Allergy Causes are varied and listed below. The number of people with allergies has been rising in the last few decades to near epidemic levels. Genetic pre-dispositions to allergies cannot explain the marked increases that we are seeing within Westernised countries. Increases have occurred in the number of all types of allergies:
Hay Fever, Asthma (dramatic), Eczema, Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis (causing a potentially fatal reaction, which is usually more commonly caused by insect stings but can also triggered by foods).
Chronic allergies refers to those allergies that have been present over the longer term – often years. They can also be characterised by the severity of reaction. So what is happening, what are our bodies immune systems having to cope with?
Allergy Causes: The Five Most Important Factors:
1) Pollution/Toxicity in the Environment/Home
Our environments have become more polluted and/or toxic. The number of chemicals created has increased significantly since the 1960’s. Although improvements in reducing obvious toxins like the heavy metal, lead, from paints and petrol have occurred and air quality is far cleaner than the post war period, we still have high amounts of environmental toxins that we are faced with on a daily basis.
i) Industrial/Exhaust Emissions
Parts of the world including China and India and other rapidly developing nations are now experiencing serious air quality issues as a result of increased economic output. Higher industrial output, traffic volumes and exhaust fumes contain toxic chemicals:
Lead, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulphur Dioxide, Benzene, Formaldehyde. We don’t need a clearer link between environmental toxin exposure and Allergy Causes.
London air pollution reached record highs in March 2012.
ii) Electro Magnetic Fields (E.M.F.)
“Electro Smog” is caused by wireless networks and phone masts. Aggressive high frequency pulsed voltages (switched on and off 200 times a second), have now reached up to 5000 GHz. This voltage bombards our bodies cell walls.
We’ve now brought wireless into the home with Wi-Fi, D.E.C.T. Phones and Bluetooth devices. Wireless electricity is next…
In the U.K., at present animal studies on the effects of E.M.F. have only been conducted over a maximum of 4 years.
iii) Household Chemicals
The number of chemicals that go into everyday household items from our soft furnishings – with flame retardants, detergents, cleaning agents, to chemicals used in out toiletries – also increase the load on our bodies eliminative capacity (liver/kidneys).
They are a significant factor in allergy causes. Our bodies were not designed to process so many chemicals.
NOTE: Small children in Australia were found to be four times as likely to develop asthma when exposed to higher levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (V.O.C.) found in household cleaning products – than children exposed to lower levels. This despite levels being WITHIN government guidelines.
More importantly the presence of heavy metals and chemical toxicity in the body factors as one of the most undiagnosed and overlooked allergy causes. A higher toxic body burden places far greater stress upon the immune system, liver and kidneys and alters the bacterial balance in the gut/liver – see below.
Monsanto’s Glyphosate (Roundup) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds. There has been a surge in the use of Roundup to make harvesting cereal crops easier in the last 10 to 15 years. “By spraying crops late in order to stop them growing, there was more chance that pesticide residues would show up in food.” Peter Melchett, from the Soil Association.
Our modern diets now include a chemical cocktail of ingredients that most shoppers never stop to consider. With chemical residues in foods including, pesticides, herbicides, preservatives and anti-biotics in meats, it is easy to understand how the immune system has been placed under a greater burden to process, neutralise and expel such toxins . Again another highly significant factor in allergy causes.
ii) High Sugar Levels
Another significant allergy cause can be seen when we look at sugar consumption rates. Since I first covered this in my eBook in 2004 the subject has finally reached mainstream media. The increase in the consumption of sugar rich foods and high glycemic foods (which release/convert sugars quickly into the bloodstream) is staggering.
In the 1800’s on average we consumed about 20 pounds (lbs) of sugar a year/per head. 200 years later and that figure has risen tenfold to just under 200 lbs/year.
The bodies ability to cope with higher amounts of sugar in the diet has reached a level that is beyond our bodies ability to naturally adapt.
This explains our high obesity rates. Due to the ill advised reduction of fats in our diet it is carbohydrates that are causing us to pile on the pounds not fats. Another epidemic we’re witnessing is Type 2 Diabetes, where the body can not create enough insulin to bring down the high sugar levels in the blood.
