My Childhood Allergies Were So Bad, My Parents Almost Put Me in a Bubble. Today I Function Normally and You Can Too, By Finding Balance and Peace With Food!
Good nutrition is more than just rules!
[DrCorinneWeaver.com] When I was a kid, I was allergic to shellfish, cats, mold, and pretty much everything outside. My allergies and asthma started after a head trauma from a bike accident. When I was exposed to these things I would have a runny nose, itching eyes, and trouble breathing. The tendency to develop allergies is often passed down through genes from parents to their kids but if that was 100% the case then that would mean one or both of my parents would have these allergies too. They did not and all three of my kids have had no symptoms of allergies. (Photo Credit: Dr. Corinne Weaver)
Since becoming a doctor I have learned more about the nervous system and how it affected my immune system. As I have grown older, I can eat pretty much anything without rushing to the hospital and I can run outside without needing an inhaler to breathe. So, what's the key? Even though my food and environmental reactions seem like they've gone away, my troubles are not necessarily banished; symptoms of my allergies can return if I stop taking care of myself. What I have found that works is keeping my head on straight with upper cervical chiropractic care (nervous system clear), keeping my stress down by deep breathing, having a healthy gut (since that is where most of the immune system is located), and staying away from chemicals in the food and environment.
Another thing to consider is the relationship between the brain and the gut. Did you know that brain functions of children could be influenced by a food that would develop hyperactivity or learning problems? Of course, not everything is due to an allergy, but I have had multiple cases of kids with ADHD get better once they did an elimination diet. You must identify, address, and then eliminate the allergens within your body.
I had my first allergy testing when I was 11 because I was having so many asthma attacks. Once I had tested positive on all the skin tests they performed, the doctors concluded that I was allergic to basically everything in my environment. I also tested positive for some foods (shellfish was one). My parents had to get rid of the carpet in my room and put plastic on my bed—they were constantly running me back and forth to the hospital with asthma attacks. They almost wanted to put me in a bubble for protection.
The worst asthma attack I can remember was when I was 13 years old. I had lasagna and a big bowl of ice cream at an Italian restaurant. About 15 minutes after eating, my lungs completely shut down; once again, my parents had to rush me to the ER. Ten years ago, I found out when I eliminated dairy from my diet, my breathing got better because I wasn't so congested. Then three years ago, I eliminated gluten from my diet due to finding out about my thyroid autoimmune disease, and my overall health improved. I also lost 60 pounds.
There are a variety of allergy tests to determine potential IgE-, IgA-, and IgG-related immune responses. Positive reactions to skin or blood allergy testing can also be a helpful way to discover a particular allergen. In the case of food allergies or sensitivities, the best way to confirm a reaction for your child is to do an elimination test and then re-challenge the food you suspect to be a problem. (Photo Credit: Public Domain Pictures)
Food plays a role in many aspects of your life, from celebration to sorrow. The last thing you want is a long-term rigid list of rules about what to eat. Good nutrition is more than just rules! No matter the basis of your personal food decisions, finding balance and peace with food is key to a lifetime of good health and well-being.
Information-based decisions are the most important aspects of a healthy diet, which is a diet that involves making choices that allow for flexibility rather than just following rigid dietary rules. In fact, strict dietary rules often lead to failure in the long run … and it's the long run that you must always be thinking about when it comes to your diet.
Here is a useful thought that you can build upon based on your own experience and self-education: to have health like no one else, you must live like no one else.
- Consider the “big picture” and evaluate success over time from many perspectives.
- Always return to your core. If you have a cheat, don't let that become the new norm! Don't allow compromises to add up in your fridge or pantry, either—always keep your head in the game.
- Open your mind to healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and healthy fats. Set small, achievable goals and make changes that you can live with for the long run. Consider what your family needs, and if your plan doesn't work, don't give up—adjust!
- Buying organic is one way to help you stay away from more chemicals, which is a stressor to our bodies.
All our new clients do our Wellness U program, which includes a specific elimination diet for 30 days, and everyone notices an enormous difference when we eliminate the most common food sensitivities. Common allergenic foods that I see come up frequently are corn, eggs, shellfish, soy, tomatoes, peanuts, dairy, and gluten. If you are not improving within two weeks, I suggest getting a food allergy test done. Food sensitivities may be caused by many factors, among them stress, infections, overeating, artificial preservatives, additives, molds, pesticides, antibiotics, and environmental pollutants. Unidentified food sensitivities can then contribute to chronic health conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, small intestine bacteria overgrowth (SIBO), rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, autism, ADD/ADHD, eczema, chronic ear infections, gut absorption issues, insomnia, and many others. When we reintroduce a specific food, we do so one at a time (and at least three days apart) so that we can check for any kind of reaction. The reaction can be a skin rash, bloating, joint pain, and/or just feeling tired again. Listen to your body—it will speak to you. (Photo Credit: Max Pixel)
I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing His gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! If you would like to contact me with your health concerns email me directly at Dr@drcorinneweaver.com. For more information you can go to www.DrCorinneWeaver.com.
Dr. Corinne Weaver
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.