Overview

Center-For-Health-Science-AllergiesAllergies and hypersensitivities affect nearly everyone. Allergies that cause itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, wheezing, or itchy skin are called “true” allergies. “Hypersensitivities” included several other reactions to substances. These reactions may appear immediately, or may take days to reveal themselves.

Delayed reactions may include a surprising number of other responses, some subtle and some quite dramatic. Disorders suspected to be linked to immune reactions include arthritis, Crohn’s disease, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, depression, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psoriasis, Grave’s and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus and many other conditions.


Natural Treatment Approaches

The Western Naturopathic approach to allergies relies on shielding the cells from the effects of histamines, rather than blocking their production. Improving resistance to pathogens and removing offending substances including reactive foods is central to drug-free allergy control.

Drug-free approaches have been well studied and have been proven to help with symptoms associated with airborne and food allergies. Specific herbal and nutritional therapies have substantial evidence of effectiveness, although have not yet been approved by the FDA for these uses.

Traditional Chinese Medicine sees allergy symptoms as arising from several different issues, depending on specific symptoms. TCM considers allergies or hay fever to be an attack of Wind and/or Heat to the exterior of the body, often due to weakened Wei (protective Qi). The two organ systems most involved with food allergies are the Lung and the Spleen. Treatments may be chosen to disperse Wind, nourish Blood, tonify Qi, clear heat, tonify Spleen-Yang and Kidney-Yang and nourish Lung-Yin and Kidney-Yin.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 5 steps in your approach to allergy symptoms:
1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this– see tab above or Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST: Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes.  CHS offers medical lab tests to explore many of the causes of your allergy symptoms. Click on the “Lab Testing” tab above for more information.
3.  CHECK LABELS: Eliminate all artificial ingredients including preservatives, colorings, “conditioners,” “enhancers” and processed foods and ingredients you suspect you react to.

4. CONSIDER a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that cause symptoms. Click Here for a guide to elimination dieting.

5. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms. Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Symptoms

Our immune systems may react to any invader including foods that we eat. Sometimes the reaction to an allergen is so weak that we don’t notice it, but an immune response may still be taking place. Immune reactions are additive, meaning that several “minor assaults” may cumulatively create a major reaction.

An example of this is commonly seen with a cow’s milk allergy, present in the majority of the population. You may not notice a reaction when all is going well, but find that milk causes copious phlegm when you have a cold.

The symptoms of hypersensitivity immune reactions may be dramatic, or may be subtle and seem unrelated to exposure. Symptoms may include physical signs such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain
  • Achiness
  • Skin rash
  • Respiratory problems
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Urinary problems
  • Vaginitis
  • Digestive problems
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Impotence
  • Menstrual problems and PMS
  • Hypertension
  • Elevated blood sugar
  •  GI disorder misdiagnosis
Psychological  allergy symptoms may include:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Malaise
  • Hyperactivity
  • Memory loss
  • Learning difficulties
  • Short attention
  • Irritability
  • Mood shifts
  •  Concentration difficulties

Natural Treatment Approaches

The Western Naturopathic approach to allergies relies on shielding the cells from the effects of histamines, rather than blocking their production. Improving resistance to pathogens and removing offending substances including reactive foods is central to drug-free allergy control.

Drug-free approaches have been well studied and have been proven to help with symptoms associated with airborne and food allergies. Specific herbal and nutritional therapies have substantial evidence of effectiveness, although have not yet been approved by the FDA for these uses.

Traditional Chinese Medicine sees allergy symptoms as arising from several different issues, depending on specific symptoms. TCM considers allergies or hay fever to be an attack of Wind and/or Heat to the exterior of the body, often due to weakened Wei (protective Qi). The two organ systems most involved with food allergies are the Lung and the Spleen. Treatments may be chosen to disperse Wind, nourish Blood, tonify Qi, clear heat, tonify Spleen-Yang and Kidney-Yang and nourish Lung-Yin and Kidney-Yin.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 5 steps in your approach to allergy symptoms:
1. IDENTIFY:  Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this– see tab above orClick Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST:  Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. CHS offers medical lab tests to explore the causes of your allergy symptoms. Click on the “Lab Testing” tab above for more information.
3.  CHECK LABELS:  Eliminate all artificial ingredients including preservatives, colorings, “conditioners,” “enhancers” and processed foods and ingredients you suspect you react to.

