Preventing Seasonal Allergies

When spring begins, plants and trees release pollen into the air. Certain types of fungi also produce mold spores. If you’re allergic to any of these substances, your immune system will try to alert you to avoid them. It does this by releasing allergic (IgE) antibodies. Seasonal allergies are starting to affect more individuals each year.

Symptoms include:

  • itchy eyes
  • dark circles under the eyes
  • watery eyes
  • swollen sinuses
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • sneezing
  • scratchy throat
  • post-nasal drip
  • cough
  • itching in the mouth, ears, nose, and throat
  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • sinus headache
  • facial pain
  • earache
  • anosmia (loss or diminishment of the sense of smell)

Allergies & The Liver

The liver is the major cleansing and detoxification organ of the body. It has the vital role of cleansing the blood and removing harmful toxins, chemicals and waste products from the body. When the liver is functioning optimally, it does this very well and filters out the nasties at a rapid rate in order to prevent them causing harm to the body. If you are constantly overloading your liver with toxins from the environment, the food you eat, cleaning products, pain medication, alcohol, skin products and so forth, your liver becomes overwhelmed, slows down, becomes sluggish and starts to store the toxins. This toxic load can cause the immune system to be overstimulated.

The liver is also responsible for breaking down excess histamine. If the liver is sluggish, histamine is not broken down properly and builds up in the body, awaiting its time to attack. When pollen or another allergen enters the system, both the immune system and the liver pump out histamine in response. When this happens, all the symptoms of seasonal allergies flare up. Your immune system will remember this particular allergen as an invader and will respond even quicker the next time you’re exposed to it. Your body thinks it is protecting you, but in reality, it’s forcing you to stay indoors during Spring, or to go to work with puffy eyes and a runny nose.

Helpful Tips:

  • Load up on fruit and veggies
    • Fresh fruit and vegetables are jam-packed with wonderful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are required by the liver to function properly. The best ones for the liver are cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower), onion and garlic, beetroot, capsicum, herbs, chili, citrus fruits (like lemon and lime) and berries.
  • Cut the carbs
    • Eating lots of carbohydrates can cause the liver to become fatty. Minimize the amount of rice, pasta, bread, cake, soft drink, sugar, biscuits, donuts, muffins and potato chips you are eating. Reach for lower-carb options instead.
  • Ditch the chemicals
    • Literally everything that you put on your skin or inhale, enters the blood stream and has to be filtered out by the liver. Conventional shampoos, soap, makeup, deodorant, washing up liquid, laundry detergent and air fresheners contain nasty chemicals. Swap these for chemical-free/natural options.
  • Stay hydrated
    • Water! Your liver needs water! The liver can process as many chemicals as it likes, but if your body doesn’t have enough water to flush the chemicals out through the kidneys, bowels and skin, they will sit there in the body causing damage. Aim for at least 2 liters per day.
  • Get moving
    • Move that body! When you exercise you facilitate detoxification through sweat and bowel movements. Get your body moving to keep the sweat coming and the bowel movements regular, to get rid of those nasty toxins.
  • Cleanse your body
    • People who suffer with airborne allergies usually have an immune system that is chronically hyper stimulated because it is dealing with internal toxicity. Having excess bad bacteria in the gut, and having a leaky gut means excess wastes will get into the bloodstream and travel to the liver. The liver will then not be able to cleanse and detoxify the bloodstream adequately. This means allergens we are all exposed to in the air we breathe won’t be cleared adequately.

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, or AAT, offers a unique and highly effective approach for the treatment of the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based treatment that addresses the organ systems that are involved in an overreaction. AAT does not treat the immune system. The therapy instead focuses on the relationship between symptoms and organ systems in order to produce rapid, long-term results.

Common Symptoms Relieved with AAT:

Digestive System: reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting

•Respiratory System: sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughs, post nasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itch watery eyes

•Multiple Systems: headaches, irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, tiredness, fatigue and inflammation

•Skin: scaly, red, itchy skin, rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery skin areas, hives, plants, contactants and chemicals

•Headaches & Migraines: chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollens, chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes and vehicle fumes

•Chemical and Occupational Sensitivities: household cleaners, chemicals, perfumes, detergents, latex, petrol and building materials such as pains, glues, carpets, woods and varnishes

By treating the organ systems related to a reaction to an offending substance, the symptoms stemming from those organ systems are directly affected. In most cases symptoms are reduced significantly within the first 1-3 treatments. AAT is non-invasive and does not require needles, herbal remedies or supplements.

