View Full Version : Anyone Heal themselves from Hayfever/Allergies?
11-28-2006, 09:25 AM
My father is currently suffering from hayfever allergies where he has watery red eyes and sneezing. These came on suddenly about a year ago and he is miserable all the time.
He thinks they may be connected to his coffee intake. He is a vegetarian (has been for years) but eats a lot of dairy and wheat.
I would really like to help him. From what I remember a lot of people here have had good results with raw and allergies. I was hoping you could tell your success stories and then I could print out this thread and have him read it.
11-28-2006, 09:28 AM
Dairy...he needs to get off the dairy! Probably the cooked wheat too, but I can almost promise you that the dairy is the main culprit.
I used to have allergies like that...not too severe and it had just started in my early 30's but after going raw, I can happily say I don't get those symptoms anymore.
11-28-2006, 09:34 AM
As Cherie says ~ just getting him off dairy and wheat will probably do it. Lead him gently to raw.
11-28-2006, 09:52 AM
YEP, I third it, it's the dairy.
I used to take over the counter medications daily, at least 4 to 8 pills, very veyr bad for me stuff.
my throat would close up so I would have to go to the emergency room, it got so bad in the spring, I had over 100 sneezes in 60 minutes probably some kind of record.
and it was always this way, about 5 months out of the year, from spring to fall, winter was my only good time.
and when I cut out dairy, no problem,
no runny eyes
no red nose
no red eyes
no itchy ears
no runny nothing
I can actually beath out of my nose 100% of the time now, I never blow my nose anymore, and can go from ice cold outside temp to inside room temp and no runny nose, etc.
I feel so wonderful, I would say, drop the dairy, ALL dairy , go vegan, all the way, no milk, cheese, ice cream, cream cheese, sour cream, no hashbrowns,
how did that get in there, trust me read the lable, whey in everything so probably no canned or packaged or frozen foods either, so no whey, or casein, or all the other weird non dairy type words that ARE dairy.
11-28-2006, 10:17 AM
Hay Fever and Asthma
by Dr. Robert Gross
The term "allergy" denotes that the allergic person reacts to contacteither through the mouth, nose or skinwith certain substances in a way that is different from the response of normal people. It is said that his body tissues have greater sensitivity than those of nonallergics. When he is exposed to offending allergens, his "changed reaction" reveals itself in characteristic symptomsred eyes, running nose, rashes, headaches, of abdominal distress. To most people, a plate of strawberries or tomatoes is an innocent and delicious repast. Yet in certain men, women and even small babies, these foods cause a severe rash, swollen eyes or an asthmatic attack. It is considered that these people are otherwise healthy, energetic folk, but in the language of the day, "allergic to strawberries or tomatoes." The term "allergy" is a catch-all term which is now generally used to describe the cause of all symptoms whose existence otherwise baffles the practitioners. It has been said that many individuals are "allergic" to their own bodies and hence get sick because of this.
There are no essential differences between hay fever and asthma; in the one, hay fever, the nasal portion of the respiratory tract is affected; in the other, the bronchi (air tubes) are affected. In many instances, both are affected. Hay fever is inaccurately named, for the condition is not caused by hay and there is no fever. Its well-known symptomsitching eyes, nose and roof of mouth; nasal obstruction; paroxysms of sneezing; inflamed eyes; and a watery discharge are "triggered'" by the airborne pollens of various plants, especially ragweed and grasses. Molds, dust, particularly house dust; hair of dogs, cats, horses and cows; feathers of chickens, ducks, and geese: and orris root, the base of almost all cosmetic powders, are other triggering agents.
Asthma is labored breathing occurring in paroxysms upon expiration and is accompanied by wheezing, coughing, slow respiration, sweating, blueness of skin (cyanosis) and coldness of extremities. The muscular coats of the bronchi become spastic (tightened and contracted) and occlude the lumen (bore) or the air tubes thus causing difficulty in expiration. These acute paroxysms occur at varying intervals and degrees of severity. Night "attacks'" are common. The "attack" may last only for minutes, or it may continue for many hours or days. Between "attacks" the patient is seemingly quite well.
