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Allergies – Powerful Natural Remedies Revealed

There is a common practice today, among many physicians, to stamp anything which they cannot successfully diagnose, “allergy”. The reason for this is that so little is known about allergies that the diagnosis leaves plenty of room for discussion and explanation. The “indefinite” diagnoses have always been favoured by the less responsible physicians. Two hundred years ago, a condition that could not be diagnosed was called “bad humours” and anyone who suffered anything from stomach-ache to cancer or gall-stones was told his humours were acting up. This was followed by the “acids” theory, where strange and mysterious acids were accountable for all undiagnosed conditions.

This is not to say that allergies do not exist. There certainly is a strange group of body reactions to which has been given the title, allergy. To be exact, there are two such groups: those which are localized on the surface of the body, from face to feet, or skin allergies; and those which inhabit the chest, throat and nasal areas, or respiratory allergies. These two groups include the majority of allergic reactions.

In the respiratory group would be such common conditions as hay fever, asthma, sinusitis, etc. These conditions are centred in the respiratory system, but some (particularly hay fever and sinus conditions) tend to spill over into other areas, as for instance the eyes, which may water, redden and puff under severe attack. There is good reason to believe that these particular allergies are related to Vitamin C deficiency. Low potency (natural) Vitamin C pills have proved useful in the treatment of such allergies, as has the B complex.

The skin allergies, hives and nettle-rash, as examples, are in some degree related to an over-acid condition of the body. This is not to be confused with the “mysterious acids” of one hundred years ago, which were conveniently blamed for most diseases. The acids I speak of are produced right within the body and consumed day by day in the daily diet. The rational diet, with its balanced intake and natural form, will not support a hyper-acid condition. To defeat this condition when it already exists in the body, it is necessary to cleanse the system completely.

Herbal laxative pills (1-2 a day for three days); mild enemas (1 a day, for a week) and Return to Nature Diet will supply the thorough broom that a hyper-acid condition demands. The recommendation involved daily natural baths with particular emphasis upon the area affected. Pressure (douche) baths upon the affected area and a mild (not too brisk) rub following the bath, were effective. Where the skin was particularly dry, a few drops of olive oil were applied.

The skin-allergy patients were advised to soften the water used for bathing with a cup of starch. Bicarbonate of soda should never be used to soften water for a sensitive skin, since it is an alkali and will have a drying and destructive effect in time.

Dry skin should not be bathed too frequently or for long periods of time. Baths should be quick affairs and olive oil may help to relieve the loss of skin oil. Air baths should be indulged in frequently as a substitute for the daily water-baths which you may miss.

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Dairy and Wheat Allergies – Who’s To Lose?

Perhaps two of the most allergic foods known to man are milk or dairy and wheat. Remember when it was safe as heck to drink milk and eat that whole wheat sandwich? Well, not anymore. Let me further explain.

They have gone through such biological changes that their formulation is no longer recognizable by the human body. Milk, for example, comes from cow’s, who eat the grass and the grass itself has been sprayed by pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. It enters your body with an intolerance against dairy and wheat and that’s why we clear them all. Even though you may not react to the substances, it is still bad for you. It’s like eating sugar. Even though we’ve cleared it, it still isn’t good for you.

Because of their high use in North America, they have to be tested for and re-balanced. By re-balance, I mean the body can be “reset” using our techniques. If you can imagine a wavy line, which depicts your bodies allergic reaction to that substance. Now, after you have gone through our technique, the previously wavy line is now represented by a flat line, which indicates your body’s acceptance to the same substance you were previously allergic to.

Even after re-balancing the items, you should still follow the 80-20 rule, where 80% of the time you should stay clear from dairy and wheat and 20% of the time you can go crazy. It is this 20% of the time that we do not want to see you suffer and that is why we clear the substances. That’s mainly because you can view them as a thing that has gone through some “unique” changes and it is because of these changes that they are no longer synergistic with the human body. We know it’s not good for us but 20% of the time, we can go a little crazier! But we all should stay away from them as much as we can because they just aren’t that good for us.

It is the result of re-balancing, within your body, these specific kits that contain the dairy and wheat in them that allow you to eat the products once again. But just don’t go crazy on the substances. You may be cleared but your body could slip back if you’re going to eat it like there is no tomorrow! But, best of all, there is a silver-lining to all of this and we should be able to get you on your way to feeling good once again after eating the items.

Solution Nutritional Components with Adjusted Digestive Health

With regards to adjusted digestive wellbeing and pondering processing, the attention is commonly on how your stomach feels – are you setting off to the lavatory routinely, or do you have issues like stoppage, bloating, or gas. In any case, there are significantly more related wellbeing suggestions than normality – and stepping for adjusting the digestive framework, will help with any stomach issues the other wellbeing issues.

When you don’t have a balanced digestive system the imbalance between the good bacteria and bad bacteria in the system is attributed to the digestion and stomach issues, but there are further harmful effects that can cause numerous other health problems like: diseases from auto-immune problems, different types of cancer, improper nutrition, and depression.

Here are some balanced digestive health considerations to recognize:

· Our digest tract contains around 70% of the immune system, and when it is weakened by digestive system imbalances, the result can cause auto-immune diseases like Crohn’s, Colitis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

· Digestive tract imbalances can keep your food from properly breaking down and digesting, which can lead to multiple problems – you can’t absorb the key nutrients from the food if it isn’t broken down right, and undigested food can accumulate and rot in your intestines, leading to more infections and a greater risk for colon cancer.

· The hormone serotonin is one that triggers pleasure and good feeling in the brain, but it comes from the digestive system. As a result, issues coming from bad dietary habits coupled with not having balanced digestive health, can result in problems with coping or depression.

Balancing The Digestive System

To have balanced digestive health, and correct digestive system imbalances nutritionally, you are going to need foods or supplements that include adequate quantities of these 4 key components: soluble fiber, prebiotics, phenolics, and digestive enzymes.

Do not think that you can simply eat more fiber or take a fiber supplement to get the desired balance. Depending on the type of fiber you have added, you may be able to add bulk to your system and become more regular, but that is not addressing all the digestive system problems and functions.

To ensure that you are ingesting enough of the 4 nutritional components that were mentioned as being necessary for having the best possible digestive health, a prebiotics digestive supplement made from a highly concentrated kiwi fruit extract has been shown to be very effective.

Consider the kiwi fruit as a source of digestive enzymes, and a study I read discussing the effectiveness of a kiwi fruit digestive health supplement on digesting the casein protein in milk: the amount of protein digested occurred in 9 minutes from the kiwi fruit extract in the supplement, compared to taking 32 minutes without it – with a far greater percentage being digested with the kiwi fruit digestive enzymes.

Several Ways to Take Care Digestive in Good Condition

Keeping up great digestive wellbeing is imperative to each person, and you would be the same in such manner. Not doing as such will mean having a sentiment being bloated and can even be a reason for shames. Your ordinary routine will decide the strength of your digestive framework. So as to keep up your digestive wellbeing at its ideal levels you will need to make an endeavor to keep it in great condition. This is not a troublesome errand and can be consolidated into the normal you take after day by day. Given beneath are a couple steps, which can help you in your push to keep up great digestive wellbeing without visiting a medicinal professional.

Including fruits and vegetables in your diet will go a long way in helping you achieve this objective. Look forward to including a colorful spectrum of fruits and vegetables, along with dried fruits with your diet. Understand that fruits and vegetables contain fiber, which can help you reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and some types of cancer apart from problems with digestion.

Make an attempt to consume adequate levels of proteins if you are interested in maintaining your system in good condition. Proteins are easily available from animal sources such as meat, chicken and fish. However, they are also known to contain saturated fat and cholesterol, which can be harmful for you. Therefore, you will be better off looking for proteins from beans, nuts and serve products, which are known to be high in mono and polyunsaturated fats but do not contain cholesterol.

Try to limit the fatty foods you have along with sweets that can be considered concentrated. These are detrimental to the condition you may have and are therefore, better avoided. Making attempts to stay hydrated at all times is also useful. You can either look to have fluids of some kind or even water because healthy digestion requires the intake of fluids.

During a meal never look forward to stuffing yourselves at any time but rather try to stop when you feel adequately full. Never try to grab a meal just before bedtime but allow time for proper nutrition. Keep adequate healthy snacks at your workplace, in your car or even in your bag during a visit to the gym. This will help you to grab a quick snack if you feel hungry at any time.

The above tips will certainly encourage your digestive tract to work in proper condition. However, if you still feel that you need assistance with the same you can look forward to having health supplements, which have been designed for this purpose. A supplement made from the kiwifruit is now available and has proven itself as a good measure for people with such issues. You can look forward to having them in order to maintain your digestive system in good condition.

Allergies? What – Why Allergies?

The subject of allergies came up in conversation the other day and it set me to wondering why it seems that so many more children, and adults now, are suffering from this problem than myself and others when I was growing up.

I saw a program not long ago where this concern was discussed, and that medical scientists and researchers had discovered that one of the initiators occurred during birth.

Mostly related to caesarean births, due to the fact that as baby didn’t go through the birth canal, (s)he didn’t get the immunity boost from mother. This, it was believed had a real impact on the likelihood of the child developing allergies.

Another point raised was that there is too much emphasis placed on cleanliness with ALL germs, good and bad, being zapped by whatever means at source. Thus there is much less chance of natural immunity being built up through exposure of children during early childhood years.

I still remember, and in fact used the phrase myself when I had my children, “you have to eat a peck of dirt before you die” quoted from my maternal grandmother who lived the ripe age of 86. A phrase that eased my own concerns when my daughter sat in the garden with her mouth so stuffed with soil she couldn’t close it. And when my son picked up disgusting (to me), worms and insects with the clear intention of snacking on them.

Thankfully, neither of my children, OR their children suffer from allergies, for which I am profoundly grateful. Still, enough fluff, what are the proofs of all this?

Research here I come!

The newborn’s immune system grows fast from a small size at birth by exposure primarily to the intestinal microflora normally obtained from the mother at and after birth.

The second mode of transfer of immunity occurs via the mother’s milk. Numerous major protective components, including secretory IgA (SIgA) antibodies and lactoferrin, are present. The breastfed infant is better protected against numerous common infections than the non-breastfed. Breastfeeding also seems to actively stimulate the infant’s immune system by anti-idiotypes, uptake of milk lymphocytes, cytokines, etc. Therefore, the breastfed child continues to be better protected against various infections for some years.

In this study I read, they found that de novo production of neonatal lymphocytes was associated with mode of delivery and other perinatal characteristics. Compared to vaginal delivery, CS (Caesarean Section) was associated with 32% higher risk of having an infant with a lower number of newly formed T-lymphocytes (TREC values within the lowest quintile). Accumulating evidence links early fetal-neonatal living conditions to later health in adult life [36]. Recent epidemiological studies have confirmed that CS is associated with a moderately increased risk for immune disorders later in life, also after taking potential confounders into account.

Preterm born infants have functional deficiencies in their immune system and are more vulnerable to infections. The fundamental mechanisms of the innate immune system and how immaturity contributes to the overall risk of infection during the neonatal period are not completely understood, but preterm birth is considered the largest risk factor for infections during the neonatal period

In conclusion, I believe this study provides another piece of knowledge on establishment of immune function at birth and its relation to various perinatal risk factors, such as gestational age, mode of delivery and birth weight.

The rapidly increasing rates of CS worldwide and the greater risk for immune disorders later in life add fuel to efforts trying to resolve these issues. Our study has identified several important risk factors for reduced number of T- and B-lymphocytes in newborn infants, and CS delivery without a clear medical indication may be the one that can be modified most rapidly.

Excessive Cleanliness

We live in an age of cleanliness.
Our soaps are antibacterial.
Our household cleaners promise to kill 99.9% of germs. Microbes are bad, plain and simple.

But at the same time, some scientists also tell us that being too clean is also wrong, because it might help cause asthma and allergies.

Today, many scientists argue that people have become “too clean” for their own good.

In 1989, the British epidemiologist David Strachan was the first to suggest that the exposure to infections during childhood would provide a good defence against allergies in later life. An allergy is, in fact, our immune system going haywire, by perceiving a harmless substance as a major attack. Our bodies, says Dorothy Matthews, biologist at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, may overreact to beneficial microbes, because our immune systems have forgotten how to live with them.

Take a baby’s dummy that’s fallen to the floor. It’s better for the mother to suck it clean rather than provide a new sterile one, he says, because this has been shown to accelerate development of the infant’s microbiota, and reduces allergies.

And while we might think dogs are dirty, they also help most of us to increase microbial biodiversity and reduce allergies.

“Let your children play in places where they have contact with soil and vegetation, which are rich in beneficial microbes” – Ilkka Hanski

Around the house, the solution for fighting the wrong kind of bacteria is not excessive cleaning, but timely cleaning. Take chopping boards in the kitchen. If you cut your greens, it’s OK to wait until after dinner to do the washing up. Not so if you’ve chopped raw fish or meat. Instant action is required, or you could put your family at risk of infection.

After all, it’s well established that about 70% of all chicken are contaminated with Campylobacter, a bacterium which can cause food poisoning and will happily multiply on your chopping board.

Studies show the benefits. Children who grew up in an environment that was not obsessively clean have lower rates of allergy and asthma. And certain bacteria also actively protect us from bowel disease and even some types of anxiety and depression.

On the plus side, says one commentator, you can take heart in knowing that every time you get a little sick, you get a little stronger. “The message is not one that most people want to hear: they want the quick pharmaceutical fix for the slightest bit of discomfort. But every time you take the quick fix, you make your body a little weaker.” That’s something to remember the next time you’re tempted to slather on the shower gel.

Food Allergies Versus Food Intolerances

When it comes to preparing food for a large crowd, it is important to consider people’s taste, as well as their health. This means creating menus that include both tolerant and allergy-free foods. People of all ages can suffer from food aversions and intolerances; and the severity of their condition can range on a wide scale, from very minor and uncomfortable, to very serious or fatal.

For the sake of safety, liability, and consideration, it is always important to prepare menu spread with everyone’s needs in mind. The first place to start is learning the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance. This knowledge will help you better understand your potential menu options. Continue reading to do just that!

Food Allergies

A food allergy is perceived as a toxin in a person’s body. It triggers an exaggerated immune system response that affects multiple organ systems in an attempt to alert the body of the toxin. This can trigger additional physiological responses that overact and cause serious or fatal symptoms.

Food allergies are serious because some can lead to severe injuries or death. Even microscopic particles of food can cause an allergic reaction, even a fatal one. The most common food allergies include peanuts, shellfish, cow’s milk, soy products, wheat, hen’s eggs, and tree nuts like almonds, Brazilian nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. These are called the “big 8” in the culinary world, and are the most familiar food aversions known to the general public.

Food Allergy Symptoms:

  • Hives
  • Red Skin
  • Swelling (face, eyes, cheeks, hands, feet, etc.)
  • Itching
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis (difficulty breathing, dizziness and loss of consciousness, etc.)
  • Respiratory Symptoms

Food Intolerances

In contrast to food allergies that affect the immune system, food intolerances affect the body’s digestive system. When a person consumes food they are intolerant to, the digestive system has trouble breaking it down. This can be caused by a number of reasons, primarily a lack of essential enzymes, sensitivity to food additives, and reactions to naturally-occurring chemical in food (i.e. mycotoxins). Food intolerances are not life-threatening, but they can cause major discomfort and illness. In minor cases of food intolerance, people can consume small amounts without experiencing any digestive issues. The most common intolerances include glucose, lactose, Tyramine, food preservatives, and food additives.

Food Intolerance Symptoms:

  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Fluid Retention
  • Abdominal Distention
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Migraines
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty Breathing

When preparing food for a crowd, whether yourself or through catering services, be sure to keep both food aversions and intolerances in mind. There is a wide range of menu options that can do just that, so you won’t have to sacrifice variety and flavor!

Discovering What’s Triggering Your Allergies

Allergies is the one health issue that seems to never go away. At least, not without the right lifestyle and diet changes. Naturopathic doctors have already found various methods to help people overcome their allergies forever. One type of natural allergy treatment is SLIT. This is a non-invasive method and works gradually over time.

If you or a loved one suffers from allergy symptoms, you can have testing performed by a naturopathic medicine doctor. Today, allergies affect one in every five people in America, and it’s on the rise. This is likely due to the increase in processed foods and other unhealthy lifestyle choices.

It’s important to have allergy testing done to pinpoint why your allergy symptoms are flaring up. Meanwhile, you can use the following ways to determine the source of your problems.

Pet Dander

You’d be surprised to learn how many people are living with pets that are causing their allergies. They have symptoms like coughing, sneezing, skin rashes and watery red eyes. However, few put two and two together quickly enough. If you notice similar symptoms when you’re around your own or others pets, then this could be the culprit. If you don’t want to get rid of your beloved pet, then a natural allergy treatment should be sought.

Dead and Live Cockroaches

No one wants to live with cockroaches, but they somehow creep their way into our homes anyway. Not getting rid of them quickly enough can lead to adverse reactions, like coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, nose, throat and mouth. This is caused by the saliva and droppings of cockroaches, which act as allergens to certain people. The more roaches in an area, the more severe the symptoms.

Latex Gloves, Condoms and Bandages

Anything made with latex can sometimes cause adverse reactions. This includes products like gloves, adhesive bandages and condoms. These are known to cause allergic reactions, such as wheezing, hives, stuffy nose, problems with breathing and itching. It’s common for symptoms to arise after long-term use of latex items.

Gold and Nickel

You hear of people having adverse reactions to fake jewelry, but there are others who also have these type of reactions to gold and nickel jewelry. You may see signs of swelling, redness, dry patches or rashes. When the symptoms are left untreated, it can lead to cracked, dark, leathery skin. Some folks have extreme reactions to nickel found in different sources, such as food like chocolate and fish.

Red Food Coloring

This is can be found in all types of processed foods, including candies, cakes and soda. The symptoms seen with this allergen includes wheezing, diarrhea, vomiting, itchiness and hives. And it’s not just red food dyes that can cause this – purple, orange and pink dyes can also do the same. What causes the reaction is the pregnant cochineal bug that lives on prickly pear cacti used to create the pigment. It’s important to watch for allergic reactions to red dye, because they are sometimes known to be quite serious.

Medications

This is a tricky area because no two people are the same. One medication may cause adverse effects in you, but not the next person. Some symptoms can be life threatening, so it’s important to seek medical attention immediately, so you can get a substitute. The more mild reactions can be treated using steroids or antihistamines. The more severe reactions would require an EpiPen (this is good to carry on you just in case). Make sure to pay attention to the potential side effects of the medications you are prescribed.

Knowing Allergies and Their Symptoms Can Save Your Life

There is an old saying that says, “Health is wealth”. Money, possessions, properties, etc. can all be taken away and a person can still find ways to get more of them or acquire them back. But take a person’s health away and you will find him unable to do anything else. For the sake of your own safety and protection, it is important to keep yourself aware of the many medical conditions and symptoms that exist today. Allergies are seemingly very common these days, but there are some that are much more severe than the others. These can be potentially fatal as well, and so, having a good idea of what they are and how they develop can save your life.

Natural causes
Some of the most common health problems that are faced by people today are caused by completely natural forces that are beyond the help of human beings. For example, pollen allergy is very commonly seen among many societies in the present world. It is caused by inhaling the very fine and yellowish powder that is released by flowers, and carried by birds, animals, insects, and most commonly, the wind. For the plants it is a way of reproduction and breeding, but for many humans, it becomes a health hazard. For people who are chronically affected by this, it can mean a lot of misery. Knowing how to protect yourself is the first step to being careful.

Taking precautions 
Taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself from these types of naturally caused allergies is very important since you run the risk of getting severely affected. Grass pollen is known to cause a lot of misery and inconvenience to many people and it can sometimes take a long time to recover once affected. Many local news channels provide frequent updates on what the pollen count in each of the surrounding areas is. Keeping track of this will help you take better care of your health and prevent exposure. It will also give you an idea of the areas that you should avoid while going out.

Knowing the symptoms 
It is always advisable not to self-evaluate your health, in order to prevent you from coming to the wrong conclusions unnecessarily. But in some cases, it is better to be aware of what symptoms you should look out for if you are susceptible to grass allergy. Some of the commonly seen symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and throat, watery eyes, and wheezing. In most cases, these may be normal and nothing to be alarmed of. But in case you find yourself having signs of aggravated asthma such as increased wheezing and coughing, you should consult an allergist right away.

Understanding the Top 8 Food Allergies

Food allergies have become an important topic in recent years for a multitude of reasons. Their incidence has been on the rise, affecting 30% of adults and 40% of children. People can be allergic to just about anything but there are 8 allergens which are most common.

What is an allergy?

When your body is exposed to an irritant (known as an allergen), such as pollen, it launches an attack against it. Most of the time when this happens, we don’t even notice it. Sometimes, if there’s an overabundance of the allergen or your body is especially sensitive to it, this immune response shifts into overdrive. Your eyes water, your nosy gets stuffy, or you break out in an itchy rash. Some allergens cause life-threatening reactions, such as anaphylaxis, which leads to a sudden drop in blood pressure and a narrowing of breathing airways.

Foods can also act as allergens. When someone is allergic to a food, they can’t eat it at all. Some allergies are so severe that people can’t even be near the irritant, as breathing it in or touching it could cause anaphylaxis. An allergy is different than a food sensitivity or intolerance. Intolerances, such as the inability to digest milk (lactose intolerance) are not typically life-threatening, although they will cause discomfort, such as bloating and diarrhea, if ingested.

The Big 8

The Big 8 are the cause of 90% of recorded allergies and labeling is required by the FDA to warn consumers of their presence or possible presence in foods.

1. Peanuts: Peanuts are actually legumes, which as a group are responsible for a large number of allergic reactions. People allergic to peanuts are not likely to be allergic to other legumes, such as lentils. Children are more likely to develop a peanut allergy if they already have an egg allergy.

2. Shellfish: Shellfish can also cause severe allergic reactions. Crustaceans (shrimp, lobster, crabs) are the most common, although some allergic reaction may occur with mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters). Shrimp is considered the most allergenic.

3. Fish: Pollock, salmon, cod, tuna, mackerel, and snapper are among the fish which commonly trigger fish allergies. The allergen in this group is the fish muscle protein parvalbumin. These allergies are often developed during adulthood and are less likely to be outgrown.

4. Milk: Milk allergy is the most common allergy in infants and young children. A milk allergy causes an immune response to the proteins in milk. All milks, including those from cows, goats, and sheep can pose a problem. Most children outgrow their milk allergy.

5. Eggs: Also common in children, both the yolk and the whites of eggs can trigger a reaction, but in some cases the egg yolk is less allergenic. Eggs are not only used in foods, but also in skincare products and cosmetics which contain eggs. Most children will outgrow their egg allergy.

6. Soy: Also in the legume family, soy is an allergy that kids are likely to outgrow. Here in the United States, soy is most often found in processed foods, either as soybean oil or soy protein isolate. People with soy allergies may be able to have soy lecithin without issue.

7. Wheat: Wheat allergies are fairly common and typically resolve during childhood. A wheat allergy is different than Celiac disease, where gluten causes the inflammatory reaction. Celiac disease launches a different immune response than other allergens. Actual wheat allergies are uncommon in adults.

8. Tree nuts: One of the most potent and common allergens, tree nut allergies affect 1.1% of the world’s population. Those affected by the tree nut allergy should avoid macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, chestnuts, hazelnuts, and pine nuts. The reactions associated with tree nuts are often severe, with walnuts and cashews causing the most reactions. At least 90% of children that have a tree nut allergy will not outgrow it.

