The Allergy Solution: Unlock the Surprising, Hidden Truth about Why You Are Sick and How to Get Well

The Allergy Solution: Unlock the Surprising, Hidden Truth about Why You Are Sick and How to Get Well

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by Leo Galland, Jonathan Galland

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An epidemic of allergies is spreading around the world. One billion people now suffer from allergic diseases such as asthma, hay fever, eczema, and food allergies. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning doctor Leo Galland, M.D., reveals the shocking rise of hidden allergies that lead to unexplained weight


An epidemic of allergies is spreading around the world. One billion people now suffer from allergic diseases such as asthma, hay fever, eczema, and food allergies. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning doctor Leo Galland, M.D., reveals the shocking rise of hidden allergies that lead to unexplained weight gain, anxiety, fatigue, ADHD, depression, and much more. Astonishing new research shows how each of these is linked to the immune imbalance that is at the root of allergy. 

A brilliant clinician, Dr. Galland has unlocked the power of this breakthrough science to help thousands of patients who have struggled with mystery conditions answer the question: “Doctor, what is wrong with me?” Here, he is joined by his son, Jonathan Galland, J.D., a passionate health writer and environmental advocate, in exposing the truth that just as the earth’s environment is out of balance, our bodies have become out of balance. The modern world, with pollution, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, and excessive exposure to antibiotics, is fueling the rise in allergies.

The Allergy Solution takes an in-depth look at how we can balance immunity through nutrition and lifestyle to reverse allergies without drugs, then lays out an easy nutritional program, starting with a 3-Day Power Wash designed to “clear the tracks.” Do you suffer from asthma, eczema, or sinusitis? Are you sick of pain, brain fog, weight gain, anxiety, or depression, or wondering what is behind your mysterious symptoms? Let Dr. Galland’s clinical experience and unique insights into cutting-edge science guide you back to health.

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“Leo Galland and Jonathan Galland unite two important initiatives: how to use science to heal the body of allergies and chronic illness, and how to live in true harmony with nature. Reading this book can inspire personal and environmental transformation.”

— Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of 22 New York Times best-selling books, including Super Brain

The Allergy Solution is a game changer! Finally we have a scientifically validated approach to our ever-expanding allergy problems that focuses on actual causes as opposed to relying on potentially dangerous drug remedies. The Gallands’ user-friendly text is a long-awaited answer for the countless allergy sufferers who can now regain immune balance and bid their allergy problems goodbye.”

— David Perlmutter, M.D., #1 New York Times best-selling author of Grain Brain and Brain Maker

“Amazing. Dr. Leo Galland is one of the most important medical thinkers of the 21st century. He has pioneered a new model practice that is followed by thousands of physicians, called Functional Medicine. It is medicine WHY! And in The Allergy Solution, Dr. Galland and Jonathan Galland dig deep into why we are in an epidemic of allergic disorders and provide a clear road map to recovery for millions of sufferers. If you have allergies, have any chronic disease, or just feel lousy, this book is your way toward renewed health. It will be a must-read for doctors and patients for years to come!”

— Mark Hyman, M.D., #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Blood Sugar Solution

“Dr Galland takes us on a fantastic voyage to an uncharted understanding of ourselves and our personal environment that will change many readers’ lives.”

— Mehmet Oz, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Columbia University; host of The Dr. Oz Show

The Allergy Solution is a godsend for the millions of people worldwide who are increasingly suffering from allergies. The Gallands ask the big, important question: ‘Why are you allergic?’ Not only ‘what are you allergic to?’ That’s the game changer. And once you know why, they show you exactly what you need to do to live a life free of the drugs that just treat symptoms and never get to the real cause. Bravo to the Gallands!!”

— Christiane Northrup, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and Goddesses Never Age

“This is the book I have been waiting for! In a masterful piece of investigative reporting, Dr. Leo Galland and Jonathan Galland uncover the shocking truth about what is making us so allergic and sick. They present the science that shows how our environment and our health are threatened by air pollution, chemicals, fast food, and global warming. The Allergy Solution gives you a detailed map to take control of your health and your life.”

— Amy Myers, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of The Autoimmune Solution

“Dr. Leo Galland and Jonathan Galland have put together a masterful and critically important discussion about allergies. Underappreciated, misunderstood, and misdiagnosed, allergies are common and growing in importance. This book provides astounding wisdom about the world of allergies to the reader searching for health answers. I truly enjoyed reading it and picked up a lot of information I had not heard before. Terrific job!”

— William Davis, M.D., #1 New York Times best-selling author of Wheat Belly

“Dr. Leo Galland, a board-certified internist, was classically trained at one of New York's finest medical schools. In The Allergy Solution, he gives readers a clear, comprehensive and effective approach to remedying the ubiquitous allergies that cause us to wheeze, sneeze, gain weight, feel exhausted, foggy, and depressed, and perturb our lives in too many other ways. Before you pick up your next prescription for allergies, asthma, or a host of other common disorders, see what he has to say!”

— Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D., Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Medical Editor for Mental Health, The Huffington Post

“In The Allergy Solution, Leo Galland and Jonathan Galland reveal the true cause of our worldwide allergy epidemic and provide a desperately needed solution for millions with allergy symptoms. A must-read for anyone with allergies!”

— Steven Masley, M.D., best-selling author of The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up and Smart Fat

“This book is a blessing. The Allergy Solution is a practical toolkit for patients, as well as a scientific source for clinicians to breathe easier, decrease suffering, and help enliven the long-lost you!”

— Patrick Hanaway, M.D., Medical Director, Center for Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic

“In this highly revealing book, Dr. Galland goes beyond conventional Western medicine and offers readers the knowledge they need to reverse their allergies and start to feel vibrantly well. Bringing Dr. Galland’s clinical experience together with Jonathan Galland’s wealth of scientific research on why we have become so allergic, The Allergy Solution attacks this new epidemic at its source and helps us restore our bodies to balance.”

— Frank Lipman, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of The New Health Rules and 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat

“The research in The Allergy Solution is a revelation. If you want to uncover what’s behind your mystery symptoms, or how to thrive in a toxic world, this book is the answer. Discover how to fix your stomach, heal your headaches, beat stress, improve your mood, and conquer pain. Leo Galland and Jonathan Galland provide the scientific validation of something that traditional healing practices, East and West, have understood for millennia, that living in harmony with nature is essential for healing ourselves and the planet.”

— Vijay Vad, M.D., Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College; author of Stop Pain: Inflammation Relief for an Active Life

The Allergy Solution is a must-read for anyone who has suffered from any type of allergy or hasn’t felt quite themselves, either intermittently or on an ongoing basis. As a patient of Dr. Galland, and a health and fitness professional who has suffered from seasonal allergies my entire life, I have gotten tremendous relief from following Dr. Galland’s advice and as a result feel much better year round.”

— Joe Dowdell, co-author, Ultimate You

“While allergy is common in the modern world, few address the ways in which modern living may be causally implicated. Dr. Leo Galland does just that, and changes the conversation entirely by asking why allergy happens rather than just what the allergens are. He blends deep scientific understanding with a holistic perspective to offer a powerful approach, rooted in lifestyle, addressing this modern scourge at its very origins and offering allergy sufferers enlightened help and renewed hope.”

— David L. Katz, M.D., Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center; Founder, True Health Initiative

“Dr. Galland’s wisdom has changed my life.”

— Susan Sarandon, Academy Award–winning actress

“Another masterpiece by one of the intellectual founders of functional medicine. Dr. Galland’s encyclopedic understanding of the real causes of allergy and many illustrative case histories make this book a wonderful resource for those suffering this once uncommon illness. Strong recommendation for everyone wanting to stop being allergic.”

— Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., Editor in Chief, Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal; co-author, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

“Allergic diseases are plaguing one-quarter of our planet from the onslaught of our gut flora by over-sanitation and the Westernization of nations. Dr. Leo Galland is a pioneer of functional medicine, master clinician, and thought leader whose wisdom and experience make his latest home run—The Allergy Solution—a must-read for everyone afflicted with allergies.”

— Gerard E. Mullin, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; author of The Gut Balance Revolution

The Allergy Solution will be of enormous help to people struggling to understand what triggers their allergies and sensitivities. It offers tools to uncover your specific triggers, as well as practical advice on how to avoid and relieve the problem. I learned from reading it.”

— Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine

“As I was reading this book I kept thinking about ‘Amazing Grace,’ where after enlightenment a person was no longer blind. The song speaks of finding the spirit of the Lord. I felt much the same way when reading The Allergy Solution, that I was blind and now I can see. Dr. Leo Galland and Jonathan Galland open our eyes to the invisible and offer insight and knowledge with very practical solutions that can change lives.”

— Lloyd Saberski, M.D., Faculty, Yale University School of Medicine

“In The Allergy Solution, Dr. Leo Galland and Jonathan Galland provide a hands-on, easy-to-implement plan that balances your immune system and helps you break free of miserable symptoms that hold your health and weight hostage. Don’t miss this one!”

