dr levy allergies

 

What is an Allergy ?

Allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless for most people. These substances are known as allergens and are found in house dust mites, pets, pollen, insects, moulds, foods and some medicines.

Atopy is the genetic (inherited) tendency to develop allergic diseases. People with atopy are said to be atopic.

When atopic people are exposed to allergens they can develop an immune reaction that leads to allergic inflammation (redness and swelling).

This can then cause symptoms in the:

  • nose and/or eyes – hay fever (allergic rhinitis/conjunctivitis)
  • skin – eczema, hives (urticaria)
  • lungs – asthma

A substance that is an allergen for one person may not be for another – everyone reacts differently. The likelihood (or risk) of developing allergies is increased if other family members suffer from allergy or asthma.

What is Asthma ?

Asthma is a lung condition that affects the airways (bronchial tubes) of your lungs, causing the tissues lining the airways to swell and become narrow. This makes it difficult to breathe. The symptoms associated with asthma (coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath) are the result of this narrowing of the airways. The major factors contributing to asthma are inflammation of the airway lining, tightening of the muscles that wrap around the airways (bronchoconstriction), or both.

Inflammation of the airways may also be accompanied by an increase in mucous production, which also worsens the blockage of the airways. Inflammation makes the airways highly sensitive to irritants in the air such as air pollution, cigarette smoke, or animal dander.

What is Eczema ?

Eczema is a group of skin conditions that cause inflammation of the skin. Eczema is not caused by an infection. The condition may be temporary or chronic, mild or, in rare instances, very serious.

Serious cases usually occur when:

  • it is severe enough to cause complications, such as skin infections
  • an affected person also contracts the herpes simplex virus
  • an affected person has a violent allergic reaction caused by contact dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is the prevalent form of chronic eczema. It is a genetically inherited condition that tends to run in families who also suffer from hay fever and asthma. Atopic dermatitis will affect about 10% to 20% of people at some point in their lives.

Dr. Levy’s unique approach to immune dysfunctions such as Allergy, Asthma or Eczema: 

A big portion of my practice is diagnosis and treatment of  chronic and complicated conditions. Throughout the years of practicing, I found that conditions such as asthma, severe allergies, eczema, bronchitis, even autoimmune conditions often have similar underlying causes: from food reactions,  nutritional deficiencies, hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances, and toxic bioaccumulation.

As with conventional medicine, treatment will only be effective once we know what is the diagnosis, and what is happening on a physiological level in all organ based systems.

Typically if a person is allergic or sensitive to certain foods then elimination followed by rotation type diet will be recommended, furthermore, specific nutraceuticals will be prescribed in order to supplement for these foods deficiencies, and to allow proper balance of assimilation from other foods, in addition the patient might be a good candidate for a medical detoxification program, after years of chronic exposure to either environmental pollutants or food allergens.

Dr. Levy will prepare a specific wellness plan, that will encompass lifestyle modifications and dietary changes, in order to restore ideal function, and optimal physiology.

Why choose Dr. Levy as your Integrative and Functional Medicine Doctor? 

Dr. Levy is uniquely academically trained and is currently the only Canadian Doctor, perhaps even internationally to have earned three first professional degrees, in three distinct and separate health care professions (Chiropractic-1997, Medicine-2006, and Naturopathic Medicine-2011.) All from accredited and in residence universities.

Furthermore, Dr. Levy’s clinical experience of 20+ years, helping well over 3000 patients achieve their health goal by implementing integrative and functional medicine, position him as a well sought after clinician, public speaker and educator. Dr. Levy is also registered in good standing with three regulatory colleges in Ontario: The College of Chiropractors of Ontario, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, and the College of Homeopaths of Ontario.