For the latter reason, hyposensitization is little used outside
the USA, where business concerns try to maintain its status quo.
Attacks on safer methods, like Miller's low-dose desensitization
and homotoxicology are vicious and based entirely on ignorance of
the benefits and vest interest.
Other Treatments for Allergy
Some treatments are implicit in the method and
have already been considered. For example cytotoxic testing and
Miller's method have an obvious related plan of treatment
(exclusion diet for the former, administering neutralizing
solutions for the latter).
Environmental Control Units are an
testing/treatment element to themselves and are considered
Leaky gut and parasites would depend on what you
found but the treatment should follow logically.
Drugs for allergies (such as antihistamines or
sodium cromoglycate) are described on a separate web page
It only remains to consider specific treatments,
which might not be covered elsewhere.
A bridge between conventional
desensitization and low-dose neutralization is Dr Len McEwen’s
method of enzyme potentiated
It is definitely a vaccine approach, whereas Miller’s method
of neutralization seems to be more
akin to the antidote principle. Briefly, in EPD a cup is taped
over the forearm (after the skin on the area has been scarified —
scraped repeatedly — to remove the waterproof layers). Under this
cup is placed a vaccine containing dozens of commonly-encountered
food and environmental substances, along with an enzyme to make
it work (hence the name). The cup is kept in place for 24 hours
and then removed.
Antigens leak into the blood over several hours and this creates a
favourable antibody response.
Obviously the patient will not be desensitized to every
ingredient, but since there are dozens of foodstuffs and most
common environmental allergens in the mixture, even if only 20 per
cent of the items ‘take’ this would mean a significant improvement
to many patients.
The doses used are extremely small. In fact, more food appears in
the blood after eating a meal than from this technique. It is
vital therefore that the patient avoid most foods the day before,
the day of and the day after treatment.
The treatment takes up to 12 months to produce a worthwhile
improvement in complex food allergies. Environmental allergies,
such as grass, pollen and house dust, respond much
McEwen estimates EPD is about 85 per cent
successful. It doesn’t work for chemical sensitivity or insect
Nowadays we dispense with the cup and administer the dose by
intradermal injection, except in
EPD is a compound vaccine: the user-practitioner mixes the
appropriate proportions immediately prior to administering the
dose. The modern vaccine contains:
a kind of alcohol which activates the enzyme
glucuronidase, which appears to act
as a lymphokine. It occurs
naturally in human blood and is present in the vaccine in an amount
equivalent to that normally present in 4 cc of blood. This enzyme,
gives the technique its name, is thought to be responsible for
stimulating the Langerhan cells (immunologically
active cells in the
skin) to migrate
to the local lymph glands and ‘reprogramme’
population of T-suppressor lymphocytes (those that switch off immune
reactions). In the presence of antigen in the appropriate
concentrations, this will result in a satisfactory
desensitization. (Conversely, in the presence of antigen at a
‘wrong’ concentration you may get a
hypersensitization, probably by stirring up helper
T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes.)
The following mixes are used most
‘X’ — mixed foods and additives, mixed moulds, mixed pollens, cat/dog,
flock, fly mix and bacterial mix.
This is used to treat hay fever, cat, dog, horse allergies, pure
mould and housedust allergies.
Separate mixes of odds and ends, laboratory animal hair/dander and
sawdusts are also available. So far
EPD has not provided any useful means of desensitizing for
Hay fever and rhinitis usually respond to the first dose of
inhalant mix. Two treatments are usually given in all. But doses
of EPD are cumulative and a few of the more complex allergic
patients will not start to improve until eight doses have been
administered over two years.
INDICATIONS FOR EPD
A wide variety of
conditions respond to EPD, including the following: asthma,
eczema, rhinitis, chronic urticaria,
oedema, hyperkinetic syndrome, migraine and chronic
headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease,
food-induced psychological states - depression,
anxiety - post-viral fatigue syndrome and multiple food allergy.
McEwen draws attention to a combination syndrome of psychological
disturbance, irritable bowel and migraine, which he calls
for foods demands that there are no circulating food antigens at
the injection site. This means patients have to go on a diet of
foods that have been found from experience rarely to upset EPD,
such as lamb, sweet potato, buckwheat, carrot (cooked), celery
(cooked), cabbage (cooked), sago, fructose and rhubarb; chicory
drink or spring water.
