When the word "Allergy" was first introduced into the language of medicine about a century ago, it is unlikely that anyone envisaged the controversy that it would cause. Originally intended to mean any condition occurring as a result of an unusual reaction to substances regarded as non-self, (which included anything swallowed, inhaled or touched), the definition was soon narrowed by scientists who saw in some allergic reactions a clear parallel with the way in which the body deals with infections. Gradually, then, it was seen as a "truth" that unless this physiological response - the Type one or Antigen/Antibody response could be demonstrated, an allergy was not involved. This meant that without an obvious physical link between multiple symptoms, it could be concluded that the patients' problems had a psychological basis and were treated as such.
The allergy debate continued until some thirty years ago, when evidence began to emerge that this "truth" was nowhere near the whole picture.
Whilst a high level of stress can be the trigger that sets off an allergy, there is likely to be also an inherited malfunction of the immune system - both these factors playing their part in development of the problem. Indeed, the symptoms of allergy can increase or decrease in severity depending on the patient's stress level at the time.
The allergic response is inflammatory and symptoms appear in "target" organs. Skin, eyes, lungs and bowel are obvious targets, but allergic symptoms may also appear in muscles, joints, brain and other organs. The link between symptoms is not psychological, but is physical inflammation.
The allergy testing methods of mainstream medicine were mainly developed to detect Type 1 reactions and when the allergy is of this type, its symptoms are usually treated with the judicious use of antihistamine, steroid and other drugs. In many cases of allergy, often referred to as food intolerance or chemical sensitivity, these drugs are of little use.
In the field of complementary medicine, simple and accurate allergy testing methods have been developed. The most important of these are muscle testing (applied kinesiology) and the Vegatest (an electromagnetic instrument). Both of these methods have been shown in practice to be extremely effective and accurate. Muscle testing is usually to be preferred in that it is simpler to use and involves the patient in no discomfort. It may be used with children, infants and the elderly. It is possible through this accurate and painless method to identify all the patients allergens whether they are foods, chemicals or environmental pollutants such as traffic fumes and other chemicals, dusts, hair, pollens and so on.
It is possible to relieve the allergic symptoms caused by food and drink by dietary means, but avoidance is not at all easy when we recognise environmental pollution as a cause of the allergy.
The specialist isopathic approach to desensitisation for allergies, developed and refined over the years at the Institute and now used by all members of The British lnstitute for Allergy and Environmental Therapy has proved to be one of the most effective treatments available. The Institute acts as a source of information for members of the public who are actively seeking treatment. A Register of Therapists may be found on these pages.
The Institute was formed in January 1987 to bring together a group of allergy practitioners all of whom had undergone the same course of instruction and who practise allergy therapy in a similar way, using muscle testing as a means of detecting allergy, and Isopathic desensitization (sometimes called neutralisation) as a means of treating it. There are currently over three hundred therapists on the Institute's Register which is available for the use of members of the general public who are seeking treatment. Membership is open only to those people who have satisfactorily completed the Institute's training.
Muscle testing was chosen after evaluation of all other available techniques as the most suitable of all methods of detecting allergy for a number of reasons. It is completely safe to use, the results are immediate and the patient becomes involved right from the start. It is painless and can be used to test the elderly, arthritics, small children and babies.
Whilst it is appreciated that there are many forms of allergy testing available, few therapists are able to offer treatment other than total avoidance of the suspected allergen. This is not difficult if the offending substance happens to be pheasant, lobster or yams for example, but can the patient be absolutely certain of avoiding preservatives, additives, food colourings, wheat, soya, eggs etc? And it is not a very practical solution if the offending allergen happens to be pollen, car exhaust fumes, house dust mites or formaldehyde. Few patients are sufficiently knowledgeable about nutrition to be able to exclude, for example, wheat and all dairy products from a child's diet and replace them with foods that will provide all the vitamins, minerals, and trace elements a growing child needs. As one Doctor so rightly put it recently "I have never seen so many cases of malnutrition as a result of dieting to relieve an allergy problem!"
Desensitisation whenever possible would seem to be preferable.
The remedies that are used in the treatment method are prepared by homeopathic pharmaceutical techniques and can be used safely and effectively by both therapist and patient. They are totally unrelated and dissimilar to the desensitisation injections which are usually given for hayfever in hospital clinics. The treatment is given by mouth and is free from side effects, involves no restrictive diets and is very acceptable to patients.
"We consider the patient's welfare to be of prime importance and for this reason in general we will only supply desensitizing remedies via therapists who have received instruction in their use and who undertake to provide the necessary support to their patients throughout the treatment."
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