Allergy Facts

  1. It is estimated that 40-50% of Americans are impacted by allergies yearly
  2. All ages can be impacted
  3. Allergies have become a 3 billion dollar/ year health crisis (doctor visits and sick days)
  4. Worldwide there is more than $8 billion spent on allergy drugs yearly

What are Allergies?

Allergies are caused when your immune system creates an allergic response to allergens. The top 5 allergens are:

  1. Pollen
  2. Grass
  3. Dust
  4. Mold
  5. Weeds

How Does it Work?

Your immune system has very specialized cells called mast cells. These mast cells have receptors on the surface on their membranes used to detect whether or not a given substance is harmful. For examples pollen in the air enters your body and comes in contact with mast cells, that pollen then can be recognized as harmful or not. If an allergen is recognized as harmful to the body your immune system will release histamines. Histamines are another cell used by your immune system to produce inflammation and trigger an allergic response. That is why all of our allergy medicine are commonly know as anti-histamines. Once inflammation and the allergic response starts you will start to experience the common signs and symptoms such as:

Nasal: congestion, loss of smell, redness, runny nose, post-nasal drip, sneezing, or stuffy nose
Eyes: itchiness, puffy eyes, redness, or watery eyes
Respiratory: breathing through the mouth or wheezing
Also common: coughing, fatigue, headache, itching, phlegm, or throat irritation

 

The Missing Link

In his research article Ninabahen said, “Excessive psychological stress and allergic disorder have been linked together in clinical practice for centuries.” Stress can impact your health in many negative ways but for sake of staying on topic we will talk about allergies. When your body and nervous system are continually under to much stress your body can become hyperactive. This hyperactivity is very detrimental to ones overall health but can also be the difference between an allergen being seen by your body as harmful or not.

Read the research: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3264048/

Where Does Chiropractic Fit In?

In our clinic we perform a very specialized test called Heart Rate variability. This test is specifically designed to detect how much stress your body and nervous system are under as well as how well you are adapting to that stress. Chiropractic does not focus on individual health concern such as allergies but rather how well the nervous system is functioning .We know that when your nervous system is functioning as close to 100% as possible every cell in your body exhibits greater health. When this is achieved we can create a natural drug free health (including anti-histamines).

Blessings,