An allergy can be viewed an adverse immune system reaction to an undigested food or to an environmental substance that canít be neutralized (detoxified) by the lymphatic system. Basically, it doesn't matter whether you eat it, breathe it, or absorb it transdermally (through the skin)--enzymes are required to digest whatever is taken into the body. From this point of view, inflammatory conditions, including food and environmental allergies, arise from enzyme deficiencies from eating enzyme deficient foods or from dietary excesses of certain foods.
Most people think that taking vitamin and mineral supplements will make up for deficiencies in their diets--but this is a common fallacy. The fact is, without enzymes, nothing works in the body and taking vitamins and minerals are a waste of money. When vitamin and mineral deficiencies do occur, it is in a relatively short period of time--say 60 to 90 days--but enzyme deficiencies take longer to develop, simply because the body has so many compensation mechanisms. When the allergic reaction occurs, an enzyme deficiency condition has likely existed for months or even years prior to its onset.
Allergic reactions can go way beyond the common sneezing, itchy and watery eyes or dark circles under the eyes. An allergy to a food or something environmental can lead to dozens of symptoms including stuffy or runny nose, flatulence, burping, constipation, diarrhea, stomach aches and even gastric problems, nausea, vomiting, hives and rashes, bloating and intestinal irritation or swelling, fatigue, and dizziness.
Allergies can also cause more serious and even life-threatening reactions such as asthma attacks, seizures and anaphylactic shock (a severe and sometimes fatal allergic reaction characterized by a sharp drop in blood pressure, hives and breathing difficulties requiring immediate medical attention). An allergic reaction may be immediate after the exposure to the allergen or may manifest hours later, sometimes making it difficult to identify the allergen. Many people arenít aware they have allergies even though testing reveals very poor digestion and formation of toxic substances (indican) which arise from the undigested food.
What can you do to prevent or relieve allergies? First, find out what digestive problems--that is, enzyme deficiencies--you have. What foods are hardest for you to digest--proteins, fats, carbohydrates, sugars, fibers, or others? Second, limit these foods and take the food enzymes required to digest them.
Many people arenít aware of the foods they have trouble digesting, especially if the symptoms are mild. However, many allergic reactions are not connected to a poorly digested food. Here are brief examples of what I sometimes find to be allergic reactions to foods:
- Burping, regurgitation, belching and other gallbladder symptoms or high blood pressure can come from poor fat digestion (lipase deficiency).
- Abdominal cramps, excess mucous or diarrhea can come from milk intolerance (lactose deficiency).
- Constipation, anxiety and edema (water retention) can come from poor protein digestion (protease deficiency).
- Asthma, environmental sensitivity, spaciness, dizziness and seizure disorders, and ADD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) can come from poor sugar digestion (disaccharidase deficiency).
In addition to these symptoms, there are measurable signs of enzyme deficiencies. You can see them in the blood and in the urine. For example, if you eat commercial, devitalized food with zero enzymes and get a blood test after eating, you will see an increase in your white blood count, meaning that your immune system has been mobilized. Why? Because your body is responding to the need for enzymes and enzymes can be carried on white blood cells. Next, if you do the Loomis 24-hour urinalysis for enzyme deficiencies, you may see a high level of indican which is a direct indication of how poor your digestion is. What is indican? Itís a group of toxic substances that come from poor digestion. The higher the indican, the worse the digestion. There is one exception. A zero indican doesnít mean good digestion. It means severe sugar intolerance because undigested sugar interferes with this test. High indican is associated with over 100 symptoms of poor health. In addition, there is a urinary sediment test that reveals exactly what you cannot easily digest. Is it sugar? Is it protein? Is it fat? Or perhaps all three?
There are several multiple digestive enzymes to perfectly fit your digestive needs. Here is a brief description of them: Some people need more than one formula. For example, PAN and Bil or HCL, PAN and LAC, PAN and Stm. If you canít figure out what you need, a Loomis 24-hour urinalysis will reveal your digestive problems.
