- a question asked me by a well-meaning person regarding the whole allergic-to-everything fiasco.
Here is what I think happened (note that this is not subject to proof): I was allergic to some pollens (skin-prick and IgE confirmed). I eventually developed an intolerance to celery and walnut. This was in about 2006. At length, I had a couple kids, got mastitis both times, and took antibiotics for a total of two years. (With the accompaniment of all kinds of vegetable, probiotic, and vitamin goodness, on the advice of my physician.) The antibiotics eventually damaged my intestinal structure in some way that let a larger percentage of partially-hydrolyzed proteins through (hand-wave, hand-wave, or something). My B cells (they make IgE, remember) responded by multiplying. When they multiply, their IgE chain DNA is more susceptible to mutation (white blood cells already have a high degree of controlled rearrangement), or so my spouse tells me; so I ended up with a pseudo-clonal population that had gone all haywire all over everything that looks even a tiny bit like birch pollen. (I already had a latex contact reaction and - rare in adults! - a true, wheezing-and-hives, IgE mediated dairy allergy. And asthma. So basically my immune system sucks.) Then everything went all pear-shaped.
This is a long way of saying that, even if I thought 'herbal remedies' were a good choice for 'turn down that immune system there', I'm probably allergic to them.