What is an Allergy?

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, “An allergy is an abnormal reaction to an ordinarily harmless substance called an allergen. When an allergen, such as pollen, is absorbed into the body of an allergic person, that person’s immune system views the allergen as an invader and a chain reaction is initiated.”

Simply, allergies are a physiological error. If you are allergic to pollen, for example, your body views pollen as a harmful substance. When you come into contact with any allergen (through breathing, eating, injecting or touching it), it creates an overreaction in your organ systems. This causes a chain reaction resulting in your symptoms.

Often people don’t realize their symptoms are due to an allergy or sensitivity. A substance may affect any organ system, which could cause a multitude of symptoms from case to case. For example, a reaction to wheat may cause hives in one person, digestive issues in another, and fatigue, wheezing or Acid Reflux in someone else.

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Allergy vs. Sensitivity

A “true allergy” is a reaction triggered by the immune system. However, there are a vast number of symptoms or conditions caused by sensitivities that may or may not involve the immune system.

With reactions involving food, a large percentage of the population believes they have allergies, yet fewer than 2% actually have true allergies. In fact, many suffer from undiagnosed food sensitivities or intolerances.

The majority of patients who seek the AAT treatment do not have true allergies; their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities with no immune involvement.

AAT provides a highly effective treatment for both allergies and food sensitivities. AAT treats the organ systems involved in the reaction, allowing patients to return to breathing or eating normally.

Why are Allergies More Prevalent Today?

The use of the word “allergy” has become a generic term to describe allergies, sensitivities and intolerances. “Allergy” is now understood as a term for any negative reaction from exposure to a benign substance.

As our world becomes increasingly complex, our bodies must navigate and determine what is safe and what is a threat. This process has been complicated by the introduction of many chemicals, pollutants and other factors into the environment, as well as the vast number of foods and products now available from all over the world.

Our bodies have been challenged to adapt to these rapid changes in a relatively short timespan.

Allergy Symptoms and Causes
Digestive Allergy Symptoms
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Heartburn, acid reflux, nausea, vomiting
  • Infant reflux, colic

Common Allergens: dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol, yeast, soy, corn, citrus, caffeine, chocolate, coffee, tomatoes, salicylates, amines.

Skin Allergy Symptoms
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis, Atopic dermatitis
  • Hives (Urticaria)
  • Rashes, blisters, spots, weird undiagnosed rashes
  • Acne
  • Psoriasis

Common Allergens: dust, dust mites, grass, pollen, dogs, cats, sugar, wheat, dairy, salicylates, citrus, yeast, preservatives, food coloring, seafood, fruit, tomatoes, eggs, latex, detergents, soaps, sunlight.

Respiratory Allergy Symptoms
  • Asthma: wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, tight chest
  • Sinusitis: congestion, sinus headaches, sinus pressure, sinus pain
  • Postnasal drip (mucus production), throat clearing, sore throat
  • Seasonal Allergies: runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, itchy throat, itchy and watery eyes

Common Allergens: pollens, grasses, mold, dust, dust mites, cats, dogs, trees, plants, dairy, wheat, sugar, corn, soy, sulfites, beer, wine.

Additional Treatable Symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Chemical sensitivity

Common Allergens: preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, sugar, dairy, wheat, salicylates, amines, glutamates, hormones, chemicals.

Allergens We Address
  • Alcohol, Beer, Red and White Wine
  • Amines
  • Beans
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Corn
  • Dairy Products: Milk, Cheese, Yogurt,Butter, Cream, Ice Cream
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Food Additives
  • Food Colorings
  • Food Components (Salicylates, Glutamates)
  • Food Preservatives
  • Fruit, Berries, Citrus
  • Gluten
  • Grains: Wheat, Rye, Oats, Barley, Rice
  • Herbal Remedies
  • Herbs, Spices
  • Meat
  • Medications
  • Minerals
  • MSG
  • Nightshades: Tomato, Potato, Eggplant, Bell Peppers
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Nuts, Tree Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Poultry
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Sugar
  • Sulphur Dioxide, 220
  • Supplements
  • Vegetables
  • Vitamins
  • Yeast
  • Animal Hair, Dander
  • Birds
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Horses
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Rabbits
Airborne Irritants
  • Dust
  • Dust Mites
  • Flowers
  • Grasses
  • Molds, Fungus
  • Pollens
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Trees
  • Weeds
  • Altitude
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Sunlight
  • Temperature Changes
  • Building Materials
  • Car Fumes
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Detergents, Softeners
  • Environmental Pollutants
  • Fabrics, Upholstery
  • Formaldehyde
  • Carpets
  • Plastics
  • Glues, Adhesives
  • Latex
  • Leather
  • Lotions, Creams, Sunscreen
  • Metals, Jewelry Metals, Nickel
  • Newspaper, Inks
  • Perfumes, Fragrances
  • Pool Chemicals, Chlorine
  • Shampoo, Soaps
  • Tattoo Ink
  • Woods
  • Paints and Varnishes
Can a Food Intolerance be Treated?

