Hay Fever and Allergies: Discovering the Real Culprits and Natural Solutions for Reversing Allergic Rhinitis

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More of us are faced with allergies and hay fever with each passing year. Scientists are mystified by this rapid growth of allergies among the developed world - growing at nearly epidemic levels. Why are so many people suffering from allergies and hay fever - medically termed allergic rhinitis - and why is this condition expanding so quickly?

Furthermore, what causes allergic rhinitis? And more importantly, can we do anything to reverse this condition?
Drawing from hundreds of studies and research papers along with a background in alternative therapies, the author finally uncovers the mysteries surrounding allergic rhinitis. After defining the physiology of the condition and the host of allergens that can cause it, the author unveils the underlying causes of hay fever and allergies with precision and clarity.

Safe and practical natural strategies to reverse allergic rhinitis and its underlying issues are described in detail. These include inexpensive solutions that come with significant clinical evidence, along with applications that health professionals can employ in their practices.

Whether health providers, allergy sufferers or their families, this text is a necessary reference for those wishing to solve the riddle of allergic rhinitis.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter One: First Clues

  • A Modern Ailment?
  • What is Allergic Rhinitis?
  • What the Heck is Pollen?
  • Who Gets Allergic Rhinitis?
  • Allergy Rates are Rising with Asthma Rates
  • Primary Signs and Symptoms of Allergic Rhinitis
  • What is Atopy?
  • Asphyxia and Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis
  • Food Allergies and Allergic Rhinitis
  • Diagnosing Hay Fever/Allergic Rhinitis

Chapter Two: The Physiology of Allergic Rhinitis

  • Intelligent Recognition
  • Non-specific Immunity
  • Humoral Immunity
  • Cell-Mediated Immunity
  • Probiotic Immunity
  • The Immune Cells
  • The Communicators
  • The Inflammation Mediators
  • The Immunoglobulins
  • The Thymus
  • The Liver
  • The Adrenal Glands
  • The Intestines
  • Oral and Nasal Mechanisms
  • Sinus, Nasal and Airway Mucosal Membranes
  • The Cilia
  • The Inflamed Airways
  • The Allergic Response
  • Probiotics and Inflammation
  • The Role of Genes in Allergic Rhinitis

Chapter Three: The Prime Suspects

  • Pollen
  • Insect Endotoxins
  • Animal Dander
  • Dairy Sensitivities
  • Food-induced Allergic Rhinitis
  • Yeast, Molds and other Fungi
  • Positive Ions and Allergens
  • Multiple Sensitivities
  • Strategies to Reduce Allergen Exposure
  • Do We Have to Know Our Allergens?

Chapter Four: The Real Culprits

  • A Popular Suspect: The Hygiene Hypothesis
  • Immunosuppression and Systemic Inflammation
  • The Lessons of Immunotherapy
  • Defective Mucous Membranes
  • Weakened Probiotic Colonies
  • Increased Intestinal Permeability
  • Other Factors that Contribute to Allergies
  • Similar Underlying Issues among Other Rhinitis

Chapter Five: Anti-Allergy Nutrition Strategies

  • Problems with Processed Foods
  • The Wholesome Diet
  • Anti-Allergic Fat Strategies
  • Anti-Allergy Nutritional Supplement Strategies
  • Early Anti-Allergy Diet Strategies

Chapter Six: Herbal Medicine for Allergies

  • Chinese Herbal Formulations
  • Individual Chinese Anti-Allergy Herbs
  • Ayurvedic Anti-Allergy Herbs and Formulations
  • Western/European Anti-Allergy Herbs
  • Herbal Ointments and Inhalants
  • Plant Derived Corticoids
  • Other Anti-Allergy Herbs
  • Herbal Techniques
  • Homeopathy and Flower Remedies

Chapter Seven: Rebuilding the Mucosal Membranes

  • Things that Deplete Our Mucosal Membranes
  • The Mucosal Membrane Nutrient
  • Herbs that Stimulate Mucosal Health
  • Mucosal (Oral) Probiotics
  • Hydration for Mucosal Membranes

Chapter Eight: Other Strategies to Rebuild the Immune System

  • Detoxification Techniques
  • Exercise Strategies
  • Clearing the Nasal Passages
  • Air Pollution
  • Acupuncture and Acupressure Strategies
  • Liver Strategies
  • Adrenal Strategies
  • Hydrotherapy Strategies
  • Anxiety and Stress Strategies
  • Strategies to Keep Track
  • Conclusion: Putting it All Together

References and Bibliography

Index

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