Allergies occur when the body’s defense system–the immune system–is hypersensitive to a harmless substance, called an allergen, and treats this substance as if it were a harmful or foreign invader. Attempting to defend itself against the allergen–a substance like pollen, dust, mold, smoke, or pet dander (scales of skin)–the body produces an antibody (a type of protein), which results in symptoms like itchy, watery eyes, a runny or stuffy nose, scratchy throat, and sneezing. In more severe allergic reactions, rashes, hives, a drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing (see also “Asthma”), or even death can occur.


Normal immune system function is controlled and coordinated through proper communication between the brain and spinal cord. More specifically, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is a specific division within the body’s nervous system that is responsible for organizing the function of the organs, glands, and blood vessels. If the ANS becomes irritated because of a misalignment of the cervical spine, then immune response can become exaggerated, causing the body to have an allergic response.

In BLAIR UPPER CERVICAL TREATMENT, specific imaging studies of the cervical (upper neck) region are taken to locate a misalignment of the vertebrae. Tytron-5000 technology is used to scan and measure the nervous system for possible irritation. If a misalignment has been found to affect the function of the ANS, then very specific, gentle adjustments are made, by hand, to correct the misaligned vertebrae in the neck.


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Web site. Available at: Accessed March 4, 2005.

Miner M, Young SH, Dobozin BS. Allergies: The Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Daily Management. Reved. New York , NY : Plume, 1999.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Web site. Available at: Accessed March 7 , 2005.


  • American College of Allergy , Asthma & Immunology
  • Nonprofit organization news and information service; useful patient education materials.
  • American Lung Association
  • Nonprofit organization dedication to research and education; offers useful information on asthma, allergy, and lung diseases.
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
  • Nonprofit organization offering wealth of information on educational programs, research, advocacy, and support groups.
  • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
  • Nonprofit organization dedicated to education, research, awareness, and advocacy; good information on common food allergies, with special children and teens’ Web site, provides allergy-free recipes.
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • Branch of the National Institutes of Health that provides news and information to patients and healthcare professionals.

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