Classical conditioning is a conditioning in which the conditioned stimulus (as the sound of a bell) is paired with and precedes the unconditioned stimulus (as the sight of food) until the conditioned stimulus alone is sufficient to elicit the response (as salivation in a dog). The most famous classical conditioning experiment was Pavlov’s Dog.
Several studies that suggest that allergic responses can be generated by classical conditioning for example in “Pavlovian Conditioning of Rat Mucosal Mast Cells to Secrete Rat Mast Cell Protease II” in Science, 6 January 1989, p83-85, a chemical was given to mice at the same time as a camphor smell was released causing an association between the chemical (bad) and the smell of the camphor. Each time the camphor smell was released, the mice exhibited allergic responses.
Dr. Judith Swack studied ten people who had a variety of allergies (cats, dust, flowers, cigarette smoke etc). Seven of the ten responded to the NLP allergy process by become completely response-free. Over two years, the results reduced, as three of the seven regained some allergic response. Interestingly, of the three who initially got no success with the allergy process, two became allergy free once Swack applied other coaching strategies. (Source: Swack, J.A., “A Study of Initial Response and Reversion Rates of Subjects Treated With The Allergy technique”, in Anchor Point, Vol 6, No2, Feb 1992)
A study of 32 individuals in Salt Lake City (Hallbom & Smith, 1987) who exhibited allergic responses to pollen, smoke and foods, showed complete suppression immediately. An individual exhibiting sensitivities to poison oak (a form of allergy) was also treated. During a six month follow-up only three of the individuals had a recurrence of their allergies, while most shows complete suppression of allergy symptoms.
Dr. David Paul at a hospital in Vail, Colorado, under the supervision of the Institute for the Advanced Studies of Health, conducted a controlled clinical trial in the summer of 1994 on 120 allergy sufferers. Study results demonstrated significant reduction in allergy symptoms, and in particular, food allergies.
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