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Allergies and Food Intolerances

Allergies and Food Intolerances

Allergies and Food intolerances are sensitivities to substances which usually do not cause any harm. The immune system views the allergen as if it was a dangerous infection releasing a surge of histamine. This can cause an array of symptoms some mild while others can be severe and last for periods of time. Allergies and intolerances can affect almost any part of the body and be caused by an ever increasing range of natural or artificial substances egg chemicals, airborne substances like dust mite, food and drink, animals, environmental, preservatives and additives. Allergies and intolerances can be the sole cause of illness or act as a trigger to existing conditions.

Signs and Symptoms • Insomnia, Candida, Aches and Pains, Flu like symptoms • Lowered immune system, Inflammation, Irritation • Mood Swings, Hormonal imbalances, Toxins • Irregular PH, Intestinal flora imbalance, Weight gain or loss • Skin (red, dry, itchy, spots, hives) • Nausea, Heartburn, Diarrhea, Constipation, IBS • Headache/Migraine • Chronic Fatigue, Exhaustion • Stomach pain, Acid Reflux • Nasal congestion or a runny nose • Sneezing, wheezing, coughing, etc.

Allergy Consultation and treatment The consultation and testing used are non-invasive and pain free. We incorporate Traditional Chinese medicine, bio-resonance, muscle testing and nutrition therapy. There are no needles involved. Results will be given after full consultation and test. We test for a variety of foods, chemicals, airborne substances, nutritional deficiencies and imbalances in the system. Depending on the diagnoses, a treatment plan will be advised for you. Any exclusion diet will be fully explained and include recommendations for alternative foods. All consultations are strictly private and by appointment only

Skin allergies The most common are dermatitis, eczema, urticarial (nettle rash/hives) and psoriasis. Symptoms can include itching, redness, pain, swelling, sores, pustules, rashes, and acne. Causes can include allergies to certain foods, drugs, perfumes, chemicals and animals, poor diet, stress, nutritional deficiencies and organ imbalances.

Eye and ear allergies Allergies can cause the eyes to water swell become sore red and irritated. The ears can also be affected causing itching internally and externally, fluid can also build up inside the ear causing pressure a ringing sensation and temporary deafness.

Respiratory allergies Some common nasal conditions which are caused or triggered by allergies include rhinitis, sinusitis and hay fever. Symptoms can include sneezing, nasal discharge, headache, stuffiness, flu like symptoms and congestion. Chest conditions can manifest with symptoms such as coughing with or without phlegm, susceptibility to colds and flu, sensitivity to drafts or chills Asthma attacks can be brought on by an allergic reaction to foods and airborne substances. Symptoms can include wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty in breathing, coughing and chest tightness.

Food allergies and food intolerances The list of symptoms of food allergies is endless they include digestive upset, skin rash, organ imbalances, delayed immune response, mouth sores, mood swings, toxin build up, weight gain or loss, stress, headache, poor absorption of nutrients and irritable bowel syndrome. Food allergies can upset the natural balance between good and bad bacteria leading to fungal infection. They can also interfere with the bodies’ natural ph. levels.

Candida and allergies Candida is one of the most frequent conditions seen in the western world. It often manifests itself as vaginal infection in women. Causes can include allergies, poor diet, stress, nutritional deficiencies, poor immune system and antibiotic use. Symptoms are wide and varied. For example, thrush, nail infections, gas, bloating, constant hunger, bad breath, anal itching, severe dandruff, itchy flaky scalp, toxic overload, digestive and bowel upset, weight gain / loss and poor concentration.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS affects many people. It manifests with severe pain, bloating, belching, stomach upset, constipation, diarrhoea, cramps, indigestion, spasm, anal itching, and frequent and urgent bowel motions. This condition can be very stressful, which in itself makes the condition worse. Causes can include food allergies and food intolerances, stress, nutritional deficiencies and organ imbalances.

PH Balance PH balance / acid balance can be altered by food allergies and equally allergies can be caused by over acidity resulting in disorders such as gout, aches and pains, indigestion, psoriasis, red itchy skin, cellulite, heartburn, constant fatigue and illness.

Organ Imbalances In Chinese medicine, allergies can cause disruption in the natural balance between yin and yang, smooth flow of Qi/energy and harmony amongst the organs. For example, disharmony of earth and wood (spleen and liver). Clinical indications of this may include indigestion with gas, cramping, nausea, constipation / diarrhoea, Premenstrual Syndrome with sore breasts, bloated abdomen, irritability and fatigue, headaches, mood swings, erratic appetite, irregular / painful periods, craving foods, cold hands and feet, unstable blood sugar and poor concentration. Other causes include stress low immune system infections poor diet and lifestyle and nutritional deficiencies. It is important to identify and treat these imbalances as soon as possible to avoid illness.

