I was speaking with a dear patient of mine this week who has a friend with several allergies and chemical sensitivities and tends to be “emotional”. Do you tend to lose your temper easily? Or do you know anyone who seems “moody”? Mood fluctuations can be caused by excess inflammation from multiple sensitivities.
Allergies seem to be affecting nearly everyone. In 2012, environmental allergies are reported to be at an all-time record high. According to the World Health Organization, 40-50% of school children have a sensitivity to one or more common allergens. 1 in 5 Americans have asthma and allergies. Allergies create inflammation in the body. Since the body is always trying to heal, the adrenal glands are told to respond to the inflammation by releasing cortisol. Cortisol converts to cortisone, a very strong anti-inflammatory. This helps temporarily until the next exposure. If allergy exposures are frequent or constant, the enormous amounts of inflammation has an overwhelming effect on the adrenal glands putting them in a weakened state. In this weakened state, additional allergies develop.
The adrenal glands are the organs that help us deal with stress; any kind of stress. Stress from deadlines, demands and differences in opinions; poor food, poor sleep, too much and too little exercise, and of course, allergies and inflammation. When too much stress drains us we become short-tempered, impatient, irritable and depressed.
If you know someone, especially a child, who seems moody, consider that their system is dealing with many allergies or sensitivities. Their system is overworked and may need holistic treatment for their allergies with appropriate lifestyle changes to help strengthen their adrenal glands.