Barbara Lagoni Allergy Facts An allergy is an over-reaction of the human immune system to a foreign protein substance (allergen). 60 million people have asthma and allergies (1 out of 4) and incidence is increasing. Prevalence of Other Disease: Diabetes Cancer Coronary Heart Disease Stroke Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s 17 million 10 million 7 million 6 million 5 million 3 million Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Allergies Is the most frequently reported chronic condition in children, limiting activities for more than 40% of kids 8 million kids have respiratory allergies 7 million have non-respiratory allergies 400 Americans die each year due to drug allergies from penicillin. (200 from food allergies) Annual cost of allergies -- $7 Billion Nearly $6 Billion in medications Major cause of job absenteeism 4 million lost work days/year resulting in cost of $700 million in lost productivity Asthma 20 million Americans suffer from asthma Asthma in children has quadrupled over last 30 years 1 out of 13 children in U.S. have asthma Allergy Medications Side Effects Corticosteroids – used to prevent and treat inflammation Side effects: cataracts, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, delayed growth in children Nasal sprays (steroid) unpleasant smell or taste, nasal irritation, nosebleeds Antihistamines – block histamines, an inflammatory chemical produced by your immune system. e.g. Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, Benadryl Side effects: dry mouth, drowsiness, slow reaction time, according to Mayo Clinic “ these older sedating meds should not be given to children Antihistamines -- Benadryl Main ingredient: diphenhydramine Also marketed as Nytol, Sominex, Unisom Sleepgels as examples Common side effects: sedation, drowsiness, dizziness, disturbed coordination, increased chest congestion, dry mouth, nose, and throat, may increase tooth decay, gum disease, and fungal infections; headache, muscle weakness, excitability, nervousness, loss of appetite, constipation, vomiting, nausea Serious side effects: low blood pressure, palpitations, increased heart rate, confusion, nervousness, tremors, irritability, blurred vision, double vision, painful and difficult urination Long Term Side Effects on the Brain: cognitive impairment, delirium, slowed thinking, Alzheimer’s Allergy Medications Side Effects Antihistamine nasal sprays – Side effects: bitter taste, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing AND DEPENDENCE. Decongestants – For quick, temporary relief of sinus congestion (**avoid if pregnant, older or have high blood pressure) e.g. Claritin–D, Sudafed Side effects: irritability, fast or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, tremors, increased blood pressure. “Potentially dangerous if on certain other medications, or if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or certain other health problems.” (Mayo Clinic) Allergy Medication Side Effects Singulair – blocks symptom-causing leukotrienes. ( “dangerous because leukotrienes affect almost every metabolic pathway in the body” .. Dr Steve Chaney, biochemist ) Side effects: upper respiratory infection in adults, headache, ear infection, and sore throat in children. FDA warns against possibly causing psychological symptoms, such as irritability, anxiousness, insomnia, hallucinations, aggression, depression, suicidal thinking and behavior. Allergy Medications Warning Mayo Clinic “Some allergy medications can cause confusion, urinary symptoms, or other side effects in older adults.” Food and Drug Administration “Over-the-counter cough and cold preparations commonly include nasal decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants, and expectorants… …these drugs can cause serious and potentially life-threatening adverse events in young children… (according to an alert sent from MedWatch, the FDA’s safety information and adverse event reporting program) …death, convulsion, rapid heart rates, and decreased levels of consciousness have been reported.” Allergies are the Result of a Dysfunctional Immune System Caused by: Alcohol Sugar and simple carbohydrates Toxins … e.g. second-hand smoke, cleaning products High cholesterol Stress (Cortisol also can damage every organ system in the body, leading to depressed immune function, memory loss, heart disease, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugars, osteoporosis, and several degenerative diseases. ) Natural Approach to Allergies Rebuild the immune system Restore health of sinuses Restore health of digestive tract Remove toxins from your environment To Rebuild Immune System Vita-Lea Multi-Vitamin/Mineral –or– Vitalizer NutriFeron Energizing Soy Protein and/or Cinch Shakes Vita-C To Restore Digestive Health Optiflora Alfalfa Remove Toxins Summary Prevention of Allergies Start here : Vitalizer NutriFeron Get Clean Non-Toxic Cleaning Products Energizing Soy Protein or Cinch Vita C Optiflora Alfalfa Garlic Immunity Formula I Asthma Program Strengthen immune system … Vita Lea Multi Vita C Nutriferon Optiflora Reduce inflammation Omega Vita Guard C Vitalizer plus Nutriferon Make a Few Changes in the DIet Avoid mucous producing foods … like Sugar ( and sugary soft drinks ) Wheat and baked goods Dairy Work towards eating 6 to 9 vegetables a day Summary of Allergy Prevention for Kids Incredivites Multi Vitamin and mineral Optiflora Probiotics Chewable C Alfalfa Nutriferon Defend and Resist ( Echinacea for shor t-term use ) Energizing Soy or Cinch Shakes and Smoothies Mighty Smarts , especially with asthma to reduce inflammation Success Stories … Paul Gorski , at age 5, on allergy meds, was so tired he could barely make it through half day kindergarten. 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