Can Chronic Pain come from Food Additives ?

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Copyright 2005 Jane Oelke

It is always amazing to me when I find a food substance that when taken in excess can cause pain the body. And sometimes these foods, and food additives that are regulated by the government, are supposed to be safe. When I test clients and their supplements, or ask about their dietary habits, or chemicals in their work environments, we often discover chemicals or foods that are causing their chronic pain symptoms. When these chemicals are removed, much of their pain subsides.

When I talk to clients, I often ask if they can decipher what foods tend make the pain worse or better, and if they crave certain foods in their diet. One of the foods I am always listening for are diet soft drinks with aspartame (Nutrasweet). From personal experience, I have been relieved of constant headaches when I was convinced to stop drinking Diet Pepsi. I was a regular user and once I stopped drinking it, the nagging headaches that I had for a long time totally cleared up. So if you are drinking diet soft drinks, STOP NOW, and see what difference it makes. I have had quite a number of clients feel much better just a couple weeks after abstaining from soft drinks.

Recently, we have been introduced to the new fake sugar called Splenda. Advertising for Splenda says that is made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar. But this doesn't tell the whole story. Splenda is made by taking out 3 of the 6 molecules that make up sugar, and adding chlorine molecules. If you are avoiding chlorinated water because of chlorine toxicity, then you should be avoiding Splenda. You are getting chlorocarbons from Splenda that can cause immune system problems, such as thymus gland shrinkage, and other genetic and reproductive damage.

The FDA approved Splenda in 1988 as a sucralose sweetener that tastes just like sugar. But the sugar flavor is artificial, since Splenda is about 600 times sweeter than natural sugar, so the sugar flavor is forced out of the partial sugar molecule. And our body cannot use the sugar in Splenda as fuel for our brains. It does not turn into the glucose we need for brain function and energy production. Early studies show many of the same side effects, such as headaches and chronic pain, as found with aspartame.

Soft drinks have surpassed water as the number one choice of beverage in the United States. Aspartame is not the only problem. When you have fibromyalgia or any other autoimmune disease, you need good minerals in your diet to distress the immune system, and the phosphoric acid in the dark soft drinks will rob your body of calcium. The sugar version is not better for you either, since sugar stresses your adrenals, especially when it comes in concentrated doses, like it does in any sugar-laden soft drink.

Also all soft drinks are very acidic, with an average reading of 2 to 3 pH. Acid urine and saliva pH readings are related to immune system stress, and joint and muscle stress. So if you want to have your urine and saliva pH levels stay in balance (in the 6.4 pH range or higher) avoiding soft drinks is very important. Coffee is another acid drink, along with beer. Green tea is the only relatively popular alkalizing drink. Or you can add lemon or lime to your water (without sugar) for flavoring.

Other substances also can cause chronic pain. Fillers, preservatives, food additives and coloring agents in supplements can build up as toxins in the tissues. This often makes it harder to lose weight, and can create pain when these toxins are stored in your tissues disrupting your nervous system pain response. This is why it is important to use high quality nutritional supplements without a lot of fillers. Too many over the counter vitamins and minerals seem to have more fillers than nutrients on the label, and these are the ones to avoid.

When choosing foods for your daily diet, or supplements that support your daily diet, look for foods and supplements that do not have fake sugars, preservatives like propylene glycol, and any food colorings. By finding out what chemicals, processed foods, or supplements are causing your pain; you will also be able to see a remarkable difference in just a short period of time.

About the Author

Jane Oelke, N.D., Ph.D. is a Traditional Naturopath and Doctor of Homeopathy in southwest Michigan. She is the author of " Natural Choices for Fibromyalgia " and " Natural Choices for Attention Deficit Disorder. " She is a professional speaker on natural health topics. She can be contacted at DoctorOelke@aol.com or through her website at http://www.NaturalChoicesForYou.com

Comments

dasalvager 23.11.2006. 13:30

What can I do to maintain my health against air pollution? Any natural products like herbs?
I have shortness of breath
And I have trouble breathing as deeply as I could in Australia now Im back in Singapore.

The pollution is coming from the heavy traffic on the roads.
Everytime a motor vehicle passes by I have to breathe the pollutants. And the large ratio of smokers even at restaurants and inside pubs. Plus the forest fires from Indonesia.

I want to fight this unfair conditions that I have been dealt.
I do not want to die slowly, having my insides and exterior slowly decay because the ppl around me dont care about the enviroment or even their health.

dasalvager

Admin 23.11.2006. 13:30

Hi Dasalvage,

You might not be able to control the heavy affects of
pollution in Singapore, but you could consider other areas
of your health to lessen the side affects you are experiencing.

Try to eliminate as many chemicals out of your home space,
office, car, clothing, personal care products etc. Try certified organic
personal care products, deodorant without aluminium, toothpaste
without fluriode (some contain: chlorhexidren, bromchlorophen &
even formaldehyde). Fluoride Stripes are made from another
chemical.

