by Sandi Radomski, ND, LCSW
2001: An Energy Odyssey -- The Furigen Papers Editors: Willem Lammers & Beate Kircher IAS Publications
Allergy Antidotes is a comprehensive system for assessing, identifying, and treating substance sensitivities with the goal of eliminating undesirable physical and emotional symptoms. The Allergy Antidotes system has been highly successful in reducing symptoms from substance sensitivities, the incidence of which continue to rise at an alarming rate. For example, asthma, especially in children, has increased dramatically. More patients than ever before with environmental illnesses or multiple chemical sensitivities, appear at my office with masks and oxygen tanks. Many churches and office buildings have become perfume and scent- free in an effort to accommodate people with allergies. More and more buildings are labeled “sick” due to chemical toxicity. It is becoming apparent that it is difficult for many people to cope with the numerous chemicals of our modern world.
I first became aware of the importance of food and environmental sensitivities through the work of Dr. Roger Callahan, the founder of Thought Field Therapy (TFT). Despite the success of TFT in most cases, Dr. Callahan sought to understand the minority of cases when TFT failed to eliminate symptoms and those instances when negative symptoms reoccurred. Dr. Callahan discovered that certain people undergo psychological reversal and a subsequent return of symptoms when exposed to a substance to which they are particularly sensitive. He calls these substances energy toxins since they are toxic to or weaken the body’s energy system. I call this weakening of the body’s energy system an allergy. When I refer to allergies, it is, therefore, not in the strict medical definition of allergy involving a histamine reaction. A discussion of the Allergy Antidotes system involves the interchangeable terms allergy, allergy-like reaction, sensitivity, and energy toxins.
There are several reasons for the astonishing increase in food and environmental sensitivities. The most obvious is that we are exposed to a greater quantity and diversity of chemicals and substances today than at any other time in human evolution. We inhale and ingest chemicals on a daily basis whose names we can’t even pronounce. As a result, our natural immune defenses, which constantly process information to determine the safety of substances and simultaneously adjust our internal environment to maintain homeostasis in relationship to those substances, have become overloaded and are forced to succumb to allergy-like reactions. The result can be likened to the “rain barrel effect,” where the rain barrel represents the immune system, which gives up trying to adjust to the substances to which it is confronted and simply overflows. The affected person then experiences reactions to those substances.
In addition to an overworked immune system, allergy-like reactions are known to increase after a trauma. Sensitivities to particular substances can arise when a person is traumatized while being exposed to that substance. Association of reactive substances to trauma follows the findings of Dr. Robert Ader, who coined the term psychoneuroimmunology. Dr. Ader conducted the first study of how our body is conditioned to associate external events with foods ingested during those events. He did this by first lowering the effectiveness of the immune system of mice by giving them an immune suppressant drug in a saccharine solution, and then by observing that saccharine alone produced a similar decrease in immune system function. The mice quickly began to associate the taste of saccharine to simultaneous immune suppression, just as the human body may associate a trauma to foods or smells linked in time to the trauma.
Any Symptom Can be From Substance Sensitivities
Reactions to various substances can produce a myriad of symptoms including ADD, anxiety, depression, arthritis, respiratory problems, menstrual difficulties, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, brain fog, panic attacks, headaches, weight gain, learning disabilities, hyperactivity and aches and pains. The severity of the symptom runs the gamut from nasal congestion to psychosis.
As clinicians, we must assess whether a patient’s symptoms may be an allergic response to a substance. It is important to ask if allergies tend to run in the family. Note whether the symptoms are better or worse at particular times of the day, week, month or year, and dependent on what a person is doing or eating. For example, is it better or worse before or after meals? Inside or outdoors? In the morning, afternoon or evening? Do you see 180° shifts in behavior?
When evaluating food sensitivities, it is also important to note what types of foods someone craves. We tend to be reactive to those foods we crave. If a person has a main food that they “have to have,” they are probably sensitive to it.
Any Substance can Cause a Sensitivity Reaction
As discussed, any symptom can be from a substance sensitivity. In turn, any substance can trigger a reaction. The possible culprits range from toxic chemicals such as petrochemicals to non-toxic substances such as eggs and vitamin C, which would be harmless to most people.
One of the goals of the Allergy Antidotes system is to open our minds to the possible contribution of sensitivity reactions to a client’s behavior and health. To this end, we must become aware of those substances that have been clinically found most often to promote allergy-like reactions. We must also have a way to assess whether a particular substance is weakening a person’s energy system.
Identification of Substance Sensitivities
Sensitive substances can be easily identified using non-invasive muscle testing. This variety of muscle testing, adapted from Applied Kinesiology, involves the patient holding or thinking about different substances while consistent pressure is applied to the patient’s outstretched arm. If the arm weakens or “gives way,” it is an indication that the held substance is weakening the muscle energy system.
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