Allergies & Asthma


Description

 

Allergies are immune responses to particular foods and/or other offending substances, such as fragrances, medications, etc.  Immune system cells in the body called antibodies bind to and identify the foods/substances as invaders,  and, with the help of other immune system cells, direct an attack against them.  This process, in turn, leads to inflammation and symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, skin rashes, dark circles under the eyes, etc.

 

Reactions can be either immediate or delayed.  IgE antibodies are involved in immediate allergic reactions, which can be life-threatening (e.g., cause airway constriction), while IgM and IgG antibodies are involved in the initial and longer-term reactions seen in delayed responses.  Only about 10-15% of allergic responses are IgE.

 

Food sensitivities is a more general term that may include food allergies, but also includes reactions that do not involve an immune response (sometimes called food intolerances), such as those that involve enzyme deficiencies, damage to the GI tract (e.g., leaky gut syndrome that allows partially digested food molecules to enter the blood stream), and toxin exposure.

 

Many conditions may be affected by food allergies/sensitivities, including:


- ADD/ADHD

- Arthritis

- Autism

- Eczema

- Inflammatory bowel disease

- Irritable bowel syndrome

- Recurrent ear infections

- and more...

 

Asthma is a condition in which bronchial spasms, inflammation, and excessive mucous production lead to constriction of the airway passage and breathing difficulty.  Reducing allergan exposure is a primary and effective treatment option.

 

 

Causes

 

Food allergies and intolerances may have many potential contributing factors, including:

 

- Genetic immune system tendencies

- Repeated exposure to a particular food

- Damage to the lining and function of the gut wall

- Gut flora imbalance (dysbiosis)

- Food additives - e.g., preservatives, MSG

- Low gastric acid secretion (hypochlorhydria)

- Enzyme deficiencies

- Nutrient deficiencies

- Medication use - e.g., antibiotics

- Environmental toxin exposure - e.g., heavy metals

- Psychological stress

 

 

My Treatment Approach

 

- Identify food and additive intolerances / allergies with testing and/or an elimination diet.

 

- Avoid foods and additives identified as potential intolerances or allergans.

 

- Include supplementation to help support digestive, immune, and adrenal function, e.g.:

      - Vitamins

      - Minerals  

      - Essential fatty acids

      - Amino acids

      - Herbals

      - HCl

      - Enzymes

      - Probiotics

 

- Avoid future toxin exposure, and safely / properly reduce existing toxin levels in the body.

 

- Seek professional help for existing psychological factors (e.g., stress).


Other Conditions


Autism & ADD/ADHD

Chronic Fatigue &
Fibromyalgia


Short-term
Memory Loss & Brain Fog


Digestive Disorders

Allergies & Asthma

Mercury Poisoning & Heavy Metal Toxicity



Arthritis

Diabetes

Heart Disease

High Blood Pressure

Menopause

Osteoporosis

Prostate Issues

Skin Disorders

Vision Problems


 
If you'd like help applying the nutrition concepts discussed above and/or others relating to your health interests, please call me at (510) 886-1795.  There's no charge for that first call to talk about your needs and mutually decide whether it makes sense to work together.

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