Environmental & Food Allergies

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  • A recent nationwide survey found that 1 in every 2 U.S. citizens test positive to one or more allergies.
  • Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic disease (fatigue, chronic sinus congestion, migraines, stomach problems, arthritis, skin problems, etc.) in the United States, costing $18 billion annually.
  • In addition to foods, one can also experience allergic reactions to fabrics, nutritional supplements, plant and animal substances, chemicals, metals, and medications.

What is an Allergy?

The word allergy comes from a Greek word meaning altered energy. When we experience an unusual re-action to substances in our environment, we can either have a specific immune reaction called an allergy or other systemic reactions, which we call sensitivities.

Many people with allergies reach for over-the-counter medication to suppress their symptoms. After all, who wants to be sneezing all day if the pollen is high, when a daily dose of an anti-histamine will make the problem “go away”. What those people do not realize is that all they are doing is managing their symptoms, while beneath the surface a fire is burning, which could set them up for serious long-term health problems.

From Allergy to Inflammation

When an allergic reaction occurs in someone’s body, their immune system tries to fight it, and this battle causes an inflammatory response which may not be evident to the person. If the source of the allergy is not handled and is merely suppressed, it won’t go away and so the immune system continues fighting. This sets the body up for long-term inflammation, which can lead down the pathway to serious health conditions.

From Inflammation to Chronic Illness

Inflammation comes from the Latin word inflammo meaning “I ignite, set alight”, and can be classified as either acute or chronic.

Acute inflammation is the short-term immune response our bodies mount in cases of trauma, infection or exposure to a foreign microorganism. Our immune systems react by identifying the infectious or dangerous substance, determining which cells are non-threatening and which are threatening, assessing the level of the threat, mounting a response, and repairing any resulting damage.

Chronic inflammation arises when this response is not completely turned off or extinguished. It acts like a slow-burning fire, continuing to stimulate pro-inflammatory immune cells when they may not be needed. Like an unattended fire, chronic inflammation can slowly spread and lead to serious metabolic breakdown, with vast implications for long-term health.

When an allergy exists, either hidden or visible, and the root cause of it is not handled, the body will be constantly on the defensive. When that situation exists, the body’s overall health can be compromised. Firstly, inflammation takes a lot of a body’s energy and resources. Second, having a constant, low-grade flow of powerful inflammatory markers in the blood stream can cause damage with time. To make matters worse, the immune system’s hyperactivity can self-perpetuate and quickly spiral into disease.

You may have heard that disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and eczema stem from inflammation. But chronic inflammation has now been connected to a host of modern diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, asthma, coronary artery disease and diabetes.

From Chronic Illness to Good Health

At LifeWorks Wellness Center, we work with patients to find the root cause of their health issues, we don’t just cover them up. Sometimes patients are aware that they have an allergic reaction to something, and we work with them to handle it. However, often we see patients with chronic symptoms whose allergies are present, but hidden, so they have no knowledge of them. By carefully evaluating the patient we can determine if the allergy-inflammation double-act is the root cause of their health condition, and if it is we will work with them to eliminate it.

For many people, the elimination of allergies and sensitivities is an essential component in becoming healthy, and at LifeWorks we can help you to do just that. Call our New Patient Scheduler on (727) 466-6789 today for an appointment.

At LifeWorks, we treat all forms of chronic disease, provide functional laboratory evaluation for patients with specific individual nutrition recommendations, treat patients with chronic pain, chronic fatigue neuro-musculoskeletal problems, and provide support to other programs.

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About Dr. Minkoff, Medical Director

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr. Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr. Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr. Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy, and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr. Minkoff is one of the most in-demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best-selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teaches to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.