The Link Between Allergies, Digestion and Holistic Medicine

This past Sunday, I received an email from one of my allergy friends who I've met via this website, Kerry (Hi, Kerry!). She sent me a great research paper written by her which I'm turning around and I just have to share it with YOU :-)

But first, here's a little bit about Kerry:

She's a retired elementary school teacher (who is currently volunteering as a tutor in a first grade classroom).  Kerry has a keen interest in chemical allergies since her propylene glycol/polyethylene glycol allergy diagnosis almost two years ago.  Because of her own digestion issues, she's  also done a lot of research about the importance of our intestinal flora for good health. As Kerry says,  "I have learned that there truly is a "Leaky Gut Syndrome" and believe it plays a major role in the development of allergies".

THIS. IS. WHY. I love blogging about allergies and eczema - we learn an incredible amount from each other! While this website is not a substitute for the doctor, I look at it as a VERY VALUABLE supplement and a necessary one, at that. My health improved because of advice you guys have given me and it's changed my world.

After my allergy and eczema diagnosis, the doctors could only do so much. They couldn't tell me all of the ingredients propylene glycol is hidden within and they couldn't follow me around every day to give advice on how to avoid touching things like doorknobs which could potentially contain nickel. I figured out that stuff on my own.

Kerry's story started with the diagnosis of propylene glycol (which I share) and polyethylene glycol allergies. Then a GERD diagnosis topped it all off.

She is SUPER awesome and aaall about the research. In fact, she's emailed me in the past with other helpful tid bits she learned. Kerry rocks. 

This time, she's worked up a research paper delving into the relationship of allergies, our digestion and holistic medicine. It's called "The Allergy-Gut Connection". I touched on the subject of leaky gut in the past and think it's an important thing for all of us to learn more about. 

Here's a snippet of Kerry's story:

“My allergy story began with a BANG with my diagnosis of propylene glycol (PG)/polyethylene glycol (PEG) allergies in April, 2014. These ubiquitous, petroleum- based chemicals are used extensively in the production of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, personal care and household products. Not easy allergens to avoid! My previous experiences with allergies were more typical—hay fever for the last 40 years and Bactrim, a sulfa drug, for the past 25 years.

This PG/PEG diagnosis was part of the poor health I had been experiencing for the last 10 years. Initially, I was shocked to be experiencing such severe allergic contact dermatitis, but after doing some research, it became clear to me that my compromised gastrointestinal system was to blame. My life-long compromised gut was exacerbated by traditional medical care. For 10 years, my
first dermatologist prescribed tetracycline, an antibiotic, for my facial acne. Later in life, when I was diagnosed with GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), I was prescribed a proton pump inhibitor (Prevacid—pre OTC) for 11 years. Antibiotics and reduced stomach acid, I believe, negatively altered my gut microbes making me susceptible to allergies. Even though tetracycline and Prevacid may have helped my symptoms of acne and GERD, they did not address the root cause of both conditions. Unfortunately, even to this day, acne and GERD are still treated in a similar manner by conventional medical professionals.”

Go grab a nice hot mug of tea or hot water and enjoy this informative read:

(The 14 page document will open immediately within your browser. Then hit save or print in the upper right hand corner. The file is in PDF format and is pretty tiny - just 750 KB)