I am taking a guess here that you were eating very well... and used the best quality raw milk you could get your hands on for the kefir.
That said - it is becoming more obvious by the day it seems, that a lifestyle of antibiotic everything - kill the germs, what-have-you is all wrong. I suspect if you were born, raised to be in a sterile environment, and live in one now (I know people who clean their whole houses with disinfectants and bleach - they are the sickest people I know) that it may take a great deal of time to correct the issues you are having.
Start out by getting dirty... and playing in the dirt - plant a garden and work in it everyday getting dirt under your fingernails and bare feet. You will get some good bacteria if you do not use chemicals on your garden - or soap to kill them off.
Here are a few articles for you...
One states in part...
>>"Because parasitic worms coevolved with us for the vast majority of human history (even mummies have them), they likely evolved ways to turn down the immune system just enough to permit their survival without severely harming their hosts. "I think the consensus, if there is one, is that chronic worm infections induce an immunoregulatory response in the body," says Mitre. "Exactly how that immunoregulatory milieu is set up remains unknown.""<<
And another states...
>>"Findings could provide a new twist on the hygiene hypothesis, which suggests that rising allergy rates are linked to our more antiseptic, modern lifestyle."<<
That *lifestyle* includes natural and alternative medicines that are based upon Pasteur's Germ Theory... zappers, Rife, SCIO, Colloidal Silver
in quantities great enough to cause disruption to these critters.
They have their place... I suppose in some cases... just as antibiotics do... such as when the person's terrain is so poor, the bad guys wreak havoc and threaten life.
Lack of Chronic Worm Infections Leads to More Allergies and Asthma and other Inflammation diseases
Technology Review reports mounting evidence in both humans and animals suggests that infection with these parasitic worms seems to protect against a number of inflammatory diseases, including asthma and allergy, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, and type 1 diabetes
We became dependent on helminths [parasitic worms] and made ourselves vulnerable to immunologic diseases. A number of epidemiological studies have shown that people infected with parasitic worms suffer less from allergies and other immune diseases, and research in animal models designed to mimic these diseases supports these findings. The rise in allergies and other ailments in rich countries over the last few decades has been matched by a decrease in parasitic worm infection, among other factors. Researchers found that people with parasitic infections have these unique protein fragments in their bloodstreams, while unaffected people have few or none.
Scientists hope to decipher how these organisms control the immune systems of their human hosts and to develop new therapies that replicate the parasites' beneficial effect. "We can treat people with worms, or can we figure out how worms protect, and discover a new way to treat allergies by mimicking what worms do," says Ed Mitre, a physician and scientist at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. "My general feeling is that we should be trying to induce the types of immune responses we see in chronic worm infections."
New technologies that allow scientists to analyze microbes more precisely than ever before will reveal why allergy rates in Sweden and other wealthy nations, including the United States, have risen dramatically over the past 50 years, while rates in historically poorer nations, such as Estonia, have not.
Findings could provide a new twist on the hygiene hypothesis, which suggests that rising allergy rates are linked to our more antiseptic, modern lifestyle. If scientists can find the elusive x factor that either protects against allergies or increases risk for them, they may be able to recreate it, perhaps by dosing mothers or babies with healthy bacteria, known as probiotics. "We're on the verge of a revolution in understanding the human microbiome," says Björkstén. "The key to understanding these diseases may be in the gut, rather than in the environment."
Initial studies of the children's gut microbes using traditional microbiology approaches have yielded tantalizing clues into their role in allergy: the number and diversity of microbes inhabiting a baby's gut soon after birth seem to predict his likelihood of later developing allergic disease. In addition, babies born in urban environments have fewer microbes and fewer diverse microbial communities than those born and raised on farms.
Fighting Allergies by Mimicking Parasitic Worms
As blossoming spring trees spew pollen, many allergy sufferers would be grateful for a more effective way to alleviate their itchy misery. How about swallowing a batch of pig whipworm eggs, or deliberately infecting oneself with the fecal-dwelling hookworm? Yucky as these options sound, mounting evidence in both humans and animals suggests that infection with these parasitic worms seems to protect against a number of inflammatory diseases, including asthma and allergy, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, and type 1 diabetes.
We got it all wrong with modern medicine... we are symbiotic and synergistic.
That said... I believe that our inner terrain, and gut health determines the *types* of microbes and parasites we may attract...
For instance, healthy plants are not bothered much by *bad* parasites and predatory insects and such; these healthy plants attract protective\beneficial parasites and insects... sick plants attract the predators (insects and parasites) that destroy them.
Same is true for animals\birds, etc.
As an example, a local CNG farmer lets predators have at his fields to NATURALLY *weed* out the unhealthy *food*.
But he also has little problem with this due to his farming methods...
A healthy human will not get colds and flues, while those around them do... why is that? Terrain - and microflora, and perhaps beneficial and commensal parasites.
Here is another article for you...
we are on the verge of a huge paradigm shift I believe.
I suspect your physical responses were adjustments to the changes going on in your body... especially if you have had a history of vaccines, antibiotics, antibacterial soaps and cleaners... etc.
You may want to take it very slowly if you ever decide to do this again... a good raw milk kefir will have 1.2 billion organisms per mL...
But then again... I suspect we are at a crossroads in many medical and health arenas...
Some people will be able to go back to the way it was... others will not.