This is from a post earlier on my blog. As we enter the season of Spring, allergy sufferers are consumed with symptoms of itchy eyes and throats as well as mucous formation which are all NORMAL responses to allergens. It is so important during this time to watch what you are putting in your body. A simple, clean (dare I say even raw) diet is best. Increasing your water intake and staying away from mucous forming foods (ie dairy) is very important. Read on to get tips and see what I’ve learned as a “most of my lifetime” allergy sufferer. I am still breastfeeding and therefore not able to do a fast and have no desire to take medication. However, following the lessons I’ve learned over the years I will continue to get adjusted for optimal nervous system performance and keep the diet clean and simple.
It’s true. Spring is my favorite time of the year. It brings renewal, growth, and change. The things which were once “dead” or maybe merely in “hibernation” or a “sleep” phase begin to come to life. The dogwoods, blue indigo, and bleeding hearts are blooming here in Georgia. What is also a recurring theme of Spring, but not so desirable is the unavoidable start of allergy season.
For years I suffered annually. As a child my mother would get calls after I would go out to the playground with the rest of my classmates. Teachers would routinely call my mom at work apologizing for letting me go outside. They would say “I am so sorry Mrs. Henry. I forgot and let her go outside”. Well you see I would go outside and have a blast. However, after being out for a few minutes I would start to sneeze, eyes watering, turning red, and swelling, ears itching, and to top it off I would get red welps on my skin. My mom wouldn’t get upset. She would tell the teachers to let me wash my eyes out and send me to school with allergy medication. This cycle would go on for years. I was taking all types of over the counter and presciption medications. As you probably know if you’ve had similar bouts with allergies these medications tend to make you drowsy. At some point my system had gotten so used to the medications I would no longer get sleepy when taking them and it would take more than the recommended dosage to get relief.
What are allergies? Allergies are actually a normal reponse to foreign particles (allergens i.e. pollen, dust, dander) in the body. When the body encounters something foreign a healthy system tries to neutralize and get rid of those particles. So actually the sneezing, running eyes, and runny nose are actually normal. When these normal reactions become excessive they are recognized as an allergies.
Once I began chiropractic school I was adjusted on a regular basis. I started to notice that my body was so much better able to tolerate pollen, dust, and ragweed (my most common offenders). I noticed that, year by year, I was using less and less medication. I began to be mindful of my water intake. Water is so important in helping to flush toxins(and allergens) out of the body. I began to learn how many things in our normal diet are irritants to us and especially during this transitional time of year. Milk (or any dairy) is mucus forming and will likely exacerbate symptoms. I have found that eating non mucous forming foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, foods with active cultures (like yogurt), foods high in vitamin C like citrus and berries, oily seafood and sulfur-rich cabbage, onions and garlic are a big help. This year I have added something to my diet regime over the past few days, I have been eating mostly raw food from a local restaurant, Tassili’s Raw Reality. I have noticed I have way more energy. I am usually extremely tired at the end of the day during allergy season. I can’t say enough about watching what you are putting in your body as a means to helping fight allergy symptoms.
As far as chiropractic, D. Hans Freederick says this on his website, http://mydiscoverchiropractic.com.:
"Allergic reactions are the most frequent immune disorders and happen when the body’s immune system overreacts to allergens such as dust, pollen, pet dander, etc. The response is that the body overproduces neutralizing chemicals such as histamines to correct the problem.
What causes allergies? No one knows for sure. Some theories say it’s our increasing sterile environment. Others suspect the overuse of antibiotics and vaccinations. The idea here is our immune system is at its best when fighting off disease, parasites, and bacteria all by itself. The more we try and help it, the weaker it becomes. It is proven that children who live on farms and are exposed to different animals and the outdoors have fewer allergies than those who are not exposed.
Traditional allergy treatments only deal with the symptom without addressing the cause. This is because western medicine has no cure for allergies. Worse yet, antihistamines used over time or combined with other medication can be deadly. More recently, Canadian researcher Lorne Brandes, in an article published in the May 1994 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, has produced research showing that certain antihistamines (Claritin, Hismanal and Atarax) make cancerous tumors grow faster in lab rodents.
But just how can chiropractors help with such problems?
The answer is simple, chiropractic care releases stress on a patient’s nervous system. This allows the immune system to operate more effectively, which is beneficial to anyone and especially those suffering from allergies.
No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be as important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying the vertebral subluxation complex in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup will tell. A healthy spine can improve your life – see your chiropractor for periodic spinal checkups."