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What causes allergies?

Summary: allergies happen when a natural protective mechanism of the mind-body system makes a mistake. Reprogramming that response permanently cures allergies, hay fever, and food sensitivities, usually in 1 to 4 sessions.

Mistakes of the immune system

An allergy is like a phobia of the immune system: it's a mistake. Your immune system mistakes a harmless substance such as dust or dog hair for a deadly danger, and mobilizes your body's defenses. Your body's defenses, not the allergen, make you sick. The same mechanism causes food sensitivities.

Just seeing flowers may trigger an allergic reaction in people with pollen allergies. The reaction is real, but the allergy is not.

How does this happen? Your body and immune system have natural ways of protecting you. These work very effectively — sometimes a little too effectively.

Learning to protect you

In order to protect you, your body and immune system need ways to learn what's dangerous. That's where your mind comes in. Your mind is the natural "programmer" for your immune system.

When you eat a particular food or encounter some substance in the environment, and you feel bad afterward, automatic systems in your brain start the learning process. If you encounter that food or substance again, and then feel bad again, these automatic systems start associating the food or substance with feeling bad. You begin to develop a natural reaction against what seemed to "cause" the problem.

Know what's best

Our natural immune learning system is very effective. For instance, rats usually like sweetened water — but they soon stop drinking it if it contains a tasteless substance that depresses their immune system. Even though they like the taste, their automatic immune learning system protects them from harm.

Rats with overactive immune systems will keep drinking the immune-suppressing water. In fact, they'll drink it even if it makes them nauseated! Somehow their immune learning system figures out that the water is doing them good, even though it makes them feel sick.

Learning a mistake

Your brain learns to associate immune responses to anything that happens at about the same time your immune system activates. Your brain and immune system learn to respond automatically to what seems to cause the problem, even if there is no problem.

Researchers tested this by exposing rats to a minty smell at the same time they injected them with a substance that caused an immune reaction. After only three exposures, the smell alone was enough to cause the immune response. The rats learned to have an allergy reaction to a harmless smell.

The same process works with anything that depresses your immune system or causes an immune response. Stress, for instance: If you are under a lot of stress every time your visit Aunt Mary, and she has cats, your brain could learn to associate harmless cat hair with your stress and immune response. To this simple brain mechanism, the cat hair causes stress. Once it makes that mistake, it will try to protect you by activating your immune response every time you get around cat hair.

Reacting too much, too fast

Your immune system's main problem is recognizing what to react to. What is you, and what isn't you? What's harmless, what should be attacked? Ideally, the immune system ignores harmless substances. This saves energy, and you feel good. But if there is a problem, the earlier and faster your immune system responds, the better. It's a lot easier to kill 10 germs than 10 million germs!

With this "better safe than sorry" programming, the brain is prone to learn too easily, and the immune system to react too much. Allergic symptoms — for instance the runny nose, watering eyes, swelling and sneezing of hay fever — are caused by your immune system, not the allergen.

Even anaphylaxis — a severe allergic reaction that may become life-threatening — is caused by the body's reaction, not by the allergen. Even minute quantities of an allergen may trigger anaphylactic shock.

Reacting to nothing

In fact, people don't even need to be exposed to an allergen to have an allergic reaction. This was discovered in the late 19th century, when a woman with a rose allergy had a full-blown reaction in her doctor's office — to an artificial rose!

For most people, just seeing, smelling, or thinking about the allergen is enough to trigger an allergic reaction. Some people have severe allergic reactions when they merely smell or touch a food they're allergic to — without eating any of it!

That's because an allergen is simply a substance your immune system automatically over-reacts to. That could be nearly anything, and it could be something that's completely harmless, or even good for you! It doesn't have to be in the same form that caused the problem in the first place; it only has to seem similar enough to trigger a reaction.

Reacting to the wrong thing

Sometimes people react to a real toxin, such as formaldehyde, but the reaction gets generalized: they start reacting to other substances as well. Anything that smells as if it might contain formaldehyde activates an immune response.

If their automatic defense system mistakes that for proof the other substances really are dangerous, the reaction can generalize even further. A person whose immune response generalizes this way may end up reacting to any chemical smell, or all perfumes, or to a host of environmental factors. Some "chemically sensitive" people end up reacting to nearly everything. Having toxic reactions to ordinary substances in your environment is known as Environmental Illness (EI).

Some substances are toxic only at large amounts. However, after a person has gotten exposed to harmful doses several times, their immune learning system may react to harmless doses of the same substance as if they were harmful. Again, this is a useful response that simply went too far.

Finally, the body can react to itself as an enemy. This is the cause of autoimmune diseases. Like allergies, this is generally a learned response that can be unlearned.

Fix the mistake

Just as your mind learned to react to allergens, it can learn not to react! That's right, you can unlearn your allergic responses, quickly and permanently.

Because the mind is the "steering wheel" of the immune system, changing mental factors changes your immune response.

Immune system learning happens automatically and unconsciously. To "reprogram" your immune responses, you use your conscious mind to help your unconscious mind learn appropriate responses that do a better job of protecting you than allergies ever could.

I can guide you through these processes. For most simple allergies, you can expect to get complete relief in 1 to 4 sessions.

Autoimmune disorders, Environmental Illness, and similar systemic problems generally involve deep-seated identity issues. These aren't always amenable to complete cure (although they can be made easier to live with!), and may take 10 to 30 or more sessions to resolve.

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