What are Allergies?

Allergens are anything foreign to the body that the body does not recognize, and in turn, your immune system attacks it. They present themselves in many different forms such as foods, medications, certain strains of bacteria, pollen, and even different animals. Especially here in Minnesota, with our four seasons, allergies are a major harassment for many.

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Common symptoms:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Scratchy or sore throat
  • Throat clearing
  • Cough from postnasal drip
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Conjunctivitis

What Causes Allergies?

The single most powerful cause of allergies is the presence of toxins. Unfortunately, we live in a very toxic world. Pollution, household cleaners, heavy metals, vaccines and antibiotics – all of these things are toxic to our body. They promote a hyperactive immune system.

The Hygiene Hypothesis

In our culture, we are very afraid of dirt and germs, but it turns out that we shouldn’t be so afraid of that. In 1989, David Strachan published an article in the BMJ that proposed something called the Hygiene Hypothesis. He noticed that kids in large families or those who grow up in rural environments such as farms don’t have asthma and allergies as much as kids who are growing up in the city and without older siblings.

The Hygiene Hypothesis proposed that because of our modern ultra clean environments, we aren’t coming in contact with enough of the beneficial bacteria, fungi and good viruses in our gut especially in our childhood.

That is why in addition to toxins, another major cause of allergies is something called dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is the misbalance of the good and bad bacteria in our microbiome in the gut.

Treatment Options

  • Medication – The most popular treatment for allergies is medication or shots. These two approaches work very well in relieving some of the symptoms that people with allergies experience. However, they are not a long term solution, which means that pills and shots are an effective for those people who deal with only the occasional allergies. For those who deal with frequent allergies, other solutions may be beneficial. In addition to this, medications and shots have serious side effects. According to Dr. White, “Since runny eyes, irritation, redness, fullness in the sinuses and other allergy symptoms are caused by histamines, antihistamines are often prescribed to dry mucus membranes. However, antihistamines can cause serious heart problems and should not be used with alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers. 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 AtaraXT”) make cancerous tumors grow faster in lab rodents.”
  • Chiropractic – it has been called “healthcare’s best kept secret.” The majority of people are surprised to hear that chiropractic is effective for millions of people who are struggling with allergies. With the neurological based care that we provide at Abundant Life Chiropractic, we take stress off of the nervous system, which is turn permits the immune system to function more effectively. A healthy immune system means better allergies. As Dr. Kurt Donsback has said: “A healthy body is capable of neutralizing these toxic substances and a body which has malfunctioning defense mechanisms cannot. The emphasis on allergies must be on building a healthy body, not on trying to use evasive tactics by eliminating all the allergens.”

A study published in 2004 showed amazing immune-boosting results for a group that started getting spinal adjustments.

In this particular study, 1,028 people had some form of allergies (the most common was atopic dermatitis and bronchial asthma). X-Ray evidence and physical exams proved that 98% of these allergy patients had remarkably similar vertebral misalignments in their mid-back. Over 88% of the people with dermatitis who received consistent spinal adjustments showed massive improvement in skin itching and over 71% showed improvement in overall skin condition. Compare that to 0% improvement of the patients who did not receive adjustments.

This conclusion comes directly from the study:

We can state that a treatment that cannot fundamentally treat spinal problems will not fundamentally improve conditions such as atopic dermatitis, bronchial asthma, pollinosis, and allergic coryza.

If you are suffering from allergies, come into our clinic today for a no obligation consultation and exam. We love taking care of allergy cases and look forward to meeting you!

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    I arrived at Abundant Life with Sciatica and through treatments I have gradually and noticeably improved. I would recommend Abundant Life Chiropractic as it has solved my health issues. -John
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    I originally came to see Dr. Knight for allergies and sinus problems. Since starting care I can breathe better, I don’t break out in hives as much and I don’t have the ringing in my right ear. I wish I would've known Dr. Knight years ago. -Michelle M.