Cerebral allergy has been proposed to describe an allergic response in chronic exposure to food additives, petroleum hydrocarbons, cosmetics, cleaning products, pollution, and other environmental chemicals. This theory is extremely controversial because the allergy-causing potential of the above substances is not easily tested. Food allergies are the result of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) release; the mechanism of action of cerebral allergies is unknown.
Allergy-producing foods can be identified by a skin test; skin tests are usually inconclusive for cerebral allergens. Allergic responses to foods can be decreased through desensitization; neutralizing dosages of cerebral allergens have questionable efficacy. The clinical response to treatment in cerebral allergy might be due to the placebo effect.
Some practitioners believe the following conditions may be manifestations of a cerebral allergy:
Aches Arthralgia Insomnia Arthritis Anxiety Edema Irritability Hyperactivity Restlessness Lethargy Stomach pains Depression
These symptoms can occur alone or in any combination. The term Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome (ATFS) has been assigned to the collection of symptoms.
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