A few weeks ago some friends & I were discussing food allergies. One of them, a yoga teacher & Ayurvedic specialist presented a theory she had learned elsewhere that maybe food sensitivities come with heightened sensitivity in general. Perhaps, as we move into a higher level of consciousness and awareness we become more sensitive to the changes taking place in our food supply. Our bodies recognize the genetic alterations, chemicals and other man-made adaptations as something other than food. Our more subtle awareness recognizes these changes as poisonous and deadly and responds accordingly, by quickly sending us into an undeniable physical response severe enough to prevent us from ever considering ingesting these toxic, non-food items again.
This theory makes perfect sense in so many ways. It explains why food allergies are become more commonly diagnosed. We corrupt our food source more and more with each passing season and look at the things people are most commonly allergic to; wheat, corn, soy, dairy. These are the things our scientists have been manipulating the most and for the longest times. It also explains why children with sensory related conditions (ADD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Asperger's and Autism) frequently have multiple food sensitivities. As yogis and spiritual seekers we are working towards greater awareness, heightened sensitivity. I often tell my students, particularly my teacher trainees, that we can use the body to teach lessons to the mind. When we practice Warrior poses we gain strength, not just physical strength but also mental an emotional strength. When we practice tree we learn balance in the body and in the mind and spirit. Why wouldn't the opposite be true? If we practice meditation to become sensitive and connected to the subtle energies around us wouldn't our physical bodies also become more sensitive?
So today, as I bit into my gluten, egg, dairy, nightshade, nut, nitrate and shellfish free Tuna Wrap and learned the hard way that I am also allergic to tuna, I have to take a deep breath and consider if this is a good thing, a step closer to enlightenment? Since my response to that is pure attachment, "I don't want enlightenment! I like my stuff, my people, living in this physical body and experiencing it's pleasures. I want to eat pizza!" I'd have to say that this theory, while interesting, is still unproven.