Data Protection

About this Policy
We at The British Institute of Allergy and Environmental Therapy have written this policy in order to comply with the latest legislation on General data Protection in accordance with the Data Protection Act of the 23rd of May 2018.
The policy explains how we gather, store and process data you give to us in accordance with the latest legislation referenced above. It also outlines the choices you have with regarding how we use information about you, for instance how you may request access, update, erasure or object to particular uses of your information.
If you do not agree to this policy we advise that you should not access or use our services, either on the internet or via any other aspects of our business.
This policy does not apply to the information gathering or processing practises of companies other than our business or to those individuals who we do not employ or manage.

Information we collect
We use a privacy by design approach to anonymizing data, once received, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. Once collected information stored electronically is password protected and accessible only to named authorised personnel. Information stored as hard copy is kept in a locked space which is also accessible only to named authorised personnel.
None of the information we collect is shared with a third party without your explicit consent. Exceptions to this would be in cases of fraud or any other activity in breach of the law.

Student applications
Student applications are filled in on line or manually and sent by post. On receipt, the information is processed and stored as described above.

Client records
These are kept in a locked cabinet accessible only to the therapist responsible for the said clients. These records have to be kept for 7 years by law after which they may be erased. Informed consent is obtained from each client for information to be shared with another party such as another health professional or for anonymized data to be used for research purposes, otherwise information collected is strictly confidential. Clients have the right to refuse to share this information at any time. They also have the right to request a copy of their notes if they so wish.

Credit card details
These are not stored electronically and are stored in such a way as to render them as non-personally identifiable information. They are then kept in a locked cabinet and are accessible only to named authorised personnel.

Contractual Necessity
Contractual necessity means that it is necessary for us to process data provided by you to perform our Terms of Service. Failure to provide information will result in your inability to use some or all aspects of services that require such data.
We will only store your information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purpose of the information collected from you. After this, we will either anonymize or delete your information or store it securely until deletion is possible.

Informed Consent
By accessing the services of The British Institute of Allergy and Environmental Therapy, you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy in terms of collecting and processing your information.

Right of Access
You have a right to at any time request access to your information. You also have the right to request rectification of any information you consider to be inaccurate.

Right of Erasure
You have a right to request erasure or partial erasure of your information, you may also request further restrictions on the processing of your information. You have a right to object to the processing of information based on any legal requirement.

How to contact us
If you have any queries or concerns regarding this policy or you wish to discuss any issues outlined in this policy, please use the following contact details below;
Or alternatively telephone us on: 01974241376.

How is my personel data protected?

We use a privacy by design approach to anonymizing data, once received, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. Once collected information stored electronically is password protected and accessible only to named authorised personnel. Information stored as hard copy is kept in a locked space which is also accessible only to named authorised personnel.

How are my credit card details stored?

These are stored electronically and are stored in such a way as to render them as non-personally identifiable information.

Can I request that my details are erased or amended if needed?

You have a right to at any time request access to your information. You also have the right to request rectification of any information you consider to be inaccurate. You have a right to request erasure or partial erasure of your information, you may also request further restrictions on the processing of your information.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
In recent years, irritable bowel syndrome has become an increasingly common diagnosis, and patients may have been told that little can be done about this condition, although antispasmodics and laxatives are sometimes prescribed.

Sometimes also called mucus Colitis, IBS is unfortunately an extremely common condition which, because it is not associated with a general deterioration in physical health and because it presents with multiple symptomatology, tends to be treated lightly by an overworked medical profession, once life-threatening illness has been ruled out.

