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Allergies: Disease in Disguise
  • March 15th, 2011
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  • Briony Martens B.Sc ROHP
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We have been trained to recognize the following symptoms as those of allergies, runny nose, snizzing, sinus problems, skin rashes, asthma, haw fever, however; did you know that allergies can also take the form of arthritis, gall bladder disease, Crohn's disease, depression, and more then 100 other conditions.
The slow progress of most allergies is not well understood. Over the course of months or even years, allergies can weaken the body's systems and allow for other life-threatening diseases to gain a foothold on the body. Allergies weaken the immune system and over time the body can no longer effectively defend itself against foreign invaders and tissue degeneration.

What Causes Allergies?

Because there is not one simple cause, it has led to medical confusion; doctors generally look for one cause and then try to find a drug to offset the symptoms. Since there is no single cause allergic symptoms are often ignored or attributed to mental and emotional stress.
Some potential causes;
- Heredity: A person may inherit the predisposition for allergy, rather then a specific allergy; therefore has the tendency to become allergic to foreign substances. We know that the greater the incidence of allergy in a family, the more likely the offspring are to develop allergy.
- Biochemical Individuality; a persons genetic makeup is unique and can cause them to react very differently to various substances. Allergy increases with age, due to weakened immune system, various stages of organ degeneration and having more time to accumulate toxins contributing to an overloaded system. Emotional and physical stresses can also lead to diminished immune function. Nutrient deficiency further weakens the immune system. Poor diet affects the body's ability to fight disease, leaving the body unprotected.
- Toxic Load: frequency and extent of exposure causes toxic load to build faster burdening the body's own detoxification pathways. Today, air, food, and water all have been altered and contribute to varying degrees of toxic load.
- Drugs: an average of 140,000 adverse reactions, causeing death occur every year in the United States. Drugs contribute directly to allergies by decreasing liver function, increasing chemical overload and destroying enzyme systems.
- Infant formula: feeding infant formula increases the frequency of allergy by not supporting the development of the immune system.
- Chronic Infections: chronic low-grade infections such as bacterial, viral, fingal, or parasitic contribute heavily to the production of allergic symptoms. The body will respond more readily to allergic stimuli because of damage to the tissues and the extra work placed on the immune system.
- Stress: Emotional, chemical, or environmental can contribute to allergic symptoms. Any stress that puts more pressure on the bodys system can contribute.
- Dental Fillings: Mercury is highly toxic to the nerves and the immune system. One of the many toxins capable of contributing to chemical overload.
- Foods: Repeated consumption of a specific food stresses the enzyme systems that handle that food, if the food is also an allergenic food the bodys capacity to manage that food greatly diminishes.
- Airborne inhalants: pollens, dust, insect debris, animal dander, and airborne chemicals play a major role in allergy, by stimulating allergic reactions to take place and overloading the immune system.

Generally if the bodys system is overloaded it is more likely to develop allergy and more likely to respond to allergic stimuli. If we lesson the load we can get relief and or prevent the onset of allergy.

The Vital Choice: Releif or Wellness?
Antihistiamines: work by interfering with various chemical reactions that normally occur in the body, designed to relieve symptoms, with major side effects.
Amphetamine-like products: nasal decongestants; adverse reactions include jitterness, sleeplessness, and potential heart problems. Relief or control of symptoms is all that is offered.

What to do?
1. Address any possible yeast overgrowth in the body, also known as candidiasis or candida overgrowth.
There are many supplemental programs available.
Programs should include a herbal based anti-fungal formula, probiotics, and dietary support.
2. Address possible Parasitic infection. There are many supplemental approaches available usually including cloves and balck walnut, and wormwood.
3. Address any digestive difficulties; enzymes are extremely important, as well as probiotics. Temporary avoidance of foods that irritate, while you are improving the health of your digestive system. Top food allergens include dairy, wheat, and eggs. Consider getting your allergies tested through a Naturopathic doctor
4. Support immune sytem.

Bring in your concerns and we will get you started on a program to wellness.

Bateson-Koch, Carolee (1994) Allergies: Disease in Disguise

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