Food Allergies Driving you NUTS?

Healthy MicrobiomeFood allergies are an increasing concern that affects the whole community, not just the individuals who suffer.

It is hard to relax when you know that exposure to a particular food can trigger life threatening responses. Sensitivities are becoming so acute within the population that the mere smell of a food can activate an allergic reaction.

I grew up eating peanut butter sandwiches. At school in the 70’s they were part of our lunchbox experience. In our neighbourhood we loved smashing bush nuts open with a hammer, to reveal what later became known as the exotic macadamia nut.

It took a while for me to really understand that these seemingly “innocent” nuts could be so deadly to some. Peanut butter just looks too innocent to be a danger to the community!

When we were kids we didn’t hear of food allergies, let alone to peanuts. It was unusual for someone to have any issue with food. People were allergic to bees, and blue bottles. That was understandable with their obvious sting. Not food.

Some people had eczema and asthma, but again, they weren’t as widespread as they are today.

Since the 1990’s we have seen a notable rise in the population of children with severe allergic reactions to nuts. According to one American study, the numbers have increased threefold. So serious is the situation, schools have wisely had to place total bans in place for the protection of the increasing numbers of children who are allergic to nuts, particularly peanuts.

Allergic reactions are more severe when the immune system is already over burdened. If there are underlying imbalances causing inflammation within the body, the addition of a new challenge, such as a food allergen, can generate instant reactive responses that require urgent medical attention.

Chronic allergy sufferers carry an Epipen, to administer adrenaline so that they can stop the allergic reaction when they recognise the early symptoms.

Life threatening situations shake people up. An experience can create new fears. Sufferers focus on the avoidance of allergy triggers and how they can best circumvent another outbreak in the future.  This can be all consuming in itself.

An overburdened immune system may experience relief through the gentle use of BodyTalk to address the underlying issues that have caused the inflammatory response. BodyTalk encourages the body to heal itself as communication between the body systems is restored.

BodyTalk has a powerful technique to help stabilise the Body Chemistry by energetically targeting allergies, intolerances and microbes. BodyTalk uses the latest findings from the new research coming from the Human Microbiome Project to initiate wellness. When our microbial community is out of balance, our resistance to inflammation is compromised.

BodyTalk is able to energetically address the immune system, whilst helping to restore the functionality of the organs and endocrines at a cellular level. BodyTalk can encourage the lymphatic system to release toxins, cleansing the body and improving energy levels.

It is only when we aren’t operating at our optimum levels that we think about the delicate balance that energetically connects the vitality of the bodymind. BodyTalk is an effective way to maintain the health and wellness with its gentle non-invasive ways.


Eat mud pies….. Germs are our Friends

Did you know that only 10% of the cells of the body contain human DNA?

It is shocking to find out that we are really a sophisticated hotel for microbes…

It is curious to learn that the germs we have always viewed as our enemies, the carriers of disease, and sometimes death, are actually in a harmonious relationship with us.

In fact, they benefit our health in ways that we have not previously recognised or understood. Since our microbial populations have diminished with the onslaught of antibiotics and anti bacterial products, we have new modern diseases that were previously unknown in history. We have managed to control diseases such as small pox, leprosy and diphtheria but our resources for facing emerging ‘superbugs’ that are resistant to antibiotics are limited.

Our past determination to kill all germs, with no regard for the delicate balance required for a diverse microbial community to keep us well, has actually impacted on our health as we now face new epidemics in the form of cancers, obesity, allergies, asthma, ADHD, and numerous autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and MS.

President Obama funded the Human Microbiome Project and the results were published in 2012, surprising the researchers with evidence that we live with tens of thousands of species, particularly in our gut microbiome, and that some of them had only been considered previously as pathogens.

Scientists and medical specialists have had to review the methods for treatments of disease, and a great deal is being done to address the misconception. It is now understood that a good biodiversity of microbes actually works with the immune system to protect the body from illness.

New generations of children are growing up without playing in the mud. They are protected from germs with antibacterial products, without the benefits of exposure to microbes. Their bodies are not given the chance to build up any resistance, and when they get sick, they are given antibiotics that wipe out all the internal defence forces. Then they develop allergies.

In trying to protect ourselves, we have paradoxically reduced the microbes that create the army for our immune systems, which populate from mother to baby at birth.

A recent television news story reported the trial of faecal transplants as a way to address the compromised biodiversity in the gut. Science is on the right path, but give me BodyTalk any day.

A world first conference in Australia in March 2014 had Dr John Veltheim, the founder of the BodyTalk System, and Laura Stuve PhD present all of the latest research to an enthusiastic group of BodyTalk practitioners, who can now implement this information into their practices.

Laura is a molecular biologist who spent 25 years researching human molecular genetics, including doing her post doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, working on the Human Genome Project in the States. Her interest in alternate healing led her to discover BodyTalk, and now she is an Advanced Certified BodyTalk Instructor. We are fortunate to have her scientific mind and her BodyTalk experience show us how to address significant healthcare issues in practical ways.

The great news for healthcare is that BodyTalk is a cutting edge therapy that can align with the new research and get results energetically. By setting up specific internal communications between the microbiomes within the body, we can optimise the immune response so that the process of self healing can be restored, gently and quickly, and without having to inject faeces or eat the proposed sausages made from baby faeces (I am not joking!).

We live in a complicated, fast changing world, in which we can adapt or perish. The human race is cautious on one hand and foolhardy on the other. This is the very quality that makes us human, that we can feel every emotion and react according to our consciousness and environment. Our ability to learn and make positive changes pushes us forward, helping us to evolve as a species.

Now that we understand the inner workings of our biology better, we must encourage our children to get outside and play in the dirt, and whilst our job as adults is to protect them from danger, we have to allow them to live, spontaneously exploring our world, even if it means eating mud pies and catching worms.