Jamieson Health Center Newsletter
April 15, 2010
Volume 2, Number 4
Dear friends and patients,
Spring has arrived! Are you enjoying the beautiful flowering trees and blooming perennials? Answering “no” to this question most probably means that the allergy season has arrived for you too.
Allergic rhinitis or hay fever is associated with a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms including excess mucous production, nasal blockage, sore throat, stuffy head, puffy and itchy eyes and fatigue. All those symptoms are not life threatening but they can be a nuisance and interfere with your daily activities.
However allergies are more complex than you think. You can have an allergy or a sensitivity to a certain substance and there is a difference between the two.
Symptoms of allergies and sensitivities vary from person to person and can be very serious. It depends upon many factors such as the status of the immune system, the liver and the adrenals, age, and degree of inheritance.
Some of the commonly seen reactions are
· respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, influenza, etc.,
· skin problems such as eczema, hives, psoriasis, etc.,
· digestive disorders such as nausea, acidity, bloating, constipation, indigestion, etc.,
· neurological disorders such as headaches, weakness of the muscles, mental imbalances etc.
· circulatory disorders such as high cholesterol, heart irregularities, high blood pressure, etc.,
· joint disorders such as arthritis, back aches, neck pains, etc.,
· genito-urinary disorders such as frequent bladder infections, infertility, yeast infections, etc.
In the conventional medical world, there is no satisfactory treatment for allergies. But there is good news. There is a natural and holistic approach that can eliminate allergies, not just treat the symptoms. In addition, strengthening and supporting the immune system, adrenals and liver helps to prevent allergies all together – and you sneeze no more!
Yours in good health,
Dr. Samuel Jamieson, D.C.
Sneeze no more!
How to get rid of allergies, not just symptoms, without drugs
What are allergies and sensitivities?
An allergy is an improper response of the immune system to an otherwise harmless substance such as foods, vitamins, medications, pollen, flowers, weeds, grasses, trees, dust, formaldehyde, plastics, metals, cats, dogs, fabrics, chemicals, heat, cold, etc.
Allergic reactions happen immediately and generate ImmunoglobulinE (IgE) antibodies to bind with the offending allergens. Inflammatory mediators like histamines and leukotrienes are then released, which cause the allergic reaction.
A sensitivity is a condition by which your body develops IgG antibodies after exposure to a foreign toxic substance. For example undigested proteins can make their way into the bloodstream and cause food sensitivities. With Leaky Gut Syndrome, small openings develop in the lining of the intestine, which allow large molecules of undigested or incompletely digested foods to enter the bloodstream. This induces IgG immune activation.
What predisposes you and your children to allergies?
There are a few primary contributing factors to allergies and sensitivities. They are genetic, nutritional, and an over exposure to chemicals:
Hay fever, asthma and eczema are allergies that have a hereditary basis. The tendency of allergies passed on to children is 30—50% when one parent has the condition, 50-70% for both parents.
Contributing factors from mother’s and child’s health from conception to one year may weaken defense mechanisms, especially the immune system.
The mother’s health is negatively impacted by:
· Poor diet,
· stressful lifestyle,
· alcohol, caffeine, tobacco,
· recreational and pharmaceutical drugs,
· refined carbohydrates,
· lack of vitamins and minerals
The child’s health is negatively impacted by:
· the lack of breast milk (and lack of colostrum) ,
· starting solid foods too early when large molecules can’t be digested by an immature GI tract,
· over use of cow’s milk that is pasteurized, homogenized and has added hormones
· food coloring and preservatives
· refined sugar
· compounded vaccinations containing preservatives before 5 years of age
Over exposure to chemicals:
Too much chemical exposure from year one to puberty leads to systemic breakdown, especially in the endocrine system. Contributing factors are:
· amalgam fillings
· lead paint and pipes
· environmental i.e. animals, dust, mold
· medications i.e. ibuprofen, Tylenol, antibiotics
For more information about allergies, food and other sensitivities, call our office at 408-517-0706 or visit our website at www.jamiesonhealthcenter.com.
Conventional treatment for allergies.