Hair products & loads of sunscreens are not good for your skin.
Your skin is the largest organ on your body. It is like your skin
has billions of tiny mouths that ingest what is put onto it.

Look for:
Certified Organic products for your health care. Get yourself
onto a good pro-biotic product to assist in the removal of
bad bacteria from your colon & encourage good bacteria.
After all from what I know we are made from bacteria.

Check the food labels on the food you are eating. Get yourself
a toxic chemicals listing & food listing. When eating out ask
what is in your food.

From my research I have found: Go easy on soy products. Soy is the abominable bean. The soy bean contains e.g. high levels of aluminium, high temperature grinding, extracted oils with dangerous solvents, the meal is mixed with alkaline solution.

Do you drink diet drinks, chewing gum, jams etc.? From my research it is one of the most deadly excitotoxin of all. Also known as additive 951, it is not labelled on all foods.

According to Dr William Campbell Douglas in his Second Opinion
Newsletter: Chronic methanol toxicity from diet softdrinks (you know the big brands I am speaking about), usually diagnosed as something else, has similar symptoms as lupus and MS. It is usually found that the patient drinks three to four 12 oz cans per day.

The symptoms of "aspartame disease" include chronic methyl alcohol toxicity - are amazingly varied, including: blindness, tinnitus, numbness, muscle spasms, slurred speech, blurred vision, joint pain, headaches, anxiety, vertigo and memory loss. Aspartane is sadly addictive.

These are just some of products you could cut down on in your
everyday life. I could go on & on. If you want more info I would
love to tell you more.

By the way if you do a lot of air travel careful there also. Did you
know that they spray pesticides on the plane before passengers
embark in many countries?

Good luck with it all. Remember the most powerful energy
is love!

Fleur

Admin

Obvious 29.08.2010. 15:49

Can someone with endometriosis have pain only a few times a year? Or is it chronic pain (either during the onset of the menstrual cycle, or everyday)?

Obvious

Admin 29.08.2010. 15:49

It is possible depending on the person results may vary from person to person usually with Endo Your menstrual periods are worse. Be mindful of this:A not often disclosed cause of Endometriosis is TOO MUCH ESTROGEN. This can come in a variety of ways: Drinking Water from plastic bottles which feeds Xenoestrogens into Your body. Unfermented SOY Products such as Soy Milk,Tofu, Meat Replacement Products,Soy Cheese etc. this feeds Your body PhytoEstrogens phyto=Plant Estrogens that very closely mimic Estrogen in the Human Body. Chicken or any other meats treated with growth hormone, Cooking with Canola (the WORST Cooking Oil) ,Cooking with Olive oil which is ANOTHER bad idea because it's not heat temperature stable these are some of the many things that can cause problems.By the way Grapeseed Oil is best it's heat temperature stable up to 485 degrees. Too Much Estrogen can make Your uterine wall as thick as a brick wall. Endometriosis doesn't start in the Uterine Area it actually starts when Your Liver doesn't detox properly and then You have back up into Your body which builds like a ticking timebomb over time. 90% of everything We call disease can be traced to the dietary choices We make. Eating out in fastfood restaurants is a bad idea considering a lot of the stuff they use in those places has fillers,chemical additives better for cleaning products and car engines rather than for food,and too much fat and salt. Also not drinking enough Water, If You have this condition still Traditional Chinese Medicine can help a company called Health Concerns has three products that can help.
Bupleurum Entangled Qi (Chi) is a product made for this Condition and should be combined with either one these:
If You HAVE Heavy Bleeding with Your cycle use their product
Unlocking Formula If you DO NOT Have Heavy Bleeding then Cramp Bark Plus should be used. This is a very respectable company run by a Licensed Acupuncturist
You Will NOT get results overnight according to the available Literature I have read on these products when used properly it should take 6 to 12 months to get results. No claims can or will be made or guaranteed this is a suggestion based on experience I've had over the past decade with many Customers I've helped with this same condition. I hope this helps You.

Admin

Vanessa 14.01.2011. 23:51

How am i supposed to gain 20lbs when i have acid reflux disease, chronic gastritis and hiatal hernia? and can't eat any fat.

Vanessa

Admin 14.01.2011. 23:51

I just wouldn't do it. Imagine the pain if you eat the wrong thing. The hernia should be repaired if possible to forestall emergency surgery. In addition, don't eat acidic or fermented foods that could come up on you and cause scarring of the esophagus. Your best bet is to take extra cans of Ensure, if you can digest that product. I cannot due to reaction to Whey and Malt type additives. With all the pain you have to go through, it just isn't worth it, and I would seek guidance from a second opinion.