— JJ Virgin, C.N.S., New York Times best-selling author of The Virgin Diet

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Leo Galland, M.D., a board-certified internist, is recognized as the world leader in integrated medicine. Educated at Harvard University and the NYU School of Medicine, he won the Linus Pauling Award for his trailblazing vision that created a bold new approach to healing for thousands of doctors. Dr. Galland is featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Self, and Men’s Fitness and writes for the Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen. He has appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. The author of The Fat Resistance Diet, Power Healing, and Superimmunity for Kids and the director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, a nonprofit educational organization, he maintains a private practice in New York.

Jonathan Galland, J.D., is a leader in integrated health education who writes for the Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen. He has appeared on Martha Stewart Living Radio and given dozens of radio interviews. Jonathan created over 100 recipes for The Fat Resistance Diet, which was featured on The Dr. Oz Show, and in The Washington Post. He is CEO of Pill Advised, a website that brings together integrated medicine and environmental health, featuring the wisdom of best-selling authors including Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Christiane Northrup. Website:

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The Allergy Solution: Unlock the Surprising, Hidden Truth about Why You Are Sick and How to Get Well 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Beth_Kent More than 1 year ago
Extraordinary, educational, and practical resource for both allergy resolution and superior health! Working hard to manage allergies, asthma, and migraines since childhood, I’ve tried and read almost everything: prescription drugs, shots, homeopathy, acupuncture, avoidance, different allergists, ENTs, and nutritionists, outdated texts, and the list goes on. But none of my efforts have resulted in satisfactory resolution. At last, Dr. Galland provides a practical playbook for that helps me solve the root causes of my allergies. The Galland solution begins with understanding the breadth of “internal” and “external” issues that cause our unique allergy symptoms with very person-specific triggers. In my experience, conventional allergy remedies often focus on symptom reduction and often fail to account for what makes each of our bodies unique. Instead, based on peer-reviewed medical research in easy-to-read language, Galland highlights the critical role of T-reg cells, specific nutritional deficiencies, chronic inflammation, and microbiome imbalance in effecting our unique immune and allergic response. Galland also describes how environmental issues like chemicals (in our air, water, food, the products we put on our bodies, our homes and workplace), mold, and even pollens made worse by global warming increase our toxic burden, inflammation, and allergic load. Most surprising, Galland points out that available allergy testing measures only one of multiple mechanisms of allergy, which means that our triggers may remain hidden with both delayed and unexpected reactions. Imagine possible sensitivity to bananas only during ragweed season if you’re allergic to ragweed. To resolve those issues, Galland provides very specific tools, tips, patient stories, medical findings, recipes, and recommendations based on over 40 years of collective, clinical experience, research, and medical education. For example, Chapter 4 explores how to unmask our person-specific allergic triggers. I was especially struck by Galland’s recommendation to consider an allergy to a food eaten every day if the symptom is worse in the evening or as the day goes on. Or, how today’s symptom might be due to a food eaten two or three days ago. Chapter 6 describes the 3-day Power Wash—a backed-by-science, nutritious, and simple 3-day meal plan with recipes and rationale for food-allergy elimination. Chapter 8 discusses the importance of an immune-balanced diet to fight allergy naturally with non-allergenic food. As Galland says, “Optimal immune function depends on optimal nutrition. The food you eat nourishes the cells that prevent allergy, help fight infection, and work to control inflammation. The best diet is not the same for everybody. Optimal nutrition is individualized nutrition.” In other words, how can we resolve our allergies if we consume products that cause inflammation in our bodies? Despite the book’s title, The Allergy Solution really seems like an overall healing path for anyone who cares about optimal wellness.
Mark_Nesselson_MD More than 1 year ago
As a practicing pediatrician for almost 30 years i am confronted with myriad clinical dilemmas that Dr. Galland presents in this brief but comprehensive, eminently readable volume. His insights are based on scrupulously collected research data, his observations based on decades of clinical practice, his tools logical, accessible, and non-intrusive. How satisfying to offer my patients real solutions to chronic problems. Bravo Dr. Galland!
Dr_EK_Thurston More than 1 year ago
Must-read, comprehensive playbook for optimal health with practical advice based on cutting-edge research to tackle food sensitivities, asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, eczema and hives as well as GERD, candida, microbiome dysbiosis, and leaky gut. Specific recommendations on diet, nutritional supplements, probiotics, prebiotics, and even how to nourish the body by calming the mind and engaging in joyful activity. Practical tips for detoxifying not only the body but also the home. Just bought additional copies to give to friends.