  • Fortunately IBS can be successfully treated by the allergy therapist and of course, apart from allergies, the possibility of Candida albicans infestation and other parasites must be considered. The patient will present with some or all of the following symptoms:
  • Abdominal pain or spasm. Griping and cramping aches, often triggered by food and usually most severe about two hours after eating.
  • Variability of bowel function, between the extremes of diarrhoea and constipation, often with explosive diarrhoea and resulting “accidents” as much wind is also passed.
  • Pain in the rectum, often with a moist sore anus caused by a non-functioning Houston’s valve (a common symptom of candidasis).
  • Abdominal bloating and belching.
  • Indigestion, and inability to finish meals.
  • Trapped wind, becoming more intense during the day.
  • Increased rumbling bowel sounds.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Backache.
  • Pain during and after sexual intercourse.
  • Feeling that the bladder is constantly full.
  • Tiredness.
  • Frequent passing of normal stools.
  • The patient may have been advised to ensure that the diet contains plenty of fibre and this is appropriate. Bran is not useful and should be avoided as it can be extremely irritant to the bowel mucosa, and often becomes lodged in the villi (folds in the bowel wall).

Parasites have been mentioned above, and it is possible that they may be present in the patient’s water supply. A recent visit to a country where the water supply may be suspect shortly before the onset of the condition could be a possible cause.

The patient may have been exposed to toxic bacteria in food (Campylobacter, Shigella, Clostridia and others) and the patient’s occupation, for instance farming, meat-processing, food preparation, handling of animals and pets, should be considered.

The administration of a probiotic containing Acidophilus, Bifidobacter, and other “friendly bacteria” is important and it may be necessary to use this for several months.
Spastic colon
This condition is allergic in origin and although sometimes diagnosed separately, may be considered as part of the irritable bowel syndrome group of symptoms.

A chronic constipation, spastic colon is often treated by the administration of Liquid Paraffin B.P. or substances containing this such as liquid paraffin emulsion. The condition is characterised by areas of the large bowel losing its peristalsis and allowing faecal material to stagnate in, usually, the ascending colon. The position of the spasticity may change, and the resulting “moving blockages” be quite alarming for the patient. The writer has heard this described as “just like a small animal moving about in my tummy”.

Foods such as leeks, Jerusalem artichoke, and chicory are useful to give some relief whilst desensitisation is proceeding, and a calcium & magnesium supplement is recommended to help relieve the spasms.

Food Sensitivity

One man’s meat may be another man’s poison, as the Roman writer Lucretius pointed out. But it is only now, after over 2,000 years, that we understand what he really meant. The allergists of today know only too well that food allergy, or intolerance as it usually called is only too real, yet only 25 years ago we were still trying to convince our local doctors that it was a major cause of illness. We are all biochemically different, so no two people react in the same way to the food they eat.

There are few food allergens that cause antigen/antibody reactions – shellfish and peanuts are perhaps the best known, indeed some food intolerance sufferers have no classical allergies and for this reason may never suspect that their arthritis, migraine or panic attacks are caused by an unusual reaction to common foods. People allergic to the same food may have entirely different symptoms, just as people with the same symptoms may be allergic to quite different foods.
Symptoms of food intolerance can be surprisingly varied. Catarrh, digestive and stomach trouble, backache, swollen glands, depression, anxiety attacks and phobias, palpitations, irritability, headaches, mouth ulcers, aching joints and muscles, childhood hyperactivity are all possible, as well as more serious conditions. Because onset of symptoms are often delayed, they seem to bear no relationship to diet at all, so it is not-surprising that many allergic people have had a variety of tests, diagnoses and treatments, and are often told they are suffering from stress, hypochondria or ‘nerves’.

Many food ‘allergies’ are masked, that is they seem to be more like addictions as the sufferer may have withdrawal symptoms if the food is not eaten, but there are a number of symptoms that commonly point to food intolerance – persistent tiredness, not helped by rest; over- or underweight or fluctuating weight; occasional palpitations after food; occasional excessive sweating, unrelated to exercises; occasional swelling or bloating of hands, face, ankles or abdomen.
One should always suspect foods that one craves as being a problem. How often does one hear “I can’t get going in the morning until I’ve had my orange juice”. “I’ve got to have a cup of coffee mid-morning to keep me going”
Elimination diet is a very common method of identifying food allergies. During a period of fasting, an allergic person usually suffers ‘withdrawal’ symptoms and feels unwell, but by the fifth day, many will feel much better (though some symptoms, like arthritis, take much longer to improve). Then foods are tried, one at a time and because tolerance has been lost even a tiny amount may bring on a rapid return of symptoms.