Admin

Patrease D 20.09.2006. 22:37

what additives and preservatives in food can cause these symptoms? here are a list of symptoms that i have:chronic fatigue, drowsiness, irritable bowel syndrome like bloating, cramping, and constipation, migraine headaches, some skin rashes that itch and some that don't , but hurt like the bruises that are coming up on my body, muscle spasms, joint pain and stiffness, forgetfulness, difficulty in concentration, irritableness, depression, and some blurred vision? i know that know one can make a diagnosis on the web. but, i need to know what additives and preservatives in food can cause these symptoms so that I can refer the answers to my doctor on what steps to take so that i can help him with some diagnosis on my health? he is having difficulty in determining my health issues. there are so many similiar symptoms and diseases out there and i don't have much time to search the web. anyway, ive never been to a doctor before about my physical health issues until about May or June of this year of 2006. They started getting worse about nearly a year ago.

Patrease D

Admin 20.09.2006. 22:37

I have experienced many of the same symptoms that you have. After six years of research and seeing internists, allergists, dermatologists, and gastroenterologists, I finally saw a naturopathic doctor who immediately diagnosed my problem as candida. Candida is like a yeast infection in your system. You can probably ease your symptoms by following a strict anti-candida diet: NO sugars of any kind; no more than two servings of fruit per day; NO refined flours (100% whole grain only); no salts except sea salt; and NO milk. You can however eat natural cheeses, natural yogurt, meats, and vegetables. Drink water or herbal teas (may put a lemon or lime in it...); no soda. The most harmful additive in current food supplies is high fructose corn syrup - and it is added to nearly every sauce or packaged food! You need to give the diet about six months to work, so be patient. Good luck!

Admin

iffley 21.03.2010. 16:21

I have a three year old daughter with Unspecified Chronic Toddler Diarrhea....? ...Any suggestions for potty training?
She usually has about two bowel movements per day. They come on quickly and seem to be difficult for her to control. She complains a lot of stomach pain. I am inclined to think this would be similar mostly to IBS.

iffley

Admin 21.03.2010. 16:21

You have my sympathies -- as does your child. I have adult IBS and it is crummy crummy crummy.

You don't mention if you have had your daughter tested for celiac disease or other allergy to foods or food components.

People with celiac disease are allergic to gluten, a form or protein found in wheat, rye, oats, etc. Diarrhea is a very common symptom for people with celiac disease.

So, my first recommendation would be to take your child to an allergist and specifically test for food allergies. Other problem foods include cow's milk, certain fruits, some meats, food additives such as coloring, etc. I would put my money on either gluten or cow's milk, given your daughter's symptoms. These are issues which I have had to personally deal with for some time and I wish I could give that little girl a big reassuring hug, because I know just how miserable it feels.

Meanwhile, while you are waiting to find out the results, switch your daughter over to goat's milk products and give her goat's milk yogurt. You might have to make it yourself (I do) because it is very expensive to purchase goat's milk yogurt. I have an allergy to cow's milk and its products (cheese, etc), so I have been drinking goat's milk for quite some time and making goat's milk yogurt. The reason for the goat's milk (in lieu of cow's milk) is that the proteins in goat's milk are closer to human milk proteins and therefore easier to digest and less likely to cause allergic reactions.

[Purchase a package of yogurt culture at your local health food store, Co-op, or natural foods market, follow the directions on the package, but add about 1/4 cup of sugar to your milk before bringing it up to scalding temperature. You can purchase yogurt makers and I recommend getting a one-quart size yogurt maker rather than the ones with little cups. Follow the directions for using the yogurt maker. Your initial investment for goat's milk, yogurt starter, and yogurt maker will be about $40 to $50 depending on where you live and where you buy it. I got my yogurt maker on EBay for $20.]

The reason for the yogurt is that it repopulates the natural digestive bacteria (acidophilus, bifidus, etc.) that help a person digest food. If your child has received antibiotics for (e.g.) ear infections in the past, her normal intestinal flora are totally gone (replaced perhaps by bad bacteria) and her digestive system is pushing out undigested food, causing the cramps, etc. Giving her even 1/2 cup of goat's milk yogurt per day (mixed with strawberries or whatever fruit she likes) will re-establish her healthy intestinal flora and may ease the stomach problems even before you get the food allergy test results back.

I wish you all the best and I hope at least some of this advice is helpful.

Admin

chelseygrrl69 17.07.2008. 15:47

how to make hives go away? I have sensitive skin and i get hives on the sides of my fingers and knuckles a lot. once they've been there a few days they get swollen and sore and my finger is less flexible.
I'm not sure what causes it, it could be soap, metal contact, certain vegetables/fruits. usually the hives come and stay for long enough that i can't really be sure what caused them.
does anyone else have this problem? what do you to to make them go away? cortizone keeps them from itching and reduces pain a little but they don't go away.

chelseygrrl69

Admin 17.07.2008. 15:47

about hives (urticaria)


We explain hives, the most common causes, symptoms, body parts most likely affected, treatment, & tips for controlling urticaria.

