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Fall, 2001

Allergies: Forced Detoxification?
courtesy, Rainbow Natural Foods

If you were to ask a wholistic health practitioner "when is the best time to detox the body" most would agree that the spring and fall are the natural seasons for it. So maybe it is not a coincident that these two seasons are when people with allergies often suffer the most.

Toxins leave the body by way of body fluids e.g. sweat, mucus, urine, feces. When someone has allergies their body produces extra fluids such as watery eyes, runny nose, etc. -- so it is actually ridding itself of toxic waste.

While pollen (or any other allergen) may appear to be the cause of your runny nose, many wholistic health care practitioners believe that it is really only the trigger that activates the symptoms in an already compromised system. They believe that when allergies appear, the body is saying that it's struggling to cope with its environment - both internal and external.

They see allergies as the sum effect of past abuse to the digestive system due to a poor diet, use of drugs (esp. antibiotics), an unhealthy lifestyle, or prolonged emotional stress - which over time have overwhelmed the body's protective mechanisms. Such abuses produce conditions in the body like leaky gut syndrome, intestinal flora imbalance, pancreatic insufficiency, and hyperacidity; all of which set the stage for allergic reactions to take place.

An allergy can produce any symptom or condition in the body. Their effects can range from food sensitivities to arthritis, to gall bladder and kidney disorders , to migraines, colitis or Crohn's disease to childhood conditions such as ear infections, colic, bed wetting, hyperactivity, and learning problems to nosebleeds, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Allergies are not the cause of every disease, but they have been found to be involved in almost any health problem.

Conventional medical treatment for allergies normally consists of antihistamines, steroids, and desensitization shots - which work reasonable well in treating the symptoms of the disorder but do nothing in treating the cause of the problem

The wholistic approach is to bring the digestive process back to a healthy normal state by minimizing toxic input to the body. Avoiding the substances that have often been found to trigger an allergic response such as sugar, wheat, dairy products, chocolate, corn, eggs, peanuts, pollen, dust, mold, smoke, chemical pollutants, and food additives is the first step. The next step is to strengthen the body's immune and defense system by feeding it with a diet of whole, organic foods, pure water, fresh air and sunshine, adequate exercise and rest, and loving relationships.

The use of natural medicines such as nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies and chiropractic adjustments have proven to be very beneficial in helping people to recover from their allergies, as has the cleansing of the liver and bowels.

So next time your body starts to discharge itself of toxins - by whatever means - take notice of what it is trying to tell you. . . Allergies are not necessary to live with for the rest of your life.

Ref
1. Allergies, Disease in Disguise by Carolee Bateson-Koch, DC, ND
2. Allergy Free by Konrad Kail, ND and Bobbi Lawrence
3. Food Allergies and Food Intolerance by Johnathon Brostoff, MD and Linda Gamlin
4. Is This Your Child by Doris Rapp MD

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