Have you ever noticed certain foods or environmental allergens may irritate you one day but the next week you feel symptom free? Or why something that has never bothered you before now seems to cause an allergic reaction? This phenomenon is known as the Total Allergen Load Concept.
The Total Load describes the impact that many contributing factors can have on a person’s health. It is an important part of diagnosing and treating patients with allergy drops.
Anyone’s Total Allergen Load can vary by day, week, or through the years. When the total load exceeds our body’s capacity to adapt, we may experience sudden allergic reactions. Like a bucket that’s too full, too many factors at once can “spill over” and create allergic reactions.
Many providers focus on just one of the building blocks of allergy — environmental allergens — and may miss other pieces of the Total Load. When other components are also present but not addressed, patients may not notice improvement with their allergies. These other factors that contribute to your Total Allergen Load consist of things like:
- food allergies
- hormone imbalance
- thyroid disorders
- nutrition and vitamin deficiency
Using the La Crosse Method™ Protocol, your Total Allergen Load of health conditions is considered, and a comprehensive plan is developed to help you identify and treat those that prevent you from being at your best.
In short, when you have fluctuating reactions to a variety of environmental exposures and foods, and you have tried a number of individual therapies, stop and consider the total load.