Some examples of organ dysfunction include:

•Intestines: gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea

•Lungs: cough, sneezing, congestion, wheezing

•Stomach: cramping, bloating, nausea, heartburn

•Heart: tachycardia, elevated blood pressure

•Kidneys: fatigue, tiredness

•Liver: stress, mood swings, irritability

•Skin: red, itchy or scaly skin, rashes, hives

Sensitivities AAT can help treat:

•Fruits

•Vegetables

•Environmental Agents

•Animals

•Latex

•Soaps

•Dust

•Molds

•Pollens

•Grass

•Chemicals

•Metals

What Is Advanced Allergy Therapeutics?

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, or AAT, offers a unique and highly effective approach for the treatment of the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based treatment that addresses the organ systems that are involved in an overreaction. AAT does not treat the immune system. The therapy instead focuses on the relationship between symptoms and organ systems in order to produce rapid, long-term results.

Common Symptoms Relieved with AAT:

  • Digestive System: reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
  • Respiratory System: sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughs, postnasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itch watery eyes
  • Multiple Systems: headaches, irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, tiredness, fatigue, and inflammation
  • Skin: scaly, red, itchy skin, rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery skin areas, hives, plants, contactants, and chemicals
  • Headaches & Migraines: chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollens, chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes, and vehicle fumes
  • Chemical and Occupational Sensitivities: household cleaners, chemicals, perfumes, detergents, latex, petrol and building materials such as paints, glues, carpets, woods, and varnishes

By treating the organ systems related to a reaction to an offending substance, the symptoms stemming from those organ systems are directly affected. In most cases, symptoms are reduced significantly within the first 1-3 treatments. AAT is non-invasive and does not require needles, herbal remedies or supplements.

Some examples of organ dysfunction includes:

  • Intestines: gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea
  • Lungs: cough, sneezing, congestion, wheezing
  • Stomach: cramping, bloating, nausea, heartburn
  • Heart: tachycardia, elevated blood pressure
  • Kidneys: fatigue, tiredness
  • Liver: stress, mood swings, irritability
  • Skin: red, itchy or scaly skin, rashes, hives

A Holistic Approach to Allergies & Sensitivities

AAT merges 21st century science with 3,000 year old traditional acupuncture and modern chiropractic principles in offering an effective alternative in the treatment of the symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. All holistic fields of medicine are aligned in their approach to treat the whole body. They share the understanding that health conditions may develop as a result of various forms of stress or other interference with proper function. Removing the stress or interference allows for optimal health. When the specific organ system is supported and stress is reduced in relation to a harmless substance, the whole body is conditioned to respond more appropriately.

AAT can offer rapid, long term results from the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities.

Understanding Allergies & Sensitivities

Allergies and sensitivities are caused by inappropriate reactions to harmless substances. A “true allergy” is a reaction triggered by the immune system while a sensitivity, which is more common, may or may not involve the immune system. The majority of patients who seek the AAT tratment do not have “true allergies”. Instead, their symptoms are likely to be caused by sensitivities. However, their symptoms can be the same, and both allergies and sensitivities respond well to the treatment wince AAT addresses the organ systems involved in the reactions.

Sensitivities AAT Can help Treat:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Environmental Agents
  • Animals
  • Latex
  • Soaps
  • Dust
  • Molds
  • Pollens
  • Grass
  • Chemicals
  • Metals
  • & many more

Information brought to you by Advanced Allergy Therapeutics

Are you or someone you know suffering from allergies or sensitivities? Give us a call to see if we can help in a natural way @ 410-717-6610.

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

As 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
Peanuts
Soy foods
Wheat
Fish
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 Allergies … the 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 drlisa@drlisagordon.com.

Her website can be found at www.drlisagordon.com