ACTION AGAINST ALLERGY
Registered Charity No.
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to this site that Action Against Allergy, a registered
national charity founded in 1978, has no connection
with the commercial site of similar name, Act Against
Allergy, first appearing in June 2006, which is linked
to a companion commercial site promoting products
for milk-allergic infants. Action Against Allergy
has no affiliation to any commercial enterprise and
provides information which is objectively sourced.
Action Against Allergy was
established in 1978 to help those suffering
from any kind of allergy. Its aim is to advance
understanding, awareness and recognition of
allergic medical conditions and allergy-related
illness, and the actions needed for research,
diagnosis and treatment.
Find a doctor. The
charity offers an information service that includes
contact details of allergy clinics, allergy
specialists and dietitians, (both NHS and private)
and alternative heath care practitioners. Those
needing this information can learn where to
go in their own particular area. In addition,
there is a very comprehensive list of helpful
books on allergies, special diets and treatments
, and a library of information leaflets, including
essays written by AAA's own members. This
information service is available to everyone,
in return for a small donation to defray costs.
AAA. For an annual
subscription of £15, benefits to members include
a free colour magazine, Allergy Newsletter,
three times a year, packed with useful material.
plus access to a talk-line telephone network
putting them in touch with other members, and
direct contact with the charity's advisory services.
Allergic illness takes
The symptoms of allergy are many and varied,
ranging from a mild irritant to a severely
debilitating chronic condition. They
can include sudden breathlessness, swelling
of face or hands, headaches, muscle weakness
and joint pains, giddiness, upset stomach,
skin rashes, and excessive fatigue.
Symptoms may be triggered
by a wide number of causes: a reaction
to food or food additives, to pollutants
in the air outside or in the home, to chemicals
in our surroundings where we live or work
or in the many everyday items we use.
Asthma, hayfever and rhinitis;
eczema and urticaria; candida albicans; chronic
fatigue syndrome/M.E. (myalgic encephalomyletis)
and irritable bowel syndrome are the main
conditions suffered by allergic people, even
though they may not always be caused directly
or only by allergens. Some reactions
may be life-threatening: to peanuts
or bee stings for example.
There are also many instances
of children who are cows milk intolerant
or who become hyperactive in response to certain
foods or food additives.
The immune system of each person
in unique and therefore so is the experience
of each individual to any substance causing
an allergic reaction.
There are, however, many common causes and
many similar responses and there is a growing
awareness and knowledge of how some of these
causes may be tracked down and treated.
Action Against Allergy does not
limit the help offered to those with any one
kind of allergy. It is here for everyone
- across the whole spectrum of allergy problems.
How Action Against Allergy
Action Against Allergy (AAA) is a registered
national charity founded in 1978 by Mrs Amelia
Nathan Hill who, since childhood, had suffered
allergic reactions to many different foods and
She was chronically ill with
migraine, stomach upsets, painful limbs and
joints and other symptoms so severe that she
was bedridden for long periods. Her doctor
thought she was being poisoned!
At that time allergic illness
was rarely heard of, nor was its existence acknowledged
by all but a very few doctors. After many
years of searching world wide for help Mrs Nathan
Hill was eventually diagnosed by means of an
elimination diet devised by a pioneering British
doctor, the late Dr Richard Mackarness, who
described his method in the book Not All
in the Mind. The eilimination diet
is widely used today, over 25 years later, recognised
as the most reliable means of tracking down
which foods or food additives are causing the
Armed with this understanding,
Amelia was able to control her diet, as many
other now do with equal success, enabling them
to enjoy a normal life.
She wrote her own story of her fight for health,
Against the Unsuspected Enemy, which inspired
thousands to write to her to share their own
allergy problems and express their desperate
need for help. Amelia founded AAA to give
that help - and it has done so ever since.
The trustees of Action Against Allergy acknowledge
gratefully the kind sponsorship enabling the
establishment of this web-site by Mrs Jennifer
Worth S.R.N, S.C.M., AAA member and author of
the book which told of her own experiences:
Eczema and Food Allergy, The Hidden