An allergy can be considered as a condition in which the body is susceptible to a substance which is harmless in similar amounts in the majority of people.  It is estimated that 10% of the United States population suffers from some form of allergy.
An allergy can be so severe that it is life threatening or mild enough to be merely irritating. It can manifest itself as colitis or some other digestive disturbance, commonly considered a food allergy. It can manifest itself in the eyes and nose as hay fever, in the bronchi as asthma, or anywhere on the skin as a skin allergy. A person can suffer from severe, debilitating headaches or rapid heartbeat as the result of an allergy.
    The major problem in allergy treatment today is that most of it is symptomatic, designed to gain relief from symptoms. The real answer to an allergic reaction is finding the basic underlying cause which makes the body overreact to normal substances.
    The approach of determining an individual's allergy by various testing methods and then eliminating that item from his/her diet and environment is like deciding to live in a cave as a hermit because you don't get along with people.
    Many treatments for symptomatic relief actually make the basis underlying cause of the problem more severe. Nasal sprays, used for decongesting the mucous membranes, work temporarily; however, they themselves irritate the mucous membranes. When the effect wears off it leaves the membranes more irritated, probably to swell more the next time. Use of a spray may cause an increased need for future medication.
    Steroid medications, used to supplement inactive adrenal glands, simply cause further depletion of the glands. Longtime use of this therapy makes a patient very resistant or even non-responsive to natural health care.
    If allergies develop, it is important to seek a natural correction of the problem before permanent damage is done.

    The chiropractic approach to allergy is to discover why the body is incapable of fighting off some adverse environmental factor. Applied kinesiology testing in chiropractic helps determine the factor at fault in the body's protective mechanism. Treatment is then directed to that causative factor.

Adrenal Insufficiency

    The adrenal glands secrete hormones which are anti-
inflammatory and pro-inflammatory in nature. In other words, these hormones provide the body with the ability to keep inflammation in check. An allergic response is excessive inflammatory reaction to a stimulus. House dust, specific foods, pollens, etc., do not cause inflammation in a normally functioning body. In an individual with abnormal adrenal function, the body may be fighting a war with inflammation when there is no invading force.
    The adrenal glands help protect the body from stress. If your doctor determines that you have an adrenal insufficiency, it becomes extremely necessary that you eliminate as many forms of stress to your body as possible. This is similar to putting an injured arm in a sling while it heals. Reduction of stress gives your adrenal glands time to repair themselves, and helps them react normally to allergens. It is not always possible to eliminate all forms of stress; however, since stress is cumulative, the more phases you can eliminate the better off you will be.
    Stress can be divided into four categories:
    1. Physical. This form of stress comes from overwork, lack of sleep, injury, fighting an infection, etc. Most physical forms of stress are controllable.
    2. Chemical. Any poison is obviously a chemical stress to the body. There are, however, many insidious types of chemical stress, such as food additives, foods so highly refined that they are out of balance with nature (e.g., white flour, white sugar), and stimulates such as alcohol, caffeine products, chocolate, etc.
    3. Thermal. Becoming chilled or overheated is extremely hard on the adrenal glands. This is more of a problem during the fall and spring, when people don't think it's as chilly outside as it is. There is a tendency to run outside quickly to hang a few things on the line, or for a child playing ball to become sweaty, take off his sweater, and chill as he walks home.
    4. Emotional. Emotional turmoil causes the adrenal glands to react. It is not always possible to eliminate all emotional stresses, but an individual with allergies should try to achieve an emotional balance within him/herself.
    The most important thing about the four factors of stress as outlined above is that they are all cumulative. Because they are, you should control each factor as well as you possibly can. An individual may be able to handle one stress factor with no problem whatsoever, or a second stress factor with only a minor problem; however, when a third factor is introduced, the adrenal glands may be overwhelmed and cannot function.
    Consider the individual who strays from his diet and eats a piece of cake. Ordinarily this dietary indiscretion causes no problem. The next morning, while still in a state of mild adrenal insufficiency, he becomes chilled. Combating the chill causes the adrenal glands to become a little more overworked; the combined effects of the chilling and the dietary indiscretion prevent the lympathic system from effectively fighting off a cold. The individual now has cold, which probably would have been thrown by the body had the adrenals not been somewhat depleted by the cake the day before. For relief from the cold symptoms, the individual takes some "over the counter" medication, such as aspirin or a decongestant. These medications act as a chemical stress to the body, further depleting the adrenal glands. They are now ready to be triggered into adrenal insufficiency. The next day the individual has a mild argument with the boss. The argument is not strong enough to have caused problems three days earlier, before the cake was eaten; now, in a continual state of stress, the adrenals are forced into greater insufficiency, placing the individual in an acute stage of allergy.
    Continued stress to the adrenal glands gives them no opportunity to repair and rebuild.

Acid-Alkaline Imbalance

    Relative acid-alkaline imbalance is a common contributing factor to allergies, especially those associated with food. Your doctor, using applied kinesiology methods, will test you by different methods to determine if you have an acid-alkaline imbalance. You may be given nutritional supplements to help bring this balance back.

Nerve Control

    Nerves control the entire body and are closely associated with adrenal function and acid-alkaline control. Again, your chiropractor will use the muscles of your body to help examine nerve function and return it to proper control of the glands, systems, and structures.

    The natural approach is an effective method for the long-term cure of allergies. You must remember, however, that the cure comes from within your own body. Your doctor can help return your body to normal control in most instances, although the outlook is not as favorable when there has been long-term use of certain drugs. Since the cure comes from within your own body, it is absolutely necessary for you to follow all the procedures prescribed by your doctor, especially the elimination of as much stress as possible.


JIM BARTLEY, DC DIBAK is a Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist practicing Applied Kinesiology in central and Bend, Oregon who treats conditions such as Sports Injuries, neck pain, back pain, headaches, shoulder problems, elbow problems, knee pain, ankle pain, foot pain, orthopedic conditions, TMJ jaw or temporomandibular joint problems using natural Chiropractic healthcare and Applied Kinesiology