Stress and allergies Allergies can put huge stress on almost any part of the system. Equally stress, can interfere with the immune response, resulting in allergies. It is important to keep stress at manageable levels so that the system can function properly. A well balanced diet, regular aerobic exercise and continual water intake are essential to reduce stress. Just as there are certain foods and drinks which raise stress levels there are also an array of supper foods that help to de-stress. It is important to decrease stress inducing foods and increase de-stress foods.

Nutrition and allergies Over time if allergies are left untreated nutritional deficiencies will occur. To maintain good health it is important that we are getting adequate nutrition on a daily basis to support our lifestyle. Nutrition is required for all of the bodies systems and functions. It is important that we are eating the right foods, that these foods are being broken down properly, and that the nutrition from these foods is properly absorbed. Symptoms of deficiency or mal-absorption of nutrition are numerous and need to be identified and treated ASAP.

 

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Are our Allergies getting worse?

According to this article our allergies are getting worse because of global warming. Have a read of this!

By Kristal Roberts

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/health/fall-allergy-season-expected-to-come-back-with-a-vengeance

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Fight Against Asthma goes High-tech.

A simple but interesting device is attached to a regular inhaler and it allows the data about when the inhaler is being used to be tracked.  So how often and when.  This in turn helps physicians pin point the patients that need different and perhaps preventative medications to control their asthma better and thus help prevent overuse of inhalers.  An interesting article reported by Rachel Ballion from nbc15.com

http://www.nbc15.com/health/headlines/Fight_Against_Asthma_Goes_High-Tech_125183619.html

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An Allergy or Intolerance??

This article would view allergies and intolerances in a similar way to ourselves in this clinic.  It is amazing how many symptoms that people have and just ignore or put up with and never realise that they are allergy related and that things can be improved greatly by identifying what exactly is causing the problem and excluding them at least for a short period.

Did you know that allergy and intolerance symptoms can include:

  • Wind, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, reflux, vomitting, heartburn, food repeating,
  • Blocked nose, runny nose, phlegm in throat, sinus problems, hay fever, asthma,
  • Migraine, headaches, joint pains, joint swelling,
  • Acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, Acne rosacea, hives, rashes, swelling (face, lips, etc),
  • Recurring cystitis, recurring thrush,

An allergy is where someone has strong, usually instant reactions to an allergen, while an intolerance is often a person can tolerate small amounts of the substance before it actually causes a problem.  This makes it very difficult for the person themselves to identify what is causing the problem.  As they don’t react obviously to it every time they take it.  But over time an intolerance can be just as problematic and uncomfortable as an allergy.

This article is written Ingrid Pincott from the North Island Midweek.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/news/125043119.html

 

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Increase in Children with Allergies!

A new study initiated by the Food Allergy Initiative in America has shown that 1 in 13 US children suffers with food allergies.  This is one of the largest Food Allergy studies to date and it finds that Food Allergies are increasingly prevalent and severe.  Well any parent of a child with an allergy is probably already aware of that!  But this article on the study and commentry from Minnesota allergist Dr Allan Stillerman makes a good short read.  http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/20889-1

 

But Dr Stillerman comment that “A lot of patients under the age of five who have chronic, moderately-severe eczema, as many as 40 to 50 percent of them are found to have food allergies.” is finally confirming what many parents have been realising and finding out for themselves.  In my opinion children should be allergy/intollerance tested as early as possilbe when they have symptoms.

 

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Asthma

Asthma causes inflammation, tightening and swelling of the airways causing obstruction in the flow of air to and from the lungs. Symptoms include wheezing, breathlessness, coughing, chest tightness, mucus and phlegm. There are many triggers including inhaled allergens such as dust mite, pollens, animal hairs, chemicals, food intolerances. It can also be triggered by exercise and over-breathing or hyperventilation. Trials were carried out on Asthmatics to reduce over-breathing in 1995in the Mater Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. After 3 months breathing volumes were lowered from 14.1 litres per minute to 9.6 litres per minute. This resulted in lower stress levels reduction in inhaled allergies and significant improvement in everyone’s asthma. The trials were based on simple breathing exercises. Those who continued to do the breathing exercises continued to improve and the need for Asthma medication reduced. Our treatment involves these breathing techniques, exclusion of any food intolerances, Chinese herbs or acupuncture to improve lung Qi (Energy / vital force) and reduce phlegm and mucus. Diet, stress, lifestyle and nutritional deficiencies are also addressed.

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