Allergy Relief

Date Aired: October 6, 2017

Episode Description

Dr. Smith will discuss allergies and the many contributing factors. She will discuss the contributing factors and underlying triggers. The role of diet, the microbiome, theenvironment and toxins will be addressed. Also covered will be food intolerances, allergic sinusitis, asthma, skin conditions, and steps we can take to reduce the adverse effects of these conditions.

Allergy Relief

Pam Smith, MD

Book What you must know about allergy relief



  • Functional medicine looks a cause not symptoms
  • Is personalized
  • This goes with allergies as well.
    • The underlying causes must be identified and addressed.


  • A disease process
  • An over reaction of the body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance such a food, animal, plant, wheat, pet, and chemicals
  • Is much more common than previously thought
  • Allergies are on the rise and include food allergies, asthma, hay fever, eczema, etc.
  • My allergy sufferers have dark circles under their eyes


  • Anxiety, irritability, ADHD, brain fog, compulsiveness, depression, mood swings, panic attacks, disorientation
  • Increased risk for seizures, lethargy, memory loss,
  • Leads to inflammation
    • Little bit of inflammation is good
    • 90 % of all chronic disease are inflammatory in nature
    • Examples include Alzheimer’s Disease, cognitive decline and allergies


  • Allergies are an immune system problem
    • 70 – 80 % of the immune system is located in the gut
    • In order to have a healthy immune system, the GI tract has to work perfectly to protect people from toxins, disease
  • Allergies can stem from a problem with the gastro intestinal tract (the gut)
  • For a healthy immune system, the gastro intestinal tract has to work perfectly
    • Constipation, diarrhea, GERD indicate that the gut is not healthy.


  • Occur when there are spaces within the gut lining. These spaces between in the gut lining let bacteria, medicines, toxins and partially digested food leak into the body
  • This food that leaked out, set up an allergic response reaction
  • Next time the same food is eaten, the body becomes inflamed and produces chemical reactions, making leukotrienes and other substances and induce further reaction
  • Sometimes the allergic responses occur quickly

Different Kinds of Food Reactions

Food Allergy -IgE  Reaction

  • The food induces an immediate anaphylactic reaction
  • Symptoms can include shortness of breath a rash swelling and even cause death from the swelling around he airway.

Food sensitivities- IgG Reaction

  • 50 million Americans have food sensitivities
  • It is a humoural response
  • Occurs one to three days after eating the food
  • Symptoms might include headaches, a foggy memory, gut disturbance, an itchy or runny nose, fatigue, diarrhea,
  • This can give a person a high and make them feel good as the IgG response increases norepinephrine and epinephrine. This feeling of a high, makes people want to eat these foods over and over again.
  • Most common food allergies are wheat dairy soy, eggs and peanuts in that order
  • Other intolerances
    • Lactose,
    • MSG (migraine headaches) is excitotoxin to the brain


  • Gluten is difficult to digest and ends to cause holes in he gut lining
  • Clumps of undigested gluten pass into the blood stream
  • Antibodies against the gluten also attack the purkinje cells in he cerebellum causing “gluten ataxia, ” the pancreatic islet cells and thyroid cells leading to autoimmune diseases in these three areas.


  • Read the labels on the food
    • Average age of reading glasses is age 42
  • Allergy testing to IgG, IgE related to difference substances,
    • Spices, mould, environment cats, dogs, trees
  • If allergy testing is not performed, can diagnose food sensitivities through the Elimination Diet.
    • As a start, eliminate wheat, dairy, corn, gluten peanuts, eggs if don’t do allergy testing
    • Then slowly add one back in every two weeks
  • The foods that one eats on the elimination die are foods that are not eaten excessively in that culture (and it is less likely to have a food sensitivity)
    • In US, eat rice and lamb
    • May differ in other countries
  • Add a new food ever four days
  • Must rotate foods: Don’t eat an food more than every four days
  • If you eat something every day, will develop an allergy.


