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Allergies

What is an allergy? What is an intolerance? What is a sensitivity or hypersensitivity?

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If the reaction is mild, it is called an intolerance. When the reactions are more than mild, it can be called sensitivity reactions. When they are very reactive or cause prolonged symptoms causing acute or chronic illness, that is called an allergic reaction. True allergies are also capable of causing immunoglobulin productions so that IgE (Immunoglobulin E) will be elevated in the blood. People who suffer from intolerances and sensitivity reactions do not have elevation of immunoglobulins in the blood. In fact there is no valid laboratory test available to detect intolerances and sensitivities.

Causes of Allergies

  • A. Toxins from various sources: food, bacteria, fungus, virus, neurotoxins like mercury, MSG, pesticides, radiation, etc.
  • B. Post-Injuries, Accidents, Surgery, Etc.
  • C. Genetically Transmitted: Inherited allergies from grandparents, etc.
  • D. Deficiency and Malabsorption disorders
  • E. Emotional Traumas

Categories of Allergens

  • Inhalant
  • Ingestant
  • Contactant
  • Injectant
  • Infectant
  • Physical Agents
  • Genetic Factors
  • Mold and Fungi
  • Emotional Factors