Alternatively, the patient may use one of a number of elemental or
synthetic food supplements or replacements, such as Elemental-08,
Vivonex (still available in some
countries), Pregestimil or
Dairy and grain-based meal replacers
are not allowed.
Treatment for seasonal allergies should be given at least four
weeks before the season begins. Desensitization to animal furs may
not succeed if the patient returns straightaway to his or her
pets. He or she will absorb pet antigen, which finds its way to
the injection site in far greater concentration than that in the
vaccine, and this may block desensitization. Fortunately allergy
to house dust and mites works well without patients having to
leave home, but reasonable precautions against house dust mite
must be observed, especially prior to EPD.
points out it is
not uncommon to see patients who have become sensitized to their
own gut flora. In these cases it is necessary to reduce the bowel
antigen load starting at least 10 days prior to a dose of EPD. The
commonest problem is Candida allergy and this must be pre-treated
with a suitable antifungal such as Nystatin.
Allergy to gut bacteria often goes unnoticed and untreated.
Preparatory treatment may be satisfactorily carried out with
antibiotics such as tetracycline or
EPD can be blocked by
a number of factors. If one or more of these factors is present
the physician must decide whether to defer treatment until
conditions are more suitable:
excess exposure to
inhalants, foods, Candida, fumes, etc. close to the time of
infection such as a cold or flu
excess vitamin C, cod liver oil, evening primrose oil at treatment
time (or large excess at other times)
oestrogen (the Pill or HRT implants), progesterone-like
drugs, H2 histamine antagonists (notably
cimetidine or Tagamet), alpha
and beta sympathomimetics (ventolin,
bricanyl in large doses),
cyclophosphamide, opiates, tri-
Septrin and anti-malarials.
material is injected into any person there is always the
theoretical risk of
anaphylaxis. Reactions to the ‘conventional’ desensitizing
injections are common because large amounts of antigen are
injected. In fact deaths have occurred and this method of
injecting large amounts of antigen is no longer considered
With EPD far smaller quantities of antigen are used, which greatly
increases the safety margin. Over 30,000 treatments have been
given by cup since 1966. No patient has been admitted to hospital
to treat an emergency provoked by EPD. This includes patients who
have severe asthma or who have previously suffered acute
anaphylactic reactions to multiple foods.
EPD is now usually administered by intradermal
injection, except for the high-dose inhalant vaccine, which must
only be given by the cup method. However, the current practice is
to retain the cup technique for patients who may be
especially at risk of anaphylaxis, even for administering the
low-dose vaccine. This bolsters the safety element greatly.
Insect bites have not been included in EPD for safety
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS AFTER EPD
short-term availability of zinc appears to improve the
effectiveness of EPD. So does the administration of folic acid
and vitamin D3. The average response to treatment is
accelerated by giving additional supplements of these substances
for approximately three weeks after each dose.
Generally these nutritional supplements are not used after hay
fever treatments, although they may be added if the response to a
first treatment has been poor. Inadequate patient nutrition must
be tackled as a separate problem. As with any other approach, most
patients benefit from multivitamin and mineral supplements.
AND SPACING OF EPD DOSES
EPD is a long-term
project and this needs to be clearly understood by the patient.
Treatment is begun at intervals of two months. Once the response
is established, this can be increased to three months, then four
and so on. Usually it is possible to get it down to once or twice
a year. Some patients have been able to discontinue regular
Patient response to EPD varies widely. Typically, nothing happens
for about three weeks, then there is a
sudden surge of improvement. This usually lasts a couple of weeks
and then wears off. After the second dose, this improvement may
last three to four weeks; then for longer and longer intervals
until improvement is maintained right through to the next dose.
This is the signal to start increasing the interval between
treatments. Improvement, in this context, may mean either feeling
better, or tolerating more foods, or (usually) both.
Perhaps one of the most important is
homotoxicology. A general coverage of this enormously important
holistic speciality should be read first,
here. If you
haven't yet read it, perhaps you should do that first.