The medical profession believes that the fundamental cause of allergy is the powerful body chemical, histamine; this is the trigger that supposedly touches off the allergic attack. Irritated by offending pollen or food, histamine, it is said, lights the fuse for an explosion of sneezing, wheezing, coughing or itching. The profession has not yet found an explanation of why certain people become hypersensitive to certain irritants. It is believed that this reaction is due to some defect in the allergic person's tissues which cause the production of too much histamine when in contact with allergenic substances.
Despite the use of anti-histamines, adrenalin, nasal sprays, injections and drops, ephedrine, A.C.T.H., cortisone, inoculations and "patch tests," "allergies" are growing increasingly wider in scope and more aggravating symptomatically.
These drugs are complicating the symptoms, causing chronicity and precipitating the appearance of so-called "side effects": heart palpitation, nausea, nervousness, skin rashes, dizziness, sleepiness, stupor, chills, and headaches. Their poison effects are more devastating than the "disease" they are supposed to "cure."
Throughout the entire bodyin the skin, mucous membrane of the nose, mouth and eyes; joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and most organs and glandsthere exist tiny, microscopic nerve-end receptors. These infinitesimal nerve receptors mediate, variably, sensations of pain, touch, pressure, heat and cold to the deeper-lying nerves and spinal cord of the body. Some of these sensations are transmitted to the brain for conscious perception. When we live incorrectly by indulging in wrong food habits, wrong thinking and getting insufficient sleep, fresh air and exercise, our bodies become depleted of nerve energy. This state of enervation leads to lowered metabolism and elimination of the wastes, and the tissues, bloodstream, organs and nerve-end receptors become toxemic. The latter may be "weak links" (susceptibility) in the body due to many factors. If this is so, the individual will become hypersensitive to all the triggering elements mentioned above and hay fever and asthma will be manifested. Thus, the basic cause of these derangements, as in all other disease states, is the mode of life pursued which leads to vital energy depletion with consequent toxemia formation. So-called heredity plays some part in these processes, where hay fever and asthma come down on one side of the family. These families are likely to violate natural laws in the same manner from generation to generation. If the unhygienic living habits of the family were changed, the hypersensitivity or "allergy" would cease.
Most of these who have acquired this shortcoming began gathering these undesirable conditions unto themselves as children by their manner of living. This is not their fault but the fault of parents who stuff them with milk and devitalized products until they become catarrhal and "diseased" in other ways. They become so acidic that health is impossible; hypersensitivity is produced and causes hay fever and asthma.
When we live correctly, our bodies maintain a normal alkaline balance and we are free from all sickness. Wrong eating, wrong drinking and wrong living in all areas produce subnormal health.
Health is the characteristic of people who live according to nature's principles and who eat "good foods." The latter are foods which are very close to their natural state and not, as is the case with most of the food of civilized peoples today, the end products of a whole series of disruptive processes of refining and preserving. All these meddlings break up the foods and divorce them from their natural state and composition.
Abstention from all food (fasting) for several days has marked beneficial results with these "allergies." Improvement might be said to be extremely dramatic. Only ingestion of distilled water is permitted during this time. Following the fast, freshly-expressed fruit arid vegetable juices are given in minimal quantities for a few days, followed by a fresh, raw fruit, vegetable, nut and seed regimen. Fresh air is a necessary factor in returning vibrant health as well as is a correct mental attitude. By taking the mental attitude of healthfulness, one can often ward things off. But if one takes the attitude that a certain calamity is to befall, one mentally cooperates to bring it about. We have seen people apparently sick due to fear, worry and depression, and yet when the mind was diverted into constructive channels, they become happy and hopeful within a few minutes. The conditions were not changed; the thoughts of the sick person were re-routed.
It you or a loved one or a friend are victims of your transgressions and have developed hay fever or asthma, you can surely become free of these annoying and debilitating manifestations by ceasing your faulty living habits and adopting the principles of nature. Only in this manner will you gain efficiency, effectiveness and true happiness.
11-28-2006, 11:04 AM
I suffered from asthma and allergies for years, since I was nine years old.
In my mid-30s, my asthma got so bad I had to be put on two different kinds of steroids, including prednisone, which leeches calcium from the bones. I was also on another steroid for chronic sinus problems.
