It’s allergy season!
So, what do you do when your nose starts running and your eyes start
itching? Take a look outside at the pollen (yes, that yellow stuff on
your car) and then read the following recommendations for how to best
deal with your symptoms.
First, let’s look at the “why.” Why are you having these symptoms?
Well, when the body is presented an antigen (potentially allergy
producing substance), the immune system reacts or it doesn’t. If it does
react, it recruits other immune and inflammatory cells to rid the body
of the substance. This causes mast cells to release histamine. All of
these cells work in concert to “flush” the antigen out of the body
through mucus and fluid production. So, to bring the body back into
balance and address the physiology (function) of these symptoms, I
would recommend the following:
1. Remove anything that might trigger the immune system to be
hyperactive. This includes any allergies (food, dust mites, mold,
trees, grass) that you might have or any infections (chronic or
acute). The most common food allergens are gluten/wheat, dairy, soy,
corn, chocolate, citrus, caffeine, coffee, sugar, peanuts and alcohol.
I recommend removing these items for 21 days and then adding them back
in; one food every 3 days to figure out which foods to which you are
sensitive. You can also do a blood IgG test for foods or work with a
practitioner skilled in NAET or muscle testing. The skin Prick test is
helpful for detecting non-food allergies. Combined with a modified
RAST blood test (IgE), this can give you a wealth of information as to
your allergies or sensitivities.
Once you have identified the cause you can remove them from your
exposure, take allergy shots once to twice weekly for 2-5 years or
take drops under your tongue every day for 2-5 years. We provide the
drops at our office. It is called Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) and
has been available in Europe for the last 20 years or so. It
desensitizes the body to the allergen.
2. Reduce stress and support the adrenal glands. The adrenal gland and
cortisol is responsible for keeping the immune system “in check.”
Cortisol makes sure the immune system is only reacting when it should
be. With life stress (mental, physical, emotional), our cortisol will
elevate and then decrease as cortisol “reserves” are used up. It is
this decrease that causes an increase in immune system activity that
can lead to hyperactivity.
Support your adrenal gland with adrenal cortex, L-tyrosine, Licorice,
B-vitamins (pantothenate especially) and adaptogenic herbs like
Rhodiola, Schizandra, Ginseng, Eleuthero root and Ashwaganda. I use
Biogenesis’ BioAdreno, Integrative Therapeutics’ Adrenal Stress End and Natura’s Vital Adapt to this end. Additionally, start journaling to
find out “why” you are feeling stress and address the cause.
3. Stabilize the immune system and inhibit the mast cells from
releasing histamine. I like to use higher doses of Vitamin d,
Quercetin, Stinging Nettles, Butterbur, Acerola cherry, Manuka honey,
Wasabi and Licorice. This all contained in Natura’s Aller-Res-Q.
Come on in for a visit to determine how best we can tailor the above protocol to you, or let us know if you want to try one of the above products by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope this helps you relieve your allergy symptoms! Get well and stay well!