4. CONSIDER a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that cause symptoms. Click Here for a guide to elimination dieting.

5. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms. Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Treatments

The Professionals at Center for Health Science do not prescribe controlled medications.

Our immune systems are finely tuned to attack any substance which is seen as an invader. When our system is attacked by one invader, the entire immune system becomes more sensitive to proteins from food, pollens, and other invaders, starting a reaction which can lead to multichemical sensitivities and “autoimmune” diseases including IBD, Crohn’s, and IBS.

The additive nature of immune responses can be seen in our reaction to milk proteins when we are ill. “Don’t drink milk when you have a cold, it will cause phlegm” is a well known saying. Our bodies may normally exhibit an almost undetectable reaction to these proteins, yet when under attack by a virus or other invader exposure causes a significant response. Many scientists believe this reaction is caused by a loosening of the “tight junctions” between cells lining the intestines, a situation they call “leaky gut syndrome” (LGS).

With LGS, food proteins which normally would not penetrate the intestinal wall are able to get into the blood stream, causing allergy and hypersensitivity reactions. LGS may be causal for multiple food allergies, GI disorders such as IBD, Crohn’s and IBS, and neurological inflammation which some believe may be linked to ADHD. A new test is available to investigate LGS, which we recommend for those with multiple allergies and GI disorders.

Testing for allergies can be a frustrating and costly challenge. Specific antibody tests are of great value in uncovering causes and contributors to most illnesses, including GI issues, neurologic issues, depression, sleeplessness, hypertension are diabetes, although the reported accuracy of all of the available tests is about 30%. Antibodies can be tested using blood, blood spot and saliva, although not all antibodies may be tested in all media. No one test medium is clearly superior.

Antibody tests are used to gather evidence for specific illnesses and to look for specific pathogens, such as viruses. They ASSIST in discovering allergies and reactive foods; an elimination diet is an important part of returning you to health. CHS specialists can assist you in this process. For information please see the Professional Services tab above.

CHS offers professional lab testing that you can order without seeing your doctor and without results being reported to your insurance company. Many of the labs we offer may be done at home and do not require a blood draw. You do not need to see a physician to order any lab, although you may want to show them your results.


Natural Treatment Approaches

The Western Naturopathic approach to allergies relies on shielding the cells from the effects of histamines, rather than blocking their production. Improving resistance to pathogens and removing offending substances including reactive foods is central to drug-free allergy control.

Drug-free approaches have been well studied and have been proven to help with symptoms associated with airborne and food allergies. Specific herbal and nutritional therapies have substantial evidence of effectiveness, although have not yet been approved by the FDA for these uses.

Traditional Chinese Medicine sees allergy symptoms as arising from several different issues, depending on specific symptoms. TCM considers allergies or hay fever to be an attack of Wind and/or Heat to the exterior of the body, often due to weakened Wei (protective Qi). The two organ systems most involved with food allergies are the Lung and the Spleen. Treatments may be chosen to disperse Wind, nourish Blood, tonify Qi, clear heat, tonify Spleen-Yang and Kidney-Yang and nourish Lung-Yin and Kidney-Yin.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 5 steps in your approach to allergy symptoms:
1. IDENTIFY:  Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this– see tab above or Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST:  Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. CHS offers medical lab tests to explore the causes of your allergy symptoms. Click on the “Lab Testing” tab above for more information.
3.  CHECK LABELS:  Eliminate all artificial ingredients including preservatives, colorings, “conditioners,” “enhancers” and processed foods and ingredients you suspect you react to.

4. CONSIDER a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that cause symptoms. Click Here for a guide to elimination dieting.

5. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms. Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Science

Allergies are a disorder of the immune system. Allergic reactions occur to normally harmless environmental substances known as allergens. Historically, all forms of hypersensitivity were classified as allergies. Since the early 1960’s a new classification scheme has been used that describes four types of hypersensitivity reactions, known as Type I to Type IV hypersensitivity. With this new classification system, the word “allergy” is limited to type I hypersensitivities. This distinction is recognized by MD allergists and by scientists, which is the reason you may read “food allergies are not true allergies” even if they cause severe reactions.

Type 1- Allergy: activation of mast cells and basophils by a type of antibody known as IgE, resulting in an extreme immediate inflammatory response. Common allergic reactions include eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma attacks, and reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as wasps and bees. At first look, IgE responses seem to have no benefit. Recent research, however, indicates IgE may be beneficial in fighting gut and may play an important role in the immune system’s recognition of cancer.  Insufficient research has been done to identify additional psychological, behavioral, or physiological responses that may occur with IgE release. Most experts believe that over 20% of the population suffers from Type 1 allergies.

Type 2- Cytotoxic hypersensitivity: In Type II Hypersensitivity antibodies IgG and IgM are produced in response to exposure of an offending substance. This leads to a B cell (complement) response when re-exposed to the substance. IgG allergic reactions occur over several hours or days, making it difficult to identify the offending substance. Type 2 reactions can lead to the body attacking its own tissues, such as with pernicious anemia, rheumatic fever, Goodpasture’s syndrome, Graves disease (autoimmune thyroid), leaky gut syndrome and myasthenia gravis.

Type 3- immune complex disease: Type 3 involves IgG antigens which bind and form immune complexes of different sizes.  These immune complexes insert themselves into small blood vessels, joints, and glomeruli and induce an inflammatory response, causing damage wherever they precipitate. The reaction can take hours, days, or even weeks to develop. Examples of Type 3 include lupus, reactive arthritis, serum sickness, rheumatoid arthritis and bacterial endocarditis.

Type 4- Delayed-type hypersensitivity cell-mediated immune memory response: Type 4 is not antibody mediated, but is a type of white cell mediated response (you may be familiar with the terms CD cells, cytokines, interleukins, cell signal molecules, natural killer cells and others). Examples of Type 4 reactions include Type 1 Diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, contact dermatitis such as poison ivy and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

IgM antibodies are the main antibodies involved in primary response (occurring on first exposure to a foreign invader). They appear early in the course of an infection and usually reappear, to a lesser extent, after further exposure. Allopathic physicians commonly test for IgM antibodies to establish diagnoses to specific pathogens, such as hepatitis, HIV, rubella and autoimmune diseases. Specific IgM antibody testing is also available for food allergens. IgM specific reactions are more subtle than IgE reactions. Since they are markers of Type 2 and Type 3 hypersensitivities they are not considered “true allergy” reactions by traditional Allopaths; they are “just” reactions to what your body sees as a foreign invader, which cause a host of physical and psychological symptoms.

IgE antibodies are also first responders that attach primarily attach to mast cells and basophils. Levels can be tested as “total IgE” or as reactions to specific substances. Total IgE is only a general marker; it is not 100% specific to allergy. It may be raised in parasitic infections, immune diseases, cigarette smokers, with alcohol consumption and in certain cancers. You may have a positive reaction to a specific food, yet you may not have one of the easily recognized mast cell symptoms, such as runny nose.  Recent science is finding, however, that elevated IgE antibodies are causing damage in the body. Much research needs to be done on the effects of IgE reactions.

IgG antibodies are the main antibodies involved in secondary immune response. They are memory cells primed to attack on re-exposure. A “Total IgG” test is not accurately named: it looks for reactions to groups of offenders, not to all IgG antibodies present. IgG antibodies are produced several hours to several days after exposure, a so testing is often the only way of determining which foods are responsible for a reaction.

IgM, IgE and IgG antibodies form in response to specific foreign substances and also in response to stress. “Total” IgM, IgE and IgG is of limited value; there are more sensitive tests for inflammation, such as the hsCRP.


Natural Treatment Approaches

The Western Naturopathic approach to allergies relies on shielding the cells from the effects of histamines, rather than blocking their production. Improving resistance to pathogens and removing offending substances including reactive foods is central to drug-free allergy control.

Drug-free approaches have been well studied and have been proven to help with symptoms associated with airborne and food allergies. Specific herbal and nutritional therapies have substantial evidence of effectiveness, although have not yet been approved by the FDA for these uses.

