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ALLERGIES: DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS AND BIOLOGICAL TREATMENTS

In my opinion, most allergies are the result of feeding babies such foods as cereals, meat, whole cow’s milk, etc., before they reach the age of 10-12 months. Before that age, babies lack proper enzymes needed for the digestion of these foods, which causes allergic reactions. Babies raised on mother’s milk alone (provided mother is healthy) until the age of at least 8 months, most likely will not develop allergies later in life, unless subjected to severe malnutrition or an extremely toxic environment.
Another common cause of allergies is today’s processed foods loaded with thousands of chemical additives, many of which are powerful causes of allergy. Those who have allergic sensitivities should avoid all foods that might possibly contain chemical additives or residues, and eat only organically produced foods free from man-made chemicals.

Dietary considerations
The Airola Diet with emphasis on whole grains, seeds and nuts and raw fruits and vegetables, all organically grown. Avoid milk (or ice-cream) and wheat, if patient is allergic to them. Yogurt and other soured milks are usually well tolerated. Goat’s milk is also well tolerated. Those suffering from allergies are usually deficient in manganese. The diet should include an abundance of manganese-rich foods: buckwheat, nuts, beans, peas, blueberries.
The most common allergens (according to Dr. Coca) are: eggs, wheat, white potato, milk, and oranges, in this order of frequency. To determine foods to which the patient is allergic, we advise using Dr. Coca’s “Pulse Test”.

Biological treatments
Fasting is an excellent way to remedy allergies. Repeated short juice fasts will eventually result in better tolerance of previous allergens.
After the juice fasting, the patient can try a mono diet: only one food – vegetable or fruit – such as watermelon, carrots, grapes, or apples, should be consumed for one week. After that, one more food is added to the diet. One week later, the third food is added, and so on. After four weeks, the protein foods can be introduced, one at a time. As soon as the patient notices an allergic reaction to a newly-added food, it should be discontinued and a new food tried. This way all real allergens can be eventually eliminated from the diet.
Note: If the patient is using antihistamine drugs regularly, they should not be withdrawn abruptly, even during fasting, but discontinued gradually, replacing them with vitamin С in large doses (which acts as a natural antihistamine), up to 3,000 mg. daily.

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FOOD ALLERGIES

The term food allergy has been used to describe an adverse reaction to a particular food. It is thought that all allergies involve an immune system response. For some people this response is almost immediate. Common foods that are linked to this type of allergy are shellfish, strawberries and, even more severe, peanuts. The person may develop a rash, get diarrhea or constipation or in extreme cases severe shock (anaphylaxis).
Masked food allergies, however, have a much more delayed response and the effects can be quite deceptive but may cause a number of symptoms such as weight gain, bloating, water retention, stomach disorders, aching joints, fatigue, stuffy nose, skin problems, asthma, hyperactivity and migraine headaches. If you are allergic to a particular food, it is likely that you will crave it and eat it frequently. The food becomes mildly addictive. You may find it hard to believe you are reacting to it.
How can you track down a food allergy? There are two ways to do this: have a blood test or follow a hypo-allergenic diet.

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ВЕДУЩИЕ ПИЩЕВЫЕ АЛЛЕРГЕНЫ

ВЕДУЩИЕ ПИЩЕВЫЕ АЛЛЕРГЕНЫ
Коровье молоко и его белки: казеин, лактальбумин, лактоглобулин.
Наиболее часто у людей наблюдается сенсибилизация к лактальбуминовой фракции, реже – к лактоглобулиновой и редко – к казеиновой фракции молока. При термической обработке разрушается лактальбуминовая фракция, поэтому кипяченое молоко менее аллергенно. У больных с клиническими проявлениями аллергии к молоку чаще выявляется повышенная чувствительность к лактоглобулиновой фракции.

Куриные яйца
Являются одним из ведущих пищевых аллергенов. Чаще встречаются реакции на белок куриного яйца. Аллергенным является и желток яйца. Термическая обработка (варка) яйца уменьшает аллергенные свойства, но не уничтожает их полностью. При аллергии к куриному яйцу обычно развиваются аллергические реакции и на другие виды яиц (утиные, гусиные и др.).

Рыба
Морская и речная рыба, а также рыбные продукты являются распространенными аллергенами. Обычно сенсибилизация к морской рыбе сочетается с сенсибилизацией к речной рыбе, икре, ракам, крабам, креветкам и продуктам из них (селедочное масло, креветочное масло, салат с крабами). Термическая обработка мало влияет на аллергию к рыбе. Нередки аллергические реакции даже на контакт с рыбой или с предметами, которые соприкасались с рыбой, и даже на ее запах (например, при ее жарении). Возможна перекрестная сенсибилизация к корму для рыбок (дафниям).

