OBERHEIDECHIROPRACTIC ________________________________________________________________________ Allergies
Although chiropractic is not specifically an allergy treatment, Dr. Oberheide successfully uses chiropractic methods to help patients better manage their allergies. Dr. Oberheide's chiropractic treatments enable patients' bodies to function at their best - that is especially important for allergy sufferers. Your immune system recognizes and destroys anything that is not supposed to be in your body - bacteria, viri, pollutants, dust, pollen, drugs, tumors, etc. A healthy immune system provides high resistance to disease and infection, better ability to deal with stress and greater health and well-being. However, your immune system can be adversely affected by nerves and hormones, diet and emotional stress. If unhealthy, your immune system may:
Fail to recognize and remove abnormal cells, such as cancers.
Overreact to foreign substances (bee stings, penicillin, foods or drugs).
Attack itself, as it does in certain autoimmune diseases.
The most common immune system disorder is the allergic reaction. Allergic reactions occur when the immune system overreacts to an allergen, such as dust, pollen or certain foods, and produces too many neutralizing chemicals, such as histamines, to counteract it. No one knows for certain what causes allergies and there is no cure.
The Medical Approach Since there is no cure for allergies, orthodox medicine can only offer treatment. According to Robert Mendelsohn, F.D., "You can depend on most doctors to largely ignore the cause.unfortunately, their treatment is often worse than the disease, especially since the relatively safe folk-measures of yesteryear have been replaced by the sophisticated, dangerous drugs of modern medicine." Since runny eyes, irritated, redness, fullness in the sinuses and other allergy symptoms are caused by histamines, antihistamines are often prescribed to dry mucus membranes. However, antihistamines can cause serious heart problems and should not be used with alcohol, sedatives or tranquilizers. In addition, Canadian researcher Lorne Brandes, in an article published in the May 1994 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, has produced research showing that certain antihistamines (Claritin, Hismanal, and Atarax) make cancerous tumors grow faster in lab rodents. Dr. Oberheide's chiropractic approach provides a drug-free alternative to allergy treatment. The Chiropractic Approach
By releasing stress from the nervous system, Dr. Oberheide's chiropractic care permits the immune system to function more effectively - something that all allergy sufferers need. A nervous system without stress functions more efficiently. Recent understandings in psychoneuroimmunology reveal that when the nervous system functions better the immune system benefits. Dr. Oberheide will correct the basic causes of body malfunction to improve the function of your immune system. Free from nervous system stress, your body will work more effectively to neutralize the allergy-causing chemicals in your environment. As Dr. Kurt Donsback has said, "A healthy body is capable of neutralizing these toxic substances and a body which has malfunctioning defense mechanisms cannot. The emphasis on allergies must be on building a healthy body, not on trying to use evasive tactics by eliminating all the allergies."
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