• Rick Schlussel

Springtime Allergy Relief

An allergy is an adverse immune system reaction to a substance that most people find harmless. Common allergic responses include headache, fatigue, sneezing, watery eyes and stuffy sinuses. A primary underlying cause of allergies is an impaired immune system which can be stressed from an overload of toxins (like pollution and chemicals in our foods) and an unhealthy intestine (50% of our immune system is in our gut).

In order for true healing of allergies to occur, it is necessary to address their cause rather than just treat the symptoms. First, you need to identify the offensive substance and remove or avoid it. Second, the body needs to be purged of toxins. Third, the immune system has to be stimulated and strengthened. Some recommendations:



Diet: Increase the variety of foods you eat and rotate them every 4 days (get out of the “rut”). Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic to reduce your consumption of pesticide toxins). Avoid dairy and generally limit your use of animal products. Fasting is also helpful.


Lifestyle: Reduce stress, stop smoking, avoid aspirin and self medication.


Nutrients: zinc, vitamin A, bioflavinoids (Quercitin), B-complex (especially B5) and 4-8 grams per day of vitamin C.


Herbal: goldenseal helps eliminate mucous, yarrow, cayenne pepper (capsaicin) and myrrh help inflamed tissues and secretions, and echinacea and astragalus root bolster the immune system.


A combination of remedies is usually your best bet for allergies. If your condition is severe, you would do best to consult with a trained health professional.


Yours in health,

Dr. Rick Schlussel


Dr. Rick Schlussel is a Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist providing preventive health care, treatment for pain and injuries, holistic health assessments and a variety of natural therapies. He can be reached at Presence Wellness Center and Spa at 530-889-0388 or by email at drrick@mydrrick.com

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