Dr. Leo Galland is a recognized leader in the world of integrative medicine, an approach to health that aims to heal the whole body, combining Western science with complementary practices. Here, Dr. Galland explains how hidden allergies might be to blame for chronic health issues, in advance of his upcoming book, The Allergy Solution: Unlock the Surprising, Hidden Truth About Why You Are Sick and How to Get Well, co-authored with Jonathan Galland.
Maybe you're dealing with unexplained symptoms, like fatigue, weight gain, or pain, or complaints that don't go away, like brain fog, digestive trouble, or insomnia. But you aren't satisfied with masking the symptoms with more pills. Perhaps you've tried juicing, exercise, eating healthy, or other alternatives that enhance well-being.
And yet the answers to your health concerns have remained stubbornly elusive.
In my practice, I have many patients who come to see me with similar stories. They've consulted specialists, gotten all the tests, but still have not pinpointed the cause of their problems.
I realized that to discover the underlying causes, you need to ask the right questions. To get the answers, I created patient-centered diagnosis, which became the foundation of functional medicine, and aims to understand a patient's full health story and contexts in which disease occurs.
In fact, medical research has made important connections between our immunity, nutritional status, lifestyle, and environment that now provide clues to many unexplained symptoms.
I began to wonder if a hidden allergy might be the cause of the mystery symptoms so many of my patients were dealing with. It took years of investigation to crack the code and understand that many of them did, in fact, have allergies.
Sure, if you have these symptoms, you may not think of yourself as allergic. Your nose may not run, and your skin doesn't itch. But research shows that many common complaints can be associated with allergies, including: