Study: What Causes Allergies?

Overhead view of peanut butter on bread with red crayon warning against peanuts which are a dangerous allergen for many children and adults.

A recent study published last week in PLOS Computational Biological found that the reason we’re allergic to some things such as peanuts and pollen is that they contain compounds that are also found in viruses. See, the immune system is designed to defend itself against these little bastards but sometimes, it gets confused, misidentifying a common food for a more dangerous virus.

It’s this immune confusion that almost killed my roommate freshman year when his buddy slathered peanut butter all over the door knobs of our room and sent the poor kid into anaphylactic shock. While this new study doesn’t immediately help those who are dangerously allergic to everyday foods, scientists contend that having a better understanding of the mechanisms that give rise to allergic reactions may lead to future treatments.

2015-11-11T12:37:33+00:00

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    Q: Please tell me which products will help my 11 yr old son eliminate or aid in his healing of this horrible disease (Allergic Fungal Sinusitis). He was taking allergy shots once a week for a year. He is allergic to everything...grass, trees; dustmites, soy, wheat, dairy, eggs. He now drinks rice milk and I order food online at ener_g foods such as breads, cookies etc that are made without all the things he is allergic to. I want to boost his immune system to help fight this disease. He is on a strict diet and I would love you input on how to help him.

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    Clearly he's toxic! Clean his body out and the problem will go away. Try CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) . Let him drink warm water and lemon juice (from fresh squeezed lemon) every day. Let him drink herbal tea of Mullein leaf and/or Eucalyptus. When he is bathing, drop in 6-8 drops of essential oil of Eucalyptus per bath and add 1 box of sea salt to every bath. Let him soak for 45 minutes or so. He can heal from this problem!

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    Q: I am currently living in Atlanta GA, moved here from New York. I've never suffered from pollen, or being allergic to raw fruits peach, apples or plums. I can't eat raw carrots and other types of nuts until I moved to GA, and started to suffer from Allergies. Now my question is, is there something from your site or some type of herbal combination that I can take to 1. Stop my allergic reaction during March/April pollen season and two help me to eat the natural fresh fruits I used to enjoy before without having to throw it all up, or being unable to digest it.

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    I would recommend you perform FULL BODY DETOX, especially every Spring. Take 3 capsules of ALLERGY FORMULA daily. Your problem lies much deeper. We have an article on the subject coming soon! Stay tuned to Dherbs!

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    Q: I have only one known allergic reaction and that is with Sulfa. I might have outgrown this allergy, but I want to purchase the full body cleanse. Is there any sulfa found in this?

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    The Full Body Cleanse contains no Sulfa. It is completely safe and effective.

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    Q: This past May my sister started to have really bad asthma attacks and allergic relations to scents, dust etc, and a horrible cough. She was told by her doctor that she had asthma and was put on asthma medication, inhalers, etc. the symptoms got worse, she couldn't sleep because she was up all night coughing, the claritin didn't work, etc. She had been complaining the past week of feeling bloated, her ankles being swollen, not being able to breath when she layed down, etc. She couldn't even walk from desk to desk at work. On the way home last week she went into the Emergency room and was admitted and stayed 4 days. We soon found out that she had congenital heart failure and only 25% of her heart is pumping properly. She couldn't breath because of the water build up on her lungs and heart. The doctors said that the build up of antibodies in her system showed that she had contracted EB virus some years ago and it permanently damaged her heart. She is limited to only 64 ounces of water a day, takes water pills, blood pressure pills, and is not allowed to eat foods high in sodium. My question is, is there any herbs or vitamins that can be used to help her heart? I do not want her to get a pace maker or have a heart transplant. The medications that she is on now make her so weak and drowsy. I know the doctors said the heart damage is permanent, but I just need to know is there anything else that would help naturally?

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    The heart failure is only permanent if you guys (especially your sister) BELIEVE so! What is believed is achieved! It's nothing but medical BS if you ask me!

    To CURE her heart condition, I would suggest she:

    1. Perform the Full Body Detox (absent any pharmaceutical drugs, but it is your sister's choice to stay on them or get off of them)

    2. While on the FBD, drink 2-4 cups of Hawthorn Berry tea

    3. After the FBD, she needs to take CARDIOVASCULAR Formula (3 capsules 2 times daily), CIRCUL-AID formula (3 capsules once daily), and BOWEL MOVER (3 capsules before bed every night).