This can be quite a lengthy process, so it is fortunate that nowadays your therapist can use the ‘muscle testing’ method followed by desensitization, so obviating the need for the sometimes unhappy experience of the elimination diet.


Candida albicans, a yeast-like organism, is important in allergic conditions, yet often goes undiagnosed.
As a young pharmacist, the writer often encountered requests for treatment of ‘thrush’ in babies’ mouths, a common condition which at that time was treated with a solution of borax in honey, using this to clean the white deposit from the baby’s tongue. ‘Cradle cap’ – a seborrhoeic dermatitis was also prevalent at the time. It is now known that both these conditions were caused by yeasts, thrush being caused by Candida albicans and cradle cap by a related organism Pityrosporium ovale. It was generally accepted that these were passed from mother to baby at birth, the yeast having caused the vaginal thrush in the mother.
It was some 20 years later that the American doctor C. Orion Truss announced his findings that C. albicans was responsible or involved in far more ailments than thrush. Nowadays we are aware of other Candida yeasts, although albicans is the main problem. By the mid-seventies, we were well aware of the problems that could be caused in the bowel by Candida and then some 10 years later began to find, using muscle testing, that Candida was present in muscles that were so inflamed and tender to the touch that they could not be massaged, and coughs that seemed to be intractable.

Candida was also found to be responsible in some cases of anxiety and depression, “spaced-out feelings”, urinary problems and joint pain. These conditions responded to treatment as soon as the Candida had been eliminated. Candida was able to invade the whole body, having been found by others in heart and liver.
C. albicans is now accepted medically to be responsible in cases of muscular fatigue, bowel problems, respiratory and sinus problems, poor short-term memory, “brain fag”, some cases of eczema and psoriasis, in addition to the bowel problems mentioned in this module.
As are all yeasts, Candida is a single celled organism, but when conditions are favourable for it, it changes into a “pseudomycelial” form, strand like and branching. This enables it to penetrate the bowel wall and spread through the body.
Candida thrives in individuals whose immune system is compromised by infection, allergy and mercury leaching out of amalgam fillings in the teeth; it benefits from high levels of refined sugar and salt in the gastro-intestinal tract and indeed, apart from the conditions mentioned above, a person can actually be allergic to the yeast itself. It has been estimated that most of the population carries antibodies to Candida.
It has also been suggested, with convincing evidence, that Candida can produce toxic substances from sugars in the bowel that may have a link with autism.
Finally, linked to the Candida problem it may be expected that the patient is reacting to mould spores in the atmosphere. In Britain particularly on the West side of the country humidity is quite high for much of the year, the consequence of which is a higher level of moulds than found in the East of the Country.


What is Hayfever?
Hayfever (Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis) is an inflammatory condition, which affects the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, palate, sinuses and eyes. It is caused mainly by grass and other plant pollens in the air and is exacerbated by dusts, chemicals and other atmospheric pollutants. Sneezing and blocked or runny nose, itching of the eyes, palate and throat and a general feeling of congestion in the head are common symptoms. There may also be a feeling of tightness and wheezing in the chest.

