Food Sensitivities

Food and environmental sensitivities which include both allergies and intolerances are extremely prevalent today. Sensitivities are linked to migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, asthma and other respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, sinus conditions, insomnia, colic, hyperactive children and a host of other conditions.

The following is meant to provide an understanding of sensitivities from a pragmatic as well as a metaphysical or spiritual point of view. There is a difference between allergies and intolerances. Allergic reactions occur when the body has an inappropriate reaction to a normal or harmless substance through a heightened response of the immune system.

Allergies involve both food and environmental substances. In its most severe form, allergies can cause anaphylactic shock (a constriction of the airways and blood vessels). Peanuts, bee stings and shellfish are the most common of these allergens. Intolerances typically involve food substances, and they occur when our bodies are unable to properly digest and absorb foods because of a lack of digestive enzymes or the presence of Candida in the digestive tract.

For instance, a dairy intolerance is typically related to a deficiency of the lactase enzyme. From a spiritual or energetic perspective, sensitivities are an appropriate response, because they show us that there is an imbalance in our lives. In essence, the energy of the substance we are sensitive to is not in harmony with our own energy because we have developed an inappropriate association with the substance. It’s our body’s way of telling us that something is out of synch.

Perhaps we have experienced some sort of trauma, and we are holding onto to the fear and emotional energy of that trauma. Or perhaps we are a very sensitive person, and we are having difficulty coping with life. Sensitivities are like metaphors; when we have them, we need to ask who or what are we sensitive to, or who or what are we intolerant of.

The standard way of dealing with sensitivities is elimination and avoidance, particularly with respect to substances that cause anaphylactic shock. People who are susceptible to anaphylactic reactions are also encouraged to carry Epi-Pens with them at all times, and seek medical attention immediately should they come into contact with a known allergen.

Diet and eating habits are also important particularly with respect to food intolerances. Eat as much raw organic foods as possible, and chew all foods to a liquid before swallowing. Try to eat in peaceful surroundings (yes, even when the kids are going crazy). Never eat when you’re watching the news, and never eat when you’re upset.

Energy balancing is also an effective component of any treatment program. Energy balancing serves to reprogram the brain and create harmony between the substance and the body, so that the body does not react inappropriately to the allergen.

True healing, however, can only occur with an understanding of the root cause of the condition. We must understand and correct the imbalance in our lives and in our emotional energy. This involves identifying the experiences that caused the sensitivity, understanding the role the sensitivity is playing in your life, and releasing all fear and emotional pain connected to the condition.

As an example, a client had an anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting. Through dialogue and muscle testing we were able to identify the root cause of her allergy, which was the unresolved emotional pain she experienced at age three, when her grandmother died. Her grandmother, who lived with the family, raised bees and made honey. Most, if not all, sensitivities can be overcome with appropriate understanding and treatment.

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