an excess of antibodies called immunoglobulins E (IgE). Histamine is released that produces the typical allergy symptoms. Reactions can vary from mild (runny nose, coughing, sneezing) to severe (anaphylactic shock, with drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, swollen throat, coma and sometimes death.) It is estimated that 30 - 35 million people in America suffer from these type of allergies.
The second group of allergies takes place without the activation of antibodies. They are called hypersensitivity reactions. Probably 100-120 million people in the United States suffer from these hypersensitivities without realizing it. NAET further identifies three subtypes of allergies:
The Trouble with Symptoms
Because symptoms can vary so dramatically, it is quite difficult to realize that depression, high blood pressure, irritability, addictions, learning difficulties, etc. may be due to an allergic reaction to (a) particular substance(s). Undiagnosed allergies can produce symptoms, illnesses, even chronic diseases like cancer, that affect every system and organ in your body. Chronic fatigue, migraines, hyperactivity, arthritis, asthma, anxiety, depression, backaches, addictions-all these and more can be allergy-based. Unless you understand the secret of allergies, you may spend years visiting medical specialist, never getting any true relief.
Causes of Allergies
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