Acute hives is generally recognized among the medical community as an antibody-antigen reaction limited to the skin and subcutaneous tissue. It is often due to drug allergy, insect stings or bites, desensitization injections, or ingestion of certain foods, especially eggs and shellfish, some food reactions occur explosively following ingestion of only minute amounts. Others may occur only after over-indulgences.
It is thought by many physicians that hives may accompany, or even be the first symptom of, several “viral infections,” including hepatitis, “infectious” mononucleosis and rubella. However, such diseases only follow hives after, they have been suppressed by drugs and the body finds other outlets for its toxin load. The secondary diseases are worse, as more toxins have accumulated and vital energy has been lowered through treatments. Chronic hives is due to the use of drugs, preservatives, dyes or other food additives which have overtaxed the body and resulted in chronic toxicosis.
In hives, severe itching is followed shortly by the appearance of wheals that may remain small or may enlarge. The larger ones tend to clear in the center and may be noticed first as large rings of redness and edema. Ordinarly, crops of hives come and go. A lesion may remain in one site for several hours, then may disappear, only to reappear elsewhere.
Hives may occur following drug treatment or after ingesting unwholesome foods such as eggs or shellfish. These agents possess toxic substances which the body must eliminate in order to preserve life. In some individuals, this elimination occurs through the skin in the manner called hives. This again, is a healing crisis—one which we should cooperate with and never meddle with. In a more chronic form, this skin “disease” is due to toxicosis which has built up over a period of time due to unhealthful living habits.
Often the symptoms may occur after an emotional upset, but this is not the primary cause. An emotional disturbance will not elicit hives in a healthy individual. Toxicosis must be present in order for this skin reaction to occur.
This inflammatory reaction is associated with a number of white blood cells which are a part of all inflammatory processes. They are a part of healing and not “turning against the body” as is said. This is a false idea—the body does not turn against itself but always strives toward what is best for the body as a whole.
5.2 Chemicals and Processed Foods
Many people demonstrate symptoms of hives after ingesting foods containing chemical additives. This is especially true of people who have hives nearly all the time. In a study at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, persons who had frequent cases of hives were tested with various substances. Half of them had adverse reactions to food dyes and preservatives in amounts that could easily be present in the conventional daily diet. Most of those who were hypersensitive to dyes and preservatives also reacted to aspirin.
The chemicals which are added to processed foods are poisons. Those people who showed symptoms of hives were eliminating these poisons through the skin. Others will eliminate these poisons through other means and a healing crisis will be in the form of a cold or flu or something else. Processed foods, whether they have chemical additives or not, will result in toxicosis when ingested.
They are unbalanced and most, if not all, of their valuable nutrients have been destroyed. You should certainly not partake of processed foods.
The symptoms of hives should not be suppressed through ointments or by any other means. We should, instead, remove the need for this disease by avoiding all processed foods and drugs and by obeying the laws of health.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Allergies
- 3. Bronchial Asthma
- 4. Eczema
- 5. Hives
- 6. Gastrointestinal Allergy (Food Allergy)
- 7. Allergy And Hyperactivity In Children
- 8. Hay Fever
- 9. What To Do If You Have Symptoms Of Allergies
- 10. Questions & Answers
- Article #1: Hay Fever and Asthma By Dr. Robert Gross
- Article #2: Allergy By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
- Article #3: Why Suffer With Hay Fever? By Dr. Herbert M. Shelton