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To the Editor:
—I have read with interest the article by Dr. Beckman on "Allergy and the Acid-Base Balance" (The Journal, November 22). My fairly extensive experience, especially in the Great Lakes basin and to a lesser extent in Colorado, has borne out some of his observations.However, one statement bears questioning: "That nearly all allergic persons are free from attacks at altitudes of 4,000 feet or more is an established fact, usually explained by the relative freedom of the air from offending pollens; but how shall one explain the equal degree of relief obtained by individuals whose malady is not pollen caused...?"The local altitude is 4,600 feet, and numerous patients are seen from districts to altitudes of which are as high as 8,000 feet and over.With respect to hay-fever, it may interest the author of the article in question to know that Russian thistle and several lesser
Kampmeier RH. "ALLERGY AND THE ACID BASE BALANCE". JAMA. 1931;96(2):132–133. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720280050028