The chiropractic approach to allergy is to discover why the body is incapable of fighting off some adverse environmental factor. Applied Kinesiology testing in chiropractic helps determine the factor at fault in the body’s protective mechanism. Treatment is then directed to that causative factor.

Adrenal Insufficiency

The adrenal glands secrete hormones that are anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory in nature. In other words, these hormones provide the body with the ability to keep inflammation in check. An allergic response is excessive inflammatory reaction to a stimulus. House dust, specific foods, and pollens do not cause inflammation in a normally functioning body. In an individual with abnormal adrenal function, the body may be fighting a war with inflammation when there is no invading force.

The adrenal glands help protect the body from stress. If your doctor determines that you have a functional adrenal insufficiency, it becomes necessary that you eliminate as many forms of stress to your body as possible. This is similar to putting an injured arm in a sling while it heals. Reduction of stress gives your adrenal glands time to repair themselves, and helps them react normally to allergens. It is not always possible to eliminate all forms of stress; however, since stress is cumulative, the more phases you can eliminate the better off you will be.

Stress can be divided into 4 categories:

· Physical. This form of stress comes from such things as overwork, lack of sleep, injury, or fighting off an infection. Most physical forms of stress are controllable.

· Chemical. Any poisoning is obviously a chemical stress to the body. There are, however, many insidious types of chemical stress, such as some food additives, foods, so highly refined that they are out of balance with nature (e.g., white flour, white sugar), and stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, weight loss supplements.

· Thermal. Becoming chilled or overheated is extremely hard on the adrenal glands. This is more of a problem during the fall and spring, when people don’t think it’s as chilly outside as it actually is. There is a tendency to run outside as it actually is. There is a tendency to run outside quickly to hang a few things on the line, or for a child playing ball to become sweaty, take off his sweater, and chill as he walks home.

· Emotional. Emotional turmoil causes the adrenal glands to react. It is not always possible to eliminate all emotional stresses, but an individual with allergies should try to achieve an emotional balance within him/ herself.

The most important thing about the four factors of stress outline previously is that they are all cumulative. Because they are, you should control each factor as well as you possibly can. An individual may be able to handle one stress factor with no problem whatsoever, or a second stress factor with only a minor problem; however, when the third factor is introduced, the adrenal glands may be overwhelmed and fail to function adequately.

Consider the individual who strays from his diet and eats a piece of cake. Ordinarily this dietary indiscretion causes no problem. The next morning, while still in a state of mild adrenal insufficiency, he becomes chilled. Combating the chill causes the adrenal glands to become a little more overworked; the combined effects of the chilling and the dietary indiscretion prevent the lymphatic system from effectively fighting off a cold. The individual now has the cold, which probably would have been thrown off by the body had adrenals not been thrown off by the body had the adrenals not been somewhat depleted by the cake the day before.

For relief from the cold symptoms, the individual takes some over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin or a decongestant, which acts as a chemical stress to the body and further depletes the adrenal glands. They are now ready to be triggered into adrenal insufficiency. The next day the individual has a mild argument with the boss. The argument is not serious enough to have caused problems three days earlier, before the cake was eaten; how, in a continual state of stress, the adrenals are forced into greater insufficiency, putting the individual into an acute state of allergy.

Continued stress to the adrenal glands gives them no opportunity to repair and rebuild.

Acid – Alkaline Imbalance

Relative acid-alkaline imbalance is a common contributing factor to allergies, especially those associated with food. Your doctor, using Applied Kinesiology methods, will test you by different methods to determine if you have an acid – alkaline imbalance. You may be given nutritional supplements to help bring this balance back.

Nerve Control

Nerves control the entire body and are closely associated with adrenal function and acid – alkaline control. Again, your chiropractor will use the muscles of your body to help examine nerve function and return it to proper control of the glands, systems, and structures. The overall approach is to find the factors in your autoimmune system that are not functioning adequately and provide treatment that allows your body to return to normal.

Written by: SYSTEMS DC, INC