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Are Allergies no more than Toxicity?

Posted on 17 April, 2020 at 7:35 Comments comments (173)

By Autumn Frandsen, N.D.

Originally published on the Ohio Naturopathic Doctors Association website


Allergies can develop at many points in a person’s life, often going unnoticed or unrecognized until they are a major hindrance. They can present as a sinus infection, headaches, itchy eyes, and even colitis. I have found that emotional turmoil, stress, exposure to chemicals, poor diet, defects in detoxification pathways, and frequent antibiotic use can all cause allergic reactions. The threshold for toxicity is different in everyone. Once it is reached, the nervous system and immune systems become hyperactive. At that point, it is no longer enough to use antihistamines and anti-anxiolytics. Treatment must be focused on unburdening the body through increasing antioxidants, repairing damage caused by inflammation (particularly in the gut), and desensitizing both the nervous system and the immune system.


There is a delicate balance between the nervous system and the immune system. Adrenal function affects both of them greatly and in those with pronounced stress, whether physical or emotional, adrenal output is usually diminished. At any given time there can be surges of cortisol, causing the nervous system to by up regulated, which in turn causes hyperactivity of the immune system as it searches for stressors and invaders. This increase in immune system reactivity causes increased inflammation, leading to destruction of the GAP junctions in the gut lining. This causes “leaky gut” and suddenly (or insidiously) food allergies never before present or bothersome increase in number and symptom presentation.


Dealing with allergies can be a slow process if the focus for treatment is put solely on controlling symptoms. It is important to identify where weaknesses are in the body and strengthen those organs or pathways. Calming the nervous system with herbs or certain amino acids is often more effective then leaving any anxiety untreated or to treat it with meds that may add to the toxic load already present in the body. Allergies are rarely if never present without a toxic burden, be it from exposure in the womb combined with poor detoxification pathways, or mild exposure compounded throughout one’s life. Chronic anything should never be ignored, even if it is viewed as mild, i.e., seasonal allergies.

Don't Assume That Runny Nose Is A Cold

Posted on 13 March, 2014 at 17:10 Comments comments (63)

By Autumn Frandsen, N.D.


About this time of year, I often hear the phrase “Something must be going around”, explaining away the itchy sore throat, fatigue, and headaches that many people are experiencing. Because many people have not been aware of allergies in their former years, the possibility of having an allergic reaction now does not even enter their minds. However, if there is a trend where one gets sick at the onset of a new season, it is most likely an allergy. Pollens, grasses, shrubs, and trees are all in bloom in the spring and are the cause of allergy flare-ups at that time, and ragweed, molds, smuts, and some flowers are responsible for symptoms in the fall. Even those who have never had previous experience with allergies are vulnerable.


There are many reasons why one may develop late onset seasonal allergies. During periods of significant stress in our lives, our bodies and immune systems are not functioning optimally. Vitamin C is utilized by the adrenal glands in the production of all of the adrenal hormones, most notably cortisol. When you are faced with a stressful situation, your vitamin C is rapidly used up in the production of cortisol and related stress-response hormones. As vitamin C is also very important for our immune function, our bodies are less likely to ward off invaders. When the acute stress subsides, our immune systems are free to utilize the vitamin C and often go overboard in their attempt to play catch-up. That is when you see symptoms like a runny nose, post-nasal drip, and cough. They are the body’s way of expelling foreign bodies.


Because many of our defense mechanisms are in our gut, or gastrointestinal tract, people often exhibit GI disturbance as another sign of allergic response to both environmental allergens and foods. Over time if we are exposed to high mold levels, high pollen count, or the same foods over and over again, our gut immune component starts to become impacted. This can also lead to symptoms of depression as 90% of our serotonin stores are found in our GI system. It is very important to desensitize our systems to potential allergens that we encounter both daily and rarely. We must also repair both our gut lining and adrenal function in order to prevent further deterioration.


