How Allergies Damage Brain

Symptoms Range From Anxiety To Fatigue

How Allergies Damage Brain. Healthy Living Magazine

How Allergies Damage Brain. Healthy Living Magazine

President Clinton’s bulbous nose that some would dab with booze is in fact linked to serious lifetime rhinitis from allergy issues. But that illuminated inflammation may be doing more harm than to his nose. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute Center for Alzheimer Research in Sweden say their experimental studies suggest the condition is insidious: chronic allergy sufferers are more likely to have a rise in markers for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Brain Inflammation

People with chronic allergies suffer from longterm brain inflammation that damages mental abilities over time, suggest two studies from the Journal of Neuroinflammation and Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. The doctors said chronic systemic inflammation affects the brain’s functionality and may negatively influence the progression of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Changes In brain genes

When allergies were induced experimentally, a micro array analysis of brain tissues showed lowgrade changes in gene expression in the brain induced by airway-associated allergy.” Allergy induced gene expression changes led to increases in inflammatory brain receptors with “potential implications for neurodegenerative disorders.”

dying brain portions

The doctors also said reduction of insulin-degrading enzyme and decreases in insulin receptor signaling activity in the brain meant the organ was becoming insulin resistant and portions were dying by virtue or lack thereof of an ability to burn glucose.

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alzheimer's markers

The second journal article linked chronic allergic inflammation with increased presence of Alzheimer’s disease markers. Allergic subjects were shown to have increased brain levels of immunoglobulin (Ig)G and IgE with a widespread distribution. These modify brain inflammatory status and influence rise of an Alzheimer’s-related protein “indicating that allergy may be yet another factor to be considered for the development and/or progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as AD.”

Children's Mental Risk

For children, there is also mental risk from allergies. “Allergies or sensitivities to foods or nonfoods can have a marked effect on the behavior and brain function of small children,” says San Diegobased clinical nutritionist Stephen Whiting. “As adults we have become accustomed to the concept of allergies. In fact it is frequently an over-used excuse for a variety of behavioral problems. In children, allergies, and more commonly, food sensitivities, can contribute to a variety of learning disabilities.”

Any Food can be a trigger

The Canadian writer Syd Baumel in his book Dealing with Depression Naturally states that “the narrow, orthodox definition of allergy is that it is an immunologic reaction… confined to the superficial tissues of the body (the skin, the respiratory system, or the digestive tract). Clinical ecologists, however, insist that any food is capable of triggering an adverse reaction in any organ of the body with or without the help of the immune system.”

7 Ways of dealing with chronic allergies

1. Clinical ecologists and orthomolecular physicians use several diagnostic methods for allergy detection including sublingual or intradermal provocation, muscle testing, pulse testing, electro-dermal screening and lab tests (RAST, DIMSOFT, cytotoxic testing).

2. Avoid food dyes and colorings. These agents are notorious for being linked to adverse behavior in children, most notably by physician Ben Feingold whose diet is used successfully to eliminate food allergens in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

3. Avoid excitotoxins such as monosodium glutamate and aspartame, which are linked with brain allergic reactions and toxicity.

4. Add bovine colostrum to your diet as capsules, lozenges or whole food powder. First milking colostrum contains proline rich polypeptide, which regulates the body’s thymic response and immunoglobulins that educate the body’s immune system cells so that it doesn’t overreact.

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5. Nutritional supplementation with quercetin can also make the body more allergy resistant. Supplement with vitamin C and bioflavonoids as well as B complex, zinc and grape seed extract to regulate the body’s immune response to allergens.

6. NAET therapy uses muscle testing to confirm and eliminate allergens, along with acupuncture and chiropractic (when necessary).

7. Since anti-allergy drugs such anti-histamines damage brain function as well, sufferers can use xylitol-based nasal rinses to lower the inflammatory markers. This five-carbon sugar, sprayed in liquid form in the nostrils, affects the body’s first sentries, the cilia, enabling them to filter out offenders from the start. It keeps allergens out of the body before mast and other immune cells even need to mount an assault. The nasal rinse should be used much as one washes one’s hands, says Lon Jones, DO, whose research led to the therapeutic uses of xylitol-saline rinses. “When you wash your hands wash your nose too,” says Jones. “In other words, to keep inflammation down not only for allergies but the whole body, keep your nose clean.”

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ReferencesAllergy influences the inflammatory status of the brain and enhances tau-phosphorylation. J Cell Mol Med. 2012 Oct;16(10):2401-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1582-4934.2012.01556. Heela Sarlus, Xiuzhe Wang, Angel Cedazo-Minguez, Marianne Schultzberg, and MirceaOprica Chronic airway-induced allergy in mice modifies gene expression in the brain toward insulin resistance and inflammatory responses J Neuroinflammation. 2013; 10: 99. Published online 2013 Aug 1. doi: 10.1186/1742-2094-10-99PMCID: PMC3750454 Sarlus H, Höglund CO, Karshikoff B, Wang X, Lekander M, Schultzberg M, Oprica M.
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