My 5 year old grandson suffers from severe food allergies. Is there anything you could do to help him?

Yes!! We offer a therapy called Neurological Stress Reduction Therapy. We use state of the art computerized technology to measure a person’s stress response to common everyday substances.  (There are no needles involved!). Then, using principles of Traditional Acupuncture, we shine a cold laser on specific points on the body to recondition the Nervous System to not react to those substances again! Unlike traditional allergy treatments, you do not have to avoid these substances in the future. The treatments are designed to reduce stress in the Nervous System, so that it will not overreact to future exposure to these substances. Kayla W.: “ My son used to have food allergies. He would have problems with dairy and yeast products.He used to have stomach aches and break out really bad when having foods that he could not have for 6 years. He couldn’t eat food like most of the kids in his class. Now that he had the treatments with Dr. Gibson, he can have
any dairy products or yeast products. We highly recommend The Gibson Center. We see a big difference in him! He is feeling so much better, even some of the family see a difference in him. Thanks again to The Gibson Center. They helped my son a lot!” Kim M: “Prior to treatments with Dr. Gibson, my son had extreme allergies- sneezing, stuffy nose and eczema on his face. He would have flare ups whenever he played outside, or was around cut grass, which was often, since he loves the outdoors. He would take allergy medicine which would make him sleepy and affect his schoolwork. He would also have digestive issues and say his stomach hurt whenever he ate. After his treatments, he has had no allergy problems – even when around hay and grass. He also said his stomach doesn’t hurt him when he eats anymore. He doesn’t take allergy medicine any longer, and he can eat anything he wants!! I would absolutely recommend this treatment to anyone
with seasonal allergies or with stomach problems.” I would love to help your grandson!! Call our office 479- 587-0227 to schedule a consultation so that I can show you how this therapy works.

Fight Allergies with Food!

By Chiro One Wellness Centers

While the best all-natural treatment for allergy symptoms is chiropractic (in our humble opinion, of course), there are some ways you can decrease your stuffy-achy-itchy-watery-yucky symptoms with some good ol’ snacks and meals. Sounds way more fun than popping an antihistamine, right? We agree.

Cauliflower

Containing quercetin, cauliflower is a tasty (and healthy!) veggie that can help combat allergy symptoms. Quercetin blocks your immune system cells from releasing histamines, which is what causes your pesky allergy symptoms in the first place. Cauliflower is great raw as a snack (try it with hummus!) or look up some fun recipes like cauliflower mash or grilled cauliflower “steaks.”

Collard Greens

Those of you raised outside of the south may not know about this leafy green but you should! This superfood is rich in carotenoids, which can also block histamines. Try some of these greens lightly sautéed in olive oil.

Green Tea

Around since ancient times, green tea is always on health-focused food lists and for good reason. Among its many benefits, it actually contains antihistamines. Start your day with a cup of warm green tea and add a squeeze of lemon.

Fatty Fish

Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids can help decrease allergic reactions. Salmon and tuna are excellent sources of these omega-3s. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon, freshwater Coho salmon and Atlantic mackerel are great choices.

Garlic

Fresh garlic is known for strengthening the immune system, but did you know a stronger immune system often translates to lowered allergic reactions? Roast garlic with vegetables or add some minced garlic to soups and dressings.

Kefir

The probiotic superstar, kefir is a yogurt-based drink that can increase the amount of healthy and helpful bacteria living in your gut. Not only does this benefit digestion, it can reduce your body’s allergic response. Look for kefir at your local grocer or health food store.

Pineapple

This heavily debated pizza topping is actually an allergy-fighting superfood. Its active ingredient is bromelain, which is an irritation-suppressing enzyme that also relieves inflammation. Great on its own, pineapple is also delicious when paired with smoked chicken sausage.

 

Stress Can Make Allergies Worse

Like the old saying goes, March has come in like a lion – at least when it comes to allergies.  Many people feel allergies are worse this year due to the mild winter.  But for many sufferers, it’s not the mild winter that’s the culprit – it’s theirs stressful life.

