Von Pirquet, a Viennese physician, first used the word allergy in 1906 to mean “altered reactivity.” He described allergic people as having excessive responses to something in their environment. These environmental allergens, which are virtually limitless in number, can trigger our immune system into battle, and give rise to allergic (or hypersensitivity) reactions.
In fact, almost anything can stimulate our immune system into action. Certain foods, pollens, animal danders, molds, yeasts, and bacteria, as well as many chemicals, are the most commonly recognized allergens.
Immunoglobulins (antibodies) are produced by our immune system against foreign invaders that are deemed to be dangerous. Antibodies mediate significant inflammatory processes as part of this defensive action.Allergic symptoms are the direct result of these antibody caused processes.
Allergic reactions to common foods such as milk, wheat, corn, soy, citrus, tomatoes and peanuts may be mistakenly attributed to passing viral infections or recurrent “colds”. The relationship between the many common symptoms (including fatigue, headache, anxiety, as well as itchy runny nose and puffy eyelids) and the allergies that caused them may go unrecognized for years. Increased stress, recurrent infections or declining health may add to the burden of chronic allergies. Over the years, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune disease, eczema, and migraines, to name a few serious conditions linked with food allergies, can develop into chronic conditions if the offending allergens are not discovered and removed from the diet.
Why do Allergies Develop?
Imbalanced or inadequate diets, stress, genetic predisposition, infections and inflammation, chemicals, drugs, environmental pollutants and toxins are all possible contributing factors in the development of allergies.
Research has shown that these causative factors can weaken both digestion as well as the protective defenses in our GI tract and lungs allowing for allergens to more easily confront our beleaguered immune system.
Types of Allergic Reactions and Their Mediators
There are two major types of allergic reactions:
Type I: Immediate onset
Type III: Delayed onset
Type III or Delayed Onset Reactions: (80% allergic reactions)
The delayed type of reaction is much less obvious and thus more difficult to discover; the reaction may occur up to several hours or days after contact with the allergen. These types of allergies are often considered “hidden allergies”. Chronic fatigue, arthritis, hives, eczema, headaches, water retention, irritable bowel, and many other chronic symptoms are often the legacy of unrealized and untreated IgG mediated allergic reactions.
What Can I Do?
The latest exacting technologies in laboratory medicine are now available to measure, from small blood samples, our immune system response to over 100 foods and almost 50 different inhalant allergens. The actual levels of IgE and IgG antibodies against these individual allergens can be precisely measured. The US BioTek Laboratories allergy test will help you discover with ease what you need to avoid or what you can include in your diet and environment to minimize allergic reactions and allow your body the time to rest and heal.
Gastrointestinal rejuvenation and detoxification is essential for allergy recuperation and wellness.
Optimal Gastrointestinal Tract bacterial balance is responsible for adequate immune, digestive and detoxification function..
It is essential to ensure that balance is created in the Gastrointestinal system to not only reduce symptoms and predispositions of digestive disturbance for example irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Diarrhea, Constipation, Bloating, Flatulence, Ulcerative Colitis (UC), Crohn’s disease (CD) asthma, skin disorders, amongst others and many more but to also ensure our overall immune function and detoxification pathways are functioning at optimal levels.
Clearance of toxins through our own metabolic waste, pollution, chemicals in our food and environment etc is essential for optimal health. Detoxification is essential for every human being to ensure that our body is ridding each and every cell from stored toxins. Support for all detoxification systems is essential such as digestive, lymphatic, kidneys, skin and also liver.
We offer a variety of tests for allergies. (see Tests)
Naturopathic philosophy on treatment of allergies is to build the immune/digestive system up
When the allergy results come back, that appointment is focused on the dietary approach you need to take. We take care to ensure that the diet is realistic for your lifestyle, and all nutrients are accounted for – to make a balanced diet. You cut these foods out, as best you can, for 3 months and sometimes it may be 6 months or 1 year. Children can clear allergies faster than adults.
We see you after approximately 1 month (into the 3 month period) to progress to the next level. We may recommend mineral prescription, herbal tonics, vitamins and gut building nutrients as in Mediclear Protein Shake, whilst you cut out the food sensitivities.
We use homeopathic remedies also to help desensitize you to a certain food group or pollen etc, which helps you become more tolerant of that food/environment. Depending on age and severity of allergy symptoms, we may start re-introduction of a food in 3 – 12 months, which is only taken one day in four initially.
Do you suffer from any of these symptoms?
Digestive disturbances – bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, reflux, indigestion.
Skin disorders – eczema, rashes, itching, psoriasis, repeat boils, dermatitis.
Upper respiratory tract symptoms – congestion, sinusitis, runny eyes, runny nose, frequent sneezing, asthma, mild wheezing, chronic coughing, swollen neck glands.
Anxiety, irritability, hyperactivity.
Joint stiffness or pain.
Fatigue or low energy.
Possible Symptoms Associated with Food Allergies:
- Colic (in babies)
- Frequent urination
- Bedwetting in children
Cognitive & Psychological
- Mood swings
- Food cravings
- Poor concentration
- Cranky behavior in children
- Irregular heart beats
Muscle and Joints
- Muscle aches
- Joint pain
- Joint inflammation (arthritis)
- Some cases of rheumatoid arthritis
- Water retention
- Weight gain
- Excess perspiration