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If you have ever had poison ivy then you understand how extremely itchy it can be. Now imagine having poison ivy all the time, for years on end. That would be extremely frustrating and also very painful. That’s sort of what eczema feels like; endless poison ivy, only worse.

Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin, but that’s only part of it. The other part involves the immune system. 

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By Darin Ingels, ND

The prevalence of asthma has steadily increased in the United States for almost three decades, with no signs of slowing down. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of new asthma cases has more than doubled between the years of 1980 and 2004. Environmental control is an essential part of managing asthma, including identifying and eliminating allergenic foods and desensitizing against inhalant allergens, such as mold,

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By Darin Ingels, ND

Parents who give their infant a preparation of fennel seed oil at the onset of irritability and inconsolable crying may be able to reduce the intensity of the colic, according to a study in Alternative Therapies (2003;9:58–61). This is the first study to show fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is an effective treatment for this difficult-to-treat condition.

Infantile colic is a frequent reason for visits to the emergency room or doctor’s office.

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By Mark Sanders, ND

One of the basic teachings of Naturopathic medicine is that fever is one of the body’s best natural defense mechanisms to help fight infection and is a normal part of the recovery process.  Most Naturopathic doctors advocate for letting the fever run its course, unless the fever becomes unusually elevated. In 2 recent studies, both showed a very strong association linking asthma symptoms with the use of Tylenol™ (acetaminophen,

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In 15 years of practice, I often have patients come to me with “unexplained illness” that conventional diagnostic tests, CT scans, MRI’s and Xrays do not seem to pick up. Conditions such as migraine headaches, autism, ADHD, chronic stomach or abdominal pain, IBS, chronic fatigue (CFIDS), fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity, joint pain, asthma, eczema, insomnia, anxiety and many others, often have no known etiology. Conventional treatment attempts to help stop the symptoms with no real understanding of the true root cause. However, they may be hope for those suffering from these type of illnesses.

Springtime is the time of year where the planet sheds the winter gloom and brings new life and energy to our world. Naturopathic physicians have long held the belief that spring is the best time for our bodies to “renew” as well. Spring gives us the opportunity to spend more time outdoors to get more natural sunlight (and hence, vitamin D) and be out in nature. If you are like me, then the long winter months here in the Northeast have meant more time indoors, less time exercising and less time taking care of myself. Now that our weather is being more cooperative, its time to start making those changes to feel energetic, strong and clear minded.

Ingels Family Health and Dr. Ingels are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Mark Sanders, naturopathic physician, to our staff. Dr. Sanders and Dr. Ingels both received their naturopathic training at the prestigious Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA and have been friends for many years.

Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism

By Darin Ingels, ND

Allergies and asthma affect more than 50 million people living in the United States and comprise the sixth leading cause of physician office visits. Children with autism often have impaired immune function and may be predisposed to allergy symptoms.[i],[ii] Studies also show that children with autism have multiple defects in immune function and that the severity of immune dysfunction is proportional to the severity of autism.

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The latest edition of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism has just been released and I am one of the contributing authors! My chapter on Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism is the first chapter of the book and discusses how allergies and sensitivities to foods, mold, pollen, dust, animal dander, chemicals and neurotransmitters impact the function of the brain. The neurological and immune systems are intimately involved so that disruptions in immune function ultimately affect neurological function.

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