Зерновые продукты
Нередко встречается аллергия к пшенице, ржи, реже к другим злакам. Сенсибилизация к пшенице, ржи может сочетаться с аллергией к пыльце растений, что приводит к утяжелению симптомов пыльцевой аллергии и к тому, что они не ограничиваются только сезоном цветения.

Фрукты, овощи
Наиболее часто встречается аллергия к цитрусовым (апельсины, мандарины, лимоны). Чаще вызывают аллергию те овощи, которые имеют желтую и красно-розовую окраску (помидоры, морковь). Выраженными аллергенными свойствами обладают клубника, земляника.

Часто причиной пищевой аллергии являются грибы и орехи.
К распространенным пищевым аллергенам относятся мед, шоколад, кофе, какао.

 

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LOCALIZED WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS OF ALLERGIES AND ADDICTIONS

The first stage of negative reaction, minus-one, includes all of the localized withdrawal symptoms. In other words, these are physical problems which only occur in one distinct part or organ of the body. There are six major kinds of localized reactions:

1. Upper Respiratory Symptoms. These include inflammation of the nasal membranes (rhinitis), sinus problems, conjunctivitis and other eye or ear diseases, and problems associated with these, such as coughing, frequent clearing of the throat, raising of excessive phlegm, postnasal drip, and nasal obstruction. Other eye problems include an abnormal sensitivity to light (photophobia), blurring or dimness of vision, and excessive crying or itchiness around the eyes. Ear problems may include discharge from the ear, earache, deafness (especially of the intermittent kind), and inner or middle ear problems, such as vertigo, dizziness, lightheadedness, giddiness, or floating sensations.

Intense itching of the nose, palate, eyes, and ears, as well as profuse mucus production from the nose, eyes, throat, and sinuses, is often the result of some specific food allergy. Itching of the eyes, on the other hand, more frequently indicates susceptibility to particles in the air, especially pollen. Nasal polyps are often the result of drug sensitivity, especially, it seems, to aspirin.

2.    Lower Respiratory Symptoms. The lower respiratory system includes

the vocal cords (larynx), the bronchial tubes, and the lungs. Vocal cord symptoms

range from hoarseness to periodic voice loss. Coughing and bronchitis often

occur and can be either seasonal or year-round, constant or intermittent, mild

or severe.

Some respiratory symptoms can be the forerunners of bronchial asthma. One of these is a form of difficult breathing called “sighing dyspnea” in which the patient experiences difficulty or distress in breathing, frequently accompanied by sighing-type noises. This condition often is regarded as the sign of a neurotic or nervous person. However, it also characterizes the patient with chemical or food allergy and can be the prelude to asthma.

The most common causes of hoarseness and loss of voice are reactions to specific foods. Tobacco smoke, however, is a very common cause of persistent coughing in patients who do not have asthma. Even nonsmokers can be affected in this way if subjected to someone else’s smoke. Bronchial asthma may also be caused by exposure to inhaled particles, chemicals, animal danders, or drugs.

3.    Dermatologic (Skin) Reactions. This category includes such problems as eczema, itching, and hives. Many cases of eczema are caused by environmental exposures and most are characterized by itchiness. Exceptions are some cases of acne, psoriasis, and certain rare skin diseases which may or may not respond to ecologic management.

The most common sites for skin problems caused by food allergy are the neck, ears, and, in general, the folds of the body. Reactions to ointments are a common source of skin problems, which is ironic, since many ointments which are used to treat skin problems actually induce contact-type reactions.

Hives, or wheals, are commonly caused by drugs, and somewhat less frequently by specific foods. This type of reaction to drugs, such as penicillin, is of course common and well known. Less well known are similar reactions to chemical or biological drugs, which can be caused by both the active ingredient in the drug and by dyes, chemical preservatives, or other constituents.

4.    Gastrointestinal Problems. Such illnesses include problems of the stomach or gut, such as diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, abdominal distress, nausea, vomiting, ulcerative colitis, and regional ileitis. In fact, any chronic or intermittent stomach or intestinal problem of unknown origin may have its basis in the environment, particularly in the foods one eats.

