Justin suffering from severe conjunctivitis leading to blindness. Allergic to barley, lamb, airborne moulds, house dust, dust mites and grasses.
Justin’s story has been included at the request of his mother who is determined that no other mother should experience the heartache and anguish of the possibility of losing a child to blindness. Because Justin’s story was still unfolding it was not written until the day before the 1988 edition of this book went to print.
It was after one of my many public seminars on how to cure allergies that I first met Justin. After question time, while I was packing up to leave, Robyn approached me with a little boy who was wearing dark glasses. At first glance I thought she was going to ask me about her swollen red eyes that looked allergic. As she got closer I could see she had been crying and when she spoke there was great anguish in her voice.
They say my little boy will be blind in twelve months and I can’t accept that,’ she said. ‘After listening to your talk tonight I can see that I was right all along. You don’t have to learn to live with allergies and surrender to dangerous drugs.’
Robyn took Justin’s sunglasses off to reveal the worst case of conjunctivitis I’d ever seen. He looked as though he’d been beaten up. His eyes were black and blue with streaks of red where he had been scratching. They were so swollen they were almost closed. Only the narrowest of slits still remained and they were partly covered with the goo that was oozing out of his inflamed eyes.
Robyn went on to tell me that the eyes had become suddenly inflamed three years ago and that the doctor had diagnosed Justin as being severely allergic. Many drugs had been tried in a vain effort to reduce the allergic inflammation of Justin’s eyes. As a last resort the doctor prescribed the cortisone drugs Maxidex and Predsol claiming they were to be administered as drops into Justin’s eyes each day. The doctor was quite concerned about the side effects of the drugs (prolonged use of them causes cataracts and eventually blindness). Despite this he insisted that cortisone was the only treatment medical science had that would reduce the inflammation enough for Justin to be able to open his eyes and that he and Robyn had no choice but to accept the inevitability of Justin’s eventual blindness. So concerned was the doctor over Justin’s prospects that he referred him to a professor in Sydney in the hope that more could be done for him. The professor was taken aback by the severity of Justin’s condition and would always have colleagues and students there to observe Justin at each visit. To use Robyn’s expression, ‘the professor would beat around the bush and not give me any straight answers.’ He told her to continue with the cortisone drugs and was very vague when questioned about their side effects. He just didn’t want to talk about them.
Justin began making regular trips down to Sydney to see the professor and each time he would chastise Robyn for taking Justin to homeopaths, herbalists and nutritionists. Robyn, for her part, refused to give in and wasted no time telling the professor she was going to try everything before she accepted the fate of Justin’s blindness. Deep down she knew there was an answer.
Not long after, while sweeping out her laundry, she noticed, by chance, an advertisement for one of my free public seminars on ‘Your allergies can be cured’. She saw it on the sheet of newspaper she was using to wrap up the sweepings from the laundry floor.
Grasping at straws but determined not to accept defeat she made it to the seminar to hear what she described as ‘common-sense on this subject for the first time’. She told me later that on hearing of the effects dietary change could have on curing allergies she realised Justin was going to be OK and that the sense of relief was so overwhelming she had trouble containing her emotions.
Robyn brought Justin to see me within a day or two of the talk. He was tested and showed up to be allergic to barley, lamb, malt and airborne moulds, which meant he had to go off all mould- and yeast-containing foods (see ‘Food tables’ at the back of the book). He was also allergic to house dust, dust mites, and grasses, particularly rye grass, which meant he couldn’t eat rye bread or Ryvita. Because Robyn had a history of vaginal thrush while carrying Justin and because he had oral thrush as a baby he was treated for Candida albicans yeast infection as well.
On the combined Anti-Candida/Anti-Allergy Program and Nystatin, Lactobacillus acidophilus capsules and a complete multivitamin and mineral formula supplement containing the six essential minerals—calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and manganese—to build up his damaged eye tissue he made a remarkable recovery. Within a week of being on the program he was off the cortisone as his eyes were 50 per cent better. He is now 70-80 per cent better depending on how tired he is and whether or not there is a strong, dry westerly wind blowing the rye grass in from the grazing lands. He has not used the cortisone since being on the program and hardly ever needs to rub his eyes. Justin is a good example of how changes in diet can reduce one’s sensitivity to airborne and inhalant allergies as he’s able to play on newly mown grass and in the bush without any flare-ups of his condition.
