Food Allergies: The Allergen-Adrenal Connection

Written by Dr. Andrew Neville

Food allergies are a symptom of underlying Adrenal Dysfunction and its resultant impaired immune function.

Allergies, both environmental and food, are a common complaint in patients with Adrenal Dysfunction. Why? Allergies are a result of an imbalanced immune system, which is most commonly caused by an overactive stress response and, hence, a weakened immune system over time. Our immune system is always on alert for dangerous, infectious substances in your environment. Quite often the immune system makes “mistakes” and triggers an antibody response to an innocuous agent (pollen, cat dander, gluten, etc.). A balanced immune system will clear these mistakes prior to their creating a systemic and more permanent reaction. This facet of the immune system is compromised in a person who has Adrenal Dysfunction.

In addition, those with Adrenal Dysfunction suffer perpetual damage to the mucosal membranes of the body, which compromise the integrity of our protective mucosal barriers and contribute to overall allergic potential.

To heal and protect from allergens, we must address all facets of the issue: from the causal Adrenal Dysfunction, to the immune imbalance, to the allergens themselves. The allergens must be identified and limited in any way possible to reduce the load on the immune system and to reduce the overproduction of antibodies in general. The most commonly missed component of this is the existence of hidden food allergies, which perpetuate the antibody production. They can be most easily identified through IgG ELISA testing. Subsequent to testing, we have to work on avoidance and the healing of the GI mucosal membranes.

For environmental allergies, we also have to work on avoidance, treatment of any secondary infection, as well as a rebuilding of the mucosal membranes of the body. Ultimately, unless a patient also deals with the underlying adrenal and immune dysfunctions, any treatment results will be superficial and temporary at best.


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