Twenty years ago Hayfever was estimated to affect some 10% of the population of the British Isles. Now about 15-20% are sufferers. The population of Australia and the USA are even more severely affected.
Why do we get hayfever?
All allergic reactions have two components. There is an inherited predisposition to the condition, and it is made worse by stress. Conversely, when stress is relieved, the condition improves. The inflammation of the mucous membranes is caused by a combination of the protein, immunoglobulin E (IgE) and the pollen being deposited on the surface of the cells (Mast Cells) which then burst and release histamine and other chemicals into the surrounding tissues. This is an overreaction of the body’s natural defence mechanism.
What are the treatments used by your Doctor?
These generally focus on the suppression of symptoms.
Antihistamines have been available for over 50 years and reduce the effect of the histamine released from the Mast Cells. Many cause drowsiness which can prove dangerous when the sufferer is driving or in the workplace. The more modern antihistamines are less troublesome in this respect.
Sodium cromoglycate protects the mast cells from damage and so reduces the release of histamine. This drug has been available since the 1960’s and can be useful if taken before symptoms appear.
Decongestants may be used in combination with the above groups of drugs and reduce the swelling of the mucous membranes.
Steroid medication by mouth reduces the symptoms of Hayfever but its possible side effects make its use unacceptable except by nasal spray which has to be administered frequently in order to be effective.
Immunotherapy – the injection of dilute solutions of pollens over a period of many months may reduce the symptoms of Hayfever. It is not suitable for all sufferers and has been known to induce serious anaphylactic shock reaction in some individuals. For this reason the British Health Ministry has imposed strict guidelines for its use.
What can Homeopathy do?
Most people nowadays know that Homoeopathy is a very gentle system of medicine, which relies on the principle of ‘Let likes be cured by likes’. This means a substance that would produce symptoms in a healthy person can treat those same symptoms when given in a tiny and harmless amount to a sick person.
How does this work in hayfever?
In Two Ways:

1. Remedies can be given for first aid relief eg Red onion (Allium cepa) produces a streaming nose and running eyes in a healthy person. When given to a Hayfever sufferer it will relieve these symptoms. There are also remedies that will help to relieve nasal congestion, itching and other Hayfever symptoms. These can be mixed to make a remedy that will provide temporary relief from symptoms without the side effects of synthetic drugs.

2. More importantly, isopathic medicines can be prepared in the safe Homoeopathic way that are designed to change the body’s response to pollen. The immune system is normalised and the Hayfever symptoms either do not appear or are so reduced as to be a great deal less troublesome. The desensitisation treatment may be carried out during the Hayfever season or during the winter months in order to reduce symptoms the following year.


Homeopathy is based on the principle of “like cures like”. All symptoms are recognised by homeopaths as expressions of disharmony within the whole person and so it is the patient who is treated rather than the disease. Since individuals react in different ways to illness, homeopaths consider the personality of the patient as well as the physical symptoms. A remedy whose symptom picture matches that of the patient is then selected.

Homeopathic remedies are derived from mineral, plant and animal sources. They are diluted by a special process, known as potentisation, which releases their therapeutic properties. When administered they stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to initiate the process of cure, but, in order to do this, they must be prescribed homoeopathically on the basis of their similarity to the patient’s symptom picture. The symptom picture of a remedy is derived from “provings” – tests in which the remedy was administered to healthy persons until symptoms developed that indicated a deviation from their normal state of health. It is these symptoms that form the basis of homeopathic prescribing. Since the remedies were proved individually, only one remedy at a time is prescribed.

An early homeopath observed that the body’s curative action formed a definite pattern, which became known as the Law of Cure. This pattern is used as a yardstick to assess the effectiveness of any treatment. It was noted that in any emergency the body’s energies were firstly spent in preserving life and the most vital organs. Then, as disease moved from the interior and the disharmony was expelled, so the symptoms often appeared, like ripples on a pond, in less vital organs or on the surface of the body. Symptoms were also observed to move in a downward direction as old symptoms were thoroughly resolved and the trauma was removed from the body.
The production of symptoms is seen by homeopaths as a healthy phenomenon indicating that the organism is seeking to restore balance and health. The treatment does not interfere with this but blends with it to restore health as rapidly and gently as possible.

The isopathic desensitising remedies used for the treatment of allergies are prepared in
the Institute’s Registered Pharmacy by dispensing techniques similar to that used when
preparing homoeopathic medicines.

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