Mold sensitivities

It has been so very rainy this summer. We have seen our treasured Ellicott City, Md go through its second devastating flood in two years. And we have had very few hours of sun in the past weeks.

There are mushrooms growing in the grass. Conditions are perfect for loads of mold and fungus to grow. Many people have had water from the rain come into their homes.

So what does this have to do with how we feel physically?

Many people are feeling stuffed up or like a sore throat or sinus infection is starting. Some are even feeling like their thoughts are jumbled into a foggy brain. There are various symptoms of mold sensitivities, from skin rash to sneezing and coughing to post nasal drip to sinus infections to foggy thinking to headache to joint pain to watery eyes to itchy scalp.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, what should you do? First of all, know what you are dealing with. If you have a mold sensitivity, it is not the same as a bacterial infection, so antibiotics are not the answer. An accurate assessment of your health is important.

There are several ways that the body can overreact to mold. Strengthening your body’s ability to handle its environment is one way to improve your health. And decreasing the stress on your body is another approach. Sometimes the organs of your body are tired and need support. And sometimes your body is misinterpreting the severity of the attack on it and then overreacting.

If you are struggling with your health, an analysis can be performed and the stress on your body can be decreased. Once your body’s organs are analyzed correctly and specifically, they can be strengthened over time with the exact treatments or supplements you need. No more guessing.

Call the Natural Health Improvement Center of Columbia, Md. at 410-717-6610 for an accurate assessment of your health. If you are a good candidate for care, we will figure out whether Nutrition Response Testing or Advanced Allergy Therapeutics would be the best way to get started.

(Please note: Mold can be very dangerous. If you have mold in your home, it is crucial that you get it remediated by a qualified company. Rainbow International is one such company that I know of and there are others.)

The Impact of Food Sensitivities

The Impact of Food Sensitivities

basket-of-vegetablesAs improbable as it sounds, some people get a stomachache, headache, or other uncomfortable symptoms from eating “healthy” foods such as whole grains, milk, or even fruits and vegetables.

For reasons we do not fully understand, for some individuals, eating a specific food causes the immune system to stand up and fight creating symptoms as varied as stomach aches, foggy thinking, low energy, and congestion. Consequently, you become ill. The illness you have is the immune system’s response to a certain food.

The tendency to be sensitive to certain foods can be either genetic or caused by the constant and repeated exposure to the same foods. Since we tend to eat the same foods over and over our present symptoms continue and new ones start to develop.

Well over 140 different foods have been identified as causes of allergic reactions. According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 90% of food allergies are associated with 8 food types:

Cow’s milk
Hen’s eggs
Soy foods
Crustacean shellfish (such shrimp, prawns, lobster, and crab)
Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and chestnuts)
Food additives and preservatives

Carefully reading food labels is one way you can try to avoid some of the foods, preservatives and additives to which you may be sensitive. However, when ingredients are present in very small amounts they are often not declared on the label. A better way to avoid potential toxins is to eat fresh, organically grown foods.

Three Ways to Identify Food Allergiesthe first 2 are difficult, painful and/or incomplete.

Get a blood test. Blood testing for food allergies can help you to identify some hidden food allergies. While these tests do have limitations and need to be interpreted in the context of the rest of your health, they can be useful guides to what’s bothering YOU in particular.

Go dairy- and gluten-free for six weeks. Dairy and grains are common triggers of food allergies. Temporarily cutting them out of the diet sometimes improves symptoms of sensitivities.

If you don’t feel a sense of relief from nixing dairy and grains, you may need to take the elimination diet one step further by cutting out the top food allergens: grains, dairy, corn, eggs, soy, nuts, nightshades (tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes and eggplant), citrus and yeast (baker’s, brewer’s yeast and fermented products like vinegar). Try this for a full six weeks. That is enough time to feel better and notice a change.

Get tested and treated painlessly and effectively.  If the often impossible task of staying off foods and trying to figure it all out yourself is not appealing to you, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics can very easily and painlessly help you figure out what foods (as well as other substances) cause sensitivities. Identifying your sensitivities is only half the battle. Most people think that the answer is to just avoid the substance, but in almost all cases, with effective treatment with Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, avoidance is unnecessary.

A simple phone call to Dr. Lisa Gordon, Howard County, Maryland’s leading alternative allergy specialist will help you determine if you are a candidate to receive Advanced Allergy Therapeutics. Patients of all ages benefit.

Call 410-717-6610 or email Dr. Gordon at

Her website can be found at

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Is hay fever starting to bother you this early in the season?  Are you tired of being miserable without medication?  Have you heard of this remarkable and effective alternative?  People who suffer from allergies sometimes become skeptical and hopeless …  “I have allergies … medication and shots and avoidance are the only solutions.”

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Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) offers a unique and highly effective approach in treating the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based therapy that treats the organ systems involved in an overreaction.  AAT does not treat the immune system; instead, the therapy focuses on inappropriate reactions to a harmless substance in relation to the organs systems to produce rapid, long-term results for the relief of associated symptoms.  AAT merges 21st century science with 3,000-year-old traditional acupuncture and chiropractic principles in offering an effective alternative in the treatment of symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities.

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6 year old boy with persistent coughing and asthma

I treated a 6 year old boy who had asthma with persistent, constant, daily coughing and was on 4 prescription medications which were moderately helpful at best. Upon questioning I discovered that his symptoms were worse at night and in the morning, and, as I suspected, he showed to be sensitive to dust. After treating the dust, the coughing stopped and his parents decided to take him off of 3 of his medications. It has been 6 weeks now, and he has been treated for his sensitivity to mold. The coughing has not returned.  This week we will be moving on to some of the foods that he shows sensitivities to and it will be his parents’ decision as to when to try taking him off the 4th medication.