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    Q: I am allergic to fresh fruit, vegetables and peanuts. I have eczema. But I have not had an outbreak for about 10 yrs now. I really want to eat healthier but this problem is hindering my goal.

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    What's the problem? Who told you were allergic to these things? If you believe it, you will achieve it! The mind is powerful! I don't really believe you are allergic to fresh fruit because you require them for life. In re: eczema, please consider the FULL BODY DETOX. It will help you. Read our article on â€ECZEMAâ€. You can be healed!

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    Q: Members of my house have started drinking Hemp Milk and Rice Milk. No more Cow Milk! We like the taste of both. I also like the fact that the hemp milk has omega and other nutrients in it. However, my son is three years old and we have discovered he is allergic to nuts because a family member gave him a cashew to eat, then his eyes began to swell up like Garfield the cat. I had him tested for food allergies and the test revealed he is allergic to nuts and soy. So I don't give him any nut products or soy products. My question for you is: "Is hemp a nut or a seed, is the hemp milk derived from a nut or a seed???" I need to know other alternatives if in fact it is a nut. I do not want to give him something toxic to him.

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    Hemp is a seed, not a nut, so hemp seed milk is okay for him.

    Nuts cashews - peanuts, soy

    Grains - rice, oats

    Fruit - almond, coconut, banana, date

    Hey, I'll do an article that will be up on Dherbs early next week!

    Peace and Love!

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    Q: I have a situation. I am allergic to shrimp (yes insects of the sea), and even though I don't eat them. I was told that this is due to the high amount of iodide in shrimp, etc. At one point I was told that I have an over active Thyroid as well. My question to you is, if one needs Iodide to balance out an overactive thyroid but they are allergic to Iodide how can this be solved without causing discomfort?

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    Natural iodine will not cause a problem with human health, only man-made (unnatural) pharmaceutical iodine. The Matrix has really confused us, beloved. Let us turn back to Nature!

    Any thyroid condition can be fixed with natural iodine (Iodine Phosphate) which we sell at Dherbs!

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    Q: What can I give my 8-year son for his allergic reaction to mold and dust?

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    If he can swallow capsules, give him ALLERGY RELIEF. You can also take the capsules apart and pour the contents into a fruit smoothie and give them to him that way. Also, consider cleansing his body with the Children's Cleanse. This can greatly help his condition and potentially remedy his allergic reactions.

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    Q: My grandson is said to have ADDHD. The Psychologist had given my daughter a prescription for Vyvanse. We read the possible side effects and we decided it's not worth the risk to his health and wellbeing. What else can be done beside medication. My daughter is a vegetarian and has been to an allergist who tested him and found he is allergic to many foods such as milk, chocolate, grapes, apples, raspberries, some food dies, and many more things. How does she put it all together?

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    The most important thing Linda is to read our "ATTENTION-DEFICIT DISORDER" article on our site. I think it will give you an added perspective on this fake disease to medicate light children being born on the planet to help raise the vibration. I don't look at ADD as a disease and thus it doesn't need to be treated. Parents don't need to give these children anything, but just stop giving things such as junk foods (sugar), drugs, soda pop, meat, dairy products, etc. In other words, detox them. Consider the CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) , at least for starters.

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    Q: I am a 42-year-old female and in the last year I've been diagnosed with many types of environmental and food allergies (corn, soy, peanuts, green peas, and yeast) additionally a HIDA scan showed that my gallbladder is not functioning properly (no gallstones) but only dumping 12%. Could there be a link between gallbladder and food allergies? Could you recommend another option, other than surgery? I exercise 3 - 4 times a week and have a fairly decent diet; but over the past year I've gained aprox 30 pounds. Things are not quite adding up; only the pounds. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    SURGERY, BECAUSE YOUR GALLBLADDER IS DEFECTIVE? DOCTORS ARE INSANE! YOU SIMPLY REJUVENATE THE ORGAN AND THE ORGAN FUNCTIONS TO PAR AGAIN. AND YOU REJUVENATE THE ORGAN OR THE ENTIRE BODY WITH FOOD THAT NOURISH, PROVIDE ENERGY, AND CAUSE GROWTH, REPAIR, AND MAINTENANCE FOR SUSTAINING LIFE. WE CALL THIS "HERBACEUTICAL" AND THAT'S WHAT WE SELL. BELOVED, SURGERY IS TO GET MONEY FROM INSURANCE AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR TEMPLE (OF GOD). IT IS UNNECESSARY. BELOVED, I HUMBLY SUGGEST YOU PERFORM OUR FULL BODY DETOX AND FOLLOW THE KIT UP WITH A DAILY MAINTENANCE OF OUR LIVER AND GALLBLADDER FORMULA (3 CAPSULES DAILY) AND LIVER EXTRACT (1-2 DROPPERFULS IN WATER DAILY) AND YOU WILL NOTICE A DIFFERENCE. YOU SHOULD ALSO START DRINKING DANDELION ROOT TEA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. AFTER YOU GET YOUR RESULTS WE ONLY ASK THAT YOU FILL OUT OUR AFFIDAVIT OF HEALING SO THAT WE MAY PROVE TO GOVERNMENT THAT PEOPLE ARE HEALING THEMSELVES WITH GOD'S PLANTS. THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO CRACK DOWN ON NATURAL HEALING BECAUSE TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE WAKING UP AND THE DRUG INDUSTRY IS LOSING A LOT OF MONEY. THE PEOPLE MUST NOW SPEAK AND RECLAIM THEIR SOVEREIGNTY.

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    Q: I would like to take your detox but I am allergic or I have a very serious reaction to Senna what else can I take?

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    SENNA IS MIXED WITH SO MANY HERBS IN OUR FORMULAS TO CAUSE ANY TYPE OF ALLERGIC REACTION. YOU'RE NOT TAKING PURE SENNA BY ITSELF.

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    Q: I am allergic to all types of nuts and noticed that some of the supplements in the detox program include Kola Nut and black walnut husk. Will this affect me in the same way as eating a regular nut? If so, what alternatives do you suggest for me to do a detox?

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    No need to worry! Not your typical nuts. These are powdered into herbal powders. You won't have problems with these herbs derived from nuts.

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    Q: Years, ago I had allergy tests due to hay fever, and I was allergic to cornsilk. Nine years ago I took Don Juan for depression, and I was photo sensitive, Can I still do this Detox?

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    Give it a try as it's the only way to find out. Think positive, and take a risk, an intelligent risk!

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    Q: I had a allergic reaction to iodine iv for a ct scan my face swelled up and closed my eyes shut now I have a horrible rash and bumps over my once smooth skin - what to do for this rash and for focal fibroid in wall of uterus and cysts on ovaries?

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    Inorganic (Un-natural) iodine is a poison like inorganic sulfur and that's why you skin broke out. I suggest you immediately perform the FULL BODY DETOX and use OZ OIL on the skin externally. For fibroid tumors, the answer is here: â€FIBROID TUMORSâ€

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    Q: Is the FULL BODY DETOX gluten free. I am allergic to gluten and I am trying to find a detox diet to get all of the gluten out of my system and become healthy again.

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    100% gluten-free!!!

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    Q: My daughter is seven years old and this is the first summer that she has had an allergic reaction to pollen. What would you recommend to help her? He has puffy, red eyes?

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    NATURE IS SAYING: TIME TO DETOX! CHECK OUT THE CHILDREN DETOX (liquid extracts) , BELOVED! OH, ALSO READ OUR â€ALLERGIES†ARTICLE TOO!

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    Q: Good Day to you. July 07, I was diagnosed with having the auto-immune disease Myasthenia Gravis. Since then I have had several hospital stays, including a surgery to remove my Thymus Gland...(beleif that this was one cause)and taking many medications, one of which suppresses my immune system, the others include steroids which have terrible side effects...etc. My latest hospital stay, I was placed on the vent and intubated, because of the Myasthenia and an infection that my body couldn't fight off (suppressed immune system) that further complicated the MG restricting my respiratory system. That was a truly scary and painful experience. I am only 32 and I have been searching for a more natural approach to eradicating this Dis-Ease of the body which they say there is no cure. My thoughts are, they are not looking for cures...if they did, that would mean the pharmaceutical companies no longer have reason to continue to poison and make dependent on them those whom they make the medications...which eventually cause other problems...meaning they don't make money if cures are found. The continuous pill taking and side effects are causing more problems than the original diagnosis. Please let me know if any of your products are a possible answer to my prayers. I am desperately seeking...in addition to keeping the faith and staying strong in prayer, a more natural approach to dealing with MG and taking care of my body, the temple of which the creator has kept alive in spite of this potentially dangerous ailment. Thank you in advance for your time.

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    You didn't have to have your thymus gland removed. This gland is the seat of the immune system so the doctors removed your natural defense and then gave you toxins which are really exacerbating your situation. I recommend that you perform the FULL BODY DETOX and after performing, take a daily regimen of RAINFOREST TONIC, IMMUNE BOOSTER EXTRACT, KHEMETIAN GOLD, ACTIVATED CHARCOAL and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD. You can overcome your present health crisis! Just stay strong, focused (on your healing), and POSITIVE! Every problem including with health is an opportunity!!!!!!

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    Q: Hi. I am very interested in pursuing your detox (both the full and anti-viral, one after the other as it is recommended) however I am a little bit confused. In the actual product description, it states that all other products available only "manage" viruses such as herpes, meaning that the virus still remains in the body. It states that Dherbs helps to eradicate all viruses. It also states in the Q and A it is guaranteed that one will test negative for herpes after the treatment (if it is followed correctly). However, all the articles on your website talk about changing one's lifestyle etc to help CONTROL the virus and therefore prevent outbreaks and that the anti-viral kit can help in the preventing outbreaks (but again that means the virus will remain in the system). SO....I am wondering what the actual potentials of this product and regimen are. If followed with the raw food diet for 6 weeks (3 weeks on the detox and 3 weeks on the anti-viral) will the herpes virus be completely eradicated from one's system so that medical tests will show negative results OR is this regimen just another way of managing the virus, while having it still remain in the system.

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    The Full Body Cleanse and the Anti-Viral Cleanse can help cleanse and detoxify your entire system to help you heal from Herpes. Every person responds differently to the cleanse, depending on the toxicity of your body.

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    Q: I'M 40. I HAVE ALLERGIC ASTHMA, ALERGIC RHINITY, SINUSITS, I HAVE LOW TESTOSTERONE LEVEL, LOW SEX DRIVE, LOW LIBIDO, IMPOTENCE, AND LOW QUANTITY OF SEMEN, POOR CIRCULATION...PLEASE NOTE THAT I TAKE NATURAL HERBAL & HOMEOPATIC REMEDIES FOR MY ASTHMA AND ALLERGY, AND THESE REMEDIES IS VERY GOOD. I WANT TO TRY YOUR PRODUCTS ESPECIALLY TOTAL MALE CLEANSE AND OTHER PRODUCTS, BUT I WANT YOUR RECOMANDATION. PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU CAN! AND TELL ME: WHEN I TAKE THESE KITS (TOTAL MALE, AND OTHERS), SHOULD I NOT TAKE MY HERBAL PRODUCTS FOR ASTHMA AND ALLERGY IN COMBINATION WITH YOUR PRODUCTS? I CAN COMBINE YOUR PRODUCTS WITH MY HERBAL FORMULA FOR ASTHMA & ALLERGY? WHAT YOU RECOMEND ME?

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    I recommend that you perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the RESPIRATORY CLEANSE AND REGIMEN to address your problems. I do not recommend that you take Dherbs products with others. Wait until you are finished with Dherbs products before you use your old products again.

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    Q: My cat is currently having a hypersensitive reaction to canned food that I purchased from Whole Foods. It contained fish and I think it has upset my cat's stomach. Will your Cat and Dog Immune Booster Formula help stabilize his upset stomach? He responds well to the antibiotic from the vet however if I can give him something all natural to help his entire immune system then he and I won't have to go through the stress of going to the vet.

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    I say give your cat something natural to stablize the upset stomach. Immune Booster will greatly help your cat. Or, you could give your cat Electric Greens Cell Food (open up a few capsules) and the alkalinity from this formula will serve as an antacid.