Overview of Allergy and Environmental Medicine

Staying healthy in a contaminated world:

1. Clean air, food and water — Our bodies were designed to function best without a lot of pollution. Healthy living in the 21st century is more challenging because it requires us to take special efforts to avoid exposure to chemicals, toxic metals, pesticides, mold toxins and other harmful pollutants that were not nearly much of a problem 200 years ago. How clean are your environments? We can help teach you how to evaluate your home, car, workplace, school, and place of worship for environmental contaminants which may be contributing to poor health.

2. Good food — You are what you ate. Healthy, fresh, homemade, unrefined organic meals can make a world of difference as to how we feel and whether or not any of us get sick. It is amazing how people innocently trust the chemically oriented food industry to feed them — friend, take charge of what goes in your mouth! Certain patients will be further helped with targeted oral supplements, intravenous nutrition, or with the expertise of nutritionists and dietitians.

3. Desensitization — Allergies are more common than we realize. And I don’t mean just asthma, hives or hayfever. Everybody thinks about “allergies” when there is sneezing, wheezing, dripping or itching. Did you know that delayed allergies can be a cause of migraine headaches, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, aches and pains, hyperactivity and even mood swings? Whether we experience immediate life-threatening allergic reactions or the annoying, delayed allergic reactions and sensitivities, something usually can be done to help us tolerate both our foods and our environments. We use several approaches including standard allergy shots, painless under the tongue drops, and ultra low-dose therapies which can further minimize the need for medications.

4. Detoxification — Our body works constantly to clean itself out. Some people simply can’t get rid of chemicals, toxins and metals as they should because of genetic defects: Other people are just exposed to too much for their system to handle or are poorly nourished. Did you know that there are steps to help your body do a better job of cleaning itself out particularly in those situations when pollution exposure is high? Simple measures can include helpful nutrients, sauna therapy, modified fasts, and proper exercise.

5. Hormone balancing — If you don’t have enough of the right hormones or they are out of balance, you may not feel well. We commonly look at thyroid, adrenal, male and female hormones, and growth hormones to be sure they are adequate. We emphasize natural hormone replacement because it seems to work better a lot of the time particularly for the sensitive patient. These bioidentical hormones look just like the ones nature made and are available through compounding pharmacies.

6. Infection control — Hidden infections are not uncommon but must be found and treated. We look particularly at the teeth, sinuses, gallbladder, appendix, and intestinal tract anticipating possible bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic overgrowth. Sometimes your immune system needs a boost to help fight off infection on its own.

7. Sleep — Everybody needs to recharge their batteries. In some conditions, getting a good night’s sleep is the number one priority. Many patients simply need to get to bed on time. Others will benefit from natural remedies, CPAP or airway appliances, surgery or medications.

8. Balancing the nervous system — This complex electrical control system of our body can lose its ability to fine tune the function of our incredibly amazing bodies. We use some helpful techniques in our office but also connect people with chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, massage therapists, Bowen therapists and acupuncturists.

9. Healthy digestion — Your stomach and intestines and liver do all the work of assuring that you get your energy and the necessary building blocks for making, repairing, and remodeling your body tissues. While often overlooked, making corrections for poor digestion, impaired absorption, leaky gut syndrome, and liver dysfunction can be critical to regaining your health.

10. Mental and spiritual health — We encourage our patients to maintain a positive outlook while controlling stress and managing anger. We also like to see them develop a life perspective based on eternal truth. Good communication and good relationships always help us handle the challenges of life. Have you found your life’s purpose? Do you look at life from the perspective of eternity? Referrals to psychologists, psychiatrists, or those trained in pastoral care can be helpful.

11. Exercise — Some problems simply disappear once a person starts regular exercise. We like to customize an exercise program to a patient’s particular needs. A good body workout helps bring oxygen into the cells, stimulates better circulation, and helps clear toxic waste. Strong flexible bodies are less likely to suffer accidents. For example, the first step in osteoporosis prevention is weight-bearing exercise.

12. Medications — Although we emphasize a more natural approach to health care, medication can have a very important place. We think that the better you implement the steps mentioned above, the less medication you will typically need. Furthermore, medications can work better when you the patient practice a healthy, preventive lifestyle.

13. Surgery — There are many dimensions to healthcare. Sometimes correcting structural changes is critical to resolving health problems.

14. Referrals — No one knows everything or handles everything. We work with traditional and mainstream physicians as well as complementary, alternative and integrative practitioners. Our goal is to see that you get the best care you require.