Allergy Season Hits Early

Allergy season has started already, according to the well-meaning folks at Doctors Express, who were kind enough to offer the following information for allergy sufferers.

Yes, we all know that allergies are no picnic but why should anyone have to live with this kind of misery? Those of us living in California may be denied the right to choose by the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, if we don’t speak out and demand the right to choose alternative therapies and treatment. The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners may soon make the choice for us all. [Learn more.]

Early Blooms Have Allergy Season Hitting U.S. Sooner Than Usual
Allergists Jammed So Local Urgent Care Fills Urgent Need

Nearly 40 million Americans are coughing, sneezing and tearing up a lot sooner this year, thanks to early blooms causing allergy season to hit much earlier.   Global warming is speeding up the growth of ragweed, the leading hay fever trigger, so allergists are prematurely jammed with weary and wheezy sufferers looking for immediate relief. That’s why urgent care centers like Doctors Express, are seeing a huge rise in allergy patients.

“Recent surveys show the average wait time to see a specialist is twenty days and people suffering from allergies don’t want to wait that long for relief,” says Dr. Scott Burger, co-founder of Doctors Express, the first nationally franchised urgent care with a center in your area. “By treating allergy patients, our urgent care is filling a desperate need in our health care system, especially this year with allergies hitting so many so soon in the season.”

Why So Many “Achoos!” So Soon?

  • Climate Change
  • Ragweed – Ecologists with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture believe global warming and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning of fossil fuels is supercharging the growth of ragweed, the leading hay fever trigger. Not only is the ragweed growing larger and producing more pollen, the pollen is even more allergenic this year. 27% of Americans who suffer from allergies are sensitive to ragweed.  
  • Pine Pollen – Studies at Duke University show elevated carbon dioxide increases pollen production of loblolly pines, causing an epidemic of new allergy cases.
  • Hygiene Hypothesis – We have developed such an indoor lifestyle our children are not exposed to dirt and other outdoor elements, such as pollen. So when children go outside, their bodies go into attack mode and they may develop allergies to certain pollutants, like pollen.
  • We’ve Become Too Clean – Allergists say using household cleaning sprays like furniture and glass cleaners and air fresheners more than once a week can lead to allergies.

“People who have never had allergies in the past come to us thinking they have strep, bronchitis, or sinusitis when actually it’s allergies,” says Dr. Burger. ” These miserable allergy symptoms don’t hit conveniently from 9 – 5 on weekdays. We’re open full days, seven days a week when your primary docs or allergists aren’t even open .”

Make Yourself Comfortable (source: Mayo Clinic): Allergies are among the most common, but often overlooked, of diseases in the nation.   Other than medication, there are ways you can make yourself more comfortable this allergy season.

  •  If you’ve been outside, take a shower before going to bed and change into fresh clothing so you don’t bring the pollen that may have clung to your skin, hair or clothes onto your sheets.   Also, wash your sheets often.
  • Close your windows (and opt for air conditioning ) at night if the pollen count is high.
  • Avoid outdoor activity early in the morning when pollen levels are at their highest.
  • The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and use a portable HEPA filter in your bedroom.

The following herbs may be of some benefit in treating allergies (source: Mayo Clinic):

  • Butterbur may help relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
  • Stinging nettle may improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
  • Choline may help relieve symptoms associated with asthma.

More research is needed before these therapies can be recommended as safe and effective. If you’re interested in adding alternative therapies to your treatment plan, always talk with your doctor first. He or she can help you understand which therapies are most likely to help in your case. Your doctor can also provide information about potential health risks and drug interactions.

Top 10 Cities with the Worst Spring Allergies:  

Knoxville is ranked the worst city in America to live if you suffer from spring allergies.   Did your city make the 2011 list (source:  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)?

1.  Dayton, OH
2.  McAllen, TX
3.  Wichita, KS
4. Louisville, KY
5.  Jackson, MS
6.  Knoxville, TN
7.  Greensboro, NC
8.  Madison, WS
9.  Chattanooga, TN
10.  St. Louis, MO

CA Limiting Healthcare Choices

These days most of us know someone who suffers from some form of allergy, whether it be a food allergy or environmental allergen, the results are the same. Misery. Until just a few short years ago, allergy sufferers endured frequent shots and/or  steroid treatment  in attempt to lead a normal productive life.

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The shots and steroids don’t cure the problem but many allergy sufferers are able, through treatment,  to gain some relief from their symptoms. Those of us allergic to the treatment, unable to take the steroids,  were left to suffer with our allergies, until just a few years ago.

With the wide-spread use of lasers for pain relief came other advances in medical treatments, including alternatives to allergy treatment. One company which offers allergy relief through bio-feedback is BioVeda (though there are others, I am not familiar with them). The treatment consists of using a laser to retrain the body not to react to certain allergens. The treatments are very effective and have given many allergy sufferers the relief they have been unable to find elsewhere.

Recently, a complaint was filed with the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners from a woman whose children were allergic to chocolate. The children were treated for the allergen by a Chiropractor with biofeedback equipment. The doctor announced that the girls were now able to eat chocolate. So, the mother gave the girls chocolate…and they had a reaction.

Because of this  single isolated incident, the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners has been holding hearings on the topic of biofeedback and are considering banning the treatment by Chiropractors  within the State of California, all in the name of protecting the public.

As a chronic allergy sufferer, without insurance, I believe this action is against the public interest and only serves to further line the pockets of medical doctors and pharmaceutical companies, who offer prolonged, expensive treatment but offer no cure — not even the hope of a cure.

I am sure that not everyone who has gone through the biofeedback  treatments has been cured —  but everyone’s body is different, and no claim was ever made that these treatments had  a 100% success rate. Medical doctors are not able to provide cures for many medical issues that they treat. The benefits of the biofeedback treatments are nothing short of miraculous, when they work, and have the ability to change people’s lives. The best part is that most people can actually afford the series of treatments, even if they can’t afford medical insurance!

If the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners has their way, those of us who suffer from allergies will be forced to endure an endless routine of shots and pills, with no real cure ever offered, and side-effects that are often worse than the allergy itself.

If a doctor makes false claims or statements, he or she should be challenged and charged accordingly or their license should be revoked, if necessary. Why ban a valuable treatment method that provides relief from suffering to so many?

If you care about having medical options, please take the time to learn more about this important issue. Even if your don’t suffer from allergies, having this choice available to others – your family, friends and even strangers –  should be protected and preserved.  You can watch the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners hearings online.   Watch the January, February and March hearings. Please send your comments to:

Board of Chiropractic Examiners
2525 Natomas Park Drive, Suite 260,
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone: (916) 263-5355
Fax: (916) 263-5369
CA Relay Service TT/TDD: (800) 735-2929
Consumer Complaint Hotline: (866) 543-1311
Or email:
chiro.info@chiro.ca.gov

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