Many Americans, at different seasons of the year, are plagued by symptoms of runny noses, watery eyes, congested glands, persistent coughs, and recurring upper respiratory infections, all due to allergic reactions. Allergies can be simply defined as the body’s inappropriate response to certain substances, usually proteins (antigens). These proteins can be ragweed, grass pollens, any plant substance found in the air, a particular food or a chemical that is ingested or inhaled. These antigens can cause immune system responses, classically the congested, runny noses, watery eyes, congested sinuses and lungs; but allergic responses can also include depression, asthma, joint pain, diarrhea, constipation, and many other symptoms.
We call these responses inappropriate because everyone will breathe in the ragweed or grass pollen, or eat certain foods, but only a certain percentage of the population will have reactions to these as antigens. These reactions thus represent an inappropriate response to common substances. In other words, the body interprets these common substances as invading organisms, and the immune system mounts a response as if it was being attacked. However, the particular antigens usually do not cause any tissue damage under normal circumstances. In fact, the damages (or symptoms that are produced within the body) are usually due to the body’s inappropriate immune system response to the substance.
It is this inappropriate response that needs to be treated - and not just the symptoms of the allergies. The standard medical approach to allergies is to suppress the symptoms with dangerous antihistamines, cortisone preparations, and other medications that are designed only to repress the body’s responses. This method is one that I term a “COVER-UP” method. It does not help a patient with his or her allergies; it only artificially covers up the symptoms of these allergies. The question that needs to be asked is, “Why do these people have inappropriate allergy responses?"
The answer to this is: the nervous system has an imbalance in the way it responds to certain proteins or other substances, and it is that response that must be corrected, not suppressed.
Below listed is the protocol which we have developed through trial and error over the years and with which we are currently enjoying great success at Keefe Clinic.
First of all, we understand that it is not the ragweed or any other antigen that is the problem, but it is the body’s response to it that is the problem. Therefore, we look to the nervous system as the root cause, because the imbalance is within the nervous system, which then causes the abnormal reaction.
1) The first area of treatment is that of homeopathy. Homeopathy is a system based on the principle of “like cures like”. In the case of the allergies, the substance that would be used would be the antigen (the pollen, ragweed, food, etc) that produces the improper symptoms. This antigen is diluted several times to form a product that will help the body adjust its inappropriate reaction to become an appropriate reaction. By giving this antigen in a diluted fashion, and by diluting it enough that it will not produce an allergy reaction by itself, a slight response is produced that will gradually desensitize the body to the offending substance.
For instance, if you have an allergy to ragweed pollen, when you breathe it in, your immune system begins to fight the ragweed as if it was an invading bacteria or virus. Thus, we would take ragweed pollen and dilute it down to a level where it will not cause that same immune response - indeed, at this level, it has been found that it will produce an opposite response. In other words, it will re-calibrate the body in such a way that it will not react to this pollen as a foreign invader. Over a period of time, by ingesting diluted antigens, the body will build up a resistance to this inappropriate response (allergic reaction). This strengthening of the body can lead to a permanent cure for this allergy. The homeopathic treatment program is similar to the allergy injection program practiced in the United States.
In fact, when an allergist gives an injection of diluted pollens, he is practicing a crude form of homeopathy. We say "crude" because the homeopathic physicians developed this technique in Europe over a hundred years ago, and they used very precise dilutions. We are very happy to be able to offer homeopathic Allergy Mixes in our office which can be customized to your particular allergies- especially because we feel this is quite superior to the often painful injection process used by medical allergists.
Allergy mixes are liquids given by mouth in small doses on a regular basis - easily administered even to very small children. These custom-made mixes represent the antigens (environmental, in foods, and chemicals) to which you might be sensitive. These particular products sometimes require changing in potency in order to effect a permanent cure. Most people start out using a 6x potency, and most will develop a permanent cure with that potency alone. But some patients require the changing of potencies as they progress through the treatment program. The potency can go from a 6x dilution all the way up to a 500x dilution, or higher, before some are desensitized totally to a particular antigen. Thus it is essential that a patient keep us informed on how he or she is responding to the treatment program in order for the allergy mix to be adjusted as needed.
2) The next approach in allergy work that we use is re-establishing a normal function of the nervous system in regard to these antigens. For this we utilize Chiropractic care. Chiropractic, of course, helps relieve nerve pressure and establishes normal nerve functioning within the body. Vertebra can lose their normal position and crowd the nerve root causing disruption of the normal control over the body. Many disease processes have their start from subluxation complexes that were neglected because there was no pain and the person did not have his or her spine checked for problems. Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective for many of the most common health problems that we suffer.
3) It has also been found that particular antigens will disrupt certain electrical-type circuits within the body. In acupuncture, these circuits are called meridians. Several points which show less resistance to electrical current are found along the meridians, and these points can be mapped out by use of electronic machines that register skin resistance in the body. It has been found that there are twelve meridians that are found on both sides of the body, as well as two meridians that are found along the center of the body, both in the front and in the back. These meridians are associated with certain functions, organs, muscles and parts of the body. Each meridian has a particular name, e.g., the kidney meridian (associated with certain parts of the body, including the kidneys). There is a liver meridian, a heart meridian, etc. These meridians are electrical circuits that tend to be associated with these key organs and muscles. It is found that certain antigens will disrupt these electrical circuits in the body and produce the allergy response. Through the acupuncture-allergy technique, we determine which circuits are disrupted by a particular antigen, and then by a proper stimulation of the key points within the meridian, as a particular antigen is being held or placed on the body, we cause the nervous system to re-adjust how it responds to that antigen. In a few cases, this can produce almost instantaneous reversal of the allergy response in the body.
This is a new technique, and promises to be a very effective way of re-programming the nervous system in its inappropriate response to antigens. This treatment program can vary as to number of treatments required to produce a permanent cure, but a number of patients will respond within 1-6 treatments when we are dealing with a particular antigen. Depending on the number of antigens with which we have to deal, we can schedule allergy acupuncture treatment sessions for each substance, as we determine the number of sessions we will have to do to develop a long-term cure for your allergies.
4) Nutritional therapy is another important part of an over-all program. Weak organs are involved in allowing the body to have an allergic reaction. Giving nutritional support to these weak organs will help a patient recover his health, and allow him to end the cycle of the chronic allergy sufferer who normally has episode after episode of allergy symptoms. Through the use of properly selected products, the allergic system can be returned to normal function. Remember: allergies do not represent a normally functioning body. Proper nutrition can be an effective tool in returning the body back to health in most health care problems.
It is important to realize that the treatments I have outlined here are not done for the purpose of suppressing symptoms; they are not done to cover up your body’s response to the antigens. They are done to re-adjust the body’s reaction to antigens back to normal. These techniques are designed to develop a CURE.
Not all allergies will respond as quickly in some patients as they do in others. During the treatment program, symptom relief can be an important part of the overall treatment along with the corrective process. However, instead of utilizing strong, potent, and dangerous drugs to help relieve symptoms, we offer natural, herbal preparations and other natural products that can produce the same symptomatic relief without the negative drug effect that is seen in most over-the-counter and prescription medications used for allergies. Thus, we do not overlook that need for symptom relief; however, our goal is to correct the allergic response, not just to suppress it.
We believe that each person is unique and that each patient's program must be individualized. Not all the techniques we have spelled out will be used with each patient. After a complete exam and history is taken, we will work out a treatment program that will be specifically designed for each patient's particular needs.
For your sake, if you or someone you know suffer from allergies, seek a safe, effective solution to your problem; don’t just cover up the symptoms. Seek a natural solution to all of your health problems.
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