According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 4 and 6 percent of U.S. children 18 or under have food allergies and this number continues to climb. Dr. Jason Brim, Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of South Elgin, weighs in on how parents can reduce the risk of allergies and how chiropractic care can help.
According to Dr. Jason, eliminating subluxation, which is a miscommunication between the spine and the nervous system, may be a key to reducing allergic response. Three types of nervous system stressors cause subluxations: physical, emotional and biochemical. “We encounter many biochemical stressors in our everyday lives—from bad air quality to certain types of food,” explains Dr. Jason. “Every time we ingest a food source, our immune systems are activated and create antibodies. If these antibodies react adversely with the food, histamine and other chemicals can cause allergic reactions such as hives, asthma, facial swelling, stomach issues or other symptoms.”
If the body is exposed to stressors that cause subluxation, chiropractors help correct them through adjustments so the body can begin to heal itself. “By combining the removal of subluxations with a patient’s better food choices, we often see significantly reduced histamine responses throughout the body,” says Dr. Jason.
Limiting Food Allergy Risk
Dr. Jason advises parents to avoid the most commonly problematic foods, which are soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, milk and seafood, especially shellfish. “Children can develop an allergy to anything at any time, but we do know that these six foods make up approximately 90 percent of food-induced allergic reactions.”
Dr. Jason also cautions parents about starting infants too young with cereal and recommends avoiding grains, vegetables and fruits until their digestive systems are more mature, at approximately six months old. “Starting wheat products earlier may increase the chance of developing an immune response allergy,” he explains.
The Dairy Connection
Dr. Jason has concerns about the role dairy may play when it comes to food allergies and notes that Western culture is one of the few in the world that moves babies from breast milk to cow’s milk and juice. “Instead, consider moving from breast milk to goat’s milk, rice milk, almond milk or water.”
Dr. Jason explains that the medical field is beginning to research and question the effect cow’s milk has on children’s overall health. “Studies indicate that many childhood disorders like allergies, asthma or eczema may be induced or aggravated by dairy products.