The passage below comes from a book, Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich: -
I could take my chances with “alternative” treatments, of course, like punk novelist Kathy Acker, who succumbed to breast cancer in 1997 after a course of alternative therapies in Mexico, or actress and ThighMaster promoter Suzanne Somers, who made tabloid headlines by injecting herself with mistletoe brew. But I have never admired the “natural” or believed in the “wisdom of the body.” Death is as “natural” as anything gets, and the body has always seemed to me like a retarded Siamese twin dragging along behind me, a hysteric really, dangerously overreacting, in my case, to everyday allergens and minute ingestions of sugar.
What does the italicized part mean?
Since the author was ever conscious of the existence of death, perceived death to be natural and the body seemed something negative. I believe the part I have asked about is a statement of the negative sense of the body.
(Am I right?)
But the italicized phrase was so figurative I can't understand what the author meant.
I think the author means in the previous part of the passage that:- The body is like a retarded Siamese twin, and it is like a hysteric overacting to everything that doesn't suit his taste.
Am I correct in my line of thought so far?
What does everyday allergens and minute ingestions of sugar exactly mean in this context?