- Good news, this Trojan Horse cure could put an end to the growing allergy problem
- How to allergy-proof your home
- Do you have one of these hidden allergy symptoms?
My youngest daughter was born with a food allergy.
After about four weeks of screaming, we suspected that milk-related products might be giving her agonising stomach pain.
But it took another TWO MONTHS for doctors to come to this same conclusion.
“It’s just normal crying. That’s what babies do.”
“You might have post-natal depression.”
Those were just some of the things my wife was told. It was exasperating!
It was as if a milk allergy or intolerance was out of the question and we were making it all up. Eventually after we pleaded and nagged, they gave us a lactose and milk-free formula and -surprise surprise – she stopped screaming and our woes were at an end.
But really, an allergy or intolerance should have been a first port of call.
More and more children are born with problems like these. In Britain, on in five kids have a predisposition to an allergy. This risk doubles if one of the parents suffers from an allergy. And if both parents have allergies, the child has a 60-80% risk of developing an allergy.
Even if you avoid an allergy problem as a kid, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods.
Allergies effects up to 35% of people in the UK, Europe and USA at some stage in their lives, including asthma and hay fever.
These figures don’t take into account milder intolerances and other issues with digesting certain types of food.
It could be that you have an intolerance to an ingredient or chemical that is affecting you without even knowing it. For many, it’s a hidden and undiagnosed reason behind mysterious chronic illnesses involving pain, insomnia, tiredness, lethargy and low mood.
I’ll deal with that issue in a moment.
But first, here’s some good news for severe allergy sufferers…
The Trojan horse that could end your problems.
In research published in April in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of scientists have found a radical new solution to asthma and allergies.
They’ve designed a nanoparticle that hides an allergen in a ‘friendly’ shell, meaning it can sneak into your system and convince your body NOT to attack it.
Effectively they’re introducing the allergy in a ‘Trojan Horse’ which means the immune system doesn’t notice it until it has already been accepted by the body.
This could stop allergic reactions in the airways of asthma suffers or combat food allergies. In fact the research showed proven success in ‘switching off’ a mouse’s peanut allergy.
It sounds great but it’s still early in it’s development. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this therapy.
However, there are some other things you can do right now…
Avoiding and treating respiratory allergies…
If you have asthma or hay fever I’d highly recommend you try out a salt therapy. By breathing into a pipe a few times a day you can:
- reduce wheeziness and shortness of breath
- control snoring and get a better night’s sleep
- clear out your sinuses
- control coughs
- keep your air passages clean and pollution-free
Take a look at this for more details: Salt Therapy for Allergies
I’d also recommend you avoid toxins in the home as much as possible, because these are often the main culprits.
- Use lemon juice or vinegar with warm water as a natural cleaner for your home. These can work just as well as expensive chemical-laden supermarket products.
- Avoid shop-bought artificial air fresheners and try naturally scenting you home by roasting lemons in the oven or leaving a pot of rosemary and lemons simmering on a hob.
- You can make a natural scented candle by halving an orange, leaving the central stem sticking up, filling it with oil, leaving it to soak for an hour, then lighting the stem.
- Research has shown that dust-mite allergens in mattresses are linked to asthma. So try vacuuming your mattress daily or covering it in plastic.
- Avoid carpets. If you have allergens to dust and irritants then swap house carpets for wooden flooring or linoleum.
- Reduce pollen in your home by changing clothes when you come in from gardening or country walks. At night make sure pollens is washed from your hair by having a shower or bath before you go to bed. Same for pets – bathe them more regularly to get the irritants out of the fur.
- Choose the right plants. In the ‘80s, NASA used houseplants as a way of of providing purer air for space stations. Top plants included Aloe Vera, Spider Plant, Peace Lilly, Ferns, Eucalyptus, Chinese Evergreen and Chrysanthemum.
By the way if you want tonnes more tips about using food like lemons, garlic and vinegar to save money and look after your health (and home) naturally, I’d recommend this box-set from author Ray Collins: An encyclopaedia of natural health breakthroughs.
How to investigate a food allergy or intolerance problem
If you have a food allergy, you’ll probably know it, as the reaction is instantaneous. Something will either happen to your airways, digestive system or skin that goes off like an alarm.
However, food intolerances are a lot more common, and harder to diagnose. It might be that you get stomach aches, flatulence, diarrhoea or constipation. Or that you have unexplained joint pain, headaches or tiredness.
How can you tell it’s because of food? And how can you narrow it down to the culprit?
Many make the mistake of thinking a shop-bought allergy or intolerance test can be the answer. But I’d be ware of many advertised high street tests. I’d go your doctor instead, hear their advice and get a test using their systems.
However, this isn’t always the answer. If there’s no outright allergy spotted then usually you’re left to your own devices anyway. In my own personal experience, the medical establishment doesn’t really rate non-threatening allergies as high priority.
When it comes to food intolerances and allergies, you need to become highly methodical… almost as if you’re a murder detective on a case.
The big question is…. WHODDUNIT?
To find out you need to go through a long process of elimination while keeping a food diary. You need to record absolutely everything you eat, then note down your mood after, including any symptoms of pain and discomfort.
Set up a table like this:
Then try eliminating one food or food group for a period of time, and recording the results. Your hit list should include:
- Milk proteins
Record everything – even sneaky snacks and things you might forget reporting.
Also make sure you fastidiously check the labels of food. As a father of a child who can’t consume milk, it’s amazing what you find milk-power in… crisps, burger buns, sausage roles…
Once you’ve done that, then you need to re-introduce the food you’ve given up, and record results again.
I know this sounds painstaking but it’s the best method. You really need to PROVE that a food is the problem before you spend your life (and a lot of money) avoiding it unnecessarily.
Make sure you explain to family and friends what you are doing, so they can support you.
Until next time, stay healthy!