Brain Byte: Allergies and Stress

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According to Dr. Archibald D. Hart, author of Adrenaline and Stress, if you suffer from allergies you should pay special attention to the stress in your life.

Allergies can produce headaches, along with many other reactions such as hay fever, asthma, gastrointestinal troubles, hives, and even behavior problems.  Anything that alters the reaction tissues is an allergic substance.  Allergens only affect some people, if it affected everyone the same it would be called a “poison.”

Scientists do not yet  have proof that an allergic reaction is stress-related; however there is abundant anecdotal evidence that when someone is highly stressed, any allergic predisposition may be greatly aggravated.

So while stress may not be the cause of allergies, it could certainly be a trigger.  Therefore, Dr. Hart prescribes that you pay special attention to the stress in your life.  First identify the triggers and then do your best to minimize stress.

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