Aflatoxins, anaphylaxis, and PA

Posted on: Tue, 02/06/2001 - 9:53am
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pYesterday, my step-daughter (11 yrs. old)called me up and told me that she had just been to an oriental medicine practitioner. Supposedly this woman told my SD that she was allergic to the metal in her braces, and then she supposedly "cured" my SD of her "allergy." I don't know if I believe all that. It sounds like quackery to me./p
pAnyway, she then proceeded to tell me that this woman claimed to be able to "cure" Patricia of her PA. The woman told my SD that Patricia was probably just allergic to the mold in peanuts. I did some research into this mold, and actually the culprit is the aflatoxins that are produced by the asperallus (sp?) fungus./p
pWhat is missing, however is the explanation for the anaphylaxis. Is there really an allergy to this aflatoxin, or is aflatoxin only a cancer-causing substance? I can't find any source that states that for certain./p
pThere was a brief discussion on these boards a couple years ago about aflatoxin, but it kind of fizzled before any conclusions were made. Do these aflatoxins cause allergies? /p
pI really don't believe this naturalist that my SD saw. I don't believe that there is a simple oriental cure for PA. And perhaps my SD misrepresented Patricia's allergy to this woman so that she was unaware of the anaphylactic reaction./p
pAnyway, I was just curious whether anyone knew anything about this./p
pAmy/p

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 2:42am
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triciasmom - the jury is still out (way out) on whether or not aflatoxins cause allergies, but here are some of the theories that naturalist is probably basing her assumptions on:
This is the weblink to the first paragraph:
[url="http://www.people.virginia.edu/~rjh9u/allergy.html"]http://www.people.virginia.edu/~rjh9u/allergy.html[/url]
Such uncertainties are enough to persuade Margie Profet, a theoretical biologist at the University of California at Berkeley, to dismiss the parasite connection out of hand. "It would he ludicrous if allergies were here because of parasites," she asserts. "Natural selection just doesn't come up with such a faulty design." In fact, Profet proposes that allergies aren't nearly as useless as they're made out to be. In her unconventional view, they defend us against toxins often transmitted by allergy-causing substances. For example, certain allergenic foods like peanuts may contain noxious molds, such as aflatoxin. The way Profet sees it, the explosive nature of the allergic reaction all that swelling, sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, and vomiting could serve to block or flush toxins from the system.
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Allergies are due to a disabled liver, extreme allergies are due to an extremely disabled liver. This is the case for persons suffering from "universal" allergies, namely "everything", like the lacquer on floors, plastic chairs, the neighbor's flowers, and the grocery store.
Perhaps neither of these came first. Perhaps something else poisoned the liver so both solvents and flukes are given a home in your liver! Such a powerful liver poison would be a food mold: aflatoxin, cytochalasin B, sterigmatocystin, zearalenone, ochratoxin, sorghum mold, griseofulvin, citrinin, T-2 toxin, Kojic acid, ergot and others. Avoid food molds -- see Mold Free Diet. The diet must be quite limited at first, to allow the liver to "regain" its detoxifying capability.
[url="http://www.drclark.net/disease/allergies.htm"]http://www.drclark.net/disease/allergies.htm[/url]
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Scientifically based? Not hardly! I think you are right to be suspicious of ANY naturopath who claims to have a "cure" for allergies. However, sometimes western medicine doesn't seem to help, so researching alternative medicine may be the answer. BUT, there are no set rules that natural practitioners have to follow, so results will definitely vary from person to person, which is what makes it so unpredictable and scary. You really have to have faith and trust in your naturopath to make the leap to alternative medicine.
Another interesting website that gives trustworthy info about alternative medicine is [url="http://www.altmedicine.com"]www.altmedicine.com[/url] - this site is the award-winning Alternative Health News Online. Hope this helps, Carolyn.

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 5:13am
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Cayley's mom,
Thanks for the info. The whole liver thing sounds really bogus to me. That was probably what this naturopath was basing her practice on.
Amy

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