Marching on towards the allergy season!
Interested to know about bioresonance for allergies? If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to prepare for allergy season; here’s why …
First, a bit of background ‘technical’ information on allergies
Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) in an allergic disorder meaning the body builds an intense response to allergens. More specifically, it is what is referred to as a Type 1: IgE mediated allergy. This is one of 4 types of allergy classifications which are based on what part(s) of the immune system are involved in the reaction. In addition to hay fever, other conditions which fall into the same category include (among others) asthma, certain food allergies, eczema and urticaria. I mention these because if you suffer from one of these other conditions, the information here can be useful to you as well.
Statistics show that in the last 50 or so years the number of these allergic disorders has risen considerably, most likely from a combination of factors including our increasingly polluted environment, lifestyle factors and ‘epigenetic’ impact.
Mainstream Medicine Approach to Allergies
The general mainstream medicine approach is to manage the allergic symptoms but does little to address the underlying cause(s). Often histamines are singled out as the primary ‘culprit’ of an allergic reaction, so the treatment approach is prescribing anti-histamines, decongestants and even allergy shots (immunotherapy). What this approach fails to consider is that histamines (or other such ‘culprits’) are a normal part of physiology and immunity; and suppressing them can impact your body long term in other ways.
Histamines play an important role in immunity and adaptation, but they also have other more systemic roles as neurotransmitters, within the central nervous system, as immune system modulators, hormone balance, metabolism and digestion.
While reducing exposure to an allergen or suppressing the symptoms or limiting a reaction are valid considerations in order to avoid the longer-term consequences of allergic reactions on your body, they offer little in the way of solutions to build resilience or address the underlying causes.
Naturopathic and Bioresonance for Allergies
As a naturopath, I treat the patient as holistically, addressing the cause and not just the presenting allergy symptoms allergic symptoms. Underlying causes may include compromised adrenal function, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, lymphatic stagnation, mould toxicity and a disrupted gut microbiome. In regard to adrenal dysfunction, the HPA axis (the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis – think cortisol, adrenaline etc.) is the ‘first line of defence’ system allowing the body to adapt to the environment. The immune system can over respond as it tries to compensate for the adrenals (and possibly other hormonal pathways) to adapt. This is why, from a Bicom Bioresonance point of view, it is vital identify and treat stressors such as stealth pathogens, mould toxicity and food intolerances, as well as to calm the immune response by stimulating natural detoxification/drainage capacity of relevant organs such as the liver, kidneys, intestines, skin or lungs.
So why begin addressing these issues in March?
March is a month when nature is slowly moving towards Spring (for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you would start in June or July). These changes impact our own hormonal system as it tries to adjust, in particular the adrenals (the adaptation organ par excellence) and the thyroid (whose role is among other things, to regulate baseline metabolic function). But they need time to build function up to optimal levels especially if we are stressed, busy and not getting enough sleep! Furthermore, naturopathy and bioresonance with their combined aim to stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal, takes times if the body has been ‘out of balance’ especially if you have suffered with allergies for years. Since Spring is when seasonal allergies begin, it is important to start supporting your body 1-2 months in advance if you don’t want to suffer.
What you can do now to prepare for the allergy season
To effect deep and long-term systemic change, it is recommended to have a proper consultation and develop a personalised treatment strategy taking into account their individual health concerns. In the meantime there are some things you can do at home now to begin to prepare your body for allergy season!
Here are some ideas you can implement today:
- Eliminate allergens and improve diet. There is sufficient data to be able to correlate the fact that people with significant allergies often have very sensitive digestive systems (the digestive system is in many respects the ‘seat of immunity’ after all and histamine has an important role to play here as well).
- Reduce exposure to or eliminate specific allergens that you may be aware of such as certain pollens, dander or dust mites (ensuring quality of your internal air is also important for this).
- Reduce or eliminate foods that impact on gut integrity and are also often mucous-building, namely cow dairy (sheep and goat do as well but to a lesser extent), wheat (and/or gluten), refined sugars (including alcohol) and stimulants (coffee and teas).
Give preference to the following foods in your diet:
- Dark green, leafy vegetables
- Deep yellow and orange vegetables
- Nettles, bamboo shoots, cabbage, beet tops, beets, carrots, yams
- Onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne, horseradish
- Get on the low histamine mantra: “buy fresh, cook fresh, and eat fresh”
- Reduce foods high in histamines (or histamine releasing) if suffer badly during the hay fever season. The list below is a reasonable summary and can give you some specific guidance in relation to what foods to reduce or avoid.
- In addition, support your gut function with targeted probiotics such as Lactobacillus GG and medicated clay such as Toxaprevent, which binds histamines, heavy metals and amines, as well as healing of the gut lining.
- Reduce/Manage stress. Stress impacts among other things, on adrenal function and the equilibrium of the nervous system. Exercise. Get social. Laugh. Breathe. Learn to meditate.
- Decongest with nasal irrigation which help decongest stuffy noses and also heal inflamed nasal tissues. Saline solution (or salt water) is gentler on the nasal tissues. You can make your own solution as follows:
- In 1-2 cups of distilled water or if tap water that you’ve boiled to help prevent infection, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sea or Himalayan salt. The level of saltiness should be similar to tears
- You can also make use a well strained infusion of Eye Bright or Chamomile herb (see below) to make the solution if you have a very runny nose. Use a bulb syringe or neti pot to irrigate each of the nasal passages.
- If you prefer using a commercial brand, I recommend the French brand Sterimar which can be found in pharmacies, and which also has trace element specific options for allergies and colds.
- Nutritional supplements also help to reduce the allergic response and support adrenals e.g. Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids (i.e. quercetin, catechin, and hesperidin – bioflavonoids are natural antihistamines and strongly anti-allergenic). Bromelain and vitamin C can enhance the action of bioflavonoids; omega 3 oils, vitamins A, B Complex and E; zinc; and other trace minerals such as manganese, copper, cobalt, magnesium and sulphur
- Herbal Medicine can help to support your system and avoid symptoms. Good examples include nettle, eyebright, baical skullcap, albizzia, burdock, chamomile, milk thistle and black cumin seed.
- Homeopathic remedies can also be of great benefit in advance of the allergy season. The most useful are Heel’s Luffeel tablets and nasal spray, Allium cepa, Arsenicum, Arundo (an Italian grass remedy), Euphrasia and Sabadilla.
- Lastly, Bowen therapy which works on fascia, drainage and the nervous system can work wonders pre-allergy season. If you are local to Ilkley, I highly recommend Rachael Cavanagh.
N.B. Consult with me beforehand if you are on strong conventional medicines, particularly immune suppressants, anti-hypertensives, antidepressants and blood thinners. Always consult a qualified naturopath before administering herbs to children.