Peptic ulcers, which kill almost 6,000 Americans a year, can be either caused or perpetuated by responses to particular foods. There is no universal diet that can be given as a mass prescription for this problem: the proper diet for the individual depends on his particular response to foods. For example, milk, which has often been given as a treatment for ulcers, frequently turns out to be a cause of such reactions.

Specific food responses may also mimic gallbladder disease, appendicitis, and even intestinal obstruction. Colitis and ileitis are most often caused by food allergies. It is tragic to remove parts of the digestive system by surgery before food allergy has been ruled out in each and every case.

Genitourinary System Symptoms. These symptoms include urgency or frequency of urination, proneness to urinary tract infections, and some prostate trouble. The most common cause of such problems is foods. Specific foods can also cause an excessive discharge from the female organs, in cases where infection is not involved. (As a side note, the presence of infection does not rule out the parallel problem of allergy. The two problems can and do occur together, since allergic irritation can prepare the ground for a subsequent infection by microorganisms.)

Cardiovascular System Symptoms. The cardiovascular system includes the heart and the circulatory system. The principal problems encountered include edema (swelling), arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats), and hypertension. Swelling and water retention, especially when it is generalized through the body, tend to have an allergic basis. Some local swelling can also occur: For example, edema around the eyelids is fairly common, resulting in the characteristic “allergic shiners” and a lacklustre appearance of the eyes.

High blood pressure (hypertension) and cardiac irregularities have long been associated with reactions to specific foods. Less commonly, they are caused by environmental chemicals and drugs. The cardiovascular effects, although localized to one anatomical system, take place through the body. They thus serve as a kind of bridge between localized and systemic reactions, which we shall consider next.

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THE BASIC CONCEPTS OF ALLERGIES: PESTICIDES

Prominent among the sources of indoor air pollution are the pesticides. These are toxic agents which people introduce into their homes, offices, and neighborhoods for the control of insects or rodents. Since World War Two, there has been an explosive increase in the use of these agents. The foundations of houses are now routinely treated with a powerful insecticide to deter termites. Many persons contract with exterminators for the periodic treatment of their homes. Apartment-dwellers are encouraged, or pressured, by landlords to permit extermination to be done on a periodic basis. External mosquito-abatement programs are carried out in many communities, and rural areas are saturated with farm and forest pesticide programs. To a greater degree than almost anyone realizes, a kind of pesticide fog now hangs over the United States and some of the other industrialized countries.

Yet many people are highly susceptible to these agents. Pesticides are among the leading health dangers for those with the chemical problem. In some cases, exposure to pesticides may trigger acute episodes of distress. Ellen Sanders almost died from a particularly heavy exposure (Chap. 3). Other patients trace the onset of their worst symptoms to massive contact with pesticide spray.

More commonly, undetected, long-term health problems are brought on by daily exposure to spray. Unexplained chronic illnesses develop as a reaction to spray, possibly in combination with other chemical or food susceptibility. A woman with arthritis, for example, will rarely associate her joint pain with the brightly colored fly-killing pest strip hanging in her kitchen. Much less will anyone connect a general feeling of malaise and fatigue with the exterminator who comes knocking once a month.

Once pesticides are applied in the home, it is extremely difficult to remove them. Even minute amounts of residues can perpetuate symptoms. When my special facility, the Ecology Unit, was first set up, in the ward of a hospital, for the diagnosis and treatment of environmental disease, it was found that we could not clear some patients of their symptoms. The difficulty was ultimately traced to the fact that this ward, along with the rest of the hospital, had previously been sprayed with pesticides. The only solution was to rip up the floors and baseboards and replace them with unsprayed materials. In some extreme instances, patients have had to sell their homes and move, after their dwellings had been carelessly treated with pesticides.

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CLASSICAL ALLERGIC DISEASES: ATOPIC ECZEMA

Eczema is a term that is often used rather loosely for a variety of skin conditions. Strictly speaking it means a red, itchy ‘rash’, which tends to flake and then ooze or ‘weep’ as it progresses. The disease is far more common in children, who usually compound the damage by constant scratching. Bacteria may infect the oozing skin and matce matters still worse, while prolonged scratching will cause bleeding.

In adults, oozing does not generally occur, and the skin tends to become thickened instead. Some doctors feel that these symptoms should not be described as eczema, although they are undoubtedly the counterpart of childhood eczema. They therefore use the term atopic dermatitis as a general description of both types of disease. In this book we will use eczema for both children and adults, since this is the most widely understood term.

