I have just realised that I no longer have hay fever. I can’t tell you the last time I remember having the symptoms, but I can tell you – by my obvious lack of memory – that it was some time ago. Isn’t that strange? Well maybe not as strange as I may think.In the wonderful book Healing Back Pain by John E.Sarno there is a short chapter entitled ‘The Overactive Immune System – Allergy’ where Sarno covers the relationship between TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome) and hay fever. In this chapter Sarno pushes forward the notion that it is our repressed emotions that are resulting in the allergy of hay fever.
Now the notion that emotions could introduce, or stop, hay fever has gotten me thinking. When I stopped smoking I thought it was the easiest thing in the world. To this day I cannot believe in the powerful addictive qualities of nicotine because I was able to stop and not crave a single puff for the next 12-years. So how could my body be chemically addicted? But maybe my body was not dealing with my decision as well as I thought? What if my body was actually quite upset that I had decided to throw my little friend out of the house? Could that have resulted in the allergy that became my new best friend that coming summer? If that is the case, then maybe the allergy disappeared once my life seemed a little bit simpler. If nothing else its food for thought.
What I love about Sarno is his lack of fear when suggested these things. He is being daring and throws it out there. I think we should treat these little pieces of information like food. Taste everything once and let’s see if you like it? The same is true with these sorts of theories. If you are suffering from hay fever and are fed up with the constant need to place medicine into your body, in the vain hope that the snot and saline will cease to flow, then why not try something else?
So when the seasons change and the sun comes out to play, instead of medication why not try to have a little word with your brain? Explain that you have just discovered the little trick it has been pulling. Then tell it that you aren’t going to fall for it anymore. Search deep for any repressed emotions and deal with them. Talk to friends, or seek out a counsellor, hell you can even talk to me. By focusing intently on your emotions and singling out hay fever as the ailment that is illusory then it may vanish like mine did.
I mean what’s the worse that can happen?
Photo courtesy of adactio (CC $ Flickr.com)