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Researchers estimate that fifty million people in the United States suffer from allergies. Other parts of the world report percentages resembling those in America. Allergies represent the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. Hay fever (Allergic rhinitis) creates a common condition that causes symptoms such as sneezing, a stuffy/runny nose, and watery/itchy eyes. Most allergy sufferers experience these allergies seasonally. Symptoms of seasonal allergies occur in spring, summer and/or early fall and usually result from allergic sensitivity to pollens from trees, grasses, weeds, or airborne mold spores.
Year-round allergic rhinitis generally results from sensitivity to house dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches, or mold spores. Most allergy sufferers turn to allergy drugs (usually Zyrtec, Allegra, or Claritin) for relief. Pharmaceutical drugs may treat allergy symptoms but do so with a risk of side effects that include: drowsiness, mouth and throat dryness, abnormal heart rhythms, sleep troubles, digestive issues, skin problems, headaches, and nervous system dysfunction.
A medical study published in 2004 linked allergies to tiny misalignments in the spine. When the misalignments were addressed with manual adjustments by a health professional, allergy symptoms improved in more than 70% of patients. Several other recorded results included:
- 98% of patients with dermatitis, allergies and asthma suffered from vertebral misalignments
- Correction of spinal misalignments improved itching symptoms of chronic dermatitis by 88% and skin appearance of dermatitis patients by 72%
- Allergy symptoms improved in over 70% of patients who received adjustments
- Vertebral misalignment is a common factor in patients with dermatitis and asthma
- Dermatitis patients receiving no adjustment experienced no improvement
The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery 2003 Vol. 2.1
“Relationship Between Vertebral Deformities and Allergic Diseases”
Y. Takeda, S. Arai