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How can food allergies worsen your seasonal allergies?

An allergy is a heightened sensitivity to some foreign object that enters the body. This causes the body’s immune system to overreact by trying to defend itself. The body would normally only react towards more harmful substances such as bacteria in the air, however if you are suffering from an allergy, then even the most harmless substances will cause the body’s overreaction. Allergens can stimulate the body’s immune response by breathing it in, touching it, or ingesting it from food. Once the body is exposed to the allergen, a wide range of immune responses and symptoms can occur. These vary from mild symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, stomach ache, fatigue, and itchy eyes. However, they can become more severe such as anaphylaxis.

One of the most common types of allergy is a food allergy. Food allergies cause the body to carry out an immune response after ingesting the food that they are allergic to. In fact, many types of foods may even cause an immune response to occur. This is due to the fact that many foods contain histamines. Histamines are what cause the immune response and if one is already suffering from seasonal allergies, certain foods may worsen and increase the severity of the symptoms.  Therefore, it is beneficial to not only stay away from foods that contain histamines, but it is also critical to know what types of food your body may be allergic to. Being informed of allergens will help one to avoid increasing and stimulating any other immune responses.

If you are experiencing allergy symptoms or want to receive an allergy test, call Dr. Lee at the Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center (206) 319 – 5322.

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Looking for Prolotherapy in Seattle

Prolotherapy is an injection-based complementary and alternative medical therapy for chronic musculoskeletal pain. It has been used for approximately 100 years, however, its modern applications can be traced to the 1950s when the prolotherapy injection protocols were formalized by George Hackett, a general surgeon in the U.S. The name prolotherapy is based on the presumed “proliferative” effects on chronically injured tissue. It has also been called “regenerative injection therapy.”

Prolotherapy treatment commonly consists of several injection sessions delivered every 1 week to 4 weeks over the course of several months. During an individual prolotherapy session, therapeutic solutions are injected at sites of painful and tender ligament and tendon insertions, or in adjacent joint spaces. Injected solutions (“proliferants”) is used to cause local irritation, with subsequent inflammation and tissue healing, resulting in enlargement and strengthening of damaged ligamentous, tendon and intra-articular structures. These processes were thought to improve joint stability, biomechanics, function and ultimately, to decrease pain. The potential of prolotherapy to stimulate release of growth factors favoring soft tissue healing has also been suggested as a possible mechanism.

Prolotherapy has been best assessed as a treatment for low back pain, osteoarthritis and tendinopathy, each of which is a significant cause of pain and disability, and is often refractory to best standard-of-care therapies.

Low back pain

In the Ongley study1, the intervention and control groups differed markedly on the make-up of initial injections and type of spinal manipulation associated with the injections. Significantly more subjects in the prolotherapy (88%) group reported at least 50% reduction in pain severity compared to controls (39%). Also, prolotherapy subjects, compared to controls, reported significantly decreased pain and disability levels.

Osteoarthritis (OA)

Reeves et al. assessed prolotherapy as a treatment for knee and finger OA.2 Subjects with finger or knee pain and radiological evidence of OA were randomly assigned to receive 3 injection sessions of either prolotherapy with dextrose and lidocaine, or lidocaine and bacteriostatic water (control group). In the finger OA trial, intervention subjects significantly improved in ‘pain with movement’ and ‘flexion range’ scores compared to controls; pain scores at rest and with grip showed a tendency to improvement. In the knee OA trial, subjects in both groups reported significant improvements in pain and swelling scores, number of buckling episodes, and flexion range of motion compared to baseline. At 12-month follow-up in both studies showed improved radiological features of OA on plain x-ray films: authors reported decreased joint space narrowing and osteophyte grade in the finger study, and increased patellofemoral cartilage thickness in the knee study. These radiological findings may suggest disease modification properties of prolotherapy.

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Do you have food allergy?

Food allergies or food intolerances are very common in the US. Some theories as to why these are increased incidence of food intolerance include an increased stress load on the immune system from the pollutants, chemicals, foods and water, earlier weaning and the premature introduction of solid foods to infants, less variety in foods eaten. Symptoms of food intolerance may be mild to debilitating and may occur immediately after ingesting the offending  food. However, the majority of symptoms are delayed and show up several days, making food allergy identification more difficult. The reactions can be caused by a food protein, starch or food component, or a contaminant such as food coloring or preservative. Many reactions express themselves in many forms and in many different areas of the body. Some common signs of food allergy are:

 

Digestive: gas, diarrhea, colic, canker sores, constipation, irritable colon, irregular stool pattern

Urinary: chronic bladder infection

Respiratory: chronic earaches, sinusitis, chronic bronchitis

Immune: chronic repeated infections

Skin: acne, eczema, hives, itchy skins

Muscles: headache, painful joints

Treatment of food allergy

Identifying and eliminating the offending food or food from the diet can eliminate stress on the body and allow the body to heal. The whole treatment must consist not only of avoiding the allergens but also improving the function of the digestive system and immune system and correcting nutritional deficiencies. Consider Nettles 2-3 capsules 3 times a day to reduce allergic reaction, reduce histamine in the body and strengthen the body’s resistance.

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Eat up to fight aging

A growing number of foods have been shown to combat inflammation, which interferes with healthy tissue repair and triggers genetic changes that can lead to cancer, heart problems, diabetes, depression and other types of life-threatening disease.

While you probably know that the Mediterranean diet (rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil, and fish) is a weapon in fighting inflammation, you might also want to try out these superfoods.

Already eating kale and spinach? Try: Swiss chards. These leafy greens, as well as turnip and collard greens, are good sources of vitamins A and C, folic acid, and flavonids, all of which have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that work to reduce the amount of free radicals.

Already eating oatmeal? Try: Quinoa. These whole grains, as well as brown rice, bulgur, barley, millet, and wheat berries may enhance health by lowering the levels of CRP (C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation), stabilizing blood sugar, and providing needed antioxidants.

Already eating almonds: Try: Walnut. Walnuts and flaxseeds are good sources of alpha-linolenic acid, another omega-3 fatty acid that quells inflammation. Add a handful of chopped walnuts or sprinkling of ground flaxseeds to your oatmeal or salad.

Already ready eating wild salmon? Try: Trout. Cold-water fish like these, as well as tuna, mackerel, sardines, halibut, sablefish, and anchovies, are rich sources of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids – specifically DHA and EPA. These essential fatty acids are critical to cell function, such as energy production, fat metabolism, immune reaction, brain function, and supple radiant skin. The American Health Association recommends at least two 3.5oz serving of fatty fish per week. Looking for protein- rich alternative to fish? Try organic omega 3 enriched eggs.

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