Recent studies have shown that stress and anxiety – even at slight or moderate levels – can worsen allergy symptoms. Scientists suspect that it has something to do with the way stress affects the immune system, causing elevated levels of cortisol, which can heighten the allergic response. An increase in cortisol is unaffected by standard treatments for allergies, like antihistamines.

Ohio State University completed a study on this very issue. On two different days the scientists subjected hay fever sufferers to a series of skin prick tests to measure their responses to allergens, including the size of the wheals they developed. On one day the subjects gave speeches to a panel and then had to solve math questions in their heads. On the other day they had less stressful tasks, like reading magazines. “Wheal diameters increased after the stressor,” the scientists wrote, “compared to a slight decrease following the control tasks.” Even a day after the stressor, the most anxious subjects continued to show severe symptoms, suggesting a lingering response from the anxiety.

We offer an innovative treatment using low level light therapy that helps dis-stress your system. Give us a call to find out more about this approach to helping your stress level and allergies.

Low levels of vitamin D make asthma worse

David Gutierrez, staff writer NaturalNews

Asthmatics with low levels of vitamin D may suffer more severely from the disease than patients with sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a study conducted by researchers from National Jewish Health in Denver and published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

“Our findings suggest that low vitamin D levels are associated with worse asthma,” lead researcher E. Rand Sutherland said.

The researchers measured the vitamin D blood levels of 54 asthma patients, along with their lung function, airway hyper-responsiveness and response to steroid drug treatment.

Airway hyper-responsiveness measures the air passages’ tendency to constrict, leading to breathing difficulty.

The researchers found that hyper-responsiveness was twice as high in patients with vitamin D levels below 30 nanograms per milliliter, lung function was worse, and the body responded more poorly to steroid therapy.

In addition, the bodies of people with low vitamin D levels produced more or the immune system signaling chemical TNF-alpha, which increases inflammation.

“It may be that vitamin D is acting as a modifier of the immune system or a modifier of steroid response in ways that are relevant to people with asthma,” Sutherland said.

“There is a potential that restoring normal vitamin D levels in people with asthma may help improve their asthma.”

The study also showed, consistent with prior studies, that overweight or obese participants were significantly more likely to suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Scientists believe that because fat sequesters vitamin D in the body, people with more body fat need higher levels of the vitamin.

Previous studies have shown that being overweight increases the risk of asthma. The new study suggests that vitamin D might at least in part explain that connection.

Asthma treatment also, in turn, increases the risk of vitamin D deficiency.

“It is … known that glucocorticoids [steroids used in asthma treatment] increase the destruction of vitamin D, thus making patients with asthma at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency, which in turn decreases lung function and makes their disease worse,” said Michael F. Holick, of Boston University.

Allergies and Fatigue

For allergy sufferers,  decreased alertness and a general sense of fatigue during allergy season seems to go hand in hand. Most people drink extra coffee or energy drinks to get them through the day. But they all want to know -What is it about allergy symptoms that are frequently associated with just plain feeling tired?

First, we know that about one third of allergy sufferers have some sleep difficulties as a result of “nasal blockage and congestion.”  When their symptoms are not well controlled, they are more likely to have sleep issues.  There is also a known link between allergies and the condition sleep apnea.

Second, many allergy sufferers reach for over the counter medications for their seasonal allergy symptoms, and some of these can cause drowsiness. Alternatively, those who use oral decongestants may experience a negative impact on staying asleep due to “insomnia-like” effects.

Lastly, snoring can cause poor quality sleep. Snoring can be due to pronounced nasal and sinus obstruction – from allergy symptoms as well as structural problems like deviated septum.

Inadequate sleep contributes significantly to a reduction in the quality of life. Did you know that snoring, as well as sleep disordered breathing, can lead to decreased learning in the classroom and even lower IQ?   What’s the solution? Get the right treatment to control your seasonal and indoor allergies, so you can breathe better at night and have better quality rest. Break the cycle, get treated successfully, and sleep better – eventually you won’t even need that extra latte!

Using Neurological Stress Reduction Therapy to treat allergies

Neurological Stress Reduction Therapy or NSRT provides a novel and unique approach to wellness that is based on proven, accepted science, allowing patients who generally have very few if any treatment options to experience symptomatic relief.