Many allergists use antigen therapy based on lab testing or skin prick testing which is administered as a shot. There is no way for them to determine to what degree your body is reacting to something so those with a mild allergy who wish to be desensitized are given the same substance as those with a severe allergy. This can lead to major reactions in those with severe sensitivity. It is very important to tailor the treatment to each individual. Using electrodermal screening, it is possible to evaluate to what level someone is sensitive. Then a remedy specific for that level can be given orally. This is ideal for people with hyperreactive immune systems, younger and older people, and those who have a phobia of needles. While the patient is being desensitized, we can work on optimizing their adrenal function. The ultimate outcome is elimination or decrease of allergies, more energy, and better immune function.

 

NOW WHAT? Doctors Can't Figure Me Out

Posted on 6 March, 2014 at 17:40 Comments comments (48)

By Autumn Frandsen, N.D.

 

Fatigue and pain are two complaints that every physician hears at least once a day and a growing number of people in the USA are experiencing at least once a day. They are the two most prevalent symptoms that patients describe when they become desperate for help. Every day I hear a version of phrase “I have been to fifteen different doctors and no one can tell me why I’m exhausted or at least give me something to fix it”. So what is keeping these doctors from finding the answer?


Many times the answer cannot be found by simply looking at lab results. Both pain and fatigue can be manifestations of deep underlying issues and labeling it chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia still does not explain why a person is experiencing it or how to treat it now so that the patient does not undergo a lifelong struggle. Many doctors believe that both pain and fatigue are psychosomatic disorders and will refer to a psychiatrist. While that may be the case in a few, many others are struggling with chronic lyme disease, mold sensitivity, food intolerances, hormonal imbalance, lack of essential nutrients, and/or heavy metal toxicity just as the tip of the iceberg.


Diagnosing any condition can be costly and often erroneous. Each practitioner is trained differently and not every one of them has been educated on the endless avenues one can take when ordering lab work. This often leads to a multitude of doctor’s visits and unanswered questions. Often even when a diagnosis is made, the doctor is at a loss for how to treat the patient. That is where Autonomic Response Testing comes in handy.


Autonomic Response Testing, or ART, is a method of diagnosing and treating developed by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD and Louisa Williams, ND, DC that can help the practitioner hone in on what is causing the dysfunction in the body. Severe fatigue and pain are not “normal” and it is important to pinpoint what is occurring in the body to cause this discomfort. There are many levels of imbalance that can contribute to the symptoms a person may exhibit. The goal of ART is to determine which layers need to be addressed first, how to treat the problems in the manner that the person tolerates best, and to monitor the patient’s strength over time. The technique respects that if there is a block in a patient’s biofield then they will not heal completely, no matter what therapies are used.


The biofield is a quantum-level energy field that pervades the biochemical body and instructs it about how to function correctly. If blockages or other distortions exist in this field, the information is unable to properly instruct the biochemical body, and physical illness can result. ART can detect where the blockages lie and allows the practitioner to treat it with the most appropriate therapy or substance. On any given day a patient can be exposed to a multitude of viruses, bacteria, chemicals, foods, emotional influences, and even temperature changes. Any of those things can play a role in a person’s health that no lab will detect and any practitioner could only speculate about. With the help of bioresonance, those trained in ART can put the puzzle pieces together and explain why a patient is tired and how to wake them up. The sessions often last two hours for the initial visit and a half hour to an hour for subsequent visits. During these sessions, a patient will learn what their obstacles to cure are and will most likely experience some emotional healing or awareness, physical healing, and mental growth. It is perfect for those people that need to be heard and often feel misunderstood.


There are no religious implications involved with ART and the sessions will go in the direction the patient’s body needs them to go in order to determine what is best for their health at that moment in time. It is generally very relaxing and in this society of high stress, most patients suffering from adrenal fatigue benefit from just the testing session itself, let alone the adjunct therapies and interventions. Most people have the tools they need to heal inside them and for those people it is a matter of unlocking that, and for those that don’t, it is important to introduce only that which the body can handle.