Life Without Allergies and Asthma

Posted on April 17, 2015

Prior to my exposure to holistic medicine, I never knew what it was like to live without allergies. My parents just thought I was a sick kid. I suffered from chronic ear infections, ruptured eardrums, ear tubes, asthma, eczema and multiple hospitalizations for asthma and pneumonia. Things got a little bit better as a teenager. As long as I remembered to use my puffer before practice I would only have wheezing and shortness of breath at the end of football or track practice. If it was not winter time, I had a chronic runny nose, itchy eyes, frequent sneezing, and itchy skin. I did see an allergist in college and my symptoms were much improved by using sodium cromolyn eye drops and nasal spray along with antihistamines, Singulair, and a steroid nose spray.
 
I now live life essentially free of all allergy and asthma symptoms and prescription drugs. I do have to avoid my particular food allergies which are: dairy, gluten, and soy. Likewise, I have found nearly all of my allergy and asthma patients possess food allergies and a genetic typing referred to as, Under Methylation. This genetic biotype leads to increased activity of the immune system and results in high levels of circulating histamines, which in turn generates allergy symptoms. Additionally, it leads to a lack of stomach acid production and poor digestion.
 
Traditional medical doctors treat allergies and asthma with antihistamines, leukotriene inhibitor such as Singulair, steroid or sodium cromolyn nasal or oral sprays. They also recommend avoiding allergy triggers such as going outdoors during high pollen counts, dust mite proof covers for your pillows and mattress, good air filters for the furnace and keeping the windows shut in the car and home.
 
If you prefer to take the natural route without prescription drugs, I recommend you see a holistic doctor, who understands problems with food allergies and methylation. All clients should be given a treatment plan based upon their individual genetic makeup. As a general rule, most of my patients take Vitamin C 1000 to 3000 mg 3 times a day with meals to help clear the histamines. If I suspect sulfite sensitivity, i.e., hives, migraines, and reflux, I also add Molybdenum. Folic acid is not metabolized normally by most under methylater's therefore; I recommend a good multivitamin with the active form of folic acid, (methyl tetrahydrofolic acid), in place of folate.
 
Vitamin D with K2 and a high quality probiotic are the most important supplements to help regulate the immune system. My average patient takes 5000 units of D3 per day and my goal is to achieve a serum level of 60ng/dl to 80ng/dl. Other vitamin immune modulators are Vitamin E, selenium, and Vitamin A. Important vitamins for the methlyation pathways and energy are the B vitamins, as well as the minerals zinc and magnesium. The under methylation biotype often does well with SAMe., methionine, inositol, and TriMethyl Glycine (TMG).
 
My favorite natural supplement that treats allergy symptoms is Allamax.
It contains quercetin, stinging nettles leaf, bromelain and NAC. You may also consider OPC’s from grape seed or pine bark. All allergy sufferers and asthmatics should drink at least 8 full glasses of filtered water per day. Individuals should increase quality proteins and fresh and raw foods. You should eliminate all prepackaged and refined foods and all hydrogenated fats and oils.

- Dr. Clifford Fetters, M.D.