Allergies

Why are most allergies not cured?  An allergy can be considered a condition in which the body is susceptible to a substance that is harmless in similar amounts to 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 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 with allergy treatment today is the most of it is symptomatic, designed to gain relief from symptoms.  The real answer to an allergic reaction is finding he basic underlying cause that makes the body overreact to normal substances.

Many treatments for symptomatic relief actually make the basic underlying cause of the problem more severe.  Nasal sprays, used for decongesting the mucous membranes, work temporarily; however, they themselves may irritate the mucous membranes and leave them 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 therapy makes a patient very resistant or even non-responsive to natural health care.

If all allergies develop, it is important to seek natural correction of the problem before permanent damage is done.

Beginning now – get to the underlying cause of your allergies.  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 that 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 and pollens do not causes 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 a functional adrenal insufficiency, it becomes necessary that you eliminate as many forms of stress to your body as possible.  Reduction of stress gives your adrenal lands 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: