NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS CAN HELP
Naturopathic doctors, with their comprehensive training in therapeutic diets and nutritional biochemistry, are the ideal physicians to work with seasonal and food allergies. We can offer homeopathic, herbal, nutritional and other treatments to help improve your symptoms safely, effectively and usually without side effects.
Seasonal allergies are a yearly ordeal for many people, and many others struggle with these symptoms year-round due to molds, dust, and pet dander. Pharmaceutical offer a promise of living clear, but is a life of pills and side effects is not the only solution.
Allergic symptoms are your immune system’s extreme reaction to substances that are normally found, harmlessly, in your everyday environment. Very often, simple changes of diet, nutritional supplements, and homeopathic remedies can relieve this extreme reaction and the resulting inflammation that triggers most allergy symptoms.
While a comprehensive list of options would demand a small book, here are some of the solutions that naturopathic doctors recommend.
- Change Your Diet, Ease Your Symptoms
- Employ as directed by your Naturopath: Herbs, Supplements, Homeopathics, Bodyworking,
Cleanse your environment of allergens
- Remove dust collectors such as rugs, drapes, and upholstered furniture.
- Purchase HEPA air filters for your rooms, or a whole-house filtration system.
- Avoid perfumes and fragranced products, especially those with synthetic ingredients
- Have your home tested for mold and remediate if necessary.
Food allergies are more common than most people think, and can cause of a host of health complaints. The Center for Disease Control estimates that food allergies range from four percent to eight percent of children and two percent of adults. The most common allergens are shellfish, peanuts, eggs, wheat, and soy.
Seventy percent of the immune system is in your digestive system, so it is not surprising that you could develop reactions to food, since food comes into contact with your immune system every time you eat!
Common food allergy symptoms include:
- Constant runny nose (allergic rhinitis)
- Digestive symptoms like vomiting or abdominal pain
SOME ALLERGIES ARE DIFFICULT TO DIAGNOSE
The most controversial type of food allergy is a type of allergic reaction called IgG antibody reaction. These reactions can be range from debilitating fibromyalgia, to irritable bowel syndrome, to infertility, and more. If a food allergy is causing chronic symptoms like those mentioned above, the food responsible is likely a staple in your diet. There are no drugs to treat this form of allergy, and the reactions tend to be cumulative and worse over time. But elimination of the food and nutritional supplements can help heal your gut and reverse your symptoms. Often an allergist doesn’t test for this kind of food allergy, but many naturopathic physicians work extensively with this type of allergy testing.
Allergies can be diagnosed by blood and skin tests. We offer both.
The goal is re-balance your immune system over time to eliminate any allergic response at all.
Courtesy of AANP Drs Jeanne Galloway, ND and Christine Doherty, ND