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8 August 2006

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   THE CONCEPT OF THE TOTAL LOAD

Partly to answer the question of why there are so many allergic people, we need to consider the Concept of the Total Load . Let us imagine an arbitrary line below which an individual's body reacts (or handles) foreign substances (allergens or insults) in a way such that no overt symptoms develop (i.e., asymptomatic ), and above which there may be a myriad of symptoms ( symptomatic ) such as runny nose, coughing, wheezing and asthma, headache or other cerebral symptoms, tiredness, bellyaches, diarrhea or constipation, etc.

          

Many are asymptomatically allergic , if I could be so bold as to coin a term (which at first might suggest that it is an oxymoron ), to many items, such as foods. All of a sudden they are symptomatically allergic to pollens which push their system above the imaginary line mentioned above.

We can treat this problem by identifying the pollen and removing it from the environment or take a drug which as natural physicians we do not recommend. Or we could remove one or more of the foods to which one is asymptomatically allergic which will lower the entire threshold pulling the individual's response below the imaginary line

We find many individuals asymptomatically allergic to foods such as milk, corn, wheat, yeast, etc. Once these foods are completely removed from the diet the person becomes asymptomatic to another known allergic substance (allergen). Once the person's system is cleansed of these potentially allergic foods he loses his symptoms to the known allergen even though he is still exposed.

After the period of cleansing we can reintroduce each food one by one until we find a food high up on the symptomatic allergen list. Ordinarily, one can consume a mildly symptomatic food allergen no more than once every 3-4 day. The exceptions are peanut, nut, and shellfish allergy in which case these should be completely eliminated from the diet indefinitely. Allergy to the latter mentioned foods are in a different class and since a person allergic to them may die within minutes, we recommend they never be eaten.

Our protocol consists of eliminating certain foods entirely from the diet over a period of 30-45 days. There are foods which the individual can continue to consume, but never more than once every 3-4 days during the first cleansing period.

During this time we add powdered Vitamin C in moderately large doses according to a separate protocol. Additionally, we begin to taper whatever prescription drugs the patient is taking. This may take one to three weeks depending upon how many drugs are being consumed. The success of this stage depends entirely upon how vigorous to which the diet is adhered.

Our program works no matter what your private conventional Pediatrician or Medical Doctor might tell you. They do not know because they have no experience. And, if they tell you that our plan is “A lot of crock,”ask them if they have tried it? If they answer they have not, then ask yourself : “Who is the real crock?”

Another note of caution and I write this as frankly as I can. Do not decide not to employ our program because we do not take insurance. You get in this world what you pay for, and, if you pay nothing for something, it is usually worth just that – nothing.

Even though I now live in Panama we can provide you a protocol to follow and communicate by email. On occasion we may want to perform some laboratory analysis. I am licensed in the state of Maryland and can order them. Most of the time it may be sufficient to get a copy of test results which your private medical doctor has already performed.

Our protocol was developed years ago when we knew anything about the Concept of the Total Load . But following these principles have allowed us to perfect the protocol and understand why it works.

This protocol is not for the timid. It will take the energies of the 3 C's: commitment, commitment, and commitment. But, if you are plagued with a child with autism or Tourettes or severe ADHD , what is the problem? Returning a child (or adult) to being a normal and productive human being is reward enough. If the Protocol does not work (and we have as yet to see this)what have you lost?   

WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE ALLERGIC?

I will digress a bit here to ask the question I posed earlier: “Why are so many people allergic?” We did not see this 50-100 years ago. Just look at the foods we buy at the stores. They almost all have additives in one form or another. Corn and wheat are grown in no till farms which require tons of herbicides, fertilizers, and chemical fertilizers. What happened to the farming principles when we rotated crops planting legumes such as clover, rape, and alfalfa every other year to fix nitrogen gas (80% of air) into the soil as soluble nitrogen salts for utilization by plants which are unable to fix nitrogen but still require it for growth?

Many of the chemical herbicides (to control weed growth) and pesticides (to control growth of noxious bugs) are absorbed by the plant and get into the grain, vegetable or fruit. But, fear not, our government determines what are safe amounts of these poisons in the final food product? But, the question to ask is: “Is there a safe level of a poison which nature never intended to get into the food chain?”

What about the animals we eat as food? They eat pesticide- and herbicide-contaminated grains. These chemicals get into the animal's system. We consume the meat. Another dangerous aspect of these chemicals is that the humans and animals have no way of ridding their bodies of these chemicals. They lack the detoxifying enzymes to destroy or eliminate these man made chemicals. I have often wondered whether the same thing akin to what happened to the eagle and osprey who ingested DDT. As a result of ingesting DDT, the egg shells were so soft that the babies never hatched. And these two species of birds were decimated because of the DDT spraying program. Thankfully, since we stopped using DDT as a mosquito pesticide these two species are recovering. But, it took years for recovery.

Are humans faring any better? Pesticides and herbicides accumulate within the human body. Mothers pass theses chemicals to their embryos, and children develop so many medical problems.

It is most difficult to grow up in a contaminated planet without getting contaminated. One does not need to attend a Jesuit school (as I did!) to understand the logic behind this statement.

On TV we view programs describing gross chemical contamination (e.g., the Love Canal Affair in Niagara Falls, NY in the late 1950's; Erin Brokovich's experience in Hinckley, in the Mojave area of California in the late 1980's: she wrote a book which was made into a popular movie; to name only two). What we are experiencing with food contamination is below the radar screen. It is still dangerous because it is insidious and slow, but it is still there. These aspects of insidiousness and slowness make it very difficult to establish cause and effect scientifically. Nevertheless we must try to explain why the response of the human body is changing.

Another aspect of prepared foods is that there are some foods found in many other prepared food products. Milk or a milk derivative (milk solids, whey protein, casein, etc.) can be found in many prepared foods. How about corn as corn sweetener, corn solids, etc? How about wheat? Did you know that there is wheat in Cherrios which is supposed to be made of oats? Begin to read labels and educate yourself.

When we eat any particular food (e.g., milk, corn, wheat, etc.) every day, we set ourselves up to develop a propensity for an allergy to the food. Believe me, my experience tells me it is so. Consuming prepared foods such as just described is not a good practice. Our protocol is designed to overcome this very bad eating practice.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.

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