How Action Against Allergy Began
Action Against Allergy (AAA) is a registered national charity founded in 1978 by Mrs Amelia Nathan Hill who, since childhood, had suffered allergic reactions to many different foods and chemicals. She was chronically ill with migraine, stomach upsets, painful limbs and joints and other symptoms so severe that she was bedridden for long periods. Her doctor thought she was being poisoned!
At that time allergic illness was rarely heard of, nor was its existence acknowledged by all but a very few doctors. After many years of searching world wide for help Mrs Nathan Hill was eventually diagnosed by means of an elimination diet devised by a pioneering British doctor, the late Dr Richard Mackarness, who described his method in the book Not All in the Mind (now out of print). The elimination diet is widely used today, over 30 years later, recognised as the most reliable means of tracking down which foods or food additives are causing the problem.
Armed with this understanding, Amelia was able to control her diet, as many other now do with equal success, enabling them to enjoy a normal life. She wrote her own story of her fight for health, Against the Unsuspected Enemy, which inspired thousands to write to her to share their own allergy problems and express their desperate need for help. Amelia founded AAA to give that help - and it has done so ever since.