Hives (urticaria) is a harmless type of rash or skin allergy that is usually caused by an allergy. The rash consists of circular, raised welts on the skin that are usually itchy and occur in batches. Hives can vary in size, from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter. Urticaria usually affects the throat, arms, legs, and trunk. About 16% of the population will experience this rash at some time in their lives.


Hives can be caused by medication, foods, and insect bites. When the rash lasts less than six weeks, it?s called ?acute urticaria", when lasting more than six weeks it?s referred to as ?chronic urticaria.? With chronic urticaria, it is more difficult to identify the offending allergen than it is with acute cases. In about 80% of chronic cases of urticaria, the offending allergen responsible is unknown.





common triggers that cause hives


The most common skin allergy triggers that cause hives include:

? Medication such as antibiotics, codeine, penicillin, sulfa, anticonvulsant drugs, phenobarbital, and aspirin

? Foods like shellfish, nuts, tomatoes, soy, chocolate, and berries

? Pollen

? Cat dander

? Insect bites such as bee ans wasp stings



Other causes of hives include: emotional stress, bacterial - viral - fungal infections, hepatitis B, parasitic worms, food additives, plants, cold temperatures, heat, sweating, and dermatographism (irritation from pressure or tight fitting clothes).





symptoms of hives


Symptoms of urticaria are caused by histamine release from mast cells that exist deep within the skin. Common symptoms include:
? Sudden onset

? Red or skin colored welts that resemble mosquito bites

? Welts change quickly re: size, shape, & location

? Itching

? Welts commonly last about 24 hours

? Angioedema - swelling of lips, face, and tongue





treatment of hives


If the substance or allergy responsible for your urticaria can not be found, the symptoms of urticaria will need to be treated. Antihistamines are the primary medications used to control hives and stop the itching:

? Antihistamines such as Atarax, Benedryl, Seldane, and Tagamet

? Corticosteroids - used in more severe cases

? Injections of epinephrine - used in cases that involve life-threatening episodes

? Avoidance of known allergens



See how energy-based allergy treatment can eliminate allergies that cause hives

Even though I was initially skeptical about this treatment, I later found-out how quickly and easily this energy-based method eliminates allergies.


If you'd like to review the top vitamins, minerals, and herbs for allergies,

allergies causing hives can be treated naturally






tips for controlling hives


There are some general measures you can take to ease the symptoms associated with urticaria:
? Avoid heat; keep the temperature of the skin cool

? Stay away from alcohol, as it causes flushing of the skin

? Try not to scratch affected areas

? Wear loose clothes that will not put pressure on the skin

Admin

jimposter 12.06.2007. 15:13

can anyone let me know what a good natural remedy is for allergies? Array

jimposter

Admin 12.06.2007. 15:13

If we offered you a miracle remedy that cures "Allergies" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won?t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

Try the Natural Cures for Allergies.

An ?allergy? can be described as sensitiveness of the body to a substance which does not normally affect other persons. There are innumerable substances in the environment which can cause mild to violent reactions in many people. These reactions range from true allergies due to intolerance of certain foods and substances, to those resulting from pollution.

Allergic reactions may occur within a few minutes of the patient coming in contact with the allergen, or they may be delayed for several hours or even several days. Almost any part of the body can be affected by allergies. The portion of the body, which is affected is called a shock organ. Common sites are the nose and eyes, the skin, chest, intestines and ears.

Allergic reactions are caused by a wide range of substances and conditions. These include pollen, dust, cosmetics and animal hair; poisonous plants, serums, vaccines and drugs; physical agents such as heat, cold and sunlight; as well as a variety of foods. Among the numerous allergens in the food department, the more common ones are oranges, milk, eggs, wheat, fish, chocolates, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries.

Symptoms: The symptoms of allergy are as varied as the substances causing the reaction. These include recurring headache, migraine, dizziness, irritability, nervousness, depression, neuralgia, sneezing, conjunctivitis, diabetes, eczema, heart-burn, hay fever, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric ulcer, asthma, overweight, high blood pressure, chest pain, heart attacks, a stuffy or runny nose, shortness of breath, swelling of the face and eyes, etc. The same food can cause different symptoms in different people. Many allergies are multiple and may be caused by multiple allergens.

Causes: Allergy is an indication of lowered resistance and internal disharmony caused by dietetic errors and faulty style of living. It is believed that the major cause of allergy is feeding babies such foods as cereals, meat, corns, whole milk, etc. before they reach the age of 10 to 12 months. These foods cause allergic reactions as babies lack the proper enzymes needed for their digestion before that age. Babies should be breast-fed for at least eight months as this is nature?s way of providing all the required nutrients during this period.

