Intolerance Sensitivity Explained (article)

Intolerance Sensitivity Explained (article)

Intolerances and sensitivities are often confused with allergies, yet they differ significantly in their impact on the body and how they are treated. Understanding these differences, their symptoms, triggers, and the most effective treatments is crucial for managing them effectively.

What is Intolerance and Sensitivity?

Intolerance generally refers to the body’s inability to digest certain substances, leading to digestive system reactions. For example, lactose intolerance results from the lack of an enzyme needed to digest milk sugar, leading to gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

Sensitivity, on the other hand, occurs when the body reacts to substances (like pollen or certain foods) in non-allergic ways that can still trigger symptoms similar to allergic reactions, but without involving the immune system’s antibody response.

Differences Between Intolerances, Sensitivities, and Allergies

Unlike allergies, which involve an immune system response and can be life-threatening, intolerances and sensitivities generally lead to less severe symptoms and are mostly non-life-threatening. Allergies trigger a histamine reaction that can affect multiple organs and lead to severe outcomes like anaphylaxis. In contrast, intolerances primarily affect digestion, and sensitivities can lead to discomfort without severe immune complications. My Acupuncture.

Common Symptoms and Triggers

Symptoms of intolerances and sensitivities can include nausea, bloating, diarrhea, rashes, nasal congestion, headaches, and fatigue. A specific example is hay fever, a sensitivity where the immune system reacts to airborne substances like pollen, causing symptoms like a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing.

Common triggers for these conditions have increased over the years due to higher levels of environmental toxins, changes in diet, and greater exposure to synthetic materials. Gluten and lactose sensitivities have risen partly due to changes in food processing and genetic modifications to wheat and dairy products. Additionally, increased mold exposure and higher environmental pollution levels exacerbate symptoms and can disrupt immune function.

Best Time for Desensitization

Desensitization is most effective when not actively experiencing symptoms or during off-season times for seasonal sensitivities like hay fever. Starting treatment during a reaction or when symptoms are at their peak can lead to less effective results and discomfort.

Prerequisites for Successful Desensitization

Successful desensitization requires eliminating the triggering substances initially to reduce constant immune system stimulation. Addressing other health issues like immune system regulation, toxin removal, and addressing gut health with supportive treatments like digestive enzymes is crucial. This foundational health strengthening ensures the body can handle and adapt to the desensitization process.

Method of Desensitization

Our desensitization approach begins with identifying specific triggers through detailed diagnostic tests. The treatment has two stages:

  1. In-Clinic Neutralization: We use technologies to neutralize the effects of these triggers directly.
  2. Homeopathic Remedy: Patients continue their treatment at home with a homeopathic remedy that contains a small amount of the trigger, helping the body gradually adapt without severe reactions.

This dual approach ensures a thorough and effective treatment, helping patients achieve long-term relief and improved quality of life.

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