Category Archives: Allergies

Allergy Season All Year Round

My daughter is so sensitive to cats that even being in a room with someone who has been around cats makes her sneeze! She recently broke out in hives during a tutoring session because her tutor had on a sweater she had worn while petting her cat. Besides the obvious allergy testing, what else do you suggest?

A compromised immune system brought on by allergies needs to be restored. Use of the following Pekana homeopathic[1] remedies can be helpful in restoring health and balance. Follow dosage and other remedy guidelines as provided on the bottle(s) or as given in How to Facilitate the Healing of Chronic and Systemic Disease[2] by Almine.

Important: When using these remedies, take them either one hour before or after food and always use plastic spoons or cups for dosing (do not use metal spoons).

  • Apo-Hepat: assists to rebuild the liver and support the immune system.
  • Proaller: may be taken 5 to 6 times a day, 3 to 4 hours apart for acute symptoms of allergy and immune system fatigue resulting from allergies; otherwise use 3–4 times per day.
  • Itires: supports the lymph system and may be used for lymph congestion and problems in the nose, throat and lungs. Use the homeopathic remedy 20 drops, three or four times a day.

Other suggestions

Remove other stressors from the environment such as phenols found in almost all perfumed products, soaps, shampoos etc. Eliminate smoke, caffeine and other substances in your environment as well as mold and mildew.

Animal dander is often problematic. If you choose to own a pet be meticulous about where it sleeps and bathe the pet often to remove dander and loose hair, vacuum frequently and avoid the use of carpets in the home.

Allergies represent irritation. Look at the foods or things in your environment that irritate or have become intolerable to you. If there are problems with other people, the book Journey to the Heart of God has relevant information on conflict resolution.

This information is an excerpt from Handbook for Healers, A-Z section.

 


[1] Pekana remedies can be ordered and shipped within the U.S. by calling our office at 1-877-552-5646.

[2] Available now at www.spiritualjourneys.com in a revised 2nd edition Ebook/pdf format. The paperback edition will be available soon.

Healthy and Fun Food Tips

Nutritional Health for Everyone

It is a cosmic law that you strengthen what you oppose – an impor­tant principle to remember when raising a child. Good nutritional habits are built not from what you tell them not to eat, but from what they grow to love from your cooking.

The same principle applies to other areas of your child’s life. Op­posing drug use does not take away the root cause. Whether it is ad­diction to food or drugs, any addiction comes from abandoning the self. When you encourage your child to listen to their dreams, their body signals, and their hearts, they learn to live a life of authenticity. In touch with themselves, they have no need to reach out for some­thing to fill a gap.

Many books are available on nutrition, but if your child has ever had a bout of antibiotics, the essential one is The Body Ecology Diet, by Donna Gates.

(Excerpt from Almine’s book How to Raise an Exceptional Child.)

Nutritional Pointers

  • Spend time with your children in selecting healthy food choices, whether dining in a restaurant or during grocery shopping. Shared activities build relationships with our children as well as setting a trend of healthy eating. Many children enjoy cooking and baking, thus gaining a hobby and a life-long skill.
  • Diet is crucial in treating teenager’s acne and in establishing skills in choosing healthy foods. Avoid dairy, grease and fast foods. Getting children to drink enough water each day to pro­mote proper elimination may not be easy. Naturally flavored waters such as mint water or lemon are appealing and preferable to sugary so-called juice drinks or sport drinks. Add stevia as a sweetener if desired to your flavored waters. Try chilled herbal tea sweetened with stevia drops (those that don’t contain alcohol). Lymph flow is the key factor in clearing acne as well as the liver.
  • Finding a healthy sweetener is a core challenge of a good diet for teen-agers, kids and adults. We suggest liquid stevia, pure maple syrup or honey as sweeteners.
  • Cow’s milk, wheat and corn are the biggest offenders as far as food allergies are concerned. Eliminate them if the immune system seems stressed.
  • Condiments such as ketchup contain high amounts of sugar plus mold, which is an allergen for many people. Chocolate and beverages popular with teens and adults (including coffee, teas, cola and non-cola sodas), may contain caffeine that can contribute to hyperactivity, headaches and stomach upsets.

