Wellness Chiropractic – Allergies
We hear about allergies all the time – from friends or family members suffering from them,news reports giving us the pollen count, and commercials for the latest “miracle” drug to relieve all those nasty symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and congestion.
Why is it, however, that some people suffer from allergy symptoms while others do not? Why is one child from a family allergic to peanuts, while their sibling is not? Why do some suffer so much that they are absent from work for days at a time, while others simply get a drippy nose? Why do people seem to develop “new” allergies to things that previously did not affect them?
To answer these questions, we must first understand what an “allergy” really is. Stedman’s Medical Dictionary defines allergy as “Hypersensitivity caused by exposure to a particular antigen/allergen”. Hypersensitivity – overreaction on the part of the immune system to something that should be considered normal. Therefore, the difference between someone who suffers from allergies and someone who does not is simply altered immune system function. Altered immunity can and does cause hypersensitivity reactions in many people.
What causes altered immune function? In most cases it is a combination of various factors including, but not limited to: poor diet (excess sugar/simple carbohydrates, lack of essential fats as found in fish oil, too many calories overall), inadequate sleep, negative thought patterns and self-talk, and last, but certainly not least, vertebral subluxations. Subluxations affect nervous system performance and thereby immune function (emerging theories suggest that the immune system is simply an extension of the nervous system – the “sixth sense”, if you will).
Nervous system interference caused by vertebral subluxations interrupts or distorts the communications between your brain and the rest of your body. This distortion is similar to static on your radio – you can hear some sound, but the message is not clear. When part of your body, i.e. the lining of your sinuses, receives the wrong/distorted message telling it what to do, it must act upon the information it can understand, often causing overreaction and, voila, allergies!
There aren’t any conditions that are caused by a lack of synthetic chemicals (drugs) in your body, thus allergy symptoms are not caused by a lack of antihistamines in your bloodstream. Symptoms, once again, are simply signs that our nervous system and immune system are not functioning properly.
“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”
Chiropractors are interested in causes, not effects. For over 100 years, Doctors of Chiropractic have been “looking well to the spine” and seeing miraculous things happen in the lives of the people they care for. If someone you know suffers from allergy symptoms, or any other ailment for that matter, share the message of chiropractic – the choice for health and wellness! Please ask if you have any questions about how chiropractic care might be able to help those you love!