Allergies….. the Curse of Modern Living?
Are allergies keeping you sick?
Firstly let me ask you a
few questions. Do you feel 100 percent well? Do you suffer from a lack of energy? Can't get rid of headaches,
digestive problem, sinus, asthma, hayfever? Or do you have a child with so called ADHD related problems? The list
of symptoms, which could be related to allergies, is long. What many people might not know is that, known or
unknown allergies can be part of just about any health problem we are faced with.
When I speak of
allergies I use the term allergy in a general way including not only genuine immunological reactions, but
also food intolerances and chemical sensitivities.
are all around us, it could be the food we eat, the chemicals we use or the environment, we come in contact
with every day. At times it is almost impossible to find out exactly what is causing a problem. Reactions
might not present themselves immediately and therefore we can not pinpoint the
What went wrong? Why do we become allergic to certain chemicals, the environment or even the food
we eat? Aren’t all foods supposed to be nourishing and support our health and
In the past this might have been
true, however, today we are often overfed and undernourished.
Go to a supermarket, walk
down the aisles and have a look at the many shelves of foods available. Many tease our taste buds, rather than improve our health. We have to take responsibility
for our own health and wellbeing. We need to act and inform ourselves and learn to listen to our
bodies. We must stop relying
on an ever increasing range of medical weapons which are becoming more hazardous to use.
What about stress? Most of
us experience stress in our daily life. Stress causes havoc to the health of our body in general and certainly
increases the risk of allergies. On the other hand allergies in itself are a cause of stress and will weaken the
This can lead to many
health problems, as the immune system is being compromised. When it comes to maintaining good health the immune
system is our most precious asset. It protects our
body against many of the world’s most widespread and deadliest diseases.
Allergies are a sign that the body and the immune system are under
A healthy resilient body and immune system is more able to fight back. Then again, if your immune
system is weakened by illness, poor diet, lifestyle or repeated allergic reactions it will struggle and eventually
lose the battle and the equilibrium is compromised.
inflammatory reactions and releasing inflammatory mediators such as histamine and many others into the blood
stream. Inflammation can happen anywhere in the body. Even a healthy body will eventually weaken by the constant
presence of inflammation. The allergen needs to be removed and the inflammation brought under control otherwise
unrelated health problems can manifest anywhere in the body. Removing the allergen is the first step in reducing
I believe treating the underlying allergy is always the first step to better health and
Other questions I have often been asked, are; can we
inherit a gene that makes us more prone to become allergic? Is there an allergy promoting gene? Is
it true that allergies can run in the family, but not all family members will develop allergies. We do not
exactly know why this is so.
increase allergies? It has been found that IgE levels were higher in obese children than in normal weight
information can be found in my E-Book “How to be Allergy Free”
by Barbara Bourke (Adv.Dip of Nutrition) - 17.9.2009