We all know that sniffling, sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose is something people with allergies must deal with. However, what about symptoms like sinus and migraine headaches, fatigue, depression, skin issues, IBS, or digestive issues? Could these be caused by allergies also?
The answer to that question is yes!
When the immune system and other parts of the central nervous system are overridden by chemical stressors in the environment they have a tendency to over react on a frequent basis. This over reaction is better known as a symptom. And, these symptoms are not limited to just runny noses, coughing or sneezing. New research is now pointing to the idea that allergic reactions or chemical hypersensitivities may be at the root of these and other common conditions.
Leo Galland, MD, director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine in New York City and author of “Power Healing” point out that people with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and similar conditions exhibit an over reactive immune system. “I believe that being an allergic individual predisposes you to chronic fatigue syndrome,” says Galland. “Chronic fatigue syndrome seems to be associated with an over-reactivity of certain parts of the immune system, which is similar to what we see in people with allergies.” He goes on further to say, “Mold allergy is an important cause of fatigue and muscle aches. A significant proportion of people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have mold sensitivity.” Scientists have now discovered that mood and behavior is closely linked to the presence of allergies. There is a good deal of evidence pointing to direct biochemical processes connecting hypersensitivities, aka allergies with mood and behavior problems like depression, ADD, ADHD, etc. Chemical hypersensitivities cause stress on the nervous system, and when it is stressed out and under performing any number of symptoms can arise. Many doctors are behind the times and do not give credit to this cause and effect relationship, which therefore leads to misdiagnosis and overuse of prescription and over the counter medications.
Instead of ignoring the problem, medicating the symptom, or practicing avoidance, there are more natural and holistic ways to deal with this stress on your nervous system. Give The Gibson Center a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jean to learn more about what she has to offer to help you overcome these symptoms.