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nutrition, holistic health and wellness with you.
This month I want to talk to you
about allergies and why you do not have to suffer another
season of misery.
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Diane McLaren (905) 855-3000
This newsletter is
dedicated to helping you develop informed habits of health!
- With great sadness, I want to acknowledge the passing of my husband's mother, a grand lady who
peacefully in her sleep on March 30th 2009, just shy of her 93rd year. Erma
McLaren was an extraordinary woman who retained a daily passion
for living and optimism of life throughout her many years. Full of gratitude,
she always saw the glass half full.
She taught us to keep going even when we
felt like giving up. She also taught us that it was more important to love
than to be loved and all of our best qualities are because of her.
I am confident heaven welcomed her with open arms as she began the next part of
You can read the full text of Bill's dedication here ...
This month's feature article ...
Uncovering The Root Causes And
Solutions For Those
Atchouu…” Gesundheit - A tes souhaits - Bless you!
Spring and here we go again! While some people do
not experience allergies at all, for others, allergies last from a
few weeks in the spring or fall to symptoms that last from early
spring to the first fall frosts. Some experience allergies all
the time due to their exposure to substances the body was never
meant to tolerate.
No matter when or how long they last, symptoms of allergies
affect you, they make life difficult and quite simply uncomfortable.
But I want you to know that suffering from allergies whether
it's due to the environment around you or the foods you consume is totally unnecessary and I
am not talking about using man-made products that temporarily mask the symptoms of
You read that correctly!
Most people do not know that they need not suffer through
those unpleasant symptoms so let's find out what I mean by that
statement and in doing so, get to the root causes of allergies so you
will know why and how you will never have to suffer through another
allergy season again.
Begin By Understanding Why Allergies Exist!
What follows is my understanding and interpretation from over two
decades of study, research and successfully working with clients who
got rid of their allergies.
For those who know me, they know that I ask a lot of questions
and those questions always follow a logical e.g. rational approach.
Many years ago I remember wondering …
- How can something that is normally so inoffensive and even beneficial
in some cases cause severe allergy symptoms in some people, and
nothing in others? Examples include dog or cat hair where
it has been shown that people who own dogs or cats live longer
or what about a beautiful tree or flower which scrubs the air of
hazardous carbon dioxide while providing us with essential oxygen
as well as visual pleasure.
- Why do so some people suddenly develop allergies such
as hay fever?
- Why so some people grow out of their allergies?
What Is An Allergy?
An allergy is an inappropriate response by the body’s immune system
to a substance that is not normally harmful. Allergic
reactions are often a result of malfunctioning of the immune system.
Some people have an extremely strong reaction to certain substances
that could be food or environmentally related. When the
reaction is not too strong, often it is called a “sensitivity” and
that should be our first clue to do something. Remember that
not all allergies produce strange behavior.
Some allergy symptoms include:
- Feeling of unease
- Runny nose
- Mucus & sore
- General aches and
In more severe allergenic reactions, airway obstruction can occur
from the swelling and thickening of the linings of nose, mouth and
Understanding Allergenic Symptoms
When your body is reacting to allergy symptoms from what in most
cases is normally an inoffensive substance such as cat hair, it is
an indication that the immune system is “weakened or impaired”.
What I mean by that is the immune system is so weak, injured or
confused that it cannot do the original job it was supposed to do,
keep the “bad guys out”, and leave the “good guys in”.
You can think of the immune system as the body’s bouncer similar to
a bouncer at the front doors of a night club. If the bouncer
is not sharp or had a few drinks, he might let the wrong people into
the club thus inviting potential trouble. In a similar way, if
the immune system in a weakened state cannot recognize who is really
a good guy or bad guy, it can allow some bad guys to enter the body
or reject some good guys which translates to different allergies for people.
That simple analogy explains why people develop allergies given that
most are not born with them. In other words, “people grow into their
allergies” when their immune system is weakened.
This also explains why some people grow out of their allergies e.g.
when their immune system gets stronger.
Allergies And Our Toxin Exposure Overload
The other part of the allergy puzzle is our almost constant exposure
to an overload of toxins. We are bombarded with so many extra
toxins found in our food (over 10,000 chemicals are used in our food
industry), in our water, the air we breathe, the environment, toxins
produced by our excessive stress levels and even by our activity
We cannot escape our exposure to toxins
Toxin exposure is a fact of life in North America in the 21st
century and while we can do a lot to decrease our exposure, we
cannot escape it. There is no shortage of studies in Canada
and the USA validating this.
The result for many people is that the human body simply cannot
cope with these extra toxins. The results of this constant
barrage of toxins on our body make it even more difficult for a
weakened immune system to do its job properly! When there are
so many toxins, the immune system gets overwhelmed and either stops
working and lets everything in or at best works at random picking up
a few, not necessarily the real bad guys because its judgment is
So What Can You Do To Alleviate The Symptoms Of Allergies?
- The answer is quite simple, extremely effective and it
- Bring and then maintain the immune system at absolute
optimum levels of efficiency
- Keep internal body systems clean so toxins won’t remain in the
organs and tissues. This allows every cell to be more
efficient. Think of your furnace at home, when the return air filter
is dirty; the house gets dusty much faster.
