If you are an allergy sufferer then you do not need me to tell you how problematic this can be. Truly life inhibiting. Hay fever has probably been around for centuries, but other allergies such as those triggered by different foods and a variety of other substances were, until recently, almost unknown.
The first person to be diagnosed with a peanut allergy caused quite a sensation. Whereas now, nut allergies are not only common but the incidence is ever increasing. Other allergies such as latex (once practically unheard of) have also increased to alarming levels, creating a major risk to health care personnel. In 1996 FDA Med watch data shows 28 reported deaths and 225 anaphylactic events associated with latex products.
Allergy is widespread in the UK. Millions of adults suffer from at least one allergy, with the numbers continuing to rise. Each year the number of sufferers increases by 5%, half of all affected being children. In Europe as a whole, allergy is expected to affect more than 50% of all Europeans by the year 2021. Up to 1 in 5 allergic people suffer a serious debilitating disease and are in fear of death from a possible asthma attack or anaphylactic shock.
Quite apart from the misery of an allergy or allergies for the sufferer, the cost to the health service increases year on year. In the US it is estimated food allergies alone cost the nation around 20 billion dollars each year. That does not include other allergies such as, chemical, latex, insect bites and stings and of course a variety of prescribed medicines. In the UK it is probably £2 billion or more, which does not allow for days lost at work or interrupted schooling.
In 2008 a NASQ survey stated that 74% of GPs felt they did not have the necessary skills or training to treat allergies. In 2010 it was estimated that 20 million people in the UK had one or more allergies, with only a handful of allergy specialists to deal with the problem. It is common that the wait to see a specialist can be many weeks or even months, but what can they even expect during a consultation?
A man I treated for his peanut allergy gained an appointment with an allergy specialist. First he was given an IgE allergy blood test which proved positive and he was informed that he was anaphylactic to peanuts. He replied that he did know that as he had been hospitalised on two occasions with anaphylactic attacks. He was then advised not to eat peanuts or any products contaminated with them. Confectionary, ready prepared meals, or any products which may contain even the merest trace of peanut. He replied “I avoid peanuts and all products that may contain peanut otherwise I collapse within minutes”. He was then advised to carry an EpiPen at all times. To which he replied “I always do”. So what did he gain from his allergy specialists consultation? You may think little or nothing and I could only agree.
The fact is that apart from symptomatic relief, we are no closer to an allergy cure now than we were 20 years ago. When Karl, the man with the peanut allergy, received my allergy treatment known as Chirokinetic Therapy, he had recently had an anaphylactic attack due to a trace of peanut oil whilst eating salad. That was in 2004. Following the treatment he was free of his peanut allergy and to the best of my knowledge is still allergy free today.
So why is it that to date allergy treatment provided by allergy specialists find it impossible to cure allergies? It is my belief that in the first place that the common medical criteria is to focus on the symptoms rather than the cause. Clearly if pollens are seen as the cause of hay fever then logically we should all have hay fever. If, for example, everyone placed their hand in boiling water then everyone would be scalded. That is a cause, but if only a percentage of people who ingest pollens develop hay fever then that is a trigger, rather than a cause. Therefore, substances that lead to allergic reactions have to be seen as triggers and not as the cause of the allergy.
So, the only way forward in the treatment of allergies is to find a cure and to achieve this a different approach is required. It is the underlying cause which has to be established, not just the trigger substance. Clearly it is the immune system which allows a substance to trigger an allergy. But why? Could it be modern life styles, are we too clean, too protective? Maybe. After all, we have walked this planet largely allergy free for probably a million years in one form or another, and cleanliness and purity was rarely an option.
It is my belief that when we challenge the body we make it stronger, whilst when we overprotect it we may make it weaker. As an example; fitness training, going to the gym, running, cycling and sports in general challenge the body and make it stronger. Unfortunately as helpful as these activities are, they do not necessarily support the immune system. So are our immune systems being overprotected, why are we becoming less able to avoid reacting to substances which trigger allergies? Could it be modern influences, such as EMFs, electromagnetic forces emitted by mobile phones, routers, microwave ovens, or forms of medication such as antibiotics, or even vaccinations which are designed to have a direct effect on the immune system? They are all possibilities, of course.
On the other hand Chirokinetic Therapy (CKT) works by establishing the “prime cause” which creates an unfavourable pattern, making an allergic response more likely. Once corrected, a favourable pattern forms, so that allergies can no longer be triggered, no matter what the previous substance or substances may have been.
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