Allergy : The Expresion of Ill Health
Allergy (Greek: allos, other + ergon, work = altered reaction) is an abnormal and individual hypersensitivity to substances that are ordinarily harmless and which results in various types of reactions. Pollens, for example, are generally harmless, yet many people are acutely sensitive or allergic to their presence.
With our vast experience of studying allergic patients it can be firmly concluded that every person on the street is a ‘Walking Pathological Laboratory’ suffering from allergies in one form or the other.
Causes of Allergy
Most of us think of health as “freedom from disease.” But good health – apart from the absence of disease encompasses a harmony between the essential functions of body, mind and soul. Nature has given us tremendous capacity to live in good health. But as we keep deviating from Nature’s laws (principles) and as we are constantly exposed to various allergens, the body’s defense mechanisms keep getting weaker day by day. This often predisposes our body to disease and it tends to acquire various physical or mental illnesses.
EXOGENIC or External
“EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN INCLUDING THE SUN ITSELF CAN ACT AS A POTENTIAL ALLERGEN”
Every allergy is mistaken to be exogenic and battery of tests like patch test etc. are advised and finally the patient is told to avoid scores of things to which he shows sensitivity, though it is quite impossible and impractical.
ENDOGENIC or Internal
“BLAME YOUR PARENTS”
Fundamental cause of all allergies which run in the family of the patient i.e. it is hereditary
Allergy & Its Genetic Propagation
How many of us are aware that allergies are hereditary?
“Its not me ! Its my parents !”
Following case histories make an interesting reading, as they elucidate the concept of Allergy and its genetic propagation.
Case histories substantiate the endogenic origin of allergy. They also show how allergy affects the person of all age groups & involves one system after the other, unless body’s immunity is reinforced. So while one person in a family may have allergic manifestations in the form of recurrent cough & cold another may demonstrate a tendency to have allergic rashes in the summers or Arthritis during winters. The same allergy may manifest itself as Eczema or some form of gastric disorders.
This can be further explained with the help of this family, which was under our treatment: The first and second generation had a history of Arthritis. The 3rd generation did not suffer from Arthritis till the age of 50 years but suffered from other allergic symptoms all along. The 4th generation lady did not have any problem but when pregnancy diminished her body’s resistance – she developed pains all over her body. The 5th generation baby girl, however, experienced muscle pains right at the tender age of 5 years!