By Carol Heckman, RN, CHNP
Is this you?…
“I’m so congested I can’t breathe or think straight… This time of year my eyes, ears… nose itch like crazy… It’s like clockwork, my allergies kick in when the seasons change… This year, my allergies are really bad… I have a constantly stuffy nose and post-nasal drip… I have several sinus infections every year; it’s unavoidable.”
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the CDC, and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America:
- Allergies affect 30% of adults and 40% of children in the US, and the numbers are increasing.
- Allergy is now considered a disease. It’s becoming the 5th leading disease condition in the US for people of all ages, and the 3rd highest for children.
- In 2010, Americans spent more than $18 million in allergy-related medical expenses – and lost 6 million-plus work and school days for allergy illness and care.
These statistics primarily deal with Allergic Rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever, or seasonal allergies; which, create nasal swelling, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. But, these numbers also include food and skin allergies, which are also on the rise, especially in children.
In my practice, I treat seasonal, food and skin allergies as connected conditions. If you have one, chances are high that you have the others. It’s a matter of the degree you feel it. Why are these connected? Let me explain.
When you’re exposed to an allergen (pollen, mold, dander, food, chemical, biochemical) your immune system kicks in to protect you from the foreign object. It turns on histamine, fluids, mucus, and swelling for protection. When the allergen is gone, your immune system turns off again.
Your immune system and gut are connected by the GALT system (Gut Assisted Lymphoid Tissue), a huge powerhouse. If you’re consistently exposed to an allergen, like pollen, your immune system doesn’t get to turn off; therefore, it relies on the GALT system for more power. The GALT system, in turn, relies on a healthy GI system for its power. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t have a healthy GI system because of how we eat, what we eat, and the fast pace of our lives.
So, that’s why seasonal allergies are connected to food and skin allergies, all in a variety of combinations. AND, it’s why I address all of these together.
According to AAFA and ACAAI, the best way to minimize the allergy response is to: avoid the allergen, take medication, or get allergy shots. These methods are 85% effective. But, not everyone can avoid dust or the beloved family pet. Others are sensitive to medications’ side effects. That means there are many people who are NOT getting relief.
What if there was another option to get to the root of your GI and GALT health, and to help your body become desensitized to allergens? Interested in a way to eliminate the need for allergy medication, shots, and allergy suffering all together? It’s called MAP.
Multiple Allergy Program (MAP) is our unique protocol for allergy elimination. Our MAP practitioners use light laser acupuncture to stimulate meridians, along with herbal supports to heal and balance the gut-immune connection. The approach reprograms the body’s defensive response to the most common irritants (environmental, food and biologic), turning off the allergy reaction all together.
With MAP, there are:
- No special diets.
- No foods to avoid.
- No shots.
- No pills you have to take.
The first appointment is an hour for consultation and treatment, and follow-up sessions are 30 minutes or less. It’s fast, easy, convenient and effective for all ages.
If you, or someone you know, suffer from allergies MAP is an answer for you! Give us a call, we can help.