IS MYSTERY MEAT YOUR PROBLEM?

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


Are any of these problems yours?

Depressed, Alcohol, Irritable, Overweight, Uncontrolled Angry Outbursts, Tense, Compulsive Eating, Headaches, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, Hyperactive, Anxious, Learning Problems, Confused, Asthma, Blurred Vision, Night Sweats, Nervous Stomach, Adult Acne, Fatigue, Poor Memory ???


Do you remember that strange meat-loaf-like dish they always served at Thursday lunch in school and military cafeterias? To disguise it further, it was usually smothered in metallic tasting gravy. Most referred to this dish as mystery meat. I am not suggesting your current problems were caused by being allergic to that gourmand's delight. Instead, I am disguising this section hoping to whet your curiosity so that your reaction will not be to skip this chapter. For the problem I intend to discuss, the truth is usually a mystery. Allergies sneakingly cause many symptoms that are commonly classified as therapy symptoms, including all those listed in the above paragraph. (Of course, allergies are not the only possible cause of the above symptoms.) It may be surprising to learn that many, if not most of our food allergies, are a total mystery to us. This goes against the common idea that whatever I am allergic to will give me a big rash, hives or other dramatic reactions after every exposure. This common idea about allergies describes one variety of food allergy, fixed allergy (though our bad reactions may not be dramatic). If our reactions to an offending food are strong only if we have recently eaten too much of it, then this suggests a cyclic allergy. Usually, we know our fixed and cyclic food allergies.


Addictive allergies, however, are often a mystery. They are nevertheless very real. What are addictive allergies? The following quotation is from Five Day Allergy Relief System (Mandell and Scanlon 1980, 37):


You may have a type of allergy in which you eat the same foods quite frequently and have developed an allergic type of addiction (an addictive allergy). Most people with food addiction are completely unaware that this process is taking place in their body. If an addicted person misses a meal that would normally include the food to which he is allergic, allergic-addictive withdrawal symptoms appear. To avoid the discomfort of a withdrawal reaction, a person has to keep eating the food to which he is allergic to stave off withdrawal symptoms. Dr. Rinkel described this blocking phenomenon, where the appearance of symptoms is prevented by the repeated exposures to the offending substance, as masking.


Almost ANY "psychological" symptom can be caused by food allergies/ intolerances. Have you tested yourself for these allergies/ intolerances?

So why bother learning about such allergies if the withdrawal symptoms are not apparent? Although withdrawal symptoms may be masked, other symptoms resulting from continued eating of such foods could be what you consider your most significant psychological symptoms!


The list at the beginning of this chapter is a Pandora's box of problems typically considered the province of therapists. Of course, there is no guarantee that addictive food allergies are causing your problem(s) on that list, but isn't it worth your time and energy to find out? People like you and me unknowingly waste time and money on therapists/doctors for relief of these problems.

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More Excerpts This Chapter
   IS MYSTERY MEAT YOUR PROBLEM?
   COMMON FOOD ALLERGIES
   WHAT TEST FOR FOOD ALLERGIES?
   DOING THE TESTING YOURSELF
   Appendix D DO-IT-YOURSELF ALLERGY TESTING
   Appendix D: Personal Example - Testing for Food Allergies


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