The alternative to spending your hard earned cash on the unreasonably escalated costs of Epipens is common sense, boiling down to one practical and simple adjustment: changing your diet. If that sounds too simplistic to you, that may be because it is (and way less expensive too.)
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America claims allergic disease, including asthma, is the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages. That means, allergies affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States -- that's a whooping 50 million people.
What is an Allergy?
An allergy is an abnormal sensitivity to a substance, or substances, that are harmless to other individuals. Symptoms such as hay fever, hives, asthma and migraines are often the most common symptoms associated with allergic reactions. Alarmingly, one in 50 Americans has experienced anaphylaxis -- a deadly reaction to food or medication.
This is where the Epipen comes in. When an allergic reaction occurs and there's a threat of a deadly reaction, many people rely on medication. The medication in Epipens is called epinephrine. Epinephrine has become the most relied on, first line of defense to treat a severe allergic reaction. That being said, epinephrine is necessary once a reaction develops however, it is only putting a band aid on the problem.
While it's true that sensitivity is not cause, but merely a link in a chain, it is more important to understand what makes one sensitive, than to know what he is sensitive to. To illustrate, let's look at hay fever. The harmless cause of hay fever is pollen. Is the pollen poisonous? No. Many people do not suffer from breathing in pollen. However, if the pollen bothers some but not all people, then it can't be the pollen causing the problem. It has to be the overall health of the individual reacting to it. This brings us to my point about diet.
Poor Diet Is The Cause of Allergies in Both Adults and Children
A recent study from The Global Allergy and Asthma European Network provides new insights about how diet affects allergies, especially in children. The study suggests that changes in the European diet for the last 20-40 years may have contributed to allergic incidences in both children and adults during this period.
According to The American Institute for Cancer Research, ultra-processed foods make up 59 percent of total calorie intake while, unprocessed or minimally processed foods made up about a third of Americans' total calories which tells us GMOs, added sugars, preservatives, additives, coloring make up most of the American diet.
A Human Body Cannot Live On A Processed Food Diet And Be Healthy
For many Americans health is a birthright. We enter this world with vitality and a clean slate of health. Think of taking a college course. The professor tells his/her class on the first day that everyone has started out with an "A". The professor then tells the class that the work they do during the semester will either maintain that "A" or lower the grade. It's the works the same way with your health. Most of us start out with this 'A' grade at birth, until we are unnecessarily medicated or adopt a processed food habit. This is when we begin to develop allergic sensitivities.
With the Standard American Diet being fast, processed and unhealthy, it's an unknown fact that improper diet is the one driving factor contributing to allergies, and causing the body to react to everything else it encounters; the air, the environment, or a pet . In a sense the human body can become a live wire, sensitive to everything it encounters.
Your Nutrition Is Inherited But Your Allergies Are Not
Nutrition is fundamental. It is not only necessary to maintain our race, but to improve it. Generally, given superior nutrition, living organisms are not only able to maintain their inheritance, but to add to it. Your constitution of health is passed down from generation to generation, not by genetics, but by heredity. To illustrate, if you were born of a parent with a poor constitution of health due to poor nutrition, you may inherit nutritional deficiencies. Add to that being started on processed food diet of baby formula or being fed breastmilk from a nutritionally deficient parent. This lack of proper nutrition lays the ground work for intolerances, also known as allergies.
Additionally, people who suffer from allergies often suffer from many toxemic reactions, such as colds including bronchial and sinus infections. In fact, ask any allergic person about their history of childhood diseases, runny noses, colds, and flu. They have become super sensitive to the world around them.
Correct Allergies By Correcting Diet
Toxemic conditions are caused by acidic diets. The recommended fast and processed food, sugar-laden, high protein Standard American Diet has left many adults and a record amount of America children allergic to nearly everything around them. The way to reverse allergies and avoid the need for an Epipen is by correcting diet.
According to the CDC, only 1 in 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables. This is a dangerous and telling practice. Common sense should tell us that the human body should not work against its food. Instead, the body should work in harmony with its food and science backs this up. In a study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, babies who ate fewer processed foods and more fruits and vegetables, had less allergies.
Additionally, the Harvard School of Public Health, weighs in on cost, saying that on average, eating healthy only costs $1.50 more in comparison to eating unhealthy. The researchers found that healthier diet patterns—diets rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts—cost significantly more than unhealthy diets (for example, those rich in processed foods, meats, and refined grains). However, this price difference is very small on average in comparison to the economic costs of diet-related chronic diseases, such as allergies, which would be dramatically reduced by healthy diets.
The true savior against allergic reactions has repeatedly revealed itself to be a nourishing, natural diet high in fresh, (preferably organic) fruits and vegetables. Taking this natural, common sense approach to diet; will end most allergic reactions, eliminating America's Epipen crutch for good.