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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By Darin Ingels, ND

People who suffer from allergies and asthma now have a viable alternative to conventional injection immunotherapy in treating their symptoms. Although injection immunotherapy has been the gold standard for allergy desensitization for almost 100 years, over 300 published studies shows that sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is equally or more effective than allergy shots in reducing allergy and asthma symptoms. The allergy extracts used in SLIT are identical to those used in injection immunotherapy,

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By: Darin Ingels, ND

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world, affecting 20 to 50% of the world’s population; however, it occurs less frequently in the United States. One study showed that as many as 20% of women between the ages of 18 and 55 years old suffer from iron deficiency. The most common cause of iron deficiency is insufficient intake, but malabsorption or excessive bleeding may be contributing factors.

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Children that have difficulties falling or staying asleep may benefit from taking melatonin before bedtime, according to a new study in Clinical Pediatrics (2003;42:51–8). The findings of this study suggest melatonin may help children fall asleep faster and prevent waking during the night.

In the new study, sleep habits from 32 children aged 2 to 18 years who attended a pediatric sleep center with chronic sleep initiation and maintenance problems were reviewed.

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