Considering a Joint Replacement? Better Check This…

An article on Medscape March 14, 2014, entitled “Allergies to Joint Replacement Implants Problematic” talked about patients with various joint replacements experiencing allergic symptoms.  The article stated:

About half of those with unexplained implant failure were allergic to one of the materials in the implants, as were about three quarters of the candidates for joint replacement with a history of allergic reactions.
The most common allergic reaction was to nickel, which affected 65% of the preoperative patients and 20% of the postoperative patients. That was followed by cobalt, nickel and cobalt combined, chromium, any bone cement extract, bone cement, and benzoyl peroxide.
If you are considering a joint replacement, make sure that you are tested against the materials used IN ADVANCE.  We can test you, or you can be tested by a medical allergist, but please do so.  We have one lady who we see who has had a lot of misery because of this.And by the way, this holds true for dental implants as well!

How to Increase Your Performance in Life

A new article posted March 23rd on Bloomberg.com exclaims:
Athletes to CEOs Finding Food Sensitivities Can Mar Performance

The article talks about a blood test for allergies called the “Alcat Test“, which, for a measly $800, you can have a 320 foods, food additives and other substances tested.

But the fact that Bloomberg’s is recommending it to its readers is laudable.  Allergies and sensitivities CAN and DO affect your performance — at school, at the office, at sports, and in all the other areas of your life.  That’s why that is the focus of my practice!

If you know of anyone who would like to have their life and performance enhanced, have them call us!  Our initial evaluation can save them at least $675 for starters.  Or, we can send them for this test if they wish.  In any regard, this only tells part of the story — the other TWO parts are:  1)  How do I eliminate the allergy?  and, 2) how do I prevent future allergies.

#2 Ranked Tennis Player in the World Got Great by Going Gluten-Free

An interesting article in Men’s Fitness Magazine (not posted on-line yet,, but on the bookshelf) about the Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic who was, two years ago, so ill he didn’t even rank in world tennis.  After his Serbian Medical Doctor did muscle testing on him and found that he was gluten sensitive, Novak went gluten-free and a year later was ranked #1 in the world.  He just fell to #2 a few weeks ago.

Maybe it’s time to have your family tested to see if they are unknowingly suffering from food sensitivities.

Seasonal Allergies: It’s Going to Be a Heckuva Season

Sneezing GirlThe Problem

With the fourth mildest winter in recorded history behind us, the seasonal allergy problem is, so to speak, in full bloom.

An interesting article was published on March 13th in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Allergies:  The Season’s Public Enemies” by Laura Landro made some interesting observations:

As many as 30% of children and up to 40% of adults suffer from seasonal allergies that cause reactions such as sneezing, itching, stuffy nose, and watery eyes. Trees are one of the earliest plants to release pollen, followed later by pollen from grass and flowering plants. For example, high concentrations of tree pollen in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday came mainly from juniper, elm and maple trees, according to data compiled by the National Allergy Bureau, part of research group American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Ditto for Atlanta, where the top

offenders were pine, oak and birch.

California Oak Tree

photo by Phillip Bouchard on Flickr

In the beautiful City of Thousand Oaks, California, this can be a problem (yes we have AT LEAST 1000 Oak trees, and hundreds of persons reacting to them).

And it appears the season will continue longer than usual.

What to Do?

The article in the WSJ talks about the typical treatments:  antihistamines including eye drops, nasal sprays and the like can reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis otherwise known as “hay fever”, but that doesn’t solve the real problem — what’s actually creating an abnormal immune response on some people when it doesn’t in others.  Various medical treatments including subcutaneous(under the skin)  or sublingual (under the tongue) immunotherapy works, but takes awhile to work — again, according to the WSJ article:

Unlike medication, allergy shots can potentially lead to lasting remission of symptoms after three to five years.

So, if you have time enough to wait, this might be a viable choice.

Other Choices

Most people don’t know that acupuncture has been one of the most high effective methods of treating allergies for centuries.  In an interesting article entitled Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine for Seasonal Allergies, author Jillian Capodice, LAc demonstrates a number of research articles on the subject.  The efficacy of acupuncture in regard to seasonal allergy is also mentioned on the prestigious WebMD site in an article entitled Relieve Allergies the Natural Way.

But, if you’re needle-phobic like me, you are probably looking for another way to deal with this problem.

Acupuncture points on back

© nebari – Fotolia.com

There are a number of techniques that utilize principles from acupuncture without actually using needles.  The premier technique is called “NAET” – an anacronym for “Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique”.  It uses another form of treatment to stimulate acupuncture points, specifically points on the back called “Shu” points which connect with the various energy meridians on mammals, including humans.  This treatment is a form of acuPRESSURE which is the manual stimulation of acu points with pressure.

NAET seems to have a balancing effect on the Autonomic Nervous System. It can desensitize your response to environmental (and other) allergens quite quickly.  However, one must also keep in mind that other issues need to be addressed for a “permanent” elimination.

That will be the subject of our next post.