Dr. Weyrich's Naturopathic Functional Medicine Notebook
Dr. Weyrich's Naturopathic Functional Medicine Notebook is a collection of information on topics of interest
to Dr. Weyrich that may be of interest to the world wide audience.
Due to limitations of time, not all information that Dr. Weyrich knows or would like to further research is
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Overview of Allergies
There are a number of types of allergies. Seasonal allergies to airborne molds and pollens
are generally mediated by IgE and tested for using skin prick tests. Food allergies can
be mediated by IgE, but more often are mediated by IgG and are best tested for using blood tests.
Food sensitivities are sometimes called "allergies" but are not really allergies.
Instead, food sensitivities generally represent some blockage in a metabolic pathway that
prevents the normal metabolism of some component of the food. Lactose intolerance is a
common example of a food sensitivity.
Strictly speaking, allergies are not autoimmune disorders, since the target of the immune system
is not part of the body ("auto-"), but rather is some exogenous substance. However, many of the same
techniques are applicable to both allergies and autoimmune disorders.
Complimentary and alternative treatments for allergies that are considered below include:
Immune System Balancing
Low Dose Naltrexone (seasonal and environmental)
Etiology of Allergies
Some authors have noted that allergies are more common in
hypothyroid conditions, and respond well to treatment
of the underlying hypothyroid condition [Starr2005, pg 108].
Differential Diagnosis of Allergies
Basal body temperature below 97.8 degrees F, elevated TSH, or depressed T3
Seasonal or other airborne allergens (can do skin testing,
but an empirical trial of oral allergy desensitization is safe and cost-effective).
Therapeutic trial of oral allergy desensitization. Dr. Weyrich recommends the
Nasal lavage (netti-pot) may be effective for allergic rhinitis (runny nose).
Brittle-brush flower tea (a plant common in the desert-southwest) may be helpful,
as may teas made from other sources of seasonal allergens, such as orange blossoms.
Over-the-counter medications may be effective for allergic rhinitis,
but may have side effects. First-generation anticholineregic
antihistamines (e.g. Benadryl) and decongestants (e.g. pseudoephedrine)
are more effective, but may have more side effects (drowsiness and dryness).
Herbal preparations may have actions and side effects that are similar to
[McCulley2018, pp 35, 89] reports that allergies are a TH2-dominant
autoimmune disorder, and proposes an approach to treating this disease, which should be
supervised by a properly trained medical professional.
Dr. Weyrich has considerable interest in this topic, but has
not treated any cases of allergies
with Immune System Balancing.
[Dudley_conditions] reports that seasonal and environmental allergies is a condition
that LDN could help, and links to a video of and interview with an LDN patient
Dr. Weyrich has been trained in the use of Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN).
However, Dr. Weyrich has not treated any cases of
any cases of seasonal or environmental allergies with LDN.