What are allergies?
Allergies are best defined as an abnormal response or reaction to normally harmless substances. It is also called a hypersensitivity reaction. This response is mediated by your immune system.
Though allergies sometimes affect everyone differently, common symptoms include watery eyes, runny nose, nasal and sinus congestion, itching, rash, inflammation, breathing difficulties, pain.
Types of Allergies
Allergies are usually separated and classed into three categories. Each category has its own definition and range of symptoms.
- ACUTE: Immediate hypersensivity reaction to foods and other substances.
- SEASONAL: Abnormal reaction to pollens from plants that bloom at certain times of the year.
- CHRONIC: Abnormal reaction to pollens from perennial plants or substances such as pet dander that are with us year round.
How to Remedy Allergies
Drugs such as antihistamines, montelukast, albuterol inhalers, and steroids are effective against symptoms.
All drugs have side effects and are only able to relieve symptoms. It is important to understand these drugs do not cure allergies but treat the symptoms caused by allergies.
Apart from specific medication, there are many alternative therapies for allergies, which include:
- Non-drug therapies such as salt or saline treatment.
- Herbal and Chinese medicine.
- Nutritional therapies. In addition to symptom control, if you identify the cause, eliminate it you can reverse the system dysfunction.
These alternative therapies can relieve and prevent symptoms.
The Underlying Cause of Allergies: Dysfunction of the Immune System
The normal function of the immune system is to Protect the body from harmful substances. The immune system has to be able to differentiate between harmful and harmless substances; and between good and bad bacteria.
Dysfunction of the Immune System
Sometimes, the immune system can develop a malfunction and cannot differentiate between harmful and harmless substances.
When this occurs, the immune system will attack harmless substances with the excessive reaction that damage cells resulting in itching, watery eyes, mucus secretion, inflammation, and pain.
Nutrition Response Testing and Allergies
The goal of nutrition response testing for allergies is to help people identify the underlying cause of their health problems and use nutrition and nutritional supplements to resolve the condition and prevent further occurrence.
The body has the potential to heal itself given the right nutrients.
Techniques such as muscle testing can aid in identifying the cause(s) of a patient’s health issues.
Potential Causes of Immune Dysfunction
Some potential causes of immune dysfunction include:
- Food sensitivities/nutritional deficiencies
- Toxic Chemicals/heavy metals
- Infectious agents
The immune system will heal if toxins are removed and the body is nourished with the right nutrients.