Another important cause of allergy is today?s processed foods loaded with numerous chemical additives, many of which cause powerful reactions. An allergic condition can result from diet imbalances. There can be a breakdown in the body?s ability to handle sugar due to excessive intake of refined sugar and consequent blood sugar irregularities, or mineral and vitamin imbalances due to defective dietary patterns.

Emotional and psychological stress can also lead to allergies. Allergic symptoms are often nothing more than body?s reaction to stress. A person can through chronic stress, become sensitive to common foods or commonplace substances like petrol fumes.

Treatment: There are various ways to tackle many of the allergic disturbances. First, the sources must be identified. This is a difficult but not impossible task. Second, once the sources are discovered, they should be avoided. Third, and most important, general health and resistance should be built up to establish immunity to them.

There are two methods to detect disturbing foods. The first method is the trial-and-error elimination diet. This automatically eliminates many hazards and foods. Keep to organic, untreated, unprocessed foods as far as possible and you will eliminate another set of hazards such as pesticides, various sprays and other poisons.

After having eliminated as many disturbing factors as possible, a self-search should be carried out to ascertain any suspicious symptoms from foods. It is advisable to try a preliminary diet, excluding suspected foods for two weeks until the cause is detected. Occasionally, by changing the brand or the type, you can find a food substitute that does not upset you.

Another way to detect the cause of allergy is by Dr. Coca?s "pulse test."

The method is as follows: Check your pulse before a meal. Then limiting that meal to one food only, wit for half an hour after eating and take your pulse again. A slight increase is considered normal, even up to 16 extra beats. If your pulse does not rise above 84, you may be allergy-free. But if your pulse rises beyond that point, and remains high an hour after the meal, you have found your food allergy. The best way, however, to prevent or overcome allergies is to strengthen the overall physical resistance so as not to fall an easy prey to every allergen that comes along. To start with, the patient should fast on fresh fruit juices for four or five days. Repeated short juice fasts are likely to result in better tolerance to previous allergies. After the fruit juice fast, the patient can take a mono diet of vegetables or fruits such as carrots, grapes or apples, for one week. After that one more food is added to the mono diet. A week later the third food is added and so on. After four weeks, the protein foods can be introduced, one at a time. In case an allergic reaction to a newly introduced food is noticed, it should be discontinued and a new food tried. In this way all real allergens can be eventually eliminated from the diet.

The body requires a large alkaline reserve for its daily activity. The many emergencies of acid formation through the day from wrong foods, fatigue, mental stress and lack of sleep can be met by the competency of the alkaline reserves. Boosting the normal body reserve of alkalines by liberal use of alkaline- forming foods is essential for those suffering from allergies.

The foods which should be excluded from the diet are tea, coffee, chocolate, cola drinks, alcohol, sugar, sweets and foods containing sugar, refined cereals, meats, fish, chicken, tobacco, milk, cheese, butter, smoked, salted, pickled foods and foods containing any chemical additives, preservatives, and flavouring. These foods cause either toxic accumulations or over-stimulation of adrenal glands or strain on pancreatic enzymes production or disturb the blood sugar balance.

For preventive purposes, the entire C complex vitamins - known as the bioflavonoids, are recommended. They gradually strengthen cell permeability to help immunise the body from various allergies, especially hay fever. Often the addition B5 , or pantothenic acid brings great relief to allergy sufferers. Multiple allergies may result from poor adrenal gland functioning. In such cases liberal amounts of pantothenic acids help cure them, although the recovery will take several weeks. An adequate intake of vitamin E is also beneficial, as this vitamin possesses effective anti-allergic properties, as some studies have shown.

An exciting remedy for allergy has been discovered by an Indian physician, Dr. Hement Pathak. He found that the use of five drops of castor oil in a little juice or water taken on an empty stomach in the morning is highly beneficial for allergies in the intestinal tract, skin, and nasal passages. Dr. Pathak, who is an expert in Chinese medicine, has reported numerous cases of allergic protection by this method. For allergic conditions in which an element of stress is present, it is essential to employ such methods as relaxation, exercise, meditation and mind control. These methods will reduce or remove stress and thereby contribute towards the treatment of allergies.

Yogic asanas like yogamudra ardhmatsyendrasana, sarvangasana, shavasana and anuloma-viloma, and pranayama are also beneficial.

Hope this helps, Good Luck.

