A naturopath's tips for treating allergies
Tim Holcomb treats the root causes of allergies rather than the symptoms.
Allergies are a manifestation of weak adrenal glands, poor digestive function and inflammation in the body, Holcomb said. The more toxic the body is, the worse the allergies are.
"As a pharmacist, I saw so many people coming back over and over again for the same medications, and I thought something needed to be done differently," Holcomb said.• Holcomb blends nutrition with biochemistry and neurology to treat patients with allergies and other health problems.
• Allergies can cause more than just upper respiratory problems, he said. They can also cause headaches and conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
• "The small and large intestines have to deal with the foods we inflict on ourselves," Holcomb said. "And the immune system, which mediates inflammation, becomes overreactive."
Ridding the intestines of harmful microorganisms, including viruses, bad bacteria, yeast, parasites and fungi, is the first step, Holcomb said. • Toxic metals, which accumulate in a person's body over a lifetime, must also be removed.
• Holcomb measures a patient's pH balance - whether the body is acidic or alkaline - with a blood or saliva test.
• "Harmful critters in the intestines thrive in an acidic environment, and cancer does, too," Holcomb said.
• He also performs muscle testing to determine treatment plans for his patients, which include nutrition, supplements, chiropractic medicine and acupuncture.
• "When the immune system calms down, digestion, the adrenal glands and the nervous system begin to work again," Holcomb said. "It's gratifying to see people get their lives back."