Allergies can make living a normal life difficult. Some people have found medication to be helpful in treating their allergies. Others have seen medication as either ineffective or an added frustration of having to deal with the side effects. The good news is medication is not the only form of treatment for allergies. You can overcome allergies without medication. To help understand where allergies stem from and how someone can overcome allergies without medication, I have interviewed psychologist Dr. Lee Bowers.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“I’m a baby boomer who is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Villanova, PA. I started my career in the corporate world as a Human Resources Executive, and found my way into my current profession as I realized I was a frustrated therapist and not really suited to dealing with corporate bureaucracies. I completed a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology in my mid-30’s, and my Doctorate in my mid-40’s. In recent years, I’ve become very interested in holistic health, and became board certified as a Medical Psychologist. Now, about half my practice involves working with clients who have various health challenges, trying to help them get relief through life style change, holistic and energy medicine, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions.”
Where do allergies typically stem from?
“Allergies are actually a confusion of the autonomic nervous system. Somewhere along the line, the ANS becomes confused and begins to treat a benign substance (pollen, peanuts, pet dander, whatever) as if it were a pathogen, or harmful. Then the immune system sets up a histamine response in order to try to ward off the perceived invader. But of course, there is nothing inherently harmful about grasses or pollens or nuts or whatever – they are completely natural vegetable materials. Even mold, which can, in some cases be toxic, is normally not so, if the immune system is working properly to process it. Histamine is a stress hormone, and when we are under a great deal of stress, the threshold for activating the histamine receptors in the body is lowered. This is usually when allergies take hold. In other words, they are opportunistic. Often when I ask a client what was going on in their life when they first experienced their allergic response; they are able to point to a specific major life stressor.”
What type of impact can allergies have on a person’s overall life?
“Allergies can be anything from a minor inconvenience to life-threatening. One mother described living in constant fear that her son would be at a birthday party or some other function and inadvertently inject something with peanuts in it, giving him an anaphylactic response. She didn’t want to hover over him and be over protective, but at the same time, wanted him to be safe. It was a difficult juggling act for both of them until he was freed of the allergy. I’ll never forget when he left my office the day he’d actually had some peanut butter (always done in a very safe and controlled way with an Epi pen nearby), and skipped to the car yelling ‘I’m free!'”
How can someone overcome allegories without medication?
“That’s like asking me to tell you what I’ve learned in the last ten years! I have studied many forms of bioenergetics or energy medicine, and find the Neuromodulation Technique to be what works best. For more information check out this website www.neuromodulationtechnique.com. In a nutshell, it re-educates the body. It is completely safe and non-invasive. The worst thing that can happen is nothing, but over 90% of the people I see with allergies get over them in just a few sessions.”
Thank you Dr. Bowers for doing the interview on how someone can overcome allergies without medication. For more information on Dr. Bowers or her work, check out her website on www.drleebowers.com.
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