Admin

Monnica Woodson 20.04.2011. 01:00

I have lupus and it is very painful.I'm scared I wanted to know if eventually will I die from this disease? Array

Monnica Woodson

Admin 20.04.2011. 01:00

The majority of lupus patients live a normal life span if they follow their treatment plan and take a proactive approach to managing the disease.
1. Develop a good relationship with your rheumatologist
2. Keep a symptom journal. Incluce: What is the symptom? When did it start? How long does it last? How often does it come? What makes it better? What makes it worse? Be prepared to summarize this at each office visit.
3. Develop a plan for stress reduction. Stress makes lupus worse. Meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, and chi qong are all helpful.
4. Read about living with chronic illness. We Are Not Alone, Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired, 100 Questions and Answers about Chronic Illness, A Delicate Balance, and You Are Not Your Illness are all excellent books.
5. Eat a healthy diet that includes at least 5 fruits or vegetables a day, whole grains, and lean protein. Minimize animal fats, processed foods, sugar, white flour, additives, fast food.
5. Get a little exercise every day. It reduces pain, improves mood, and protects your cardiovascular system. Right now when you are flaring, exercise might be as simple as standing up on each set of commercials and walking in place for one minute. At the end of the day you will have accumulated half an hour of exercise. You can build up gradually.
7. Journal. Having a chronic illness means you have lots of difficult emotions to process. Sit down and write for 20 minutes at a time. Write whatever comes into your head. This is very healing.
8. Ask for help when you need it.
9. Learn about lupus. The Lupus Book by Daniel Wallace MD is a definitive source for patients.
10, Know that there are about 2 million Americans with lupus. Most of them have gotten the disease pretty stable. You can too!

Admin

Fredster 26.06.2007. 19:23

I am allergic to Mal(l)ic Acid. Can you tell me which fruits are high in it and why I am allergic to it? Array

Fredster

Admin 26.06.2007. 19:23

If we offered you a miracle remedy that cures "Allergies" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won?t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

Try the Natural Cures for Allergies.

An ?allergy? can be described as sensitiveness of the body to a substance which does not normally affect other persons. There are innumerable substances in the environment which can cause mild to violent reactions in many people. These reactions range from true allergies due to intolerance of certain foods and substances, to those resulting from pollution.

Allergic reactions may occur within a few minutes of the patient coming in contact with the allergen, or they may be delayed for several hours or even several days. Almost any part of the body can be affected by allergies. The portion of the body, which is affected is called a shock organ. Common sites are the nose and eyes, the skin, chest, intestines, and ears.

Allergic reactions are caused by a wide range of substances and conditions. These include pollen, dust, cosmetics and animal hair; poisonous plants, serums, vaccines and drugs; physical agents such as heat, cold and sunlight; as well as a variety of foods. Among the numerous allergens in the food department, the more common ones are oranges, milk, eggs, wheat, fish, chocolates, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries.

Symptoms: The symptoms of allergy are as varied as the substances causing the reaction. These include recurring headache, migraine, dizziness, irritability, nervousness, depression, neuralgia, sneezing, conjunctivitis, diabetes, eczema, heart-burn, hay fever, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric ulcer, asthma, overweight, high blood pressure, chest pain, heart attacks, a stuffy or runny nose, shortness of breath, swelling of the face and eyes, etc. The same food can cause different symptoms in different people. Many allergies are multiple and may be caused by multiple allergens.

Causes: Allergy is an indication of lowered resistance and internal disharmony caused by dietetic errors and faulty style of living. It is believed that the major cause of allergy is feeding babies such foods as cereals, meat, corns, whole milk, etc. before they reach the age of 10 to 12 months. These foods cause allergic reactions as babies lack the proper enzymes needed for their digestion before that age. Babies should be breast-fed for at least eight months as this is nature?s way of providing all the required nutrients during this period.

Another important cause of allergy is today?s processed foods loaded with numerous chemical additives, many of which cause powerful reactions. An allergic condition can result from diet imbalances. There can be a breakdown in the body?s ability to handle sugar due to excessive intake of refined sugar and consequent blood sugar irregularities, or mineral and vitamin imbalances due to defective dietary patterns.

Emotional and psychological stress can also lead to allergies. Allergic symptoms are often nothing more than body?s reaction to stress. A person can through chronic stress, become sensitive to common foods or commonplace substances like petrol fumes.

Treatment: There are various ways to tackle many of the allergic disturbances. First, the sources must be identified. This is a difficult but not impossible task. Second, once the sources are discovered, they should be avoided. Third, and most important, general health and resistance should be built up to establish immunity to them.

There are two methods to detect disturbing foods. The first method is the trial-and-error elimination diet. This automatically eliminates many hazards and foods. Keep to organic, untreated, unprocessed foods as far as possible and you will eliminate another set of hazards such as pesticides, various sprays and other poisons.

After having eliminated as many disturbing factors as possible, a self-search should be carried out to ascertain any suspicious symptoms from foods. It is advisable to try a preliminary diet, excluding suspected foods for two weeks until the cause is detected. Occasionally, by changing the brand or the type, you can find a food substitute that does not upset you.

Another way to detect the cause of allergy is by Dr. Coca?s "pulse test."

