By Dr. Mark Joachim 

It is estimated that more than 35 million people in the United States suffer from allergies and that number continues to grow and affect children and adults of all ages.  Typically, when one thinks of an allergic reaction, we picture an individual with a stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes and maybe hives on their skin.  Well believe it or not, asthma, eczema, sinusitis, headaches, fibromyalgia, depression, chronic fatigue, candida, bloating and gastric symptoms, colitis, PMS, infertility, ear infections, behavioral disorders, ADD/ADHD and many other conditions have all been associated with allergies.

An allergy is an abnormal physical reaction of one’s body to certain substances known as antigens.  When exposed to allergens, allergic individuals develop an antibody reaction which then causes the release of histamines that produce the symptoms of allergies (hence, the use of antihistamines to help control the symptoms).  Allergic substances can be nontoxic such as foods, grass, dogs, and pollen or they can be toxic such as chemicals and fumes.  Individuals who are not allergic will not react, but those who have developed an allergy will react to even minute quantities of the allergen.

Allergies can be classified as “acute’ or “immediate” in which symptoms appear within seconds after exposure to an allergen or they can be “delayed”.  “Delayed” reactions are very common with foods and can occur hours or even days after exposure to an allergen because the allergen is not the food itself but a by-product of the digestive process. 

Virtually any substance can cause an allergic reaction in certain people.  The most common allergic substances include pollen, dust mites, animal dander, mold, insect venom, certain chemicals, medication (such as penicillin) and foods.  The most common food offenders are dairy, peanuts and other nuts, fish and shellfish, eggs, wheat, and soy.  Allergens can effect the body by way of ingestion, inhalation, contact on the skin, or injection and can involve any part of the body.

How many of us actually realize that the skin on our bodies is the largest organ in our bodies?  On an average person, the skin would cover 20 square feet if it was stretched out and it grows faster than any other organ in our body.  In addition to covering our bodies and providing protection, our skin serves as our largest organ of elimination.  Chronic conditions on the skin such as eczema and psoriasis generally reveal chronic problems with other internal organs such as the colon, liver and kidneys.  So, in a way, our skin is like a blueprint for our body and can help us uncover other areas in our body that are toxic and not working to their fullest potential.

Eczema is one of the most common skin conditions affecting all age groups; however, children are extremely prone to it.  In fact, it is estimated that 30% of newborns may develop eczema and 60% of those that develop it do so by the time they are one.  Eczema is characterized by itchy, scaly, red skin most commonly first seen on an infants cheeks and then in older children on other areas of the skin, particularly the creases of the elbows and knees.  Eczema tends to affect people with a family history of allergies, asthma, and hayfever.  In all of these conditions, irritants are creating inflammation on the tissues lining the intestines, respiratory tract and skin.  When the body is overburdened with toxins, and can no longer handle them and detoxify itself, it causes the immune system to over react and may express itself with conditions such as eczema. 

Food allergies such as to milk, eggs and peanuts are some of the most common causes of eczema. According to Dr. Ellen Cutler, author of the best selling book “The Food Allergy Cure”, sugar, soy, wheat, citrus, fruit juices, food additives, sulfites, artificial colors, gums, tomatoes, meat, fish, pickles, relishes, vanilla, fats and chocolate are other common offenders.

Although there are food allergies that are life-threatening, the majority of food allergies and other conditions such as eczema are chronic and can greatly affect a person’s appearance, self-esteem, and quality of life.  Medical doctors have found no cure- they tell patients to avoid the foods they are allergic to or use medication or topical creams to try to reduce symptoms.  This is obviously not fixing the problem.  What needs to be done is to eliminate the cause of the “dis-ease” not just reduce the symptoms.  For example, rather than give an individual with a food allergy that presents itself on the skin as eczema an “anti-itch cream” and tell them not to eat that food anymore, why not try to find out how to naturally desensitize their system to that food so they can continue to eat it without getting eczema?

BioSET (bioenergetic sensitivity and enzyme therapy) can do just that!  BioSET was developed by Dr. Ellen Cutler and it is a complete healing system that detoxifies the body and desensitizes it to allergies.  When the allergies are eliminated with BioSET the eczema usually clears up readily and permanently and the occurrence of asthma later in life can actually be prevented.

shutterstock_baby legsDr. Mark Joachim, a Chiropractic Physician for more than 17 years, practices with his wife, Dr. Risa Sloves, in Norwalk, CT.  Dr. Joachim has been trained by Dr. Cutler and is the only physician in Connecticut with advanced certification in BioSET.  Dr. Joachim’s experience with BioSET’s amazing results began when he was in search of a cure for eczema that was affecting Alana, a 15 month-old patient.  This little girl is a beautiful redhead whose skin in the areas of her abdomen and diaper region was often so irritated from eczema that it was often redder than her hair.  Dr. Joachim realized that when Alana ate strawberries and chocolate her eczema immediately flared up.  Dr. Joachim did 5 BioSET treatments on Alana and added a digestive enzyme to her juice twice a day for one month and Alana’s eczema was gone!  Alana is now 7 ½  years old, has never had another spot of eczema on her body, and has never been limited in the foods she eats.  Dr. Joachim was thrilled because this little girl is his youngest daughter!  His success with Alana inspired Dr. Joachim to dedicate a large part of his chiropractic practice to helping other children and individuals benefit from the BioSET total health care system.  Many of his patients had severe eczema and life-threatening food allergies that have been eliminated and are now enjoying their lives to their fullest potential!