The Great Over the Counter Allergy Medicine Hoax

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If you have had allergies for any length of time, then you are probably aware of the fact that there are litteraly dozens of over the counter allergy medications available for easy purchase by anyone and everyone.
In fact, there are even generic versions of just about every kind of prescription allergy drug available as well. Back when I was using over the counter allergy medications, I remember finding it really hard to figure out which one to use.
Doctors have their favorites, there are some that are farily expensive, and some that are quite cheap. Furthermore, if you read the ingredients that are in them, you will find a bunch of words you can’t pronounce as well as several ingredients
that seem to belong in a chemistry lab rather than inside your body. During the years I struggled to manage and control my allergies, I probably tried just about every one of these.
What kind of results did I get? Well it depended on the drug. Claritin worked the best but was super expensive, made me tired a lot of the time and didn’t work all of the time.
Allegra gave me nothing but migraines, and most of the other cheap drugs, either didn’t work or might have had some effect but made me so tired they weren’t worth it. I also noticed that over time I had an increase back pain, neck pain, headaches, stomach aches and heartburn.
In short, I decided that they aren’t worth it and really are nothing but a big hoax and a way for drug companies to profit from people’s suffering.
Furthermore, I found that with changes to diet, taking the allergy combo of lemon, lavender and peppermint oil and local honey have helped me a lot more than any of these over the counter allergy drugs ever did.

So what about you? Do you currently take, or have you taken over the counter allergy drugs?

Did they work? What side effects did you notice?

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A disorders

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This is one of the best books I’ve read on all four of the A disorders. Written by a medical doctor, this book shares stories of many of the children he has helped heal from allergies, asthma, autism and ADHD. He also talks about many of the reasons why these disorders have skyrocketed in recent years and offers advice about how to help your child or adults to heal as well as how to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

The end of the book includes lists of resources as well as several useful appendixes. One of these which is particularly useful is a recommended adjusted vaccine schedule that offers advice on how to safely vaccinate your children. I’ve read other books that had similar advice but this one is the most detailed and the most common sense approach I’ve read. The main ideas are that you want to avoid giving your child more than one vaccine at the same time, double check to make sure that their is no thermasol in the vaccine, never vaccinate a child who is sick or who has been sick within a week prior to the shots, and give your child some recommended supplements and vitamins before and after. He also does not recommend the Hepatitus vaccine for babies unless the mother has it. Instead you wait until the child is 3-4 or getting ready to start preschool.

Throughout the book are recommended diets, recipes and tips for sticking with the diet, suggestions for natural remedies and other tips to help you heal your child without the side effects of drugs.

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10 Allergy Facts You Need to Know

1. Allergies are not a simple or easy to solve problem. In fact, unless your allergies are minor, you will probably need professional help to control and manage your allergies.

2. Two different people can be allergic to the same thing and have different reactions.

3. Seasonal allergies and food allergies can be connected. In fact, if you are having seasonal allergies, then you are probably also allergic to one or more foods as well. For example, corn increases my seasonal allergies and so I have to avoid it during allergy season, however, during the winter I can eat it and be just fine.

4. Chemicals in many common bath and body and cleaning products increase the severity of allergies in many people.

5. It is possible for children to outgrow certain kinds of food or other allergies.

6. It is possible to become allergic to something later in life when you weren’t allergic to it before.

7. Sometimes you can reduce or even eliminate an allergic reaction to a certain food by doing a candida cleanse and by avoiding that food for a few months. You may not have to avoid a food forever just because you had had allergic reactions to it.

8. Over the counter allergy medications are the worst way to manage your allergies and can cause nasty side effects including back pain, headaches, acne, and fatigue.

9. Allergies are serious and should be taken seriously.

10. It is a good idea for many people to get allergy testing to find out exactly what they are allergic to before treatment.

How Probiotics Can Help With Allergies

Have you heard about probiotics and wondered how they can help with allergies? So have I. Here is a great explanation on this topic.

10 Commandments of Living Allergy Free

1. Be committed. It’s not easy to live allergy free. You must be committed to making it happen.

2. Plan ahead. This is the number one reason I relapse and eat things I know I am allergic to and end up having allergic reactions.

3. Be open minded and willing to try new things.

4. Create an allergy free menu with your favorite allergy free foods and keep your cupboards and fridge stocked with them.