There are several conventional medical tests for allergies. Some of them are the "Intra-dermal test," "patch test," "scratch test," and various other blood tests such as the RAST test and the ELIZA test, which can identify dozens of allergens from one test or from one blood sample. In most cases, patients must have had previous exposure to the allergen to get an accurate result (and to be able to detect the IgE and IgG antibodies).
In the conventional medical world, there is no satisfactory method for treating a person's allergies. Desensitization using injections of allergenic substances over a period of months, or even years, has been the standard approach used by medical allergists. This approach is effective in some people for some allergies, but in many it does not do the job, especially with food allergies.
Another standard treatment is using drugs, either antihistamines (like Benadryl), antileukotrienes (like Singulair) or drugs like claritin steroids to control allergic symptoms. Unfortunately, this does not correct the underlying problem, and often has serious long term side effects.
The most effective treatment option until now has been complete avoidance of the offending allergen(s). This can be difficult at best, and impossible in some cases.
A holistic approach to treating allergies – without drugs or injections.
When your body is allergic or sensitive to certain substances, it causes a negative response which your brain recognizes. In addition to blood tests, Applied Kinesiology can also test for allergies by measuring the neurological response of your body to the allergen. Using Muscle Response Testing (MRT), the kinetic imbalance in the body caused by the allergen can be detected.
Once the allergens are identified either with blood tests and/or neurological response testing, I recommend a holistic approach to treating the allergies or sensitivities, which depends on the contributing factors such as status of the immune system, liver and adrenals, etc.
Chiropractic adjustments reset the neurological response to the allergen and allergies go away.
Many patients think of chiropractic care only as a means of treating pain. Unfortunately, only few are aware that every chiropractic adjustment impacts the neurological system and the brain. With the correct adjustment, the negative response to the allergen can be reset and most allergies can be greatly reduced or eliminated – without drugs, without injections, without pain.
Allergic reactions typically have an adrenal component because the adrenals release stress hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol is highly anti-inflammatory and fatigued adrenals can contribute to the onset of allergies. That’s why the pharmaceutical approach to allergies is often hydrocortisone or corticosteroids.
With my holistic care, I can help identify and eliminate physical and emotional stressors and recommend adapting a less stressful lifestyle. Supporting the adrenals with supplements such as Drenamin may also be needed.
Immune System Support.
In cases of rhinitis, hay fever, sinusitis and also asthma, dietary and herbal supplements may be needed to temporarily support the immune system. Supplements can include but are not limited to:
· Allerplex: for allergies, rhinitis and asthma
· Albizia Herbal Complex: relieves and reduces symptoms of allergies such as itchy eyes and runny nose, as well as allergic skin
· Andrographis Herbal Complex: supports the immune function for viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
The primary organ responsible for cleansing the body of pollutants and toxins is the liver. When overloaded with toxins, it can be overworked and exhausted, allowing toxic and waste material to impact overall health, resulting in a wide array of allergy-like symptoms.
For more information about allergies and food sensitivities and our holistic treatments, call our office at
408-517-0706 or visit our website at www.jamiesonhealthcenter.com.
JAMIESON HEALTH CENTER
Samuel R. Jamieson, D.C.
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Seminars we’ve taken.
Since I want to make a difference in your lives and that of your children, I’m constantly trying to keep up with the latest developments in healing practices and new discoveries in the area of alternative holistic medicine. To that end, I have attended the following seminars and conferences over the last several months:
· Doctor of the Future – The Practice of Rational Intervention
· NeuroEndocrine-Immune Axis of Andropause
· Metabolic Biotransformation: an overview of detoxification and weight management
· Restoring Gastrointestinal Health
· Practical Blood Chemistry
· Functional Neurology for the Primary Care Provider
· Neurotransmitters and Brain
· Applied Brain Concepts
· The Thyroid-Brain–Immuno Connection
· Restorative Endocrinology: Balancing Female Hormones in Menopausal Women
· Restorative Endocrinology: Balancing Hormones in Cycling Women
· The Impacts of Estrogen on the NeuroEndocrine-Immune Axis
· Restorative Endocrinology: Balancing Male Hormones
· Advanced Nutrition Therapeutics for Addictions and OCD
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