The Owners Manual for Allergy Sufferers
Bruce Kaler MD
Copyright 2009 Bruce Kaler
Published by Bruce Kaler at Smashwords, 2009
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Allergic reactions have become a growth industry. Allergies are on the rise for reasons we do not completely understand. More than 35 million are affected by allergic rhinitis (stuffy-runny nose) while at least 10 million suffer with asthma. Many more are affected by drug allergies, sensitivities to insect bites and rashes.
Food allergies affect 6% of children under the age of three and while American researchers have found that about 4 percent of the overall population has food allergies or 12 million people. The same researchers have studied people in China. There the results were surprising. They found over 16 percent tested sensitive to shellfish and 12 percent to peanuts. What is peculiar is that among practicing physicians in China, allergies are almost never diagnosed or reported as a problem. The reason for this discrepancy is not clear.
How often do we hear people complain about their allergies? How often are you subjected to advertising for allergy sufferers? We do not fully understand the mechanism of what causes allergy reaction. Moreover, there is a lot of food intolerance that are not true food allergies. The root of the problem lies in our incomplete understanding of the human immune system. Your immune system is the 24/7 defense against harmful bacteria, viruses, and other toxins. Why and how this defense system is affected by stress, fatigue, lifestyle and social habits remains a pattern of mystery. Unpredictably a reaction is triggered by otherwise harmless factors such as dust, mold, pollen or foods.