The method is as follows: Check your pulse before a meal. Then limiting that meal to one food only, wit for half an hour after eating and take your pulse again. A slight increase is considered normal, even up to 16 extra beats. If your pulse does not rise above 84, you may be allergy-free. But if your pulse rises beyond that point, and remains high an hour after the meal, you have found your food allergy. The best way, however, to prevent or overcome allergies is to strengthen the overall physical resistance so as not to fall an easy prey to every allergen that comes along. To start with, the patient should fast on fresh fruit juices for four or five days. Repeated short juice fasts are likely to result in better tolerance to previous allergies. After the fruit juice fast, the patient can take a mono diet of vegetables or fruits such as carrots, grapes or apples, for one week. After that one more food is added to the mono diet. A week later the third food is added and so on. After four weeks, the protein foods can be introduced, one at a time. In case an allergic reaction to a newly introduced food is noticed, it should be discontinued and a new food tried. In this way all real allergens can be eventually eliminated from the diet.

The body requires a large alkaline reserve for its daily activity. The many emergencies of acid formation through the day from wrong foods, fatigue, mental stress and lack of sleep can be met by the competency of the alkaline reserves. Boosting the normal body reserve of alkalines by liberal use of alkaline- forming foods is essential for those suffering from allergies.

The foods which should be excluded from the diet are tea, coffee, chocolate, cola drinks, alcohol, sugar, sweets and foods containing sugar, refined cereals, meats, fish, chicken, tobacco, milk, cheese, butter, smoked, salted, pickled foods and foods containing any chemical additives, preservatives, and flavouring. These foods cause either toxic accumulations or over-stimulation of adrenal glands or strain on pancreatic enzymes production or disturb the blood sugar balance.

For preventive purposes, the entire C complex vitamins - known as the bioflavonoids, are recommended. They gradually strengthen cell permeability to help immunise the body from various allergies, especially hay fever. Often the addition B5 , or pantothenic acid brings great relief to allergy sufferers. Multiple allergies may result from poor adrenal gland functioning. In such cases liberal amounts of pantothenic acids help cure them, although the recovery will take several weeks. An adequate intake of vitamin E is also beneficial, as this vitamin possesses effective anti-allergic properties, as some studies have shown.

An exciting remedy for allergy has been discovered by an Indian physician, Dr. Hement Pathak. He found that the use of five drops of castor oil in a little juice or water taken on an empty stomach in the morning is highly beneficial for allergies in the intestinal tract, skin, and nasal passages. Dr. Pathak, who is an expert in Chinese medicine, has reported numerous cases of allergic protection by this method. For allergic conditions in which an element of stress is present, it is essential to employ such methods as relaxation, exercise, meditation and mind control. These methods will reduce or remove stress and thereby contribute towards the treatment of allergies.

Yogic asanas like yogamudra ardhmatsyendrasana, sarvangasana, shavasana and anuloma-viloma, and pranayama are also beneficial.

Hope this helps, Good Luck.

Admin

Suzii <3 27.06.2007. 18:12

is there a hayfever/sinusitis injection cure? or acupuncture cure? i have absolutely terrible hayfever in summer, and to be honest, my nose is blocked/running in winter too, but not so bad.
i have red veins on my nose and cheeks which is quite common, but i get it from my mum whio's got sinusitis.
i've read about a lady who had acupuncture three times around the nose and cured her sinusitis that way.
i've also read about a lady and her son who have two injections every winter and that cured there hayfever. does anyone have any ideas?

Suzii <3

Admin 27.06.2007. 18:12

If you are looking for Natural Cures for Allergies, please take time to read below.

An ?allergy? can be described as sensitiveness of the body to a substance which does not normally affect other persons. There are innumerable substances in the environment which can cause mild to violent reactions in many people. These reactions range from true allergies due to intolerance of certain foods and substances, to those resulting from pollution.

Allergic reactions may occur within a few minutes of the patient coming in contact with the allergen, or they may be delayed for several hours or even several days. Almost any part of the body can be affected by allergies. The portion of the body, which is affected is called a shock organ. Common sites are the nose and eyes, the skin, chest, intestines, and ears.

Allergic reactions are caused by a wide range of substances and conditions. These include pollen, dust, cosmetics and animal hair; poisonous plants, serums, vaccines and drugs; physical agents such as heat, cold and sunlight; as well as a variety of foods. Among the numerous allergens in the food department, the more common ones are oranges, milk, eggs, wheat, fish, chocolates, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries.

Symptoms: The symptoms of allergy are as varied as the substances causing the reaction. These include recurring headache, migraine, dizziness, irritability, nervousness, depression, neuralgia, sneezing, conjunctivitis, diabetes, eczema, heart-burn, hay fever, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric ulcer, asthma, overweight, high blood pressure, chest pain, heart attacks, a stuffy or runny nose, shortness of breath, swelling of the face and eyes, etc. The same food can cause different symptoms in different people. Many allergies are multiple and may be caused by multiple allergens.

