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Understanding Allergies

Allergies and sensitivities are caused by an error: the body misperceives a harmless substance as a threat and reacts inappropriately. The word 'allergy' comes from the Greek allos, meaning "other". It was first used in 1906 to refer to an "altered reaction" in the body's immune system. A "true allergy" is a reaction triggered by the immune system, however there are a vast number of symptoms or conditions caused by sensitivities that may or may not involve the immune system.

With reactions involving food, a large percentage of the population believe they have allergies, yet fewer than 2% - 4% actually have true allergies, but instead suffer from undiagnosed food sensitivities or intolerances.

Many patients who seek the AAT treatment do not have true allergies; their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities with no immune involvement. Since there are few options for the treatment of sensitivities, other than avoidance, AAT provides a highly effective alternative. Cases caused by true allergies, however, also respond well as the organ systems involved in the reaction are treated to directly address the symptoms.

A sensitivity or inappropriate reaction may cause symptoms from any organ system in the body. Some systems are prone to reacting to certain families of allergies or substances, such as the respiratory system reacting to pollen. However, a substance may affect any organ system which could cause a multitude of symptoms varying from case to case. We address and treat the specific organ system(s) affected by the allergen or offending substance rather than the immune system.

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