Allergies are not just an inconvenience; they indicate an immune-system overreaction. Just taking antihistamines all year long is not an answer. Over-the-counter antihistamines treat symptoms like a runny nose and itchy eyes, but they simply mask a problem that could have serious ramifications.
The food we eat influences our reactions to environmental allergies. Some foods protect us, and some leave us more vulnerable. We help patients to determine what foods might be a problem. Also, antioxidants can keep histamine from being released, and it's helpful to know if extra support is needed during spring, fall or both. Being able to clear histamine faster is also important. There is an enzyme for that.
Allergic reactions use immune system resources leaving you unable to protect yourself from invaders like viruses and pathogenic bacteria.
More Testing Than Allergists Do
Classic allergists test based only on IgE reactions (a scratch or blood test). Examples of IgE reactions are a tree-pollen allergy or a child who immediately swells up after eating peanuts. The problem is that IgE reflects only 23% of our immune system.
Our testing is more thorough; it detects all three types of delayed food and chemical hyper-sensitivities by Lymphocyte Response Assay. Our IgA immune response occurs where mucus membranes encounter the outside world. IgA is made in the bloodstream and gets secreted into our mucus membranes - areas like our eyes, nasal passages, lungs, etc. If our IgA is low, it's a poor barrier to defend us from outside irritants. If a patient's overall IgA is out of range low or high, she is more likely to have inappropriate immune-system reactions.
The IgG part of the immune system has a long-term memory, so to speak. Vaccines us IgG. Our IgG reactions help us not to get most infectious diseases twice. If a food causes an IgG reaction, that food needs to be avoided for a period of time until the reaction is lessened. This avoidance doesn't solve the underlying problem, which is a damaged digestive system.
Depending on a patient's needs, we have a wide variety of tests available from technically superior labs. An example of a targeted test for wheat, it looks at 24 indicators (far more than allergists or gastroenterologists do) to see if there is an IgA or IgG reaction to wheat. There is also an intestinal-permeability screen, checking for a "leaky gut". Permeability results in an allergic reaction from food particles that escape the digestive tract and get into the bloodstream. Therefore, whatever a person is currently eating may elicit an allergic response.
More involved tests measure an immune reaction to either 90 or 150 different foods. There is also a test for an autoimmune reaction to 24 different tissues. The value of this test for anyone with an autoimmune disorder is that one condition may be followed by autoimmunity involving another organ. Yet another test measures an immune reaction to a variety of common food and environmental items.
"I was embarrassed about how my face was always broken out. I had consulted dermatologist after dermatologist, and the only thing that they did was to sell me all manner of creams and continue to fill prescriptions for antibiotics. My face was no better, and my digestion was off. I went to Dr. Carrick, and after doing several tests, 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 any more." D.S., Raleigh, NC*
*Your results may vary
Environmental Allergy Testing
Available tests include immune-system reactions (LRA) to pathogens such as:
We can also measure the metabolites or presence of chemicals, heavy metals, mold & yeast in the urine. These environmental items may be causing problems, such as pain fog, aches and pains and fatigue.
Asthma is characterized by labored breathing. Tubes that carry air into the lungs maybe compromised from either a lack of glutathione, allergies or adrenal fatigue. If asthma is caused by a lack of glutathione, having an adequate amount of antioxidants will not only facilitate better breathing but will preserve the youthful vitality of cells.