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January 31, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(5):376. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720310066029

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, Nov. 22, 1930, page 1582, Beckman again proposes that allergy is a potential alkalosis, and suggests the acid treatment, particularly in hay-fever. He bases his hypothesis on the following considerations:

  1. "Allergic" phenomena cannot all be explained by allergy.

  2. The theory of alkalosis can be supported by the fact that in conditions in which acidosis is increased allergic manifestations are benefited. The conditions he enumerates are diabetes mellitus, starvation, pregnancy, acute infectious diseases, sea voyage, sojourning at high altitude, asthma in the young, increasing the gastric acidity, calcium therapy, and the use of whisky and acetylsalicylic acid.

  3. The successful use of mineral acid therapy in hay-fever.

The following facts do not support Dr. Beckman's thesis:1. Although "allergic" phenomena cannot all be explained by allergy, it is still more difficult to explain them on the basis of alkalosis. It is still more confusing to find

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