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Food Sensitivities, Allergies, & Anaphylaxis


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Presentation on Recognizing Allergies, Food sensitivities, Intolerances, and Anaphylaxis. Mention of use of Homeobotanicals in milder sensitivities and food intolerances.

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Food Sensitivities, Allergies, & Anaphylaxis

  1. 1. Food Sensitivities, Allergies, & Anaphylaxis By Kimmer Collison-Ris MSN, FNP-C, WOCN, MS CAM www.haydns-
  2. 2.  food sensitivities are the result of toxic responses to food and are divided into two categories: allergic responses; and food intolerances. Food Sensitivities…
  3. 3.  What’s the Difference? Illnesses that commonly have adverse food reactions as a contributing factor include: •Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) •Asthma •Fibromyalgia •Eczema •Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder •Hives •High blood pressure •Heartburn (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) •Autoimmune conditions (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s, Crohn’s, Hashimoto’s, etc) •Frequent colds & flus •Ear infections
  4. 4.  Anaphylaxis-Type 1  Rapid or delayed delayed system-wide reaction to an allergen  bee stings, medication, and common food allergens  mild to life-threatening  An anaphylactic reaction:  start with tingling sensation, itching, or metallic taste in the mouth.  Hives, flushing, wheezing, swelling of the mouth and throat, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, a drop in blood pressure, and loss of consciousness are all characteristic of anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock.  usually recede with treatment or removal of the allergen  possible to have something called a biphasic reaction-  symptoms recur two to three hours after the initial attack Anaphylaxis
  5. 5. Anaphylaxis
  6. 6. Item Compared Food Sensitivities Food Allergies Body Organs Involved Any organ system in the body can be affected Usually limited to airways, skin, gastrointestinal tract Symptom Onset Occurs From 45 minutes up to 3 days after ingestion From seconds to 1 hour after ingestion Are symptoms acute or chronic? Usually chronic, sometimes acute Usually acute, rarely chronic Percentage of Population Affected Est 20-30% 1-2% Immunologic Mechanisms White blood cells Antibodies: IgG (and subclasses) IgM C3, C4 IgE Non-Immunologic Mechanisms Toxic , pharmacologic None How much food is needed to trigger the allergy? From small amount to large amount; often dosage dependent 1 molecule of allergic food needed to trigger reaction Difference in Reactions
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  9. 9. Diagnosing the Difference  There are three main methods for diagnosing food intolerances.  Each has its’ benefits and limitations.  Two or more methods can be combined as a means of overcoming the limitations of each.  Food allergies and intolerances can be treated with avoidance of the offending foods.  Food allergies and intolerances can be treated with avoidance of the offending foods.
  10. 10. Food Allergies  A food allergy produces an immediate, sometimes life threatening reaction, such as anaphylactic shock, which suddenly cuts off the wind pipe when an allergic food is ingested.
  11. 11. Diagnosing Allergies/Sensitivities
  12. 12. Homeobotanicals  Homeobotanicals are a Natural Health modality delveloped in New Zealand (1984)  BOTH homeopathic and botanical indications are considered for their therapeutic purpose.  Homeobotanical (Hb) formulas are  are a CORE THERAPY (used as a base for health management regimens)  range may assist with many healthcare applicationssupplied to a qualified Practitioner as a concentrate  formulations are considered suitable for all ages.  Only supplied as concentrates to qualified Hb providers 
  13. 13. Aggravating Factor Hb Formula Support Allergies/ Sensitivities R: Supports the normal pulmonary ventilation. Assists lungs, respiratory tract. B: "Blood Purifier" for lymphatic stasis and suppurative conditions. L: Acute and chronic hepatic dysfunction. Supports normal liver and gall. A: Acute and chronic allergies for airborne, dietary and idiopathic sources. Food Allergies/ Sensitivities M: Addresses derangement of viscera which may cause severe headaches. A: Acute and chronic allergies for airborne, dietary and idiopathic sources. Hb Formulas for Detoxification
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