There is a common practice today, among many physicians, to stamp anything which they cannot successfully diagnose, “allergy”. The reason for this is that so little is known about allergies that the diagnosis leaves plenty of room for discussion and explanation. The “indefinite” diagnoses have always been favoured by the less responsible physicians. Two hundred years ago, a condition that could not be diagnosed was called “bad humours” and anyone who suffered anything from stomach-ache to cancer or gall-stones was told his humours were acting up. This was followed by the “acids” theory, where strange and mysterious acids were accountable for all undiagnosed conditions.
This is not to say that allergies do not exist. There certainly is a strange group of body reactions to which has been given the title, allergy. To be exact, there are two such groups: those which are localized on the surface of the body, from face to feet, or skin allergies; and those which inhabit the chest, throat and nasal areas, or respiratory allergies. These two groups include the majority of allergic reactions.
In the respiratory group would be such common conditions as hay fever, asthma, sinusitis, etc. These conditions are centred in the respiratory system, but some (particularly hay fever and sinus conditions) tend to spill over into other areas, as for instance the eyes, which may water, redden and puff under severe attack. There is good reason to believe that these particular allergies are related to Vitamin C deficiency. Low potency (natural) Vitamin C pills have proved useful in the treatment of such allergies, as has the B complex.
The skin allergies, hives and nettle-rash, as examples, are in some degree related to an over-acid condition of the body. This is not to be confused with the “mysterious acids” of one hundred years ago, which were conveniently blamed for most diseases. The acids I speak of are produced right within the body and consumed day by day in the daily diet. The rational diet, with its balanced intake and natural form, will not support a hyper-acid condition. To defeat this condition when it already exists in the body, it is necessary to cleanse the system completely.
Herbal laxative pills (1-2 a day for three days); mild enemas (1 a day, for a week) and Return to Nature Diet will supply the thorough broom that a hyper-acid condition demands. The recommendation involved daily natural baths with particular emphasis upon the area affected. Pressure (douche) baths upon the affected area and a mild (not too brisk) rub following the bath, were effective. Where the skin was particularly dry, a few drops of olive oil were applied.
The skin-allergy patients were advised to soften the water used for bathing with a cup of starch. Bicarbonate of soda should never be used to soften water for a sensitive skin, since it is an alkali and will have a drying and destructive effect in time.
Dry skin should not be bathed too frequently or for long periods of time. Baths should be quick affairs and olive oil may help to relieve the loss of skin oil. Air baths should be indulged in frequently as a substitute for the daily water-baths which you may miss.