There are several different kinds of eczema, but what concerns us here is the variety known as atopic eczema, which is seen mainly in atopic individuals. What distinguishes it from other forms of eczema is the pattern of distribution over the body. The red itchy patches usually start on the face, particularly on convex areas such as the cheeks and chin. In time the skin on the face heals and for some children this will be the end of their eczema. But for others the rash appears on the body, eventually settling in the folds of skin at the buttocks, knees, ankles, elbows and wrists. In severely affected cases, the rash may cover the whole body.

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SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS: VITAMIN A OVERDOSE

It is true that excessive amounts of the fat soluble vitamins A and D can cause toxicity in the body but very large amounts must be ingested before any damage is done. Vitamin A toxicity could result from a daily intake of 150 000 iu every day for one or more months, but Formula Six contains only beta Carotene which the body converts to vitamin A. Nature also employs a simple method of warning that toxic levels of vitamin A arc approaching with symptoms of morning sickness and loss of appetite. When the morning sickness symptoms have abated and the appetite and taste for foods containing vitamin A have returned the levels of vitamin A in the body have dropped right down and the toxic slate no longer exists. It would be impossible to eat enough food to provide 150 000 in unless you were eating whale or seal liver each day or you were making a concerted effort to gulp down fifteen 10 000 iu tablets of vitamin A. Both vehicles of vitamin A overdose would prove to be very expensive and chances are you would never persist with the exercise.

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SCIENTIFIC EXPLANATIONS: DRUG MEDICATION

Drugs can also be responsible for metabolic imbalances by creating vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Fluid tablets cause potassium to be lost from the body in urine. Antacids prevent the absorption of vitamins A and B complex. Antibiotics cause vitamin K, iron, calcium and magnesium deficiencies. The contraceptive pill gobbles up vitamins B12, B6, C, folic acid and the mineral zinc. As we already know the effects of deficiencies in these nutrients are detrimental to our bodies. Without adequate vitamin and mineral supplementation the pill can contribute significantly to metabolic weight gain, via fluid retention.

The bad news is that white bread, white flour, sugar, or any foods which contain these items, create metabolic imbalances and weight gain. The good news is that they need not do so. If you select 95 per cent of your foods from the Metabolism-Balancing Program and only 5 per cent from refined forms, while remaining on a complete vitamin and mineral formula, the effects of the junk food will be negligible. All foreign chemicals, be they drugs or food flavourings, preservatives, colourings or chemical pollutants of air and water, will try to interfere with the normally occurring chemical reactions in cells. Whenever they succeed in getting involved in these chemical reactions they alter their outcome and so disrupt the metabolism.

The Metabolism-Balancing Program has a minimum of foreign chemicals in it. The supplementary vitamins and minerals that form an integral part of the program help prevent foreign chemical intervention by latching onto (chelating) and neutralising these chemicals before they get involved.

These days we need enough vitamins and minerals left after the cells, needs have been fulfilled to protect us against foreign chemical invasion. For example, extra zinc neutralises the cadmium released from motor vehicle tyres driven along the road; vitamin C neutralises the pesticide DDT and calcium neutralises the lead from car exhaust fumes.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: ABOUT DIETING

Q. I don’t want to go on a diet, I’m thin enough.

A. Not all diets are weight-loss diets. The programs in this book are health-promoting programs. By optimising your health they automatically optimise your body weight and shape. If you are overweight, they bring your body weight down to normal, if you are under-weight, they will build your body weight up. If you are already at optimum weight, they leave you there, that is, providing you follow them properly.

Q. I’ve been dieting for some time. The Metabolism-Balancing Program includes more food than I’ve been having. I’ll freak if I put on weight.

A. If you need less food than is on these programs to hold yourself at your optimum weight, you are malnourished. Malnutrition produces metabolic imbalances which, in turn, cause fluid retention which manifests as weight increase. Fluid retention worsens over time if the metabolism isn’t balanced. While the metabolism is balancing itself, your weight will fluctuate up and down a bit. This is normal so don’t be concerned. When the metabolism has fully balanced, your weight will normalise, this should take only three to six weeks. Don’t get on the scales during this time.

We are what we think. If you focus on over-weight and get emotional (depressed) about it, over-weight is what you will get. If you put the scales away and focus on getting healthy and get emotional (excited) about it, optimum health is what you will get. Optimum body weight and shape is a spin-off of optimum health. To help ease your worries about putting on weight with these programs, don’t eat any nuts, limit your bread intake to two slices per day (eaten in the middle of the day) and don’t eat deep fried foods. Include nuts when your weight has normalised. If your weight doesn’t normalise on the Metabolism-Balancing Program you are retaining fluid because of Candida and/or allergies. The weight will normalise when they’re treated.

Q. I haven’t lost the weight I expected to on the Anti-Candida Program. Why haven’t I lost weight?

A. Reduce the size of your meals by 40 per cent. Over-size meals is the main reason body weight doesn’t normalise on these programs. Cut out nuts and deep fried foods until your weight normalises.

Q. If Formula Six is a concentrated food will I put on weight if I take them regularly? Do they contain many calories?

A. The calorie content of Formula Six is minuscule. It helps you lose weight by helping to raise your metabolic rate. It will never put weight on.

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THE ANTI- CANDIDA PROGRAM: BREAKFAST

As with the Metabolism-Balancing Program you can mix and match your breakfast options on this program. Amend these options to keep high and moderate amine and salicylate foods out for the first four weeks.

OPTION 1

Untoasted whole meal bread (one to three slices) made from wheat, rice, soy, millet, buckwheat or arrowroot Hour, depending on what allergies, if any, you have. Have a thin spread of butter (if you are not allergic to milk and have normal cholesterol levels) on your bread, though it is preferable to use cold pressed oil (olive oil is best unless you have a known salicylate sensitivity). Brush the oil on the bread.

Egg may be had on the bread if you are not allergic: to it and your cholesterol levels are normal. Tahini, almond, cashew or hazelnut paste of butter may be used, but no peanut butter. Peanuts grow in the soil and have mould growing on them. Canned tuna, sardine or salmon (done in brine [salt and water] only—not oil) may also be eaten. Tomato and onion may be added for flavour. Candida Killer sandwich filling may be used on the bread if desired. Consult the amine and salicylate lists at the back of the book. I have only cashew butter and soya oil for the first four weeks. After the first four weeks you may toast the bread.

OPTION 2

Any of the toppings from Option 1 on two to four brown rice cake/ wafers (the big round ones from the health store) instead of the unleavened bread or unleavened bread toast. Candida Killer sandwich filling may be used on top if desired, but only after the first four weeks, when high amines and salicylates are allowed on the program.

OPTION 3

A bowl (as big as you like) of puffed brown rice (rice bubbles) from the health store with either freshly juiced carrot juice or soya milk over the top. This tastes great with nuts and seeds added. Be careful with soymilk though. The palatable ones tend to be thickened and sweetened with malt, maltose, maltodextrose and other sugar derivatives. Check with the manufacturer, and if it contains any ingredient that ends in -os, -ose, -one, ona or -ol it’s sugared—don’t have it. Wheat bran may be added. No carrot juice and only cashew nuts for the first four weeks.

OPTION 4

A bowl of cooked millet, buckwheat or brown rice with butter melted over it (if you are not allergic to milk), though preferably cold pressed vegetable oil. Olive oil is best. Wheat bran may be added. Use soya oil until the inclusion of amines and salicylates is permitted.

OPTION 5

Raw nuts, such as almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, sunflower or sesame seeds (no peanuts—they have mould on them). Have as much as you feel you need without overdoing it. Don’t have less than 60 g (2 oz). Cashews only for the first four weeks.

OPTION 6

A fresh fruit salad (no dried fruit and not from a fast food outlet), using any variety of fresh fruit except grapes, bananas and melons (all melons). You may have any of the nuts and seeds mentioned in Option 5 over the top—60 g (2 oz). Puffed brown rice bubbles may also be put over the top. A dressing of cold pressed oil and lemon juice may be used. Apricot kernel oil goes well with fruit salad, as do sunflower, sesame and safflower oils. Wheat bran may be added. Don’t have fruit for lunch if you had it for breakfast. You may only have pears (peeled), golden delicious apples (peeled), pomegranate and cashews for the first four weeks.

OPTION 7

Stewed fresh fruit. Nuts, seeds and brown puffed rice may be added. No dried fruit. Wheat bran may be added. Remember: Some time during this twelve week program you have to be off all fruit for four weeks and all milk for six weeks. It’s preferable to go off them simultaneously, though not imperative. You may go off each one at separate times.

OPTION 8

Savoury mince (non-amine/salicylate version for first four weeks) on toast or bread or as a filling in a homemade pie or pancake or over noodles, brown rice or kasha. No toast for first four weeks.

OPTION 9

Three or four whole fresh fruits and 60-90 g (2 -3 oz) of nuts and seeds, any variety according to any allergies that may exist. No melons, grapes or bananas. You can’t have this option during your four weeks off fruit.

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