There are some allergies that are just perplexing. I've told you in the past that many food allergies are the result of mineral deficiencies. Fix the deficiency and the allergy goes away. But some allergies aren't that simple.
In fact, one of our readers from Canada, Ron H., recently emailed me with one such allergy. Ron wrote: "I am allergic to most fresh fish like trout, whitefish, and salmon. I can eat canned salmon, sardines, oysters, and lobster with very minimal allergic reaction. I am wondering what the difference is between these different fish."
The issue with this type of allergy isn't typically a mineral deficiency - though it can play a role. In this case, the allergy problem is a little different. You see, fresh fish carry a higher amount of histamines in their flesh. This, as you would expect, will produce the allergic reactions in people who are sensitive.
So why wouldn't the canned fish produce the same problem? It's because they're exposed to higher heat for packing, which will lessen the production of histamines.
If you suffer from this type of allergy, you can take an anti-histamine every time you eat fresh fish. Or you can have an allergy specialist treat you for the sensitivity and not have to worry about it again.
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My colleague, Arlene Dailey (the allergy specialist at our Real Health Medical), uses a process to desensitize the patient. This process includes using a cold laser, stimulating acupressure points, and by using specific breathing cycles. If you're in the Atlanta area and would like Arlene to help with your specific allergy problem (she's seen 'em all), you can set up an appointment by calling 678-990-5401.
There's one other way you can help desensitize your body to this type of allergy problem. This type of allergic reaction is really an overreaction. The body overreacts to whatever environmental substance that sets you off. In Ron's case, it's fish. For others, it could be hay, grass, or just about anything. The mechanism that controls this overreaction is the hormone cortisol, which you know as the stress hormone.
Cortisol is the primary hormone that regulates your immune system. When it's in balance, your immune system works great. But when you have too much or too little, it causes problems. Too little cortisol puts the immune system into overdrive. That's when your body releases histamines and other inflammatory substances, causing the allergic symptoms. With fish, which contain histamines, you get a double dose. For most people, there's not enough histamines in fish to cause a reaction. But add in the histamines released by the immune system and you get an allergic response.
So, the best thing you can do to keep the allergic reactions at bay is keep your cortisol in balance. The best way to do that is to keep your adrenal function in tip-top shape by taking Advanced Adrenal Factor. This supplement can go a long way toward reducing your allergic symptoms. But don't stop there. You also can take Ultimate Allergy Formula, which will work with the adrenal formula to balance your system, bring your immune system into balance, and reduce your allergic reactions.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND.