Approximately 50 million American’s suffer from various types of allergies and the number is growing. As industrialized countries of the world have entered the 21st Century, health compromises are increasing at an alarming rate. One dominant factor affecting the people of these nations, especially the U.S., is the overexposure to more chemicals, pollutants and environmental toxins than can possibly be managed without nutritional intervention. The body’s reaction to this barrage of imposing elements is known as allergic response.
PRIMARY CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
Genetic - Hay fever, asthma, and eczema are allergies that have a genetic/hereditary basis. Tendency of allergies passed on to children by: one parent = 30-50% two parents = 50-70%
Nutritional deficiencies - Imposed factors from conception to one year which may weaken defense mechanisms, especially the immune system.
MOTHER’S HEALTH: Poor diet, stressful lifestyle, alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, recreational and pharmaceutical drugs, refined carbohydrates, lack of vitamins and minerals.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH: Lack of breast milk for the first year (need for colostrum), starting solid foods too early (large molecules are too much for an immature GI tract), over use of cows milk that is pasteurized, homogenized, and has added hormones. Food coloring, preservatives, refined sugar. The imposition of vaccinations before 5 years of age. Compounded vaccines and vaccines with preservatives. Over Exposure - Over exposure to chemicals from one year to puberty leads to systemic breakdown, especially in the endocrine system.
• vaccinations (info available from CT Vaccine Information Alliance, www.CTVIA.org)
• amalgam fillings (info available from www.wholebodydentistry.com)
• lead paint & pipes
• environmental, (i.e. animals, dust, mold)
• medications, (i.e. ibuprofen, Tylenol, antibiotics)
"Probably the biggest thing to show above the horizon just now in the biological field is the discovery that all biological growth, mammalian at least, is controlled from conception to death by the physiological influence of allergens. “ — Royal Lee, 1963
CATEGORIES OF ALLERGIES:
1... CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY AND TOXICITY-
• amalgam fillings
• birth control pills, fertility drugs, synthroid, steroids
• medications, i.e. antibiotics, mood altering drugs, pain relievers
• soaps, lotions, sunscreen, insect repellent
• tap water, plastic water bottles, food preservatives and coloring
Life Style related:
• alcohol, tobacco, perfumes, nail polish
• deodorant, hair dyes, make up, cleaning detergents, dry cleaning, aluminum cookware, synthetic fabrics
• household cleaning products, outgassing from carpets, building materials, paints, solvents
• pesticides, fertilizers, flame retardants
• exposure to cell phones and tanning beds
2... HYPERSENSITIVITY TO ENVIRONMENT AND SEASONAL ALLERGIES -
• mental and emotional internal imbalance, stress, lifestyle
• temperature extremes: damp, or dry climate air conditioning/warm air
• mold spores, dust mites, insects
• animal hair
• microwave/power lines
Seasonal Influences: from pollens:
• trees - spring
• grasses - summer
3... ALLERGIES CAUSED BY FOOD AND INADEQUATE DIGESTION-
“Eating is an immunological event.”
Note: 70% of the immune system is around the digestive system.
ANTAGONIZING FOODS TO ELIMINATE:
Primary: wheat, dairy, corn, soy and carbonation
Secondary: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, shellfish, chocolate, citrus fruits, strawberries (seeds) night shade vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, pork artificial colors, flavors (MSG, nitrates) salicylates
We do offer FOOD SENSITIVITY PANELS 96 and 184. These are Comprehensive IgG Food Panels that aid in the identification of delayed reactions to food. Reactions may take place up to 72 hours after ingestion making it difficult to pinpoint the offending food. Removal of positive foods can reduce inflammation, decrease the overall load on the immune system and promote healing in the gut.