As originally defined, allergy is an unusual physical response to any substance in a person's environment, the environment being anything that a person touches, inhales, has injected, drinks, eats or otherwise contacts. Nowadays, the term allergy is often reserved for an over-reaction - a hypersensitivity to common substances which are referred to as allergens or antigens e.g. pollens, bee sting, house dust mite, eggs, cow's milk which give rise to the production of antibodies that can damage the tissues and cause the release of histamine and other chemicals causing the inflammation that is characteristic of eczema, hayfever or asthma and the extreme shock reaction that can follow the swallowing of peanuts or being stung by bees. There are types of allergy that do not involve the antigen/antibody response as above, but which nevertheless invoke unpleasant symptoms. These are often described as intolerances or sensitivities to foods or chemicals.
Whereas the orthodox approach to treatment of allergies has usually been the use of antihistamines or other drugs or desensitising injections designed to attempt to reduce the allergic over-reaction and protect the body from itself, these treatments need to be used continuously and their effectiveness is often disappointing. In the fields of food intolerance and chemical sensitivity, increasingly important in the polluted world in which we live, this approach is ineffective.
Oral desensitisation, not to be confused with desensitisation by injection, however, works by gently stimulating the body to develop a natural immunity to the substances that have affected it in the past. This means that the body begins to repair the damage that has been done previously. This is done by taking extremely dilute preparations of the allergens, prepared in the natural homoeopathic way, which encourage the body's way of dealing with these substances to normalise.
This means that not only can Asthma, Hayfever and Eczema be treated, but also many other conditions caused by food intolerance or chemical sensitivity. These include Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Candidiasis, Chronic Sinusitis, Recurring Cystitis, Muscle and Joint pain, Extreme Tiredness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Restless legs, Sore Dry Eyes and other unusual conditions that do not respond to drug- related medicine.
There are over 300 Therapists carrying out this work in Britain and easily accessible for consultation.
By Don Harrison
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Biography: The British Institute was formed in January 1987 to bring together a group of Therapists who practise a unique system of allergy diagnosis and treatment, a system that had already been used very successfully for nearly ten years. The Institute's members are all qualified health professionals - both mainstream and complementary - with a keen interest in allergic conditions and their causes.
The diagnostic method is simple and without discomfort. The treatment method is by way of isopathic desensitisation.
Diagnosis and treatment are painless, without the side effects usually associated with conventional medicine, and are suitable for infants and children as well as adults.
Principal: Donald M. Harrison B.A(Hons.Psych.),B.Sc.,M.R.Pharm.S.
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