WHAT IS ALLERGY ANTIDOTES™
Allergy Antidotes™ is a comprehensive system for assessing, identifying, and treating substance sensitivities with the goal of eliminating undesirable physical and emotional symptoms. Created by Sandi Radomski, ND, L.C.S.W., DEP over the past 20 years or so, the Allergy Antidotes™ system has been highly successful in reducing symptoms from substance sensitivities, the incidence of which continue to rise at an alarming rate. For example, asthma, especially in children, has increased dramatically. More people than ever before have environmental illnesses or multiple chemical sensitivities. Many churches and other buildings have become perfume and scent-free in an effort to accommodate people with allergies. More and more buildings are labeled “sick” due to chemical toxicity. It is becoming apparent that it is difficult for many people to cope with the numerous chemicals of our modern world.
In the Allergy Antidotes™ system anything that weakens the body’s energy system is called an allergy. Therefore, we are not using the strict medical definition of allergy involving a histamine reaction. A discussion of the Allergy Antidotes™ system involves the interchangeable terms allergy, allergy-like reaction, sensitivity, and energy toxins.
There are several reasons for the astonishing increase in food and environmental sensitivities. The most obvious is that we are exposed to a greater quantity and diversity of chemicals and substances today than at any other time in human evolution. We inhale and ingest chemicals on a daily basis whose names we can’t even pronounce. It has been estimated that since around 1945 over 100,000 new chemicals have been introduced to our environment. As a result, our natural immune defenses, which constantly process information to determine the safety of substances we get exposed to, and simultaneously adjust our internal environment to maintain homeostasis in relationship to those substances, have become overloaded and are forced to resort to allergy-like reactions. The result can be likened to what is called the “rain barrel effect,” where the rain barrel represents the immune system which, when it can no longer adjust to the substances to which it is confronted, begins to overflow. The affected person then experiences reactions to those substances.
Allergies are often a metaphor for fear
In addition to an overworked immune system, allergy-like reactions are known to increase after a “trauma”. From various studies, it is now believed that allergies are a metaphor for fear. When the body perceives a danger it sets up an immune system response for protection. Our bodies are always trying to protect us. However, the body has often been confused. If a trauma has occurred in the presence of a substance, the trauma and the substance become conditioned as in Pavlov’s experiments. Repeat exposure to the substance triggers a replay of the trauma on a cellular level and results in an inappropriate immune system response. The body says “I will kill you before you kill me”. It is easy to see how the human body may also associate a trauma with other sensory inputs such as smells, sights, sounds and touch linked in time to the trauma.
"If your symptoms are from what you are eating, smelling, touching or thinking, no amount of medicines or psychotherapy will help until your body has new information that those substances are good and safe for you. Your body is wonderfully trying to protect you but it has misinformation about what is dangerous."
~ Allergy Antidotes Creator Sandi Radomski, ND, LCSW
BASIC CONCEPTS OF ALLERGY ANTIDOTES™
Any Symptom Can Be From Substance Sensitivities
Reactions to various substances can produce a myriad of symptoms including ADD, anxiety, depression, arthritis, respiratory problems, menstrual difficulties, digestive problems, chronic fatigue, brain fog, panic attacks, headaches, weight gain, learning disabilities, hyperactivity and aches and pains. The severity of the symptom runs the gamut from nasal congestion to psychosis.
To properly assess a client’s symptoms, we must be able to determine whether those symptoms may be an allergic response to a substance. It is important to ask if allergies tend to run in the family, and note whether the symptoms are better or worse at particular times of the day, week, month or year, and dependent on what a person is doing or eating. For example, is it better or worse before or after meals; inside or outdoors; in the morning, afternoon or evening; do you see 180° shifts in behavior?
When evaluating food sensitivities, it is also important to note what types of foods someone craves. People tend to be reactive to those foods they crave. If a person has a main food that they “have to have,” they are probably sensitive to it.
Any Substance can Cause a Sensitivity Reaction
While any symptom can be from substance sensitivity, in turn, any substance can trigger a reaction. The possible culprits range from toxic chemicals such as petrochemicals to non-toxic substances such as eggs and vitamin C, which would be harmless to most people.
One of the goals of the Allergy Antidotes™ system is to open our minds to the possible contribution of sensitivity reactions to a client’s behavior and health. To this end, we must become aware of those substances that have been clinically found most often to promote allergy-like reactions, and we must also have a way to assess whether a particular substance is weakening a person’s energy system.
Identification of Substance Sensitivities
Sensitive substances can be easily identified using non-invasive muscle testing. This testing, adapted from Applied Kinesiology, involves the client holding or thinking about different substances while consistent pressure is applied to their outstretched arm. If the arm weakens or “gives way”, it is an indication that the held substance is weakening the muscle energy system.
Other Substances to Check for Sensitivity Reactions
The identification process proceeds with questioning and then testing those items that clients ingest, inhale, contact or inject. Clients are asked to bring in samples from home and we also assess and test past exposures to problem substances.
Allergy Antidotes™ techniques check foods eaten, medications, supplements, personal care products, school and office products, toxic metals and chemicals, animals, outdoor environment, body fluids, hormones, neurotransmitters, digestive enzymes, organs, and infectants, such as mold, virus, bacteria and parasites. People can also be reactive to persons and places. Severely sensitive people have even been reactive to basic elements such as oxygen and hydrogen, as well as water itself (H2O).
It is also possible to be allergic/sensitive to many things that we are not aware of, but that weaken us energetically and physically, or that our bodies cannot properly digest and utilize, such as vitamins, minerals, fats, etc. Using our testing processes, I can easily evaluate a client for the most common and also uncommon substances that have been found to be possible allergens, and then help the body to stop reacting to them, as well as begin to process and use those healthy substances that are in our food.