Allergy Testing and Treatment in West Lothian, Scotland.
Allergy Testing and Treatment
What Is Allergy?
Allergies, or allergic diseases, are conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to typically harmless substances in the environment. These diseases include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis, allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis.
How Common Are Allergies?
Allergies are increasingly common and are on the rise. In the developed world, about 20% of people are affected by allergic rhinitis, about 6% of people have at least one food allergy, and about 20% have atopic dermatitis at some point in time. Depending on the country about 1–18% of people have asthma. Anaphylaxis occurs in between 0.05–2% of people.
What Are the Causes and Treatments for Allergic Conditions?
Allergies have been increasing in both number and severity but still remain largely undiagnosed by the modern medicine. There is no medical treatment for allergies beyond the prescription of anti-histamines to alleviate the symptoms. While, in many cases, medications can make us feel better, they pollute our body’s systems with chemicals and toxins, which are very hard to eliminate, especially at the times when our body is trying to cope with the actual causes of the allergic reaction. The overload of toxins and chemicals may lead to the weakening, or even complete shutting down, of the Immune system.
An allergic reaction is simply our body’s way of telling us that something in us is out of balance and some change is needed, whether in our diet, environment, or emotions. By taking anti-histamines, we merely disconnect ourselves from our body’s messaging system; we turn a deaf ear to its voice screaming for help. We choose to ignore until, sometimes, it’s too late, and our health has started falling apart. In this case, the symptoms might have started showing somewhere else: in our lungs, digestive system, bones and joints, often impacting on our mental and emotional state too.
Most people are aware of common allergies such as Hay Fever (allergic rhinitis), asthma and eczema but possibly do not realise that other, sometimes severe, problems can be caused by allergic reactions. For example, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Candidiasis, Chronic Sinusitis, Recurring Cystitis, Muscle/Joint pain, Extreme Tiredness, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are just some examples of the range of problems that can cause crippling discomfort in people’s lives and may be caused, or exacerbated, by chemical or food intolerances.
Can Children Be Tested?
Recently I have started to see more and more people opting for an alternative approach to allergy testing and treatment. And the most rapidly growing group are the parents of affected young children and babies, who choose to avoid their children having to undergo painful and invasive tests and taking chemicals. As a parent, especially when weaning your child off milk, it can be frightening to watch aggressive skin reactions on your child without knowing what is happening.
I use muscle testing, which child- and baby-friendly and doesn’t involve painful scratch, injection or patch testing on your precious little one. Being able to know and then treat or avoid any foods or chemicals that your child is allergic to is very effective and empowering for a parent.
What Approach Do You Use to Test for Allergies?
The approach for allergy testing I use in my practice is based on the technique adopted in Applied Kinesiology, which uses muscle testing as the basis. This technique is a fast, painless and very accurate way of testing your body’s reaction to a large number of known allergens without the invasiveness of needles.
Muscle testing is a practice that is used to tap into the subconscious mind in order to answer questions about physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Our bodies live and function on principles of electromagnetic energy. While our conscious mind is mostly unaware of these energies, our subconscious mind is intimately connected to and affected by them. It is responsive to positive energy and congruency and resistant to negative energy and incongruency. It is this tendency to seek out or reinforce positive energy and to avoid or refuse negative energy that allows us to perform muscle testing. Muscles become weak when the substance or information is harmful or incongruent, and immediately strengthen when encountering a beneficial substance or congruent and true information.
We tap into this relationship between the subconscious mind and energy by asking “true/false” questions and then checking the body’s response. Checking the response can be done a number of ways, but is often done with methods like the Arm Test, where the subject simply holds one arm outstretched in front of them, parallel to the floor, while holding a suspected harmful substance close to their body with the other hand, and the practitioner lightly presses on the stretched out arm.
When a young child or a baby are being tested, a parent holds the baby on their lap with one arm, holding the tested substance near the baby’s navel, while the other arm is stretched out and is tested.
Please note: while I have thousands of samples of various allergens, you can also bring your own samples of foods and personal items you suspect in causing your allergic reaction for the test. These items may include makeup and personal hygiene items, medications, food, water, clothes, pieces of carpet, hair of an animal, etc.
Do You Offer a Treatment for Allergies?
Once your allergies are identified, you can opt for a treatment with Vibrational Medicine and Aromatherapy, both offered in my practice.
On the most basic level, you will gain some knowledge of what to avoid, and that is often enough for many people to return to a healthier and happier life. In this case, it is up to you to introduce the changes necessary in your lifestyle. This may include changing jobs, foods, lifestyle, location etc. This can sometimes be challenging, such as having to give up your favourite foods, but it’s worth every effort, as the result of your perseverance and dedication will be a life that is free of discomfort, embarrassment and pain!