Allergies are more widespread than many people realize – including physicians – They can cause far more serious health problems, both physical and mental, than is commonly believed.
What might surprise you is that your restless sleep or your spouse’s digestive problems may stem from allergies too. Research confirms that allergies manifest as common ailments including headaches, depression, gas, bloating… and can occur at just about anytime, in just about anybody.
Defining Food Allergens: the immune system reacts by releasing cells called antibodies. Foods that cause antibodies to be released are called allergens. Two types of antibodies commonly produced in response to foods are IgG (immunoglobulin G) and IgE (immunoglobulin E).
When we speak of food allergies, most people think in terms of IgE reactions. IgE reactions are rapid reactions that occur within minutes of consumption and can cause life-threatening allergies (e.g. peanut allergies). Skin eruptions (hives, eczema), breathing and digestive problems can also be associated with IgE reactions. After first time exposure at an allergen, the body remembers what the allergen looks like and has IgE ready for instant release if it sees the allergen again. Because they appear right after a food allergen is eaten, IgE allergies can often be detected by carefully observing reactions to foods.
While IgE reactions happen in just minutes, IgG reactions take hours or days to develop. This makes it almost impossible to discover which foods are causing the problem without testing. In an IgG reaction the IgG antibodies attach themselves to the allergen and create an antibody-allergen complex. These complexes are normally removed by special cells called macrophages. However, if they are present in large numbers and the allergen is still being consumed, the macrophages can’t keep up. The allergen-antibody complexes accumulate and are deposited in body tissues. Once in tissue, these complexes release inflammation causing chemicals that may contribute to disease.
Conditions associated with IgG food reactions
Antibody-allergen complexes in tissue cause inflammation, which causes fluid retention and weight gain. To fight inflammation, the body releases a chemical called ghrelin, which also happens to be an appetite stimulant. Thus, IgG food reactions can cause weight gain in two ways: Fluid retention and increased appetite.
Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been linked to IgG food allergies. Studies have shown that elimination of foods producing and IgG reaction can alleviate IBS symptoms.
Mood/attention deficit disorders:
Deposition of antibody-allergen complexes in nervous system tissues may contribute to hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate and other mood disorders. There is some evidence that eliminating IgG food allergens improves attentiveness in children.
Antibody-allergen complexes can be deposited in any tissue and cause symptoms over time. For example, complexes deposited in lung tissue can cause asthma or other respiratory problems; in skin tissue, eczema may result; in blood vessels, hypertension may emerge; in joints, joint pain could occur; and so on, depending on the tissue involved.
Dr. Dickson identifies allergens and/or sensitivities are using IgG blood markers through outside lab testing. However, applied kinesiology is also used, a safe technique that is able to detect allergies/sensitivities on the spot.
Allergy treatments are non-invasive and painless. After only one treatment, the body will no longer see the allergen or intolerance as a threat when exposed to it, therefore desists in producing any adverse reaction.
How soon will I notice results?
Most patients find immediate results after the first visit, while others require several visits to detect and remove all suspect causes, particularly if an individual has many intolerances.
This is the case for both food and environmental allergies.
How long will my symptoms remain clear?
Approximately 80% of intolerances are cleared in the first session, depending on the stress level of the patient, strength of the immune system, and the patients level of hydration. Once the intolerance is removed, it is removed without requiring yearly visits.