Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to certain substances like dust, pollen, grass, dander, foods, etc. The body produces chemicals called histamines to neutralize these substances. These histamines, unfortunately, can cause symptoms such as sneezing, itching eyes, congestion, and other physical responses. Allergies are a symptom of the body’s inability to handle stress.
What causes allergies? No one knows for sure what causes allergies, they are likely to be an accumulation of multiple causes.
Causes of allergies are:
1. Subluxations: Subluxations cause nerve irritation which interferes with the way in which our immune system responds to stressors. These nerve irritations allow our immune systems to go on the attack. Cervical subluxations specifically direct the nerves to the mucous membrane of the eye, ears, nose, and throat. Subluxations are almost always found here in allergy sufferers.
2. Toxic Overload: We live in a world of chemicals in the form of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, PVCs, chlorine, dioxin, and many more. These chemicals are toxic in our bodies and interfere with our immune system.
3. Poor Diet: Lack of essential nutrients, high sugar (carbohydrate), processed foods, canned foods, dairy, carbonated drinks, etc., cause toxicity and overload the digestive tract and liver leading to impaired immune function.
4. Too Much Cleanliness: We have eliminated so many normal toxins from our world that our immune systems do not develop normally. When we are too clean, we deprive our body of the opportunity to develop a healthy immunity to the dust, dirt, bacteria, viruses, dander, pollen, foods and other normal substances a healthy immune system can adapt to.
5. Drugs: The healthy flora (good bacteria) gets killed off by antibiotics we take, antibiotics in the meat we eat, NSAIDs (Advil, Motrin, Excedrin, Tylenol, Aleve), Antacids, and other over-the-counter medications.
1. The Chiropractic Approach: Correcting subluxations removes the stress on the nerve system and directly affects the immune system allowing it to work properly in the presence of toxins and potential allergens. Your body is meant to adapt efficiently to a variety of substances without going into attack mode. Studies have shown a 200% increase in T-Cell production after each adjustment.
2. Healthy Diet: A healthy diet allows your body and your immune system to function at peak efficiency. This lifestyle should include lots of fresh vegetables and fruit (organic if possible) and limit sugar, white bread, carbonated drinks, fast food, fried food, trans-fats, and dairy.
3. Exercise: Regular exercise (30 minutes, -6 times per week) has been shown to increase the functioning of the immune system and resistance to virtually all diseases.
4. Supplements: If flare-ups occur in spite of a healthy lifestyle, supplements are a safer and gentler alternative to work with the body instead of suppressing the symptoms. Dr. Gerard can make recommendations of specific supplements and homeopathic remedies to aid in recovery.
5. Avoid Drugs: The usual medical solution to allergies is to prescribe antihistamines or steroids. Drugs don’t touch the underlying cause, they just interfere with the body’s ability to respond.
Antihistamines interfere with the body’s normal attempts to protect itself. When antihistamines block the normal mucus formation, the irritant or allergen is allowed to enter further into the body than it normally would have traveled.
Steroids impair the immune system and make us more susceptible to infection.
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