Treating Instead of Masking
Allergic reactions use immune-system resources, which leaves us unable to protect ourselves from invaders like viruses and pathogenic bacteria. Allergies are an immune-system overreaction, so taking antihistamines all year long is not an answer. Antihistamines treat symptoms like a runny nose and itchy eyes, but they simply mask a problem that could have serious ramifications.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE has a better answer: finding what foods affect our susceptibility to environmental allergies; having enough antioxidants to keep histamine from being released; and having an enzyme that is able to clear histamine faster, etc.
Allergies may also affect ASTHMA, characterized by labored breathing. Tubes carrying air into lungs may be compromised by allergies, adrenal fatigue or too little glutathione. If asthma is caused by a lack of glutathione, having adequate antioxidants will not only aid in better breathing but will preserve a youthful vitality in cells.
We have a wide variety of tests available from technically superior labs. One targeted test for wheat looks at 24 indicators (far more than allergists or gastroenterologists do) to see if there is an IgA or IgG reaction to wheat. We also have an intestinal-permeability screen, to check for “Leaky Gut.” Hyper-permeability results in an allergic reaction from food particles that escape the digestive tract and get into the bloodstream.
Other tests measure an immune reaction to either 90 or 150 different foods, as well as a test measuring an autoimmune reaction to 24 different tissues. One autoimmune disorder is often followed by another, so this test is helpful.
“I was embarrassed about how my face was always broken out. I had consulted dermatologist after dermatologist, who sold me creams and continued to fill prescriptions for antibiotics. My face was no better, and my digestion was off. I went to Dr. Carrick…and she determined that I had food allergies. After eliminating the offending food, the difference is amazing! My skin is dramatically better; my digestion is back to normal; and I’m not taking unwanted medications anymore.”
*Results may vary