Asthma, sinusitis, hives, headaches, depression, chronic pain, bronchitis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, candida, bloating and gastric symptoms, colitis, PMS, infertility, menopausal symptoms, ear infections, ADD/ADHD, autism, eczema…The list seems never ending when one thinks about the many ways that food, environmental and chemical allergies and sensitivities can manifest themselves in our bodies.
It is estimated that more than 35 million people in the United States suffer from allergies and the number of children affected seems to be at epidemic proportions. Virtually any substance can cause an allergic reaction in certain people. The most common allergic substances include pollen, dust mites, animal dander, mold, insect venom, certain chemicals, medication (such as penicillin) and foods. The most common food offenders are dairy, peanuts and other nuts, fish and shellfish, eggs, wheat, and soy.
Allergies can be classified as “acute’ or “immediate” in which symptoms appear within seconds after exposure to an allergen or they can be “delayed”. “Delayed” reactions are very common with foods and can occur hours or even days after exposure to an allergen because the allergen is not the food itself but a by-product of the digestive process.
Even with all of the “advances” in modern medicine and technology, it seems as if our present health-care system is continuing to break down. Health care costs are on a continual rise, insurance coverage is declining, and patients are not feeling well. In fact, most of us are getting frustrated as we witness an increase in chronic health problems like cancer, asthma, chronic fatigue, arthritis, autoimmune diseases, etc. Now, more than ever, Americans are searching for answers that are not found in a drug, injections or with a surgical procedure.
“Alternative health-care” is what many Americans are turning to and according to recent statistical research, they are willing to pay more for it “out of pock