Why are high sugar diets a problem? High sugar diets feed the nasty pathogens like bad bacteria, parasites and yeasts in the gut that then crowd out the healthy bacteria – the ones you need, that are helping break down and absorb the nutrients in your food. Add that to the the over-prescription of anti-biotics which kill good and bad bacteria in the gut and it’s easy to see why out health is being impacted. (More below).
Parasitic organisms like yeasts and parasites “rob” the body of these vital nutrients – literally feeding off of the food you eat.
The second double whammy effect is that the high blood sugar levels in the blood have a negative effect upon our hormonal systems (eicosanoids) and this impairs immune system functioning.
iii) Dead Foods
Did I also mention the lack of anti oxidants in our diets due to the high intake of “dead” foods and soils stripped of minerals from over farming? Anti oxidants, like vitamin C and E and the mineral selenium, all help to eradicate the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that cause tissue damage and are created during natural cellular processes and from the exposure to toxins.
Processed, canned, packaged foods are counter productive if your goal is to receive the highest level of nutrition when you eat. The extreme version of this is eating raw. This though can create it’s own problems, with stomach cramps and indigestion because digestion may be poor to start with and digestive enzymes may be initially necessary to help break down such raw food diets.
iv) Known “Offenders”
The most common allergy causes are because of these offenders: Milk, wheat, nuts and gluten (indigestible protein molecules derived from wheat/grains) have already been singled out in the medical literature as being the commonest substances that can provoke allergic reactions (sometimes extreme reactions).
If you or your child is being affected severely by conditions such as eczema or excessive itching either of the eyes or nasal passages, or throat, as an immediate and temporary solution these items should be eliminated from the diet. They can be reintroduced one item at a time after a few weeks to work out the offending substance(s). The long term aim to strengthen the immune system by detoxing, still remains.
Stress that is not effectively managed contributes to increased levels of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol in the blood which has a negative effect upon immune system functioning. Stress management can be aided by better diet/sleep/exercise/relaxation techniques).
Stress also reduces the oxygenation of the blood through shorter shallower breathing and can affect our digestion and intestinal flora balance. This, as explained above, is the balance between healthy bacteria and non healthy bacteria along with the amount of safe naturally occurring yeast (particularly in the large colon).
Bacterial imbalance of the intestinal flora impacts negatively upon the absorption of nutrients, the very buffers we need to help ward off our ever present “foreign invaders.”
A lack of early immune system stimulation by exposure to pathogens as infants can effect how our immune systems respond to pathogens in later life. We are too clean! Evidence of early infections like Hepatitus A decrease the incidence of allergies in later life.
5) Drugs and Vaccinations
High levels of prescriptions drugs like anti-biotics, steroids and paracetamol also impact immune functioning negatively in the long run. There is some evidence of immune system mis-function with long term recreational drug use. Auto immune disease occurs when the body “attacks” its own tissue mistaking it for foreign substances.
In the 1980’s, a child up to the age of six would receive a maximum of 10 vaccines, with many receiving less. Today, the C.D.C. recommends 36 vaccines.
Controversy over the use of the ingredient, mercury thimerosal in vaccinations and the link to autism came to ahead in 2014. Over a 10 year period Dr Hooker submitted endless Freedom of Information requests to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C.). these requests uncovered that the results of the C.D.C.’s safety studies were “fatally flawed” and that they both withheld data and cherry picked data from the studies in an attempt to show no link.
Thimerosal has largely been replaced by liquid aluminum…. Some lessons are never learnt.
Firstly by removing/avoiding the main offenders and improving the diet, improvements can be made very quickly. Of course this is not a long term solution but it will reduce the body burden and help immune functioning. This is just an initial step as the aim is make the body stronger through detoxing so that it no longer reacts with the “outside world” in inappropriate ways.
Hopefully now you’ll have a better understanding of the factors involved and the main allergy causes and be better able to take the necessary steps in eliminating your allergies.
For more on Allergy Causes and How to Beat Them See my I Cured My Chronic Fatigue – So Can You – eBook – Chapter Contents on my home page.