The technology and science are based on four facts:

1.Stress causes or exacerbates most health related conditions.  According to the American Medical Association (AMA), stress is the cause of 80-85 percent of all human illness and disease. Every week, 95 million Americans suffer some kind of stress-related symptom for which they take medication.

2. The brain creates associations between stressful events and substances which are often times inappropriate and subsequently lead to a host of chronic and acute conditions.

3. A general reduction of stress levels can significantly decrease symptoms of many conditions.

4. If these associations can be broken, by introducing a positive stimulus in conjunction with the specific stress inducing substance… symptoms can be reduced or eliminated.

 

Understanding Neurological Stress Reduction Therapy:

Wellness is impacted by the body’s reaction to substances in the environment and varying levels of physiological stress (not to be confused with anxiety or psychological stress), placed on the nervous system. Each person is unique and therefore every single one of us has the potential to react differently to any given substance. Peanuts, Grass, Pollen, Perfume, Wheat, Lactose, Stinging Insects and Animal Dander are examples.

By Definition, “Allergies are abnormal or inappropriate reactions of the nervous system that occur in response to otherwise harmless substances.” – Alternative Medicine Encyclopedia Many substances, like environmental inhalants or pollutants are obviously going to have a negative impact on health, but often times it is very difficult, if not impossible to identify exactly which pollutant is affecting an individual especially if they are harmless to most people.

When stress or pressure is applied to the nervous system through exposure to specific substances, the nervous system begins to fight or expel the substance from the body. This response is referred to as an Autonomic Nervous System Mediated Response which can be expressed by the body in the form of sinus pressure, skin irritations, headaches, upset stomach or any other manner in which the body can expel the substance it believes is harmful or toxic. The ANS Mediated Response is the trigger for all of these symptoms which when diagnosed as chronic by the medical community become conditions we all know such as allergy, asthma, eczema, ADD, ADHD, migraine, IBS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

In the instance a normally harmless substance is triggering a symptom it may be even harder to identify because these substances aren’t typically determined to be suspects. The affects of these substances can range from mild or unnoticeable to severe and debilitating. Through the identification or assessment of the specific substances that cause elevated physiological stress levels on the nervous system and subsequent therapy to condition the body to react normally during real world exposure, symptoms can be significantly reduced or eliminated. Eliminate Stress Response = Elimination of Symptom Expression. NSRT identifies what triggers the symptom and eliminates that trigger before the symptom even starts, so this therapy helps identify what causes your symptoms rather than trying to manage the symptom.

Through NSRT, the fight or flight response by the nervous system can be reduced or eliminated. These responses are the triggers for symptoms commonly associated with: • Allergies & Sinus Conditions • Asthma & Respiratory Conditions • Migraines, Headaches & Chronic Fatigue • ADD, ADHD, Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome • Skin Irritations such as Eczema & Rosacea • Indigestion, Constipation & Bloating • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Take the Children’s Allergy Quiz

From Dr. Eric Herman, D.C.

1. True or False – Allergic reactions in children work the same way they do in adults.

The correct answer is True

An allergic reaction for a child or an adult is the immune system’s attempt to defend the body from a perceived threat that, in reality, is harmless. During this process, a foreign substance called an antigen comes into contact with the body and triggers an immune–system response. The immune system responds to the perceived threat of the antigen by producing protective proteins called antibodies. The antibody that responds to allergens is called immunoglobulin E (IgE). The antibody is attached to a mast cell, which contains granules of histamines and other chemicals. When the antibody binds to the allergen, the mast cell releases histamines and other chemicals, which trigger an allergic reaction.

2. Which of the following factor plays the most significant role in determining a child’s predisposition to allergies?
Hair color         Cleanliness          Geography          Genetics         Gender

The correct answer is Genetics

A child is more likely to develop allergies if one parent is allergic. The risk is greatly increased if both parents are allergic. However, parents and children don’t necessarily share the same allergies, and some children with highly allergic parents remain symptom–free. While genetics sow the seeds of allergies, it is environmental factors that bring them to fruition. An allergic reaction cannot occur the first time a child is exposed to a potential allergen – instead, there must be a period of sensitization where the immune system produces its initial antibodies to the antigen. Once this process takes place, an allergic reaction is primed to occur the next time the child is exposed to the allergen.

