Dr. Psenka's Seasonal Allergy Solution: The All-natural 4-week Plan To Eliminate The Underlying Cause Of Allergies And Live Symptom-free by Jonathan PsenkaDr. Psenka's Seasonal Allergy Solution: The All-natural 4-week Plan To Eliminate The Underlying Cause Of Allergies And Live Symptom-free by Jonathan Psenka

Dr. Psenka's Seasonal Allergy Solution: The All-natural 4-week Plan To Eliminate The Underlying…

byJonathan Psenka

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Recent studies show that the number of people suffering with seasonal allergies has been skyrocketing and is expected to continue increasing into the foreseeable future. And in the United States alone, 65 million people suffer with seasonal allergies on a regular basis.

In Dr. Psenka's Seasonal Allergy Solution, author and naturopathic physician Dr. Jonathan Psenka tells readers they can—and should—aim for a cure. Readers will discover how people often attempt to manage the symptoms of their seasonal allergies with pills, sprays, drops, and even painful shots. But very few of these medications treat the cause, so symptoms are likely to return year after year.

Dr. Psenka has developed a highly detailed, fourstep plan, so readers will finally target the root cause of their seasonal allergies and be free of allergy medication. By following Dr. Psenka's advice on how to use natural remedies before, during, and after allergy season, readers can finally wave good-bye to their pesky runny noses and scratchy throats.
Dr. Jonathan Psenka is a licensed naturopathic physician and the owner and chief medical officer of Longevity Medical Health Center-one of the longest-lived and most successful naturopathic medical offices in the country. Dr. Psenka has served as adjunct faculty at several universities, is a frequent lecturer, and was voted a "top doct...
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1Allergies Are on the RiseThere's no question about it: Allergies are skyrocketing across the world, especially in industrialized countries.As I think about the increasing rate of allergies, a particular patient sticks out in my mind: About 2 years ago, I saw a young boy who would develop large, swollen eyes and very swollen lips whenever he was in his bedroom. His parents were smart people and had tried eliminating all of the common possible food allergens. I also did laboratory testing to see if maybe he was allergic to the family dog or cat or another common household allergen. All of the tests came back reporting the same thing: The boy's reactions could not be traced to a common allergy.Puzzled, the boy's parents and I zeroed in on where the boy most frequently experienced symptoms. We determined that they most often occurred when he was sitting at his desk in his room, completing his homework. There was nothing unusual about this space; he had pens, paper, pencils, and erasers-- all the normal stuff you would find on a school-aged boy's desk. But he also had a small fishbowl that contained one Siamese fighting fish. It was actually his brother who suggested that maybe the fish was causing the reaction. It was highly unlikely that this boy would be allergic to a fish, especially one swimming in a bowl; but the brother's theory did get the ball rolling in the right direction. I eventually discovered that the boy had an allergy to the bloodworms he fed to his fish each night.Granted, this was an unusual case. Nine times out of 10, it is the common allergens--pollen, dust mites, pet dander, ragweed--that cause reactions. But this boy's case highlights that you can also be allergic to the most unexpected things.THE ORIGINS OF MY CLINICAL FOCUS ON ALLERGIESAllergies have been around since the dawn of pollen itself, but they are undoubtedly becoming more common. (There are many theories as to why, which we will explore in Chapter 2.) The aeroallergens report recently released by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that half of all Americans now suffer from some symptoms when exposed to airborne allergens such as ragweed, pollen, or dust.1 According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), each allergy season seems to be subsequently worse than the one before, an indication that seasonal allergies are on the rise.2 And not only are we seeing more people allergic to common allergens, allergies to uncommon things--paint on the walls, foods not typically allergenic, and yes, bloodworms--are rising as well.So it should come as no surprise that about 5 years ago, I started seeing a dramatic increase in the number of allergy patients coming into my office. Thanks to the dry climate, low mold levels, and shorter blooming periods, the Southwest was for a long time considered a safe haven for allergy sufferers; so many people moved here in hopes of easing their symptoms. (Of course, the picturesque scenery and bright sun didn't hurt, either.)3From these patients, I repeatedly heard the same story: "When I first moved to Arizona, I was okay for a while. But then my allergies just took off. What was once a month or two block of time where I had allergic symptoms is now year-round. And my allergies don't seem to be improving. My doctor has put me on several medications, but nothing works."After seeing more and more of these patients coming into my office, desperate for relief after their medications had failed them, I became very interested in treating allergies naturally. I tried using healthful eating, hydration, weight management, relaxation techniques, and herbs and supplements as treatment protocols. I was pleased to find that these treatments worked very well, not just to cure seasonal allergies, but also to help the patients become healthier individuals overall.Today, about 60 percent of my patients have some sort of allergy or sensitivity, and most of them respond extremely well to the natural treatments and lifestyle interventions I prescribe. As you read on and start to follow the plan outlined in this book, you, too, can look forward to a healthier, happier life, with fewer sniffles, sneezes, and hives.THE GROWING ALLERGY PROBLEMAllergies are one of the fastest-growing chronic health problems in the world. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), about 50 million Americans--or 1 in 5--suffer from allergies. Broken down, the numbers look like this:• About 8 percent of American adults have hay fever• About 13 percent of adults have sinusitis• About 8 percent of children have food allergies, and nearly 38 percent of those have a history of severe reactions4Allergies also tend to occur in groups, hitting victims from multiple angles. Children with food allergies are two to four times more likely to have asthma or other allergies than those who do not have food allergies, for example. And the AAFA reports that 30 percent of the 15 million people with asthma can blame their wheezing and difficulty breathing on allergies.5We will explore the physiology more deeply in Chapter 3, but put simply, allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to substances in the environment that don't cause a reaction in non-allergic people. These substances, which may include pollen, dust, mold, or other proteins, are called allergens.14 Almost anything can cause an allergic reaction, and as evidenced by the alarming increase in allergy rates worldwide, we are becoming more and more allergic.The Food Allergy EpidemicOne of the most alarming trends related to the rise in allergies is the growing threat of allergies to foods. According to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), a nonprofit organization formed in 2012 as a merger between the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative, 1 in 13 children under age 18 has a food allergy. This equals 2 kids in every school classroom today.6Food allergies are concerning because they can lead to the potentially life- threatening whole-body reaction called anaphylaxis. The biggest fear of every parent of a child with a food allergy, anaphylaxis involves difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips and throat, and, potentially, death.7One of the most severe and potentially life-threatening food allergies-- peanut allergy--is also on the rise. A study by Scott H. Sicherer, MD, professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, found that peanut allergies had doubled in American kids between 1997 and 2002.8 When they looked at the data again in 2008, peanut allergy rates had tripled!9 Research done in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom have shown similar increases. In the UK, for example, hospital admissions for food allergies have gone up 500 percent since 1990.10And not only do more children have food allergies but also they tend to be allergic to more foods. In the past, a child with food allergies was typically allergic to one, maybe two foods. Today, kids are typically allergic to three or four different offenders.11As a result, teachers, administrators, and school nurses carry devices to inject epinephrine so they can save an allergic child's life at any time.12 Classroom walls display lists of kids' food allergies next to their artwork. Nonedible party favors have replaced cupcakes at birthday celebrations, out of fear of exposing an allergic child to even a trace of a peanut. And experts in the allergy field believe that food allergies are actually underreported, so the problem is probably even worse than we think.13 Therefore, rising food allergies are a major health concern.There are now blood tests available that can determine whether a child has an allergy to peanuts that will produce an anaphylactic-type reaction or one that will not be life threatening. The tests are widely available and are referred to as component testing. If you have a child with known or suspected allergies, you should ask your pediatrician about this type of testing. Knowing the severity of your child's allergy could really put your mind at ease and also potentially save your child's life.The most common allergies result from pollen, dust, food, insect stings, animal dander, mold, medications, and latex. Any of these offenders can spark a range of symptoms affecting numerous areas of your body: your nose, sinuses, ears, throat, skin, lungs, and stomach. Some allergic reactions, like occasional sneezing and runny nose, are just annoying. But more severe responses, such as swelling or itchy rashes, can interfere with work, sleep, and daily activities. And other reactions, such as anaphylaxis from food allergies, can be life-threatening.15 No matter what the cause or the specific reaction, no one who suffers from allergies will deny that they can take a real toll on your quality of life.RISING ALLERGIES: THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVESThe number of allergy sufferers has been steadily rising for decades worldwide. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), allergies have been on the rise in industrialized countries for more than 50 years.16 And allergy rates aren't just increasing, they are accelerating. A major study by Quest Diagnostics found that overall sensitization rates for allergies rose by 6 percent between 2005 and 2008. Increases in some individual allergies are even more dramatic. Mold sensitivities, for example, rose by 12 percent, and ragweed sensitivities increased by 15 percent during the same 3 years.17What's particularly troubling is the rate at which allergies are increasing in children. Worldwide, 40 to 50 percent of schoolchildren now have sensitivities to at least one allergen. That's nearly one out of every two kids! As an important note, I see more adults than children in my practice, but I think that it's important to raise the issue of allergies in children. A lot of the research on increasing allergies has been done on children, but these study findings reflect similar increases in adults. Plus, allergic children are much more likely than nonallergic children to become allergic adults, so the rising rates in children are a concern for people of all ages. Recognizing the seriousness of rising allergies in children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently took a careful look at the numbers. Their National Health Interview Survey found that between 1997 and 2011, both food and skin allergies increased in children under age 18. And although there was no increase in respiratory allergies in children, they remained the most common types of allergies, at a high 17 percent between 2009 and 2011.18Breaking it down further, the CDC also found that skin allergies rose from 7.4 percent between 1997 and 1999 to 12.5 percent between 2009 and 2011. And in children up to age 17, food allergies increased from 3.4 percent between 1997 and 1999 to 5.1 percent between 2009 and 2011.19Researchers also discovered that while some allergies fade with age, others get worse. As children get older, skin allergy rates go down (from 14.2 percent in children from birth to 4 years old to 13.1 percent in children 5 to 9 and finally to 10.9 percent in children 10 to 17). Respiratory allergies, on the other hand, get worse with age, increasing from 10.8 percent in children from birth to 4 years old to 17.4 percent in children 5 to 9 and to 20.8 percent in children 10 to 17.20 So the sooner in life we nip these allergies in the bud, the better.Are Allergy Rates Rising with Income?Interestingly, when you look at allergy statistics, as income levels rise, so do allergies. Children with family incomes greater than or equal to 200 percent of the poverty level have the highest rates of food and respiratory allergies. Here's a breakdown.• In children with household incomes that are less than 100 percent of the poverty level, 14.9 percent have respiratory allergies and 4.4 percent have food allergies.• When the income level rises to between 100 and 200 percent of the poverty level, 15.8 have respiratory allergies and 5 percent have food allergies.• In families with income levels greater than 200 percent of the poverty level, 18.3 percent of children have respiratory allergies and 5.4 percent have food allergies.21Race also seems to play a role, but no one is sure why. Hispanic children have lower rates of food, skin, and respiratory allergies than kids of all other races and ethnicities. Black children are more likely to have skin allergies than white children (17.4 percent in blacks, compared to 12 percent in whites). However, black children are less likely than white children to have respiratory allergies (15.6 percent in blacks, compared to 19.1 percent in whites).22These numbers may make it look like income, race, and allergy risk are related, but I don't think money or race are truly causing these disparities. For one thing, the study done by Quest Diagnostics found that economically disadvantaged children are 18 percent less likely to be tested for allergies by the age of 5 than children whose parents have a higher income. Therefore, these children may not actually have fewer allergies-- they just have fewer allergies that have been diagnosed.23I think the real reason behind these differences is more a matter of better protection in people who live a more agrarian lifestyle, where agriculture is a focus. After all, scientists have found that children who grow up on a farm or who live in a family with at least one other sibling are less likely to have allergies.24 As income level goes up, people are less likely to live on farms or to have large families. They are more likely to have a housekeeper who comes in and scrubs the entire house and to send their kids to a day care where they provide hand sanitizer four times a day. Clearly, besides income and race, there are other things at play, which we will explore more in Chapter 2.Why Are Allergies Such a Problem?On a day-to-day level, an allergy may force you to carry extra tissues or an EpiPen in case of an emergency. But allergies wreak havoc on a broader scale as well, both on our bodies and on our society as a whole.Perhaps most importantly, and this is one of my biggest reasons for writing this book, I believe allergies are linked to some of the biggest health threats in the United States--obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Many of my patients who come in complaining of allergies also have one or more of these lifestyle diseases, which are currently the leading causes of death in America. A major culprit behind all of these chronic conditions, allergies included, is inflammation in the body. When people eat unhealthy diets full of processed foods, avoid exercise, and live a stressed life, they are setting the stage for excessive inflammation. The more inflammation someone has in his or her body, the greater the potential for allergies and the greater the likelihood of developing other chronic health conditions.