“A new study found that a mother’s diet affects her baby’s allergies. Which can only mean one thing: my mom ate cats.” Jimmy Fallon

There’s no doubt that the overwhelming majority of people I’ve met in my lifetime suffer from some kind of allergy. All of these people can relate and commiserate with the wretched symptoms that allergies produce. Whether caused by foods or seasonal plants, the impact of allergies on our well-being has been a hot topic of conversation everywhere I’ve lived from the Ohio Valley and the plains of Illinois, to the deserts of the Southwest.

My allergy to ragweed first reared its ugly head when I was a child living in Cincinnati, Ohio. While playing in my backyard one day, I was suddenly besieged by watery, itchy eyes, explosive sneezing, and an itching in my throat and ears. An angry red rash spread across my body. Many years later, serious skin rashes alerted me to the fact that I’m also allergic to lemongrass and the skin of mangos.

One of the marvels of the human body is that it can defend itself against harmful invaders like viruses or bacteria. But sometimes the defenses are too aggressive, and harmless substances such as dust, mold, and pollen are mistakenly identified as dangerous. The immune system then rallies its defenses, launching a host of complex chemical weapons to attack and destroy the supposed enemy. In the process, some unpleasant, and in extreme cases, life-threatening symptoms may be experienced by the allergy-prone individual.

There are hundreds of ordinary substances that can trigger allergic reactions. The most common are plant pollens, molds, household dust (dust mites), animal dander, foods, medicines, feathers, and stings from insects. An allergic reaction can occur anywhere in the body, but usually appears in the skin, eyes, lining of the stomach, nose, sinuses, throat, and lungs – places where special immune system cells are stationed to fight off invaders.

Symptoms vary and may include swelling, rashes, itching and shortness of breath. Drug allergies include hives, rashes, and fevers. Food allergies include digestive problems, hives, or swollen airways, which can be life threatening. Seasonal allergies cause sneezing and runny noses, and may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Bio-Touch has been shown to alleviate the symptoms of allergies. Of course, when an allergic attack affects breathing, please call 911immediately and administer CPR if needed.

While not a substitute for standard medical care, Bio-Touch is an effective complement to mainstream medical protocols. You can learn how to help others feel better using Bio-Touch, without being concerned about negative side effects. And everyone, even children, can learn how to practice it effectively!

The Bio-Touch organization is offering a workshop at the Center in Tucson on Thursday May 24th from 6-8PM. Workshop attendees will learn the Bio-Touch points necessary to address the symptoms of allergies.

So come and bring your family and friends to the Center at 5634 E. Pima St. in Tucson. It’s so rewarding to share Bio-Touch! For more information or to learn about online classes, go to justtouch.com.