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Posted on 05-19-2011

Original Post Date: March 18, 2010

 

I am the owner of Seaman Chiropractic Center, an alternative wellness center in Chicago, Illinois. My name is Dr Cynthia Seaman. Today, I present Part One of information about food allergies for you and possibly your child.

Let us get a basic understanding of what exactly is an allergy. The hallmark for all allergies is the production of a specific antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). This ability to produce allergy antibodies is given to us through genetics. So we can blame our parents for our hay fever, allergic asthma or food allergy. Allergy is also a disease of exposure so it might take 2 or 3 exposures before we have an allergic reaction.Those reactions can range from mild to life threatening. Get ahead of Jessica Simpson, Scarlett Johansson and Serena Williams who all suffer with allergies.

It has been stated in allergy references that approximately fifty million Americans suffer from some form of allergy disease. It might be airborne, food or an auto immune response.

For this article, I will be concentrating on food allergies. We hear more about food allergies lately. Maybe that is in part due to increased use of processed foods, additives and less breastfeeding. It is estimated up to two million children, or eight percent of children, in the U.S. have food allergies. It may be as high as three percent for adults and I suspect many more are undiagnosed.

The most common food allergies include cow's milk, egg whites, wheat (gluten or whey) fish, shellfish, peanuts, peas, beans and nuts (almonds,pecans walnuts, etc).

Symptoms of food allergy can involve any of our systems. A respiratory system allergy may include frequent runny or stuffy nose or a feeling your throat is closing. A digestive system allergy may show up with bloating, excess gas, vomiting or diarrhea. A skin allergy may result in hives, severe itching and/or secondary eczema.

In Part Two I will be discussing some chiropractic, nutritional solutions to reduce your reaction to an allergen and ways to find out what is causing the allergy.

If you are experiencing chronic symptoms or suspect allergies call today 773-545-2233.

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