Hives, Swollen Eyes, Stuffed
Once I developed a
severe food allergy reaction. My left arm developed
hives extending from the shoulder to the elbow. My
eyes became red, itchy and swollen. My nose became
congested. My heart rate quickened and developed
palpitations. I reached my office and pulled out
adrenaline and Benadryl injections. Reassured by
immediate access to these drugs, I decided instead
to try the pulses. I reasoned that I could flush the
affected tissues with the pulses and eliminate all
the chemicals like histamine that cause hives,
redness, itching and nasal congestion. Further, the
flush of new blood would bring a fresh supply of the
enzyme histaminase, and other related enzymes, which
the body uses to break down
histamine and related chemical compounds.
I directed pulses
to my left arm. The hives cleared in about seven
minutes. Next, I brought the pulses to my eyes. Some
minutes later I felt the itching and swelling around
my eyes subside. Next, I focused on my nose.
Research in medicine requires
discipline, diligence, perseverance and luck. It is
always demanding. Often, it is frustrating.
Infrequently, it has its light moments. Bringing the
pulses to my nose turned out to be one of those
light moments. Strong pulses in my nose converted
nasal congestion into a total nasal blockage. No
matter how I tried to figure out a way to open my
nasal passages with some autoreg method, I drew a
blank. That evening I completed my office hours with
a totally blocked nose, courtesy of the pulses.
after this incident, I drank some fresh vegetable
juice. I didn't realize it included carrots, to
which I am allergic. I felt uneasy within a few
moments and developed a full-blown allergic reaction
with heart palpitations, tightness in the chest,
swelling around the eyes and hives. This time,
dissolving the allergic reaction with autoreg came
readily to me.
This reaction occurred about 15 minutes before I was
to attend a meeting of the Medical Executive
Committee at Holy Name Hospital. Needless to say, I
was on time for the meeting which lasted more than
four hours. None of my colleagues suspected that 15
minutes before the meeting, I was in the middle of a
severe food allergy reaction. During my days as a
physician in the emergency department, I treated
such reactions with oxygen, intravenous drip and
injections of adrenaline and Benadryl. For patients
in my age group, I sometimes hospitalized the
patient for extra safety.
I did not need any
further proof of the safety and efficacy of autoreg.
But some questions remained:
First, would the
pulses work for everyone?
Second, how many other clinical disorders can be
successfully addressed with directed pulses?
First, Do No Harm
I now started looking in earnest
for ways to build upon these observations. Do no
harm, first and foremost, is the enduring principle
of good medicine. I recognized that beyond my full
commitment to the principle of doing no harm were
many essential ethical, moral and legal issues that
had to be addressed. Informed consent, safety and
efficacy, proper research protocols and controls,
even the placebo effect, are among the most
important issues. But most critical of all was being
truthful to myself.