  • Coughing, itching, sneezing, rash, stuffy nose
  • Forced heating and air conditioning spreads dander throughout the house
  • Wash down the walls with a minor tannic acid solution can destroy dander
  • HEPA filter on vacuum cleaner to clean dander from he room
  • Keep pets off upholstery and carpets
  • Don’t use drapes; dander goes onto drapes
  • Don’t sleep with pets


  • Carried around by clothes
  • Mites live in carpeting,
  • Allergy Proofing Spaces
    • Don’t have stuffed animals or over stuffed furniture
    • Vacuum frequently
    • Allergy proofing home carpets, closets
    • Allergy proof car
      • Dust mites get into the car through clothes
      • To test , stay away from the car for three days. When you go back into the environment will probably have a reaction fairly quickly


  • is a common allergy
  • is in tires, balloons, bandages, pacifiers, dental dams, othodontal appliances, tourniquets, dishwashing gloves, spandex, stethoscope tubing
  • There is cross reactivity to apples, avocados, carrots, celery, cherries
  • Cherries, chestnuts, figs, grapes, hazelnuts, kiwi, melons, nectarines, papaya, melons, passion fruit, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, uncooked potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes, wheat and rye


  • jewelry leaves a black mark on he fingers.


  • Cosmetics and personal care products
  • Cologne, hair dye, deodorant, detergents, moisturizer
  • Fragrances


  • some are sensitive to it
  • can measure fluoride in he urine


  • Feel better when away from work
  • Feel sick towards the end of the week.


  • Skin has had direct contact to something are allergic to
    • Hair dye, spray, perfume, nickel
    • Candida in GI tract
  • Itching
    • Cold compress
    • MSM lotion
    • Aloe is good cleanser


  • 98 % time related to yeast
  • usually is not a bacteria treat for yeast for two months
    • with antifungal
    • or herbal therapies for two to six months
  • oregano
  • garlic raw
    • kills bacteria, fungi, virus, parasites
    • helps prevent heart disease
    • mild blood thinner
    • best thing for self in general
  • bromelain 100 mg per day
  • MSM 1 gram per day
  • Quercitin 400 mg per day
  • Stinging nettles 300 mg per day
  • Vitamin C


  • Is an inflammatory response
  • Find cause of problem
  • Eliminate any triggers
    • Animal dander
    • Exercise
    • Food
    • Household cleaners
    • Tobacco smoker
    • Beta blocker medications
  • Check pollution index and stay in when pollution index is high
  • Foods that lead to inflammatory response
    • Asthma promoting diet sugar, additives, dyes
    • Avoid sugar
    • Avoid the bad oils:
      • vegetable oils and highly processed oils lead to pathway of inflammation
    • Sulfites
      • Beer, wine, processed foods, canned vegetable
  • Eat good omega three oils
    • flax seed,
    • aloe vera
  • Boswellia
  • Capsicun clear out mucus is expectorant
  • Cut down on stress
  • Chinese Skullcap
  • Laughter and crying help prevent heart disease and asthma


  • Might be mould
  • May have toxic mould growing inside them
  • May be a sensitivity or allergy


  • This involves an overly active histamine response to allergens
  • This sometimes occurs after toxic chemicals were removed from the environment.
  • This reaction is similar to previous smokers who are hypersensitive to cigarette smoke
  • Smith recommends taking vitamin C 1000 mg per day



  • Is a flavonoid
  • Works on every person
  • Stabilizes walls of mast cells
  • Prevents release of histamine (the neurotransmitter that causes the allergic response)
  • Commonly is mixed with other supplements
  • Helps with inflammation, allergic reactions, asthma, decrease leukotrienes

Treatment for asthma (an inflammation disease)

  • MSM (methylsulfanylmethane )
  • curcumin,
  • green tea
    • (one pill or tree cups green tea per day
    • Can get decaffeinated green tea
    • Helps with allergic symptoms
    • Helps with free radicals
  • garlic
    • fights microbes

Supplements For the Skin

  • Essential fatty Acids
  • Vitamin E > 400
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin A
  • Good probiotic
  • Make sure have enough stomach acid
  • Sarsaparilla for eczema and psoriasis
  • Milk thistle
    • Inflammation


Grass pollens

  • Persons allergic to grass pollens may have cross reactions to tomatoes, melons water melons


  • Persons allergic to ragweed, may have cross reactivity to melons, banana, honey

Silver birch 

  • Persons allergic to he silver birch, may have cross reactivity to apples, peaches, cherries, carrots, celery and most nuts


  • Breast feeding to build a healthy immune response
  • Don’t fee solid food until 5 – 6 months
  • Children exposed to peanuts under age two have less response
  • Eat health
  • Eat organic
  • Don’t eat additive
  • Minimize gluten and dairy
  • Kids need to have exposure to dirt and things that may sound gross
  • Kids can play in the dirt and sandbox.


  • Don’t use hand sanitizers all the time as mode of cleaning
  • Use soap and water
  • If used as only source of cleansing, can develop sensitizer to products inside sanitizer
  • Studies do not show sanitizers are better than soap and water
  • She does not use sanitizers available