No. Food intolerance is different from an allergy or sensitivity in that there may be an enzyme deficiency, which inhibits the body from properly digesting the substance. Such cases are not affected by the treatment.
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AAT cannot guarantee any results. While AAT may be highly effective in the relief of many symptoms associated with allergies or sensitivities, some cases do not respond.

AAT does not treat cases of anaphylaxis or life-threatening symptoms. In these cases, strict avoidance is always advised.

Patient Testimonials

Adrienne F.

I HIGHLY recommend Durango Allergy Relief for anyone who is looking for a treatment that is non-invasive and medication-free. The results were exactly what I knew I needed but did not know where to look!

Skin Rash
I had itchy skin rashes that would flare up unexpectedly. I also suffered from a volatile digestive system, which was extremely inhibitive and uncomfortable.
My itchy skin has virtually disappeared and my GI tract is normal. I can eat all the foods that bothered my stomach before treatment with no symptoms.

Kindall Adair

Caleb has managed to do what doctors and dermatologists couldn’t. Over the past few years, he figured out why my skin hated me, and he was able to fix it! No more angry, red welts and blisters, and no more insane itching. Thank you for the relief!

Skin Rash, Hives, Dermatology

Kara Wyatt

This has to be the best, needle-less answer to allergies. Not only has Caleb been able to help my allergy headaches over the years, he resolved a terrible bloody nose issue that my daughter would experience with her seasonal allergies. Caleb has also helped in resolving a hormonal acne issue I had last year that occurred after coming off the birth control pill. I don’t understand the method, but WOW if it doesn’t work.

Leigh Morlan

I tell people that my doctor recommended Caleb Gates, and I am glad for this referral. I have had other allergy treatments in the past, but this care and treatment has worked the best for me.

I had to take one to two pills of different medication to relieve my runny nose and still had symptoms. At night, I had nasal stuffiness. I had a lot of problems with bloating and gas and had to take medicine.
In three treatments, I am now off sinus and digestive medication. My breathing is not obstructed at night and neither am I upset about nasal drainage.

Jeanne Moody

I wish that more people who don’t think of their symptoms as typical allergies would come to Caleb for help. The medical community could not help me. Caleb’s treatments gave me back my energy, my feeling of good health and my smile!

Food Sensitivities, Digestive Symptoms, IBS
I was very ill when I came to Caleb, and I could barely eat any food. My first two treatments made a very dramatic change, and I was on my way back to good health!
Caleb found that I was reacting to many foods, pollens, mold, barometric pressure, etc. After treatments, I have my energy back and feel great.

Jim Batchelder

Six years later, I can still eat anything I want with no adverse reactions. I often think of Caleb with appreciation when I enjoy foods that I couldn’t have for so many years.

Food Sensitivities, Digestive Symptoms, Seasonal
I first met Caleb in 2010 when he began giving me treatments for an extensive collection of allergies and food sensitivities I had accumulated and struggled with for more than twenty years. It seemed that nearly everything I ate would result in bloating, abdominal pain and often hives. I also had a host of seasonal allergies that would leave me wheezing and sneezing with itchy, watery eyes and chronic sinus congestion. Over the course of about 10 treatments, Caleb systematically worked through the very long list of substances that I was negatively reacting to.
By the second treatment, I noticed things changing, and by the time we completed my treatments, I was virtually symptom free.
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