order for true healing of allergies to occur, it is necessary
to address their cause rather than just treat the outward
manifestations or symptoms," says Doctor. "This
involves identifying the substances a person is allergic to
and eliminating them from the diet and environment. At the
same time, the body needs to be purged of toxins and the immune
system needs to be stimulated. Since no two people are exactly
alike, therapeutic approaches will vary, and usually a combination
of therapies is the best course of action."
Among the therapies which have proven most effective in
treating allergies are diet and nutrition, herbal medicine,
acupuncture, Ayurvedic medicine, and homeopathy.
a variety of tests are available for identifying allergies.
Regardless of which method is used, doctor points out that
it is always necessary to demonstrate a cause and effect
relationship between the suspected allergen and the outbreak
of symptoms if the test is to be effective.
testing: "Skin testing is one of the most consistent
methods of testing people for pollen, mold, dust, chemical,
and other environmental allergies," Doctor says. They
especially recommends Serial Endpoint Titration or SET testing,
which enables a physician to quantitatively evaluate how
a person reacts to allergens in the environment. "Based
on the testing result, allergy shots or drops can then be
formulated that will usually bring on noticeable improvement
for the patient within a few weeks." SET testing is
also a more accurate method of evaluation than the commonly
used scratch test, in which the outer layer of skin is pierced
and minute amounts of the suspected allergens are placed
within the surface break, where antibodies can react to
them. "It's not unusual for patients to take shots
based on scratch testing for a year or more before any benefit
is derived," Doctor says.
IgG ELISA and FICA test: According to doctor testing
for food allergies can be far more difficult than determining
environmental reactions, because most food allergies are
dealt with in the body by IgG antibodies, while most allergy
tests only measure the presence of IgE antibodies. The IgG
ELISA and FICA (Food Immune Complex Assay) test, a recent
breakthrough in the field of food allergy testing, offers
new hope for food allergy sufferers, however.
know that one of the fundamental causes behind food allergies
is the penetration of undigested or partially digested food
from the digestive tract into the bloodstream," Doctor
explains. "With the FICA and IgG ELISA test, we can
measure the actual presence of specific foods and their
specific IgG antibodies in the blood to precisely determine
which foods a person is allergic to."
IgG ELISA and FICA test is also convenient, automated, and
currently the only commercially available test of its kind
for delayed food allergies. It involves taking a blood sample
that is then tested for the presence of IgG antibodies against
over one hundred foods. The results are computer analyzed
to determine which foods the patient is allergic to. The
test can be done through the mail, as long as samples reach
testing labs within seventy-two hours after the blood is
biofeedback: This form of testing is widely used in
Europe to screen for both food and environmental allergies,
and to determine what remedy to use to properly neutralize
the allergic reaction. "A small current of electricity
is introduced at specific acupuncture points on the patient,"
explains doctor. "Various allergens are then introduced
into the circuitry, enabling the physician to determine
any change in the way the patient reacts to the current."
to Doctor, a healthy reading would be fifty on a scale of
zero to one hundred. "Allergens cause the reading to
be far above fifty," he says. "As they are found,
various treatment doses are also added into the circuit.
The correct treatment will cause the reading to climb down
to a reading of fifty." Doctor states that using electroacupuncture
biofeedback allows him to accurately test for a full spectrum
of allergens, and that the entire battery of tests can be
done in an hour.