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Posted by
Velvet on February 05, 2003 at 01:38:22:

Hi all. My boyfriend has a condition where any time he has a rise in body temperature he breaks out all over in nasty little red spots that itch. For example, when he comes in from the cold, he breaks out. He doesn't neccessarily have to feel "hot" per se. He just has to be in a warmer environment than he previously was. Once he fell asleep in a waterbed with the heater turned on. When he woke up, he was covered in red welts and his throat was swollen up so badly that he had to go to the hospital. The doctors have diagnosed it as a heat allergy, and he is currently on Zyrtec. Does anyone know of any harmful side effects of this medication? It seems to help, though he still has episodes at times, even pretty severe ones where we think about taking him to the hospital. He has ADD as well. He was on Ritalin in high school, which unfortunately hurt his heart. Sometimes it will skip beats. After I met him, I got him on a whole foods diet and had him supplement with EFA's and all the vitamin B's. The change in him is amazing. He went from having horrible grades in high school to having a full load in college as a computer electrical engineering major. However, there seems to be no improvement at all with his heat allergy. I read the allergy archives. The diet didn't really help his condition at all. Is SR the missing link? Or is this something that cannot be changed? I really hate to see him on Zyrtec... I wish there was another way. It's very difficult to sell him on SR. Though I've tried to explain it to him, he still thinks it won't help. So I'm here to ask before I really press my case with him, will SR help with this kind of allergy? Is there any other suggestion that anyone has?



Yes, SR is the missing link!

Posted by labrat on February 05, 2003 at 08:15:46:

In Reply to: heat allergy posted by Velvet on February 05, 2003 at 01:38:22:

This sounds very much like hives. I used to get them also (still do, but VERY rarely). I would be surprised if the zyrtec works well for very long. You can find the side effects by doing a search on Google for "zyrtec" and you'll get a ton of info.

Herbert Benson's book and Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer might be two good books to make your point. Also, someone posted a recent article about meditation...I can't remember the subject right now...

Good luck!

~~~8>




Re: Yes, SR is the missing link!

Posted by
Velvet on February 05, 2003 at 12:13:38:

In Reply to: Yes, SR is the missing link! posted by labrat on February 05, 2003 at 08:15:46:

Thanks labrat, I figured that was the case. I don't know what is it with him and the relaxation thing, but he doesn't take it seriously. I think his response last time was "I don't have time to relax". *sigh* Men. =P I guess he is so used to having it, it doesn't matter enough to him to want to change it. I think it has a huge effect on his quality of life. Any time we do something active, he always has to take numerous breaks. To say that the Zyrtec "works" isn't really accurate. It just keeps him from having to go to the hospital...

I have a copy of Mind as as Healer... I tried to get him to read it once, but he never "has time". That article is a good idea though, I know which one you are refering to... the study about the effectivness of SR... I'll try it, but it can be like beating a head against a brick wall. You should have seen how hard it was to get him off refined carbs and onto the EFA's for his ADD. =P Took me about 5 or 6 months... hahaha

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Re: heat allergy

Posted by Kimberly on February 05, 2003 at 15:21:30:

In Reply to: heat allergy posted by Velvet on February 05, 2003 at 01:38:22:

My daugher is allergic to the cold...so I guess you can be allergic to anything. The Doctors have never been able to help her, she just has to avoid it. Which is hard to do when you live in the Northwest!



Re: heat allergy

Posted by
Velvet on February 05, 2003 at 17:33:14:

In Reply to: Re: heat allergy posted by Kimberly on February 05, 2003 at 15:21:30:

Wow, that's really crazy! I wonder if anything can be done for that, short of moving to a warmer climate...

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Re: heat allergy (Archive in dysautonomia.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 06, 2003 at 07:39:48:

In Reply to: heat allergy posted by Velvet on February 05, 2003 at 01:38:22:

Hi, Velvet.

Listen to Kimberly and Labrat.

This is a form of dysautonomia (see the glossary and archives). SR is presently the ONLY known remedy.

He should be grateful that his bodymind has chosen this relatively benign shout for help. If he persists in ignoring it, his body mind will just have to figure our how to shout louder--he will like that symptom even less!

MAH, MAS explains it perfectly well "but he doesn't have time". You are going to have to choose if you want to slide down the slippery slope that his life will be if he continues to ignore this. This IS as good as it gets!

Let us know what happens.

Walt



Re: heat allergy (Archive in dysautonomia.)

Posted by
Velvet on February 06, 2003 at 14:46:44:

In Reply to: Re: heat allergy (Archive in dysautonomia.) posted by Walt Stoll on February 06, 2003 at 07:39:48:

Thanks Dr. Stoll. =) Boy, you should see how unhealthy he used to be. He practically lived on cookies and candy and snacks! He didn't eat meat OR vegetables. Oh, it was horrible indeed. I FINALLY convinced him to go over to the whole foods diet. And despite the fact that it cured him of his ADD, he STILL resists the SR. Ah well. I'll check out the archives. Perhaps it will give me some new ammo to attack him with. ;)

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