Fun Food Tips for Everyone

Q. My grandson was a preemie and had a feeding tube when he was an infant. He was also given a lot of liquids such as juice because he couldn’t eat solid food. I am trying to educate his mom plus help him gain weight and eat healthier food. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Try green shakes, also known as green smoothies:  Kids and adults enjoy blending vegetables such as kale, baby spinach, romaine, cucumbers, avocado, celery, carrots, etc. Water, almond, coconut milk, kefir, organic milk or plain yogurt may be used as a base for your shake with some fruits added for a bit of healthy sweetness including apple, pineapple, banana and berries (high in anti-oxidants). Making these drinks teaches some cooking skills and kids may enjoy ‘driving’ the blender with your help!

Digestion and Nutrition

Q. I seem to be having more stomach upsets than usual; even foods that I was able to eat before are now bothering me. Do you have any ideas of what might be the problem?

A. Ask yourself if you are having more stress for any reason, even stopping to ‘take inventory’ may have positive benefits. Stress affects our entire body as is well known – including our digestion and sleep patterns and our emotional wellbeing. Eating habits affect our digestion: eating after 6 or 7 pm does not allow enough time to digest your meal prior to sleep; especially avoid spicy and rich foods eaten late at night. The combination of lying down flat and our reduced metabolic rate during sleep wreaks havoc with undigested food in our stomachs and can even contribute to the development of acid reflux. Avoid drinking large amounts of beverages with meals (especially iced beverages). The volume of liquids dilutes stomach acid and the cold temperature slows down the chemical reactions of digestion. Suggestions: Drink warm peppermint tea for indigestion, upset stomach and stomachaches. Ginger tea is good for nausea.

The Body Ecology Diet book (by Donna Gates and Linda Schatz) is recommended in Almine’s book and 2-hour audio lecture, How to Facilitate the Healing of Chronic and Systemic Disease. The ‘BED’ book teaches the principles of food combination to restore the bodily terrain, making it inhospitable to viral and bacterial infections, parasites and viruses. The book is an excellent resource for everyone who wishes to improve their diet and digestion, and especially for those that suffer from chronic or regularly occurring gastric upset.  It may seem ‘normal’ for everyone to have colds, but it is not. Many people only experience rapidly passing, mild colds or no colds at all. Undigested food becomes tomorrow’s food allergies and health conditions.

Simple guidelines that to follow for improved digestion include:

Replace dairy with unsweetened almond milk and sweeten with stevia if desired.

If you use dairy products, eat them away from other foods as they slow down
the digestion when combined with other foods.

Avoid eating fruit with any other food. Like milk, eat fruit alone.

Avoid combining protein and carbohydrates together in the same meal.
As each food group requires a different process and time for digestion,
eating them at the same time means that neither group is digested properly.

Small children are unable to digest heavy oils and even olive oil is
too heavy. Use coconut butter, not oil or ghee (clarified butter) for cooking.
Use cold-pressed flaxseed oil for salad dressings.

An excerpt from Handbook for Healers, “Encyclopedia of A-Z”section.

Cardiac Function

Q. On rare occasions, my heart seems to race (go very fast). Does this indicate that there is a lack of some mineral that would cause this to happen?

A. Heart palpitations (the sensation that the heart is pounding, racing or has skipped or added an extra beat), rapid heart rate (tachycardia) or fibrillation (rapid, irregular contraction of the heart muscle) can often be assisted by taking large doses of water-soluble minerals. What the body doesn’t need will flush through the elimination systems of the body. Vitamin B12 supports nervous system function and is a very important supplement at this time – use a very high-grade source.  L-Carnitine and Taurine, (amino acids) assist to protect against damage to the heart muscle. Hawthorne leaf and flower extract are also beneficial – they are herbs used for heart health and a member of the rose family. Note: please be aware that allopathic medical assistance is needed if this situation becomes persistent or severe.

