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
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
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
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.
The adrenal glands secrete hormones which
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,
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
Continued stress to the adrenal glands gives
them no opportunity to repair and rebuild.
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.
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.
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