Since I've been raw, I am no longer taking these medications. I do still have my asthma inhaler though, but I hardly ever use it. I keep it on hand just in case I come into contact with something really nasty, like toxic chemicals. I used to go through one of these inhalers every two weeks, now I can't remember the last time I got a new one, maybe last winter.
I have been allergic to pet dander my whole life so I could never be around cats and dogs. Last summer, I went to my friend's house and because she has a dog, I was planning on just dropping in for like two minutes and then leaving. I ended up hanging out in her living room for four hours and did not wheeze or sneeze or have any symptoms. Previously, being in the same home where a pet lived could send me to the hospital ER.
11-28-2006, 04:47 PM
Luke, my husband used to be a hayfever sufferer. Also, he used to get colds every year and spend too much on various pills. Not anymore. Phew!
11-28-2006, 09:05 PM
VG, I'm going to go against the grain and disagree with the dairy diagnosis. Conditionally, at least.
I have suffered from severe allergic rhinitis every day of my life since I was six years old at least. I would say since younger even, but I can only clearly remember to the first grade, age six. Every day was like having a terrible cold. Sneezing all the time, itchy eyes, congestion, coughing, runny nose. EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE.
At seven, I was skin scratch tested. Allergic to all inhaled allergens, no food triggers determined by that test. Docs started prescribing antihistamines and decongestants.
At ten, I was diagnosed with asthma. My dad, heretofore an indoor smoker, started smoking outside. My mom took me to a homeopath. He diagnosed a dairy allergy. Mom took me home, cut dairy totally out of my diet. Three months later, no improvement. We gave up. Another 18 years of extreme allergic rhinitis, wheezing, and chronic sinus infections. Inhaled steroids, bronchiodialators, antihistamines, decongestants, and antibiotics. Most of the time, I couldn't stand to take all these medications, because the left me effectively non-functional, tweaky, and thrush-y.
A year and a half ago, I took a friend's recommendation and went to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat Doc. An allopath, he cut my medications down to just 5(!) and did the skin scratch test for inhaled allergens again. He prescribed allergy desensitization shots. Things were so bad for me by this time that I was missing lots of work, leaving early or just calling in sick many days. I was desperate, and he did eliminate my symptoms.
Thing was, if I missed a dose of those meds, everything reverted to how it was before.
I was, by this time, pretty convinced that there was an underlying THING, something that I, personally and consciously, could control. I just didn't know what the THING was. I needed help to uncover it and learn to control it.
I went raw in January of this year. I gave up the meds at the same time. After four months of being scrupulously 100% raw and vegan, my allergies and asthma were no better. I kept looking around for something in my diet or lifestyle that I wasn't being "raw enough" about, something that was causing the problem.
Earlier this year, I connected with a local DC/nutritionist who works with herbs and supplements. He diagnosed leaky gut syndrome (stomach not acid enough to break down food properly, small intestine not alkaline enough to absorb food properly = large food particles causeing inflammation). We did a food allergy/sensitivity blood test. Turns out my trigger foods have nothing to do with dairy, but are, in descending order, Kidney Beans, Sesame Seeds, Sugar Cane, Wheat, Spelt, Rye, Coffee, and a few more.
With the exception of Sesame seeds (occasional raw tahini), I wasn't eating any of these things at the time
He prescribed some supplements to soothe the inflamation in my stomach. Within 3 weeks, I was symptom free. For me, raw food alone was not enough to repair the damage of 29 years. I really needed more advanced help. My symptoms were so bad that I would have reverted to the allopathic meds if I didn't have the help my hollistic doc.
I think it is worth having IgG testing done if you suspect hidden food allergies or sensitivities. It may be dairy, or it may be something else completely unexpected (Kidney beans!!)Being armed with specific knowledge of the foods that may cause delayed reactions is tremendously powerful.
Now, eating raw is an effective way for me to avoid all my trigger foods, and I no longer require many supplements (I only take one multivitamin), but I do not think I would have made it with raw food alone. My symptoms were so bad, that I would have reverted to the shots, steroids, etc. just so that I could function in my daily life.
11-29-2006, 02:45 AM
So ... since so many people (myself included) eliminated their allergies by eating only living foods, it sure wouldn't hurt for him to go raw first and see if that works for him, also.
If not, then he could take the course that you took, RM.
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