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Pulse Testing For Allergies
Coca's Pulse Tests are extraordinarily useful and simpletools for at-home allergy detection. My clients have succeeded at using this approachwithout supervision. Coca's test works on this simple principle: pulse elevationsare caused by any allergic reaction. If you know what your normal range of pulserates are, you can isolate an offending food or substance and eliminate it. Successwith Coca's Pulse Test requires only motivation and a little perseverance, becausein order to test for food allergies, the diet must be restricted for a few days andyour pulse must be accurately taken at specific intervals during the testing period.
The test is based on measurement of the resting pulse rate,something most people have no difficulty learning how to do. The resting rate ishow fast the heart beats after a person has been sitting still, comfortably relaxingfor three to five minutes. When a person is active the heart beats faster than theresting rate. One measure of aerobic fitness is how quickly the heart is able toreturn to its resting rate. Well-trained athletes' hearts can adjust from workingvery hard to a resting rate in only a minute or so; those who are deconditioned cantake three to five minutes for their heart to slow from even mild exertion to itsstable, resting pace. Those who cannot readily find their own pulse on their wristor throat can inexpensively purchase a digital watch that gives a pulse reading;this kind of watch is used by athletes to make sure their training pulse is in anacceptable range.
Preparatory to doing Coca's Pulse Test it is necessary toas much as possible eliminate allergic food reactions. This requires the applicationof discipline for a few days before testing begins. Allergic reactions can go onfor several days after a food has been eaten and if you are having a reaction tosomething eaten many hours or several days previously, it may obscure a reactionto a food just eaten.
1. Stop smoking entirely for at least five days before youdo a cigarette test; allergies to cigarettes can take five days to clear. Besides,you shouldn't smoke, anyway!
2. For the first three days, count your resting pulse immediatelyafter awakening in the morning (for one entire minute), and record the reading.
3. During the first three days, take your resting pulse halfan hour and again one hour after each meal. It if has elevated more than 12 beatsabove the resting rate you found upon arising that morning, you may assume that somefood at the meal you just ate was an allergen. Temporarily, eliminate from your dietall the foods eaten at the previous meal until you can check them one-by-one a fewdays later. At the end of these first three days you may not have many foods leftthat you can eat. That is okay and to be expected; it is time to begin adding foodsback to the diet.
4. Most people who are allergic to foods are allergic toone or more of the following: corn, wheat, milk and cheese, yogurt, meat, alcohol,tobacco. It would be very wise to eliminate these foods too for the first three days,until they are tested.
After three days on this regimen, you can assume that manyof your usual allergic food reactions have ceased or at least diminished significantlyand that you probably can get reasonably accurate testing results on individual foods.A good indicator of having problems with food allergies in general can also showup during these initial days. If you have eliminated a large number of foods andyour resting pulse upon awakening has slowed down by several beats, you can assumeyou are allergic to foods you were eating.
I would not be at all surprised that by the end of the thirdday you were only eating a very few fruits and vegetables and had eliminated everythingelse. A more effective variant of the testing procedure calls for a three or fourday water fast to clear all allergies with absolute certainty, and then to introducefoods one at a time as described below.
On the fourth and subsequent few days, take your restingpulse upon arising and then eat a modest quantity of a single food: for example,eat a slice of bread, or a medium sized glass of milk, or an orange, or two tablespoonssugar in dissolved in water, or a few dried prunes, or a peach, or an egg, or a medium-sizedpotato, or a cup of black coffee without sweetener, or a few ounces of meat, or astick of celery, or half a cup of raw cabbage, or an onion, or a date, or a few hazelnuts,etc. Count the pulse one half hour later and again one hour after eating the testitem.
If any food raises the resting pulse over 12 beats per minuteabove your morning resting pulse, that food should be eliminated; you are certainlyallergic to it or can't digest that much of it. If your pulse has not returned toits morning resting rate one hour later, you are still having an allergic reactionto the food you ate previously and cannot get a decent result on another food untileither your pulse slows again or until the next morning. You may, however, continueto eat other foods that you know do not provoke allergic reactions. Because reactionsto a food may not clear for many hours, it is wise to eat only small quantities ofindividual foods if you wish to test many of them in a single day. If a food causesno acceleration of pulse (at least 6 beats above your estimated normal maximal) thatfood can be tentatively labeled non-allergenic.
After a few days of testing one food an hour, you will becomeweary of the routine and wish to eat more normally. It may also occur that you cannottest more than one or two foods a day from the very first day because allergic reactionsdo not clear quickly enough. No problem, the testing period can go on at a lowerlevel of intensity for many weeks, trying one new food each morning upon arising.As you eliminate allergens from your diet one by one, your resting pulse should dropsomewhat and it should be easier to discern allergic reactions. After you have workedthrough all the items in your normal dietary, it would be wise to retest the foodsa second time, breaking your fast with one different test item each morning. Thissecond testing round may reveal a few more allergic reactions that were obscuredby other allergic reactions the first time through.
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