There are a number of HEEL remedies (German
homeopathic manufacturer) that relate directly to allergies in two
- treatments for specific symptoms and
- treatment for the allergic tendency (to heal
and remove the sensitivity)
Both, of course, have a place in
the physician's armoury.
The simplest way to
put this material forward is to make a table and include suggested
or recognized remedies, as examples. All are from HEEL, unless
|general, good for allergies
Drosera-Homaccord, Carbo veg
|chronic fatigue syndrome
Engystol, Coenzyme comp.
Sulphur-Heel, Hepeel, Merc sol.
||Luffa comp.,Galium-Heel, Naso-Heel,
are worth a separate mention, because they have some really
excellent formulas for many aspects of allergies, which I can
say from experience work really well.
eliminating the allergic tendency
This is a big
subject, naturally, and I cannot teach anyone a science in just a
few lines. The essence of it is removing toxins from the body
(what we call drainage), stimulating the body's own defense
mechanisms and reducing other burdens. As always in good
holistic care, treating any concurrent disease is treating the
I put forward the
eliminating the after effects of past viral illness and good
"general allergy remedy". Good against vaccination damage.
cleanser, great for drainage, helps clear out all toxins,
and "restores" the overburdened immune system
and liver support. Vital when the body is overloaded with
toxins and auto-pollution (such as dietary and environmental
drainage. When the liver is overworked, the next place to
get the shock of overload are the kidneys.
defence booster and zest giver. Specifically targets those
childhood ear, nose and throat illnesses that damaged the
giver. I have gone on record saying if I were only allowed
ever one remedy to treat all my patients, this would be it!
You may be hard pressed to find doctors who even
know about these medicines, never mind how to use them. You may
have to go it alone or seek help.
A Brief History
Dr. Devi Nambrudripad, an American acupuncturist
and chiropractor, had been sick from childhood. Tests showed that
she was allergic to almost all foods except white rice and
broccoli. Within a week of restricting herself to white rice and
broccoli her bronchitis cleared, her headaches became infrequent,
her joints stopped aching, her insomnia had disappeared and her
concentration and thinking became clearer and more focused. When
she began eating other foods again, her complaints slowly
One day she ate a few pieces of carrot while
waiting for the rice to cook. In a few minutes she felt tired, as
if she were about to pass out. She called her husband, who was an
acupuncturist and asked him to get some acupuncture needles and
treat her. He inserted the needles and she slept for forty-five
minutes. When she woke up she felt strangely different. She was
not feeling sick or tired; in fact, her energy level was high. As
she got up from the bed she noticed that some pieces of carrot
were still stuck to her hand.
So, was there a connection?
Well, it could have been the acupuncture. But Dr
Nambrudripad wondered if there was a connection between
accidentally touching the carrots and waking up feeling so good.
She ate the carrots the next day and had no reaction. She began to
use this technique of holding the food she was allergic to at the
same time her nervous system was being stimulated. Her allergies began
to disappear. NAET (Nabrudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique)
is now used by more than 600 practitioners
throughout the world, all of whom are having excellent results
desensitizing people to allergens.
This all accords very well with
the important scientific principle called the Adey Window,
after Ross Adey from Linda Loma University. In "Virtual
Medicine" I explained how it showed that small quantities are
often important biologically, whereas large "doses" do nothing, or
may even impair the system.
NAET treatment stimulates pressure points along the spine from the
neck to the sacrum that correspond with the nerve plexuses of the
various organ systems while the patient is holding a vial
containing the allergen. After the treatment, a strong muscle
response test indicates that the body is no longer reacting to the
allergen. Specific acupressure points are then massaged or
acupuncture needles may be inserted for 20 minutes to stabilise
The allergen must then be avoided for 25 hours
after the treatment for best results. A patient should be retested
for the allergy after 25 hours (up to a week after the treatment).
If the patient's indicator muscle tests as very strong this is
taken as a successful treatment.
Often mild allergies are cleared with one
treatment but if the person is particularly allergic to the
substance or from some reason was unable to completely avoid
exposure, several treatment may be necessary. One is not normally
100% free from that allergy because there will be other nutrients
in the food that have not yet been cleared.