Originally Posted by crunchy_mommy
She had a skin test with an allergist.
She is going to keep a food log, but she is also reacting to pretty much everything in her environment as well, which makes it tricky.
Would parasites affect environmental allergies as well, or only food allergies?
Unfortunately she is not really into alternative medicine so I'd need to find some more research or evidence of the parasite thing for her to even consider it, but most of what I've been reading shows parasites have a protective effect, if anything! Very weird. I am interested in doing a parasite cleanse myself though.
Yes, parasites can affect environmental allergies, as well. When I had them I would swell after putting lip balm on, or sometimes for no known reason.
The research you're finding about parasites inhibiting the auto-immune reaction is not referring to huge infestations. In fact, a lot of the people in those studies actually had to re-ingest parasites, because their bodies kept shedding them on their own. A real infestation is very different. The excrement of the parasite builds up in the intestines, and the body has a histamine reaction to it. It builds and builds, until the histamine load is so high that foods and other things that would normally just cause a small histamine reaction will instead throw the body into complete allergic response.
There are studies from pub med documenting the parasite-allergy connection listed on the first page of my site: http://www.howigotmyhealthback.com . In one study, 61% of people with severe or chronic hives tested positive for the B. hominus intestinal parasite. After being treated, 100% of them stopped having hives. Roundworms are particularly associated with skin rashes and eye swelling, both of which I had -- there's a study verifying that too. Once you get on Pub Med, you'll discover lots more documentation.
Adrenal and thyroid issues can create a situation where the body cannot shed parasites as naturally as it normally would. Parasites certainly are a normal part of our world, and they have their place, but when our bodies are out of balance enough to allow them to overwhelm the body, that's when problems occur.
Leaky gut is certainly one of the side-effects of parasites -- if you have a parasitic infection that is significant, then you will have a leaky gut. Since I have treated for parasites, I've suddenly had success in gut healing, whereas all the great gut stuff I was doing for gut healing never made a dent before. You can't heal a leaky gut if the parasites are attached to your gut walls. It's been three and a half months since I treated for parasites, and suddenly I can eat eggs and maybe dairy again, after three years -- the gut healing was swift once they were gone. I had been doing wonderful gut healing for years prior, trying to get dairy and eggs back. Nothing made an impact -- in fact, the reactions to dairy and eggs had just gotten worse.
Hope this helps some.