Understanding Allergies and Sensitivities
Allergies and sensitivities are caused by an inappropriate reaction to harmless substances. The word "allergy" comes from the Greek allos, meaning "other". It was first used in 1906 to refer to an "altered reaction" in the body's immune system.
A "true allergy" is a reaction triggered by the immune system, however, there are a vast number of symptoms or conditions caused by sensitivities that may or may not involve the immune system. With reactions involving food, a large percentage of the population believes they have allergies, yet fewer than 2% actually have true allergies. In fact, many suffer from undiagnosed food sensitivities or intolerances. The majority of patients who seek the AAT treatment do not have true allergies; their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities with no immune involvement. Since there are few options for the treatment of sensitivities, other than avoidance, AAT provides a highly effective alternative. Symptoms caused by true allergies, however, also respond well to the treatment as the organs systems involved in the reaction are also addressed.
The use of the word "allergy" has become a generic term used by the public to describe allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.
Allergy Symptoms Treated
A sensitivity or inappropriate reaction may cause symptoms from any organ system in the body. Some systems are prone to reacting to certain families of allergies or substances, such as the respiratory system reacting to pollen. However, a substance may affect any organ system, which could cause a multitude of symptoms varying from case to case. For example, a reaction to wheat may cause hives in one person, digestive issues in another, fatigue, wheezing or Acid Reflux all in different patients. AAT addresses the specific organ systems affected by the allergen or offending substance.
Symptoms include reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Primarily caused by reactions to food or other ingestants.
Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughs, postnasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itchy, watery eyes. Reactions may be associated with pollens, dust, food, chemicals and animals (including dog and cat dander and bird feathers), air-borne substances and contactants.
Symptoms may include red, itchy, or scaly skin rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery patches or hives. The main cause of dermatological reactions can be a reaction to food but can also be caused by plants, contactants and chemicals.
HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
Maybe caused by reactions to food such as chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollens and chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes and vehicle fumes.
TIREDNESS AND FATIGUE
Many reactions result in lethargy and feelings of fatigue. Tiredness can also occur at certain times of the day, such as in the afternoon after eating.
Symptoms may affect multiple systems in the body, resulting in headaches, irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, fatigue, tachycardia, or inflammation.
- Chemicals - household cleaners, perfumes, building materials, washing detergent, pesticides.
- Household sensitivities can include carpet fibers and paint.
- Occupational sensitivities such as latex or building materials.
- Animals – dogs, cats, birds, rabbits.
- Sunlight, heat, cold and humidity/dampness.
Symptoms associated with an allergy or sensitivity can contribute to common conditions such as: asthma, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However not all cases involve allergies or sensitivities.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is primarily caused by sensitivities and affects approximately 15% of the population. Common symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, bloating and abdominal pain.
Skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and hives are commonly associated with the symptoms of an allergy or sensitivity.
Please be advised:
AAT cannot guarantee any results. While AAT may be highly effective in the relief of many symptoms associated with allergies or sensitivities, some cases do not respond.
AAT does not treat cases of anaphylaxis or life-threatening symptoms. Strict avoidance is always advised.
Common allergens or offending agents are categorized in the following groups:
AAT can treat any substance or stimulus that causes a negative reaction, including:
- Red and White Wine, Beer
- Chemicals, Latex
- Food Components
- Airborne Irritants
- Herbal Remedies
- Dust, Dust Mites
- Nutritional Supplements
- Seasonal Allergies
- Animal Dander
- Woods, Metals
- Fabrics, Upholstery, Plastics
- Stinging Insects
- Coffee and Chocolate
- Detergents, Softeners
- Barometric Pressure
At East Bay Wellness we do NOT treat anaphylaxis cases.