By: Sandra D., Karly’s mother
My daughter first showed symptoms of allergies at about six months of age. Her doctor had insisted it was time for her to be on solid foods, so I obediently did so. She reacted to everything I gave her. She developed a rash covering her whole body, and where food touched her skin around her mouth, it would stay irritated for hours. After much experimentation, I determined that the only foods she could tolerate besides my milk, was bananas and barley, neither of which she particularly liked to eat! So, I continued to nurse her for a couple of years, and she gradually developed a tolerance for foods.
By the time she was old enough for school, she began to exhibit other allergy symptoms. Many mornings she would awake to find that she had huge inflamed, swollen nodules on her feet and hands. The swelling would subside by midmorning, taking benedryll, but there were many days when she could not go to school because her hands were too swollen to hold a pencil, and she could not bear to wear shoes.
Eating was never a pleasant experience for this child. She would always have to lie down afterwards, to hold down her meal, and it would usually be a good half an hour before the weakness and nausea would go away.
Karly is now ten years old, and this last winter her allergy problems really began to escalate. She began to find it difficult to hold down any food, and she developed a case of hives that would not subside day or night. Benedryll would bring down some of the swelling, but it would return in a couple of hours. Within a week, the inflammation settled in all of her joints. Surviving on Tylenol and Benedryll, she was always nauseous, drowsy, and in pain. The doctors gave me no guidance or hope of solving this problem. Believe me, by this time, I was desperate.
Just when I thought things could not get worse, they did. I guess the stress on her system, and all the medication began to take it’s toll. My very agile, coordinated daughter began losing her sense of balance, and became severely accident prone. She could lose her balance just walking across the room. When she tried to play with other children, the results were always disastrous. As if she did not have enough pain to content with, she now was constantly injuring herself.
Organic Chinese Herbal Foods comes into her life. I decided to take her off all foods except Chinese Herbal Products, Energy Tea, and a few fresh vegetables. I gave her large amounts of the Chinese Herbal Products, especially Endocrine Formula. When I took her back to the doctor after two weeks of this regimen, and told him what I was doing, he was appalled. He said I was starving her! He insisted on weighing her and found she had gained two pounds! After a month she was able to go back to school and eat a few other foods without feeling ill. I was soon able to take her off the Benedryll and Tylenol.
Karly is doing very well now, is free of pain and swelling, and slowly her coordination has returned.