Causes: Allergy is an indication of lowered resistance and internal disharmony caused by dietetic errors and faulty style of living. It is believed that the major cause of allergy is feeding babies such foods as cereals, meat, corns, whole milk, etc. before they reach the age of 10 to 12 months. These foods cause allergic reactions as babies lack the proper enzymes needed for their digestion before that age. Babies should be breast-fed for at least eight months as this is nature?s way of providing all the required nutrients during this period.

Another important cause of allergy is today?s processed foods loaded with numerous chemical additives, many of which cause powerful reactions. An allergic condition can result from diet imbalances. There can be a breakdown in the body?s ability to handle sugar due to excessive intake of refined sugar and consequent blood sugar irregularities, or mineral and vitamin imbalances due to defective dietary patterns.

Emotional and psychological stress can also lead to allergies. Allergic symptoms are often nothing more than body?s reaction to stress. A person can through chronic stress, become sensitive to common foods or commonplace substances like petrol fumes.

Treatment: There are various ways to tackle many of the allergic disturbances. First, the sources must be identified. This is a difficult but not impossible task. Second, once the sources are discovered, they should be avoided. Third, and most important, general health and resistance should be built up to establish immunity to them.

There are two methods to detect disturbing foods. The first method is the trial-and-error elimination diet. This automatically eliminates many hazards and foods. Keep to organic, untreated, unprocessed foods as far as possible and you will eliminate another set of hazards such as pesticides, various sprays and other poisons.

After having eliminated as many disturbing factors as possible, a self-search should be carried out to ascertain any suspicious symptoms from foods. It is advisable to try a preliminary diet, excluding suspected foods for two weeks until the cause is detected. Occasionally, by changing the brand or the type, you can find a food substitute that does not upset you.

Another way to detect the cause of allergy is by Dr. Coca?s "pulse test."

The method is as follows: Check your pulse before a meal. Then limiting that meal to one food only, wit for half an hour after eating and take your pulse again. A slight increase is considered normal, even up to 16 extra beats. If your pulse does not rise above 84, you may be allergy-free. But if your pulse rises beyond that point, and remains high an hour after the meal, you have found your food allergy. The best way, however, to prevent or overcome allergies is to strengthen the overall physical resistance so as not to fall an easy prey to every allergen that comes along. To start with, the patient should fast on fresh fruit juices for four or five days. Repeated short juice fasts are likely to result in better tolerance to previous allergies. After the fruit juice fast, the patient can take a mono diet of vegetables or fruits such as carrots, grapes or apples, for one week. After that one more food is added to the mono diet. A week later the third food is added and so on. After four weeks, the protein foods can be introduced, one at a time. In case an allergic reaction to a newly introduced food is noticed, it should be discontinued and a new food tried. In this way all real allergens can be eventually eliminated from the diet.

The body requires a large alkaline reserve for its daily activity. The many emergencies of acid formation through the day from wrong foods, fatigue, mental stress and lack of sleep can be met by the competency of the alkaline reserves. Boosting the normal body reserve of alkalines by liberal use of alkaline- forming foods is essential for those suffering from allergies.

The foods which should be excluded from the diet are tea, coffee, chocolate, cola drinks, alcohol, sugar, sweets and foods containing sugar, refined cereals, meats, fish, chicken, tobacco, milk, cheese, butter, smoked, salted, pickled foods and foods containing any chemical additives, preservatives, and flavouring. These foods cause either toxic accumulations or over-stimulation of adrenal glands or strain on pancreatic enzymes production or disturb the blood sugar balance.

For preventive purposes, the entire C complex vitamins - known as the bioflavonoids, are recommended. They gradually strengthen cell permeability to help immunise the body from various allergies, especially hay fever. Often the addition B5 , or pantothenic acid brings great relief to allergy sufferers. Multiple allergies may result from poor adrenal gland functioning. In such cases liberal amounts of pantothenic acids help cure them, although the recovery will take several weeks. An adequate intake of vitamin E is also beneficial, as this vitamin possesses effective anti-allergic properties, as some studies have shown.

An exciting remedy for allergy has been discovered by an Indian physician, Dr. Hement Pathak. He found that the use of five drops of castor oil in a little juice or water taken on an empty stomach in the morning is highly beneficial for allergies in the intestinal tract, skin, and nasal passages. Dr. Pathak, who is an expert in Chinese medicine, has reported numerous cases of allergic protection by this method. For allergic conditions in which an element of stress is present, it is essential to employ such methods as relaxation, exercise, meditation and mind control. These methods will reduce or remove stress and thereby contribute towards the treatment of allergies.

Yogic asanas like yogamudra ardhmatsyendrasana, sarvangasana, shavasana and anuloma-viloma, and pranayama are also beneficial.

Hope this helps, Good Luck.

Admin

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