The Allergic Denial

The Barrier Plan   Great article here for you from Patrick Holford who, like me, has suffered all his life with conditions he was told had nothing to do with food sensitivity. It’s always good to hear it from someone else, and I do think there is a lot more recognition of the food issue possibility in chronic health conditions nowadays, but I certainly recognise his story of suffering until he realised it was food all along! If only we had known…

I note, too, that he went on to develop more intolerances over the years – and this is the most frustrating part of my own case and indeed my work in this area – hence the Barrier Plan and now the Healing Series detailing my non-ingestive healing approach for those of us who can’t tolerate the standard supplementary or drug treatments to calm our over-egged (pun intended) systems down.

The Allergic Denial

Patrick mentions the importance of looking for IgG antibodies as well as the classic IgE. I was pleased that he notes no test for food sensitivity is perfect – I would definitely agree with that because we simply don’t know all the mechanisms involved yet. By a long chalk. You can read my recommendations for food intolerance testing in the Allergy Test FAQ and the full free Allergy 101 factsheet. Trust me: directing people to that has saved me hours on the phone trying to explain the complexities of testing!

In short IgG is the most common antibody involved so is a great way to start looking for obvious food issues. But, other antibodies including IgA, IgM and IgD can be involved, and other mechanisms don’t involve antibodies at all – hence the ALCAT immune type tests. In general, most people start with IgG and then do an ALCAT as a double-check.

It helps some people enormously because they find their most damaging allergens, but it may not find all of them and that’s where elimination & challenge comes in. Anyway, have a read of those resources – and don’t forget there is a great big section on the Purehealth Clinic site for you too here:

Allergy and Intolerance (there are several pages under the main title in the menu on the left!)

Hope that helps. Happy reading.

Histamine Intolerance Triggered By Hormone Change?

Interesting article on histamine intolerance causing panic and anxiety today for you.

Histamine, anxiety and panic attacks

That’s helpful in itself, isn’t it, but whilst I was reading it, I picked up the fact that histamine intolerance is commonly triggered at peri-menopause, right when the hormone levels are changing yet again. This does fit in with my clinical experience that it is mostly women over about 50 who have it, but I have also seen it happen after having babies and breast-feeding as well as during puberty. Of course, men’s hormones also change at puberty and during so-called andropause, which might also explain the timing of their own developing histamine issues.

So why, two years ago, did these symptoms suddenly appear, apparently out of the blue? The answer lies in the information you provided in response to my further question: you are now 50 years of age. Two years ago you likely entered peri-menopause, or menopause, and your hormone levels, especially oestrogen and progesterone, changed dramatically. As a result, the histamine controls in your body were affected, and you developed histamine intolerance.

Does that fit in with the start of your symptoms maybe? Might be worth a think, then, if so, check your hormone levels and correct them, not forgetting your adrenals, which start to have a lot more influence on hormone production after about 40.

A clue? Hope it helps for you.

Electro-sensitivity for children. We sho

Electro-sensitivity for children. We should follow the French example!… http://ow.ly/KzBvM

Chefs moan about new freefrom food regs.

Chefs moan about new freefrom food regs. Sigh. Good overview here from Alex: http://ow.ly/KbILJ

Five Healing Mistakes Everyone Makes

Brain iconI really found myself nodding enthusiastically through a recent blog post from Jordan and Steve at SCD Lifestyle. They acknowledge that everyone makes some common ‘mistakes’ (I hesitate to use that word myself, actually) when they are trying to heal. They focus here on healing gut issues as that’s what they had themselves, but you can apply these five to any kind of healing, I think.

The one, as you know, that I am focused on myself in our TGF world is number 5.

Mistake #5 – Thinking This Isn’t Also Psychological

As S & J say in their post, many of us resist this idea – not least because we have had ‘it’s all in your head’ shoved down our throats enough times! However, I wish I had accepted this idea a lot sooner than I have – it took me about 8 years, oops! – because I now believe that healing has to come from both physiological and psychological sides combined. Of course, I knew that on one level but I never really did much about it in any formalised or consistent way.

Too often, we are so focused on the biology and pathology of our illness that we lose sight of the psychological side. Sure, we know we feel anxious and depressed because of how we feel – but have we considered the, often hidden, psychological causes underpinning some of our chronic symptoms? Have we considered the impact of thoughts and beliefs in our illness? Can we turn our attention to the illness, accept it and stop fearing it so much, thus calming the amygdala down and, ironically helping to calm symptoms?

It’s tough to do, I know, but it has to be a part of the healing ‘journey’ in my view. It takes time, commitment and determination to do – this is no walk in the park with a few ‘positive’ thoughts here and there. This is consistent, calming and brain changing neuroplasticity encouragement.

In fact, on that point, there is a fascinating documentary based on the work of Norman Doidge, he who wrote The Brain That Changes Itself. If you need more knowledge or trust in this area of why brain work is so important, do watch it: it will truly blow your mind! It’s a bit over-produced for my liking as a staid Brit (!), but the message it gives you is very hopeful and, for me, that message was game-changing.

I realised, for the first time, that my brain patterns and reactions were not set in stone. If I could somehow get my brain to see food as non-threatening again, or simply calm my reactivity down somehow, that had to be helpful in healing. That’s what I am working on anyway. Who knows if it will work – this is not a short job I am discovering! But, as I write, I have had no migraine reactions for almost 2 months, which is astounding – that’s gone from about 2-3 a month. Sure, I’ve got other symptoms going on but that is a big one. I SO hope it is a positive sign of healing and I have everything crossed!

Here’s the video for you:

Anyway, do have a read of the post here and do read my Healing Series (from the oldest to newest post preferably) if you haven’t already. I promise: at some point, you will need some of this advice – when you’re ready for it. And I hope it takes fewer than 8 years for you!

Top 5 Gut Healing Mistakes (everyone makes at least one)

SCD Lifestyle are one of my TGF Resource faves for you. They have some very useful stuff including a Free Guide and the great value Surviving To Thriving ebook and audio package.

Shop Changes Afoot

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Genova and Regenerus Tests Available, All Others, Ebooks etc Are Suspended for a Bit!

On the shop http://www.purehealthshop.co.uk, you will see that some tests and the ebooks, reports etc come up with a message saying they cannot be ordered at the moment. Sorry about that: major shop changes are afoot!

The vast majority of tests come via Genova and Regenerus and all of those can still be ordered (see message about the £0.00 prices here); other tests should be available again by mid-April. Ebooks etc will be available from early April. Apologies for the delay and hassle – thank you for bearing with me; it was either this or shut the shop completely for a month!