Remember that sometimes, exposure to allergens can cause the heart to race. Non-invasive testing is available from many good allergists. Serums can be prepared to help overcome the allergy. Minimize exposure to the allergen as much as possible. Muscle test yourself for foods that you eat to see if you have a negative (allergic) response to any of them.

Can Depression Be Due to Food Allergies?

Q. My stomach really hurts. For days I have only been eating rice. I have a history of inflammation. When the weather is damp, my body hurts and I become depressed and don’t want to live. It passes within a day or a few hours. I also have a list of food allergies. If I eat them, I get inflammations in my joints. If I eat gluten, my stomach and intestines can swell up and I also get feelings of not wanting to live. What can I do to improve my situation?

A. Vitamin C and B vitamins are not being absorbed properly due to the fact that you need to follow the entire Chronic Disease protocol (see more about this 5-month purification and detoxification program here). I recommend that you have Psy-stabil[1] (the homeopathic remedy for anxiety, mood swings, etc) on hand at all times and take it every day for at least 2 months.

You have a lot of allergies. You must build up your system (through the progressive healing approach of the 5-month healing program) or the allergies will persist.  The reason you feel so depressed is systemic and medically/physically based – not from mental health.

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[1] Pekana remedies can be ordered through our office, call 1-877-552-5646, toll-free in the US.

 

Maintaining Acid-Alkaline Balance in the Body

Q. I have HAD to watch my pH for over 30 years.  That means I have to juice fresh veggies, at least a couple glasses a day to keep my pH up.  When I consume a lot of alcohol drops (like the Pekana products) my pH goes completely yellow on the test strips I use.  And my pH won’t budge until I stop the Pekana drops. This is what happened with the alcohol drops I took over 20 years ago. I had no idea at that time what alcohol drops could do to me.  I went into severe diarrhea and throwing up, to where I was close to being rushed to the hospital.  I am drinking two glasses a day of cucumber and celery juice; today my pH is yellow and not budging.  I am so sad I don’t want to have to quit this program.  Has anyone else had this issue?  Please tell me there is something I can do that will bring my pH up and will allow me to continue with the Pekana program. I have put my heart and soul into completing this program.

A. Many issues create an acidic condition in the body, including stress. Toxins absorbed by the body could create a highly acidic bodily terrain. The other issue is incorrect diet, which doesn’t seem to be an issue for you. The Pekana homeopathic product, Lactic Plus, not only corrects the pH of the body, but also delivers 300% more oxygen to the energy-producing organelle inside the cells. It is an excellent product; unfortunately it is banned in Europe.

I recommend that you feed yourself through enemas. If you are using healthy juicing methods and it is still not correcting the pH, a slow daily enema of fresh juice, including wheat grass juice, would be the preferred method to ensure that you are absorbing healthy nutrients. When someone is eating healthy foods and the necessary results are not achieved, it is usually due to malabsorption. The one-hour long enema, with a slow drip, is a way to bypass this problem.

As for your allergy and reaction to alcohol, yes, it is true that the Pekana homeopathic remedies are preserved in a high-grade alcohol. However, in cases such as yours, the company has assured me that one can bring water to a low- steam heat and then add the remedies to remove the alcohol through evaporation; we recommend that you try to do this. (Remove water from heat source and always avoid the use of metal pans and utensils.)  This method does dilute the effectiveness but not enough that it presents a big problem.

See How to Facilitate the Healing of Chronic and Systemic Disease here.

 

Allergies and Muscle Testing – A Tool

Q. How can I figure out if I am allergic to specific foods?  I seem to crave and want the foods that are recommended for me to avoid.

A. Food cravings are a sign of imbalance in the body. Most often we crave foods that we are allergic to. The more we eat of it, the more we want it. When you go on an elimination diet such as the Body Ecology Diet (by Donna Gates), as featured in How to Facilitate the Healing of Chronic and Systemic Disease, your body may go through withdrawal symptoms.

Food Sensitivities: There is increasing evidence that food sensitivities are more common than previously thought and have a wide and varied impact on health. In general, food sensitivities are the result of toxic responses to food and are divided into two categories: allergic responses; and food intolerances. Food sensitivities may cause fatigue, gas, bloating, mood swings, nervousness, migraines and eating disorders. These symptoms which are more commonly related to food intolerance are less often associated with the consumption of food and so therefore, more difficult to diagnose. Diagnosis can also be difficult because symptoms may be delayed for up to two days after a food has been consumed.

Food allergies: Food allergies are defined as toxic reactions to foods that involve the immune system. The immune system is most active in the areas of the body that have some direct contact with the outside world such as the skin, lungs, nose and gastrointestinal tract. The majority of potentially harmful molecules enter your body through your intestinal tract therefore, it is not surprising that over 60% of immune activity occurs in this area. The most common symptoms for food allergies include vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stools, eczema, hives, skin rashes, wheezing and a runny nose. Symptoms can vary depending upon many variables including age, the type of allergen (antigen), and the amount of food consumed. Acute allergic reactions can result in anaphylactic shock (difficulty in breathing), which is a true medical emergency.

Muscle testing: Muscle testing can be a useful tool to determine allergies or sensitivities to foods and other substances. It is is a form of applied kinesiology often used by acupuncturists, chiropractors, and naturopathic physicians, you can also use it on yourself. If the person doing the testing is clear and knows how to do it properly, it is a tool that allows you to ask your body yes and no questions.  The idea behind it is that the muscles of your body weaken when exposed to certain toxins and allergens. In this way, its figured that a strong muscle response means ‘yes’ and weakened or absent muscle strength means ‘no’. It bypasses conscious thought and utilizes intuitive and energetic systems. Once you try several methods you’ll get a feel for your own muscle strength when using these methods and will be better able to interpret your bodies answers. It can be used to figure dosages for supplements, herbs, or vitamins, etc.Note: We advise contacting your health care provide if in doubt of any serious illness or injury.

Self Testing

  • “O’ method: Using the thumb and index/forefinger (1st finger), make an ‘O’  using your non-dominant hand. (It’s almost like making the ‘OK’ sign but in this case, the thumb and forefinger are just meeting, not overlapping). Think of something pleasant and try to pull apart your fingers where they meet by inserting the thumb and forefinger of your opposite hand inside the ‘O’  (they resemble small tweezers trying to open inside the ‘O’).  There should be resistance (strong muscles = ‘yes’). Now, think of something you dislike or know you are allergic to and try to pull the fingers apart. It should be easy to do so (weakened muscles = ‘no’).
  • Standing method: Stand up straight with arms to your side, your face looking forward and chin level to the ground, preferably with bare feet and standing outside so you are grounded to the earth (it also works indoors with shoes on). Think of something pleasant, ask yourself a yes or no question or hold a substance in one hand that you wish to test. If your body leans backward (remaining straight and standing up) – it is considered a ‘no’ answer. If your body leans forward, it is considered a ‘yes’ answer.

Testing with a 2nd person

  • Stand with your arm level to your shoulders and straight out in front of you (this tests the bodies Central meridian) or straight out to your side at shoulder level (this tests the Lung meridian). Have someone stand facing you with their hand placed on the shoulder opposite of your outstretched arm. Have them test the muscle strength in arm you are holding out, by pushing firmly down on it. This is your standard muscle strength. Now test some food you know you are not allergic to, held in the hand of the arm at rest, or think of something pleasant.  The person testing you should push down on your outstretched arm. If it weakens, you are allergic or it is a negative or ‘no’ answer. If it stays strong, you are not allergic and it is a positive or ‘yes’ answer.

See the post for Managing Allergies and Eating Healthy – Is it Possible?

 

 

Managing Allergies and Eating Healthy – Is it Possible?

Q. I seem to be so allergic to a variety of foods and even possibly allergic to some foods that I am not even aware of. I am wondering how to strengthen my immune system and eat in a healthy way. Can you make any suggestions?

