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About Us

Marlene Hochstrasser is the Clinical Director of the Devon Allergy Clinic which was established in 2006. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse & Midwife & has a University Diploma in Allergy from Grenwich University with working links with Allergy UK & the Eczema Society. Her experience was further broadened whilst working as an Intensive Care Nurse at Guy’s Hospital, London. Marlene still maintains her clinical nursing expertise working as an intravenous parenteral nutrition nurse with patients in a home situation.

A Clinic Consultation with Marlene starts with the taking of a full history of the Client & their family. Allergy identification and treatment is a major factor in removing sources of immune system stress leading to the potential to achieve optimum health and quality of life for the individual.
The Devon Allergy Clinic is in a unique position to integrate orthodox and complementary medicine for the benefit of the client.

Facts about Allergy

  • 1 in 3 people have an allergy
  • Over 3 million people see their GPs because of allergy related illnesses
  • 5 million people in the UK have asthma
  • 1 in 4 people in the UK have allergic rhinitis and hay fever
  • 6% of children under 3years and 4% of adults are affected by food allergies
  • Approximately 1 in 5 people have eczema and skin allergy
  • Allergic diseases can have a significant effect on patients’ quality of life and well-being
  • Many sufferers are not aware that their symptoms are due to an allergy
  • People with allergic conditions benefit from care by allergy specialists

 

WHAT THE DEVON ALLERGY CLINIC CAN DO TO HELP

  • Holistic overview of your condition rather then looking at your symptoms in isolation.
  • Both Allergy and Intolerances investigated with a view to identifing potential problems.
  • Digestive disorders , chronic fatigue and skin conditions are the Clinic’s areas of expertise.
  • Investigating the relationship between food, contact and aero allergens.

The Devon Allergy Clinic is in a unique position to integrate orthodox and complementary medicine for the benefit of the client.


Dr. Dylan Watkins (LEATSIDE SURGERY TOTNES)
Review of Allergy Clinic post

I was pleased this week to discuss my blog on the Devon Allergy Clinic this week with its lead clinician, Marlene.
It was refreshing to have a mature chat with someone leading a complimentary clinic that didn’t just settle into a pointless argument and I was impressed by her approaching me to discuss it.
Her training and diploma in Allergy are entirely mainstream.
The area of food intolerance is however an area where many people who suffer do feel the need to go seeking help. I do recognize that in medicine we are not well equipped at all to advise or help people with food intolerances and that we do not have the answer a lot of the time. (I worked in 1993 in Martin Stern’s Allergy Clinic in Leicester and understood from that time some of the difficulties see MAARA and the older, pretty much out of date site of his now, AAIR). This is therefore an area where people will seek help in other directions an I feel they must be careful in judging the qualities of the alternative help they seek.

Food allergy sufferers ‘worst served’ by medicine
People who suffer from food allergies get some of the worst service from doctors due to misleading test results, wrong diagnoses and poor quality research. By Nick Collins
Published: 9:00AM BST 17 May 2010

A review of research into the affliction found that up to three in ten people claim to have a food allergy of some sort, but blind testing reveals that fewer than ten percent actually has one.

People were found to be avoiding certain foods because they incorrectly suspected they were allergic to them, while many parents refused to give their children certain foods even though most will overcome their allergies as they grow older.

The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is the first step in a plan by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to set out criteria for the diagnosis and treatment of patients next month.

The most common allergies are responses to cow’s milk, egg, peanuts, fish and shellfish.

According to the review, 3.5 per cent of people claim to be allergic to cow’s milk, while testing suggested the figure was just 0.9 per cent.

However, with peanut allergies, the number who claimed to be allergic, 0,75 per cent, was exactly the same proportion revealed by testing.

Results showed that part of the problem was a lack of understanding of the difference between a food allergy – a response to food by the immune system – and a food intolerance, which may be caused by substances within the food or by a psychological trigger.

Dr Pamela Ewan,consultant allergist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge,told The Independent: “The chaos is massive in the UK. Doctors untrained in allergy are having to pick up cases in gastroenterology clinics,asthma clinics, dermatology clinics.

“People get the wrong advice because the tests are not understood. The key problem is that we haven’t got enough people who understand allergy. There are 30 consultants nationwide and just 12 training posts, not even enough to replace those who are leaving.”

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