Allergies (Food & Environmental)

Allergies and Heavy Metals

Food Allergies and Immune Response

Certain proteins in foods may cause an immune response, known as an allergy or intolerance. An immune response may occur right away, but may often have a delayed and more insidious onset before damage from the exposure is evident. Allergic responses create a measurable elevation in inflammatory markers. These immune responses follow different pathways and increase inflammation in whatever part of the body is affected in a given individual. Allergy stimulated immune responses can present as chronic fatigue, headaches, joint pain, gut problems such as irritable bowel, celiac, thyroid dysfunction, depression and mood disorders. Allergic responses also instigate imbalances in blood sugar and insulin levels. As is well known, chronic elevation in blood sugar presents a dangerous threat to brain health. When a person with immune responses to certain foods is continually exposed, these food proteins become a toxin and a vicious cycle of inflammatory destruction becomes self-generating. Over time, sugar cravings continue to increase as do the multitude of dysfunctions initiated by the inflammatory process. When it comes to promoting brain health, knowing what proteins trigger your body's immune response can prove to be very helpful. 

Heavy Metals, Pollutants and Immune Response

Chronic exposure to heavy metals, increasing levels of pollution, the use of chemicals in industry and in products we come in contact with every day of our lives is a growing threat to our health and the development of our children. High levels of toxic metals deposited in body tissues and subsequently in the brain, may cause significant developmental and neurologic disorders, including autistic symptoms, depression, increased irritability, anxiety, insomnia, hallucinations, memory loss, aggression and many other disorders.

Some possible sources of heavy metal poisoning include products laden with chemicals, which are all around us in everyday life, off-gassing into the air we breathe and through skin contact with everyday items like furniture, paper, plastic, clothing, cosmetics, skin care and personal healthcare products, in addition to car exhaust, chemical products, fertilizers, industrial paint, building materials, fish that is high in mercury, silver dental fillings, mercury preservatives in vaccines, nasal sprays, and countless more. 

Lead may be found in the dirt near roads and is commonly present in paint from older houses. Children who eat paint chips may develop toxic lead levels. Cadmium is used in batteries, steel-belted tires and plastics. The clear plastics used to cover foods may be a source of cadmium. It is also found in cigarette smoke. Mercury is used in batteries, dental amalgam, vacuum pumps, valves, and seals. High amounts of mercury from the dental fillings of the cremated deceased have caused contamination of the surrounding neighborhoods. Arsenic is high in seafood and may be found in animals fed arsenic in their feed. It is present in wood preservatives, fungicides, herbicides, corrosion inhibitors and in lead and copper alloys.

What Can You Do?

We know that our exposure to toxins is ubiquitous in our environment in today's world. What is really important is to examine, from a functional medicine perspective, which of your pathways are working or not working effectively. In this way, Dette at Avalon Health and Wellness can assist you to optimize your ability to excrete harmful toxins from your body as effectively as possible and assist you to improve your body's ability to better utilize nutrients in order to support and improve your health. To learn more about what foods may be triggering an immune response in your body contact Dette at Avalon Health and Wellness for appropriate analysis and successful strategies to wean yourself from foods that are harming you without feeling deprived. Let Avalon Health and Wellness assist you to get to the root cause of your health concerns and to develop appropriate strategies to reduce inflammation that can lead to chronic disease.