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Allergies

Techniques to help reduce and prevent allergies rather than just supress them

"Best thing I ever did for my Show Cob was to have Roger inject him. He's a different animal - itching stopped = happy horse!"

Annette Hance, HOYS Competitor

Typical signs of Sweet Itch - crusty mane (above) and rubbed tail head (below)

"Roger Meacock has done wonders with all my sweet itch horses from a 12.2hh show hunter pony, cob and WB dressage horse."
Charlotte Culley, Equestrian Showing & Trainer

Sweet Itch rugs try to encase the horse/pony to prevent midges touching them, but what holds them out can also hold them in if they get past the defences. They aren't cheap and frequently get damaged when the horse/pony tries to rub themselves when feeling itchy.

Allergies

The conventional approach with allergies is primarily to concentrate on reducing the symptoms of the allergy such as itchiness, swelling, breathing issues etc by giving anti-histamines and/or steroids. Clearly in life-threatening situations giving adrenaline or anti-histamines is important to preserve life! In the longer term, it is important to identify the cause of the allergic response in order to avoid it again if possible, however some allergens (usually proteins that initiate the allergic response) are unavoidable which requires treatment to go further and deeper into the underlying issues.

It is most important to recognise that the allergic response itself is an indicator of an over-reaction of the immune system. It is not the pollen (in Head-shakers), grain (in a grain allergy) or Culicoides spp. flies (midges that cause Sweet Itch) that is the inherent problem or else every individual would react to these allergens in the same way. For some reason the individual that has the allergy is reacting in an unusual way and has become over-sensitised to their trigger. These individuals are more prone to over-reacting to other allergens too and are frequently allergic to multiple triggers although it is usually the one they react to most or last that gets all the blame.

Roger believes that there is a threshold of allergic burden that must be over-stepped in order to trigger overt allergic reactions. It is the cumulative response to all the triggers that tips the individual into displaying allergic symptoms. With multiple allergies it can be very difficult to assess what is going on. The most common or identifiable allergen frequently ends up taking the blame for the entire reaction. However, it could be that there is a food intolerance that is the largest factor in the overall allergenic burden which on its own is insufficient to cause outward allergic symptoms but when other less significant allergens are encountered one becomes the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back sufficiently to cause a clinical allergic responses. A lesser cause may then be identified as the main culprit in the situation. If the main intolerance (eg a food ingredient) is identified and removed, then the other individual allergens are easily tolerated and cease to be issues as the immune system settles down and normalises.

Roger's approach to allergies of any sort is to try to identify the main cause if it isn't already known and any other lesser allergens if possible too. Treatment is then directed at balancing the individual in respect to both the main cause of the allergy and the immune system to make the individual less reactive overall.

Sometimes it can be very difficult to identify and/or avoid the main allergen, especially if it is environmental, in which case it becomes even more crucial to re-balance the immune system so that it ceases to respond to these allergens at all.

Contrary to how some people market the eLybra it is not possible to use it to identify allergens. It can however be used to generate a generic or bespoke remedy to help balance the immune system, neutralise the reaction to allergen and thereby alleviate symptoms.

Since about 2008, Roger has treated many horses and ponies with varying severities of Sweet Itch. He has developed a generic formula that he programs into Quinton Isotonic ampoules that most owners have reported has helped hugely. Symptoms are significantly reduced or eliminated in the vast majority of cases with treatment lasting anywhere from 2 months to the whole summer depending on individual response. In very severe cases it may not last as long initially but this can improve with repetition. Some owners who have used this programmed Quinton approach for a few years on the same horse or pony report that symptoms have got less with repeat treatments. The same approach can be used for any type of allergic reaction, from ponies that rub themselves raw on posts or the ground to those with breathing difficulties. Treatment costs compare extremely favourably with specialised anti-fly rugs, washes, sprays etc that frequently only have limited success. The savings in time management are an important consideration too.

Quinton Isotonic has anti-allergic properties itself by reducing the IgE response. Quinton provides the correct balance of minerals and other nutrients that enables the individual's immune system to re-balance itself. Quinton is excellent at holding eLybra frequencies, so Roger will frequently use this combination to treat individuals. The bioresonance programme is important too because there have been cases where the type of allergy wasn't easily and correctly identified initially so one formula was given which only gave a limited response. However a much better result was achieved when the correct formula was then more easily recognised.

When it comes to dog allergies, feeding the proper raw meaty bones diet is an essential part of the curative process. Commercial pet foods are packed with species-inappropriate ingredients which are inevitably part of the underlying root cause of the vast majority of allergies. Many raw feeders report that fleas are not a problem with raw-fed dogs too which is another frequently-identified culprit with allergic dogs.

Typical signs of allergies in dogs

In some dogs also showing concurrent digestive disorders the diet needs to be changed after allowing the gut to settle down and heal by using a bone broth to enable a better gut microbiome to establish itself.

Mildly allergic dogs frequently have recurrent ear problems. These dogs tend to have hotter skin and with little air movement in the ear canal (especially with breeds with hanging ear flaps) where bacteria can more easily inhabit the warm, moist environment that develops. These dogs often prefer to lie on cooler floors too. Ear issues are usually an indication by amplification of how the rest of the skin is behaving too. Dogs with ear issues but no skin problems are walking a knife-edge that could deteriorate into developing skin problems too.

Once the food allergens have been eliminated it is easier to rebalance the dog's immune system and to eliminate allergic symptoms.