Allergies and Autoimmunity - Find your triggers!

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During this time of the year, molds and pollen begin to trigger seasonal allergy symptoms. Some of you may be experiencing them now. There are many supplements that can be used to support you during this time. For those with a history of allergies, treatment should be started before the symptoms arise and during the allergy season for best results. Helpful seasonal-allergy supplements include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Quercetin
  • Bromelain
  • Curcuma longa
  • Immune modulating probiotics

Autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and even diabetes continue to be on the rise in Canada. Markers of inflammation begin to rise many years before a full autoimmune condition has developed. At an early stage, mild symptoms like migrating skin rashes, fatigue, generalized aches and pains may be the only symptoms. The markers of inflammation that are elevated in the sub-clinical stage are CRP, anti-TPO, and ANA. You may even be able to predict a future autoimmune risk using these markers. Researchers are calling this predictive autoimmunity. This is the best time to treat. A key component to treating these conditions is to find the trigger of inflammation and remove it. Common triggers may be abnormal gut bacteria or other microorganisms, environmental triggers like pollen, molds, pesticides, other chemicals or food sensitivities. Finding the triggers and treating them is by far the most important component for naturally treating immune dysfunction. 

Over the past 2 years, Dr. Pincott has been mentoring me on her many protocols. During this time, I have developed a interest with bioresonance therapy or MORA therapy. The MORA machine is used to make remedies of foods or environmental allergens. When these remedies are taken, they help eliminate the allergic response to the substance. This procedure takes about 10 minutes. This desensitization procedure is often repeated three or more times to be fully effective. This procedure of making the MORA remedy is also a bioresonance treatment for the patient and helps the body's vitality in the healing process. A MORA remedy can be made during a regular visit.

4 ways to support the biological terrain

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A balanced terrain is extremely important to health but it is almost always overlooked. The terrain is your body's internal garden. It includes your gut microbiome, pH balance, nutritional profile, hydration and detoxification systems. If you are familiar with gardening then this approach will make sense to you. If you are trying to grow a healthy garden, you must first create the right environment. You need clean, toxin-free soil, fresh water, and minerals. You will also need to balance the pH of the soil to the preference of the plants. When you have met these basic needs the garden will grow abundantly! The same is true for the body when the terrain is balanced the body will strive for health! 

4 ways to support the biological terrain include:

  1. Eat an abundance of green vegetables to support a more alkaline environment.
  2. Drink at least 2 liters of water each day
  3. Take a high quality probiotic to balance the microbiota in your gut. A spore based probiotic like Lactobacillus Sporogenescan create a gut environment where other beneficial microbiota thrive. 
  4. The lymphatic system removes waste products and transports immune cells around the body. Get your lymphatics flowing through light massage, stretching or physical activity. 

Deeper support can be achieved by enhancing you elimination pathways using herbal medicines and lymphatic drainage therapies. Bioresonance therapy can help stimulate the energetic capacity of the body. Ask Dr. Jeffery about elimination support and bioresonance therapy during a regular visit

A case for food sensitivity testing

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One day my wife and I noticed a patch of rough skin on my 16 month-old son’s neck. Shortly after this, patches formed on his back and was getting worse by the day. They were light red, rough and itchy. These are the classic signs of eczema, which is very common in kids. He was having problems sleeping from the itching and we believe some digestive discomfort as well.

We tested him with our EDS food sensitivity machine. Soy, cow dairy, wheat, egg whites, apple, banana, and peanuts tested strong so we removed them from his diet and replaced them with nutritious alternatives. Interestingly, at this time he craved egg yolks and would refuse to eat the egg whites. I find that children's' taste for foods correlates well with food sensitivities quite often. Of course with the exception of sugar. All kids like sweet things even though most kids are sensitive to it!

I also added some naturopathic remedies from our dispensary. I used the Metagenics Ultraflora Baby probiotics because the bacterial strains have been shown to be beneficial for immune support, attention and brain development. Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG has even been shown to prevent cavities and strep throat in kids. I used Physica Solray D (Vitamin D) liposomal spray to support his immune system because kids love the taste and it's easy to administer as a spray. Liposomal based remedies have superior absorption and deliver the nutrients inside the cells where they are needed. We used Manuka Honey 21 cream by Rise Therapeutics.This contains a potent form of manuka honey and other herbs like calendula. This helped to soothe his skin and gave him immediate relief from itching so he could sleep. This is a new product available to us and so far I am very impressed. I was happy to have recently discovered this because you can only get food grade (not medical grade) manuka honey at the health food stores.

We noticed that when he was exposed to the sensitive foods, like cow's milk, over the next few days the patches would flare up again. The eczema patches did not spread after the dietary changes. Now after 2 months the patches are almost completely gone and we do not have to use the cream. He is also sleeping through the night and we have noticed he is much calmer. 

Combining the food sensitivity testing with nutritional remedies provided great results and I was excited to share this with you all. We have seen many of our patients benefit from the testing alone but from my experience combining this with other forms of naturopathic care ultimately brings the best results since most long-term health problems are multifactorial.

Over the years, I have seen naturopathic medicine shine for the vast majority of my family's health problems. Our family doctor is always impressed with the level of our children's health. I can not remember the last time we had to use a medication. I want to keep it this way. I wish all people could experience this wonderful kind of care but I know that there is often a financial barrier. Many do not even know that naturopathic medicine exists. That said, it is estimated that the majority of Canadians have extended health insurance and do not even realize that it may cover some of the costs for naturopathic consults!