Traditional Chinese Medicine sees allergy symptoms as arising from several different issues, depending on specific symptoms. TCM considers allergies or hay fever to be an attack of Wind and/or Heat to the exterior of the body, often due to weakened Wei (protective Qi). The two organ systems most involved with food allergies are the Lung and the Spleen. Treatments may be chosen to disperse Wind, nourish Blood, tonify Qi, clear heat, tonify Spleen-Yang and Kidney-Yang and nourish Lung-Yin and Kidney-Yin.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

CHS recommends 5 steps in your approach to allergy symptoms:
1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this– see tab above or Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST: Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes. CHS offers medical lab tests to explore the causes of your allergy symptoms. Click on the “Lab Testing” tab above for more information.
3. CHECK LABELS: Eliminate all artificial ingredients including preservatives, colorings, “conditioners” “enhancers” and processed foods and ingredients you suspect you react to.

4. CONSIDER a food rotation and elimination diet to identify foods and other substances that cause symptoms. Click Here for a guide to elimination dieting.

5. CHOOSE a Natural Product that matches your beliefs, physical issues and symptoms. Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.

Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or  for guidance.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Symptoms Checklist

Symptom Checklist

Name: _________________________________   Date: ___________________

Print out, complete, take to your healthcare professional

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Frequency: 1- occasionally, 2- nearly every day, 3 most of the day, nearly every day

Severity- 1- mild 2- disrupts normal activities 3- Debilitating

How long:  1- one or 2 weeks 2- one to 3 months 3- One or more years

Symptom Frequency (1-3) Severity (1-3) How Long (1-3)
Cognitive:
Fatigue
Anxiety, Fearfulness, Irritability
Sleeping Difficulty
Sleeping Excess
Brain Fog, Slowed Thinking
Anger, Aggressive Behavior
Behavior or Personality Changes
Mood Swings, Lability
Apathy, Reduced Interests
Hallucinations, Delusions
Frequent Sadness, Crying
Easily Distracted
Memory Loss
Changes in Appetite
Unplanned Weight Changes
Confusion
Immune Process:
Asthma, Cough, Breathing Trouble
Frequent Yeast Infections
Allergies
Frequent Flu Symptoms
Immunity Depressed, Frequent Illness
Heart, Blood, Circulation:
Blood Pressure High/Low
High Cholesterol
Heart Palpitation, Rhythm Abnormality
Nervous System:
Carpal Tunnell Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome
Numbness or Tingling Extremities
Difficulty Walking, Poor Balance
Spasm, Muscle Tics, Trembling
Senses:
Dizziness
Vision Changes, Blurred Vision
Light Sensitivity
Tinnitus, Ringing, Ear Sounds
Cold Sensitivity, Cold Extremities
Excessive Sweating, Night Sweats
GI System:
Abdominal Pain
Abdominal Swelling
Colic
Frequent Constipation or Diarrhea
Excessive Thirst
Indigestion, Heartburn, Gas
Weight Gain
Nausea
Weight Loss or Poor Appetite
Ulcers
Frequent or Decreased Urination
Reproductive System:
Absence of Menstruation
Irregular Periods
Breast Pain, Tenderness
Infertility
Painful Intercourse, Dryness
Hot Flashes
Loss of Libido
Erectile Dysfunction
Pain:
Migraines, Headaches
Bone, Back or Leg Pain (skeletal)
Joint Pain
Muscle Pain
Achiness
Muscle Cramps
Muscle Weakness
Skin, Hair, Nails:
Mouth Ulcers, Canker Sores
Sores in Corners of Mouth
Dry, Brittle Hair
Hair Loss
Dry or Itchy Skin
Tender or Bleeding Gums
Acne
Eczema
Pale Skin
Skin Rash
Edema, Swelling
Please List Any Additional Symptoms:
Diagnoses received in past 2 years (include chronic conditions): 
List all medications used in last 2 years
List dosage size (mg), frequency, how long taken (months)
How did the medication affect you? (good and bad)
List all supplements used in last 2 years
List dosage size (mg), frequency, how long taken (months)
How did the supplements affect you? (good and bad)
Family: List illnesses experienced by family members in last 2 years, or if deceased, in last 2 years of life