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Our History

Airedale Allergy Centre was founded in the early 1980's, by the late Dr Jonathan Mayberly, a consultant chest physician in Airedale General Hospital. He and Dr Honour Anthony established the largest purpose built environmental unit in western Europe, which offered in-patient treatment for most severe, chronic conditions; many were referred and funded by their fund-holding GP's until 1999, when changes in the NHS meant that this option was withdrawn. Dr Econs succeeded Dr Maberly as director in 2001, when Dr Maberly retired.

Thames Allergy Centre was founded by Dr Econs in 1993, based in the Woking Nuffield Hospital and subsequently in consulting rooms in Weybridge. This unit was amalgamated with The Burghwood Clinic, Banstead, when Dr Econs was appointed as its Director.

Dr Apelles Econs MRCS LRCP Director

Dr Apelles Econs is the Medical Director / Registered Provider at the Airedale Allergy Centre and The Burghwood Clinic. He studied Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London, where he graduated in 1976. After working in a number of hospital posts, he entered NHS general practice, where he spent 22 years as a principal, also operating as a part-time allergy specialist since 1992. During this time, he found that simple dietary changes and safe methods of desensitisation were both more clinically and cost effective than medications used for common conditions such as chronic fatigue / fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, arthritis, eczema, asthma and many others. He has a wide ranging experience with management of dietary problems, the treatment of intestinal parasites, the use of oral and intravenous nutrition, dealing with chemically sensitive people and the use of all the modern methods of immunotherapy including the Enzyme Potentiated method (EPD), the Low-dose method (LDI) and the more "conventional" sub-lingual immunotherapy (SLIT). Dr Econs has been a guest allergy specialist in some radio and TV programmes, has contributed to local NHS medical primary care groups and lectured in several post graduate medical conferences.

Dr Econs is recognised by a number of health insurance companies, including Standard Life, Cigna, PruHealth, WPA, BCWA, Aviva Health, Groupama, SimplyHealth and HSA. Although these are private clinics, we are also able to see patients, who are specifically referred and funded via their clinical commissioning group (CCG), as NHS referrals. This process is slow and relies on criteria, which are rarely met.

Dr Ailsa Care MBChB MRCGP AFMCP

Dr Care is our Associate Specialist in Allergy & Nutrition, based in Airedale Allergy Centre since 2015. Dr Care graduated at Leeds University Medical School in 1989. She is an experienced GP having worked as a principal in Huddersfield for over 20 years.

Her interest in Allergy and Environmental Medicine started after having some personal health problems which were not solved with conventional medical methods of investigations and treatment. With the help of a colleague/specialist in this field, she recovered and decided to know more about the methods of diagnosis and treatment used in this approach to medical conditions, which is focused on finding and dealing with the very factors causing ill health; she started her training and adopted similar methods in her own NHS practice, sometimes, with spectacular results. She has trained in Allergy and environmental influences on human health and has been a member of the British Society for Ecological Medicine since 2012. This is a medical society, dedicated in the promotion of these principles amongst the medical profession and their use for the benefit of patients. 

In 2017 Dr Care completed her training with the American Institute of Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine similarly aims to address the root cause of disease and offers a personalised approach to improving health. She is available for consultations at Airedale on Thursdays and for Functional Medicine Consultations at ProSport Physio in Huddersfield, on Mondays.

Peter Latchman MBChB 

Dr Peter Latchman is an Associate Consultant in Allergy & Nutrition, operating from The Burghwood Clinic. Dr Latchman completed his general medical training at Kings College Hospital and the Meyerstein Institute of Oncology at UCL (University College Hospital). He gained invaluable experience in numerous posts in general practice and special experience in integrative Medicine working in Dr Econs Medical Practice and in central London. Since 2014 he has been assisting Dr Econs at the Burghwood Clinic. He is especially interested in immune mediated reactions to common environmental factors as they relate to health and disease. He offers patients at The Burghwood Clinic an integrated and holistic approach to re-establishing and maintaining good health. His caring and compassionate nature allows him to work together with patients to help them with complex medical issues. Dr Latchman is a member of the British Society of Ecological Medicine (BSEM), a body of doctors with special interest in Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional Medicine and is a qualified practitioner in Medical Hypnotherapy, which he sometimes uses to help people to overcome various food related addictions.

Dr Latchman is currently available for consultations 10.00am to 5.00pm Mondays and Tuesdays and 10.00am to 1.30pm on Wednesdays.

Dr John Mansfield, Founder of Burghwood Clinic (deceased 2016)

Dr John Mansfield gained his medical degree at Guy’s Hospital, London, and has worked in both the UK and the USA. He has been working in this specialty since 1976 when he was one of the three original British pioneers. In 1978 he was a founder member of the British Society for Allergy and Environmental Medicine and became President of that society from 1992 to 1995.

In 1986 his book The Migraine Revolution was published. This was available for about ten years and was printed in four other languages, but is currently out of print.

Arthritis: The Allergy Connection was first published in 1990 and revised and updated 1995. At this time the title was changed to Arthritis - Allergy, Nutrition and the Environment.

In October 1997 Asthma Epidemic by Dr Mansfield was published.

In 2012 The Six Secrets of Successful Weight Loss by Dr Mansfield was published. It offers special insights into lesser known factors in weight related problems. It is available from most retailers.

Clinical Trials and Studies

In 1986 we completed two separate clinical trials in conjunction with the Department of Rheumatology at Epsom District Hospital. In these studies the relationship of food sensitivity to classical rheumatoid arthritis was explored. The results of the second trial were published in the Lancet on the 1st February 1986 entitled 'Placebo Controlled Blind Study of Dietary Manipulation Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis. This study showed that 33 out of 44 patients with rheumatoid arthritis improved dramatically with the simple expedient of an elimination diet.

In December 1998 we had a study published in the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine entitled 'Treatment of Equine Allergic Diseases with Allergy Neutralisation - A Field Study'. This was the first major study anywhere in the world of neutralisation in an animal model, useful as it is difficult to imagine a placebo response in a horse. It showed very major improvements, often a complete recovery, in 92% of 13 horses with urticaria and 87% of 23 horses with COPD (equine asthma).