5. Recognize when you need professional help and get it.

6. Create an in home environment that allows you to live allergy free. This includes using allergen free bedding, having a diffuser and or a humidifier, and taking the other steps necessary to have an allergy free home.

7. Take the time to experiment and know that you won’t be allergy free overnight.

8. Get support from others who also have allergies.

9. Use natural allergy remedies. Traditional allergy medication is not good for you and will not work long term.

10. Take small steps toward being allergy free. One step at a time.

10 Allergy Free Treats

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Find treats that are allergy free that you an eat when you have allergies can be hard. It also of course depends on what kind of allergies you have. Here are some ideas to help you:

1. A bowl of strawberries and pineapple. Not only is this good for you but the sweetness can satisfy almost any sweet tooth.

2. A rice cake with peanut butter. As long as you are not allergic to peanuts, this is a great treat.

3. A frozen banana. Freezing bananas makes them taste extra good.

4. Frozen strawberries with vanilla Greek yogurt.

5. Blueberries with whipped cream.

6. Orange juice blended with bananas in a blender.

7. Baked apples with honey and raisins.

8. Greek yogurt with bananas.

9. Nutella with any kind of fruit.

10. Raspberries with whipped cream.

10 Great Youtube Channels for Allergy Free Videos

Here are ten great youtube channels that you can subscribe to for great videos to teach you how to live allergy free.

1. Allergy UK

2. Enjoy Life Foods

3. Allergy Free Lifestyle

4. Simply Gluten Free

5. Allergic Girl

6. The Allergy Menu

7. Parent Earth

8. Dara Cooks

9. One Spot Allergy

10. Cafe Holistic

10 Great Facebook Pages for Learning about Allergies

Here are 10 great pages for learning about allergies and how to live allergy free.

1. Amazing Allergist Page for a great allergy doctor. He post all kinds of great information.

2. Kids with Food Allergies Foundation A great page for learning about kids and food allergies.

3. Allergies Everyday Learn about the most popular allergens and how to deal with them.

4. Your Allergy Free Life
My page. I know I couldn’t resist including my own.

5. Allergic Living Facebook page for a great magazine on living with allergies.

6. Sure Foods Living Great page on food allergies and living gluten free.

7. Everyday Health Great page for advice and tips on living healthy.

8. Food Allergies on a Budget Living with food allergies can be expensive. Get help from this fan page.

9. Eating with Food Allergies Get tips on eating with food allergies.

10. I Hate Allergies Community Page on living with allergies.

The World’s Worst Allergy Control Advice

The worst allergy control advice is unfortunately the advice that you usually get from your doctor.

Have you ever heard from your doctor words similar to these:

Just take clairtin, or benadryl and your allergies will be just fine.

Really? The reality is that while these might work for some people, the side effects that accompany long term use of these are not good and for many people this is just a cover up solution.

Really controlling your allergies requires you to make changes to diet, supplements and other lifestyle changes. There really are no short cuts. Therefore, one of the main reasons I’m writing this blog.

What is the world’s worst allergy control advice that you have ever received?

Little Known Ways to Reduce Allergens in the Air

Despite your best efforts to avoid allergies, one of the big problems allergy suffers have is that there are allergens in the air that in many cases you simply can’t avoid. Yes you can change your diet, yes you can avoid pets if you are allergic to them, yes you can avoid chemicals and clean naturally, but even after you have done everything possible to avoid allergens sometimes there are allergens in the air that you can’t get rid of or avoid completely.

So what do you do?

Here are some little known ways to reduce allergens in the air:

1. Avoid using air fresheners. Even the ones that you think are safe in most cases have allergens and chemicals in them. Instead you can mix a few drops of peppermint, lavender or another essential oil in a water bottle and spray these into the air for a great smell and air freshener. The smell won’t last as long but it will help with the smell and it can help to reduce allergens as well.

2. Place a few drops of peppermint or wintergreen essential oil on a kleenex and place it near your pillow or even on your face while you are sleeping.

3. Sleep at night with a diffuser with some oils or with a humidifier.

4. Keep a spray bottle with water in it with you and when you are exposed to an allergen spray it into the air around you or even a little bit on your face.

5. Put a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and keep on your window sill, or on the kitchen counter top or inside the car. The best oils for this are peppermint, wintergreen, lemon, or wild orange. This will help to kill the bacteria and allergens that are in the air.

AnnaLaura Brown 801-712-1050 Annalaura@annalaurabrown.com P.O. Box 4642 Salt Lake City, Utah 84130