Keep in mind this is not medical advice, just what I have found true
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
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.
The Coldbody Page for more on body temperature and metabolism
- 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.)
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.
- If you maintain the proper reduced state of
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.
Why do you have food allergies? Gut permiability problems are very common
in people with
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
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