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The following appeared on an allergy mailing list:
I do know that steroids treat symptoms, not underlying causes. Therefore, the treatment will be much like taking an aspirin for chronic ... [they] do nothing to halt the progress of any disease. They only treat (and mask) symptoms, and long-term use of steroids can create its own problems.
I have several allergy processes that have been bothering me over the past fifteen years, I guess. Part of it is multiple chemical sensitivities caused by exposure to urea-formaldehyde insulation, and part food allergies. I have found several things that help A LOT! There is also more information via e-mail as noted in the end.

Keep in mind this is not medical advice, just what I have found true for myself.

Your Three F Diary

The MOST important thing, is to keep a diary of what you eat, what you do, how you feel, and how your abilities are affected. That is called the Foods, Feelings and Faculties Diary.

Looking back through your diary will often help you realize what factors affect your allergy problem. This way you can run the experiments you need to do to see how to get better. That's one of the first things a good allergist suggests; and one of the things a typical doctor discourages. As Dr. Cathcart repeatedly tells his patients, "Listen to your body" and it will tell you a lot! YOU have to find out what YOU are allergic to!

Foods: What are you eating at this meal? How was it prepared? (You didn't use that teflon frying pan, did you?)

Feelings: How have you felt since your last meal? Are you cheerful, tired, depressed? Do you care about yourself? Are you angry or calm? Whether or not you think they are caused by foods or people, make a note of them. Later on, you may find that you often get angry after eating one thing, calm after eating another.

Faculties: How is your performance? Did you get winded? If you have a peak flow meter, check that and log your results. Were you confused, had brain fog? Note all those things oyu noticed about your perfomance in the real world, and on little tests you may set up for yourself.

Temperature: Sometimes, a part of our performance is related to temperature. It's not a bad idea to take it every once in a while, say before each meal one or two days a week. See The Coldbody Page for more on body temperature and metabolism problems

Dietary rotation

It's simple in principle: Don't eat related foods but once every four to seven days. For example, if you drink milk, don't drink milk, eat cheese, or any other dairy or beef products for the next three days. (Some would say cut out milk altogether, but yogurt, in rotation, is often good.) The same applies to all food families. Wheat, rice, oats are one family. Cabbages, rutabagas, turnips, diacon, and radishes are examples of another food family. Carrots, parsley, parsnips, etc. are a third. A more complete rotation list is at: Food Rotation List You can print it out, glue it on 3x5 cards, and rotate the cards through a stack to help you rotate your foods.

Yes, it does get a bit problematic, but I've been doing it for ten years, and it's been worth it for me. I am in better shape now than the people who have not rotated their diets. And with proper rotation, it _may_ be possible to eat many of the foods you have been allergic to... Though that works better for those foods with lower carbohydrates...

You can also test for allergies using Self Kinesiology. It is not guarenteed, but can be a valuable warning indicator.

Vitamin C

If you maintain the proper reduced state of your blood, the antibodies will remain closed, unprimed, till they are truly needed, and hence far less likely to react with your own tissues under normal circumstances. See Dr. Cathcart's article Unprimed.

Since vitamin C is a diuretic, adequate mineral supplementation, particularly copper and molybdenum, is a good idea. (Links to that as well.) For the vitamin C articles, check out his web site: Dr. Cathcart's Vit. C articles and the article here on Immune System Function and Malfunction in Allergy

Here's the Biochemistry of Epinephrin. (What is in Epi-Pens)

    phenylalanine --> dopamine
                      dopamine + vitamin C --> epinephrin

Of course, that is not all that vitamin C does. It also regulates antibidy activation, helps mop up the adrenochromes formed as the body uses up the epinephrin, is a feedstock for collagen formation, and many other things. Tyrosine is one of the feedstocks for phenylalinine, and methionine is also peripheraly involved.

This reaction takes place in the brain and in the adrenal glands. If one runs low of dopamine in the brain, one gets Parkinson's like symptoms: reduced movement, muscular weakness, "cogging" or "racheting" like tendencies in the muscles. If vitamin C runs out first in the brain, it may give one a "wired" feeling. If it happens often, an article in Scientific American (1996?) suggests that there may be free radical damage predisposing one towards Parkinsonism in later life.

If one runs out of either in the adrenal glands, one essentially ends up with adrenal collapse. That's one of the reasons they use epi-pens.

Gut Permeability

Why do you have food allergies? Gut permiability problems are very common in people with arthritic and other allergy symptoms. It's called leaky gut syndrome, and one of the prime causes is Candida Albecans, a yeast. In a healthy individual, about 60% (or so I hear,) of the immune system function is directed to cleaning up large incompletely digested molecules that leak through the gut due to various problems. You don't have to have an ulcer to run into this problem.

Best book on that is "The Yeast Syndrome", by Trowbridge and Walker. (Bantam Books) It's got the best dietary rotation plan and such that I've run across. "The Yeast Connection" is also good, get the latest edition; it's revised often. Dr. Cathcart is mentioned in those and more books, and there is a bibliography and a list or additional reading materials at his site.

The Arthritis FUND, also known as The Rheumatoid Disease Foundation, has a site with some information on yeast problems as well as general degenerative diseases, lists of physicians in many countries across the world, and a list of treatments in addition to the articles and pointers to other sites.

Other probable causes of gut permeability problems include intestinal parasites, the best book on that is "Guess What Came for Dinner" by Gittleman. You don't have to go to a third world country to catch them! Sushi, pets, unclean food workers, (you know, just about anyone who handles money and food...) improper water treatment, and other factors that are rather common can expose you to this problem. It's particularly common in the mountains, but you can get parasites eating in New York City (or any other major city,) just as easily!

Great Smokies Diagnostic Labs also has some application notes on gut permeability testing, mostly intended for physicians, but readable by the layman. 800-522-4762 or in Canada, 800-833-5524

Last, some say faith is helpful. Well... I believe in being Active about trying to solve your problems rather than relying on prayer (or whatever,) alone. But... we do have a list of over 400 references to religions from Athena, to Zoroastra at There are people who say that spending an hour in prayer or meditation helps them. I dunno... I either fall asleep or find something more interesting to do after a few minutes of meditation. (And I really do find those naps productive.) But that said, I do feel that I have a very good relationship with Our Mutual Creatorial Agency.

If you are interested in the immune system and the mind, there is a book "Mega Brain Power" by Hutchinson, which is a compilation of information on many meditation technologies and commercial meditation gadgets. The cheapest thing, though, would be to set a metronome or water faucet to about 6 - 8 clicks or drops per second, and let it go in the background. This helps boost the quantity of Theta band brain waves, which are reputed to help relax and rejuvinate the body according to Hutchinson.

(Tape record the water faucet to save on water. It does not have to sound like Chinese Water Torture. You can get all kinds of interesting sounds by varying the shape and amount of water in the container the drops fall into.)

I might point to other sites for some of these devices, but one beginning with Z spammed the net a number of times. Given what one can do with a water faucet, used metronome, some common electronics test equipment, or using a few simple parts from Radio Shack, most of these gadgets are way overpriced, at least in my opinion.


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