- Strengthen the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems as
necessary. In bodily terms, having 2-3 bowel movements a day
keeps our systems working at their best. Remember good
nutrition is a two-part process; one in putting good nutrients
in, and the other is taking wastes out.
Exactly how can we do that?
- Drink water, water, water - I cannot stress enough the
importance of adequate clean hydration – see my
newsletter for more on body hydration and water.
Dr. Bernard Jensen (one of my instructors) used to say:
"You are not allergic, you are thirsty; You do not have asthma,
you are thirsty” – It is crucial to keep the body liquids
flowing and water is the first step.
- Consume whole natural foods - Eat fresh, whole natural foods
that are as free of chemicals as possible. I have said
this often, shop the perimeter of the grocery Store
and try to
avoid the isles where the processed foods are found.
- Avoid highly processed foods - Many food alle - Many food allergies are the result
of constantly consuming highly processed foods (packaged products)
which are really not suitable for healthy human consumption in the
first place, and this include all genetically modified products or
Common highly processed and GMO products to avoid include dairy, wheat, corn, fats, sodium
and sugar. As a nutritionist, I do not consider allergic
reactions to those products as food allergies. We should largely avoid these
products as the human body was not designed to efficiently process
them in the first place and the allergic responses we experience are
our body’s complains and warnings to stay away from them.
Test Yourself For Food Allergies At Home
If you suspect food allergies, you can do an easy test at home:
Take your pulse for 60 seconds before eating the offending food,
eat the offending food, wait about 20-30 minutes and take your pulse
again after. If your pulse rate increased more than ten beats
per minute, it is likely that you have an intolerance or allergy to
Consider Muscle Testing As An Alternative To Self-testing:
Muscle Testing, (also known as biokinesiology or applied
kinesiology) is another fast and effective way to find out your
current intolerances, allergies and needs. Muscle Testing uses the
body’s own computer (the brain) and its circuits of interaction with
organs, muscles and diverse tissues (nervous system) to determine
the internal integrity of the body.
Testing for food intolerances, food allergies and body
requirements will help
you actually feel the difference because the results are specific to
your own body conditions and requirements.
Not Sure what you need?
Call me to book a Muscle Test for just $45 (about 20-25
minutes) and get clear on your actual body needs. Stop wasting
money on products you do not need and call 905-855-3000!
Supplementing When You Body Systems Need A Little Assistance
Supplementing a nutritionally strong whole foods diet with 100%
whole/natural supplements to nourish, strengthen and bring balance
back to the body is the fastest and most effective means of
naturally eliminating the symptoms of allergies.
Supplements are typically used during the strengthening and
healing process then consumption can decline to a maintenance level
once the body is operating efficiently and your consumption of
processed and GMO foods does not exceed more than 20% of your daily diet.
(That still leaves lots of the fun food on the table!)
The following natural herbal products are found on my
Build & Strengthen The Immune System page ...
AL-J cap#778-8 or liquid #3166-5: natural anti-hi: natural anti-histamine (with no
harmful effects) It supports and strengthens the respiratory system;
removes allergens and other toxins; soothes inflamed tissues and
also helps with asthma, bronchitis, coughs, nasal drainage and
Histablock #776-1: is also a natural anti-histamine (with no
harmful effects); this formula provides antioxidant strength to
maintain stable mast cells and support the body’s efforts in
maintaining normal mucous membranes, keeping nasal passages open;
the anti-inflammatory helps to reduce swelling and acts as a natural
Tiao He Pak #4005-7: Great way to gently cleanse and
detoxify the body. It cleans the blood, liver, colon and cells
plus it strengthens the immune system.
Protease Plus #1841-7: Provides a full spectrum of
plant-derived trace minerals which help activate enzymes; break down
protein compounds, ensure proper digestion of nutrients (especially
of proteins) that results in less undigested by-product creating
toxins. Supports optimal immunity through improved digestion.
FYI - mucus, which is one of the symptoms produced by allergies, is
partly made of proteins therefore the better the digestion of
proteins, the less allergies (foods or environmental).
HRP-C cap #937-7 or liquid #3167-6: Strengthens, builds and
supports the immune system; helps the liver gets rid of toxins;
enhances the body’s response to stress; purifies blood and
flushes toxins; it contains herbs which provide powerful
antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, and antiviral activity
against numerous pathogenic organisms.
You can order any/all of these products with your NSP account or
by visiting my Boost & Strengthen The Immune System page (no account required) ...
(If you want your own free NSP account, use my sponsor #
www.naturessunshine.com in the USA
www.naturessunshine.ca in Canada or call me to find out how!)
Got Questions About Developing Your Own Habits Of Health?
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Isn't it time to stop guessing and find out where you stand on your own nutrient needs!
If would like to learn more, it is very simple – just call me at (905) 855-3000.
To your good health and happiness,
Holistic Health Practitioner, Wellness Coach
Guidance - Coaching - Motivation - Success