3. Which of the following symptoms require immediate medical attention?
Difficulty breathing          Palpitations          Shortness of breath          None of the above          All of the above

The correct answer is All of the above

Anaphylactic shock is a potentially life–threatening condition that affects the entire body. Anaphylactic shock usually develops rapidly and demands immediate, emergency medical attention. The condition involves difficulty breathing and a dangerous drop in blood pressure. A person should seek immediate medical care after observing anaphylactic symptoms (e.g., shortness of breath, difficulty breathing).

4. Which of the following conditions is the leading cause of chronic illness among children in the United States?
Asthma          Allergy          Cancer          Eczema          Diabetes

The correct answer is Asthma

Childhood asthma is among the most serious and widespread health risks afflicting children today. Asthma symptoms include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. There is no cure for asthma, but once diagnosed, it is a highly treatable condition. Various drugs can help prevent asthma attacks, or treat them once they have begun, however often they come with a price to pay. Physicians can also develop an asthma action plan, which allows parents to track their child’s breathing capacity and to spot when urgent medical attention might be necessary.

5. Which type of allergy are children more likely to have than adults?
Cosmetic allergy          Penicillin allergy          Food allergy          Nickel allergy

The correct answer is Food allergy

Children are more likely to have food allergies than adults. Children experience these at a much higher ratio than adults, with those under age 3 showing the highest incidence of allergic reactions. About 3 to 8 percent of children have a food allergy as compared to roughly 2 percent of adults, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. High–protein foods, especially cow’s milk, are particularly likely to trigger symptoms.

6. True or False – Asthmatics have trouble breathing because they are unable to inhale enough air.

The correct answer is False

Asthmatics have trouble breathing because their lungs are overinflated. They cannot easily exhale the air trapped in their lungs because their airways are constricted due to the inflammation and extra mucus produced. Uncontrolled, asthma can lead to other lung–related complications, such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

7. True or False – There is a cure for asthma.

The correct answer is False (however, there is a new treatment that is dramatically reducing and often eliminating the symptoms of asthma. Keep reading to find out more)

There is no cure for asthma. Once a person’s airways show a tendency towards asthma, the airways will continue to show the tendency and ability to constrict for a lifetime – even during periods when inflammation is not present. However, up to half of all children who experience asthma symptoms see them disappear in their teen years. Unfortunately, 50 percent of those individuals will see symptoms reappear in their 30s or 40s. The reasons behind these changes are not understood. While some outgrow their symptoms, many children with asthma will see their symptoms increase through their teen years and beyond. Neurological Stress Reduction Therapy or NSRT has been safely eliminating the symptoms of asthma and other allergy related conditions.

8. Besides a food allergy, what other allergy tends to affect children more than adults?
Allergic rhinitis          Animal allergies          Insect sting allergies          Atopic dermatitis          All of the above

The correct answer is All of the above

Dander, dust mites and molds are among the first allergens to affect children. Allergic eczema is a type of skin rash that most often occurs in infants and young children. Pets are a prime source of animal allergies for children. Children are often allergic to the saliva or venom in some insects’ bites and stings.

Do you have “Hidden Allergies?

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.

Remedies for a stuffy nose from a cold or allergies

If you are experiencing a stuffy nose this Winter, try some of these remedies. 1. Blend 1 TBS horseradish, 1 Tsp olive oil, and 1 tsp lemon juice and spread on cracker. Nibble until you feel your stuffy nose begin to drain. 2. Slice up a 3 inch of ginger root and add to a sauce pan of 2 cups of boiling water. Cover and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Soak a washcloth in the brew and apply to your face for 15 minutes or so.( Make sure the cloth is not hot enough to burn your face.) Lie on the couch with your head elevated to help your sinuses drain. 3.Stir 5 drops of pure eucalyptus oil into 1 quart of boiling water. Lean over the bowl, covering your head with a towel and inhale steam for 10 minutes. And invest in a Neti pot to moisturize your sinuses, so you can blow the Junk Out!!