Asthma is rising at an alarming rate, as are allergies to foods such as milk and nuts. Some 11 million Americans find themselves wheezing and sneezing. Are we the victims of overly enthusiastic hygienic practices or of other factors beyond our control? How do we fight back?
Naturopathic physician Chris D. Meletis examines a wide range of allergies, including those to foodstuffs, dust, and other airborne allergens, and materials like latex and chemicals. His thorough, up-to-date book explores why allergies occur and are on the rise, including the “hygiene hypothesis,” which argues that overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial agents prevents our immune systems from building up necessary resistance when we are young.
Perhaps most important, he explains what works – and what does not work- to alleviate allergies, discussing both naturopathic and traditional pharmaceutical approaches to treatment, as well as ways in which naturopathic approaches can be combined with traditional medicine. Finally, he documents ongoing research and possible future developments, including testing of vaccines for some food allergies.
As suffers well know, allergies are at best annoying, at worst debilitating. Liberation from Allergies: Natural Approaches to Freedom and Better Health offers all of those millions of victims the answers they seek.
Chris D. Meletis, N.D., is a naturopath in private practice. He is series editor for the Praeger series Complementary and Alternative Medicine and faculty member and former chief medical officer at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR, the oldest naturopathic school in the United States. Dr. Meletis offers free educational content and a health newsletter at www.DrMeletis.com
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) – See all my reviews Chris Meletis is a professional naturopath and the series editor for Praeger Publisher series ‘Complementary and Alternative Medicine’. The latest addition to this outstanding collection is “Liberation From Allergies: Natural Approaches To Freedom And Better Health” in which Meleits deftly examines a wide range of diverse allergies such as those to various foods, household dust, airborne irritants and pollens, synthetic materials like latex, and common chemicals. “Liberation From Allergies” explains why allergies occur and documents the statistical rise in the percentage of the general population that suffers from allergic reactions. Of special note is the discussion with respect to the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ which argues that over-bathing and overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial agents prevents the human immune system from building necessary resistance to various substances in youth that leave people vulnerable to the onset of allergies as they age. Very highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Health/Medicine reference collections, “Liberation From Allergies” provides and informed and informative discussion on both naturopathic and traditional pharmaceutical approaches to the treatment of allergies and the current testing of vaccines for some food allergies.
Childhood asthma is rising at an alarming rate, as are allergies to foods such as milk and nuts. Some 11 million Americans find themselves wheezing and sneezing, at least occasionally. Are we the victims of overly enthusiastic hygienic practices or of other factors beyond our control? How do we fight back?
Millions of Americans suffer with allergies, yet medicine has yet to determine exactly what causes a person to be allergic. In this comprehensive book, naturopath Chris D. Meletis examines a wide-range of allergies, including those to foodstuffs, dust and other airborne allergens, and materials like latex and chemicals. He explores theories of why allergies occur and are rising, including the “hygiene hypothesis,” which argues that overbathing and overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial agents means our immune systems never build up the necessary resistance to these substances when we are young.
About the Authors
CHRIS MELETIS, N.D. is Executive Director of the Institute for Healthy Aging. An internationally recognized educator, author, and lecturer, he also serves as Series Editor for the Praeger series in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Named the 2003 Naturopathic Physician of the Year by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, he is also former Chief Medical Officer and Dean of Naturopathic Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Meletis is Founder of Divine Medicine, an organization dedicated to helping the medically underserved.
Authors: Chris D. Meletis,N.D.
Publication date: 2009-07-30