Justin is still waiting on delivery of the dust mite cover for his pillow and mattress. This will improve his condition further as at present the dust mites that live in his pillow by day and come out to feed on his skin at night are gaining entry to his eyes and perpetuating the inflammation there.
The damage the cortisone has done to Justin’s eyes is also contributing to the present plateau in his rate of improvement. It will take some time to replace the collagen, elastin and delicate eye tissues destroyed by the cortisone. Fortunately, the vitamin and mineral formula will speed up this process of tissue regrowth.
On last contact with Robyn she remarked how much stronger and healthier his eyes are becoming with each passing month. Whether Justin becomes 100 per cent symptom free is hard to say as it’s difficult to accurately assess how much damage the cortisone has done to the delicate eye tissue. Even if he never progresses beyond 80 per cent improvement, he’s as good as cured as his eyes no longer hold him back and he’s now functioning on all levels without the use of drugs. He is now able to plan a future without the limitations of blindness and has the opportunity and freedom to be whatever he wants to be.
The thing that impresses me most about Justin is that he’s as dedicated to the program as Robyn. He exhibits great self-discipline for one so young and will not break the program for anything. He refuses’ all junk food, stays away from the school canteen, doesn’t swap lunches with the other kids and takes his own special food to birthday parties. He doesn’t succumb to the pressure of well-meaning adults who offer him foods that are contrary to his program. The words, ‘Oh, come on. Surely a little bit won’t hurt you,’ leave him unmoved. Fie and Robyn cope brilliantly with the whingers and knockers who ‘pooh-pooh’ the program despite the dramatic improvement they see in Justin’s condition. It seems to me that Justin’s potential tragedy is building great strength of character that will stand him in good stead in adulthood.
Although Justin is not completely out of the woods yet he is well on the way. He still gets the odd headache, stuffy nose and itchy eyes, usually when he’s hungry and fighting with his sister. Such emotional upheaval causes neurokinin to be released into the skin and mucous membranes of his eyes, head and nose and this inflames the delicate tissues there (see section on acne in Chapter 6 for more information on neurokinin).
Justin made a 100 per cent recovery. The cortisone-damaged tissues completely repaired themselves and he was free of all his symptoms. He stayed on all his supplements during the food reintroduction process. Happily he had lost his sensitivity to all the foods he was previously allergic to. Now that he was back on the Metabolism-Balancing Program (with no more than 5 per cent junk food) I asked him to stay on the supplements. I explained to him that I was worried his resistance may drop if he went off them and he agreed to co-operate.
For fifteen months everything was fine. Justin was eating what he liked and there was no sign of his symptoms returning. It was about this time that he rebelled against taking the supplements. Without warning he put his foot down and refused to take any more. Slowly but surely his symptoms began to return though not to their previous degree of intensity. As distressed as she is Robyn can’t get through to him and this is the way it’ll be for a little while. Justin has reached that pre-pubescent stage that many boys go through when the male sex hormone testosterone hits the bloodstream for the first time. They lose their niceness and if they don’t have an adult male around to keep them in line can become stroppy and rebellious.
All that can be done now is to wait for him to settle down. I’ve learned that pushing kids who are in this life phase is the wrong way to go. They’ve got to come around in their own time. Justin knows what has to be done to regain his health and when he’s sick of being sick he’ll do it. Only this time it will be his idea and his decision. Right now he’s preoccupied with the important task of developing and advertising his individuality. When the novelty wears off he’ll go back onto the Metabolism-Balancing Program and supplements. I’ve seen this happen many times and have no doubt it will happen in Justin’s case too.
Justin’s eyes, for the main part, are good. Since 1990, he put himself back on the supplements for a while and his eyes cleared up completely. Now that he’s left school, his old routine has been broken by his new work environment, friends and freedoms. As a result, he’s forgetting to take his supplements. For the main part he’s OK, but if he binges on junk food, his eyes flare up, though not as badly as before. Only time will tell how Justin’s saga ends, though for my part I’m confident the ending will be a happy one.