How to Deal With Seasonal Allergies
The prevalence of those who experience allergies has increased to the degree that many people believe it is “normal” for one’s body to respond in such a way to environmental stimuli. The CBC has reported that one in six Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies, such as hay fever, are so common they are simply accepted. But allergies are not acceptable because they implicate a weakness in the body to adapt, respond and defend against outside stresses. The body’s inability to handle outside stresses appropriately and, therefore, produce an allergic reaction arises when one’s immune system is compromised (decrease in resilience), or when one’s body fails to distinguish safe from unsafe stimuli (increase in environmental sensitivity).
Allergy sufferers can choose to minimize recurrences two ways: 1) Eliminate all the stimuli/environmental factors which cause the reaction such as pollen, dust and pet dander; or 2) Get the body to function properly so it can effectively adapt to the environment in which it lives.
The former is not a solution since those environmental factors are not the problem – if those factors were the problem, everyone’s body would respond with an allergic reaction to such stimuli. But if that were the case, then why would one member of a family react to dust, pollen, etc. in a household while the other members do not? Or why would one suddenly develop allergic reactions – runny nose, blocked sinuses, cough, skin rash, etc. – after living in the same house for 30 years? The environment has not become more threatening, and dust certainly does not target certain family members. The problem is decreased resilience.
But resilience can be restored once the nervous system is permitted to operate optimally again with the help of chiropractic care. The nervous system controls all functions of the body, including the immune system. So when these systems are in good communication with one another, the body is able to distinguish stress factors from real threats and the body is strong enough to overcome day-to-day stresses with minimal effort.
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