A. It’s important to eat foods that are low in histamine levels. Some suggestions would be:

  • Avoid or reduce eating canned food or pre-packaged foods and meals
  • Avoid or reduce eating ripened and certain fermented foods (older cheeses, alcoholic drinks, products containing yeast and stale fish)

Histamine levels in foods vary depending on how ripe, matured and hygienic the foods are:

  • As much as possible, only buy and eat fresh products
  • Do not allow foods to linger outside the refrigerator, especially meat products
  • Ensure that your food preparation area is always kept clean

High histamine level foods:

Alcohol

Mature cheeses

Smoked meat products – salami, ham, sausages

Shellfish

Beans (legumes) and pulses– pulses include peas, lentils, chickpeas, soybeans; peanuts are legumes

Wheat-based products

Most citric fruits

Prepared foods

Salty snacks, sweets with preservatives and artificial colorings

Low histamine level foods:

Fresh meat (cooled, frozen or fresh)

Freshly caught fish

Chicken (skinned and fresh)

Egg yolk

Fresh fruits – with the exception of strawberries, most fresh fruits are considered to have a low histamine level

Fresh vegetables – with the exception of tomatoes

Grains -  rice noodles, yeast-free rye bread and rice-crisped bread, oats, puffed rice crackers, millet flour, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth

Fresh pasteurized milk and milk products

Milk substitutes – coconut milk, almond milk

Cream cheese, butter that is not rancid

Most leafy herbs

Most non-citrus fruit juices

Herbal teas – other than yerba mate tea, green and black tea

Please be aware to wash fruit thoroughly before eating. When produce is stored in warehouses, rat poison is often placed on the floor.  Rats walk on the floor and often on the produce. Warfarin/Coumadin is the main ingredient in most modern rat poison, used as a blood thinner medication for humans. For this reason, many people eating healthy foods, still end up with Warfarin in their system. Fortunately, it is water soluble and easily removed with water. Stay tuned for further posts about cleaning vegetables – what’s the best method?

You Are What you Eat

You may have heard the saying, ‘You are what you eat’. This is a statement that rings true on so many levels. Our thoughts and emotions, the music we listen to and the books we read, the movies we watch and the foods we eat are all contributing to the ‘us’ that we create. Let’s look further at some issues directly related to eating and digestion.

Disturbed sleep is very often due to poor digestion from a late evening meal. Dinner should be eaten no later than 6 pm or possibly 7 pm – especially when children have early bedtimes. It is recommend to obtain a pleasant-tasting, chewable digestive enzyme (such as papaya) to assist with digestion of solid food in the bowel; this also aids in forming of soft stool by the next morning.

The other possibility is that food allergies are present. Many people have allergies and are not aware of it because the symptoms are not what they expect, for example heart fluttering or constipation. Muscle testing should be done to determine food allergies and avoid foods that cause an allergic reaction, or that are difficult to digest, especially before bedtime.

Review the list of Candida symptoms (caused by candidiasis, or fungal overgrowth) as they can cause extreme symptoms during sleep such as night sweats, frequent waking, dream disturbances, lack of feeling rested after sleep and hypersensitivity to noises.

Low tryptophan levels are also a possible cause of disturbed sleep. It is one of 10 essential amino acids that the body uses to synthesize its protein needs. It must be obtained from food sources, as the body cannot manufacture it. Trypotphan is converted to the B-vitamin niacin (in the liver) and is a precursor of seratonin, which is a neurotransmitter that supports appetite, sleep patterns and mood. A few foods that are good sources of tryptophan are red meat, dairy products, nuts, seeds, legumes, soybeans and soy products, tuna, shellfish and turkey.

Mineral supplements should not be taken before bedtime. Melatonin levels that are low can also cause disturbed sleep. Supplements can be taken for a course of several months but then allow the body to begin to create its own levels of melatonin.

See our entry titled, “Serotonin – The Feel Good Hormone” here, for some interesting details about it and other hormone activity. We also invite you back to read an upcoming entry on muscle testing for allergies, coming soon!