Is there really such a thing as allergies? 1 out of 5 people in the U.S. are now “allergic” to allergens such as tree pollen, dogs, cats, foods, grass, molds, dust and more while reacting with itchy eyes and skin, rashes, wheezing, coughing, sneezing, congestion and the like.
By the way, allergens are anything that cause allergies.
While reading all of this, please keep in mind that a weakened immune system is considered a precursor to many other diseases and even cancer, and therefore this subject demands our utmost attention, especially those of us with children.
To break it down, by definition, “allergies” are an abnormal immune response to a generally harmless substance.
Okaaay, so, in other words, 1 out of 5 people have abnormal immune responses to substances that don’t bother most of us.
That number would be much higher if you included asthma and other immune disorders. But moving on.
Calling something an allergy is really only helpful to those trying to sell you something to fix that allergy and not interested, at all, in your overall health. Or at least they don’t grasp the concept of holistic or functional medicine. Because really, what are the two most marketed ways to beat allergies? Stay away from the allergen or take drugs.
Back to the immune system – why is it reacting abnormally in someone who has “allergies?” Because chances are, if it acted normally, they wouldn’t have “allergies.”
Let’s pretend for a minute that you don’t have allergies. Instead, you have an IRS disorder; I know, I just made that up, and it sounds like you owe money, but bear with me for a second.
IRS Disorder = Immune Response Sensitivity Disorder
Since we now know that everything from antibiotics to stress and poor nutrition can suppress the immune response in our body, it would make sense that we could be creating our own “allergies” by the way we live our lives, and what we did in the past.
This means that it’s not the dog or trees fault for making us cough and itch; it’s our lifestyle and/or history.
IRS Disorder is a weakened immune system that is incapable of responding appropriately to foreign invaders or simply managing day to day chores. Over time this leaves the body vulnerable to a long list of possible diseases and symptoms, all varying based on a person’s own bio-individuality and history.
In other words, when the body is abused for long enough or in the “right” ways, the immune system becomes weak and the body vulnerable to allergies and other diseases.
This long list of maladies resembles exactly what is seen today in America’s doctor’s offices and all over the world, but unfortunately, many of them go misdiagnosed because so much of health care is focused on trying to treat symptoms without finding the cause, holistically.
Also, “it seems that the likelihood of developing allergies is inherited and related to an irregularity in the immune system, but the specific allergen is not.”
This means, that while allergies are common in the same family, what they are allergic to is not the same. In other words, a weak immune system can be passed down, or merely developed via a similar environment, and cause vulnerability to different allergens based on one’s own bio-individuality.
JUST TO BE CLEAR, OVER 80% OF OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR THE ENTIRE BODY LIVES IN OUR GUT, AND ITS VIGOR IS DEPENDENT ON THE WINNER OF THE BATTLE; GOOD BACTERIA VS. BAD BACTERIA.
Many holistic and functional medicine doctors believe that when the battle is won by the bad bacteria, the flood gates for uncountable diseases open. Read what one of Functional Medicine’s leading doctors, Dr. Mark Hyman, thinks about this battle here.
If the bad bacteria are winning (outnumber the good), then the following can occur;
(These are your CLUES and symptoms to losing the battle of the gut and IRS)
- “Allergies” or “intolerances” to dairy and milk (not enough good bacteria to digest it)
- Sinus infections
- Headaches and migraines
- Candida overgrowth
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Foul smelling stool
- Puffy, white tongue or bad breath
- Chronic fatigue
- Immune disorders
- Brain fog and inability to concentrate
- Poor short-term memory
- Muscle and joint pain
- Poor sleep
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Depression, paranoia, irritability and anxiety
- Personality changes and mood swings
- Sore throat
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Eye sensitivity and problems
- Menstrual problems
- Numbness, tingling and/or burning sensations in the face or extremities
- Chronic athletes feet
- Painful gas and bloating
- Allergies and sensitivities to odors, chemicals, foods, environment and sounds.
- Ringing in the ear
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Low sex drive
- Rectal itching
- Yeast infections
- Cravings for sweets and alcohol
- There’s plenty more but you get the point
What CAUSES the BAD BACTERIA to outnumber the good?
- History of antibiotic use (also found in the foods you eat, if not organic)
- History of birth control use
- Cortisone or other steroid (hormones) drugs (also found in the foods you eat, if not organic)
- Immune suppressing drugs
- Synthetic estrogen
- Diet based on simple and refined sugars
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Exposure to bacteria from poorly prepared foods, especially in foreign places
- Weakened immune system from anything (stress, over-exercising, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, and more)
HOW TO INCREASE GOOD BACTERIA in the gut
- Do everything possible to decrease the bad bacteria (see list below)
- Prebiotics & Probiotics – my favorite probiotics are Life 5, Green Vibrance and Vitamineral Green
- Raw milk & cheese
- Natural, organic yogurt
- Chew all foods completely (especially carbohydrates) and don’t drink more than 4 ounces with each meal
- Take digestive enzymes if you have poor digestion, my favorite is essentialzyme
HOW TO DECREASE BAD BACTERIA in the gut
- Do everything possible to increase the good bacteria (see list above)
- Aloe vera juice
- Garlic pills or raw garlic
- Occasionally flush them out with a natural, high fiber concoction, Perfect 7 is my favorite.
- Chamomile tea
- Use essential oils, especially oregano, clove, lemon grass, melaleuca, cinnamon and thyme on the body as a massage, but also therapuetic-grade oils can be ingested – Inner Defense is my favorite product
- Avoid processed sugars and excessive carbohydrates
- Decrease unhealthy fats in your diet
- Eat coconut oil
HOW TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
- Make sure you are getting enough selenium, magnesium, vitamin B, C and D, potassium and any other vitamins or minerals you may be deficient in
- Take echinacea
- Eat a balanced diet
- Manage stress and the urge to overwork
- Relax and enjoy the finer things
- Avoid the No-No List and refined carbohydrates
- Eat foods high in antioxidants
- Avoid overeating
- Make sure you are not over-electronified (too much exposure to electronics, microwaves, etc.)
- Get fresh air and exercise
- Practice earthing to balance electromagnetic energy in the body
- Avoid foods high in unsaturated fats, especially vegetable oils
- Follow normal sleep/wake cycle (10pm-6am) with the sun
- Get to your ideal weight
- Bone broths
- Surround yourself with good, nurturing people who make you laugh and smile and socialize with them
- Be kind to others
- Know my Top 50 Health Tips
- Eat a lot of alkaline foods
- Reset your metabolism
In closing, I understand that there are certain circumstances that require severe treatment and occasional drug intervention, like peanut allergies and others, but these are rare and not what this post is about. This post is about what you can do for yourself to create an environment inside your body that will make it so healthy, allergens cannot cause allergies.
So, still think you have “allergies”, or do you have an IRS disorder?
I would love to hear your thoughts and stories!
Either way, I hope this helps you get back on track to optimum health and longevity, and avoid any problems with IRS =)