Allergy Testing and Treatment
The Allergy Problem
‘One man’s meat is another man’s poison’ – Lucretius (2000 years ago)
We all know about allergies to pollens and grasses (hay fever), animal fur, and house dust mite (asthma). We also know that some people can have life-threatening reactions (anaphylaxis) to bee stings or peanuts. These are examples of ‘Classic Allergies’. Reaction times are usually rapid, and symptoms tend to be 'typically' allergic: swelling, sneezing, rashes, spots, hives, itching and so on.
However, the problem of allergy goes far beyond the hives and hay fever which we have become familiar with. In recent decades the truth of Lucretius’ observation (above) is finally gaining recognition. Different kinds of sensitivity have been unmasked, often 'hidden' and therefore more difficult to identify. When these ‘hidden allergies’ are food related we usually call them ‘Intolerances’. Reactions may be 'allergic' – involving the immune system in the strict sense of the word, or may be due to other mechanisms in the body. Whichever it is, the result can be a wide spectrum of physical and mental symptoms and illnesses, all of which can have other causes as well; allergy has truly been called 'the great mimic'.
Clinical ecologists, as those working on the effect of the environment on health are called, estimate that intolerances and other sensitivities are much more common than classic allergies. Perhaps two-thirds of sufferers have no classic allergies – no hay fever or rashes – and may never suspect that their arthritis, migraines or panic attacks are caused by an idiosyncratic reaction to common foods. It is these hidden sensitivities which tend to go undetected and untreated.
Intolerances are different and more difficult to diagnose than classic allergies. People allergic to the same food may have entirely different symptoms; conversely, people with the same symptoms may be allergic to quite different foods. Nor do symptoms always appear rapidly and acutely when the offending food is eaten, like the rashes of conven¬tional allergy. Often, they seem to bear no relationship to diet at all.
A full list of possible symptoms would fill this page: they include everyday ailments like eczema, catarrh, digestive and stomach trouble, backache, swollen glands, depression, anxiety attacks and phobias, palpitations, irritability, headaches, mouth ulcers, aching joints and muscles, childhood hyperactivity and so on, as well as more serious conditions.
For these reasons we may not suspect we have sensitivities at all. Familiar complaints, long delays, and varying reactions mean we might not readily associate our symptoms with our diet or environment. Yet foods, chemicals, and other triggers may be the hidden causes of the symptoms we are suffering from.
How can Allergy Testing and Treatment help?
With Robin Ravenhill – Registered Allergy Therapist
Allergy testing can bring to light hidden sensitivities as well as typical allergies, and also reveal underlying functional issues in the body which predispose to allergy. Treatment can address our predisposition to react to things in an allergic way, as well as providing relief from symptoms.
Robin’s approach is 'holistic', which simply means taking into consideration all the factors and circumstances that might be contributing to the allergy status of his clients and the symptoms they present with. This approach helps him to identify and address the underlying causes of allergy and illness, and is the best way of helping people to get well and stay well. His aim is to help restore health and vitality and resistance to illness and stress.
If you would like more information, advice, or to make an appointment for Allergy Therapy, go to Robin’s profile here , or to www.theallergyclinic.co.uk.