An allergy is defined as the body’s inappropriate reaction to an otherwise harmless substance. This is why most people can drink milk, eat peanuts and spend time outdoors even during the peak of spring bloom. Some people have weaker immune systems than others which creates a genetic predisposition to conditions such as allergies and asthma, but the substances that cause the chronic symptoms in some people are individually harmless in the vast majority of the population.
The reasoning is the nervous system mistakenly believes that a specific (and otherwise harmless) substance is toxic or poisonous and triggers histamines to fight and expel the substance from the body.
If you research allergies, you’ll find a number of different explanations for how somebody develops an allergy, but everyone is in agreement that it’s a combination of genetic predisposition, a weakened immune system and in many allergy sufferers simply learned inappropriate causal association in the brain. Almost everyone can identify a food such as shell fish, a medication or environmental substance that never caused any discomfort and later in life triggered an allergic reaction.
In many cases, the negative association with a substance is caused by a trauma the body experiences. The brain assumes the substance caused the trauma and the next time the substance is in proximity to the individual, the brain assumes the trauma is soon to follow. It is a simple causal association, much like Pavlovian conditioning. In an effort to save you from going through the trauma, the brain tries to expel the substance triggering an allergic reaction.
Even though we know the problem is simply a learned response or association, the traditional treatment approach is medication designed to stop the production of histamine. Our approach is different, we believe in a school of thought that reasons, if a reaction can be learned, it can therefore be unlearned.
Through Pavlovian conditioning or positive conditioning, we can teach the body to respond in a neutral manner.