In Conclusion

Accuracy in food labeling is critical for people with allergies, but it’s not as easy to be sure when dining out. Don’t be afraid to ask your server or the chef what’s in the dishes, including any allergens the foods may have come in contact with. It’s in your best interest to enjoy your meal safely!

Bonnie R. Giller helps chronic dieters, emotional eaters and people with medical conditions like diabetes break free of dieting to get the healthy body and life they want. She does this by creating a tailored solution that combines three essential ingredients: a healthy mindset, caring support and nutrition education.

Food Allergies Are Curable

Allergic reactions have been escalating in recent years, especially among children. When curing allergies, it is essential to understand their causes. There are many known factors that lead to reoccurring allergic reactions such as underlying infections, genetic predisposition, emotional trauma, a weak immune system, a yeast infection, and parasites.

Allergies can be of different types. Environmental allergies, for example, include pollen, ragweed, mold, and other elements found in the environment. People are also allergic to pets and medications. Food allergies can range from lactose intolerance and gluten sensitivity (often reactions to hormones and antibiotics in milk or pesticides contained within wheat), to known foods such as shellfish and peanuts.

If it seems to you that food allergies have a high profile, you are not mistaken. Supermarkets, restaurant chains, and websites offer a variety of allergen-free products. There is even a law that requires that potential allergens be listed on food labels. Schools are especially affected, as they have to accommodate the specific needs of highly allergic children and prevent the potentially serious health threat exposure to certain allergens can precipitate. Having an epi-pen on hand at schools is now required, in case of an anaphylactic occurrence. The tripling cost of epi-pens has distressed parents across the country.

There is no group in the population that is more affected then the youngest amongst us. Recently, there has been a 400% increase in the incidence of food allergies, stated in the book Unhealthy Truth. Private insurance claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions rose 377 percent from 2007 to 2016. Allergies are the 5th largest category of diseases. Author Robyn O’Brien states, “food allergies are not a niche, it is a growing epidemic that is challenging how we think about our food and how it is made. Genetic factors don’t change this quickly, environmental factors do. Are we allergic to food or to what’s been done to it?”

The Journal of the American Medical Association states that the costs of food allergies, from medical care to food to pharmaceuticals is $4,184 per child per year, costing our economy $25 billion, including lost productivity. Emergency room visits due to food allergies are estimated at 40,000 a year and account for at least 300 deaths annually. This statistic doesn’t not include the convenient neighborhood Urgent Care centers.

Many children who suffer from food allergies sometimes present a variety of different symptoms that are often misdiagnosed and mistreated. This can lead to repeated unnecessary rounds of antibiotics and even surgery that do not resolve the underlying issue, which is an allergy. I’ve seen many children with a mold allergy be diagnosed with asthma. This often leads to unlimited use of inhalers and medications. While any item can cause an allergic response, the main food culprits are milk, wheat-gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, and eggs. Typical symptoms include breathing difficulty or wheezing, recurring infections, nasal congestion, swelling, nausea, and pain. When you see a child having an allergic reaction, is gasping for air, and you feel helpless to stop it, then you understand the seriousness of allergy.

If you experience symptoms that do not have an explanation, chances are that you might be reacting to a food in a delayed matter. Often the pain symptoms don’t appear until the next day! Food allergies can have serious consequences. They can co-create autoimmune problems and chronic conditions such as eczema, ADHD, asthma, as well as digestive system damage. There are over seventy auto-immune diseases and gluten in wheat is linked to everyone.

Currently, there are no medications or shots that address food allergies. The official prescription requires that the patient avoid the intake of the food item, usually for the rest of his or her life. This can be extremely difficult.

I utilize a holistic technique that works to effectively eliminate food allergies. I have successfully used this technique for over twenty years in treating infants, toddlers, children, adults, and seniors. My natural approach to allergy elimination is safe, gentle, and most importantly it works.