PAN: for sugar intolerance (sucrose, maltose and lactose), grains and fruits. Sugar intolerant people can be prone towards asthma and environmental sensitivity. Dosage: 2 caps immediately before each meal 3x/d.
LAC: for lactose intolerance if PAN isnít enough. Dosage: 2 or more caps before consuming dairy products.
Bil: for fat intolerance. Also good for digestion of protein. People who canít tolerate fat are in this category and may develop gallbladder problems. Contraindication: gastric problems. Dosage: 2 caps immediately before each meal 3/d.
HCL: contains no hydrochloric acid but only enzymes and is for people who have trouble digesting anything Ė protein, fat or sugar. Itís also for people with sluggish digestion who may have low hydrochloric acid. Contraindication: gastric problems. Dosage: 2 caps immediately before each meal.
VSCLR: for severe fat intolerance and for people who may have high cholesterol, diabetes, weight problems, high blood pressure and immune system problems. Dosage: 2 caps immediately before each meal.
Stm: a multiple digestive enzyme formula that doesnít contain protease which is for people who have gastric problems (ulcers, hiatal hernia, esophageal reflux, gastritis, taking antacids, etc.). This formula should be used in people who canít tolerate protease (in the Bil and HCL formulas) because of gastric problems. Dosage: 2 caps immediately before each meal and 4 caps anytime you have gastric irritation.
DGST: a multiple digestive enzyme for babies, children and for adults with good digestion. Dosage: 2 caps immediately before each meal 3x/d. For nursing or bottle-fed babies, use Ĺ cap per feeding and put this into a small amount of water. For older children, you can use 2 caps immediately before each meal 3x/d.
Causes of Enzyme Deficiencies
Itís not just poor digestion or the cooking of foods. First, organic foods have much more nutrition (including enzymes, vitamins and minerals) than commercial foods, which are full of pesticides and not much else. Next, most toxins work by poisoning enzymes and this includes most prescription drugs, and environmental poisons. Here is an example: fluoride, which is mandated in at least 70% of our cities in the United States poisons over 100 enzymes in your body and that is just one of the problems with this toxic waste material.
Kidney Stress and Allergies
Suppose you are exposed to allergens, be it food or environmental. If you eat foods that you cannot digest, or are exposed to environmental allergens which your kidneys cannot eliminate, the resulting kidney stress will cause discomfort and pain. Fortunately, enzyme formulas can support the normal function of the kidneys get rid of CICís--circulating immune complexes, which arise when food is not completely digested--reducing kidney stress and eliminating pain.
Thera-zyme Kdy contains enzymes plus nutritional herbs with antiseptic, blood-cleansing and lymphatic-cleansing properties. People requiring this type of nutritional support may have environmental allergies characterized by sneezing, nasal congestion, itching or watery eyes, sinus problems with a clear, watery discharge, and swollen lymph glands. They may also have one or more of the following symptoms: frontal headaches, low back or kidney pain, low blood sugar, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. This formula is used when there is nausea and vomiting that often occurs during menses or pregnancy--another condition related to the inability to eliminate toxins via the kidneys. When the CICís are cleared from the blood and lymphatics, these symptoms are also cleared.
I have seen not only children and adults but also nursing babies with severe environmental allergies manifesting as swollen, red, watery eyes and nose show a remarkable reduction of these symptoms within hours of ingesting this formula. Allergic asthma can also be relieved by this formula, in combination with an enzymatic program for asthma. Symptoms can be held in check with a minimum maintenance program.
The need for kidney support can be determined by an enzyme therapist by measuring the volume and specific gravity of a 24-hour collection of urine. People who need the kidney formula may exhibit either a normal (4 or 8 cups) or low (less than four cups) 24-hour urine volume with a low specific gravity. This is a sign that the kidneys are stressed and are having difficulty concentrating urine. However, it does not indicate the extent of this condition, nor how long it has been occurring. The longer the pattern exists, the more likely the person will have symptoms.
From my clinical experience with many clients, I have frequently observed the need for kidney support in various detoxification programs. Many clients who undertake a detoxification program cannot tolerate it because the program does not provide kidney and lymphatic support. Symptoms of this include kidney tenderness or pain, swollen lymph glands, and an attempt by the body to eliminate the toxins via the skin, which can lead to rashes and so forth. These so-called side effects can be prevented or alleviated by providing drainage remedies such as the Thera-zyme Kdy for the kidneys and lymphatic system, Thera-zyme DERM-H3 an enzymatic antihistamine formula and/or Thera-zyme TRMA for the skin as well as other drainage remedies indicated by the need of the client.
Finally, in more severe cases of allergies Thera-zyme DERM which is very high in amylase, is taken along with the Thera-zyme Kdy formula. Amylase appears to act like a natural antihistamine. The usual dosage of each is three caps between meals three times daily but more frequent doses can be taken during an acute allergy attack, especially if hives or a rash develop.
Controlling a bug-bite allergy
Sally, 13 , was terrified of bugs, including mosquitoes, because each bit would produce a severe lesion with scabbing and scarring. Her mother asked for help for a trip to South America. I gave Sally a bottle of DERM, a natural antihistamine, high in amylase. She took this formula and returned home with no sores or scars.
Sean, age 8 had developed asthma from exposure to pesticides. His diet had been very good, with whole organic foods. He had been breast fed for two years and had not been immunized. His asthma was also triggered by emotional trauma. iHiAt age 15, his mother started an enzyme program for him. This included PAN, the multiple digestive enzyme formula for sugar intolerance, Kdy for allergies, including allergic asthma, Rsp, an enzymatic formula for wheezing and coughing, thyroid glandular (common in asthmatics), and Lagundi, an herbal formula for lung problems. Gradually, Seanís asthma went away and his mother never gave him drugs for his asthma. Now, at age 21, Sean knows how to control his asthma and he takes his enzymes and Lagundi as needed, plus, he is now conscious of his emotional triggers.
Controlling severe food allergies
Mary, an 11-year old girl, presented with very severe food allergies. She suffered from headaches, stomachaches, and nausea. She also had frequent infections which were treated with antibiotics. In the year prior to coming to me she had missed two months of school because of illness. Mary was allergic to fruit and even smelling it would cause a sever allergic reaction. Here known allergies included fruits, peanuts, celery, cucumbers, beans, salad dressing, and tomatoes. An extensive health history plus her urinalysis told mw that Mary consumed highly processed foods. In addition, her symptoms became extreme following her second se of vaccinations when she was five years old. Immediately following the shots, which included diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tuberculosis, and the haemophilus B polysaccharide vaccine, Mary nearly passed out and then became ill. The Loomis 24-hur urinalysis revealed a severe vitamin C deficiency as well as a severe fat, protein and sugar intolerance.
I recommended an organic, whole foods diet and recommended the following enzymes: HCL (for sugar, protein and fat digestion), Kdy (for her allergies), Lvr (to support the liver function).
After only one month, her mother reported great improvement in Maryís condition. She felt much better, had grown half and inch, and had regained her spunk and vitality.
Saying goodbye to herpes
Mary developed cold sores whenever she was exposed to the sun or stress. She visited me during the Christmas season and welcomed the break from her stressful teaching job combined with being a single mother. We went skiing and on the way up the mountain on the ski lift a bright red spot began appearing on her upper lip, which rapidly started to swell. Instead of taking a drug, she opted for DERM, an enzymatic antihistamine for skin manifestations. I told her to take 4 caps every hour or so. In one and one half days, the swelling was gone. It never developed a scab on only a faint pink color was left. Lucky for Maria since it healed just in time for the New Yearís Eve party.
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