Understanding Allergies: IgE, IgG demystified
Allergies are becoming more commonplace in today's times.
Children are increasingly suffering from repeated colds, coughs, asthama, rhinitis, eczema, skin rashes and general lack of digestive health.
Overall wellbeing and physical health is suffering, resulting in a further dip in the mental-emotional state of being.
In earlier times, health issues were more prevalent in the middle aged to senior citizen categories. As life gets more automised, the increased dependency on chemicals and machinery is having a greater impact on our lifestyle and quality of food produce. Perhaps health is declining at a faster pace and earlier age as a result of this.
The foetus first suffers from the parent's biology and genetic makeup, then from the mother's food and lifestyle, while in gestation. When s/he takes birth, the produce and environment they are born into become an additional factor that impacts their (sometimes already compromised) immune system.
Food sensitivities, food intolerances and allergies are terms that parents of the 21st century encounter more often than their predecessors.
In the part of the world I come from, these terms are still fairly new to young parents. Parents often come to me puzzled by the elevated IgEs and IgGs.
What does this mean? What can we do about it? Will it never become normal? Can my child never eat all these foods in his life?
These are some of the primary questions troubled parents come to me with every other day. Let us begin by understanding these two terms.
The human immune system is divided into 5 antibodies.
For the purposes of this article, we are concerned with only the two mentioned above.
The more life threatening of the two antibodies is the IgE, which when produced manifests in a manner that can often be life threatening. This is most commonly seen in people with peanut or shellfish allergy.
In such cases, simply coming in contact with the allergen leads to severe swelling of the throat/nasal passage (whether with or without actual consumption). Often resulting in constriction/suffocation as well as hives/rash in some cases. The person concerned usually requires immediate emergency medical attention.
IgE is typically an immediate immune response. In this case, the body produces these antibodies anywhere between few minutes to within 3 hours of coming in contact with the allergen. This is what one usually thinks of when one thinks of an allergy.
IgGs on the other hand are what we refer to as food intolerances or sensitivities. It usually has a less serious reaction but can cause serious health trouble in the long run. People with IgGs usually suffer from minor digestive trouble like bloating, acidity, gas, indigestion, irregular bowels, constipation, IBS etc. This is one of the reasons why practitioners with a holistic view to health like in the fields of ayurveda and homeopathy, consider gut health and bowel movements as the number one indicator of one's health.
When these food sensitivities are corrected, the body's ability to absorb and assimilate nutrients from food improves. The two most important functions of the body, digestion and elimination improve. This naturally results in better immune function, resulting in improved digestion and overall wellbeing.
Unfortunately, the ability to fix these immune responses through modern medicine is very
limited. The production of IgE is considered to be hardwired into human DNA, just like the colour of one's eyes. Therefore, it is said that if a person's body produces IgEs, there is no cure. On the other hand, in case of IgGs or food sensitivities, practitioners of modern medicine often recommend avoiding the concerned food item(s) for 3-4 months before gradually re-introducing them. This however is not always practical or sustainable.
So what does one really do in such a situation? Fortunately for us, people like Dr. Devi Nambudripad have brought us life transforming gems like the NAET protocol of allergy elimination. NAET or Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Technique brings together some key principles of allopathy, homeopathy, acupressure, acupuncture and applied kinseology that help rebalance the energy system, resulting in a correction of all that is disrupted by the elevated IgEs and IgGs in the body.
Apart from the testimony of several NAET practitioners globally, here is my first hand experience of the reduction in production of IgE after NAET treatments. This is a picture of the blood report of my 8 year old patient's IgE report before NAET treatments and 3 months after being treated using the NAET method of treatment for egg allergy.