by Louise Grenier ~

Dr. Michael B. Levy, an Allergist / Immunologist who worked for the World Health Organization said:   “Allergies are like a phobia of the immune system.”

Phobias are over reactions to something.  Similarly, an allergy in a person indicates that their immune system has developed an irrational “over reaction” to a certain substance, which causes their immune system to “get activated” when confronted by that substance.

The intense fear you experience in a phobia sends your body into fight-or-flight mode, directing energy to parts of your body to save your life. Your heart beats faster to provide an emergency supply of extra blood to your muscles that tense as you prepare to flee and your nervous system goes into high alert for you to react fast.

It’s the same principle with an allergy where your immune system prepares to expel, or at least neutralize, the allergens entering your body. But just as a phobia is a fear without reason, an allergy is also an unconsciously irrational reaction.

Imagine life’s elements divided into two categories: those that are dangerous and those that are safe. For example, burning houses and crashing automobiles are clearly in the dangerous category, while clowns and water should be in the safe category because they are no overt threat to safety. 

In a phobia, elements in the safe category become mistakenly classified in the dangerous category. As soon as something from the dangerous category gets close to a person, their adrenal glands activate to release cortisol, which causes heart palpitations, sweating and anxiety. Their entire body mounts a concerted defense to protect against the object of fear (a spider, a mouse or a bee).

Allergies work the same way. Ingesting poison, which naturally belongs in the dangerous category, may trigger cramps, vomiting, inflammation and swelling to protect the body. But milk and eggs are not poison and should not cause any distress.

For people with allergies, these foods have been erroneously classified as dangerous and are labelled as allergens. When those allergens enter the body, the body’s immune system triggers to cause swelling, redness, inflammation and itchiness. Again, the entire body goes into defense mode to expel the allergen.

In the case of both phobias and allergies, the body/mind system produces a huge fear response to a non-dangerous situation.

In either case, taking drugs (anti-histamines to suppress the body’s production of histamines) or avoiding the source of the perceived threat may address the symptoms in the short term but completely misses solving the underlying cause. In a session, I teach your subconscious mind the right classification of the allergens or the elements of the phobia.  That way your body won’t react next time you are in contact with the allergens or the source of your phobia.

Phobias and allergies are sometimes created together. Not long ago, I was able to clear a young man of his hay fever. His fear of bees disappeared at the same time because it had been created simultaneously with his hay fever. Bonus!

My practice is based on using homeopathy and neurolinguistic programming together to re-classify the elements of your allergies and phobias into their proper categories so you can leave them behind and live life without fear or discomfort.   I specialize in working with chronic diseases that don’t respond to conventional medical system. 

Remember that your body is amazing!  Most phobias and allergies take one or two sessions to be deleted from your body/mind system.

Louise Grenier, BSC Nursing, uses a number of modalities to help clients (Homeopathy/Heilkunst, Nutrition, EFT, NLP and more) in St. Albert (780-459-3609) with consultations in person, phone or Skype. Go to for testimonials, videos and articles.


ART: Detail of Quack of Dawn, © Carol Breen. Carol’s art is a visual diary of everyday objects and people around her. Her art is about color, humor, transformation, communication, and travel (both imaginary and real). See more at


NOTE: This article was first published in Autumn 2006 in © Mosaic Mind, Body and Spirit Magazine. This information is for educational purposes only and is intended to supplement your current health program, not to replace the care of a licensed medical doctor.