The rising numbers of allergies and autoimmune conditions over the past 30 years signal the growing importance of Low Dose Allergy Treatment. In 2009, Low Dose Allergy Treatment came into use to block unwanted or allergenic responses and positively affect the immune system. This is why LDA works fine for most autoimmune conditions where the body attacks itself.
Why Are Allergies and Autoimmune Conditions So Common?
There are between 23.5 and 50 million people in the U.S. who suffer from some type of autoimmune condition. In fact, researchers also estimate that between 80 to 100 autoimmune conditions exist. That said, the significant increase in autoimmune conditions may be explained by the environment in which an individual lives.
This is because toxin accumulation in the environment may affect the immune system’s ability to discriminate between foreign substances and the individual’s own healthy cells. The immune system becomes overwhelmed with the task of identifying and dealing with those substances that could harm it.
Hence, the immune system begins to attack all cells to deal with those that might harm health. Sometimes this effort is exaggerated, which results in collateral damage to the body unexpectedly. In such a case, the immune system attacks allergens and antigens when they are present in foods, pollen, and bacteria.
On the other hand, the hyperactive auto-immune response can also target an individual’s own healthy cells. The said attacks lead to a cross-reaction with one or more body systems. For this reason, the cross-reaction may then result in an autoimmune condition such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, MS, and chronic fatigue.
In fact, losing immune tolerance may explain the significant increase in allergic responses and autoimmune conditions. Low Allergy Therapy is vital to increase immune tolerance in this case.
How Does Low Allergy Therapy Work?
Low Allergy Therapy increases T regulator cells (Treg) following the administration of the LDA. As such, the Treg cells address inappropriate cellular responses to substances promoted by CD4 (helper), CD8 (killer) and B Cells (this is where the immune system has been trying to protect from things like food, environmental inhalants or even own tissues. Simply, LDA shuts off the allergic or adverse response.
Moreover, LDA consists of extremely low doses of injections that restore the natural active immune tolerance to specific environmental allergens. These low-dose injections contain broad-based mixtures of common allergens made active by a natural substance built by the human body known as glucuronidase.
In fact, beta-glucuronidase is recognized as a natural biological response modifier. Additionally, it is likely to be a significant physiological up regulator of the lymphocytic immune system. Altogether, LDA restores the natural active cellular immune tolerance to specific environmental antigens (allergens), which have become deregulated in allergy and autoimmune diseases.
Is LDA Treatment Effective For Chronic Conditions?
Will LDA make allergy symptoms get better or even go away? Or are they “chronic,” which means they are here for the long run?
LDA therapy is a safe and effective immunotherapy used to treat food allergies, environmental allergies, and autoimmune conditions. The idea behind LDA is to retrain the immune system to become tolerant to specific microbes, chemicals, proteins, pollens, allergens, hormones, tissues, etc.
These “antigens” as they are called, trigger an immune response that leads to allergies, autoimmunity, immune activation, and inflammation. It is the result of this immune response to antigens that causes, contributes to, and perpetuates the symptoms of many chronic infections and diseases.
What Does Low Dose Allergy Treat?
Treatment with LDA is safe and effective for easing immune reactions, including:
- Exposures to environmental inhalants: (Dog, Dust, Hay Fever, Mold, Etc)
- Food allergies
- Food and inhalant-related conditions: IBS, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- ADHD Spectrum
- Autism Spectrum
- Chronic Joint and Muscle Pain
- Nephritic Syndrome
- Autoimmune Conditions
- Chemical Sensitivities
- Food Triggered Headaches & Migraines
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Skin allergies or conditions: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea
- Chronic Fatigue
- Lyme disease
- Chronic joint and muscle pain
- And more!
What To Expect During The LDA Procedure?
LDA is administered by injections and given on forearms. In particular, there are separate injections for food, environmental allergies, seasonal allergies, and one for chemicals. It is administered once every two months compared to weekly allergy shots or daily allergy drops.
The effect of LDA injections is usually noticeable soon after administration. Over time, usually after 1 to 2 years of injections once every two months, the effect lasts longer. Therefore, the gap between injections lengthens.
The LDA mixes can mix into one shot for young kids who fear injections. The mixes can even be implemented as sublingual drops, but those two changes are still effective. When the doctor gives separate injections, the remedy results are best.
Is LDA Safe?
LDA is a safe treatment as it uses a natural pathway of immune modulation at a strength less than that which occurs in nature. An initial study of over 10,000 patients done in the US from 1993-2001 found no significant adverse reactions to LDA.
In a United States study, repeated ear infections in children responded to LDA better than any other condition. Many double-blinded studies have proven the effectiveness and safety of the LDA treatment.
Are There Side Effects With LDA?
In most cases, some side effects occur, while some patients will face localized swelling and, perhaps, some redness and itching on the LDA site. Some individuals may show ear infections in reaction to LDA. However, there has never been a systemic or life-threatening reaction to LDA.
In fact, LDA works to remove adverse reactions or symptoms. So, it is just rare to have a temporary swelling of the lower arm in response to the treatment. A few patients may have a temporary flare of signs and symptoms following their LDA treatment, particularly after the primary one to a few treatments.
The Bottom Line
LDA proves effective in remediating severe food and environmental allergies, as well as autoimmune diseases. Waco Center for Functional Medicine, PLLC offers Low Dose Allergy Therapy, a treatment for such conditions. Furthermore, LDA works by restoring the body’s natural, active immunity to specific environmental antigens and allergens, which have been lost through allergy and autoimmune disease.